LCI Industries acquired RV Seating Maker Lexington, LLC
LCI Industries (often referred to as Lippert Components) acquired Lexington, LLC, a manufacturer of high quality seating solutions for the recreational vehicle, marine, transportation, medical and office furniture industries. Lexington’s revenues for the twelve months ending December 2017 are anticipated to be approximately $60 million. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.Read More
KV Private Equity Acquires Northern Lite
KV Private Equity, based in Edmonton, Alberta, announced that it has acquired Northern Lite as it’s first investment. Located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Northern Lite manufactures high-end fiberglass truck campers, which are distributed throughout Canada and the U.S. via a well-established dealer network. Northern Lite is recognized for high standards of quality and workmanship, and the lightweight design of its products. “We are excited to have the opportunity to continue building this exceptional business. It is an honor that Mac Donkin (Northern Lite’s former owner) will continue with us as a director, and that his son Keith has agreed to join us as a shareholder, while also staying on as the general manager of Northern Lite,” said Jonathan Herman, COO of KV Private Equity. Mac Donkin stated, “Northern Lite has been very successful over the last 27 years, I know that the best days are in front of it and that the company is in great hands with Keith and KV.”Read More
Camping World Acquires Nelson Family RV Business
Nelson’s RV of Boise, Idaho, has announced that it was acquired by Camping World, the nation’s largest network of RV retail locations, after more than 33 years of serving Treasure Valley customers. Nelson’s RVs was founded in 1983 by Byron and Donna Nelson, Wilma and Roy Petersen, and Karen and Tom Nelson. Since then the company has sold approximately 27,000 trailers, campers and motorhomes. Many of those sales were to repeat customers who kept coming back for the special care that was Nelson’s specialty. This attention to customer service helped make Nelson’s RV one of Idaho’s largest-volume dealers.
The sale, which was finalized on April 6, includes three Nelson’s locations – two in Boise at 4911 and 5309 Chinden Blvd., and one at 5500 E. Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell. The transaction includes inventory of nearly 500 RVs; two fully-equipped, state-of-the-art service departments; two newly expanded parts departments; and a full truck, hitch and accessory shop. The terms of the transaction were not announced.
The acquisition increases Camping World’s presence in Idaho to five locations, including two supercenters in the Meridian and Idaho Falls areas. Camping World will continue to operate the two Boise locations as Nelson’s RVs, while rebranding the Caldwell location as a Camping World RV SuperCenter. Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World, said the Nelsons and their team “have served Idaho and Eastern Oregon with premier recreational vehicle services for over 33 years. We look forward to continuing their high standards of quality and service and solidifying our leading position in the state of Idaho.”Read More
Camping World Acquires Safford RV Dealership
Camping World Holdings, one of the largest RV retailers in the country, has acquired the Safford RV dealership in Thornburg, VA. The dealership started with a store in Bowling Green, Ky, in 1966. Now headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill., it has more than 115 SuperCenters nationwide, including two in the Roanoke and Winchester areas. It also recently purchased McGeorge’s RV in Richmond.
“Our two organizations have such strong synergies in terms of customer service, product offerings and geographic presence, and we look forward to continuing Safford RV’s high standards of quality and service, while solidifying our leading position in the state,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Holdings and Good Sam, in a news release.
Jackim Woods & Co Publishes RV Manufacturing M&A Overview
Jackim Woods & Company published its RV Manufacturing M&A Overview-2017. The RV Manufacturing M&A Overview provides a look at the forces that are driving M&A activity in the recreational vehicle industry and some of the publicly announced transactions that have been completed in the sector in the last 18 months. Rich Jackim, Managing Partner at Jackim Woods & Company points out that “since most RV related companies are privately owned, many transactions go unannounced. In this white paper we’ve summarized the publicly announced transactions and whatever transaction specific information we could find.”
If you own an RV manufacturer, dealer or supplier and would like to explore your options, feel free to contact Rich Jackim for a free, confidential consultation at 224-513-5142 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Consolidation Accelerates in the Window and Door Industry
Manufacturers of window and door products are seeing an active mergers and acquisitions market as the pace of consolidation continues. Private equity groups are competing against strategic industry buyers to close deals and build market share.
