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Operational Excellence Award winners 2016: Americas

The Riverside Company and KPS Capital Partners are among those picking up awards in this year’s list of the private equity companies doing the most to build better companies.

Private Equity International is delighted to announce the Americas winners of the Operational Excellence Awards 2016, recognising those firms that are having the most transformative effect on portfolio companies during their period of ownership.

Here are the AMERICAS winners in full:

 Small cap: Serent Capital – Optimal Blue
Serent Capital secured strong returns for its investors on its acquisition of mortgage technology firm Optimal Blue after following through on its promise to help the company through its next phase of growth.

 Lower mid-market:the Riverside Company – Eemax
By the time the Riverside Company exited in December 2015, water heater maker Eemax was No. 1 in all three of its market segments.

 Upper mid-market: KPS Capital Partners – Motor Coach Industries International
KPS Capital Partners’ work with Motor Coach Industries International is a great example of turning around a company by focusing on improving its operations rather than financial engineering.

Large cap: Permira – Intelligrated
When London-based Permira came across package distribution and sorting provider Intelligrated in 2012, it was quick to spot growth opportunities.