The best private equity funds talk about backing great CEOs, entrepreneurs, and management teams. But in the lower middle market ($2-$15 million in EBITDA), what’s a private equity fund to do when the company they are acquiring lacks resources and the management skills to earn great returns?
What if serious talent doesn’t extend beyond the CEO or founder?
Douglas Song, co-founder of Prodos Capital Management and an investor in lower middle market companies, says that “there’s always a way to think creatively and unlock value in any lower middle market company.” He especially finds common themes among companies where entrepreneurs or families have built a great business over time, but are lacking in certain areas where partnering with additional resources will help them take the business to the next level.
Interim executives deliver real results, in real time, real quick. An interim is unique in the depth and breadth of experience they bring to bear. This allows an interim to see hidden value in existing products/processes/systems, implement actionable strategies and gain true alignment necessary to optimize the business. The interim will review the investments the company has made into processes, organizational structure and systems. This will lead to a focus on the areas which can be easily measured and might yield the quickest return on investment such as profits, systems and process efficiency.
A successful and effective supply chain works best for your company when every step in the process is properly performing, linked well, and communicating effectively. A good supply chain will be streamlined with every segment fully on board to execute their job without any snags and designed for improving the customer’s satisfaction while providing value.
The first part of building a successful supply chain should begin with the customers themselves focused on a value stream end-to-end. A company with open communication channels will be much more in-tune with what the customers wants and needs. A company’s CRM process should be tracking all the important interfaces with Customers and highlight those communications from initial contact to product and service fulfillment.