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An investment banking pitchbook is very important for securing a deal. Pitchbooks help convince clients the pitch you are offering is the best deal in the market. Hence, analysts and associates in investment banks devote … Read More
An investment banking pitchbook is very important for securing a deal. Pitchbooks help convince clients the pitch you are offering is the best deal in the market. Hence, analysts and associates in investment banks devote significant time analysing financials to prepare a good pitch for clients.
Typically, a senior manager, such as a managing director or vice president, prepares an outline of the pitch based on the financial solution(s) a potential client is looking for. Analysts or associates then build on the outline for a complete analysis.
The investment banking pitchbook is created keeping in mind current industry trends and data; the process may consume a few days to a few weeks. It may have to go through several iterations to match client requirements. After it is completed, senior members of the investment banking team present the pitch to the bank or client.
Some points to consider in building a winning pitchbook and successfully securing deals are given below:
More is not always better. Including a lot of information in the form of text and data points in a single slide can hinder comprehension. Keep the presentation simple, and include three to four key points in a slide. Remember, it is not the quantity but the quality of information that matters.
A successful pitch holds the client’s interest. The use of short and engaging headlines to summarise the key points on a slide, as well as relevant visuals, can enhance information retention. Visuals are important, as the human brain can process them faster than text. In addition, data visualisation catches the attention of clients faster. A key point to remember is that the visuals used should be pertinent to the content on the slide.
It is important to analyse the history of the company and effectively present the reasons a deal makes sense strategically. The analysis of both the target and the acquirer is paramount; remember, a brief and accurate analysis can be a deal clincher. By providing a detailed valuation of the target, you can impress your clients with your financial acumen. It is very crucial to analyse how the deal will be structured and financed. Use various valuation methods to reach these conclusions. For example, comparative analysis may be used to benchmark the client’s business against that of competition. This type of analysis makes sales and revenue forecasts and uses valuation methods such as financial modelling and DCF analysis.
To stand out from competition and clinch a deal, you must know the market and understand the financials that make sense or what can be a better deal for a specific client. In other words, sufficient research and presentation of error-free data are key to a successful pitch. Typos or other mistakes may undermine your credibility. Conduct research on the history of the company to present relevant information and create a winning pitch.
A pitchbook is an important marketing tool for an investment bank. It must be accurate while serving as a platform to introduce the bank to potential clients. Therefore, using up-to-date data is very crucial to the preparation of a winning pitchbook. This is necessary not only to persuade clients to accept your deal but also to beat competition.
The creation of a pitchbook may involve several drafts that undergo a lot of changes to ensure accuracy. Investment bankers should make sure their pitchbooks embed the latest industry information – a gateway to success.