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Operational Due Diligence

We conduct a quick but thorough expert review of existing and prospective operating value and vulnerabilities of the target company, providing an edge in the buying process – avoiding “bad deals” and finding “hidden diamonds”. Our deep operations expertise enables us to identify issues and find value where others often can not. We incorporate our operations and industry expertise and a highly analytical approach to create the clearest picture possible of the target and a solid understanding of future operations requirements (e.g., investment, KPIs, skill base) to maximize value capture. We then offer pragmatic and value-driven recommendations to maximize investment potential and a top- level roadmap to jump start operations improvements post-acquisition.

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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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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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Product Testing Services Provider
Rapidly Validating Margin Improvement Opportunities and Assessing Capacity/CapEx Risk at Testing Services Provider

Conducted 2-week operational due diligence to validate margin improvement opportunities and assess capacity/CapEx risk. Gotham visited 7 facilities and conducted full-day operations review with management to understand operations management approach/processes and visions/plans moving forward. To fill gaps in this data poor situation, we performed various in-depth analyses – recasting labor cost structure, analyzing job-level data to understand profitability, building a bottom-up labor utilization and fixed cost model to project margins with revenue growth, etc.  Gotham’s due diligence work enabled our client to move forward with confidence and successfully acquire target in a proprietary deal.  

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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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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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Refrigerated Mexican Food Manufacturer
Validating National Expansion Opportunity for a Regional Refrigerated Mexican Food Brand

Conducted a 2-phase due diligence to: (1) validate the national expansion opportunity in grocery, (2) validate the growth opportunity in foodservice, and (3) assess operations risks and opportunities. Gotham interviewed ~70 retail and foodservice buyers and surveyed ~4,000 consumers to establish target’s brand positioning and growth opportunity. We also leveraged Nielsen data to build an MSA-level market sizing model to establish a $2B addressable market size. To support national expansion, Gotham established second plant economics and profiled the competitive landscape to identify acquisition candidates. Our operational assessment did not reveal any significant commodity pricing margin risks and, in fact, identified material yeild and labor savings opportunities. These fact-based conclusions gave the client the conviction needed to submit an aggressive bid to win this hotly contested auction.       

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Related Capabilities

 

Customer & Market Due Diligence

 

Post-Merger Integration/ Carve-Out Planning

 

Rapid Operations Improvements

 

Sales & Marketing Effectiveness

 

Pragmatic Growth Strategy

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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