Leveraged Buyout (LBO) - Model Template

Patrick Curtis

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Patrick Curtis WSO Editorial Board

Expertise: Investment Banking | Private Equity

Download WSO's free Leveraged Buyout (LBO) model template below! This template allows you to build your own private equity LBO model using various financing/debt inputs and schedules. The template is plug-and-play, and you can enter your own numbers or formulas to auto-populate output numbers. The template also includes other tabs for other elements of a financial model.

According to the WSO Dictionary,

LBO stands for Leveraged Buyout and refers to the purchase of a company while using mainly debt to finance the transaction. Leveraged Buyouts are usually done by private equity firms and rose to prominence in the 1980s.

The company performing the LBO or takeover only has to provide a portion of the financing yet is able to make a large purchase through the use of debt, hence the name 'Leveraged'. During the 1980s - 1990s when LBOs were hot, debt could make up as much as 90% of the purchase of a business. However, now investors and private equity firms are a bit more risk adverse and therefore may use closer to 50% debt and 50% equity to purchase a business."

A screenshot below shows a sneak peak of the template.

WSO Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Template

Patrick Curtis

Patrick Curtis is a member of WSO Editorial Board which helps ensure the accuracy of content across top articles on Wall Street Oasis. He has experience in investment banking at Rothschild and private equity at Tailwind Capital along with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is also the founder and current CEO of Wall Street Oasis. This content was originally created by member WallStreetOasis.com and has evolved with the help of our mentors.