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Cost Assessment/ Reduction

We bring our unique mix of financial and operational capabilities and our unwavering focus on financial results to ensure that our clients have clarity on the company’s cost structure and opportunities and that operations improvement initiatives quickly show up in the company’s financial statement. We: rapidly decipher and break down the company’s cost structure leveraging financial and operational data as well as site visits and management discussions; identify key operational levers and their impact on cost; and quantify cost reduction opportunities associated with operations improvement initiatives. We ensure that any cost reductions are sustainable and our clients benefit from them not only during their ownership but also at exit in increased valuation.

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Industrial Goods Manufacturer
Determining the Right Fixed Cost Structure and Capturing Overhead and G&A Opportunities at Global Industrial Goods Manufacturer

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.

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Fashion Accessory Importer
Freight Cost Opportunity Diagnostic and Savings Capture at at Leading Fashion Accessory Importer

Analyzed air freight cost from Asia to identify $3-5MM (32-49%) in cost reduction opportunities from: (1) tighter management of air shipments (including invoice auditing, formal RFP process to find a new freight forwarder, and reduced rush shipments of products and components); and (2) selective migration to container shipments. Helped client capture the opportunities, including auditing past freight bills to discover 13% chargeable weight discrepancy and executing the RFP process to find a new freight forwarder, resulting in a 31% reduction in freight cost. As per our recommendation, Client hired a VP of supply chain to spearhead capture of further savings via continued development of robust processes and migration of increasing amount of freight to sea. A year after Gotham left, FashionCo had dramatically lowered its inbound freight costs and migrated a significant portion of shipments to containers.

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Personal Care Products Company
Establishing Cost-focused Operational Processes to Enable Rapid Cost Savings Capture at Premium Personal Care Products Company

Identified $9-12.5MM in cost reduction opportunities, which required addressing CosmeticCo's critical gaps in operational basics, which had become exacerbated by fast growth, and its limited understanding of/focus on actual costs. Within 4 months, over $7MM in cost reduction opportunites confirmed or detailed, with $2.5MM already captured on run-rate basis. CosmeticCo continues to implement detailed-out changes to complete capture of near-term savings and then pursue longer-term opportunities.

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Coffee Roaster and Distributor
Establishing Quick Read On Cost Savings at National Coffee Roaster and Distributor

Conducted 2-week operations assessment of target to establish initial read on cost reduction opportunities. Despite limited access to the target’s management, plants, and operations data, Gotham was able to create a clear picture of the target’s cost structure in both operations and its DSD network. While the cost reduction opportunities needed to achieve our client’s financial target did exist, capturing those savings posed significant culture and business strategy challenges. Given the high valuation of the target and the significant hurdles standing in the way of savings, the client leveraged our work to make a fact-based decision at the early stage of the process to exit the auction process.  

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Climate Control Products Manufacturer
Establishing Operation End-vision for a Fast-growing, Entrepreneurial Climate Control Product 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.

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Customized Consumer Goods Manufacturer
Validating Management's Operations Plan and Identifying Additional Savings at Customized Consumer Products Company

Identified $35-45MM in cost reduction opportunities, 2-3x management’s savings plan, giving our client an edge to win the auction. Despite very limited access to the target’s management, plants, and data due to the nature of the auction, Gotham was able to leverage dataroom information, a plant visit, and our relevant experience to build a solid fact base of the target’s cost structure – including a detailed 4-year line-item-level view of the operational cost structure and an analysis of 2,000-employee workforce linking each individual to the specific cost line in the cost structure – and to both validate and expand savings opportunities via a comprehensive outsourcing/consolidation model and an analysis of sales, marketing, customer service, and G&A costs.    

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Related Capabilities

 

Operations Strategy/ Roadmap

 

Supply Chain Optimization

 

Manufacturing Operations Improvements

 

Product Lifecycle/ Complexity Management

 

Service Operations Improvements

 

Rental Operations Improvements

 

Sales & Marketing Effectiveness

 

Pragmatic Growth Strategy

 

Exit Preparation/ Positioning

Industry Expertise

 
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Consumer
 
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Food & Beverage
 
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Healthcare
 
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Industrials
 
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Energy
 
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Services

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