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.

Art and Chere commented on the acquisition: “We’ve known John Myers for a long time and we’re happy to partner with him and his team here in Vermont. They’ve been great to work with and we’re confident that we made the right decision for our team and our customers.”

On working with Potomac, Art said: “Paul is an absolutely top notch guy and he knows what he is talking about. Paul will give you the time and attention that you require. Whether you are a small operation or a very large company, my sense is that he was working exclusively for us even though I knew he was flying around the world working on dozens of transactions.”

Paul Giannamore, Managing Director of Potomac, commented: “Artie and Chere were very fun to work with and I will really miss their sense of humor. I think that this acquisition is going to be home run for Rentokil and will really help them grow their service footprint in Vermont, especially with Art and Chere remaining involved. I wish them the very best.”

Vermont Pest Control is both Rentokil’s and Potomac’s second acquisition in Vermont in recent years, after Rentokil purchased LR Pest Elimination.

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…]

Clyde King Joins The Potomac Company

Clyde King – Director of M&A

Philadelphia, PA – The Potomac Company today announced that Clyde King has joined its Pest Control Group as director of M&A, with a special focus on family businesses.

Based in Orlando, Clyde comes to Potomac after serving as the Director of Acquisitions for Massey Services for 19 years where he helped transform Massey from a Florida pest control business to a $250 million regional powerhouse. [Read more…]

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 – 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…]

Orkin Acquires Your Pest Control Company of Fort Worth, Texas

The Potomac Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Your Pest Control Company, by Orkin. Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1997, by David and Dorene Norris, Your Pest Control Company is one of the fastest-growing commercial pest control companies in the DFW metro area.

David and Dorene commented: “Clearly, as business owners, valuation is important, but equally so is our people and our customers. We chose to sell our business to Orkin because they made us feel very comfortable that our business would continue to run standalone and provide the same quality of service to our customers as we always had. They’ve lived up to their commitments to our team, our customers and us, and we are confident that we made the right decision.” [Read more…]