M&A Transactions: Financial Due Diligence from Zero to Professional

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The heart of this book focuses on three most detailed, complex and challenging areas of financial due diligence process and report in a M&A transaction environment in the marketplace; i.e., quality of earnings, cash flows and net assets, together with a high-level summary of the business overview and accounting matters/basis of financial information sections. Also included are the dashboard reporting guidelines and examples for quality of earnings (profit and loss), cash flows, net assets (balance sheet) and business overview/model. It covers areas like information memorandum, information request list, financial modeling, corporate structure analysis, earnings, pro forma EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, pro forma earnings, carve-out, cash flow, free cash flow, EBITDA to FCFF conversion, financial position, KPIs (dashboard reporting), capex, opex, financial forecast, working capital, net debts and gap analyses, etc. In addition to all the technicalities, the book explodes the reader with 40 technical examples in its respective sections and subsections. It takes the reader further in practice with 27 commentary examples (totaling 206 key findings' commentaries), offering the reader with a key focus and reference to how commentaries to key findings are/can be written and structured. This book is suitable for investment analysts; financial analysts; auditors; accountants & finance managers; financial and business consultants; qualified practicing professionals who look for ways to improve the quality of a buy-side or sell-side financial due diligence process/report; investor or seller who wants to learn and know about the financial due diligence process and detail, and the need for it; an academic professor in finance, business or accounting; a master of finance or an MBA/DBA student; an associate or a student studying towards their professional qualification or a newly qualified professional interested in and wanting to gain a proficient and in-depth understanding of what this field is and how financial due diligence is done by top professionals in practice. “A concise, easy-to-use guide to the documents and procedures associated with financial due diligence. Due diligence - financial analysis that’s an integral part of the sale or purchase of any business - is a complex process usually carried out by accountants and other financial professionals. Tseng’s book first draws on his years of experience with mergers and acquisitions to provide a detailed overview of due diligence that allows readers who have a basic understanding of accounting practices and terminology to follow the process and understand its basic components. The guide is essentially structured as an immense checklist, with the steps - scope of work, information collection and cash flow analysis, among others - broken down into their key parts. In each subsection, the author provides a comprehensive list of the major details that should be addressed as well as questions to be answered when the analysis is complete. A recurring caution, which appears in multiple chapters, reminds readers that due diligence is an analysis of facts, not speculation. The author explains that conclusions should be based on solid data, and if the necessary numbers are unavailable, the report should note that reality, as opposed to guessing ... For those readers, however, the clearly written text and numerous examples add up to a useful addition to the reference shelf. Not quite an introduction, but a straightforward, detailed guide to a crucial type of financial analysis.” ~ Excerpt from Kirkus Indie Review ~

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Arthur is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK and the Institute of Business and Finance in the USA. He is also a Master Tax Practitioner (SA) of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners. At the management level, Arthur has worked at two of the Big Four professional firms (Deloitte and Ernst & Young), global corporations and global NGOs for the past 12 years. He specializes in M&A transactions, financial due diligence (IM review, financial modeling, corporate structure analysis, transaction modeling and earnings, cash flow, financial position, KPIs, capex, opex, financial forecast and working capital analyses), dashboard reporting and process improvement, M&A tax & structuring, forensic audit, and corporate accounting. Arthur enjoys work and leisure travel in the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as he loves to meet and work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Apart from work and family life, he is also a long-term supporter and volunteer of an international charitable organization that builds orphanage care centers and schools in Africa for the orphans and the underprivileged children.

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