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Profitability Tree Drivers

What are the individual drivers of the elements in the profit tree?

- E.g. volume: market size, market share, customer segments etc.

What are the drivers I should look at for the other elements/ branches? Thanks a lot

What are the individual drivers of the elements in the profit tree?

- E.g. volume: market size, market share, customer segments etc.

What are the drivers I should look at for the other elements/ branches? Thanks a lot

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Hi,

Too open a question. To dig 5 levels deep into the profit tree, we have to have a base - which is the case/company/industry in question. Else cannot bring out "relevance", which is what is needed from level 3 of the tree. For instance, the FC drivers of a manufacturing setup aren't the same as that of a online dating company.

However, i would suggest you take a look Deloitte's Shareholder Value Creation Map...It's the most MECE and comprehensive (and scary..haha) one, i have ever seen.

Link : https://www.tribalmind.co/Discovery/deloitte-enterprise-value-map/5181

Hope that helps!

Hi,

Too open a question. To dig 5 levels deep into the profit tree, we have to have a base - which is the case/company/industry in question. Else cannot bring out "relevance", which is what is needed from level 3 of the tree. For instance, the FC drivers of a manufacturing setup aren't the same as that of a online dating company.

However, i would suggest you take a look Deloitte's Shareholder Value Creation Map...It's the most MECE and comprehensive (and scary..haha) one, i have ever seen.

Link : https://www.tribalmind.co/Discovery/deloitte-enterprise-value-map/5181

Hope that helps!

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Hi,

I would recommend the following approach:

1) Ask clarifying questions:

- Clarify the business model (i.e. how the business works and what are the revenue streams / core products or business lines). Why do you need to know the revenue streams? Because it's one of the most critical pieces in understanding the business model. An example is Oil&Gas with up-, mid- and down- streams that are completely different businesses.

- Clarify the objective both in money terms and timeline (e.g. Our objective is to increase profits by 5M in 5 years). When you have a to select from several options in a case - clarify the selection criteria

- Clarify other possible limitations if you feel that it's necessary

2) You make a classic profitability structure adapting it to the case. Sometimes cases are not that easy as just declining profits. For example, if the profits are lower than planned, it is either because we have problems with profits or we have problems with planning. Try to be MECE here.

3) While you do your structure you split the revenues first by the revenue streams (if you have multiple streams) and then into either:

  • Price and quantity for the production companies. I also recommend to add proactively the 3rd box - the "Mix". Thus you show your business sense and demonstrate that you know the most common case traps. Pls note that the "mix" can be anything - geography, customer, product, etc.
  • The number of customers and the average check for retail stores, restaurants, etc. You can further split the customers into traffic and conversion (if relevant, e.g. for a fashion store) and the avg check into the products and prices

3) Costs I would split into Fixed and Variable. VCs you can split futher into costs per unit and units sold

4) I would start the case by checking whether its increasing revenues, declining costs, or both - so that you could eliminate the part that is irrelevant. Then you dig deeper into the parts of your structure

Best!

Hi,

I would recommend the following approach:

1) Ask clarifying questions:

- Clarify the business model (i.e. how the business works and what are the revenue streams / core products or business lines). Why do you need to know the revenue streams? Because it's one of the most critical pieces in understanding the business model. An example is Oil&Gas with up-, mid- and down- streams that are completely different businesses.

- Clarify the objective both in money terms and timeline (e.g. Our objective is to increase profits by 5M in 5 years). When you have a to select from several options in a case - clarify the selection criteria

- Clarify other possible limitations if you feel that it's necessary

2) You make a classic profitability structure adapting it to the case. Sometimes cases are not that easy as just declining profits. For example, if the profits are lower than planned, it is either because we have problems with profits or we have problems with planning. Try to be MECE here.

3) While you do your structure you split the revenues first by the revenue streams (if you have multiple streams) and then into either:

  • Price and quantity for the production companies. I also recommend to add proactively the 3rd box - the "Mix". Thus you show your business sense and demonstrate that you know the most common case traps. Pls note that the "mix" can be anything - geography, customer, product, etc.
  • The number of customers and the average check for retail stores, restaurants, etc. You can further split the customers into traffic and conversion (if relevant, e.g. for a fashion store) and the avg check into the products and prices

3) Costs I would split into Fixed and Variable. VCs you can split futher into costs per unit and units sold

4) I would start the case by checking whether its increasing revenues, declining costs, or both - so that you could eliminate the part that is irrelevant. Then you dig deeper into the parts of your structure

Best!

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