This PE client had entered into a competitive acquisition process to take a publicly-traded audio and technology consumer products company private. Maine Pointe was brought in early for the operational due diligence to help identify and size potential opportunities in the supply chain for value creation. The information we provided gave the client the analytical insights to raise their investment commitment and ultimately acquire the company successfully.
Post-deal, the PE firm asked Maine Pointe to conduct an in-depth analysis and work with the CEO to help realize the opportunities previously identified in both procurement and logistics.
Maine Pointe’s operational due diligence revealed a company with a sophisticated procurement environment that was already at a level 3 on our TVO Maturity Pyramid™. Logistics was slightly less mature. Given that the company clearly had good people and processes in place, the challenge was to show that substantial incremental value could still be derived from the supply chain.
Working in close partnership with the company’s leadership team, we identified some key threats to their continued competitiveness, namely: Declining cash flow in a competitive and evolving market environment; product delays due to product development and supplier issues, poor vendor management, manufacturing effectiveness issues and outdated, out priced, and stagnant logistics in a single-source environment. In addition, the company’s covenant restricted investment mandated disciplined actions to improve performance. Together, we implemented a new product development and introduction approach that, along with our tried and true procurement and logistics best practices, changed the game for the company. This included:
By moving procurement and logistics further up the maturity curve (procurement is now functioning at level 4) the company has improved performance and achieved savings. This will provide a strong foundation for their future growth on an accelerated basis.
Maine Pointe’s discipline and proven methods helped implement a more structured approach to evaluation and decision making. As a result, our client: