KEYSTONE

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WHAT WE DO

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PROFITABLE GROWTH STRATEGY

Helping companies identify and prioritize top line growth strategies and align their organizational structure for accelerated growth.

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OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

Driving operational excellence and performance improvement in manufacturing, supply chain, sales and operations planning, logistics and sourcing.

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RESTRUCTURING & TURNAROUND

Helping companies improve profitability, generate cash, and develop a solid operating foundation for future growth.

 

 

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Working on the buy-side with strategic and financial buyers to improve the success rate of deals—from operational diligence through integration planning and execution. 

WHAT

IT IS

A clear direction is essential for the long-term survival and growth of a company. From understanding what it takes to win, to ensuring that your organization is positioned for success, we can help you strengthen the foundation on which your company can grow.

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  • Growth Strategy Development

  • Strategic Planning Facilitation

  • Strategy Audit

  • Go-To-Market Strategy

  • Market Assessment & Segmentation

  • New Product Development

  • Make vs. Buy Strategy

  • Key Account Management Strategy

  • Organizational Design

  • Sales Force Compensation

  • Voice of the Customer

  • Culture Assessment

  • Customer Service Improvement

  • Manufacturing Strategy

HOW WE

DO IT

By gathering input from key stakeholders and leveraging industry insights, we will help to clarify your long-term mission and objectives by identifying the best opportunities for success. We'll help define short, medium, and long-term goals toward reaching those objectives, and then create detailed, actionable plans that can be implemented immediately.

CASE

STUDIES

Identified markets for entry with potential to generate
2X
current
annual revenue

Industry: LED Lighting

Situation: PE firm expressed desire to increase sales revenue by 167% in five years

Impact: Determined two markets for entry with potential to help double company's current annual revenue in PE firm's desired five year timeline

Light Bulbs
Increased 
sales by
24%
with key account
management strategy

Industry: Plastics

Situation: Highly concentrated customer base was underserved and all accounts were treated the same regardless of potential value

Impact: Keystone implemented Key Account Management strategy, resulting in sales growth of 24% for those customers and overall margin improvement of 4.2%

Pipe Testing
Achieved targeted five-year
sales goals by year
three

Industry: Apparel

Situation: Slowing sales growth required revival, but differing stakeholder opinions prevented internal agreement on action plan

Impact: Keystone worked closely with management to implement market development and process improvement initiatives, generating desired five-year sales in three years

Brown Leather Bag
Increased
revenue by
15%
by shifting to direct-to-consumer model

Industry: Building Products

Situation: Company faced sales & margin loss from economic downturn, new low-cost foreign competition, and competition from distributors

Impact: Keystone shifted the company to a direct to consumer model, resulting in revenue increase of 15% and improved margins

Flooring
Discovered
four
potential markets
suitable for acquisition

Industry: Steel

Situation: Industry-wide market diversification prompted the company to hire Keystone to identify additional revenue streams

Impact: Four potential markets and target companies within each were identified for a potential acquisition, providing the company options on where to take the business

Metal Tubes

WHAT

IT IS

Even successful companies have opportunities for improvement. From planning and sourcing to production and delivery, we can help identify and address gaps in excellence.

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  • Footprint Optimization / Consolidation

  • Rapid Plant Assessment (RPA)

  • Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP/SIOP)

  • Inventory Management

  • Product / SKU Profitability & Rationalization

  • Plant Layout

  • Capacity Planning

  • Warehousing & Logistics Optimization

  • Overhead Cost Reduction

  • Throughput Improvement

  • Quality & Yield Improvement

  • Shop Floor Efficiency

  • Sourcing Savings

HOW WE

DO IT

Using detailed data analysis, hands-on observation, and years of experience, we will determine and quantify improvement opportunities across the company. Most importantly, our professionals are ready to roll-up their sleeves and work side-by-side with you to implement the recommendations.

