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Please explain liquidation preference in termsheets used by private equity funds



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Hi, I could not understand the maths behind the questions related to liqudating preferences. In one of the questions a VC has 15% equity in a company worth 100 million dollars with 2x as the liquidating preference. Company is sold for 2 billion dollars. How much money will the VC get? Answer was 470 million dollars. Not sure, of the answer. Please explain!

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Hi Gaurav, The math is as follows -
Sale Price = $2 billion
VC gets 2x liquidation preference on the $100mn investment = 2x100 = $200mn
Cash left = $2 billion - $200mn = $1.8 billion
VC will then get 15% of this $1.8 billion = $270mn
So total cash VC gets = $200mn (from liq.pref) + $270mn (from 15% equity) = $470mn

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