Deal of the Year, Large Market/Overall, 2015: KPS Capital Partners

When KPS Capital Partners looked at a potential buyout of Waupaca Foundry in 2011, the U.S. automotive sector remained in the early stages of a recovery and credit availability on such deals was constrained.

Based on its experience in industrial turnarounds, KPS recognized value in the unit of German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp. Moving quickly, it developed a strategy to sharply increase EBITDA. “Our view was, ‘Wow, this is an opportunity; look at the market share; ...

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