Deal of the Year Awards

Deal of the Year Awards

Since 1990, the editors of Buyouts have honored exceptional buyouts with our Deal of the Year Awards. Winners are chosen in six categories: Deal of the Year, Large-Market Deal of the Year, Middle-Market Deal of the Year, Small-Market Deal of the Year, Turnaround of the Year and International Deal of the Year.

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Here are some of our past winners.

2018

  • DEAL OF THE YEAR/Large-Market Deal of the Year: Yellow Wood Partners for PDC Brands, which makes personal care products. Read the full story.
  • Middle-Market Deal of the Year: Arbor Investments for Columbus Manufacturing Inc, which makes deli meats. Read the full story.
  • Small-Market Deal of the Year: Altus Capital Partners for Rocla Concrete Tie, which makes concrete ties for the railway industry. Read the full story.
  • Turnaround Deal of the Year: Oaktree Capital Management for AdvancePierre Foods Holdings Inc, purveyor of sandwiches, deli meats and food services. Read the full story.
  • International Deal of the Year: Clarion Capital Partners for Moravia, which provides translation, localization and testing services. Read the full story.

2017

  • DEAL OF THE YEAR/Middle-Market Deal of the Year: KPS Capital Partners for Anchor Glass Container, which makes glass packaging products used by the liquor, beverage and food sectors. Read the full story.
  • Large-Market Deal of the Year: Providence Equity Partners (via growth equity arm Providence Strategic Growth) for Ministry Brands, a software company that provides cloud-based technology for faith-based institutions, including churches and schools. Read the full story.
  • Small-Market Deal of the Year: Levine Leichtman for Senior Helpers, a franchiser of in-home companion care and personal care to patients suffering from diseases like dementia. Read the full story.
  • Turnaround Deal of the Year: American Capital Ltd for Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, formerly a unit of Lennox International. Read the full story.
  • International Deal of the Year: Carlyle Group for Groupe Marle, a manufacturer of medical implants. Read the full story.

2016

  • DEAL OF THE YEAR/Middle-Market Deal of the Year: Arbor Investments for Gold Standard Baking, which makes low-cost croissants and Danishes. Read the full story.
  • Large-Market Deal of the Year: Charlesbank Capital Partners for FullBeauty Brands, a specialist in plus-sized clothing. Read the full story.
  • Small-Market Deal of the Year: The Riverside Company for Eemax, a maker of tankless water heaters for commercial, residential and industrial properties. Read the full story.
  • European Deal of the Year: GTCR for Premium Credit Ltd, which provides insurance premium financing to small businesses and individuals. Read the full story.
  • Turnaround Deal of the Year: Sun Capital Partners for Point Blank Enterprises Inc, which makes body armor for law enforcement and military officers around the world. Read the full story.

2015

  • DEAL OF THE YEAR/Large Market Deal of Year: KPS Partners for Waupaca Foundry, a maker of iron castings that are used to fabricate parts for cars and industrial machines. Read the full story.
  • Small-Market Deal of Year: High Road Capital Partners for Handi Quilter, a producer of quilting machine. Read the full story.
  • Middle-Market Deal of Year: Kinderhook Industries for Tectum Holdings, a manufacturer of bed covers and bed liners for pickup trucks. Read the full story.
  • European Deal of Year: The Carlyle Group for Sermeta, a maker of of stainless steel heat exchangers used in domestic and commercial boilers. Read the full story.

2014

  • DEAL OF THE YEAR/International Deal of the Year: The Riverside Company for Capol GmbH, which makes polishing and anti-sticking agents for products such as jellybeans, gummy bears and aspirin. Read the full story.
  • Turnaround Deal of the Year: Sun Capital Partners for Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant, which operates a chain of seafood restaurants. Read the full story.
  • Large-Market Deal of the Year: Oak Hill Capital Partners for Local TV Holdings, operator of television stations. Read the full story.
  • Middle-Market Deal of the Year: ACON Investments for Spencer Spirit Holdings, a mall-based retailer of novelties for young people. Read the full story.
  • Small-Market Deal of the Year: SunTx Capital Partners for Huron Inc, a supplier of machined steel rods for the auto industry. Read the full story.