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17 09, 2020

Authority Brands acquires Monster Tree Service

2020-09-17T10:10:28-04:00September 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

COLUMBIA, Md. — Authority Brands, LLC announced today the purchase of Monster Tree Service. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition marks the sixth brand addition for Authority Brands since October 2018, with Monster Tree Service representing the company’s eighth brand in its home service portfolio.

Founded in 2008, Monster Tree Service is the leading tree care company in the U.S., and the only franchise offering local certified arborist teams in multiple locations nationwide. With more than 200 territories across the country, Monster Tree Service is committed to keeping trees healthy and customers satisfied. The brand provides a suite of effective and environmentally friendly services including tree removal, trimming and pruning, land and lot clearing, and more.

Authority Brands’ companies include leading home service brands The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Mosquito Squad, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky and One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, which operate across the residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, pest control services, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”) sectors respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational support.

“Monster Tree Service is a terrific addition for Authority Brands. As the largest franchised residential tree service in North America, they’re a great complement to our other leading home service brands. We’re excited to help them continue their extraordinary growth by putting all of our marketing, operations and IT resources behind them,” said Rob Weddle, CEO of Authority Brands.

“The acquisition of Monster Tree Service supports our strategy of growing Authority Brands and furthers its position as a leader in home service business franchising. We’re pleased to support the expansion of Authority Brands’ network and we are confident that this collaboration will help strengthen their portfolio of brands,” said Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax Partners.

“We’re excited to be joining Authority Brands as its newest home service company. This is a significant step for our brand that will help propel our growth and success as we continue to provide unparalleled services to customers across the country. We look forward to this new venture together,” said Scott Hilary, Vice President of Operations at Monster Tree Service.

Boxwood Partners represented Monster Tree Service and acted as their financial advisors for the transaction.

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands’ companies include eight leading home service franchisors, America’s Swimming Pool Company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, and One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning. Together, these brands provide home services through more than 1,875 territories operated by nearly 1,000 franchise owners in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Kenya and Indonesia. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchisee growth through providing strong marketing, technology and operational support. See https://www.theauthoritybrands.com/ for more information.

30 06, 2020

Molly Maid® Pivots Amidst COVID-19 Concerns and Introduces New Contactless Services

2020-06-30T11:12:37-04:00June 30th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Molly Maid, The Nation’s Leading Residential Cleaning Company, Offers Digital Scheduling and Online Estimating Programs.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — This month, Molly Maid, a Neighborly company and the nation’s leading residential cleaning franchise, has introduced a new, system-wide initiative to create a safer and more social-distanced experience for both customers and service professionals. Molly Maid is implementing digital scheduling and estimating programs in an attempt to decrease the amount of physical interaction between service professionals and customers.

The contactless services, digital scheduling and estimating programs, allow service professionals to set up appointments and provide estimates without having to step foot in the customers’ homes. This is a necessary shift in continuing to improve the already robust service offerings and customer experience that Molly Maid is known for. Molly Maid is offering this to homeowners to provide the opportunity for a contact-free and more streamlined experience for Molly Maid customers across the nation.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our processes and provide our homeowners with the best customer service possible,” said Molly Maid President Mary Kay Liston. “Contactless services and digital options were the natural next step to complement our dedication to those we serve. These initiatives give customers the opportunity to streamline the process in a thoughtful and convenient way.”

For additional safety precautions, Molly Maid franchises’ office personal are following industry wide guidance and are now asking homeowners a series of questions to gauge necessary precautions before dispatching a team to the home, as well as recommending that all service professionals are properly distanced throughout the duration of their work day. All equipment that cannot be laundered is wiped down between each home and sanitized cloths are used in each home to prevent cross contamination from one home to another.

Molly Maid continues to strategize effective ways to enrich the services offered to customers. To learn more about Molly Maid’s new initiatives and how the brand is implementing them, you can visit https://www.mollymaid.com/.

About Molly Maid®

Molly Maid® is a residential cleaning franchise that collectively cleans more than 1.7 million U.S. homes annually. Franchising since 1984, there are more than 490 Molly Maid units operating in the United States. Acquired in 2015, Molly Maid is part of Neighborly®, the world’s largest home services franchisor of 24 service brands (including Neighborly umbrella service brand) and 3,900 franchise owners serving 9 million+ customers in nine countries, focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and businesses.  Molly Maid established the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996 to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. Neighborly brands are found at www.Neighborly.com. For more information about Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com. To learn about franchising opportunities with Neighborly, click here.

