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Bain Case Study Prompt

A friend asked me if I wanted to buy his coffee shop in Vail, CO for $100,000.

Cup of coffee, $4.00
Bottled Water, $2.00
Pastries, $3.00

Variable Cost: All products have a 50% margin

Customers: The shop serves mostly locals, not tourists, so demand is consistent throughout the year

Other Costs:
Rent was $500 per month
Wages (for 2 employees) were $8.00 per hour.
The shop is open 12 hours a day, six days a week.

How should I go about thinking about this problem?

Case Overview

This is a premier Bain case study. In the case, you have been approached by a friend to buy his coffee shop. All business costs (fixed and variable) have been provided for you. It’s your job to do the due diligence required to find out if this would be a profitable acquisition.

Use the M&A Framework to solve this Bain case study. However, don’t pigeonhole yourself into the basic frameworks. Use your knowledge of the frameworks, your prior business experience and know-how, and creativity to create a custom framework to help you solve the case.

Good news: the case contains no charts or graphs to be interpreted. This case will set you up for a first or second round Bain interview, with a qualitative difficulty of 2 out of 4.

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