Capital management 

The enduring lesson of the 2008 financial crisis is that capital management ought not to be the same as crisis management. Indeed good capital management is about planning to avoid an internal financial crisis in the face of adverse external conditions.
Capital management

David Heathcote

David Heathcote

National Head of Deal Advisory

+61 2 9335 7193

Scott Mesley

Scott Mesley

Partner, Debt Advisory Services

+61 3 9288 6748

Poor capital management decisions destroy shareholder value and can even threaten the survival of the business. The need to operate and plan in today’s capital constrained world accentuates the capital management challenge.


Organisations are now, more than ever, focused on developing sustainable capital management strategies to help maximise shareholder value. This involves optimising returns across the full economic cycle.


In current conditions, capital management is becoming a priority item on many boardroom agendas. (And if it isn’t, perhaps it should be.)

Key questions for boards and managers
Effective decision making starts with asking the right questions. Boards and CEOs are asking their CFOs and financial advisers about the consequences of alternative capital management strategies.

  • What is our right gearing level and credit profile?
  • Do we know our true cost of debt and its optimal level?
  • What is its composition of debt and maturity profile?
  • How should we fund acquisitions — debt or equity, or a combination of both?
  • What is an appropriate and ‘sustainable’ dividend policy in current conditions?


The answers to these questions will depend on various factors, including the volatility of earnings and the stability of cash flows, the nature of business risks, ownership structures, access to equity markets, financial risk management approaches and current and projected debt and equity market conditions.


Organisations with a strong capital management record typically demonstrate a capital conscious culture that consistently seeks to minimise capital invested and maximise return on capital employed.

How we can help
KPMG’s Deal Advisory group helps organisations make better capital management decisions.