5 05, 2020

Molly Maid® is Maid for Moms this Mother’s Day

2020-05-05T10:29:31-04:00May 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Molly Maid, The Nation’s Leading Residential Cleaning Company Offers Chance to Win $500 Gift Card for Mom.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — This Mother’s Day, Molly Maid, a Neighborly company and the nation’s leading residential cleaning franchise, is giving hard-working moms the gift they truly deserve – the gift of time. For the sixth year, the franchise is offering the chance for moms across the nation to win Molly Maid gift certificates. The “Maid for Moms” sweepstakes will award five winners with gift certificates that can be used to give mom some time off as someone else cleans her home.

Molly Maid is awarding five winners with a $500 Molly Maid gift certificate for use now, or to save for later. Participants can enter the contest at https://neighborly-brands.app.do/maid-for-moms. Entries are being accepted now through May 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

“Across the world we have been staying at home and parents across the nation have been working overtime,” said Molly Maid President Mary Kay Liston. “At Molly Maid, we want moms to be able to enjoy a clean home. We are excited for this year’s ‘Maid for Moms’ sweepstakes and the opportunity to surprise moms with the gift of time and a clean home.”

To provide mom with some time off and a spotless home any time of the year, Molly Maid gift certificates are available for purchase at www.mollymaid.com/gift-certificates/. For the full sweepstakes contest rules go to  https://www.mollymaid.com/documents/pdfs/MOLLY_MAID_Mothers_Day_Giveaway_Official_Rules_2020.pdf

About Molly Maid®

Molly Maid® is a residential cleaning franchise that cleans more than 1.7 million U.S. homes annually. Franchising since 1984, there are more than 490 Molly Maid units operating in the United States. Acquired in 2015, Molly Maid is part of Neighborly®, the world’s largest home services franchisor of 24 service brands (including Neighborly umbrella service brand) and 3,900 franchise owners serving 9 million+ customers in nine countries, focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing homes and businesses.  Molly Maid established the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996 to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. Neighborly brands are found at www.GetNeighborly.com. For more information about Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com. To learn about franchising opportunities with Neighborly, click here.

26 11, 2019

Molly Maid Knows a Clean Home Tops Everyone’s Wish List, Offers Chance to Win Free Home Cleanings This Holiday Season

2019-11-26T11:40:55-05:00November 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Nation’s Leading Residential Cleaning Company Hosts Holiday Clean Home Giveaway Nov. 25 – Dec. 15

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Holidays are a time for joy, gifts and time with family, but can also bring on stress from all the preparations that come with keeping the home tidy and presentable. Molly Maid, a Neighborly company, understands the pressures of the holiday season and is offering a chance to win a $500 gift certificate towards a home cleaning. The nation’s leading residential cleaning franchise is hoping to ease that stress by giving the gift of time through its annual “Holiday Clean Home Giveaway.”

For those looking to win the gift of a clean home, “Like” the Molly Maid Facebook page at: https://neighborly-brands.app.do/clean-home-giveaway and complete the form for a chance to win. All entries for the “Holiday Clean Home Giveaway” will begin Monday, Nov. 25 and will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 15. Molly Maid will award a total of five lucky winners with a $500 Molly Maid gift card to celebrate the season.

Molly Maid understands that the holidays can be stressful and we’re proud to help alleviate some of the workload by knocking cleaning the house off the to-do list,” said Molly Maid President Mary Kay Liston. “We want everyone to have a joyous holiday filled with happiness and time to enjoy all the things that matter most.”

Avoid holiday stress this year and let Molly Maid clean the mess. Molly Maid gift certificates are available for purchase at https://www.mollymaid.com/gift-certificates/. For the full contest rules go to https://www.mollymaid.com/documents/pdfs/Holiday-Giveaway-11-19-19.pdf.

About Molly Maid®

Molly Maid® is a residential cleaning franchise that cleans more than 1.7 million U.S. homes annually. Franchising since 1984, there are more than 475 Molly Maid units operating in the United States. Molly Maid established the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996 in an effort to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. Acquired in 2015, Molly Maid is part of Neighborly®, a community of home service experts, leveraging nearly 3,700 professional home service experts worldwide with a unique direct service function that provides consumers assistance with nearly all aspects of their home care needs. Neighborly brands are found at www.GetNeighborly.com. For more information about Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com. To learn about franchising opportunities with all Neighborly companies, visit https://franchise.neighborlybrands.com/.

1 05, 2019

Molly Maid® is Maid for Moms this Mother’s Day

2019-05-01T16:05:44-04:00May 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Molly Maid, LLC, Nation’s Leading Residential Cleaning Company Offers Chance to Win $250 Gift Card

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — This Mother’s Day, Molly Maid, a Neighborly company and the nation’s leading residential cleaning franchise, is giving hard-working moms the gift they truly deserve – the gift of time. For five years and counting, the franchise is offering the chance to win Molly Maid gift certificates. The “Maid for Moms” sweepstakes will award winners with gift certificates that can be used to give mom some time off as someone else cleans her home.

