Leveraged Buyouts (Online)

A roadmap for evaluating, structuring, and executing LBOs

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Course Date

STARTS ON

March 9, 2023

Course Duration

DURATION

6 weeks
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

Ensure the Success of Your LBO

Designed for investment and finance professionals, this program can help you build a comprehensive understanding of leveraged buyouts and the process of completing them. As a participant, you’ll learn how to evaluate a potential LBO opportunity and how to effectively execute the deal.

Key Takeaways

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize why organizations perform LBOs
  • Explain how different aspects of the LBO process work for stakeholders
  • Differentiate the financial instruments used to fund an LBO
  • Determine how to access the leveraged credit and private equity markets that underwrite LBOs
  • Evaluate the risk and potential success of LBO deals
  • Determine how to successfully execute LBO deals

Who Should Attend?

Investment professionals looking to understand how to evaluate LBO deals and execute them effectively

Mid-level to senior finance professionals looking to build a comprehensive understanding of the leveraged buyout process and to the markets (leveraged credit and private equity) that underwrite them

Program Modules

This program provides a structured understanding of leveraged buyouts, from how to evaluate potential LBO candidates to how to successfully execute a buyout. Along the way, you’ll explore real-world case studies that highlight potential pitfalls and the elements required for success.

Module 1:

Introduction to Leveraged Buyouts

Explore the features, benefits, and critical elements necessary for a profitable LBO and the laws and regulations that govern them.

  • Identify the components of an LBO
  • Recognize the possible risks and rewards of completing a leveraged buyout
  • Identify the key factors necessary for a leveraged buyout to be successful

Module 2:

Valuation and Pricing from the Private Equity Perspective

Understand how to evaluate an LBO deal and determine the right price for the transaction.

  • Identify the key characteristics of an ideal LBO candidate from a private equity perspective
  • Evaluate the soundness of a leveraged buyout using business valuation, cashflow forecasts, human-capital valuation, and the analysis of future returns and ROI
  • Identify strategies for avoiding bias in the valuation of an LBO deal

    Module 3:

    Financing Leveraged Buyouts from the Creditor Perspective

    Understand different types of debt options available and learn how to structure leveraged transactions, including identifying the appropriate amount of debt.

    • Differentiate the types of credit instruments used to finance LBOs
    • Recognize the risks and rewards of different debt options and when in a credit cycle each is likely to be available to an organization
    • Determine how to structure leveraged transactions, including identifying the appropriate amount of debt
    • Identify how the recovery values for different stakeholders may differ when an organization defaults on different types of credit instruments

    Module 4:

    Financing a Leveraged Buyout: The Credit Cycle

    Explore the history of leveraged credit markets and understand the availability of financing for LBOs at various points of the credit cycle (boom, bust, indifferent).

    • Analyze how the metrics used by credit investors affect availability cost and structure for the credit component of LBO financing
    • Determine the current point in the credit cycle and whether the markets are open to LBO financing

    Module 5:

    Cash Flow Forecasting for LBO Creditors

    Examine the methods credit investors use to analyze an investment opportunity for the various financing instruments in an LBO as well as the LBO’s credit quality.

    • Calculate free cash flow available to service the principal on outstanding debt
    • Develop assumptions for a base and downside forecast
    • Determine whether an LBO generates free cash flow using a baseline case and a downside forecast
    • Analyze how completed forecasts affect key credit analysis ratios

    Module 6:

    A Case Study on Successful LBOs: HCA Healthcare Inc.

    Delve into the investment thesis, financing, and exit of one of the largest LBOs on record, with a focus on how investors on both sides of the balance sheet fared.

    • Analyze the key elements of an investment thesis that guides a successful LBO
    • Recommend financing strategies for LBO candidates that are more likely to lead to a successful outcome
    • Identify best practices for exiting an LBO

    Module 1:

    Introduction to Leveraged Buyouts

    Explore the features, benefits, and critical elements necessary for a profitable LBO and the laws and regulations that govern them.

    • Identify the components of an LBO
    • Recognize the possible risks and rewards of completing a leveraged buyout
    • Identify the key factors necessary for a leveraged buyout to be successful

    Module 4:

    Financing a Leveraged Buyout: The Credit Cycle

    Explore the history of leveraged credit markets and understand the availability of financing for LBOs at various points of the credit cycle (boom, bust, indifferent).

    • Analyze how the metrics used by credit investors affect availability cost and structure for the credit component of LBO financing
    • Determine the current point in the credit cycle and whether the markets are open to LBO financing

    Module 2:

    Valuation and Pricing from the Private Equity Perspective

    Understand how to evaluate an LBO deal and determine the right price for the transaction.

    • Identify the key characteristics of an ideal LBO candidate from a private equity perspective
    • Evaluate the soundness of a leveraged buyout using business valuation, cashflow forecasts, human-capital valuation, and the analysis of future returns and ROI
    • Identify strategies for avoiding bias in the valuation of an LBO deal

      Module 5:

      Cash Flow Forecasting for LBO Creditors

      Examine the methods credit investors use to analyze an investment opportunity for the various financing instruments in an LBO as well as the LBO’s credit quality.

