Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Prepares for Baby Boomer Business Sell-Off
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July 9, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that there are approximately 76 million Baby Boomers in the United States today, making up nearly a quarter of the U.S. population and representing the largest population segment in the nation. As the oldest Boomers approach the age of 67, many of them, if they haven’t already, are making choices about whether to retire or stay in the workforce.
Approximately 7 million U.S. companies are owned by Boomers. Facing concerns over the state of the economy, industry experts forecast that an overwhelming number of these business owners are waiting for the right time to sell their business and cash in for financial security. Whether it comes as a trickle or a floodgate, an estimated 65%-75% of small companies (around 10 million) in the U.S., a wide majority of them owned by Boomers, will likely go on the market during the next 5-10 years, according to Inc. Magazine.
Florida-based Great Plains Holdings specializes in the acquisition of controlling stakes in small- to middle-market private businesses, and is actively waiting for the anticipated private business sell-off. The company employs a diversification model to achieve multiple revenue streams and consistently increase hard assets, currently operating through two wholly owned and drastically different subsidiaries: Ashland Holdings, LLC and Lil Marc, Inc.
Great Plains intends to purchase privately owned and profitable North American-based businesses owned by Boomers looking to retire from their business, specifically focusing on industries such as manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and business services.
In the meantime, Great Plains is focused on expanding and adding value to assets in its current portfolio while keeping an eye out for potential acquisition targets.
Ashland Holdings acquires and operates commercial real estate assets such as self-storage facilities, apartment buildings, manufactured housing communities for senior citizens, and other income-producing properties. The subsidiary's current portfolio includes a 1,400-square-foot corporate office building; an 800-square-foot warehouse for LiL Marc operations; and two adjacent parcels of land, one of which includes a manufactured home that is rented out for additional income. Ashland and LiL Marc plan to occupy one or more of the five office spaces located in the corporate office building to accommodate expected expansion and lease-out the remaining vacant offices to create a source of revenue.
For further diversification, Great Plains recently made a private placement investment in TexStar -Preferred Partner Joint Venture III, LP related to a 150-acre lease with nearly 3 million barrels of estimated recoverable oil reserves. In accordance with the private placement memorandum and subscription agreement, Ashland Holdings will receive income based on net revenue interest on the lease.
LiL Marc, Inc. is Great Plains' principal business activity, engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of training urinals for boys in the United States. In conjunction with the roll-out of an aggressive marketing campaign for the LiL Marc product, Great Plains' management team is building a client list of retailers with brick and mortar stores and other consumer outlets to participate in the broader retail market.
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