Company Case Study Prompt
Our client is a Private Equity company that invests in UK-based mid-size companies. They are considering the acquisition of a British company, Sport Nuts, which operates in the sports-nutrition space. They have asked us to help them assess this opportunity, but time is limited and they would like to have a decision as to whether to acquire or not within a matter of hours.
Sports-nutrition products are protein-based bars, shakes or pills that are used to increase sports performance and build muscle. This is a very new market in the UK. It started only 3 or 4 years ago with bodybuilders. Since then it has spread to athletes and now we are seeing a trend towards casual gym users who use it to help maintain muscle tone and body shape.
The two main questions that need answering are:
- Is it a good industry to be in?
- Within this space, is Sport Nuts the right company to invest in?
What approach would you suggest to find out if sports-nutrition is a good industry to be in?
Case Study Overview
This company case study involves a PE company that is looking at the acquisition of a UK-based sports nutrition company. The basic question being asked of you is: Is this a good acquisition? Should your client follow through with the deal?
In M&A cases, keep in mind that there are two types of buyers – corporate and financial. Each have different goals!
Incorporate the M&A Framework into your structure for the case, but remember: don’t force a business problem to fit into a framework. Rather, get creative, use your business and case experience, and create a custom structure tailored to the specifics of the case.
This company case study could be expected in a final round interview at OC&C. The case contains no math exhibits.
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