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Case # 160

Entrepreneurial Climate Control Products Manufacturer:  Conducted a 3-week operations diagnostic to establish an end-vision for optimizing the clients’s manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering operations. Gotham developed a solid fact base of the client’s operations, including demand patterns, inventory, labor efficiency, product complexity, and cost structure. Working with management, Gotham created an end-vision to transform operations and generate both real bottom line benefits – 600bp EBITDA improvement, 20-30% reduction in inventory, and 30% reduction in the plant footprint – and capability enhancements (faster speed to market, improved quality, etc.) that will allow the client to capture market opportunities and drive future growth. The company’s board wholeheartedly backed this end-vision and asked Gotham to help accelerate capture of these opportunities.

Case # 153

Off-Road Vehicle Aftermarket Parts Supplier:  Conducted customer & market due diligence to establish the aftermarket parts market size/growth for key end-markets, identify potential threats from OEMs/distributors, and understand the eCommerce growth opportunity in an information-poor market:  1) conducted over 200 interviews with decision-makers at major OEMs, distributors, dealers, repair centers, and retailers; 2) established off-road vehicle aftermarket part market size/growth; 3) quantified channel-specific market trends by analyzing the target’s sales by distribution channel at the SKU level; and 4) established the competitive landscape at each step of the value chain by profiling major OEMs and distributors in the powersports, agriculture, and lawn and garden markets. Gotham’s intensive primary research and analytical effort provided a nuanced understanding of the market outlook and clarified threats/opportunities, thus allowing the client to make a well informed bid in a highly competitive auction.    

Case # 152

Road Maintenance Equipment Supplier:  Focused Pre-LOI due diligence effort on establishing state DOT/municipal budget dynamics (the target’s greatest dependency), the target’s competitive positioning, and growth trends of the target’s road maintenance equipment market. Gotham: 1) compiled 10 years of state DOT budget details for 30 key states; 2) conducted ~50 interviews with state DOTs (and some municipalities); 3) built a state DOT equipment fleet profile, including fleet size, replacement cycle, age distribution, and manufacturer by equipment type; and 4) established the competitive landscape of the road maintenance equipment market. Because Gotham’s fact-based assessment painted a less optimistic picture than management’s projections, our client decided not to pursue the acquisition.   

Case # 147

Specialty Electronics Component Supplier:  Built a solid fact-base of company sales, market position, and competitive dynamics by analyzing 7 years of customer sales/customer data, conducting 170 interviews and 1,900 online surveys of customers/prospects, and building a bottom-up market sizing model. Established company’s position as a niche leader using an original use-based segmentation based on customers’ component needs across the product life cycle. Developed a multi-pronged growth strategy to achieve 14% CAGR growth (vs. 6% overall market growth) by leveraging company’s end-market presence and In Operations segment strength. Gotham also analyzed the impact of pricing on volume and established end-market mix, not pricing, was the driver of recent decreasing flagship catalog brand sales volume. Gotham’s work allowed management to position the company as a niche leader and to begin implementing a credible growth strategy to prepare for a successful eventual exit.

Case # 142

Upstream Oil & Gas Protective Solutions Provider:  Conducted 4-week customer & market due diligence to:  (1) establish outlook for North America oil & gas drilling; (2) estimate market size and growth for new and reconditioned protective products; and (3) evaluate target’s competitive positioning. For this effort, Gotham interviewed 150+ customers and competitors, leveraged our proprietary industry knowledge base, performed extensive primary and secondary research to pin down oil & gas drilling dynamics, and developed a detailed bottom-up model for market sizing and growth. As a result of Gotham’s findings, our client confidently pursued and closed the transaction.

Case # 140

Filtration Equipment Manufacturer:  Conducted 3-week customer & market due diligence to:  (1) assess the impact of potential metal price reduction on target’s revenue by developing a robust understanding of metals pricing, mining economics, and historical trends; and (2) establish growth opportunities in adjacent end-markets (chemicals and industrial wastewater). For each end-market, we:  established production/treatment processes, filtration technologies, and market dynamics; built market sizing/growth models; and conducted 50+ customer calls to establish/validate filtration requirements. We also built a comprehensive view of different filtration technologies and their usage, as well as competitive dynamics in the filtration equipment industry. Based on our findings, PE client confidently moved forward with the transaction and closed the deal.

