Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – December 10, 2018 – Parasitec in Paris, Rentokil Acquires Vermont Pest Control, ServiceMaster Acquires Assured Environments

Potomac at Parasitec Pest Control Conference in Paris // Copyright The Potomac Company, LLC

10 December 2018
Paris, France ==> New York City

This week’s Commentary is going to be very short. I am back in the US and this is the busiest Q4 on record in the industry, so I don’t have much time to write. However, I received over 400 emails on my last two Commentaries with some great questions that I’ll be answering publicly next week (no, not all 400 of them).

I’m writing this on my way out of Paris, where I attended Parasitec, the Pestworld of Europe. For those of you who haven’t been, it’s similar to Pestworld except: (a) the attendees dress nicer, (b) they drink less, (c) there are no 58-year-old chemical reps making out with 30-year-old manufacturer’s reps at the Dolphin bar, and (d) the exhibition hall actually keeps normal hours. Other than that, it’s about the same.  [Read more…]

Rentokil Steritech Acquires Vermont Pest Control

Vermont Pest Control’s HQ in Middletown Spring, VT

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

Founded in 1991 by Art and Chere Tournet, Vermont Pest Control has grown to be one of the largest pest control operations in the state of Vermont. Vermont Pest Control operates in the territory between Albany, NY and Burlington, VT and is an important strategic acquisition for Rentokil. All of Vermont Pest Control team members will be joining Rentokil, while the sellers will remain with Rentokil until throughout the integration period. [Read more…]

SOLitude Lake Management Acquires Aquatic Environments

SOLitude Lake Management, a leading environmental firm specializing in lake, pond, wetland and fisheries management, and related environmental services, has expanded its national presence to the western United States by uniting with Aquatic Environments, Inc. based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aquatic Environments is California’s largest full-service lake and water feature maintenance contractor active in the fields of aquatic and terrestrial vegetation control, lake and fountain construction, hydraulic and mechanical dredging, mosquito management and flood mitigation. Established in 1998, Aquatic Environments is known for client-focused services and embracing its role as an environmental steward. The company serves a wide variety of customers ranging from State and Federal government entities to homeowners associations and wineries in California and Nevada. Virtually all Fortune 500 companies located in the Bay Area, including major technology, refining, and defense contractors rely on Aquatic Environments to protect their critical infrastructure and beautify their aquatic resources.

SOLitude and Aquatic Environments find common ground in their ability to serve clients with a variety of premier aquatic management solutions. The strategic alignment of the two companies forges an unprecedented level of industry expertise, increased tools, equipment and technologies, broadened training and development efforts, and new informational offerings for stakeholders in California, Nevada and the western United States.

Roughly 50 technicians, biologists, engineers and qualified permitting specialists are based in Aquatic Environments’ Benicia, California, headquarters. The team boasts extensive working knowledge of a complex regulatory environment to create sustainable aquatic management solutions that promote healthy and vibrant ecosystems. The acquisition will provide a foundation for SOLitude to expand in the west and to provide clients across the region with the high level of customer service and performance they have come to know.

Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – October 1, 2018 – All Eyes on Rollins: The ROL Complex and Asset Prices in the Pest Control Industry

Consultants and business advisors love to use witless cliches and platitudes. Not only that, when they utter this crapola, they say it as if it’s deep insight or profound, original thought.

I know this because I, like you, am forced to attend stupid seminars and conferences in order to rack up professional continuing education credits.

PestWorld is coming up in less than a month. If you want to hear some nonsense, just show up and listen in on some of the mind-numbing BS seeping through the hallowed halls of PestWorld business educational sessions. You’re guaranteed to hear some pencil neck, standing in front of a circa 1991 powerpoint presentation, spouting such drivel as, “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” 

Or better yet, you’ll hear something like, “Run your business every day like you have to sell it tomorrow”… or is it, “run your business like you’ll never sell it?” Who knows. I guess it depends on who’s talking. Of course, after delivering that line of cheese, the speaker will pause for a second, scan the crowd with that little smirk on his face. In his mind, he’s serving up a platter of profound business wisdom akin to delivering a modern-day version of the Sermon on the Mount. [Read more…]

Rentokil North America Acquires Hudson Valley’s Liberty Pest Control

The Potomac Company today announced the sale of its client, Liberty Pest Control, to Rentokil North America.

Founded in 1959 and operating from Albany, NY to Scranton, PA, Liberty is one of the oldest and largest pest control operations in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Potomac is pleased to have had the opportunity to advise the management and shareholders of Liberty in a competitive, strategic sale process.

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Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – July 16, 2018 – Outlook for the 2nd Half of 2018

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

  • What’s in Store for the 2nd Half the of Year
  • Rentokil North America Acquires Innovative Pest Management
  • Pest Control in the Emerging Markets
  • A Little More on Knocking Doors

(Grand Kempinski Hotel, Cairo, Egypt)

So I’ve been a little slow in publishing the weekly commentary lately… it’s been very busy out there. As you’re about to see over the course of the next six months, the PCT Top 100 is about to be rearranged … again.

This week’s commentary is going to be a little short and we’ll get back to normal next week.

Although I am going to touch on my recent trip to the emerging markets of the Middle East and North Africa — namely, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — first I want to get into my thoughts on the second half of the year… [Read more…]

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…]

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 Leading Vector Disease Control Company

The Potomac Company is pleased to announced the acquisition of its client, Vector Disease Control, LLC (“VDA”), North America’s largest provider of mosquito control services, by Rentokil North America. This acquisition is Rentokil’s largest US acquisition since it acquired Steritech in late 2015.

Headquartered in Little Rock, Arksansas, VDA operates from 52 offices in 32 states and the Caribbean and generates over $47 million per year in revenue. [Read more…]

Rentokil Acquires Heron Home & Outdoor

Rentokil North America has broadened its footprint in the Southeastern US through the acquisition of Heron Home & Outdoor based in Apopka, Florida.

Heron, founded in 2002, is largely a lawn care business (over 2/3 of total revenue is lawn, tree and shrub). The firm has continued to experience rapid growth (20%+ per year) since inception. In 2010, Heron generated $6,651,184 in total revenue growing to over $20 million at the time of the closing.

While you may find it a curious acquisition for Rentokil given that it’s largely a lawn care business, Rentokil didn’t have much of a footprint in Florida and if you’re going to be in the state of Florida, the conventional wisdom is that you have to do lawn as well.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.