August 21, 2016.
Everything is so sudden. While I do not have the formal mandate yet that I would be an executive director of a holding company, a thick folder was sent to me to study the viability of buying a school. (Elem to Senior High School) There was a communication that contains a letter of intent to sell and the suggested closing is end of the month.
I reviewed the documents and found out that most of the information are for a loan transaction: appraisal of the real property and FS (which I think looked funny) If ever there is a valuation report, it has to be valuation of the business based on the FS? They do not add up. Well the FS shows a school that is losing money.
If the purpose of the exercise is to buy the business, a lot more data is needed. It is like a strama paper. The objectives have to be defined and the strategy of how to make the school profitable, how to achieve ROI has to be defined. A due diligence study has to be made before cogent decision can be made.
I did not realize that I am comfortable and at home in this kind of work.
These are the excerpts of my thoughts/communication to the Chairman of the Holding company: