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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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Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair Services
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Municipal/Utility Services Company:  Deciphering a Niche Market to Validate Target’s Growth Plan

Conducted 4-week customer and market due diligence to:  (1) establish municipal budget outlook; (2) establish market size and growth outlook for wastewater infrastructure services;  and (3) understand the target’s competitive positioning. The effort included:  124 interviews with municipal and utility officials; in-depth research of environmental regulations; top-down/bottom-up municipal budget analysis; and creation of 3 bottom-up marketing sizing models. Gotham’s comprehensive, fact-based approach verified that the target’s aggressive growth plans were realistic and the target had established a strong reputation with its customers. This allowed our PE client to gain confidence in the target’s ability to meet its revenue plan and move forward with the acquisition.      

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PROPANE DISTRIBUTOR
Customer & Market And Operational Due Diligence Of Leading Propane Distributor: Determining Branch-level Margin Expansion Opportunities And Market Position

Conducted 2-week customer & market and operational due diligence to:  validate capture of pricing and operating efficiencies at acquired companies; establish local market dynamics and target’s competitive positioning; and assess regulatory and substitution threat. Gotham: surveyed ~750 propane consumers in target’s service areas; identified/profiled key competitors and conducted 32 competitor interviews in target’s local markets; analyzed zip-code-level propane supply, consumption, pricing, and heating degree day trends; determined pricing optimization and segmentation opportunity; assessed substitution threat from natural gas, electricity, and heat pumps; and analyzed pricing, delivery, and backoffiice expenses at 25+ acquisitions. Comfortable with the target’s opportunity to acquire family-owned local propane distributors and capture pricing/operations improvements, our client was able to move forward with an aggressive but well-informed bid.

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