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Project Altair

Acquisition Opportunity

Leading Specialists in Professional Hygiene Services

An opportunity to acquire a privately owned UK Company that has positioned itself as a leading UK provider of Food Factory Hygiene including a full range of professional industrial and commercial deep cleaning services.

Established for over 14 years the business employs some 330 staffs and is augmented by a mobile division that provides environmental cleaning to industries including food factories, hospitals, housing associations and the catering trade.

Offering a selection of professional services including food factory hygiene, commercial kitchen deep cleaning, commercial periodic environmental cleaning, and ventilation deep cleaning working with innovative specialist equipment to deliver the cleaning solution required.

Secure long-standing frameworks are in place with major Blue-Chip Clients in the Food sector.

The Business model is easily scalable, and has the procedures and infrastructure to support additional sites at any location in the UK whilst maintaining overhead costs.

2020 sales have seen a turnover of £9,176,443 with a non-adjusted EBITDA of 1,008,336.

Cost of Sales in 2017 was 87.2% the cost of sales in 2020 is reduced to 84%

Gross Profit in 2017 was 12.8%, the Gross Profit for 2020 has grown to 16%

Admin expenses in 2017 of 6.3 % have now reduced to a 2020 cost of 5.7%

These figures are evidence of the Company’s efficient cost and expenses management. As profits and sales grow, residual profits could be reinvested or distributed as cash dividends. The Company will always remain profitable and cash flow positive.

Contact Olivia@achieve-corporation.com for further details.

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Project Neptune

Acquisition Opportunity

– Specialist in the manufacture and installation of bespoke joinery to the UK and Global Markets.

A rare opportunity to acquire a long-established, successful, dynamic, and privately-owned UK Company specialising in the manufacture and installation of bespoke joinery to a diverse range of companies operating in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Leisure
  • Corporate
  • Museum

The Business is led by a strong and experienced management team, and services a diverse blue-chip customer base across the UK and exports its finished joinery globally.

Services within the Business fall into two broad categories of High Volume and Bespoke Joinery.

The Company has a strong balance sheet – it is cash generative and has operated debt-free for the past twenty years.

2019 has seen total sales of £10,362,838 with a gross profit of £3,027,023 and an adjusted EBITDA of £1,104,335.

2020 saw a drop in sales and subsequent profits, which was directly attributed to the Covid 19 lockdown.

The current order book stands above £2,000,000, and a robust forecast is in place, which will see sales return to 2019 levels. The figures forecast are sales of £10,880,980 with a gross profit of £2,937,865 and an adjusted EBITDA of £1,090,680.

The Company is a first-class manufacturer and installer of bespoke joinery to the UK and Global Markets – committed to a growth strategy with both capacity and resource.

Highlights:

  • Lean management structure – able to continue without shareholder involvement – skilled in Company operations
  • Capability to deliver complete turnkey projects
  • Leading joinery manufacturing facility; one of the finest in the UK
  • Sophisticated logistics and supply chain management portfolio in place
  • All works completed ‘in house’, no work is subcontracted
  • Non-cyclical business model offering continuity and resourcing throughout the year

Future Opportunities:

  • Strong succession plan in place, with shareholders willing to provide a long-term consultancy period post-sale, as well as having an experienced second-tier management structure
  • Strong and growing order book currently valued at £2 Million, with orders secured globally. Making Project Neptune a significant asset to any Buyer
  • The acquisition of Project Neptune allows the acquirer to tender for a broader range of projects across many industries and gives an outlet for high-quality joinery ‘in-house.’
  • An acquirer could reduce their reliance on suppliers and offer an increased service level to their Clients by capitalising on a central production facility and expand the provision of joinery services to construction and fit-out firms, and other direct competitors
  • By acquiring Project Neptune (a business that can carry out complete turnkey projects), the acquirer can distinguish itself from its competitors, enabling complex projects to be carried out using internal staff and skilled tradespeople. This gives the benefit of complete control over programme coordination, quality, and commercial issues without engaging external subcontractors

Contact Olivia@achieve-corporation.com for further details.

