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Reviewing a financial model, what are the key things to focus on and understand while also needing to generate list of questions?

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What be driving dem margins. How variable vs fixed are the costs? What are the capex needs? What does working capital look like and why? What levers are there to pull with respect to the above? Where is growth coming from? What kind of growth has there been in the end-markets / can you expect going forward? Is revenue recurring / predictable or “lumpy” and needs to be re-won every year? What does the customer base look like? Is it concentrated or diversified? There’s a bunch more but those are some of the basics.

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Thanks so much PEA1, this post has been shared 18 times from several IBAs. I’m sure this was beneficial to them as well as it was for me as we start our new roles!

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Trace it back to the assumptions, like manual inputs, and ask questions about those. Refer to everything as “drivers” and they’ll think you’re smart

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