BrightView Holdings Files For IPO

| About: BrightView Holdings (BV)


BrightView Holdings has filed to raise $100 million in a U.S. IPO, although the final amount may be higher.

The firm provides landscape design and maintenance services to commercial clients throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

I'll provide a final opinion when we learn details about IPO pricing and valuation.

Quick Take

BrightView (BV) intends to sell shares of its common stock to raise $100 million from a U.S. IPO, according to an S-1/A registration statement.

The firm provides commercial landscaping solutions to its clients through the entire lifecycle from initial design to ongoing maintenance.

When we learn more details about the IPO, I’ll provide a final opinion.

Company & Technology

The Calabasas, California-based commercial landscaping company was founded in 1939 (as Brickman) to provide high quality landscape and snow design and maintenance services with a dependable service commitment.

Management is headed by CEO Andrew Masterman, who has been with the firm since 2016 and was previously an Executive VP and President at Precision Castparts.

BrightView has assembled a management group with decades of combined experience. Its landscaping solutions come down to four parts -- design, develop, maintain and enhance, -- thus caring for the whole lifecycle of client landscapes.

Below is a brief overview video of BrightView’s services:

(Source: BrightView)

BV provides a suite of 9 services to its commercial customers:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Maintenance
  • Snow & Ice
  • Water Management
  • Tree Care
  • Tree Growing & Moving
  • Golf
  • Sports Turf

Investors with 5% or more of company stock include KKR (KKR) (75.8% pre-IPO) and MSD Partners (17.7%). MSD Partners is the family office of Michael Dell.

KKR acquired its majority interest in December 2013 from previous private equity owner Leonard Green & Partners for $1.6 billion.

Customer Acquisition

The company operates in various markets, servicing clientele in diverse fields -- commercial, education, healthcare, hospitality, religious, residential, retail, sports and leisure.

BV has over 200 branches across the US which allows it to operate on a local level. Thanks to the branch delivery model, BrightView defines itself as a single-source end-to-end landscaping solution provider to a diverse customer base at national, regional and local levels.

The firm acquires its customers through its branches strategically located in 30 U.S. states and its partner network, which allows the company to reach all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

BrightView operates in two different segments:

  • Maintenance Services
  • Development Services

Selling, G&A expense as a percentage of total revenue has fluctuated with no discernable, meaningful trend:

  • 1H FYE 2018: 20.8%
  • FYE 2016: 21.4%
  • FYE 2015: 20.4%

For 2016 and 2017, management stated its contract renewal rate was 85%.

Market & Competition

According to a 2018 market research report by IBISWorld, the commercial landscaping services market generated a total of $88 billion between 2013 and 2018, representing a CAGR of 4.7% for the period.

The main factors driving market growth are the demand from both residential and nonresidential clients increasing as macro economic markets have stabilized.

Major competitive vendors that provide commercial landscaping services include:

  • LandCare
  • Five Seasons Landscape Management
  • Yellowstone Landscape

BrightView believes it is superior to its competitors due to the wide range of services they offer to property owners, from design to maintenance, as well as their ability to reach every state.

Financial Performance

BV’s recent financial results can be summarized as follows:

  • Uneven and slow topline revenue growth
  • Decreasing gross profit
  • Uneven gross margin
  • Decreasing cash flow from operations

Below are the company’s financial results for the past two and ¾ years (Audited GAAP for full years):

(Source: BrightView S-1/A)

Total Revenue ($)

  • Through Q3 2017: $1.7 billion, 2.4% increase vs. prior
  • 2016: $2.19 billion, 1.4% decrease vs. prior
  • 2015: $2.2 billion

Gross Profit ($)

  • Through Q3 2017: $453.8 million
  • 2016: $607.2 million
  • 2015: $610.3 million

Gross Margin (%)

  • Through Q3 2017: 26.5%
  • 2016: 27.7%
  • 2015: 27.6%

Cash Flow from Operations ($)

  • Through Q3 2017: $78.9 million
  • 2016: $111.9 million
  • 2015: $123.4 million

As of March 31, 2018, the company had $9.5 million in cash and $2.16 billion in total liabilities.

IPO Details

BV intends to raise $100 million in gross proceeds from an IPO of its common stock, although the final amount may be as high as $500 million.

Management says it will use the net proceeds from the IPO as follows: repay borrowings outstanding under the Second Lien Credit Agreement and, to the extent there are any remaining proceeds, to repay borrowings outstanding under the First Lien Credit Agreement. Borrowings under the Second Lien Credit Agreement mature on December 18, 2021 and presently bear interest at 8.31%. Borrowings under the First Lien Credit Agreement mature on December 18, 2020 and presently bear interest at 4.88%.

Management’s presentation of the company roadshow isn’t available yet.

Listed bookrunners of the IPO are Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, KKR, UBS Investment Bank, Baird, Credit Suisse, Macquarie, Jefferies, Mizuho Securities, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, Nomura, Stifel, William Blair, Moelis & Company and SMBC Nikko.

Expected IPO Pricing Date: Not on calendar.

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