Green Merger News – December 2013

From the Editor:  

A Time for Planning


The year seems to be ending on a very positive note for many in the industry.  The majority of companies seem to be seeing a strong year come to a close.

The end of the year is a time when many business owners focus on planning for their businesses.  For some of you, that will mean considering your exit plan.  Others will be focused on planning the sale of their businesses.  Still others will be consiodering the opportunties that may be available to grow their businesses with acquisitions.

At this time of the year, we like to pause and give thanks for our clients and friends in the industry. We are blessed to be a part of a dynamic and resilient industry.  We hope that you are all able to enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your family.

As always, if you are interested in buying or selling a green industry business, ready to begin exit planning or considering an acquisition strategy, we would welcome the opportunity to talk.

Ron Edmonds

[email protected]



Landscape Industry Mergers & Acquisitions Update in Planet Front Page News

Ron Edmonds wrote the lead article for Planet Front Page News (published by the Professional Landcare Network) for December.  The article is entitled Landscape Industry Mergers & Acquisitions: Large Transactions Reflect the Strength of the Industry.  The article focuses on the klarge transactions in the industry which have recently been announced and considers the impact of those transactions on the rest of the industry.

Read the full article here.


Recent Transactions
Rentokil’s Ambius unit has acquired Plantworks, Inc. in the Washington, DC area.  Plantworks specializes in interiopr and exterior landscapes for hotels and commercial office buildings. Read more.

Quality Solutions, Inc., a GridIron Capital portfolio company, has acquired National Services, Inc. Quality Solutions provides a wide range of facility services.  Read more.

Brookside Mezzanine Partners has invested in GridIron’s Yellowstone Landscape Group, providing subordinated debt to partially refinance Yellopwstone’s debt.  Read more.

Bartlett Tree Experts has acquired Finch Tree Surgeons in the Los Angeles Metro Area.  Read more.


Next Month – Call for Information

The January issue of Green Industry Merger & Acquisitioin News will, as usual, feature a summary of transactions compleed over the past year.  If you know of green industry business sales transactions which should be reported in our list, please contact us.


Short Takes
Click here for a list of markets with opportunities for business sellers.  The primary focus is commercial maintenance, but some design-build may be acceptable.  There are also opportunities for lawn care businesses in many markets,

Ron Edmonds was quoted in several industry publications over the past month:

Landscape Management, “ServiceMaster Slates TruGreen Separation.” 

Lawn & Landscape, “Brickman Sale Seen as Positive”

Lawn & Landscape, “ServiceMaster Details TruGreen Spin-off”

Our Travel Schedule – We’d Like to Meet With You

We are currently planning to attend the following events:

WIN Business Conference, January 23-26, Fort Lauderdale

Planet/NPMA Lawncare Summit, January 27-29, Nashville
Green Industry Great Escape, Feb 27-March 1, Anaheim

If you are attending any of these events and would like to meet, please contact us and we will schedule a time.


Do You Understand the Value of Your Business?
Understanding the Value of Your Business is an important step in the Exit Planning Process.  Most business owners do not have a clear idea of the value of their business or understand the important factors that drive that value.  Understanding the value of your business will help you plan for the future and will also allow you as a business owner to take constructive steps to improve that value over time.

The Principium Group offers a cost-effective approach we call the Market Value Assessment.  The Market Value Assessment provides a valuation for your business based on established methods and industry conditions for planning purposes.  It also will specifically identify important factors that affect the value of your particular business.

If you are interested in learning more, please click hereemail us or call Ron Edmonds at 901-351-1510.

What’s Your Sellability Score?

The Sellability Score is a quantitative tool designed to analyze how sellable your business is.

After completing an online questionnaire, you will immediately receive a Sellability Score based on a 100 point scale along with instructions for interpreting your results. We will send you the full report along with a guide for interpreting the Sellability Score in the Green Industry.

Coming next month:

The Year in Review 2013

Predictions for 2014 and a Report Card on Our Predictions for 2013