Dec. 15, 2021
Topic: Rentokil Buys Terminix: The Deal of the Century and What It Means to You
Guest: Donnie Shelton and Dan Gordon
In this episode we discuss:
Rentokil's $6.7 billion acquisition of Terminix
How the deal equates to about a 3.6 multiple of revenue
How the new combined company will likely have to divest certain markets for antitrust purposes
Rentokil's estimated cost synergies of $150 million per year by year three, and where those will likely come from
What the combined entity's estimated market share will be (about one-third of the market)
What the massive new company may mean for Rollins, which will no longer be the largest company in the pest market
How the deal could add a strong culture and discipline to Terminix
Is it possible for another buyer to supplant Rentokil as a buyer of Terminix at this point?
Whether the deal opens a window for more private equity investment in the industry
If the deal will affect M&A valuations for other operators looking to sell within the next year
The opportunities a deal like this could present average pest control companies
How neither Donnie nor Dan saw this coming
What may happen five years down the road -- another firm buying Rentokil? Going private? Vertical integration?
Rentokil-Initial website with a statement, presentation and webcast about the deal
Advice: "For me, it's change, and change always comes with opportunity ... I would be on the lookout for people, and I would be on the lookout for accounts." —Donnie Shelton
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