***COVID-19 Impact Statement: Despite the pandemic, at the end of March 2020, year-over-year sales for Q1 were higher than in 2019. Because of the Executive Order, the retail locations had to close, however, no staff was laid off and the business quickly obtained a PPP Loan. The retail stores are now open, and business is booming. Now that construction is back on, contractors have been picking up painting, lighting, and floor coverings. 3 crews are out installing floor covering.
Ownership is not concerned about its supply chain or short-term financial obligations and is looking forward to a V-shaped recovery! ***
This profitable and established Business is an independently owned and operated commercial flooring dealer that supplies and installs to commercial flooring contractors and general contractors a wide variety of floor covering products for commercial, institutional, and educational projects. Additionally, the Company operates two distinct retail concepts serving both commercial and residential customers in the Tri-City Area of Michigan.
Much of the Company’s business is selling and installing commercial flooring to commercial flooring contractors and general contractors; however, the Company’s retail locations complement its primary source of revenue by offering parallel home improvement products. The Company’s retail brands provide various products, including paint, floor coverings, lighting supplies and products, and flooring solutions.
The Company utilizes a local advertising agency to handle most of the marketing for all the locations. This advertising agency provides the Company with better advertising “buys” and the ability to focus on current promotions and sales. Due to the Company’s excellent locations, outstanding market reputation, and expertise, it has a high percentage of repeat and referral business.
The Company is owned by two owners (50/50). One owner is a passive owner, while the other owner is involved in the oversight and operations of the Business. Additionally, this owner oversees high-level operations, makes strategic-level decisions, makes the final decision on what commercial jobs to bid on, but he does not actively manage the day-to-day operations of each location. Instead, the management staff is in place to handle most of the day-to-day operations of the Business.
After operating the Company for 40 years, the owners would like to sell the Company to pursue retirement. The critical managerial staff has been with the Company for decades, and ownership has no concerns about their continuity. Ownership is willing to stay with the Company for a transition period post-transaction to assist the purchaser’s needs.
Buyers will be required to have a minimum of $500,000, solid credit, and preferably industry experience to qualify for SBA 7a financing.
Facilities and Assets: The Company owns three locations totaling around 51,000 sq. ft and maintains over $670,000 in inventory.
Support/Training: Ownership is willing to provide reasonable and customary transition assistance.
Reason for Sale: Ownership would like to transition into retirement.
Financial Strength: The Company’s (combined financials of commercial flooring sales and its retail locations), has consistently grown its top-line with the Company hovering around $7.0M in revenue over the last three years. Additionally, the Company’s SDE margin and cash flow have increased year over year (due to an increase in commercial flooring projects), with the most recent financial year at 11.9% SDE margin – equating to a seller’s discretionary earnings of $830K. The Company has established an excellent reputation amongst contractors and customers throughout Michigan, specifically Eastern Michigan, resulting in steady financial performance.
Longstanding Relationships with Reputable Contractors: Due to the Company’s focus on commercial flooring sales and installation, the Company has built longstanding relationships with many commercial flooring contractors, as well as subcontractors throughout Michigan. The Company subcontracts out all its installation work to a pool of reputable and time-tested subcontractors.
Diverse Customer Base: Although the Company works mainly with commercial flooring contractors and general contractors, the Company has a diverse set of commercial and residential applications. The typical customer base for flooring, paint, lighting, windows, or other home accessories could be a plethora of different customers. Residential applications, small or full remodel, can be assisted and targeted by any of the brands under the Company. Commercial applications, whether a small office or a large commercial project, can also be serviced by the Company with high customer satisfaction and cost-effectiveness.
Online Presence: The websites utilized by the Company all have an established and professional platform for driving foot traffic into the stores, as well as informing its commercial contractors. Products are listed, as well as services provided by the Company, hours and addresses to the locations, and informational videos. Additionally, the Company has an active presence on all social media platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more. The online tools used by this Company are a great value-add opportunity because of the website traffic, platform for sales, and foundation for further development.
Experienced and Self-Reliant Workforce: Most of the Company’s commercial management and estimator teams have 20+ years of experience. The commercial and residential employees offer expertise on in-house brands. These employees will be invaluable to new management because of their hands-on experience, as well as the ability to train new employees for existing locations or a new location. The employees have made it so that the owner’s role is essentially in the background. He rarely deals directly with customers and does not have to maintain an on-site presence.
Hire Additional Commercial Flooring Estimators and Bid on More Jobs: To escalate the commercial flooring sales and supplies side of the business, the Company could hire additional commercial flooring estimators allowing the Company to bid on and win more jobs. With additional flooring estimators, the Company could align and build relationships with additional flooring contractors, expanding its presence in different industries and regions.
Convert Commercial Painting Contractors into Jobs: Currently, the Company does not bid on or chase commercial painting jobs. However, a new owner could build relationships with commercial painting contractors, as well as advertise and bid on these opportunities. Painting is done after the flooring is completed; therefore, there could be many opportunities to obtain leads to painting companies through commercial flooring contractors. With an increase in commercial painting leads, the Company could begin to supply its products to a whole project site and obtain additional market share and revenue in the commercial construction space.
E-Commerce Expansion: The Company currently has four independent websites that service all the business segments within the Company, as well as social media sites. A potential growth opportunity for the Business is consolidating into a single website or brand with a uniform website. Additionally, the Company could advertise its commercial flooring/painting applications, so contractors do not have to rely on word of mouth referrals or 3rd-party advertising. Utilizing an e-commerce platform, with product information, pricing, availability, and commercial services could significantly increase customer and contractor education, foot traffic into the physical locations, and overall brand reputation throughout Michigan.
Geographically Expand in Michigan: The Company used to have three other physical locations across Michigan. The owner decided to sell these locations because he did not want to deal with the headaches that come from travel, long-distance communication, and planning. However, if an ambitious and motivated owner wanted to expand geographically, there are many opportunities to grow because the Company is not geographically restricted, especially since the Company can currently drop-ship much of its materials. The Company could expand back into its previous physical locations, where the Company had previous success. Additionally, the Company could expand to a more populated city like Grand Rapids, or the owner suggested Gaylord and Bad Axe, along with other growing areas, as tremendous opportunities to improve the Company’s commercial supply and retail presence.
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