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Husk Power Systems: Financing Expansion

Husk Power Systems, a young but widely celebrated firm based in India, needs $1.5 million to $2.5 million of expansion capital to grow quickly beyond the small footprint it had established in northeast India. It was a successful green-energy enterprise that aimed to provide electricity to millions of rural Indians in a financially viable way. With 10 "mini power plants" that used rice husks as a f ...

Mars, Incorporated

Recommended for MBAs, this case is one of a pair of cases used in a merger negotiation exercise. It is designed to be used with "Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company" (UVA-F-1607), but it can also be used on its own. Half of the class prepares only the Wrigley case and the other half uses the Mars case. Wrigley and Mars are in the process of negotiating a merger agreement. Macroeconomic assumptions?particular ...

Sun Microsystems

This case is written from the perspective of a member of Oracle's valuation team during Oracle's bid to acquire Sun Microsystems in 2009. Sun was an industry leader in the IT sector, and it had many suitors, including IBM. Oracle had distinguished itself as the world's largest and most reputable sellers of database management systems and other related software, and it had recently acquired several ...

Western Asset Arbitrage

The case introduces students to the nature of collateralized debt obligations (CDO) and the CDO origination process, with emphasis on the corporate structure of the special purpose vehicles, cash flows to various CDO tranches, and motivation behind CDO origination. Students will learn to quantitatively evaluate the risk-return profile of CDO tranches with emphasis on the equity tranche (also known ...

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Recommended for MBAs, this case is one of a pair of cases used in a merger negotiation exercise. It is designed to be used with "Mars, Incorporated" (UVA-F-1612), but it can also be used on its own. Half of the class prepares only the Wrigley case and the other half uses the Mars case. Wrigley and Mars are in the process of negotiating a merger agreement. Macroeconomic assumptions?particularly fo ...

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and Mars, Incorporated: Merger Negotiation Application (SIMULATION)

The cases "Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company" (UVA-F-1607) and "Mars, Incorporated" (UVA-F-1612) serve as tw ...

Business Valuation in Mergers and Acquisitions

This note discusses valuation in the context of business mergers and acquisitions. It builds on standard methods of business valuation to consider the unique questions arising in a merger or acquisition setting. The note focuses on valuation using the discounted cash flow (DCF) approach and the comparable-firm-multiples approach and presupposes an understanding of the principles of business valuat ...

Crawford Development Co. and Southeast Bank of Texas

In the early months of the 2007-08 financial crises, a loan manager faces a real estate financing decision. Should he approve a bullet structure three-year loan to a longstanding client, a legendary Texan developer? The developer, who near retirement downsized his business, is seeking financing for his only project: residential or commercial development on an attractive piece of land in suburban H ...

Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund: Push and Pull Over GP/LP Compensation

The case is designed to explore the structure and rationale behind the standard compensation arrangements in the private equity (PE) industry. It effectively introduces students to commonly used terms of limited partnership agreements (LPAs), such as fees, carried interest, and preferred terms or hurdle rates. The backdrop for the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF) case is the changed ...

Polaris Management: The Løgstør Rør A/S Journey

How does a private equity fund decide whether to cut its losses on a newly successful but somewhat unstable investment? Focusing on the exit valuation of an international manufacturing company, this case is designed for a second-year MBA elective called "Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity." The private equity fund owns a 33% share in a pipe manufacturer that has a roller-coaster history. N ...

Taking Private Equity Public: The Blackstone Group

On the eve of the Blackstone Group's much anticipated initial public offering (IPO), a Wall Street portfolio manager contemplates his commitment to purchase 20,000 units at $31.00 each. As one of the largest IPOs in recent history and the first major PE fund to go public in the United States, the offering had stirred up significant media and congressional interest, some of which was potentially da ...
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