Case Study

Develop and Automate Annual Recurring Revenue for $100M Software-As-A-Service Company

"Supported the unsolicited bid to acquire a company unprepared to undergo said transaction as it was halfway through its intended investment horizon"


  • $100M top-line, $30M Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) SaaS company focused on enterprise data management lacked financial and operational Key Performance Indicators ​
  • Company had been purchased three years prior at ~13x EBITDA​
  • COVID-19 pandemic had notable impact on growth leading Private Equity Sponsor to believe investment horizon had been extended beyond initial three to five year outlook​
  • The Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) leader exited the company and unsolicited offer from an enterprise software company focused on ‘Office of the CFO’ solutions came soon after​
  • Existing CFO was an interim role​
  • SLKone was hired to immediately assume all FP&A responsibilities; prepare the financial department for transaction, own the completion of all financial diligence requests, and provide surge resourcing to handle elevated workload caused by diligence

Bespoke Solutions

Prior to transaction:​

  • SLKone rapidly assessed, organized, and cleaned up existing analysis and reports​
  • Worked directly with PE Sponsor to facilitate and fulfill all diligence requests timely​
  • Updated out of date Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) Dashboard​
    • Recurring revenue was primary factor in determining final EBITDA multiple​
    • Developed capability to correct mistakes in the existing model that were derived from ‘bad data’ in the underlying systems​
  • Developed key analysis that would support the final ‘working capital’ peg​

Post Transaction:​

  • Supported the transition of MRR Dashboarding capability to acquisition company​
    • Ran the update process for four months​
    • Trained newly hired ‘revenue specialist’ in acquisition company FP&A group to utilize PowerBI to update their existing MRR Dashboard capability

Leading With Results

  • Successful transaction at 16.6x EBITDA multiple to a strategic unsolicited bidder, up from ~13x three years prior​
  • Transitioned MRR Dashboard​ - Developed ‘How to’ guide to support the transition​ - Trained acquiring group’s staff to utilize PowerBI and Excel based Power Query​
  • Post-transaction support of financial departments (Accounting and FP&A)​
    • Support integration of acquired company’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) data into acquiring company’s ERP system​
    • Transition operational reporting that supports the active management of the acquired company
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