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Corporate Event Services Provider
Customer & Market Due Diligence Of Leading Event Services Company: 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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Direct Marketing Services Company
Operations Diagnostic of Direct Marketing Services Company:  Establishing “One Company” Organization and Operations to Realize Cost Synergies 

Conducted a 5-week operations diagnostic of a recently acquired portfolio company to identify cost reduction opportunities and establish organizational and operations end-visions. Gotham undertook an extensive analytic effort to reconcile and align data from 3 separate, independently operating systems corresponding to each business unit and create in-depth profiles of purchasing spend and labor efficiency. We also identified opportunities to improve salesforce effectiveness, including salesforce restructuring and a new compensation system. Finally, working with management, Gotham developed a “One Company” organizational structure to eliminate disconnect and facilitate savings opportunity capture within and among the 3 business units. Following the diagnostic, management launched efforts to capture these opportunities, which were expected to improve the company’s EBITDA margins by 6+ percentage points.

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Life Events Services Company
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Consumer Life Events Services Company:  Establishing Buying Behavior and Identifying Growth Opportunities

Conducted 3-week customer & market due diligence to:  determine consumer buying behavior in target’s core operating segments; validate target’s competitive positioning in mall-based segment; and identify/assess potential end-market expansion opportunities. To analyze each of target’s 3 core segments, we:  1) surveyed a panel of 1,500 consumers; 2) conducted 30+ anonymous interviews with key decision-makers at top customers and potential customers; and 3) performed extensive primary and secondary research. Based on our findings, our PE client was able to prepare an appropriately valued bid.

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