|From the Editor|
As the year progresses, we are seeing a definite uptick in the interest in merger & acquisition transactions within the green industry, particularly in the landscape maintenance segment. Whether that will translate into more actual transactions remains to be seen, but we do expect 2013 to be a stronger year than 2012 and 2014 to be stronger yet, but still below the high level of activity a number of years ago.
This month, we focus on the impact on the M&A market of reports that Leonard Green and Partners, the majority owner of The Brickman Group, is putting Brickman on the market. While this move has been anticipated, it still has the potential to shuffle the playing field and to test the interest level of private equity in the industry. Read below and then standby to see what happens.
We are also following the situation at ServiceMaster which is facing a series of challenges with its TruGreen brand. ServiceMaster has been a major part of the lawn care merger & acquisition market for a number of years. With their activity very limited, there has not been much action in the lawncare industry segment this year – at least so far.
As always, if you are considering selling or buying a green industry business or you are ready to begin developing your exit plan, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation confidentially. Justst give us a call or send us an email.
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