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User-friendly Excel model for calculating the distribution of funds between the Limited Partner (‘LP’) and General Partner (‘GP’) for a private equity investment or fund.


The model is flexible allowing the user to input up to 10 different underlying portfolio company investments within the fund with their individual capital contributions and distributions across a 10 year quarterly timeline with 3 scenarios. The cash flow and waterfall assumptions include equity contribution splits, LP hurdle rates, GP catch up provisions, GP carried interest, GP management fee and fund operating expenses.


The model follows best practice financial modelling principles and includes instructions, checks and input validations.





The model is generic and not industry-specific. The key outputs presented in both table and chart format include:

  • Waterfall of fund distributions
  • IRR on total fund basis and for GP and LP
  • IRR and net cash flows by investment company
  • Multiples of invested capital





Inputs are split into setup inputs and cash flow inputs. All inputs include user-friendly input validations to help users populate correctly.

Setup inputs include:

  • Fund name
  • Names of underlying investments
  • Fund starting and ending quarter
  • Total fund amount
  • Currency
  • Waterfall assumptions including LP hurdle rate, equity contribution percentages, GP carried interest, GP catch up clause, GP management fee, Fund operating expenses
  • Scenario naming


Cash Flow inputs include:

  • Fund capital contribution deployment by period
  • Investment amounts by underlying portfolio company and scenario
  • Distribution amounts by underlying portfolio company and scenario
  • Fund distributions by scenario
  • Fund operating expense cash flows





The model contains, 6 tabs split into input ('i_'), calculation ('c_'), output ('o_’) and system tabs. The tabs to be populated by the user are the input tabs ('i_Setup' and 'i_Cash flows'). The calculation tab uses the user-defined inputs to calculate and produce the cap table outputs which are presented in ‘o_Dashboard’


System tabs include:

  • A 'Front Sheet' containing a disclaimer, instructions and contents;
  • A Checks dashboard containing a summary of checks by tab.





Other key features of this model include the following:

  • The model follows best practice financial modelling guidelines and includes instructions, checks and input validations;
  • The model is not password protected and can be modified as required following download;
  • The model is screened using specialised model audit software to help ensure formula consistency and significantly reduce risk of errors;
  • The model allows for the following number of underlying categories for each line item (these can be easily expanded if required):
    • Scenarios – 3 scenarios;
    • Underlying portfolio companies within fund – 10 companies
  • Fund Name and currency are fully customisable
  • The model includes instructions, checks and input validations to help ensure input fields are populated accurately
  • The model includes a checks dashboard which summarises all the checks included in the various tabs making it easier to identify any errors.





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Fund Distribution Waterfall Model - Excel Models

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