Case # 134

Fluid Power Component Manufacturer:  Conducted 3-week customer & market due diligence to validate target’s growth outlook in key end-markets (Agriculture, Construction, Compaction, and Trucking Equipment), establish the demand cycle stage of each end-market, and pin down competitive risks (e.g., Chinese suppliers entering the market). Gotham conducted 75 customer interviews, researched and analyzed equipment component requirements, macro-economic demand drivers, competitive landscape, and target’s customers’ growth outlook, and built “bottom-up” size/growth models for each end-market. Gotham’s due diligence findings allowed the PE client to pursue the transaction with confidence.

Case # 133

$250MM Custom Plastic Extruder:  Conducted 1-week market due diligence ahead of the final bid deadline to validate growth potential in its key end-markets and assess technology risks. Analyzed the competitiveness of plastics extrusion technology vis-à-vis alternative technologies and established the market and competitive dynamics of the overall extrusion specialty products. For each of the target’s 6 core end-markets, Gotham:  (1) established growth dynamics by looking at key market indicators; (2) evaluated the target’s competitive strengths, including price, technology and material considerations, relationships with OEMs, compatibility with regulatory requirements, and geographic advantage; and (3) reviewed product and channel dynamics. Gotham’s findings enabled the client to make bid decision with confidence.

Case # 130

$200MM Fluid Power Equipment Repair & Remanufacturing Company:  Conducted customer & market due diligence to validate adjacent market growth opportunities, including offshore oil & gas, forestry, marine, and civil infrastructure and other end-markets under consideration. Interviewed 150+ competitors, customers, prime contractors, and other key value chain participants, researched complex technical requirements, and leveraged government and industry data to develop a robust fact base, including size/growth models for each end-market, geographic gap analysis, and profiles of key competitors/potential acquisition targets. Based on Gotham’s findings and recommended expansion strategy, PE client closed the deal and is pursuing an acquisition to fill a key geographic gap.

Case # 128

Test & Measurement Equipment Distributor:  Conducted OEM, Customer & Market Due Diligence to confirm continued industry shift to indirect channel, establish target’s competitive positioning, analyze rental business attractiveness, and explore adjacent market expansion opportunities. Created market sizing model to validate market size and growth prospects, conducted 50+ customer and OEM interviews, modeled financial impact of indirect channel on OEMs, and performed extensive research. Gotham’s 2-phasse due diligence effort enabled our client to win the auction and successfully complete the acquisition of target.

Case # 110

$50MM Precision Medical Device Component Manufacturer: Rapidly reduced backlog and created a robust delivery system. Backlog reduction effort included rolling out prioritized schedule, developing and implementing debottlenecking strategies, creating a cross-functional team resolving issues that were stopping scheduled jobs. Robust delivery system initiatives included: 1) turning on the planning and scheduling functionality of the ERP/cleaning up system data and parameters, developing SOPs for data entry, training the workforce on the SOP; 2) improving the accuracy of time estimates by revamping engineering process; and 3) reducing quality defects by 20%. Within 3 months, on-time performance improved from 59% to 93% while lead time shrunk from 13-16 weeks to 10 weeks, with backlog reduced in half.

Case # 103

$50MM Custom Machine Tools Designer And Manufacturer: Conducted 4-week diagnostic to understand drivers of ongoing margin erosion (~10% point gap between quoted margin vs. realized margin) that identified $1.7-2.7MM in quick-win cost savings opportunities in 3 key areas: robust, cross-functional quoting and engineering processes with formal involvement of engineering in the quoting process and proactive management of hours/scope in the engineering process; material spend reduction by implementing cost-focused (vs. “get the parts in”) purchasing process/tools, renegotiating/ establishing contracts with key vendors, and standardizing parts to leverage volume; and selective migration of engineering to India, starting with detailed engineering and phasing in higher skill activities. Execution assistance included: creating vendor negotiation strategy and vendor packages for top vendors (6-20% savings already realized); crafting quoting and engineering process end-vision; and developing a detailed capture plan with timeline for all targeted savings.

Case # 102

$100MM Steel Castings Company:  Identified $3.3-5.5MM in material cost reduction opportunities in both purchasing and material usage, including: clawing back commodity price increases; consolidating vendor base and re-sourcing key commodities; measuring and reducing material usage; and tracking and controlling non-centralized discretionary purchases. Developed tools to allow robust, ongoing reporting and analysis capabilities for both purchasing and usage performance and created the bid packages for top 6 commodities to launch the re-sourcing process. Within weeks, client team reduced usage by 3%, generating $1.2MM in savings, and completed several re-sourcing initiatives.