Several large window and door manufacturers have been acquired over the last 18 months. PGT acquired WinDoor in February 2016 for an estimated ’s $102 million acquisition. The deal is expected to strengthen PGT’s position in the impact-resistant window and door market in Florida. WinDoor has grown 20 to 25 percent over the past two years. PGT followed in October 2016 with the acquisition of US Impact Systems for an estimated $2 million, to gain a foothold in the commercial market.
In August 2016, Headwaters acquired Krestmark Industries for approximately $240 million, according to some estimates. This strategic acquisition provides Krestmark an entry to the Texas residential market and will extend Headwaters’ residential exterior building products portfolio.
In November 2016, Boral Industries, an Australian window and door manufacturer, acquired Headwaters to increase its share of the U.S. building and construction markets. The acquisition will double the size of Boral’s U.S. business.
Window and door manufacturer, Jeld-Wen has been highly acquisitive, closing two acquisitions in 2016 and six since 2015 to aggressively grow its door and window product portfolio. Acquisitions include Trend Windows and Doors, Dooria, LaCantina Doors, Karona, and Aneeta Window Systems. Jeld-Wen raised $575 million in an IPO in January 2017, pricing 25 million shares at $23 per share—the high end of the offering range. As a result, the company has lots of capital to continue its aggressive acquisition strategy. Jeld-Wen has been backed by private equity group, Onex Partners since 2011.
Window and door giants, Marvin, Pella and Masonite have also been active industry buyers, each announcing acquisitions in 2016. Marvin acquired Denver-based TruStile Doors LLC in May. This came after Pella Corp acquired Grabill Inc., a manufacturer of custom luxury windows and doors. Masonite also made several acquisitions, including its purchase of Performance Doorset Solutions, a manufacturer of custom doors and millwork in the United Kingdom, and USA Wood Door, a wholesaler and fabricator of architectural and commercial wood doors in the United States.
The window and door industry has seen an increase in private equity interest as the building market recovers. A number of new platform and add-on acquisitions have been announced in 2016 including Ridgemont Equity Partners’ acquisition of Delta Door and Hardware, Paradigm Windows Solutions acquisition by CapitalWorks, the Cascade Windows acquisition by Center Oak Partners, the acquisition of Quantum Windows & Doors by Capital Partners, Inc., and the acquisition of Western Window Systems by Capitala Group. Private equity groups have raised over $150 billion in capital that they need to invest over the next 3 years which is expected to continue to drive activity.
The pace of acquisitions suggests that 2017 and 2018 will be a seller’s market for window and door manufacturers, fueled by surplus investment capital, debt capital and low-interest rates. In addition, limited organic growth opportunities are continuing to drive strategic acquisitions, as buyers look to broaden product portfolios, increase market share and diversify into growing markets.
For additional information about acquisition opportunities in the residential or commercial window and door sector please contact Rich Jackim at (224) 513-5142 or at email@example.com.
Novae Corp Acquires H&H Trailers
Novae Corp., headquartered in Markle, IN, has acquired the assets of the Clarinda trailer manufacturer, H&H Trailers. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Under the agreement, H&H Trailer’s will continue to operate independently but as a part of the Novae group and will retain the H&H brand.
“The two companies and their brands are well respected in the trailer industry, and together bring a very diverse and valuable range of proven products and services to the dealer base,” said Mark Yde, director of business development for Novae. “The North American dealer networks are highly complementary, and the commitment to growth through innovation, quality and outstanding customer service is common in the cultures within these two organizations.”
Camping World to Acquire Oklahoma’s Jamatt
Camping World Holdings announced that it has acquired Jamatt RV in Poteau, Okla. Camping World currently operates two SuperCenters in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and the acquisition of Jamatt RV will expand their presence in eastern Oklahoma.
According to Camping World Chairman and CEO, Marcus Lemonis, “Jason and Sandy Blake (owners of Jamatt RV) have built a strong business with an incredible employee base and with this acquisition, Camping World continues to solidify its position as the leader in RV and outdoor accessory sales in the United States.”
