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Pro Forma Modeling with Excel Part III: Investment Waterfall Distributions
June 2014           1:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET

This third modeling course introduces students to the theory and practical construction of “waterfalls” for existing and new Microsoft Excel spreadsheet models.

The waterfall is the method of distributing profits among partners within a transaction. In more complex transactions, profits are not distributed pari passu. (Pari passu is the proportional distribution of profits according to the percentage of capital invested—for example, with an investor who provides 80 percent of the capital receiving 80 percent of the profit.)

During the first session, students will gain a theoretical understanding of what a waterfall is, as well as be exposed to the Microsoft Excel functions required to construct a waterfall. In the second session, students will construct a waterfall from a blank spreadsheet that can be incorporated into all existing spreadsheet models.

All participants will receive access to the recording of each session. 

Students Will Learn
  • Basic types of equity partnership distributions.
  • The key inputs to the waterfall distribution from a joint venture agreement.
  • How to model variable-return distributions to the project sponsor and equity investor.
  • Advanced valuation formulas in Excel.
  • How to "bolt on" the waterfall to all existing pro forma models


Roger Staiger is managing director for Stage Capital LLC, an international real estate advisory firm providing expertise to clients in areas of global portfolio management and asset repositioning. Staiger, through Stage Capital, has successfully repositioned over $500 million in distressed and inefficient real estate projects globally.

During his 20-year career, Staiger has worked in a number of industries at senior levels. He was managing director for Constellation Energy’s retail commodity division, CFO for Caruso Homes, and a portfolio manager for a large commingled pension fund in New York.

Staiger holds multiple degrees, including a BS in electrical engineering, an MBA in investments, an MA in international transactions, and an MS in finance. Currently, he holds faculty positions in the real estate departments at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

Staiger makes numerous capital market and economic presentations to organizations internationally. He also appears regularly on television and is often quoted in national periodicals and local newspapers.
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