For a PE owned microelectronics company, Quantum completed back to back 2 add on assessments, involving 3 manufacturing locations. The target companies products included highly engineered substrates, dies and packages and hi-reliability products for aerospace, defense, medical and other sectors. In each of these ODDs, Quantum assessed the maturity of processes, opportunities for EBITDA improvements, potential risks and synergies with the buyer. Areas assessed included manufacturing efficiencies, quality/yield, productivity, cost management, constrained supply chain and vendor management, equipment maintenance/CapEx, continuous improvement, etc.
For a North American glass fabricator, Quantum led an operational turnaround program at one of its highly automated manufacturing plants. Quantum conducted a quick assessment of the operating issues affecting plant performance. Quantum worked closely with the plant team to develop a comprehensive program that addressed all of the operating processes from purchasing to customer service. Quantum led multiple Kaizen events and Root Cause Analysis exercises to identify changes to operating practices, processes and KPIs. Quantum coached the plant team through the implementation, and helped to achieve significant improvements in On Time In Full (OTIF %), reduction in scrap, increase in throughput, setting the plant on the path to improved profitability.
For a PE owned semi-conductor processing company, Quantum completed an assessment of a potential add on acquisition of a competitor with 3 manufacturing plants. Quantum conducted a detailed assessment of each of the processing plants, and developed an integration framework and EBITDA savings estimates from integrating the operations of the 2 companies.
For a mid-market PE owned chemicals company, Quantum led a 12 month engagement to integrate 6 acquisitions and also to stabilize operations at the consolidated central bottling/packaging plant. Quantum set up a PMO structure, built functional integration plans for each of the acquired companies and managed the integration. The scope included raw material procurement savings, closing down of 2 facilities and opening a new central bottling facility with expanded capacity, increased cross-selling, insourcing, and ERP extension to all locations. The team achieved the savings targets and all integration milestones. Following the integration, Quantum led a 6-month engagement to stabilize operations at the central bottling plant. Quantum consultant acted as the interim plant manager, hired key staff, staffed a second shift, set up KPIs and daily reporting. Reduced back orders by 80% when order volumes increased by 275%. All of this was achieved while maintaining disease free continuous operations during the Covid outbreak.
For a PE client considering a platform investment in an electrical component manufacturer with 2 manufacturing locations and a complex global supply chain, Quantum conducted an Operations Due Diligence and supply chain risk assessment. The site visits were conducted observing strict Covid-19 protocols. Quantum developed an assessment of manufacturing and operating processes, ability to support growth and risks in the supply chain.
For a PE owned fiber and cable connectivity manufacturing company operating in aerospace and defense verticals, Quantum conducted an operational synergy assessment of an add on acquisition in an adjacent space. Quantum assessed the operating processes at the target’s manufacturing plant, identified opportunities for EBITDA improvements and developed a post-close operating agenda for the target.
For a PE portfolio company that manufactures and distributes pipe fittings and connections, Quantum conducted an Operational Due Diligence and synergy modeling for the potential acquisition of a competitor. Synergies included consolidation of manufacturing plants, foundries, channels and distribution centers, SKU rationalization and organizational integration. Quantum modeled the existing capacity by each process at the receiving plants and modeled how the costs would change with incremental volume from the target plants. Quantum also modeled new inventory levels and additional space and costs required in DCs. Based on this Quantum developed synergy estimates, one time costs estimates and an integration plan
For a PE portfolio company in aerospace micro electronics considering an add-on acquisition of a significantly larger, high reliability global semi conductor components supplier, Quantum conducted ODD and operational synergy assessment. The Quantum team visited 8 plants in the US and UK to conduct overall operations assessment. The team developed integration strategy for manufacturing plants that included closing 2 of the target’s locations and moving production over to the acquirer’s plants. Quantum developed the synergies and one time costs in operational and organizational integration. Quantum was retained to lead the post-close implementation
For a recently acquired hardware distributor with 0ver 75K SKUs, Quantum conducted a detailed post-close operations assessment. Recommendations included consolidating DC network from 16 to 8 locations, changes to inventory policies, classification and stocking levels, e-commerce fulfillment policies, sourcing & rebates, DC operating procedures, etc. Management has fully accepted the recommendations and is implementing in an expedited timeline
For a recently acquired fast-growing industrial parts designer/distributor with 20K SKUs, significant Asia sourcing, Quantum conducted a detailed post-close operations assessment. Quantum identified transformative changes in business model, processes and systems, to enable the business to scale to 2X in a few years. The changes include service level definitions, sales processes, SOIP and inventory levels, operations scheduling, assembly capacity enhancements, WMS and SCM software, network structure changes, etc. Subsequently Quantum led a 7-month implementation program to assist the Management team through these changes.
