❇️ New Deals - 2 April 2024

A janitorial service, medical equipment supplier, and 3 other interesting finds.

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Thanks for all the great feedback from the deals I shared on Thursday!

I’m excited to share 5 new deals worth checking out.

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But before we continue, I wanted to share an interview with acquisition entrepreneur Shawn Allard, who left his career in consulting to buy a $1.2M ice cream shop with two locations.

In the interview, we discuss:

  • What attracted Shawn to the opportunity

  • How Shawn managed the search while working a full-time job

  • Shawn’s experience with leveraging an SBA loan

  • What are the key metrics to look at when buying a food and beverage retail business

  • What was unexpected during the transition period

  • How Shawn grew the business by 25% last month alone

And more!

1/ Janitorial Service

📍 Location: DuPage County, Illinois
💰 Asking Price: $4,500,000
💼 EBITDA: $1,100,000
📊 Revenue: $10,000,000
📅 Established: N/A

💭 My 2 Cents: This is a janitorial company that has been in business for over 40 years. Besides being a generally great boring business, what caught my eye is that all of its clients are commercial, with 70% from the government and 30% from private businesses. This is great because commercial clients typically mean more long-term contracts and steady revenue flow, and this is especially true with very sticky government clients. However, I am curious as to how long their contracts are written for, whether they automatically renew, and, especially with the government, whether they have to be rebid. I’d also want to check for customer concentration issues and make sure that there isn’t any churn to worry about. I like that the seller wants to maintain 20% equity in the company, a sign that he has confidence in the business continuing to succeed.

2/ Medical Equipment Supplier

📍 Location: Suffolk County, New York
💰 Asking Price: $3,000,000
💼 EBITDA: $553,975
📊 Revenue: $2,338,802
📅 Established: 2001

💭 My 2 Cents: This is an interesting healthcare-adjacent company that’s carved out a great niche. What they do is rent and supply medical equipment to individual end users by making contact with them right at the moment they need it most: as they are being discharged from medical procedures. In business since 2001, they now have over 1,000 monthly recurring rental agreements with patients and relationships with over 30 different insurance providers, with up to 50% of their revenue coming from private pay clients, resulting in a lot of steady revenue. However, I’d want to understand what their relationships with healthcare providers look like in terms of how and when they are able to contact patients, if that access is exclusive, and if there are any terms or concessions they need to give to the healthcare providers. Depending on how this process is set up, there could be huge growth potential in expanding these relationships and adding dedicated sales people in more healthcare offices, as you’d have very sticky sales leads if you’re able to become the medical equipment provider for these offices. You could also boost recurring revenue by offering more rental program options to various clients. Overall, the fact that a company already pulling in $2.4M in revenue and $553K in SDE has such room to grow makes this a very attractive deal.

3/ Meat And Poultry Broker

📍 Location: Miami County, Florida
💰 Asking Price: $1,999,918
💼 EBITDA: $645,185
📊 Revenue: $18,782,737
📅 Established: 2014

💭 My 2 Cents: This business is a broker of meat and poultry products to the Caribbean and Central American countries, acting as a middleman between meat and poultry producers in the U.S. and buyers in the Americas. Established in 2014, the 3 person company has grown from $12M in revenue in 2020 to over $18M in 2023. I like that it has very minimal fixed costs and assets as it uses outsourced shipping and storage facilities, so it never has to touch the product while retaining the ability to scale easily upon increased demand. I also like that they are recession-resilient (people have to eat!) and that they have strong relationships with their producers and customers, so it’d be easy to expand into other products like beef and seafood. It’s also nice that the owner is open to maintaining equity post-transaction. Besides making the deal more affordable, this could help mitigate the risk of losing clients post-transition. However, I do have a lot of questions I’d need answered before diving in. Do they have long-term commitments with either side on both quantity and price, and is there any risk in not being able to pass through potential price increases from producers to the end customer? Is demand from customers fairly consistent and stable? Are there any concentration issues with either suppliers or customers? And finally, If there were an issue with a supplier, how easy is it to switch? If all those answers come back clean, then this looks like a real winner.

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4/ 3 Device Repair Locations

📍 Location: Manhattan, New York
💰 Asking Price: $3,000,000
💼 EBITDA: $610,709
📊 Revenue: $2,143,672
📅 Established: 2003

💭 My 2 Cents: This is a tech device repair company with three Manhattan locations and 17 employees. I like that this business, which provides a vital service in our digital age, has two revenue streams involving both on-site and in-home repairs and a high average ticket size of $180. They also clearly do good work, as they have over 67,000 past clients and an average of 4.8 stars over 800 reviews between Yelp and Google. You don’t often find a company with such high reviews over such a long period of time (they’ve been in business for over 21 years). However, the most exciting thing about this business is a warranty protection plan they launched in 2022 which has established a recurring revenue stream that now has 1,600 customers and accounts for 17% of their revenue. There’s no reason you can’t continue to grow recurring revenue through this program, however, I’d want to know what the current advertising plan looks like and how they have been promoting the warranty program so far. I’d also want to understand how often they have repeat customers versus walk-ins and what the lease terms are on their different locations. You need to know if any of them drive outsize revenue and profitability so you know where to focus your efforts. Otherwise, with a staff of 17 in place that allows the owners to only work about 10 hours a week, this is the rare deal that is attractive to everybody. If you want to be hands-off, you can do that. Or, if you want to scale, you can do that with the warranty program.

5/ Plumbing Company

📍 Location: Nebraska
💰 Asking Price: N/A
💼 EBITDA: $938,386
📊 Revenue: $5,021,891
📅 Established: N/A

💭 My 2 Cents: This is an essential plumbing company in Nebraska that’s been around for over 20 years, offers everything from emergency repairs to pipe installation, has a remarkable 45-50% market share and generates 80% of sales from commercial contracts. It goes without saying that companies like this are always needed and I like that this one is so heavily focused on commercial projects as these often represent steady income. While I’m interested in the nature of all their contracts, I’d want to know in particular what the 80% of commercial contracts look like and whether they are mostly repair and service or new construction. I’d also want to understand where new business comes from and how important the seller’s relationships are to winning and maintaining contracts. The last thing you want is for business to dry up as soon as the owner leaves. Otherwise, I like that there are 20 full-time employees operating out of a large (31,000 SQFT) facility that can either be leased or purchased as part of the sales price. Overall, my experience is that it can be difficult to stand out in the fragmented plumbing industry, so finding a plumbing business with this size market share is a rare opportunity.

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