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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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Truck Parts Distributor
Exit Preparation/Positioning for $1B Automotive Parts Distributor:  Developing Growth Strategy in the Outsourced Service Market 

Built solid fact base of market and competitive dynamics in the outsourced automotive service in order to pin down the growth opportunity in this segment. Analyzed key industry data, interviewed 100+ independent service centers, assessed competitive landscape, and modeled economics to establish market attractiveness and growth potential, including key demand drivers/trends, business synergies/risks, competitive positioning, and size/profitability of future network. Gotham’s exit preparation and positioning allowed the company and its investors to paint a clear picture of the source of the next leg of growth and sell the company at a rich valuation.

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Automotive Components Manufacturer
Operational Due Diligence of Global Tier 2 Automotive Components Supplier: Finding and Valuing Cost Reduction Opportunities

Conducted opportunity assessment at Tier 2 Automotive Parts supplier with manufacturing locations in 4 countries. Identified $6-9MM in short-term and $27-37MM in longer-term cost reduction opportunities. Near-term opportunities included improving efficiency of US operations and re-sourcing materials and components from lower cost locations. Longer-term opportunities involved closing a European facility, migrating labor-intensive products from the US to Mexico facility, and building up a Chinese JV to supply all Asia product needs. Identified opportunities far exceeded management plan.

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Off-road Vehicle Aftermarket Parts Supplier
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Off-road Vehicle Aftermarket Parts Supplier:  Assessing Company Positioning and Market Outlook

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.    

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Consumer Electronic Device Provider
Pragmatic Growth Strategy for Consumer Electronic Device Provider:  Developing Multi-brand Growth Strategy in Preparation of PE Exit 

Established feasibility of multi-brand strategy to support a transformative add-on acquisition, created company’s domestic and international growth strategy to position the company for a successful exit in 18-24 months, and developed an actionable strategic plan.  Effort included:  interviewing 160+ government officials, competitors, consumer/influencers, and other industry participants; researching market, competitive, and regulatory dynamics; building robust state-by-state market size/growth and cannibalization models; and developing multi-brand, Canada entry, and product line expansion strategies. Gotham’s assessment and recommendations allowed the client to move forward with the add-on acquisition and enter Canada, as well as start executing near-term aspects of growth plans to set stage for exit.

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Distributor of Truck Parts
Market Due Diligence for ~$1B Trucking-related Products Distributor:  Validating the Economic Attractiveness of Geographic Expansion into 3 States

Conducted Market Due Diligence to evaluate the economic attractiveness of client’s geographic expansion plan for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. For each state:  Gotham profiled its economy; identified sector-specific trends and drivers; established state business and regulatory environment; built a robust forecast model of industry-sector-specific GDP and employment; established the relationship between economic activity and the trucking sector; analyzed the historical flow of commodities by transport mode, inbound/outbound destination, and type of product moved; and built model-based forecast of sector-specific trucking activity over the next 5 years. Gotham’s validation of the macro-economic prospects of the 3 states gave the client confidence to pursue its plan. 

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