For a global chemicals company, Quantum developed its North American footprint strategy – specifically to address if plants could be consolidated. The Quantum team worked collaboratively with the client to assess demand and capacity by various chemistries at the reactor level at each plant, under various business scenarios. Quantum developed several footprint scenarios that evaluated capital investments, reactor utilizations, tolling considerations, tank capacities, infrastructure investments, operating costs, freight considerations, regulatory considerations and customer impact. Quantum calculated CapEx, OpEX and ROI under each scenario, and a recommended path forward.
For a global chemicals company, Quantum led the integration of 2 of its largest North American manufacturing sites. Quantum worked closely with the client functional teams to develop a detailed program that covered product qualifications with customers, capital investments / capacity enhancements, plant operations process developments, supply chain planning and production transition, logistics and rail transition, etc. Quantum set up the PMO, managed the worksreams and led the 8-month program to successfully transition production on-time, to very high client satisfaction.
For a PE portfolio company in aerospace & defense, evaluating an add-on acquisition of a components manufacturer and repair service provider, Quantum conducted operational diligence and add-on synergy assessment. Quantum worked closely with the client’s team to identify and assess specific synergy opportunities in manufacturing including production consolidation, sourcing, organization and SG&A. Quantum developed the synergy estimates, one time costs and an integration implementation plan.
For a PE client, Quantum conducted a rapid Phase 1 assessment of a mid-market automotive after-market parts manufacturer. Quantum conducted site visits, data analysis and management discussions to assess the maturity and scalability of operating practices, network capacity and operating costs.
For a PE client, Quantum conducted a detailed carve out operational assessment of a global blow molding machinery manufacturing and after market parts distribution operations. Specifically the assessment focused on relocating assembly and parts distribution from the parent company to one of the carved out sites. Quantum conducted a detailed review of the assembly operations and supply chain, assessed the feasibility and risks in the carve out, developed the operating costs for the NewCo, developed site lay outs for the new assembly and distribution operations, an implementation plan and estimates for one-time costs. Quantum’s expertise in manufacturing and distribution was recognized by the PE clients and the NewCo Management team.
For a mid-market PE owned Chemical / Polymer company, Quantum led a 12 month engagement to integrate the add on acquisition of a similar sized competitor. Quantum set up the PMO, developed detailed work plans and managed workstreams for manufacturing consolidation / plant closure, plant expansion, sourcing, warehouse relocation, organization integration, and commercial and R&D integration. Quantum also provided input to implementation of a new ERP.
For a PE client focused on aerospace investments, Quantum Strategic Advisors conducted an ODD of a leading high reliability electronics components manufacturer with 5 manufacturing sites in the US. Quantum assessed the potential for EBITDA improvements through operational initiatives including – footprint rationalization, product consolidation, sourcing, productivity improvements and pricing. Quantum also outlined platform investments to support continued acquisitive growth.
For a lower middle market “Build to Order” electronic components manufacturing service provider, Quantum conducted an assessment of its order to delivery cycle times and identified opportunities to reduce lead times by 50%. Our client provided very high quality production services but customer dissatisfaction with lead times was limiting growth. Quantum collected detailed process data using templates, conducted process observations and analysis to identify key issues affecting cycle times at every step in the process. Quantum facilitated internal discussions to identify solutions to reduce lead times by 50%.
For a mid-market PE add on acquisition in the Polymers space, Quantum conducted detailed synergy assessment and integration planning. The Quantum team worked closely with the buyer and the target for a bottom up assessment of synergies in Commercial, Manufacturing, Sourcing, Supply Chain and G&A. The synergies included consolidation of manufacturing footprint, extensive sourcing / in-sourcing opportunities and cross-selling. The manufacturing consolidation scenario was developed through a reactor level modeling of chemistry, batch sizes, utilization and capacity. Sourcing synergies were developed through extensive workshops. The team developed a detailed implementation plan and a detailed estimate of one time costs for the manufacturing consolidation.
For a middle market PE firm, Quantum conducted operational assessments of 3 highly specialized aerospace electronics companies. For each target, Quantum assessed the stand alone improvement opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, organization and G&A. We also assessed potential synergies in a roll up scenario integrating with other targets under consideration.