Fun Town Acquires Happy Trails
Fun Town RV has acquired Happy Trails RV in Rockwall, Texas. Rockwall is a suburb on the northeastern side of Dallas. Fun Town expects to spend $1.5 million to renovate and expand the existing facilities, and to retain a majority of Happy Trail’s staff. The renovations should be completed by March.
“The new location …is a two or two-and-a-half hour drive from our flagship store in Cleburne. We feel like with our low prices and large selection of brands, we will make a big impact in this area,” stated Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee. Fun Town RV has 8 additional locations in Cleburne, Houston, Waco, San Angelo, Giddings, Denton, and Purcell, Oklahoma.Read More
Survey Shows 8 Ways Investment Bankers Create Value for Sellers
Some business owners may balk at the idea of of paying an investment banker to help them sell their companies. But a recent survey of owners who have been through the process shows that sellers believe that their investment bankers added tremendous value in the process.
Jackim Woods & Co surveyed 25 business owners who sold their businesses with the help of an investment banker for between $2 million and $50 million between 2008 and 2016. One-hundred percent of those surveyed said they did not regret hiring an investment banker and over 70% said they added “significant” value in the process.
The 8 Functions of an Investment Banker
The survey also explored what aspects of the investment banker’s role were most helpful from the seller’s point of view by asking to rank the following eight functions from most to least important.
1. Managing the M&A Process
Investment bankers are usually the quarterbacks for the sales process. They are the ones who are responsible for creating a competitive transaction process, coordinating all of the different aspects of the transaction, working with the seller’s other advisors, and keeping the transaction moving toward a closing.
2. Coaching and Educating the Owner
The vast majority of business owners have never sold a company before. Experienced investment bankers, on the other hand, have managed hundreds of transactions and can share that that experience with their clients. This is particularly important when it comes to determining the value of the client’s company, and what is market based with respect to seller financing, reps & warranties and due diligence.
3. Identifying and Contacting Buyers
Investment bankers supplement the business owners’ knowledge of their markets and potential buyers by tapping into their professional contacts and networks, buyer databases, and expertise to identify and connect with interested buyers.
4. Negotiating the Deal
Investment bankers typically advise the seller on negotiating positions and take the lead in negotiating the purchase price and terms and other major considerations in the transaction.
5. Enhancing the Seller’s Credibility
Engaging an experienced investment banker demonstrates to buyers that the seller is committed to closing a transaction and that since there is professional representation, there is a greater likelihood of a successful closing.
6. Preparing and Positioning the Company for Sale
Sellers are rarely prepared for the huge amount of information buyers will ask for when considering an acquisition. Experienced investment bankers can help business owners get prepared by helping to create detailed financial models and projections, offering materials, data rooms, and management presentations to make the information sharing as seamless and easy as possible, while maintaining confidentiality at the same time.
7. Structuring the Transaction
Transactions can involve various forms of consideration, such as cash, equity, seller notes, earnouts, and other forms of contingent consideration. Investment bankers can structure each transaction specifically to address the needs and desires of both sellers and buyers, thus providing creative solutions for potentially conflicting transaction objectives.
8. Enabling Owners to Focus on Running their Business
The M&A process typically last for 6-9 months and can be very distracting if a business owner is trying to run his or her company and sell it at the same time. By taking over the sales process, investment banks enable business owners to focus on operating the business rather than managing the transaction process. This is essential because a dip in earnings or margins during the sales process could cost the seller hundreds of thousands of dollars in purchase price when the deal closes.
As one former Jackim Woods & Co. client noted, “Unless you have substantial M&A experience, a broad network of buyers, and a lot of free time, you should work with with a good investment banker. You may be able to get the deal done on your own, but you will probably invest a lot of time in the process, leave a lot of money on the table and end up with a higher-risk transaction in terms of seller financing, reps & warranties, and indemnifications.”
If you are thinking of selling your business or would like to explore your options, please give Rich Jackim a call at 224-513-5142.Read More