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Infra Funds!

By Eric Peghini Initially posted on the BSPEC blog On a cold, gusty Saturday afternoon, “Nation’s infrastructure is collapsing, MAGA!” This was not a poorly executed haiku but rather a tweet attributable to the one and only infallible D.J. Trump and, never mind your opinion of the POTUS, a rallying cry that the population

Financial Sponsors Group

Financial Sponsors Group in Investment Banking Financial sponsors (“Sponsors” or private capital) is an investment banking “coverage” group similar to oil and gas or technology – however, sponsors are not an industry. A financial sponsor is synonymous with private equity, but also includes hedge funds and asset managers. The financial sponsors group

LBO Model Toggles

Building a Full LBO Model We discuss the theory behind the LBO and also how to build one in other posts. All our readers should know how to put together a basic and bare bones LBO - but in reality an LBO model can be very functional for any situation that

Private Equity Modeling Test

It is fairly well documented that investment bankers aspiring to exit into private equity have to do an Excel test/financial modeling test as part of the interview. We confirmed that this is generally the case for interviews at any reputable PE firm - and it is also the case when investment

Infrastructure Private Equity

Infrastructure as a Growing Asset Class As we discussed in a separate article, infrastructure is growing as an asset class. Owing to the characteristics of infrastructure versus fixed income - long-life nature of infrastructure assets (a bridge can last 50 years versus a 5-10 year bond), higher returns (even the safest,

Consumer Discretionary: Another Fad?

By Maurizio Parrella, Alessio Corcelli Initially posted on the BSPEC blog Consumer Discretionary Sector The recovery from the global financial crisis shed light on an evergreen, yet recently white hot, equity group: consumer discretionary. The consumer discretionary industry comprises all companies participating in the value chain to produce a good or provide a

Buy-And-Build Strategies

By Atul Vyas and Alessandro Carleo Initially posted on the BSPEC blog Increasing the value of portfolio companies is crucial for the success of a private equity firm. As Gompers, Kaplan, and Mukharlyamov (2015) have found, PE investors “target returns that exceed CAPM-based returns”. The bulk of excess return, or alpha, is gained through

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