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Private Label Canned Food Manufacturer
Customer & Market and Operational Due Diligence of Private Label Canned Food Manufacturer:  Establishing Growth Prospects, Margin Risk, CapEx Risk, and Operations Improvement Opportunities

In sync with the needs of each stage of the deal process, conducted phased customer, market, and operational due diligence, initially focusing on:  1) growth outlook – established the target’s category presence, identified key market trends, and built a model to project category growth; 2) competitive positioning – interviewed 27 PL and category buyers from supermarkets, wholesalers, food service companies, and brokers; and 3) CapEx and operational risk – visited the target’s 3 plants, assessed capacity, and reviewed operational improvement plans. After the client signed the LOI, Gotham conducted:  a deep dive assessment of margin risk, using 7-year SKU-level price/margin data and outlook for major input cost drivers; and an in-depth operational diagnostic of material yield, direct labor, and inventory costs.  

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Juice Manufacturer/ Co-packer
Manufacturing Operations Improvements at Foodservice/Co-pack Juice Company: Network-wide Operating System to Turn Around Performance

Turned around plant performance by implementing basic plant operating system (downtime, waste, and scheduling). $600K in run rate cost savings captured by the end of the 6-week engagement, with tools and processes in place to capture the rest. Building on the initial success, rolled out the network-wide standard operating procedures to the other 2 plants during an 8-week Phase II effort with additional savings of $2-2.5MM expected. Company generating record EBITDA (60+% improvement in EBITDA) and the PE firm decided to market the company for an exit.

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Beverage Co-Packer
Operations Diagnostic at Niche Beverage Co-Packer: Throughput and Cost Improvements to Become a Competitive Full-line Co-packer

2 week diagnostic that benchmarked conversion costs for the company and identified 15-20% in cost reduction opportunities. The effort indicated that with improved scheduling processes and more efficient use of labor, the company could save at least $1.5MM in the short-term. Recommendations also included putting in place a system to track true costs and performance to enable longer-term improvements.

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Specialty Foods Manufacturer
Customer and Market Due Diligence of Regional Specialty Foods Manufacturer: Validating Growth Potential

Conducted Customer and Market Due Diligence to establish/validate that company could support 10+% CAGR growth and expand nationally. Analyzed IRI/Nielsen data, conducted extensive secondary research, built and ran scenario models, conducted field research and customer interviews to establish positioning and outlook of premium product companies overall and the target specifically, as well as feasibility and requirements for growing the brand nationally. Gotham team identified 4 growth levers for the company.

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Specialty Foods Manufacturer
Operational Due Diligence at Family-owned Specialty Foods Company:  In A Data-poor Situation, Confirming Operational Readiness to Support Targeted National Growth

Conducted detailed observations of manufacturing operations (evaluating equipment, labor, downtime, changeovers, etc.) and developed bottom-up capacity model to quantify production increases and cost savings. Determined that target’s facility had sufficient capacity to meet 5-year targeted growth projections; identified cost per case savings 15-20% from labor and overhead reductions; found low risk of future operational surprises (e.g., major equipment cap ex requirements, food safety/quality issues, etc.); and provided PE Client with ingoing operational value capture plan. Client moved forward with acquisition and immediately began implementation of Gotham recommended improvement initiatives.

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Nutraceutical Manufacturer
Manufacturing Operatons Diagnostic at Private Label Nutraceutical Company: Avoiding Need for Capital Investment via Throughput Improvement and Cost Reduction

Identified significant manufacturing capacity available through a variety of key throughput levers, including: reduced number and shortened length of changeovers; reduced frequency and duration of downtime; and increased speed in bottleneck equipment. In addition, identified 35% reduction in direct labor cost. Following our implementation plan, company increased EBITDA by $7MM by the end of the fiscal year and the PE firm successfully sold the company.

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