CASE

STUDIES

Cut setup
times in
half
increasing productive
time by one full crew

Industry: Forging

Situation: The business shifted from high volume/low variety to low volume/high variety, revealing setup time issues

Impact: Setup times decreased by ~50%, increasing productive time by the equivalent to one full crew; and union/management relationships improved as well 

Forging Hot Iron
Rationalized   
 
29%
of SKUs to improve margins in price sensitive environment

Industry: Agricultural Products

Situation: Freight costs (as a percentage of sales) were rising as new customers came from parts of country far removed from facilities

Impact: Keystone determined location for new facility, rationalized 29% of SKUs, and increased margins by 1.5% in price sensitive market

Child Feeding Calf
Restored service
levels to
95%
by successfully
decreasing lead times

Industry: Electronic Toys

Situation: Service levels dropped to 83% and management sought to implement supply chain improvement initiatives

Impact: Service levels were restored to 95%, SKUs were rationalized by 25%, value stream mapping led to lead time reduction, and inventory decreased by 12%

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Reduced maintenance
service times by 
40%

Industry: Industrial Equipment

Situation: Accelerated company growth placed pressure on repairs & maintenance operation to reduce shop turn time

Impact: Improved quality and time-to-completion of critical shop instructions led to 40% decrease to turn times

Railway
Reduced annual
costs by
$2.5M
through 1% yield 
improvement

Industry: Beverage

Situation: Company-wide waste reduction effort included identifying sources of liquid loss in production

Impact: Keystone outlined recommendations for improving bottle sampling, decreasing likelihood of large-scale losses, and three other yield improvement initiatives; 1% of total product was recuperated.

Fruity Cocktails

WHAT

IT IS

Whether it has been a tough year as a result of external conditions or there is a more systemic issue, we can help.  We work closely with management to quickly assess the situation and options, identify sources of cash, improve short-term financial performance, and structure the company for sustained growth and profitability. 

  • Business Plan Assessment

  • 13-Week Cash Flow Forecasting

  • Liquidity Management

  • Working Capital Improvement

  • Operational Improvement

  • Revenue Improvement

  • Lender Negotiation

  • Supplier Negotiation

  • Refinancing / Debt Restructuring

  • Interim Management (CRO, CEO, CFO, COO)

  • Sell-side Advisory / Asset Sale

  • Restructuring (Chapter 11, 363 Sale)

HOW WE

DO IT

Our approach is built around rigorous data analysis, analytically-driven recommendations, and execution of improvements.  We work quickly to understand your business and take immediate action to generate cash to extend the runway for long-term improvements to take hold.

CASE

STUDIES

Generated
2.75x
projected liquidation value through company sale

Industry: Stone

Situation: Quality issues led to customer discounts and worsening EBITDA / cash flow for an already highly levered company

Impact: Keystone managed cash until bankruptcy sale, the sale generated 2.75x the projected liquidation value, and the bank fully recovered its outstanding debt

Minimalist Staircase
Reached
breakeven within
four
months of implementing turnaround initiatives

Industry: Automotive

Situation: Sales had decreased by over 30% in three years; the company was in default of its loan covenants and was expected to run out of cash in 60 days

Impact: Company reached breakeven within four months of beginning to implement turnaround initiatives

Alloys
Increased
EBITDA by
>8x
as interim CEO, 
CFO, and COO

Industry: Steel

Situation: An inventory adjustment exposed need for EBITDA improvements and cash forecasting

Impact: Keystone took on roles of Interim CEO, CFO, and COO; Availability increased by 8x, direct labor efficiency increased by 12%, DIOH decreased 17%, management relations stabilized, and EBITDA increased by >8X at project close

Steel Framing
Realized operational
cost reductions
25%
greater than
expectation

Industry: Trucking

Situation: Increased leverage and economic slowdown prevented the company from generating sufficient EBITDAR to cover debt service

Impact: Reduced operating costs by 25% more than originally expected and achieved various favorable changes to credit agreements

Truck
Reduced
inventory by
60%
to improve
working capital

Industry: Furniture

Situation: Margins and profit had been eroded by a bloated product portfolio, high overhead costs, and growing inventory levels

Impact: Product planning led to rationalization of 35% of SKUs  and implementing a robust S&OP process reduced inventory by 60% 

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CLIENT

REVIEW

"We engaged the Keystone Group to help us walk through a difficult season of our business.  They took the time to really get to know our business along with our people.  Their breadth of knowledge, steady calming influence and professionalism helped us to navigate through to a successful outcome.  The Keystone Group truly partnered with us to implement sustainable operational improvements to our business.  We would give them our highest recommendation to any clients wishing to partner with them."

