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Customer & Market Due Diligence

We establish a clear picture of the target company’s market positioning and growth potential in even the most complex and data-poor niche markets. Our analytical rigor and broad industry expertise enable us to perform a quick but robust assessment of key market drivers and trends, and build a bottom-up market model to establish reliable market size/growth projections. Through our exhaustive research, including customer, supplier, competitor, and expert interviews, we establish competitive dynamics, technology/service advantages, customer buying criteria, and customers’ perception of the target. We then develop a top-level strategic plan – in essence a post-acquisition growth roadmap (add-ons and organic) for our clients.

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In-store Bakery Supplier
Establishing Consumer Conversion Opportunity by Quantifying Available Whitespace of In-store Bakery Supplier

Conducted a 2-phased due diligence to:(1) determine the penetration levels and conversion opportunity of the target’s bakery supply products; (2) establish the retail bakery market dynamics; and (3) establish the target’s growth potential. Gotham conducted: a Phase I consumer panel survey of 1,116 consumers to validate ingoing thesis on consumer penetration opportunity; a Phase II survey of 2,233 consumers to establish buying behaviour and test potential concepts for driving consumer conversion. We also interviewed 37 retailer bakery executives/category buyers and surveyed 276 in-story bakery employees to establish their decision-making criteria, plans for the category, and requirements for growth, and modeled a complex market size matrix for 34 occasions and 7 product types to estimate the current penetration of the company's products and establish whitespace and conversion opportunities. These fact-based, actionable insights and reliable numbers gave the client the conviction needed to win this hotly contested auction.

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Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair Services
Deciphering a Niche Market to Validate Growth Plan of Municipal/Utility Services Company

Conducted 4-week customer and market due diligence to:  (1) establish municipal budget outlook; (2) establish market size and growth outlook for wastewater infrastructure services;  and (3) understand the target’s competitive positioning. The effort included:  124 interviews with municipal and utility officials; in-depth research of environmental regulations; top-down/bottom-up municipal budget analysis; and creation of 3 bottom-up marketing sizing models. Gotham’s comprehensive, fact-based approach verified that the target’s aggressive growth plans were realistic and the target had established a strong reputation with its customers. This allowed our PE client to gain confidence in the target’s ability to meet its revenue plan and move forward with the acquisition.      

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Mental Health Services Provider
Establishing Program-Level Competitive Positioning and Operating Performance of Leading Private Pay Residential Mental Health Services Provider

Gotham conducted a customer & market and operational due diligence of a leading multi-program player in the private pay residential mental health services market, serving adolescents and young adults with a broad array of behavioral disorders. In line with the bid timelines, Gotham structured a 2-phased effort, with Phase I effort focused on understanding the overall market and referral dynamics, the target’s overall competitive positioning, and the growth opportunity and Phase II on program-level operational performance, reputation/competitive positioning, and recessionary risk. Gotham: conducted 43 interviews with referral sources, competitors and industry experts; built a bottom-up market sizing model; developed a comprehensive competitor database; and built robust operational performance fact packs for each of the target’s programs. Gotham’s fact-based assessment gave our client the conviction to win the auction with an aggressive bid.

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Leading Mobility Products Distributor
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Leading Mobility Products Distributor: Assessing Consumer Willingness to Buy and Lender Willingness to Finance a Lower-priced Product

Assessed consumer willingness to buy a lower-priced product and lender willingness to finance the product. Through a consumer panel survey of high-wheelchair-usage consumers (either users or caregivers), and a survey of target’s customer and prospect database, Gotham established that WAV is a need-based product that offers significant quality of life improvement -- a new lower-priced product would open up another ~20% of market. Through our ability to get to the right auto lending decision makers, we were quickly able to establish what the target should expect in terms of financing and which lenders to target. Our client was excited about the opportunity, presented our findings to the target’s management, and pursued a more aggressive bid.

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Refrigerated Plant-based Protein Brand
Rapidly Establishing Growth Prospects of Leading Brand of Refrigerated Plant-based Proteins

Conducted 1.5-week customer & market due diligence to establish a rapid, early-stage, quick read on the target’s growth prospects in the retail and foodservice channels. Gotham leveraged our significant experience and interviewed grocery category buyers to gather market insights and we leveraged our analytical expertise to decipher market trends and identify and evaluate growth opportunities. Our fact-based view on the market opportunities and the target’s brand positioning got the client excited about the growth prospects and gave them the confidence to deliver an aggressive bid.

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Freeze-Dried Fruit Processor
Customer & Market And Operational Due Diligence Of Leading Processor Of Freeze-Dried Fruits: Rapid Assessment Of Technology, Competitive, Customer Concentration, And Operational Risks

Provided clarity on risks (technology, competitive, customer concentration, and operational), and growth opportunities ahead of bid. Through interviews with 30+ competitors (domestic and import), distributors, equipment suppliers, academic experts, and customers, and extensive secondary research, Gotham established: the applications and advantages/disadvantages of freeze-drying technology; the target’s positioning vs. domestic and international freeze-drying processors in South America, China and Europe; and the stability/growth of its top customers. Gotham’s analysis revealed while the market was growing and the target was well-positioned and poised for growth, it could potentially face increased competitive intensity and margin pressure. Our client accounted for all these risks and tempered growth projections in its model.

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Related Capabilities

 

Operational Due Diligence

 

Post-Merger Integration/ Carve-Out Planning

 

Pragmatic Growth Strategy

 

Sales & Marketing Effectiveness

 

Rapid Operations Improvements

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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