Why and when you need a Commercial Due Diligence Expert
Many investors, be they Private Equity firms or corporates, require an independent and thorough investigation of acquisitions they consider or major investment projects they are about to commit to. There are various reasons for conducting Due Diligence: from basically ensuring you’re not buying “a pig in a poke” or being saddled up with “skeletons in closets” … to insightful analyses of new markets, strategic upsides, potential synergies and, ultimately, gaining greater confidence in business plan projections. Hence, there are various forms of due diligence ranging from the traditional Financial, Tax and Legal Due Diligence to more strategic and business plan-oriented Commercial and Operational Due Diligence.
Such forward-looking Commercial Due Diligence (CDD) is a sine qua non if the target company’s business plan forecasts significant growth projections beyond historical rates, appears to rely on insufficiently supported assumptions, is dependent on new strategies or a budding digital transformation, or includes major operational improvements. The CDD analyses result in an independent and comprehensive view on business plan projections with sufficient granularity that can feed straight into the investor’s valuation model.
Independent and well-executed Commercial Due Diligence allows investors to test their investment hypothesis and gain greater confidence in a target company’s business plan projections. It also can provide reassurance to (co-)financers like banks.
In many cases the optimal approach is to assemble a tailored team consisting of an independent senior CDD expert and cherry-picked industry experts or digital transformation experts, sometimes in close collaboration with the investor’s own team members. With the CDD expert at the helm, the due diligence report can effectively leverage industry experts’ knowledge supported by well-formulated hypotheses and story-lining. This will ensure strong focus on the business plan projections and delivering a bankable report with minimal stress on the client’s side. Outvise can put together such a tailored CDD team in just 48 hours.
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