      • Calculate free cash flow available to service the principal on outstanding debt
      • Develop assumptions for a base and downside forecast
      • Determine whether an LBO generates free cash flow using a baseline case and a downside forecast
      • Analyze how completed forecasts affect key credit analysis ratios

      Module 3:

      Financing Leveraged Buyouts from the Creditor Perspective

      Understand different types of debt options available and learn how to structure leveraged transactions, including identifying the appropriate amount of debt.

      • Differentiate the types of credit instruments used to finance LBOs
      • Recognize the risks and rewards of different debt options and when in a credit cycle each is likely to be available to an organization
      • Determine how to structure leveraged transactions, including identifying the appropriate amount of debt
      • Identify how the recovery values for different stakeholders may differ when an organization defaults on different types of credit instruments

      Module 6:

      A Case Study on Successful LBOs: HCA Healthcare Inc.

      Delve into the investment thesis, financing, and exit of one of the largest LBOs on record, with a focus on how investors on both sides of the balance sheet fared.

      • Analyze the key elements of an investment thesis that guides a successful LBO
      • Recommend financing strategies for LBO candidates that are more likely to lead to a successful outcome
      • Identify best practices for exiting an LBO
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      Program Experience

      Two Live Sessions with Faculty

      Real-World Case Studies

      Bite-Sized Learning

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      Dedicated Program Support Team

      Mobile Learning App

      Peer Learning Feedback

      Live Office Hours with Program Leaders

      Capstone Project Based on Real-World Case Study

      Real-World Case Studies

      Through real-world case studies and examples from multiple organizations and industries, you'll explore the realities of leveraged buyouts and the factors that can lead to failure or drive success. Examples include:

      Dynacast

      Imagine that you are a principal in the private equity group at Partners Group (PG), a global private markets investment organization, in 2014. In the Dynacast: Solid, Middle-Market LBO case study, your group is investing in Dynacast, a small global manufacturer of high-quality metal components. Through this case, you’ll gain real-world experience in evaluating the soundness of an LBO deal and compiling a summary report for your team and managing director to present to the bankers for the transaction.

      HCA

      As one of the largest leveraged buyouts on record, the HCA LBO was a home run for all constituents: private equity sponsors, creditors, and management. This case serves as the foundation for the final module of the program and takes a deep dive into its investment thesis, financing, and exit, and it provides an example of what a good LBO for both private equity sponsors and creditors looks like.

      Program Faculty

      Donna Hitscherich

      Senior lecturer in Discipline in Business; finance director in the Private Equity Program; and Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

      Donna M. Hitscherich currently serves as a senior lecturer in Discipline in Business, finance director in the Equity Program, and a Bernstein Faculty Leader at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Hitscherich’s programs include Corporate Finance and the elective programs Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance. More info

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      Ellen Carr

      Adjunct Associate Professor, Finance Adjunct Faculty, Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing

      Ellen Carr has over two decades of experience as a high yield bond portfolio manager, most recently at Weaver C. Barksdale (WCB), a majority-women-owned, institutional fixed income investment management firm based in Nashville, TN. She specializes in the construction and management of high yield and core plus bond portfolios. Prior to joining WCB, she served as senior vice president and a high yield portfolio manager for institutional separate accounts and mutual funds for The Capital Group Companies/American Funds in Los Angeles, CA. More info

      Certificate

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      Certificate

      Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education and two days toward a Certificate in Business Excellence.

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      Your verified digital certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Columbia Business School Executive Education.

      Why Columbia Business School?

      Educating the Business Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

      Consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world for finance, Columbia Business School has worked exclusively with Emeritus to develop and deliver this six-week Leveraged Buyouts (Online) program. This program leverages Columbia's thought leadership, developed over years of research, teaching, and practice. By partnering with Emeritus, Columbia Business School is able to broaden access beyond our on-campus offerings in a collaborative and engaging format that stays true to the quality of Columbia Business School Executive Education and Columbia as a whole.

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      • How do I know if this program is right for me?

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        Are there any prerequisites for this program?

        Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at learner.success@emeritus.org for assistance.


        Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.


        What is the typical class profile?

        More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.


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        How will my time be spent?

        We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:



        • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
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        • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
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        The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please contact us at learner.success@emeritus.org if you need further clarification on program activities.



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        More than 250,000 professionals globally, across 80 countries, have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

        A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.


        How do I interact with other program participants?

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        Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

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        Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

        No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.


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        You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

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        Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.


        Do I need to be online to access the program content?

        Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet, and video content is not available for download. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

        Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

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        What is the program fee, and what forms of payment do you accept?

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        After the published start date of the program, you have until the midpoint of the program to request to defer to a future cohort of the same program. A deferral request must be submitted along with a specified reason and explanation. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to availability of other cohorts scheduled at our discretion. This will not be applicable for deferrals within the refund period, and the limit of one deferral per enrollment remains. All deferral requests should be sent to admissions@emeritus.org.

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