Rentokil Steritech Acquires Innovative Pest Management of North Carolina

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Innovative Pest Management, by Rentokil Steritech.

Innovative was founded by Ronnie and Rhonda Caldwell in 1999 and has grown to be one of the largest privately held pest control businesses in the Lake Norman area, north of Charlotte, NC. [Read more…]

Rollins / Orkin Enters Singapore with Acquisition of Aardwolf Pestkare

As Elaine once famously quipped on Seinfeld’s The Contest:  “… and then there were three.” Similarly, there are now three major players in the Singapore pest control industry and transaction multiples are on the rise.

Rentokil has been in Singapore for years (the dominant player), Anticimex took the plunge in late 2015 / early 2016, and now the new kid on the block is Rollins, the parent company of Orkin.

On July 2nd, Rollins acquired the stock of the third largest pest control business in Singapore, Aardwolf Pestkare. [Read more…]

Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – June 4, 2018 – A Visit to Anticimex’s Stockholm

In this week’s commentary, we’ll be discussing:

  • Skadedjursbekämpning is Swedish for Pest Control: A Visit to Anticimex in Stockholm
  • Potomac Announces the Sale of Stout Pest to HomeTeam, Our Ninth Transaction of the Year

Skadedjursbekämpning is Swedish for Pest Control: A Visit to Anticimex in Stockholm

If Fosters is Australian for beer (yes, I know our Australian friends are having a fit).

And Fahrvergnügen is “the joy of driving…”

Then Skadedjursbekämpning is Swedish for pest control. Actually, that’s exactly what that mouthful means, it’s “pest control” in Swedish, and I got an earful of it last week. [Read more…]

HomeTeam Acquires Stout Pest Control

HomeTeam Pest Defense, a division of Rollins (NYSE: ROL), has acquired Stout Pest Control of San Antonio, TX.

Founded in 1989 by Russell Stout, the Company focuses on providing pest and termite control services to the residential market in San Antonio metro. Russell and his wife Linda will be retiring and all of the Stout employees will be joining HomeTeam’s San Antonio operations. [Read more…]

Pest Control Private Equity and Search Funds, A Public Service Announcement

This is a friendly message to those in the private equity and search fund space, in hopes to save you (and us) a lot of time.

The pest control industry is a great business and I am very happy that you have interest in it.

We are contacted on a daily basis by private equity firms and search funds looking to get into the pest control industry. On very rare occasions (perhaps once per year), we include non-strategic acquirers to process. In the current environment (May 2018), it is almost impossible for financial buyers to compete with strategics. [Read more…]

Pest Control Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) – Weekly Commentary – May 21, 2018

In this week’s commentary, we’ll be discussing:

  • Market Overview // Rentokil Acquires PCT Top 100 Advanced Pest Management
  • The Long Read: Should You Knock Doors? The Economics of Door-to-Door Sales
  • What Do You Really Need in Terms of M&A Tax Advice?

[Read more…]

Rentokil Acquires Advanced Pest Management, a PCT Top 100 Company

Potomac is pleased to announce the acquisition of its PCT Top 100 client, Elkton, Maryland-based Advanced Pest Management (APM) — $6.9 million in revenue — by Rentokil Steritech. The acquisition further expands Rentokil Steritech’s density in the Northeastern U.S. market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Established in 1964 by the Kreer family, APM  was sold to Jeremy and Nam Kreer, President and Regional Account Executive of APM respectively, in 2003. The business has built a long-standing reputation as a provider of outstanding customer service to homeowners and businesses from southern New Jersey through Delaware to Baltimore, Maryland. [Read more…]

Should You Knock Doors? The Economics of Pest Control Door-to-Door Sales

Illustration Credit: PCT Magazine, Feb 2016

Since PCT Magazine printed its February 2016 cover story, “Who’s Knocking at Your Door?” [Download it here: PCT Whos Knocking at Your Door], I’ve received a litany of questions on door-to-door sales. This article was printed on the heels of the ServiceMaster acquisition of Alterra, which, at the time, was the largest door-to-door (“D2D”) pest control company on the globe, having gone from $0 to $75 million in the three years prior to the acquisition.

In 2017, we estimate that approximately $150 million in pest control revenue was sold on the doors in North America.

I find that most of you fall into two broad camps when it comes to door-to-door sales: [Read more…]

Pest Control Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) – Weekly Commentary – May 15, 2018

In this week’s commentary, we’ll be discussing:

  • Market Overview – 15 May 2018
  • Anticimex’s acquisition of Killingsworth Environmental in Charlotte
  • Potomac’s new European HQ in Switzerland
  • Meetings in Madrid in May

[Read more…]

Anticimex Acquires Killingsworth Environmental

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Killingsworth Environmental (“Killingsworth”) in North Carolina, by Anticimex. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Killingsworth operates in South and North Carolina and has a strategic position in one of U.S. fastest-growing geographies. With the acquisition of Killingsworth, Anticimex further strengthens its market position on the U.S. east coast as well as creates a platform for further long-term growth in the Carolinas. Killingswoth has 180 employees and is a $21 million firm. [Read more…]