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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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Corporate Event Services Provider
Conducting Pre-management Meeting Assessment Of Market Position And Recession Risk

Conducted 2-week early (before management meeting) customer & market due diligence to establish demand for the target’s products, understand the competitive landscape/availability of acquisition candidates, and assess the target’s cyclicality exposure/recession risk. Gotham: conducted 130 interviews with customers and other industry participants; developed a robust, bottom-up view of the competitive landscape; built a market sizing model; established corporate events market dynamics and trends; and modeled the impact of recession on the target’s products. Our client made an early decision to stop pursuing the opportunity as the recession risks outweighed the limited potential to generate outsized returns, thus saving a few weeks of precious deal team time.

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Leading Mobility Products Distributor
Assessing Consumer Willingness to Buy and Lender Willingness to Finance a Lower-priced Product for Leading Mobility Products Distributor

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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Dispensing Packaging Manufacturer
Validating Market Growth Outlook And Cost Savings From Consolidating Operations To Regional Hubs For Global Pressurized Dispensing Packaging Components Manufacturer

Conducted 2-week due diligence to validate sell-side estimates of market growth outlook and operational savings from consolidating 18 manufacturing facilities in 15 countries to 4 regional production hubs. Gotham undertook a comprehensive assessment of each operational initiative, including feasibility, changes to original plan, further opportunities, capacity dynamics, labor savings, material cost savings, overhead cost reduction, freight cost impact, CapEx, and one-time costs. Gotham estimated ~$15MM in total savings, 50% above the sell-side report and determined $12-13MM in CapEx/one-time costs. For market growth, Gotham conducted extensive research and interviews with industry participants to understand key product and packaging trends and built a bottom-up market model, projecting a 5.5% CAGR market growth (~2% lower than sell-side estimate). Our client pursued the target with a revised bid taking into account the lower market growth and the higher operational savings opportunity.

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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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