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Electric Utility Services Company
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Electric Utility Services Company:  Assessing Customer Risk, Margin Sustainability, and Growth Opportunities

Conducted 4-week phased customer & market due diligence to evaluate revenue and margin sustainability risk vis-à-vis the target’s core business and assess geographic expansion opportunities required to create a super-regional player. Developed bottom-up CapEx and Operations & Maintenance spend model of 25 key utilities, including 10-year projections; interviewed 30+ key stakeholders at the target’s top customers and potential customers; conducted detailed analysis of the target’s jobs database and forecast; and conducted extensive primary and secondary research. Based on Gotham’s findings, our PE client significantly revised down their bid and was able to secure the target at a more favorable valuation, with a top-level expansion strategy in-hand.

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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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Multi-disciplinary Engineering Services Firm
Operations Improvements at Multi-disciplinary Engineering Services Firm:  Improving Profitability and Revenue Performance

Conducted a 6-week operations assessment to turn around the company’s margin performance and position it for a successful exit in 2-3 years’ time. Analyzed historical project and employee utilization performance; developed target staffing leverage model; and created target business development model to improve efficiency of business development effort while driving profitable revenue growth. Our detailed assessment gave our client a solid understanding and roadmap of the levers to achieve the target margin performance (5-7% points growth); client requested Gotham to provide ongoing support through quarterly performance audits.

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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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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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Heavy Equipment Rental Company
Rental Operations Improvements for Heavy Equipment Rental Company:  Diagnosing Performance Deficiencies at Data-rich But Information-poor Branch-based Underperforming Business to Identify EBITDA Improvement Opportunities/Plan for Their Capture

Identified $6.4MM in quick-win EBITDA improvement opportunity in rental, parts, and services businesses by analyzing the company’s revenue drivers, cost structure, and equipment utilization. Working with management, developed a detailed 6-month implementation plan to enable rapid capture of operational improvement opportunities and to establish long-term strategic initiatives to drive top- and bottom-line growth. Management is successfully implementing value creation plan and, within 3 months, has already captured $3MM in EBITDA improvements (vs. same quarter in previous year).

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