Tid.bi.ts: Issue #7 – A Private Equity Special

by Vinaya HS on May 4, 2007

in Business & Management

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Wharton Private Equity Review – Differentiation in a Hyper-competitive Market

The race for deals is on in private equity. Gone are the days when firms simply did due diligence, loaded on leverage and hoped for outsized returns after selling the company a few years down the road. Today, record-setting bids and unprecedented capital inflows have created an overheated environment that requires new strategies for those looking to stay ahead of the pack. Produced in cooperation with the Wharton Private Equity Club, this special report highlights the innovative ways firms are working to source deals, set themselves apart in an auction process and ensure performance once a deal is done. Also, industry specialists offer a close-up view of the debt markets and the hot energy market, which saw one of the largest-ever private equity proposals earlier this year.

Knowledge@Wharton – Operating Partners Promise Performance and Higher Returns, but Do They Always Deliver?

According to a 2007 Association for Corporate Growth/Thomson Financial survey, private equity professionals see lower returns as the greatest threat looming over them — more so than competition from other firms and hedge funds. For many, a way to avoid that problem is to install so-called “operating partners” — senior-level executives with industry expertise — at portfolio companies. Panelists at the 2007 Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference and others in the industry say that operating partners with experience running plants and facilities, and rolodexes full of industry contacts, can boost profits and feed higher returns.

Knowledge@Wharton – Private Equity Bidding Wars: When Capital-rich Funds Compete, Intangibles Win the Deal

With so much money pouring into private equity funds, competitors for deals are able to match one another easily when it comes to price. Clearly, valuation remains the most important part of any transaction, but in today’s capital-soaked private equity environment, bidders must also come up with other, less tangible ways to set themselves apart. According to private equity experts, timing, sound strategy, operational expertise and a track record of successful deals are the new currency in a market where money is no object.

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Tales from the archives: Gruha Pravesham or House Warming Ceremony

In Hindu tradition, the construction of one’s home is a very auspicious event. This event is called “Gruha Pravesham” which translates (with some modifications) to “House Warming Ceremony.” The entire ritual is pretty complicated for words. The pictures here should give you an idea of the rituals involved.


For newcomers, Tid.bi.ts is a weekly column where I bring you up to five easily digestible tidbits (def: “tidbits” are tasty morsels of information) from across the web. Published every Friday, these tidbits can be browsed over the weekend or even better, read one tidbit a day over the next week at work. It’s a neat way to become an information-ninja at your workplace.

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Anoop May 4, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Lo Vinay! your website has become less attractive these days coz u write mostly about things which people dont understand or not interested in reading. I am a regular reader of your blog and love reading your posts, to me i can understand regarding leverages, company returns and etc..But what about one’s who dont?.My honest opinion please make posts more general..Just a suggestion.

Cheers!! keep blogging

Vinaya HS May 11, 2007 at 7:12 AM

@Anoop: Mama neenu Bangalore ge baa. Avaga explain maadtini.

Goutham May 11, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Vinay, ondu presentation kodo.. “Driving [away] Customers First” [inspired by ur favorite PCF] … anta. Ninna blog olle “case study” agatte.

Anoop May 18, 2007 at 2:38 PM

Goutham sooper dialogue kano..Coz eethara posts nannunnu vodusbidatthe..:-)

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