Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – November 5, 2018 – I’m Calling a Top, American Pest / Anticimex Acquires Triple S Services, Valuation Multiples Peak

7 November 2018
Stockholm, Sweden

Well, this is going to be a long one. 

I intended to write a short post-Pestworld piece, but I just had so much great material from Pestworld and the subsequent two weeks of meetings that this post has really taken on a life of its own.

I had meetings in Stockholm this week and now I am on the flight back to Switzerland — which is going to act as my tomato timer on writing this article. So, I apologize in advance if this one gets a little messy.

I am going to make a risky move and officially call a top in the pest control M&A market for this cycle. In doing so, I am going to attempt to provide you more fact than opinion and you can come up with your own conclusions. If I’m wrong, at some point, this will provide some great fodder for the glorified real estate agents out there.

But as usual, before we get to the juicy stuff, we’ve got some transactions to announce.  [Read more…]

Anticimex / American Pest Acquires Triple S Pest Services

Potomac is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Triple S Services —a family-owned pest control firm with locations serving D.C., Maryland, and Virginia — to American Pest, an Anticimex portfolio company.

Triple S Pest Services, a PCT Top 100 company for many years, was founded in 1981 and has a solid reputation among its clients for offering reliable, low-risk pest control services for local, state and government institutions, private businesses, and residential homes. [Read more…]

Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – September 17, 2018 – M&A Season Has Begun and It’s Gonna Be a Hot One

Pest Control Meetings at Dusk in Singapore

In my last Weekly Commentary I said that I would be trying hard to write on a weekly basis… and then I disappeared for five weeks (my lame excuses to follow). I guess even I dramatically underestimated how busy it was going to be this M&A season.

Labor day (early September) officially marks the start of pest control M&A season in North America and it’s begun as the busiest one I’ve seen in my 15 years in the industry. Transaction multiples have continued to edge higher. Every time I think we hit a top…. well, we don’t.

Right out of the gate, three PCT Top 100 companies are already under LOI and this morning we closed a transaction with ServiceMaster that would have been in the 80’s on the PCT Top 100 had the company reported. That transaction will be announced next week and with it comes with some interesting learning opportunities for all of us, which I’ll discuss next week.

On Monday, we advised on the sale of Guaranty Pest Elimination to Modern Pest Services, which is Anticimex’s largest acquisition in New England since the acquisition of Modern. The target operates in four states and will help Modern accelerate growth in New England, more on that below.  [Read more…]

Modern Pest Services, An Anticimex Company, Acquires Guaranty Pest Elimination

The Potomac Company has announced that its client, Guaranty Pest Elimination of Danielson, CT, has been acquired by Modern Pest Services, an Anticimex Company. This is Anticimex’s largest acquisition in New England since the acquisition of its platform, Modern Pest Services.

Guaranty Pest Elimination has been providing both residential and commercial services in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York since 1989. Known as a customer-centric pest control solutions provider, Guaranty brings a strong brand and industry-leading client service to the Modern family. The Company was founded by Andy Kacavich in the 1980s. [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…]

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

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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…]

Anticimex Acquires Turner Pest Control

Anticimex continued expansion in U.S. with the acquisition of Turner Pest Control.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla,  with offices throughout the state, Turner is a leading pest management firms in northeast Florida, ranking 48th on last year’s PCT Top 100, with reported 2016 year-end revenue of $16.8 million. [Read more…]

Anticimex Sells 19% Stake, Implied Enterprise Value of $2.7 Billion

The majority owner of Anticimex, EQT Vl, a Swedish private equity firm, has entered into an agreement to sell a 19% minority interest in Anticimex to AMF, AP6, Volito, and Cubera.

Potomac estimates Anticimex’s 2018E EBITA to be approximately $115 million, which would imply a forward 2018E EBITA multiple of 23.4x, or $2.7 billion.

As negative yields prevail across the continent, European funds continue to flow into the global pest control industry following the unprecedented move by the Swiss National Bank to make a direct equity purchase of Rollins (NYSE: ROL) stock earlier this year.

Anticimex Acquires Modern Pest Services

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Modern Pest Services, by Anticimex.

Modern Pest Services, a family owned pest control company founded in 1945 is based in Brunswick, Maine. Modern Pest is the independent market leader in the New England market and provides high quality pest control and wildelife services to residential and commercial customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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