Build value through stand-alone operating models
In carve-outs, buyers may recognize greater value by presenting a stand-alone operating model. In fact, sellers that present a business as a stand-alone are twice as likely to achieve a higher price and complete their deal faster than those electing not to do so. Buyers have confidence in the operating model and know that the business has been properly prepared for sale, with a comprehensive separation plan. Further, significant time is saved post-signing by not having to take these steps, long ago completed. This is critical to PE — 51% of PE buyers say it’s required for them to stay in a purchase process for corporate assets — as they often do not have the infrastructure or personnel to support a stand-alone business unless there is a match with an existing portfolio company.
Align on deal perimeter
Companies often ask us, “The deal perimeter simply reflects the business — why are we spending so much time on this?” The business to be divested is often defined differently by executives and functions within the organization. Too often, deal models are prepared utilizing historically generated system data that contains improperly allocated costs, excludes certain costs and does not reflect the business to be ultimately transferred. Accordingly, alignment on the deal perimeter across all functional areas, with a clear line of site to the deal model for each buyer, is critical.
Leadership alignment around the deal perimeter — across RemainCo and DivestCo — is essential, but this is a challenge for 63% of companies. One common deal perimeter issue for sellers is deciding on the disposition of commingled manufacturing and production facilities.
Sellers can improve alignment in deal perimeters by involving leadership early in the portfolio management process with the right data to inform decision-making.
Leading practices in the negotiation process