Case # 91

$350MM Metal Processing Holding Company: Analyzed operations and cost structure of 5 independent companies engaged in forging, casting, and stamping operations. Deciphered cost structure, reviewed manufacturing operations, and analyzed material spend. Identified $7-15MM of labor, overhead, and material cost reduction opportunities in the largest of the companies, which was engaged in steel casting. Identified another $6-9MM in scheduling, labor, efficiency, and consolidation opportunities for the remaining companies. After delayed acquisition, now helping to capture opportunities.

Case # 90

$100MM Plastic Container Manufacturer: Conducted 146 customer interviews and market sizing analysis to support an add-on acquisition of residential plastic container manufacturer by a PE-owned $400MM commercial steel container company. Analysis validated market potential and customer perception of the target and since the deal closed, the target has been outperforming projections.

Case # 88

$250MM Global Machinery Manufacturer: Analyzed product portfolio and design platforms, manufacturing and engineering facilities, and cost structure to establish cost reduction opportunities at a machinery manufacturer with operations distributed over 13 facilities in 8 countries. Due diligence identified $23-39MM (12-21% of total COGS) in cost savings from standardizing/modularizing product line and executing a low-cost manufacturing strategy, simplifying/consolidating the manufacturing and engineering network, and reducing material, labor, and freight costs.

Case # 73

$80MM Material Processing Equipment Manufacturer: In an auction situation, conducted customer and market due diligence to identify customer spending trends and perception of the target company for the buyer. Identified potential for a near-term decline in recent sales levels and uncovered customer concerns regarding the target company's customer service and product innovation, leading the buyer to back away from the aggressive pursuit of the company.

Case # 72

PE Owned $400MM Steel Container Manufacturer: Analyzed three complementary market niches for investment potential. Researched the current market for the product, projected growth, and profiled the key acquisition targets in each niche. Highlighted the key market drivers; technology trends; and relative advantages and customer base. Provided key information for the company's acquisition strategy and identified the strongest acquisition target.

Case # 60

Private Equity Owned Industrial Products Manufacturer: Created business case and closure plan for consolidation of 2 facilities (located within 6 hours drive) as part of worldwide sourcing strategy. Total COGS, overhead and SG&A cost-savings from the consolidation are estimated at $6MM, while one-time costs are estimated at $8MM. In addition, over 50% of key personnel decided to stay on and move to the other facility.

Case # 58

$120MM Leading Industrial Goods Manufacturer: Aligned company's JD Edwards system with its operations strategy by formulating and documenting the logic to be used for setting system parameters, and using the logic to eliminate system set-up problems and data entry errors. Achieved a dramatic reduction in manual workarounds, which contributed to a $6MM reduction in inventory and a 28% improvement in on-time delivery.

Case # 56

$120MM Leading Industrial Goods Manufacturer: Devised an approach for segmenting SKUs in a diverse SKU environment based on a several qualitative factors such as contractual customer requirements, marketing strategy, and sourcing considerations, and a statistical scoring methodology incorporating several demand pattern factors such as sales, margin, demand variability, demand frequency, broken shipments, and requirements of top customers. Devised and implemented differentiated operations and service strategy (make-to-stock vs. manufacture-to-order) for the SKU segments which contributed to an 28% improvement in on-time delivery and a 25% reduction in inventory.

Case # 55

$120MM Leading Industrial Goods Manufacturer: Identified quick tactical solutions to address process issues responsible for delivery backlog. Created a backlog prioritization tool to identify and value component shortages that permitted prioritization of work orders and purchase orders. Achieved backlog reduction by more than two-thirds in short finished goods in 5 months.

Case # 51

$60MM Specialty Industrial Equipment Manufacturer: Identified opportunity for vendor consolidation for commodity items and created and helped purchasing team execute associated plan for electrical parts processing, resulting in $450K in direct purchasing savings and $1.5MM reduction in componentry inventory. Comparable efforts rolled out to other commodities.

Case # 50

$160MM Manufacturer Of Industrial And Commercial Machines: Created a new quality management program to raise the overally effectiveness of quality spending, with key elements including: alignment of quality KPIs with customer needs and optimal process decision points; proactive management of quality assurance up and down the supply chain; accurate information on the true costs of quality functions to facilitate decision making. The program comprised vendor certification, product quality standards, preventative maintenance, inspection and testing processes, timely problem reporting and resolution, warranty processing, and quality performance and tracking. Six- month checkup of client-led program implementation found significant reduction in the cost of quality.

