Focus Management Group

Education Industry Experience

Situation Analysis of a Private Secondary Education School

Industry:

Education

Company:

Private Secondary Education School

Situation:

The school is a modern Orthodox yeshiva located in New York, made up of four divisions: Pre-K, Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). This private high school was faced with an imminent default under its bond financed mortgage obligation.

Focus Scope:

At the request of the letter of credit provider, Focus Management Group was engaged by the school as Financial Advisor to evaluate its near-term and intermediate-term financial situation, make recommendations to increase operational efficiency and provide recommendations on a course of action to right-size operations.

Tasks Performed:

• Prepared a situation and cash-flow analysis for the school Board’s use as well as for presenting to the lending institution. The analysis included both one-year and five-year cash forecasts.
• The report proposed detailed actions to minimize the cash shortfall.
• Recommended detailed corporate business office changes to enhance budgetary and cash controls, as well as improve financial reporting and cash forecasting abilities.
• Provided recommendations to the school with regards to its relationship with the lender.

Results:

With Focus' recommendations, the school was able to satisfy its lender with respect to its go-forward operating strategy.

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