How to Finance A Business Acquisition?
Please note there are various ways to finance a business acquisition. The below case studies and examples may not be applicable in certain circumstances. Nevertheless, these are real business acquisition case studies.
Sample Funder Case Studies
Please take a look at the following case studies:
Key Elements Required By Some Funders
1. Leverage - net debt to EBITDA <2.5x.
2. Debt Service cover - all debt costs to EBITDA > 1.4x.
3. CFADS Debt service cover - all debts costs to CFADS >1.1x.
4. Transactions - Loan Providers loans to account for < 65% of transaction (incl fees).
5. Transactions - > 10% equity contribution from acquirers.
Note: The definitions and explanations of the above acronyms are shown below.
Typical Funder Process
Please see as follows diagram showing a typical Funder Process:
Enquiry by phone or email
Provide initial view of loan provider lending appetite
Review initial information & obtain Letter of Intent
Lender Meets with Management Team
Lender needs to receive Financial Forecasts
Lender to complete credit application & gain approval
Lender produces documentation and Funds drawn down
2 - 4 Week Process
Acronyms and Definitions:
EBITDA stands for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization and is a metric used to evaluate a company’s operating performance. It can be seen as a proxy for cash flow from the entire company’s operations.
CFADS – Cash Flow Available For Debt Service
CFADS is often preferred over EBITDA in determining gearing and lending capacity because this measure does not take taxes and timing of cash flows into consideration. EBITDA is a common metric in corporate finance but in project finance the focus is on actual cash flow.
A project’s cash flow available for debt service (CFADS) is analysed by project lenders (senior debt banks) to determine debt sizes and repayment criteria. CFADS is an important measure that determines debt repayment calculations and ratios including debt service coverage ratio (DSCR), loan life coverage ratio (LLCR) and project life coverage ratio (PLCR).
CFADS is preferred over EBITDA in determining gearing and lending capacity because this measure does not take taxes and timing of cash flows into consideration. EBITDA is a common metric in corporate finance but in project finance the focus is on actual cash flow.
CADS is not separately listed on a company's balance sheet. Instead, CADS, or cash flow available for debt service (CFADS), as a ratio may appear as a covenant in the debt agreement with the lender along with other debt service coverage ratios (DSCR).
CFADS is an important measure that determines debt repayment calculations and ratios including debt service coverage ratio (DSCR), loan life coverage ratio (LLCR) and project life coverage ratio (PLCR)
DSCR - Debt service cover ratio
The DSCR uses CFADS in the numerator and debt service (calculated as principal + interest) is in the denominator. A ratio of 1.00x means that the CFADS in a period is equal to the total debt service in that same period. A ratio of greater than 1.00x means that there is sufficient cashflow to meet principal and interest payments.
DSCR = CFADS / scheduled debt service
Scheduled debt service = interests + principal repayment
The debt service coverage ratio (DSCR), also known as "debt coverage ratio" (DCR), is the ratio of cash available to debt servicing for interest, principal and lease payments. It is a popular benchmark used in the measurement of an entity's (person or corporation) ability to produce enough cash to cover its debt (including lease) payments. The higher this ratio is, the easier it is to obtain a loan. The phrase is also used in commercial banking and may be expressed as a minimum ratio that is acceptable to a lender; it may be a loan condition. Breaching a DSCR covenant can, in some circumstances, be an act of default.
Total overheads divided by GP% for any given period, provides the sales required to recover all costs.
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