From an investment standpoint, one of the most important things to remember about National Automation Services (PINKSHEETS: NASV) is that it has very clearly committed itself to an aggressive, though carefully planned, growth curve. Unlike most companies, National Automation has been refreshingly specific about what it plans to do, even providing a time frame.
NAS has already established its position throughout the West as a premier industrial resource when it comes to virtually any type of automation and industrial controls project. The list of industries it has successfully served continues to expand: water/wastewater treatment, mining, pharmaceuticals, electric utilities, semiconductor processing – essentially anywhere that requires some form of sophisticated monitoring and control. It’s resume of clients is as impressive as it is diverse, including Chevron, Motorola, Coca-Cola Bottling, TRW, America’s biggest nuclear power plant, and many others.
More importantly, National Automation sees itself as something of a seed company, around which will grow a new nationwide organization, an integration of some of the best local and regional players in the country, a strategy it is already starting to execute. Right now, there are a handful of major companies in the $500 billion automation and control systems industry, together with perhaps 300 other companies that serve various regional markets. These smaller companies are often best able to serve the needs of businesses and governments in their area, but find it difficult to grow and enjoy the benefits of scale. National Automation sees this as an exceptional opportunity, and is actively involved in acquiring the strongest such companies, with the goal of offering them all the advantages of a large nationwide presence, while maintaining the strengths inherent in focused regional operations.
To this end, National has already obtained an equity financing commitment of $5 million from Ascendiant Capital Group, LLC, a private equity firm, and its affiliate, Ascendiant Equity Partners, LLC. And there are several other financing strategies the company is pursuing as part of this overall growth strategy. National Automation has targeted a number of companies for acquisition over the next two years, and is specifically projecting year-end 2010 revenues of more than $47 million, with year-end 2011 revenues of over $140 million.
National Automation has managed to lay out and finance a plausible and detailed plan for expansion, based upon a strong and proven familiarity with their industry and its diverse markets. The company is leading with its strengths and providing investors with a unique opportunity to grow along with them.
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