Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – Aug 26, 2019 – SvM Enters UK? Acquisition Spend Doubles in 2019, Potomac Completes 12th Transaction of the Summer

As you’ve noticed, the Weekly Commentary (my night job) has once again been forced to take a back seat to M&A (my day job). 

Over the course of the summer we’ve completed a dozen transactions and over the next few weeks we’ll be announcing approximately $300 million in global pest control transactions. We’ll start with a brief announcement today at the end of the Commentary.

Today’s Commentary will be very short and I will focus on what’s going on in the market today.

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Orkin Acquires Greenleaf Pest Organic Management

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Greenleaf Organic Pest Management, Inc. (“Greenleaf”), to Orkin Pest Control (“Orkin”).

Greenleaf, based in North Hollywood, California, was founded by Stan and Lori Lake in 1998. While predominantly a traditional pest control company, Greenleaf does provide organic services to some of its Los Angeles clients that desire organic treatment options.

Lori Lake said:

“I am very happy to be able to close this chapter of our lives and move on to the next. We began to search for an advisor because we had no idea what we should sell our business for, after all, this was for our retirement and it was a very important decision.

I was impressed with Paul Giannamore beginning with our initial phone conversation. Paul is very knowledgeable, patient and kind. He was always professional, yet very personable. He explained the process in minute detail, answered all of our questions and was easily available to us, even though we knew he was constantly on all corners of the globe. Not only was he able to run a very effective process with buyers, he also helped us in choosing the one that would be best not only for us, but our employees as well. Before hiring an advisor, we were concerned about spending money and not getting a satisfactory result. With Potomac, we truly couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

Potomac acted as exclusive financial advisor to Greenleaf. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – May 31, 2019 – A Rush for the Exits, Anticimex Acquires JP McHale, ServiceMaster Acquires Inspect-All

Potomac Opens an Office in Latin America

“You’re going to hurt sellers by calling the top of the market. Now everyone is going to rush for the exits and there will be a glut of sellers, pushing down prices. You need to think before you say things and how it will impact the market” said one unhappy pest control business owner to me in an email in response to this Commentary.

I am flattered that a reader thinks my words move the multi-billion dollar global pest control market, especially in light of the fact that I can’t even convince my wife where we should go out to dinner (let alone the other things I try to convince her to do). 

If I owned a pest control company and was thinking about selling it, I don’t think that I would be worried about a “glut of sellers.” 

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Anticimex Acquires JP McHale Pest Management

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, JP McHale Pest Management, Inc. by Anticimex.

Anticimex continued expansion in the U.S. with the acquisition of JP McHale Pest Management, operating in the greater New York area. With the acquisition, Anticimex further strengthens its market position on the East Coast as well as the strategic New York area. JP McHale ranked 34 on last year’s PCT Top 100 list and is currently generating $25 million per annum in revenue.

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ServiceMaster Acquires Inspect-All Services, a PCT Top 100 & Inc. 5000 Company

ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV), a Fortune 1000 company, through its subsidiary, Terminix International Company LP, has acquired the Atlanta-area pest control division of Inspect-All Services, headquartered in Conyers, Georgia, from siblings Brian and Brandon Lunsford.

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Rentokil Steritech Acquires Mosquito Control Services


The addition of Mosquito Control Services, one of the largest vector control companies in the US, bolsters Rentokil Steritech’s leading global position in vector disease control 

The Potomac Company today announced the acquisition of its client, private equity-owned Mosquito Control Services (“MCS”), based in Metairie, LA, by Rentokil Steritech. The transaction closed in late 2018.

Mosquito Control Services is one of the largest vector control companies in the United States, operating out of ten offices in five Southeastern US states. By merging MCS’s operations with its current vector control platform – Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) – Rentokil Steritech is now the leading global service provider in the fight against Zika virus, Dengue fever, West Nile virus and other vector-borne diseases.

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EPS’s State Pest Control Acquires ProForce Pest

State Pest Control, a subsidiary of Environmental Pest Service, announced it has acquired ProForce Pest Control’s Raleigh metro branch. The deal expands State’s presence in east and central North Carolina and adds approximately $3 million in recurring revenues, 14 employees and more than 7,000 new customers. 

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Rollins Enters into Purchase Agreement to Acquire Clark Pest Control

Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier global consumer and commercial service company, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Clark Pest Control of Stockton, Inc. located in Lodi, CA. Clark Pest Control is a leading pest management company in California and the nation’s 8th largest pest management company according to PCT 100 rankings. Geotech Supply is included in the acquisition and will continue to expand its current operations, maintaining a commitment to quality service delivery. Rollins expects to close in the first quarter 2019 subject to regulatory approvals. [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…]

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…]