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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Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – April 7, 2019 – Rentokil Acquires Mosquito Control Services, I Tried to Buy Rentokil North America, Q&A, Inside Paris

7 April 2019, Gulf of Suez, Egypt

It’s been a busy start to 2019. Multiples peaked in late 2018 and have remained relatively constant, drawing a continuous supply of sellers to the bargaining table.

As we rapidly approach the start of the pest control season in North America, I’ve received quite a few questions over the last few weeks as to whether or not I think that this market will continue to run. Given the fact that the ECB and the Federal Reserve have reversed course on monetary policy (i.e., they’ve finally admitted to the public that it’s impossible for them to tighten), my guess is that this buoyant M&A market will continue throughout 2019 unless we get a repeat of 2008. One thing I will say, it’s clear to me, through first-hand experience in dozens of emerging markets that global growth is beginning to slow.

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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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Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – January 21, 2019 – AX Buys Innovative, 2019 Outlook, Q&A, New Structure

A New Format for the Weekly Commentary

While I was back in the US in December, I had a dinner meeting with a client who said, “I would like to open this meeting with some criticism. I never miss an issue of your Weekly Commentary, but recently you’ve gone off the rails with your economic analysis. While I might not be the smartest guy in the industry, I consider myself smarter than most, and I wasn’t really sure what the hell you were talking about last month (in reference to this: Weekly Commentary November 5). Do you really think people in the pest control industry want to read about economics?” He might have a point, people in the United States Congress certainly don’t. Case-in-point, I just heard Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez on the news saying that the reason why the unemployment rate is so low is because people have two jobs, and they are counted twice.

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Innovative Pest Management, a PCT Top 100 Firm, Acquired by American Pest, an Anticimex Company

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Innovative Pest Management (“IPM”), by American Pest (“American”), an Anticimex Company.

IPM was founded 14 years ago by Dr. Richard Kramer, Luke Krikstan and Joshua Kramer. What began as a small, three-man operation quickly grew to become one of the largest privately held pest control businesses in the DC metro area, a recent newcomer to the PCT Top 100 list and the Best of DC winner for three of the last four years.

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Pest Control M&A Weekly Commentary – January 8, 2019 – Over a Half Billion Dollars in Deals in 75 Days, Rollins Acquires Clark Pest Control, Gotta Kick Up Some Tribute to Uncle Paulie

In November, I “officially” called the top for the pest control M&A market for this cycle and in July I said that you would see over a half billion dollars of pest control transactions close by the end of the year. I undershot volume by at least $100 million and missed the timing by a month or so, but I was close.

December and January were extremely active months in the US pest control industry.

  • Rollins has officially entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Clark Pest Control of California, which is the 8th largest pest control company in the United States
  • Rentokil was busy in the US in the fourth quarter, which we’ll be talking about more later this month with an announcement.
  • Finally, the Anticimex crew caused me a lot of eye rolls from the wife with a New Years Eve closing, which we’ll discuss next Monday when I get back to my normal writing routine.

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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…]