Case Study 1 – Rent Roll Due Diligence
Grounds for Re-negotiation of Contract Multiple
The Buyer and Seller had successfully negotiated the contract multiple at the rate of 2.9 times annualised management fee dollar per property. The contract was subject to finance and rent roll due diligence within 14 days.
The Seller had undertaken their own internal rent roll due diligence prior to placing the rent roll for sale onto the open market with the current staff of the business.
The Buyer was hesitant to employ the services of Opulence Consultancy based on the cost for the service, which equated to approximately 0.85% of the sale price value/2.6 property management files. The Buyer employed our service to undertake the rent roll due diligence on their behalf.
Employment of Opulence Consultancy
Upon employment, Opulence Consultancy undertook the review of the property management files being purchased by the Buyer. We liaised with the Seller, querying the results found and collated the information.
Upon completion of the review, a detailed spreadsheet and rent roll due diligence report was provided to the buyer which included a financial review of the rent roll, together with all search results and answers. We also met with our client, the Buyer to discuss the findings.
Several discrepancies were found within each file ranging from, but not limited to, incorrectly completed forms, missing documents, incorrect bonds, property tasks which had been missed or not yet completed and incorrectly charged fees etc.
We were able to determine the past income of each property managed and future income potential of the rent roll being purchase which differed from the information originally provided in the Buyer Information Pack.
The Seller, prior to placing the rent roll for sale was unaware that there were any discrepancies within the rent roll. The Seller was confident that the employees of the business had kept up to date with the day to day operations of the portfolio and that documents were up to date and correctly completed.
The Seller was disappointed to find the number of discrepancies which were uncovered during the rent roll due diligence report, however, welcomed the opportunity to fix the discrepancies.
The Seller requested an extension to the settlement date so that they could rectify the discrepancies which were found within the due diligence investigation, which was granted.
The Buyer re-negotiated the multiple from 2.9 times to 2.8 times annualised management fee income.
The saving to the Buyer was $20,000 in purchase price value / approximately 11 property management files. The purchase price saving had outweighed the cost of the rent roll due diligence.
The Buyer employed Opulence Consultancy to undertake the pre-settlement review of the files to ensure that the discrepancies had been rectified and was still able to capitalise on the $20,000 saved from the purchase price.