In 2007, an analyst in the derivatives group of investment bank Grenfeld & Co. was asked to devise a hedging strategy for Providence Equity Partners (Providence) in Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE Inc.). Providence was based in the United States and any strategy would involve significant foreign exchange rate risk due to the conversion of returns into U.S. dollars. The analyst needed to consider several long-term hedging strategies that Grenfeld & Co. could recommend to Providence. Her vice-president had asked that she create a hedging strategy by initially assuming a 25 per cent IRR for the investment and its performance, based on two outcomes at the end of the investment (investment horizon = five years): a zero per cent IRR and a 25 per cent IRR.
Case Name : BCE Inc.: World’s Largest LBO Deal in Jeopardy
Authors : Stephen R. Foerster
Source : Ivey Publishing
Case ID : 909N29
Discipline : Finance
Case Length : 04 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
In November, 2008, BCI Inc. (BCE) appeared to be on track to meet a December 2008 deadline to complete a $52-billion privatization deal. A consortium had previously submitted a winning leveraged buyout (LBO) bid that was estimated to add an estimated $32 billion in debt to the company. Mere days before the deal’s “termination date,” BCE executives were stunned to hear that KPMG auditors advised the deal was in jeopardy of collapse – based on a clause that normally merited little attention. The auditors noted that, on the basis of preliminary assessment, the company had not passed a required “solvency test” which compared the estimated value of BCE’s assets and liabilities in the event that BCE needed to liquidate. BCE executives had little time to determine if the deal could still be saved and if so, how? Conversely, if the deal could not be completed, what would the organization’s next steps be?