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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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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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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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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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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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HSE Services Provider
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Leading HSE Services Company: Understanding Market Dynamics/Size as Key Input to Round 2 Bid Decision

Conducted customer interviews and market research to validate company’s business model of providing outsourced services to the energy industry. Effort included interviewing (unsolicited) 84 current and potential customers, researching 5 product families and 7 industry sectors to establish service requirements, and building bottom-up market sizing model for this early stage outsourcing market. PE client ($9+B under management) purchased the company and able to increase the top-line by 50% within the first year.

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