Methods for setting financial goals of a PE firm?

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Anonymous A asked on Aug 06, 2018

Real estate PE firm (investing in airports around the world) asks for your help in:

1. Setting the firm's target return rate

2. How to best achieve it

How to best structure this problem?


Thanks for the input. I have my issue tree below. What do you think of it?Real Estate PE Issue tree


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Hi Anonymous,

well, the question is very unconcrete and the case could go into a million directions. But here is a fundamental line of thinking that should be employed:

I would start by making explicit the relationship between return rate and inherent risk of an investment class. So determining its own risk appetite is a central precondition for the PE fund in order to set a reasonable target return rate. Then, for its given risk appetite, the market return rate of comparable assets in the same risk bracket needs to be researched and should form a "floor level" of expected returns. This can then be transformed into a "decision grid" for each investment opportunity to come to a go or no-go decision.

But a I said - the actual case and the required analysis dirung the case can branch off into many different directions.

Cheers, Sidi

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