We know what we are good at, and we know when there are other, better (yes even much better) resources available.  With that siad, In the relm of Venture Financing for a Business, there are simply others better suited to help.

Thinking about seeking venture capital?

A source out there came to our attention and made this available and we pass it along to you.  Please, don't come back to us looking for additional advice on how to best use it.  Go to your financial people, your accountant or maybe even better... go back to the source (shown on the bottom of the page) ... they deserve the credit.


In an effort to fill the apparent void on the Internet related to complete financial models built with Excel, here is a  model which includes examples for all of the frequent terms (cash flow, CAPEX, sources and uses, headcount, etc.) The model is complete and a good example of what to send to a venture capital or private equity firm or a hedge fund to raise any type of financing.

A few words about this model:

  1. It is a real model built for a client (prospective clients you can see my work)
  2. It is not a template for you to use (I suppose if you changed all the assumptions it's usable, but...), but the component parts are recommended for capital raising
  3. The model is for a "triple play" telcom business (cable, voice and data) so the cost of sales part of the model is over 100 assumptions and the CAPEX is fairly involved including physical constraints; this "complexity" is designed to show industry knowledge to financing sources
    • The model includes the following tabs: Sources and Uses
    • Assumptions (which also includes the Financial Summary--P&L and balance sheet information)
    • Financial Statements (which includes the P&L, balance sheet, revenue detail, COS detail, CAPEX row 178, and debt schedule row 251)
    • Cash Flow Statement
    • OPEX (operating expense detail and the headcount plan)
  4. The model makes extensive use of named fields (after you open the model press F5); named fields make it easier to understand formulas because you use a name instead of a cell reference in the formula
  5. In addition to being a startup, the strategy called for a  series of acquisitions (a rollup) which are modeled
  6. The model uses a customer acquisition cost driver for the organic growth of subscribers

A few things that would have changed the model design include:

  1. If I had a complex debt structure (combination of a line of credit, term loan and mezzanine debt) I would have used a separate tab for the "debt schedule" to make it easier to find
  2. If I had an operating company (instead of a startup) I would have included historical information for at least three years in the "financial summary" and probably have given it a separate tab; if you have a good operating history of revenue growth or a turnaround I would include five years of historical data
  3. If I had historical information on each acquisition, I would have forecasted/modeled each acquisition on a separate named tab (with a separate P&L and a balance sheet) and then consolidated them; such a presentation would have made it easier to understand the economics of each business unit and to evaluate the reasonableness of the purchase price
  4. If the headcount additions were based on time instead of capacity requirements (as shown in the model) I would have used date triggers to drive headcount additions

The auditing tool bar in Excel may aid in understanding what is goign on within the spreadsheet. Click View>Toolbars>Formula Auditing

Please remember that the complexity of the model serves a purpose--to demonstrate knowledge of a complex industry. Most models can be successfully built with fewer assumptions about revenue and cost of sales.


For more information from Robert Hacker visit Sophisticated Finance.