Industries

Some ideas for how we can help you, whatever industry you’re in.

Mining financial models

Mining

We have worked on transactions for miners, refiners and investors across a wide variety of commodities – gold, silver, copper, zinc, nickel, mineral sands, tunsgten and coal, amongst others. Strangely, we’ve never worked on an iron ore mine (yet!).

  • Developing a model for a feasibility study. This can be a high-level model for a PFS, up to a highly detailed BFS model.
  • Prepare the financial analysis sections of your feasibility study. We can use the model we (or someone else) builds and translate it into a releasable document.
  • Funding model. Either using the feasibility model or starting from scratch, we can build a model suitable for banks and other investors.
  • Financial advisor. We can help you to raise finance to develop your project.

Energy

Whilst we have worked primarily on renewable energy projects or gas-powered projects, we have worked across the entire value chain – generation (with multiple fuel sources), transmission and distribution of both gas and electricity, and retail.

  • Funding model. Having worked on the funding side, we can build a model suitable for financiers to use for due diligence.
  • Pricing and customer models. Trying to work out what the contract price with your offtakers should be for a new contract? Or the regulated tariff? We’ve previously built models used exactly for this purpose.
  • Government grants or loans. Our models have been used as part of the application process to obtain government funding for renewable energy projects
  • Financial advisor. We can help you negotiating with banks, equity investors and government agencies so that you can cost-effectively get your project up and running.
Energy financial models
PPP financial models

Public Private Partnerships

We’ve worked for governments, bidders and banks to help develop much-needed new facilities.

  • Project models. We can build full project models for use by equity investors, debt financiers and submitted with your bid. And when it comes time to refinance your debt, we can make all the necessary and allowable updates to your original project model, whether we or someone else originally built it.
  • Abatement models. We can interpret the myriad KPI and abatement provisions in the Project Agreement and turn them into a simple to use spreadsheet that can be used to calculate abatement levels at varying levels of severity/confidence.
  • PSC models. For government agencies, we can help you determine the cost of government delivery of a project, and assess the bids you receive.

Infrastructure

We have worked on transactions for a huge variety of infrastructure sub-sectors – rail, airports, ports, toll-roads, energy infrastructure, social infrastructure, water, stadiums … Thankfully, we’ve never built a traffic forecasting model for a road.

  • Project models. When bidding for a new project, calculating the “correct” price is a critical input. We’ve built models for long-life assets incorporating construction, operations, tax and financing.
  • Pricing and customer models. Trying to work out what the contract price with your offtakers should be for a new contract? Or the regulated tariff? We’ve previously built models used exactly for this purpose.
  • Cost-benefit analysis. Prior to any decision to go out to market, we’ve worked for government agencies assessing whether a particular project makes economic sense.
Infrastructure financial models

Oil and Gas

From conventional oil and gas extraction to coal seam gas, refiners, LNG plants or associated infrastructure such as pipelines or power stations, we can help you make good investment decisions right across the value chain.

  • Developing a model for a feasibility study. This can be a high-level model for a PFS, up to a highly detailed BFS model.
  • Prepare the financial analysis sections of your feasibility study. We can use the model we (or someone else) builds and translate it into a releasable document.
  • Funding model. Either using a feasibility model or starting from scratch, we can build a model suitable for banks and other investors incorporating any number of different funding structures.

Manufacturing

Whatever you make, knowing your likely financial position can help you make better decisions. We’ve worked for clients in the auto, AV, paper, printing, defence, food, beverage and agricultural sectors.

  • Plant expansions and upgrades. Expansions and upgrades can make complete intuitive sense, but can hurt your bottom line. Or they may sound bad, but actually be good for you. We can help look at all the costs and benefits of any plant change.
  • Acquisitions. Looking at acquiring a competitor or a complementary product? We can build a model to help assess the opportunity and fund it efficiently.
  • Sale and lease-back. If you own your factory, it may make sense to sell and lease-back the land to free up capital for other value creating opportunities.
  • New products. New product launches seem to always run into problems. This could be a longer time frame than anticipated, higher costs, quality issues. We can help you analyse and manage the risks that arise.
Manufacturing financial models
Retail financial models

Retail

Retail is a people, product and numbers game. Let us help you look after the numbers, while you concentrate on the people and product.

  • Acquisitions. Looking at acquiring a competitor or a complementary product? We can build a model to help assess the opportunity and fund it efficiently.
  • Store expansions. By integrating with you business development / growth team, we can help assess the profitability of new stores and how best to fund the growth.
  • Sale and lease-back. If you own your stores, it may make sense to sell and lease-back the land to free up capital for other value creating opportunities – vertical integration, acquisitions, increased store numbers, etc.
  • Franchising. We can help you determine whether franchising or company-operating makes sense given a set of sales, operating and capital cost and franchise fee parameters.

Construction and engineering

Whether you use cost plus, lump sum, alliance, management contracts or any other form, ensuring you know what the financial risks are is critical to a successful construction project.

  • Construction budgets and working capital. Whilst P&L-type budgets tell you that you whether you will ultimately make money on a job, if there is a delay between payments and receipts, you will need to ensure you have sufficient capital available to bridge the gap.
Construction financial model

Software

You may not need to invest huge amounts of capital just to get started anymore, but you still need to match your expenses and income so you can manage your business.

  • Growth funding. Growing your business is great, but it comes at a cost. Make sure you can pay for your growth by accurately forecasting cash receipts and costs, and timing investment appropriately.
  • Acquisitions. Looking at acquiring a competitor or a complementary product? We can build a model to help assess the opportunity and fund it efficiently.

Financial services

It can be argued that banking is financial modelling in its purest form. Practically every part of the business has a financial model, and we’ve been involved in a lot of them.

  • Risk models. Different asset classes have different risk factors. After collecting statistical data we can help you build a risk grading model to suit your business (or businesses).
  • Pricing and return models. Once you know the risk profile of a potential client, you need to price for the risk. Incorporating any regulatory capital requirements, we can help you profitably price each deal or portfolio.
  • Performance models. Taking your existing portfolio and future business assumptions, we can help forecast your financial performance and capital requirements.
  • Templates. Sometimes the fastest way to analyse the historical or expected performance of one of your clients is to plug it into a ready made model. We have built a number of template models, with more to come – our free small business template is just one example.
Financial services models
Property financial models

Property

Whether building, renovating, buying, selling and leasing, or developing a paddock into a suburban dream, you need to know that you can get your money back.

  • Sub-divisions. That vacant block of land looks great and can easily be divided into a number of smaller blocks to add value. But don’t forget about the costs to get it there. For a simple review, download our free subdivision model.
  • Building. Pre-sales, loans, equity, deposits, progress payments, completion payments, working capital, GST – all are critical inputs to a property development financial model.
  • Acquisitions. Initial rental yield only tells you part of the investment story. By modelling contributions, lease tenors, rent reviews and financing you can obtain a full picture of a property.
  • Improvements. Before improving an investment property, it is important to analyse the costs and benefits of the works and undertake detailed construction / working capital budgeting.
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