Case Study 1

Client/Industry

A building products business, which serves the residential and nonresidential cladding and exteriors market. Product is sold through distribution and demand, generated through architect specification and builder design preference. Dynamic factors include regional design preferences, access/channel to market, specialized installation teams and premium product orientation.

Situation

Ducker’s client is a leading international building products business in its segment, recently acquired by a private equity firm. The client required a robust assessment of growth alternatives and a prioritized plan to double the business in three to five years. The operational investments and improvements had been made and profitability levels set – now the key focus became growing the top line significantly, to optimize returns and overall financial performance. Existing and new management brought extensive operating and business development skills, yet full team alignment and a connected growth strategy was needed.

Objectives

Double the top line growth in three to five years
Demonstrate consistent revenue growth and expansion
Establish an aligned, high-performance growth culture
Successfully expand the business footprint and addressable market
Execute efficiently to generate substantial returns to investors

Approach

Current business performance assessment – including detailed historic customer, product margin and growth analysis
Detailed customer/competitor analytics
Industry segment and regional demand analysis, forecast and share position analysis
Adjacency market/product opportunity profile
Attractiveness/feasibility matrix
Decision frameworks and workshops to align management team on key priorities for growth and action items

Outcomes

A detailed growth plan was developed and approved by management that incorporated four major work streams:

Customer penetration
Regional market development
New product development and bundling
Product/segment diversification

These four pillars of growth translated into a business opportunity three times their current run rate with accretive financial returns.

A key outcome of the analysis and planning was the identification of core customer/segment sales complacency and near-term 20% market share gain potential

Ducker also identified improved pricing opportunities with strengthened pricing management tools
Within 12 months – the business reached full capacity and revenues increased 25% – reaching record profits
New customers and regions opened up
New products were introduced and commercialized
Adjacent segment plan was launched
Management team also is in the late stages of completing an important acquisition, which will provide significant growth opportunities

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