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Vehicle Bodyshop Providing FM Services to Government

Client – CSG LtdVehicle Bodyshop providing FM services to Government authorities on a 3-acre site

Instruction – Conduct trade sale of the business

Role – Review market opportunities, benchmarked possible share price, source trade buyers based on management culture and ethos. Generate sealed bids. Manage through to Completion

Result – Secured four competitive offers that matched exiting shareholders criteria. Project managed through to completion

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Specialist In Worldwide Distribution Of High-Quality Steels

Client – Masteel Ltd – Specialist In Worldwide Distribution Of High-Quality Steels. £20 Million Turnover

Instruction – Conduct trade sale of the business with a focus on matching culture and ethos of the incoming buyer to existing management

Role – Project managed auction process and handled the sale to completion

Result –Successful share sale. Existing shareholder exiting the business six months post-completion. Headhunted new financial controller for the Company on behalf of the new Owner

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Mergers & Acquisitions Modelling

Achieve Corporation act as either the buy or sell side advisors on corporate transitions. This experience in a dual role gives us a valuable insight into the metrics, thought process and modelling needed to successfully plan the financial aspects of a merger or acquisition.

Our modelling can be used as either a:

  • Pitch deck to seek funding for a project
  • Back up financials for sign off at Board level planning committee
  • Feasibility studies to highlight potential financial synergies on acquiring targets in either a horizontal or vertical sector

The Achieve Corporation M&A modelling includes:

  • Acquirer & Target Models – Map financials, 3-statement model, discounted cash flow model
  • Deal Assumptions – Inputs, synergies, financing, value added and goodwill
  • Accretion/Dilution – Pro forma per share metrics
  • Closing Balance Sheet – Acquirer + target, adjustments, goodwill and pro forma
  • Sensitivity Analysis – Intrinsic value per share, ROE, ROI, changes in assumptions
  • Pro Forma Model – Combination of synergies, 3-statement model, Discounted Cash Flow  

For a discussion in the strictest confidence about the benefits of our M&A model, please contact Mark Roberts Senior Partner at Mark@achieve-corproation.com

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Raising Capital

Businesses can use either debt or equity capital to raise money—where the cost of debt is usually lower than the cost of equity.

Debt holders usually charge businesses interest, while equity holders rely on stock appreciation or dividends for a return.

Preferred equity has a senior claim on a company’s assets compared to common equity, making the cost of capital lower for preferred equity.

The financial models from Achieve Corporation involves determining the mix of debt and equity that is most cost-effective for your business.

Our scope of works normally includes:

  • Investigating and advising on the different funding options – debt, equity, grants, supplier finance
  • Preparing and presenting a set of forecasts and a business plan
  • Helping clients assess the commercial, accounting, and cash flow implications of financing structures
  • Introductions to funders based upon our existing network of PE companies’ and corporate lenders
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Ratios and Statistics

Financial ratios are powerful tools to help summarise financial statements and the health of a company.

They enable the business to ensure it is running at the optimum efficiency by calculating working capital, pricing structures, profit margins and efficiency of assets used.

An analysis is normally done on the past performance of a business with future performance then be forecast. The gap analysis between the two sets of figures highlights potential efficiencies, to be made, resulting in cost reductions and increases to the bottom line.

The Achieve Corporation Ratios and Statistics analysis includes:

 Profitability

  • EBIT
  • EBITDA
  • Adjusted EBITDA 
  • ROA
  • ROCE
  • ROE
  • Gross Profit Ratio
  • Operating Profit Ratio
  • Pre-tax Profit Ratio
  • Net Profit Ratio

Liquidity

  • Current Ratio
  • Quick Ratio
  • Working Capital
  • Working Capital Ratio

Solvency/Leverage

  • Debt Equity (DE) Ratio
  • TOL/TNA
  • Capital Gearing Ratio
  • Degree of Operating Leverages (DOL)
  • Degree of Financing Leverages (DFL)
  • Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR)
  • Future Capital Pricing Based on ROCE

