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USDA Feasibility Study

USDA Feasibility Study Services

Our experienced team at USDA Feasibility Study offers in-depth feasibility studies to help you secure grant, direct loan, and loan guarantee programs offered by the USDA.

 

With 25 years of experience in the industry, we have the expertise needed to create tailored statements of work to fully meet the needs of your project. Let us assist you every step of the way.

We have completed feasibility studies used by the USDA on a wide array of project types all over the continental United States, but also Alsaka, America Somoa and Puerto Rico.

USDA Feasibility Study Requirements

  • Executive Summary

  • Economic Feasibility

  • Market Feasibility

  • Technical Feasibility

  • Financial Feasibility

  • Management Feasibility

  • Depending on the program, other sections may be required

What is an USDA Feasibility Study?

There are many types of feasibility studies

For Business Financing, as required by the USDA, this type of USDA feasibility study is a document that provides the grant or loan underwriters with a third party assessment of your plans.  The purpose of the USDA feasibility study is to evaluate the following items:

Executive Summary

Introduction/Project Overview (Brief general overview of project location, size, etc.); Economic feasibility determination/opinion; Technical feasibility determination/opinion; Market feasibility determination/opinion; Financial feasibility determination/opinion; Management feasibility determination/opinion; Recommendations for implementation, including an overall conclusion as to the business’ chance of success.

Economic Feasibility

Information regarding project site; Availability of trained or trainable labor; Availability of infrastructure, including utilities, and rail, air and road service to the site.  This includes an economic overview nationally, state level, and county level.  Also included is a demographic overview and traffic counts and other pertaining items related to the business type. 

Market Feasibility

This is a critical part of an USDA Feasibility Study.  USDA Grant and Loan underwriters use this section to determine your market share, and how well your enterprise can be accepted into the market.  Generally, they ask we follow the appropriate USDA guide for this section as follows:

Information on the sales organization and management; Nature and extent of market and market area; Marketing plans for sale of projected output - principal products and byproducts; Extent of competition including other similar facilities in the market area; Commitments from customers or brokers - principal products and byproducts. Adequacy of raw materials and supplies. Projected total supply from members and non-members. Projected competitive demand for raw materials. Procurement plan and projected procurement costs. Form of commitment of raw materials (marketing agreements, etc.).

Each project is different, thereby we modify this section to accommodate a complete analysis of the market and competitors.  Items included in the competitive analysis include information from Dun & Bradstreet, Moody's Analytics and ArcGIS Business Analyst to estimate the market area capacity for your venture.

Technical Feasibility

Again, we as asked to use the USDA Guide RD Instruction 4279-B or the appropriate USDA Feasibility Study Guide for this section as follows:

Suitability of the selected site for the intended use including an environmental impact analysis. Report must be based upon verifiable data and contain sufficient information and analysis so that a determination may be made on the technical feasibility of achieving the levels of income or production that are projected in the financial statements. Report must also identify any constraints or limitations in these financial projections and any other facility or design-related factors which might affect the success of the enterprise.

Report must also identify and estimate project operation and development costs and specify the level of accuracy of these estimates and the assumptions on which these estimates have been based. Project engineer or architect may be considered an independent party provided neither the principals of the firm nor any individual of the firm who participates in the technical feasibility report has a financial interest in the project and provided further that no other individual or firm with the expertise necessary to make such a determination is reasonably available to perform the function. Commercial Replication. Risks Related: Construction, Production Regulation and Governmental Action.

Financial Feasibility

In this part of the USDA Feasibility Study, all assumptions related to the development of the pro forma statement are identified and explained.  These items are market driven.  We located financial statements through various sources that are used by SBA Loan underwriters whereas industry financial ratios are provided. 

If your business is an expansion of your existing business, we gather your balance sheet and financial statements as historical support for future plans as well.  

Based on information gathered in the process of the Economic, Market and Technical Feasibility sections of the study, we can then identify and use market indications to develop the pro forma statement such as prices, rents, vacancies, usage rates, etc.  Operating cost are also compared with your historical figures, or market indications from sources that evaluate hundreds of actual financial statements.  

Then a 10-year pro forma statement is developed.  In the USDA Feasibility Study, a monthly pro forma is presented based on seasonality, if any for your business.  The EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) is then evaluated by way of financial analysis including:

USDA Feasibility Study Financial Analysis:

  • Pro forma (10 years)

  • Discounted Cash Flow Analysis (DCF)

  • Structure of the Assets and Liabilities   

  • Net Assets (Net Worth)   

  • Financial Sustainability Analysis      

  • Key ratios of the company's financial sustainability      

  • Working capital analysis   

  • Liquidity Analysis Financial Performance   

  • Overview of the Financial Results   

  • Profitability Ratios   

  • Analysis of the Business Activity (Turnover Ratios)   

  • Labor productivity

  • Key Ratios Summary   

  • Rating of the Financial Position and Financial Performance  

  • Bankruptcy Test  

  • Calculation of the Final Rating of the Financial Condition

Management Feasibility

This section includes a discussion concerning the adequacy of management (experience, training, and education of management). Discuss continuity of management (is there a continuity of management plan and is there depth of management?). Evidence that continuity and adequacy of management has been evaluated and documented as being satisfactory. Discuss motivation and character of management. Risks Related to: Applicant as a company (i.e. development-stage) Conflicts of interest or appearances thereof.

USDA Feasibility Study
Cost and Completion Time

The cost generally starts at about $5,000 USD and up to $20,000 depending on the complexity of the project. 

The time to complete depends also on the complexity of the project yet from 10 to 20 business days.  

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