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Title: Introduction to: Hyperion Strategic Finance and Strategic Finance Consulting

Introduction toHyperion Strategic Finance and
Strategic Finance Consulting
  • SCOOP Session
  • September 30, 2004

  • Hyperion Strategic Finance, formerly Alcar, was
    founded in 1979 by two Professors from
    Northwestern Universitys Kellogg School of
    Management, Al Rappaport and Carl Noble Jr.
  • Al Rappaport authored Creating Shareholder
    Value and was instrumental in the advent of value
    based management
  • Strategic Finance was acquired by Hyperion in
    April of 2003
  • Hyperion is one of the global leaders in Business
    Performance Management Software with 91 of the
    Fortune 100 largest companies using our software
    for their business needs
  • Hyperion, with 2,600 employees, was named as one
    of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in

What is Hyperion Strategic Finance?
  • Software package similar to Excel that allows
    users to make key strategic financial decisions,
    such as
  • Should we divest an underperforming business?
  • Should we acquire one or more of our competitors?
  • Should we invest in project A or project B?
  • Should we buyback shares or issue dividends with
    the excess cash we expect to generate?
  • Consultants at HSF utilize their knowledge of
    finance to build financial models for clients
    that provide insight to executives on key
    strategic issues such as those listed above.

Consulting Projects
  • Projects last between one and three months (2
    months on average)
  • Discuss and understand clients specific industry
    and business needs
  • Discuss and understand merger and acquisition
    analysis, long-term strategic planning, and other
    financial analysis
  • Build financial models using HSF software to meet
    client needs
  • Valuation Metrics
  • Merger and Acquisition Analysis
  • - Capital Structure Issues, etc.

HSF Clients
  • Corporate - Strategic Modeling
  • Allows running of different alternatives,
    strategies or scenarios and view impact on full
    financials (I/S, B/S, C/F, ) to evaluate
    important business decisions
  • Provides Senior Management with a tool to
    evaluate profitability and economic value of
    various business units, capital projects, and
    potential targets for acquisition.
  • Banks - Credit and Risk Management
  • Allows bankers to evaluate borrowers credit
    worthiness utilizing full financials (I/S, B/S,
    C/F, )
  • Allows Banks to reduce overall lending risk

Typical HSF Corporate Project - Timing
  • Overall time frame 1 to 3 months
  • Design Phase
  • Work with client to identify needs and
    conceptualize solutions
  • Build Phase
  • Model building and linking to source systems
  • Testing Phase
  • Roll-out Phase
  • Client Training
  • On site assistance during critical business
  • MA transactions
  • Divestiture modeling
  • Strategic Plan Consolidation

Typical HSF Project - Staffing
  • Hyperion
  • Project manager
  • Consultant
  • Client
  • Owner is usually CFO, VP of Finance or Planning,
    or Treasurer
  • Main contact or client lead is usually Director
    or Manager in above areas
  • Remainder of team will be financial analysts from
    each area

Key Benefits of working for HSF
  • Valuable industry experience
  • Exposure to all key finance functions of a major
  • Senior management client contact
  • Acquire strong technical and interpersonal skills
  • Extensive travel opportunities including

HSF Skill Set
  • Technical Skills 
  • Solid accounting and financial statement
    knowledge, especially an understanding of how PL
    and B/S interact to generate Cash Flow statement.
  • In-depth understanding of the Cash Flow statement
    -- Cash vs. non-cash flows, MA activity, etc.
  • Valuation theory and practical application of
    DCF, EVA, and Multiple approaches.
  • Knowledge of MA accounting is helpful.
  • Financial modeling and forecasting experience.
  • Knowledge of Credit analysis and Credit review
    process in Financial Institutions.

HSF Skill Set
  • Soft Skills 
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and execute
    projects with limited supervision
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Ability to conceptualize complex financial topics
  • Ability to build close relationships with clients
    to help drive new business for the company

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