Our client, a UK Plc, was experiencing financial difficulties and was in the process of undertaking a strategic review of its businesses, including options around disposing of or closing some of its non-core operations. Management needed a robust tool to help them understand the financial impact of potential disposals. KPMG worked closely with management to understand the main drivers for the various business streams. We used this to develop an integrated financial model on a business unit by business unit basis.
The model enabled them to turn different business streams on or off and see how that impacted on company profitability, working capital and cash position.
The model allowed management to better understand the financial impact of the strategic options they were looking at. Ultimately the company chose to shut down two of its retail brands and sold off one of the other major business units.