What is Financial Modeling?

Often people ask us about our financial modeling service and usually say to us “oh so you guys do financial statements and stuff?” but the ‘stuff’ here is actually way more advanced than people realise. Our company was formed by a team of finance experts in 2012 and since then we have helped our clients from everything to automating manual calculation processes to forecasting project returns. We have been working as modeling partners to more than 300 clients that includes fund managers with over £1.5bn assets under management collectively.

WHAT FINANCIAL MODELS DO WE HELP WITH?

OUR EXPERTISE

Real Estate Models
Private Equity Models (Venture Capital, Growth Equity & LBO)
Budget Forecasting Models
Startup Models and Pro-formas
Valuation Models
Derivative Pricing and Valuation Models
Merger & Acquisitions Models

OUR PROCESS

FINANCIAL MODEL REQUEST RECEIVED

The process starts when you fill one of our contact forms or email/call us with your requirements. At this stage, all we ask for is basic details like your name, email address, company name, industry, service (financial model) and a brief description of your requirement along with any attachments you might want to send. You then directly book an initial consultation with us here.


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INITIAL CONSULTATION

The purpose of this call is to understand your current situation, story, background and requirements. The agenda is very high-level, and the primary objective is to ascertain project scope, timeline, milestones and budget.


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FOLLOW-UP/INFORMATION GATHERING

Post initial-consultation, we move on to gathering relevant information from you about the business. This can be in the form of a questionnaire or interview(s) with relevant stakeholders – whichever is more appropriate. We will also need to request for confidential financial documents.


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SUBMISSION OF FIRST DRAFT

Based on our initial discussions around timelines and milestones, we deliver a first draft of the financial model explained with underlying assumptions. We walk you through the model and discuss feedback, if any.


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FINAL FINANCIAL MODEL

Post revisions and iterations based on our discussions with you and your team, we deliver the final product to you which will be built in MS Excel. We also include an ‘Instructions’ page with an explanation on how to navigate and use the model.


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What Is Real-Estate Financial Modeling?

Real estate is a very different investment class in comparison to other investment classes. Investors want to know their return on a real estate investment but the modeling skills and methodology adopted here is quite different. The properties in question are usually commercially let out and owned by a single or a group of investors. The assumptions made in these models are quite different to other models. Some of these unique features include:

Rental Yield

The rental yield is essentially the starting point of a real estate investment model. It is defined as the amount of rent that a property is expected to generate over the investment horizon expressed as a percentage of the property value. It is almost like the revenue numbers we see in the top line in traditional financial models. Other expenses like maintenance, management fee, legal fees etc are deducted from the rental amount to arrive at the Net Operating Income (NOI)

Vacancy Factor/Costs

Any rational financial modeller would know that it is impractical to assume that a property will stay rented for the entirety of the investment horizon. Thus, it is prudent to account for certain vacant months. These are usually expressed as a percentage of the rent amount and deducted from the rental income

Loan to Value (LTV) Ratio

A popular measure of leverage, the LTV ratio is usually used by banks to decide on the amount of loan to be given on a property based on its value. A financial
modeler uses this metric to calculate the debt taken on the project.

Loan to Cost (LTC) Ratio

There are cases where instead of buying a particular property an investor may choose to buy a piece of land and then build a property. In these cases, no market
value is available and instead there is a project cost. The LTC ratio in such a scenario is replaced by the LTV ratio

Amortization Cost

The amortisation cost determines how quickly (or slowly) the loan amount is paid up. The higher the amortisation, the higher the individual payments made per period. For example, if the entire loan is amortised in 5 years, then the interest is not payable after 5 years. The more the amortisation cost, the lesser the total interest paid over time.

THERE ARE TWO WAYS AN INVESTOR CAN INVEST IN REAL ESTATE

  • Acquisition of a property
  • Development of property on acquired raw land

Real Estate Development & Acquisition Modeling.

We have been working with real estate investors – funds as well as individual investors – for more than 10 years and building complex financial models for acquisition and development investments of
mix-use properties. We specialise in alternative assets, specifically real estate, and create bespoke, dynamic and robust operational and valuation models for all types of real estate properties.

How Can Ons Help?

We have been working with real estate investors – funds as well as individual investors – for more than 10 years and building complex financial models for acquisition and development investments of mix-use properties.

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Bespoke Models

Our models are tailor-built as per the investor’s requirements and portfolio. No two investment opportunities are the same and we build models keeping the target property in mind

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Multipurpose

Once we have built a model for a particular type of property our clients can reuse the model for similar investments in the future by making minor edits

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Model Maintenance & Auditing

Once we have built a model, we also maintain it on an ongoing basis to make sure its integrity is intact and can be reused for similar properties by the investor. We also audit the investors’ own models and provide guidance on how they can be improved

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Leveraged Buyouts

A leveraged buyout is the acquisition of a public or private company using debt as the major source of funding. A private equity firm acquires a company using debt as the majority of the purchase price. During the ownership of the company, the company’s cash flow is used to service and pay down the outstanding debt. The overall return realized by the investors in an LBO is determined by the exit cash flow of the company (EBIT or EBITDA), the exit multiple (of EBIT or EBITDA), and the amount of debt that has been paid off over the time horizon of the investment.

Who Uses Private Equity Models?

Independent Sponsors
Search Funds
Investment Bankers
Hedge Fund Analysts
M&A Lawyers
Financial Consultants
CFO / COO
Professors & Students
Sell side Equity Research Analysts
Corporate Development / Finance Executives
Buy Side Portfolio Managers
Private Equity Professionals

Startup Modeling

Forecasting financial performance for private companies is more challenging than it is for public companies. And it becomes even more complex if the company is a startup and has negative or no revenues.
This is where one needs to be creative and think outside of the traditional modeling techniques. Learn more about how our team can help you build the most reasonable financial model for your startup!

Oil & Gas Financial Modeling

Forecasting financial performance for private companies is more challenging than it is for public companies. And it becomes even more complex if the company is a startup and has negative or no revenues.
This is where one needs to be creative and think outside of the traditional modeling techniques. Learn more about how our team can help you build the most reasonable financial model for your startup!

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FAQs

The time taken varies from project to project. Most of the time spent on a project is driven by the groundwork we have to do which includes information gathering from company stakeholders, the complexity of business structure and the type of financial model requested. For instance, a simple forecasting model for a startup company with one product/service can be delivered as early as 5-7 days.
Our pricing mechanism isn’t one-size-fits-all and we review each project’s scope individually to quote a price. Some models, like the Three Statement Model, are simple and straightforward whereas others like the Merger Models are more complex and expensive.
We are here to serve our customers and deliver on their requirements. Our process is very agile and can accommodate any requirements you may have. We can deliver reports with models if required and also detailed user guides
Most of the clients we work with have been with us for years. We believe in building long-lasting partnerships and that’s one of the biggest motivations for us to give our best to each client. We can come onboard as your go-to advisors and provide real-world modeling solutions