Case Study: Dollar General

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1. In the broader context (not specific to Dollar General), what is KKR’s investment strategy? What are the challenges KKR will encounter to make its investment in Dollar General successful? How could KKR add value to Dollar General? As KKR states on its private equity website: “In addition to traditional management buyouts and build-ups, the business seeks to find opportunities to provide growth capital, as well as minority investments, and public toe hold investments where we can partner with public companies and leverage our industry expertise and operational capabilities.” Meaning that KKR mainly focuses on leveraged management buy-outs and build-ups, but also invests in growth opportunities. KKR today is not only a private equity firm,…show more content…
The DCF method has a lot of advantages over the Multiples approach, one would be that the DCF method considers the future of a company and values the future cash flows for every debt or equity holder. So, this method forces us to explicitly explore and analyze the fundamental factors that drive business value creation. Another advantage is the discount factor which shows us if a given company will be able to generate cash flows equivalent to its riskiness. A disadvantage of the DCF method is its complexity. The Multiples approach is usually only used to get a rough estimate how much a company could be worth. The only advantage of this method is its simplicity. Disadvantages would be that it doesn’t consider the future performance of a company and that it’s subjective because truly comparable companies rarely exist. In the case of Dollar General, the Multiple method doesn’t show an appropriate value because it doesn’t consider its special business model. All these “comparable” companies are just part of the same industry which doesn’t make them truly comparable companies. They still differ in business strategy

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