Case # 45

$16MM South American Industrial Goods Manufacturer: Identified specific actionable opportunities (cost, service, and quality) to capitalize on post-merger opportunities. Created plan to capture significant near term and longer term performance, capability, and cost structure enhancements. Management-led execution targeted to result in $2MM in cost, service, and quality savings (on a cost base of $5.5MM).

Case # 43

$60MM Specialty Industrial Equipment Manufacturer: Identified potential for outsourcing non-core activities, created phased plan, and helped with phase 1 (PC board assembly). Prepared client teams to handle subsequent outsourcing targets. Annual conversion and material cost savings ranging from 6% (transformers) to 20% (stuffed PCBs), with $4.5MM in near-term capital avoidance.

Case # 42

$150MM Industrial Hardgoods Manufacturer: Led diagnostic-based effort culminating in enhanced planning and delivery capabilities: short-term tactical prioritization to overcome to overcome significant backlog; new planning system parameters; customer-oriented delivery strategy, including fast-ship program; shop-floor prioritization mechanisms (fixed schedule); measurement/tracking and reporting scheme for planning and production; ultimate migration to integrated MRP system. Fast- ship SKU program reduced order-to-delivery cycle from 2+ weeks to 1 day; $10MM backlog reduced to $2.5MM (including future orders) within 3 months.

Case # 41

$150MM Industrial Hardgoods Manufacturer: Worked with manufacturing management to re-evaluate the existing manufacturing strategy taking into consideration all sourcing options (e.g. automation in U.S. plants, outsourcing, relocation). Profiled U.S. manufacturing operations by product and process type, and performed comparable profile of selected sited in Mexico and Asia, as well as developed economic profiles for outsourcing options and a business case for automation opportunities. Recommended strategy included moving high-volume assembly to Mexico, consolidating low-volume assembly in a single U.S. plant, selected automation, and outsourcing of non-core operations. Based on execution of our plan, company: captured $9MM in labor savings, eliminated $2MM in overhead, and avoided $6-7MM in capital expense.

Case # 33

Buyout Portfolio Power Electronics Company: Developed a pragmatic growth strategy to grow an unprofitable $25MM revenue business to a $100MM, 20% EBITDA business within 4 years. Effort included first developing the target product strategy based on market segmentation and analysis, competitive assessment, and product portfolio and capability analysis, and then creating product development, sourcing, branding, marketing, and channel strategies. Initial annual savings target of $2.7MM accomplished within a year before top-line growth kicked in.

Case # 32

Private Equity Portfolio Industrial Machinery Manufacturer Company: Conducted a 2-week diagnostic of current performance as a first step in helping craft and execute an operations strategy. Specific elements of the proposed strategy included: (1) outsourcing non-core activities; (2) rationalizing the vendor based and developing focused supplier partnerships; (3) segmenting operations (equipment vs. consumables) to improve supply chain management; and (4) Moving towards standard and modular system design to greatly simplify inventory and production. Short-term cost savings of $2MM successfully captures and $3+MM longer-term savings capture on track.

Case # 31

Turning Around A Buyout Portfolio Industrial Metalworking Products Business: Restructuring Operations At MetalMachines For A Return To Profitability

Buyout Portfolio Industrial Goods Company: Developed a comprehensive strategy for creating a world-class operation and a plan to capture $25-50 million in cost savings opportunities through recession planning, overhead and SG&A reduction, automation and Mexico relocation, product development strategy, product segmentation and planning/fulfillment strategy, purchasing savings, outsourcing of non-core manufacturing operations, quality system, and measurement systems.

Case # 30

Global Manufacturer Of Industrial Goods: Developed a worldwide sourcing strategy for an industrial goods rollup company. Plans included the closure of 3 plants, consolidation of NA automation to single facility, migration of low-value assembly to Mexico and movement of electronic assembly to Southeast Asia. Total run-rate savings from the project are estimated at $20MM on a total cost basis of approx. $200MM.

Case # 5

Global Manufacturer Of Industrial Goods: Worked with senior business unit management to develop and implement manufacturing overhead and G&A savings recommendations across NA network. Established a zero-based organizational structure and cross-business unit management efficiency metrics for assessment purposes. First-year run-rate savings were $8.1MM, an additional $2.1MM of savings were targeted.