ConsumerCo*, the consumer products subsidiary of a major industrial products conglomerate, was under pressure to improve its poor performance trajectory. Its parent company, ParentCo*, was considering divesting ConsumerCo.
The CEO of ConsumerCo brought in Bain to evaluate its strategy, assess strategic alternatives, develop a detailed action plan and work with the management team to drive a turnaround.
Bain performed extensive analysis of the target business unit and its competitors in order to diagnose the problems and recommend solutions. Bain then defined the options.
Rather than divest immediately, Bain recommended that ParentCo wait two years while ConsumerCo reduced costs and restructured its business model.
After two years and an $85 million profit improvement, ConsumerCo was sold for ~20X P/E, creating significant value for ParentCo.
* We take our clients' confidentiality seriously. While we've changed their names, the results are real.