December 9, 2017James Hugh, CEO of Western StructuresJuliaDistefano, Chief Financial Officer of Western Structures 80 Saramia Crescent, Unit #1Concord, OntarioL4K 3Z8 Dear Mr. Hugh, ExpandingWestern Structures is extremely important in order to achieve ultimate successfor the oncoming future for the company. In our recent discussions regards toexpanding our business through potentially acquiring another company, throughrecent research I have found a new candidate to acquire that will allow us toexpand our current business and also diversify into the exciting new field ofhealthcare. WesternStructures is currently a building materials company that manufactures andsells building material products to the construction industry. With acquiringthis candidate company Alpha Pro Tech whichspecializes in selling building protection material, disposable protectiveapparel, and infection control which includes the sale of face masks and eyeshields. This gives our company the opportunity to not only sell buildingmaterial products but to expand and diversify into a new field of health careequipment and have a new business you can tap into and inquire a greaterprofit.
Full Description of Alpha Pro Tech ALPHA PRO TECH,LTD. (Alpha Pro Tech), incorporated on June 15, 1994, is in the business ofprotecting people, products and environments. The Company is engaged indeveloping, manufacturing and marketing a line of disposable protective appareland infection control products for the cleanroom, industrial, pharmaceutical,medical and dental markets through its subsidiary, Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. TheCompany’s products are grouped into three segments: Building Supply segment,Disposable Protective Apparel segment and Infection Control segment. Itsproducts are sold under the Alpha Pro Tech brand name, as well as under privatelabel. Its products are used primarily in cleanrooms, industrial safetymanufacturing environments and healthcare facilities, such as hospitals,laboratories and dental offices, as well as building and re-roofing sites. Itsproducts are distributed in the United States through a network consisting ofpurchasing groups, national distributors, local distributors, independent salesrepresentatives, and its own sales and marketing force.
It also manufactures aline of building supply construction weatherization products through itssubsidiary, Alpha ProTech Engineered Products, Inc. Building Supply The BuildingSupply segment consists of a line of construction supply weatherizationproducts, such as housewrap and synthetic roof underlayment, as well as otherwoven material. The housewrap, under the trademark REX, offers a weatherresistant barrier. REX Wrap and REX Wrap Plus are woven and coatedpolypropylene micro perforated weather resistant barriers, and REX Wrap Fortisis an engineered composite made up of a woven fabric, a monolithic breatherfilm and a non-woven sheet, offering a non-perforated membrane. The Company’ssynthetic roof underlayment, REX SynFelt, has the ability to resist theenvironment. The Company also manufactures and distributes TECHNOply and TECHNOSB. Disposable Protective Apparel The DisposableProtective Apparel segment includes different styles of disposable products,such as shoecovers, bouffant caps, gowns, coveralls, lab coats and frocks. TheDisposable Protective Apparel segment also offers other miscellaneous products.
Infection Control The InfectionControl segment includes face masks and eye shields. The Company’s face masksare available in various filtration efficiencies and styles. Its PositiveFacial Lock feature provides a custom fit to the face to prevent blow-by forprotection. The term blow-by is used to describe the potential for infectiousmaterial to enter or escape a facemask without going through the filter as aresult of gaps or openings in the face mask. The Company’s Magic Arch featureholds the mask away from the nose and mouth, creating a breathing chamber. ItsN-95 Particulate Respirator face mask incorporates both the Positive FacialLock feature and the Magic Arch feature. The face masks are primarilymanufactured in the Company’s facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its eye shieldsare produced in the Company’s facility in Nogales, Arizona, and assembled by asubcontractor in Mexico.
The Companycompetes with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 3M Company, Johnson & Johnson,White Knight Engineered Products, Cardinal Health, Inc., Medline IndustriesInc., VWR International, LLC, Kappler, Inc., Allegiance Healthcare Corporation,DuPont and Interwrap Inc. Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. Financial ResultsFor The Third Quarter SummaryGlobalNewswire Nov.8,2017 Revenue for the third quarter of 2017increased 2.
3% to $12.0 million, compared to $11.8 million in the third quarterof 2016 Gross margin for the third quarter of 2017increased to 39.1%, up from 38.3% in the third quarter of 2016 Net income for the third quarter of 2017increased 8.
2% to $1.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to $1.0million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the same period of 2016 Signed exclusive contract with JX NipponANCI, Inc. to launch a new product line, REX™ Wrap Fortis House Wraps with JXALTA 360° Drainage Technology™There is zero debt, accompanied by about$9-million in cash. Cash flow is regularly positive. Currently, Mr.
Hoffman says the majoropportunity for the enterprise’s potential growth is a “breathable” house wrapmembrane the weather-resistant barrier that sits between the siding and thewood of a house. The breathable-type membrane is the only kind used in Canada.In the United States, non-breathable is used, but Alpha’s goal is to makebreathable more the norm. The potential market is huge and largely untapped. Alpha has doubled its sales force to six toexpand in this realm.
The company is also exploring sales of protective apparelproducts in India, where it employs more than 1,000 people in four factories.That compares with 120 staff in North America. If the $36,000 feasibility studyis positive, this country could prove to be another market.One strategythat Alpha regularly deploys on a major scale is a share buyback. Since 2012,the share count is down from 22 million to about 15 million. The share pricehas increased from January 1st 2013 from a $1.
56 US to $4.05 US today. After obtaining these facts aboutthis company it is in Western Structures best interest to acquire Alpha ProTech. This company’s building supply segment is compatible with our current field of expertise and will be able toadd new products to our current product line.
Not only would we be acquiring abusiness in an area of our expertise but we but it gives Western Structures thechance to diversify into the field of healthcare products. Acquiring this company is also in ourbest interest because this company is very profitable with sales increasingevery year as well as net profit margin. Alpha Pro Tech is also debt free andhas almost $9 million in cash available as per most recent financial report.The share price of the company has been increasing every year since 2012. Thecompany has also been buying back shares thus decreasing its shares outstandingby 7 million shares. Which is another good sign of the business’ profitability.
Alpha Pro Tech is a great opportunityfor Western Structures and its shareholders to acquire for future success forgrowing as well as diversifying its business Please review my recommendationand let me know if you are in agreement or if you need any further informationso that we may proceed with the acquisition. References APT : Summary for Alpha ProTech, Ltd. (2017, December 10). Retrieved December 10, 2017, from https://ca.finance.yahoo.
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