Specialty Rubber Compounding Company

Phoenix serves as interim CFO to a specialty compounding company and leads the recruiting efforts of and transition to a permanent CFO.

The Client

A $90 million Specialty Rubber Compounding company serving the automotive, electrical, architectural, and appliance markets.

The Challenge

The Company had recently completed a successful 6-month period of operations. They were ahead of budget and also ahead of prior year operating performance. Despite the recent positive trends at the company, the market place in which they competed was changing dramatically. Commodity prices which had been rising significantly were now dropping at a more precipitous rate than they had once risen. The primary and secondary markets that the company served were in a severe state of decline, particularly the automotive and electrical markets. Working capital availability was being severely negatively impacted, which required an increased focus on better balance sheet management practices. In addition, during the period of positive growth certain deficiencies had presented themselves with regard to the finance department and operational controls for the Company. At which time, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer had given his notice.

The Solution

Phoenix was engaged to serve as the interim CFO in effort to provide stability and continuity to the Company while it began a search for a new Chief Financial Officer. During the engagement, Phoenix assumed all responsibility for the CFO function of the Company. As anticipated, the marketplace did decline and the growth slowed. However new financial reporting and controls were implemented that prepared the Company for the anticipated downturn and allowed the Company to regain its strong liquidity position, maintain its positive lending relationship, and ultimately maximize its profitability during a period of significant market turmoil. Phoenix also served to lead the recruiting efforts of and transition to a new permanent CFO.

Phoenix Turnaround

Primary Industry

  • Manufacturing

Secondary Industry

  • Automotive

    Primary Services

  • Interim ManagementBusiness / Operational AssessmentsFinancial Forecasting