Molly Maid is awarding one grand prize winner with a Roomba and a $250 Molly Maid gift certificate to be used on their moms this Mother’s Day. Three runners up winners will each receive a $250 Molly Maid gift certificate. To learn more about the “Maid for Moms” sweepstakes, visit www.facebook.com/MollyMaid. Participants can enter the contest at https://contest.app.do/mother-s-day-giveaway-2518937. Entries are now being accepted through Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

“Mother’s Day is a time to give back to all of the moms out there who spend their days working for others,” said Molly Maid President Mary Kay Liston. “At Molly Maid, we want moms to be able to enjoy a clean home without sacrificing time to do what she loves. We are excited for this year’s “Maid for Moms” sweepstakes and the opportunity to surprise moms with the gift of time and a clean home.

To provide mom with the some time off and a spotless home any time of the year, Molly Maid gift certificates are available for purchase at www.mollymaid.com/gift-certificates/. Visit the Molly Maid website to review this year’s contest rules.

About Molly Maid®

Molly Maid LLC, a Neighborly® company, is a residential cleaning franchisor whose independently owned and operated franchisees clean more than 1.7 million U.S. homes annually. Franchising since 1984, there are more than 480 independently owned and operated Molly Maid® units operating in the United States. Acquired by Neighborly® in 2015, Molly Maid is part of a community of home service experts, leveraging Neighborly’s nearly 3,500 professional home service experts across 14 brands in the U.S. and Canada with a unique direct service function that provides consumers assistance with nearly all aspects of their home care needs. Neighborly brands include: Aire Serv®, Five Star Painting®, Glass Doctor®, Portland Glass®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter®, Protect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Window Genie®, Mosquito Joe® and The Grounds Guys®. Additional information about Neighborly can be found at www.GetNeighborly.com. For more information about Molly Maid, visit www.mollymaid.com and to learn about franchising opportunities with Molly Maid, visit https://franchise.mollymaid.com.

21 02, 2019

Authority Brands welcomes the Clockwork brands into its family

2019-02-21T16:17:28-05:00February 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Addition doubles Authority Brands’ overall system revenue to over $1 billion

NEW YORK and COLUMBIA, Maryland — Authority Brands, a leading home services franchising platform backed by funds advised by Apax Partners, announced today the acquisition of Clockwork, Inc., and certain of its affiliates (“Clockwork”) from Direct Energy Group, a subsidiary of Centrica plc. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019. The acquisition is the third home services add-on for Authority Brands since the company was acquired by funds advised by Apax Partners in September 2018.

Established in 1999, Clockwork delivers critical home services through three leading plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (“HVAC”) providers across the United States. Its household-name brands – Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® (“Benjamin Franklin“), Mister Sparky® electric, and One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® (“One Hour”) – are all rated among the best-in-class in their respective categories.

Authority Brands is the parent company to leading home services brands The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company and Mosquito Squad which operate across the residential cleaning, at-home care, swimming pool repair and maintenance, and pest control services sectors respectively. Authority Brands supports individual franchisee growth by providing strong marketing, technology and operational support.

Rob Weddle, CEO of Authority Brands, said: “The addition of the Clockwork group of brands is an important and significant step in the evolution of Authority Brands. All three brands are market-leading franchises within their respective industries and their addition to our portfolio doubles our overall system revenue to over $1 billion. This scale allows us to further strengthen each of our brand’s systems and continue down the path of becoming the home services franchisor of choice for both business owners and consumers.”

Ashish Karandikar, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “We are delighted to support Authority Brands in this transformational acquisition. The Clockwork brands operate in attractive markets and will bring scale and diversification to Authority Brands’ platform. We anticipate substantial benefits for both businesses from cross-selling and collaboration across marketing, technology and operational support.”

Bruce Stewart, president of Direct Energy Home North America said: “The decision for this sale reflects our goals to focus and simplify our channels to customers and to own our own brands. Authority Brands is a good home for Clockwork and the franchise owners and customers will see no difference in our service delivery as we conclude this transaction.”

About Authority Brands

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Authority Brands, LLC is the parent company of four leading home service franchisors, The Cleaning Authority, Homewatch CareGivers, America’s Swimming Pool Company and Mosquito Squad. Together, these brands provide recurring home services through more than 550 franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Kenya and Indonesia. Authority Brands is dedicated to supporting individual franchisee growth through providing strong marketing, technology and operational support.

About Apax Partners

Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. Over its more than 40-year history, Apax Partners has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of c.$50 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech & Telco, Services, Healthcare and Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.