Anyone willing to share a PE interview case study?

Looking for interview case studies for PE where a CIM is given and you have to build LBO and talk about why it would/wouldn't be a good investment. I didn't see anything like this in the WSO PE course so I'm wondering if anyone would be willing to share any materials they have - if so, could you PM me and I could provide a personal email? Thanks in advance

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May 14, 2020 - 2:28pm

Bump - going through the WSO PE course now and have heard the CIM/LBO combination if the new way going forward

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Aug 14, 2020 - 9:56am

Lol can't tell if this is a joke or not but would also queue up for cases


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May 21, 2020 - 8:33am

Thanks! That's a good tip but how can I check myself? On one of the PE case study tests I was given CIM with no peers, no precedent transactions and no comps - i only had 3 year management projection. The valuation of such company could be anything to me - depending on how I project revenues (there was also no Balance Sheet so I had to guess Capex and NWC). Not sure how to approach this - valuation could be anything between 5x and 20x because as it was growth story I could project revenues as I pleased.

So my question is - how to know if you did it right? I mean I can do 5 of such LBOs per day but what if I have wrong approach / same mistakes in each of these LBOs?

Appreciate any tips.

Also - i didn't get the offer for the above mentioned PE I did case study for - up until today I have no clue what I did wrong...

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May 21, 2020 - 10:08pm

Look at the cim case, haircut it and make sure it ties to industry growth rates/historical growth which should be in the cim, assume reasonable leverage based on industry cyclicality, company size etc (4-7x). Back solve to like a 20% irr and there you go, you have your price, take a 1-1.5x haircut on exit multiple. From there you can adjust up or down based on views of company/industry quality like is this co highly defensible, the market leader etc maybe I can underwrite to 16-17% irr and pay a bit more. If they don't give capex, did they give d&a? just assume d&a = capex

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