15 11, 2021

Do you really need a full time CFO?

By |2021-11-15T15:05:46+00:00November 15th, 2021|CFO as a service, Outliers, PE Value Creation, Private Equity|

Do you really need a full time CFO? Many companies don't. But that doesn't mean they don't require expert CFO level knowledge during critical stages of growth or to help with strategic planning. Here's a great article from Fast Company that explores how interim and fractional executives can be game changing. Outliers’ “CFO as a Service” suite of services for private equity owned portfolio companies provides PE experienced accounting experts on a fractional basis.  Some of the benefits of [...]

5 09, 2020

A New Formula for Creating PE Deal Value, Stability – Mainsheet OP

By |2020-05-23T16:48:13+00:00September 5th, 2020|PE Value Creation|

The formula for creating PE deal value is supposed to be fairly simple. But today the exits are coming from the CEOs, which is creating big problems. Our three-legged stool model was designed to avoid these challenges, drive value, and generate attractive exits for owners. Source: A New Formula for Creating PE Deal Value, Stability - Mainsheet OP

10 04, 2019

What does pizza have to do with accounting?

By |2020-05-23T16:46:20+00:00April 10th, 2019|CFO as a service|

With the first quarter complete, most companies with a calendar year end have wrapped up their annual financial audits or are in the process of doing so. For all those accounting teams out there – congratulations! As accountants, our very own version of March Madness is over and we can settle back into being just “very busy” versus “completely underwater”. I often remind employees outside the accounting department at client companies that accountants are the only group in most companies [...]

10 10, 2018

A New Formula for PE Deal Success – The Fractional CFO

By |2020-05-23T16:54:09+00:00October 10th, 2018|Lower Middle Market Portfolio, Operating Partner, PE Value Creation|

While an Operating Partner (OP) – usually with the credentials of a highly experienced CEO – is critically important to helping lower middle market private equity deal teams build value, the importance of an equally talented and proven interim CFO - otherwise known as the fractional CFO - cannot be overstated. With an experienced OP and CFO onboard, a deal stands a much better chance of achieving the acquisition thesis objectives, avoiding risk, identifying hidden value, and ultimately optimizing exit [...]

30 06, 2018

The Case for Outliers

By |2020-05-23T17:37:53+00:00June 30th, 2018|CFO as a service, Outliers, Private Equity|

C-suite turnover is epidemic in lower middle market private equity (LMM) portfolio companies, a reality that, not surprisingly, can seriously damage or even derail the value creation process. The challenge - and its solution - is tied to the unique nature of these ventures and their corresponding need for CEOs and CFOs with the skillset and background to identify and manage the outliers - portfolio investments that stand out because of their particularly strong - or poor - performance. In [...]

14 06, 2018

How to Solve CEO Turnover in PE Companies

By |2020-05-23T17:39:05+00:00June 14th, 2018|Operating Partner|

[This post originally appeared in Mainsheet Operating Partners blog, found here.] A majority of the CEOs tasked with transforming PE portfolio companies into lucrative exits are instead being replaced within the first two years of the investment, thereby putting both the reality of those plans and their timetables in real jeopardy. Meaning that solving CEO turnover in PE companies is critical to industry success. That is the consensus of a recent PE industry survey, which also suggests that much of [...]

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