Efficiency

  • Debtors Turnover Ratio
  • Debtors Days
  • Capital Turnover Ratio
  • Future Capitalisation based on Capital Turnover

Valuation

  • Earnings Per Share (EPS)
  • Price Earnings (PE) Ratio
  • Market Value based on Price Earnings Ratio
  • Future Earning Per Share 
  • Net Asset Value (NAV)
  • Book Value Per Share
  • Intrinsic Value Per Share
  • Free Cash Flow
  • Discounted Cash Flow on Forecast Period
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Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Modelling

A leveraged buyout (LBO) is a type of acquisition in the business world whereby the vast majority of the cost of buying a company is financed by borrowed funds. LBOs are often executed by private equity firms who attempt to raise as much funding as possible using various types of debt to get the transaction completed. Capital for an LBO can come from banks, mezzanine financing, and bond issues.

Leveraged Buyout Models are useful in:

  • Determining a fair valuation for a company (including an ability-to-pay analysis)
  • Determining the equity returns (through IRR calculations) that can be achieved if a company is taken private, grown, and ultimately sold or taken public
  • Determining the effect of recapitalizing the company through issuance of debt to replace equity
  • Determining the debt service limitations of a company from its cash flows

Using an LBO model constructed by Achieve Corporation will enable you to:

  • Calculate the actual price to be paid for a company
  • Model the company’s past and future cashflow to pay back the debt
  • Determine the earnings capacity of the business
  • Verify that the decision to acquire a business using Leverage buyout Principles is the correct one to take  

We can act for either the buy or sell side in preparation for Leverage Buyout Models.

For a discussion in the strictest confidence of the benefits of LBO modelling, please contact Olivia@achieve-corproation.com.

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HelloFresh inks $277M deal for US meal delivery startup

Germany’s HelloFresh has agreed to buy Illinois-based meal delivery business Factor75 for up to $277 million, as European food companies turn their attention to the US to fuel growth.

The deal comes just a few weeks after Nestlé completed its $1.5 billion acquisition of New York-based meal delivery startup Freshly. In June, Just Eat Takeaway.com fought off a rival bid from Uber to buy Grubhub in an all-stock transaction worth about $7.3 billion.

Factor75 will join HelloFresh’s existing US portfolio including EveryPlate and Green Chef, which it bought in 2018. The deal will give HelloFresh its first office in Chicago, as well as four production and fulfillment facilities.

Frankfurt-listed HelloFresh is currently the largest meal-kit provider in the US in terms of market share, reportedly surpassing Blue Apron in 2018. It logged 2.5 million active customers in the US during Q3 2020, a near 70% increase year-over-year. The pandemic has created a surge in demand for meal kits as shoppers seek alternatives to grocery stores. The meal kit market is expected to reach $14.8 billion by 2025, representing a 10.6% compound annual growth rate, according to PitchBook’s Q3 2020 foodtech report.

Founded in 2013, Factor75 specializes in healthy ready-to-eat meals. It secured $12.5 million in May in a round led by Marcy Venture Partners. Factor75 is expected to generate revenue of around $100 million in 2020.

 

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Bertelsmann set to buy US publisher Simon & Schuster

Penguin Random House owner Bertelsmann has agreed to acquire New York-based publisher Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for over $2 billion, Reuters reported.

Following the deal, the German group will hold nearly a third of the US publishing market by revenue. Bertelsmann beat out Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and French media group Vivendi in an auction for the company, which ViacomCBS put up for sale in March in order to refocus on its core assets.

Rival book publishers, including News Corp-owned HarperCollins, have raised antitrust concerns about the acquisition, according to the Financial Times. Critics have said that Bertelsmann could exert too much power in specific genres, particularly hardcover fiction. Simon & Schuster publishes some of the world’s bestselling authors, including Dan Brown and Stephen King.

Through Penguin Random House, Bertelsmann is already the largest global book publisher by revenue, reporting €3.6 billion (about $4.3 billion) in 2019. The group agreed last December to acquire the remaining shares of Penguin from UK-based peer Pearson for $675 million, giving Bertelsmann full ownership.