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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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Road Maintenance Equipment Supplier
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Leading Road Maintenance Equipment Supplier:  Assessing Revenue/Growth Risk Pre-LOI

Focused Pre-LOI due diligence effort on establishing state DOT/municipal budget dynamics (the target’s greatest dependency), the target’s competitive positioning, and growth trends of the target’s road maintenance equipment market. Gotham: 1) compiled 10 years of state DOT budget details for 30 key states; 2) conducted ~50 interviews with state DOTs (and some municipalities); 3) built a state DOT equipment fleet profile, including fleet size, replacement cycle, age distribution, and manufacturer by equipment type; and 4) established the competitive landscape of the road maintenance equipment market. Because Gotham’s fact-based assessment painted a less optimistic picture than management’s projections, our client decided not to pursue the acquisition.   

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Fluid Power Component Manufacturer
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Fluid Power Component Manufacturer:  Establishing Demand Cycle Phase for Key Markets and Competitive Positioning

Conducted 3-week customer & market due diligence to validate target’s growth outlook in key end-markets (Agriculture, Construction, Compaction, and Trucking Equipment), establish the demand cycle stage of each end-market, and pin down competitive risks (e.g., Chinese suppliers entering the market). Gotham conducted 75 customer interviews, researched and analyzed equipment component requirements, macro-economic demand drivers, competitive landscape, and target’s customers’ growth outlook, and built “bottom-up” size/growth models for each end-market. Gotham’s due diligence findings allowed the PE client to pursue the transaction with confidence.

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Fluid Power Equipment Repair Company
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Fluid Power Equipment Company:  Assessing Adjacent Market Growth Opportunities in Several Technically-complex Niches

Conducted customer & market due diligence to validate adjacent market growth opportunities, including offshore oil & gas, forestry, marine, and civil infrastructure and other end-markets under consideration. Interviewed 150+ competitors, customers, prime contractors, and other key value chain participants, researched complex technical requirements, and leveraged government and industry data to develop a robust fact base, including size/growth models for each end-market, geographic gap analysis, and profiles of key competitors/potential acquisition targets. Based on Gotham’s findings and recommended expansion strategy, PE client closed the deal and is pursuing an acquisition to fill a key geographic gap.

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