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Filtration Equipment Manufacturer
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Filtration Equipment Manufacturer:  Assessing Metal Pricing Risks and Opportunities for Adjacent Market Expansion 

Conducted 3-week customer & market due diligence to:  (1) assess the impact of potential metal price reduction on target’s revenue by developing a robust understanding of metals pricing, mining economics, and historical trends; and (2) establish growth opportunities in adjacent end-markets (chemicals and industrial wastewater). For each end-market, we:  established production/treatment processes, filtration technologies, and market dynamics; built market sizing/growth models; and conducted 50+ customer calls to establish/validate filtration requirements. We also built a comprehensive view of different filtration technologies and their usage, as well as competitive dynamics in the filtration equipment industry. Based on our findings, PE client confidently moved forward with the transaction and closed the deal.

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Environmental Machinery Manufacturer
Operational Due Diligence at Global Environmental Machinery Manufacturer: Assessing Product Design and Network Simplification Opportunities

Analyzed product portfolio and design platforms, manufacturing and engineering facilities, and cost structure to establish cost reduction opportunities at a machinery manufacturer with operations distributed over 13 facilities in 8 countries. Due diligence identified $23-39MM (12-21% of total COGS) in cost savings from standardizing/modularizing product line and executing a low-cost manufacturing strategy, simplifying/consolidating the manufacturing and engineering network, and reducing material, labor, and freight costs.

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Climate Control Products Manufacturer
Operations Diagnostic and Roadmap at Climate Control Product Manufacturer:  Establishing End-vision for a Fast-growing, Entrepreneurial Company 

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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GLOBAL PRECISION PARTS MANUFACTURER
Customer & Market Due Diligence Of Global Precision Parts Manufacturer: Validating Revenue Sustainability In Markets Under Transformational Changes

Conducted a 2-week customer & market due diligence to validate the sustainability and growth outlook of target’s key product application/programs. To this end, Gotham:  built a model to establish impact of automotive electrification on target’s business; analyzed target’s top product applications/ programs to establish growth outlook, program lifecycle, target’s positioning, and margin outlook; conducted anonymous and “warm introduction” interviews with target’s customers; reconciled target’s financial projections against market forecast to determine how much of target’s projected growth was coming from market share gains; and established competitive landscape for both mechanical and electric parts. Gotham’s work established that target’s business was sustainable and gave our client confidence to proceed with its investment.

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FLOW CONTROL SAFETY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER
Customer & Market Due Diligence Of Niche Natural Gas LDC Safety Equipment Supplier: Establishing Addressable Market And Growth Outlook In An Undefined Market

Conducted 1-week customer & market due diligence to establish the addressable market size, growth trends, and competitive landscape for flow control safety equipment in natural gas distribution systems. Gotham:  conducted 78 interviews and 44 online surveys with natural gas utilities; built a market sizing model extrapolating interview/survey data; and developed a robust technical profile of natural gas local distribution system configurations and flow control equipment. Armed with valuable clarity and detail in an otherwise information-poor industry, our client was able to complete the add-on acquisition with confidence.

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Oil & Gas Aftermarket Parts Supplier
Customer Due Diligence of Oil & Gas Aftermarket Parts Supplier:  Determining Purchasing Processes, Competitive Positioning, and Market Trends

Conducted focused customer due diligence to gain critical customer insights from major drillers regarding purchasing processes, competitive positioning, and market trends. Gotham conducted 31 anonymous interviews with personnel at rig sites, maintenance yards, and corporate headquarters of on-shore and off-shore drilling companies to:  1) identify selection criteria and determine whether purchasing decisions are made at the drill site or at corporate; 2) establish the target’s strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis key competitors; and 3) understand market risks and opportunities in light of low oil prices and technological changes. Gotham’s deep customer insights and first-hand customer account of market trends allowed our PE client to submit a well-informed bid.     

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