A company that is up for sale often goes through an investment bank. This is one of the channels that private equity firms use to find potential investment opportunities or companies for sell. In order, to attract buyers, an auction is held for a business. During the auction, teasers about companies are sent out. These teasers are between 1 and 2 pages in length. This is to catch the interest of an investment team without sending out too much information about the company. The investment team or private equity firm has to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to receive more information about a company.
After the NDA is signed, the investment team, usually a company like Corporate Resolutions, is going to get more information about the company they are targeting for private equity due diligence. It is up to the investment team to take the time to look at the information and make sure that they have a complete understanding of the company. Meanwhile, they should look up information about the industry they are in. One of the common activities the investment team can do is make comparisons among the companies in the industry in order to see how their target company stacks up in the industry. One of the common reasons that business owners sell their companies is that it is failing.
Among the different ways that private equity firms can research a company they are buying is by talking to advisers and experts. Once they have done enough of the initial investment, they can look at the management’s projections of the company in order to determine whether or not the company is going to give a good return on investment. One thing that investment teams often do is meet with the management team in order to see an overview of the company. However, before doing this they have to make sure that they know how to get the information they need.
In order to get vital information about the company, the investment team has to prepare a set of questions to ask the management team. This is often referred to as the initial due diligence question list. Then there is the viewing of the management presentation. After the presentation is done, the investment team is to come up with an investment proposal in which the Investment Committee is to look through. Afterwards, there is a process of bidding that can take a little bit of time before a deal is finalized.
Private equity due diligence can be very lengthy. Also, the process can result in a bid war between investment teams. The investment team that wants the company the most is often the one that is going to gain the company. At this point, the needed information has been gained and PE firms have decided that the company in question has a lot of potential to bring a high return on investment. This is one of the biggest advantages of private equity due diligence. The investment team can be confident that the asset they buy is going be worth the price.