Blackford Capital (Michigan) – Private Equity Summer Analyst | GFC Technical Interview Series
Blackford Capital (Michigan) – Private Equity Summer Analyst
What are the essential factors companies look for in a PE acquisition?
- Stable cash flows
- management capacity
- debt levels
- EBITDA criteria
- Historical transaction multiple for the industry (need to acknowledge if this is a middle market or not)
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Multinational, attention to detail, communicative
Weaknesses: Sometimes make hasty decisions, sometimes do not recognize priorities
Why Private Equity/What do you know about middle market PE transactions?
Higher multiples nowadays, strong recovery/valuations
Talk to me about a deal on your resume?
Do you intend to pursue a long-term career in the US?
Chicago/New York as major financial centers, more developed financial markets
Incredible opportunity to interact with intelligent people with diverse backgrounds in the US
Better deal flow, more transparency
I can contribute in terms of perspective, multinational insights (works better if interviewing for a firm with international branches)