Benjamin Lehrer

Benjamin Lehrer

Houston, TX, United States
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Benjamin Lehrer

Benjamin Lehrer

Houston, TX, United States
Member since January 6, 2017
Ben helps business leaders and private equity owners increase visibility, navigate inflection points, raise capital, and execute on transactions. With a background in PE, investment banking, credit, and FP&A counseling, Ben offers diverse perspectives and skilled communication between management teams, boards, investors, and lenders. He freelances for the challenge of unraveling complex situations and to supplement his small business mentorship.
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Career Highlights
Academic Highlights
Case studies
  • Acquisition Model (Roll-Up)
  • FP&A Tools
  • Business Plan (Excerpt)
Industry Expertise
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
Other Expertise
  • Capital Raising
  • Capital Structure Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • KPI Development
Employment
  • Founder
    First Water Advisors
    2010 - PRESENT
    • Responsible for all business activities of advisory and investment firm serving emerging small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) and private equity firms at their portfolio companies.
    • Emphasized FP&A best practices and corporate finance support in both long-term relationships (SMBs) and project-based initiatives (PE portfolio companies), sample relationships highlighted below.
    • Partnered with high-growth manufacturing business to establish finance function, including working capital management (13-week cash forecast), financial and KPI reporting, investor communication, and financing strategy during period of facility expansion and 100%+ YoY revenue growth.
    • Designed and built a dynamic operating model for PE-backed energy services roll-up (5 business units) utilized for business driver sensitivities, financial statement re-forecasts, and liquidity management.
    • Advised senior management and board of directors on balance-sheet restructuring and corporate turnaround of asset management firm, serving as interim CFO and senior advisor to raise $10M in incremental debt and equity capital, launch new business lines, and restore profitability.
    • Overhauled KPI reporting for PE-backed $400M manufacturing company, identifying key metrics, creating dashboard visualizations, and reducing annual administrative burden ~2,500 hours through automated analysis templates.
    • Supported multiple operators and companies in capital raising and business acquisition initiatives, including financial and business due diligence, LBO modeling and valuation analyses, marketing materials (teasers, pitch decks, business plans), transaction structuring, and LOI negotiation.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions, Growth Capital Raising, Business Intelligence, Capital Raising, Capital Structure Analysis, Working Capital Management, Investor Communications, Debtor & Creditor Management, Valuation, Valuation Modeling, Fund Analysis, Fundraising, Three Statement Operating Model
  • Investment Officer
    CapitalSource Finance
    2009 - 2010
    • Built and managed, as a member of a team, an investment portfolio of leveraged loans and structured products.
    • Responsible for screening, diligence, analytics, investment memorandum, and credit committee presentations.
    • Generated, as a team, 50% of total 2009 commercial finance originations with no credit losses, 10%+ mark-to-market gain at year-end, and $50M gross realized income through portfolio run-off.
    • Underwrote a prospective $550M equipment finance acquisition as part of internal M&A team, performing vintage-based portfolio analysis and working with CapitalSource CEO, target's management, and sell-side advisor.
    Focus areas: Credit, Private Credit, Capital Structure Analysis, Debt, Mergers & Acquisitions, Portfolio Analysis, Profitability Analysis, Comparable Company Analysis
  • Associate
    Fortress Investment Group
    2006 - 2009
    • Focused on acquisitions (private, public-to-private, add-ons), debt financing, and portfolio company operations for the global alternative asset manager.
    • Rebuilt an internal corporate operating model for the Fortress management company, utilized by CEO and principals for public financial reporting, fund forecasting, new fund structuring, and tax analysis.
    • Contributed to a reporting overhaul, expense rationalization, and operations re-alignment that drove doubling in EBITDA of largest business segment of $3b resort operations investment.
    • Assisted in due diligence, execution, and integration of a $265M add-on acquisition.
    • Worked with portfolio company lenders and external consultants on restructuring and term-out of $1.8B acquisition facility, revolver, and interest rate swap during difficult 2008 market conditions.
    • Coordinated $1.2B aircraft portfolio securitization, overseeing investment banking advisors and related transaction structuring, analytics, and rating agency processes.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Capital Raising, Capital Structure Analysis, Portfolio Analysis, Comparable Company Analysis, Financial Modeling, Financial Reporting, Three Statement Operating Model, Fundraising, Fund Analysis, Investor Communications
  • Analyst
    Citigroup Global Markets
    2004 - 2006
    • Focused on transportation and lease finance, constructing proprietary financial models for portfolio optimization and stress testing.
    • Involved in all aspects of transaction process, including pitch development, portfolio structuring, financial modeling, rating agency analysis, offering documentation, and roadshow support.
    • Worked on a $560M aircraft securitization, a first-of-kind transaction structure named AirFinance Journal's Most Innovative Deal of the Year in tandem with company's IPO.
    • Selected as trainer for an analyst program including accounting, corporate finance, and financial modeling tutoring.
    Focus areas: Credit, Capital Raising, Capital Structure Analysis, Portfolio Analysis, Data Analysis, Structured Products, Structured Credit, Transaction Structuring
Education
  • Series 79 & 63 Licenses (Investment Banking Representative & Uniform Securities Agent) in Securities
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) - Washington, D.C., USA
    2011 - 2017
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in Finance
    CFA Institute - Global
    2008 - 2017
  • Bachelor's degree in Economics (Concentrations in Finance & Accounting)
    The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA, USA
    2000 - 2004
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