--Client Interim CFO

WHAT

IT IS

The success or failure of a deal is often a function of the ability to mitigate risk and accelerate integration. We provide Operational Due Diligence, Integration Planning and Integration Execution services that help you identify and overcome challenges like channel conflict, culture integration, footprint rationalization, procurement and back office integration, as well as other issues that can make or break a deal.  Meanwhile, your business never stops running.

  • Due Diligence (pre-close)​​

    • Project Mgmt Office (PMO)

    • Operational DD

    • Commercial DD

    • Management Assessment

    • Deal Killers (Go/No Go)

    • Synergies & Cost-To-Achieve

    • Risks / Dis-synergies

    • Purchase Model / Valuation Review

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  • Integration Planning (pre-close)​

    • Integration Mgmt Office (IMO)

    • Day One Readiness

    • Business Continuity

    • 100 Day Plans

    • Synergy Realization Plans

    • Risk Mitigation

    • Organization Structure

    • Culture & Communications

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  • Integration Execution (post-close)

    • Day One, Day 30, Day 90

    • Core Business Integration

    • Customer-Facing &

    • Go-To-Market Model

    • Process Alignment / Best Practices

    • Organization & Culture

    • Accelerated Synergy Capture

    • 100 Day Issue Mgmt / Resolution

HOW WE

DO IT

Keystone’s unique, collaborative style is complemented by a proven approach, a rapid decision-making model, and an easy-to-use tool-set. Our teams are scalable and designed to supplement your integration team in order to accelerate results and create a smooth transition. We focus on Day 1 planning, synergy planning and execution, risk mitigation and project management.

CASE

STUDIES

Created integration
playbook for merging
three
companies
simultaneously

Industry: Food

Situation: PE firm was evaluating two companies for acquisition and combination with a third (already owned) company

Impact: Provided the PE firm with a template for assessing production capacities and evaluating synergies / one-time costs for this deal and  upcoming deals

Cherry Pie
Seamless 
Day One with
zero
disruptions to
customer orders

Industry: Garage Doors

Situation: Company sought to achieve top line strategic objective through acquisition, engaging  Keystone for integration help and synergy capture

Impact: Integration went flawlessly; no disruption to order processing, synergies were captured/exceeded on schedule, no unplanned turnover

Garage Design Consultation
Identified procurement synergy opportunities
4x
greater than
initial targets

Industry: Packaging

Situation: The company expanded operations to the West by acquiring a business in that region, seeking to generate synergies post-close

Impact: Analyzing A/P and PO data, Keystone identified procurement synergy opportunities 4x greater than initial targets

Cardboard Boxes
Improved facility
utilization by
25%
through footprint consolidation

Industry: Electronics

Situation: Numerous acquisitions left the company with a sub-optimal collection of facilities and redundant capabilities

Impact: Shrinking of footprint through plant reconfiguration and facility sales led to facility utilization improvement of 25% and decreased annual operating costs

Computer Circuit Board Macro
 Delivered
 
2.7x
Year One
synergy target

Industry: Steel

Situation: Tubular Division acquired a competitor to diversify into other markets, engaging Keystone for a fair value assessment, operation continuity, and synergy capture

Impact: Synergy targets were exceeded, Day One operations ensued with no disruptions, and key resources were retained

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PROFITABLE GROWTH STRATEGY

 
 
 

OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

RESTRUCTURING & TURNAROUND

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

 

CONTACT US

For client inquiries, contact Barry Dunne at bdunne@thekeystonegroup.com.