Our Focus is Helping Companies Achieve Their True Potential.
Founded in 1988, Olympus manages over $8.5 billion on behalf of corporate pension plans, public retirement systems, university endowment funds, and the executives of Olympus' portfolio companies. The majority of our limited partners have been investors with Olympus for decades, and Olympus Growth Fund VII, our latest offering, has committed capital of $3.0 billion.
In order to maximize the time spent working with each and every portfolio company, we limit new investments to only three or four each year. Our preferred investment size ranges from $50 million for growth capital deals to $300 million or more for buyouts. In addition to financial resources, Olympus offers several other critical benefits to help its management partners reach their goals.
Deep experience and proven track record
- 80+ investments since 1988
- Over 20 years of private equity experience among 10 general partners
A strong focus on growth and operational improvements
- Olympus has never executed a leveraged recapitalization of an existing portfolio company that resulted in a leverage multiple higher than when we acquired the company
Active value-added partners with management
- Three to five board seats per general partner
Long-term, stable LP relationships
- The majority of the capital in Olympus’ funds are from investors who have invested in multiple funds
Beyond the Investment Horizon
Working with the guys at Olympus was great. We had a wonderful relationship built on openness and respect. They were very personable, which enabled us to connect on a personal level, talking about sports or sharing stories about our respective families. Even though we're not an Olympus portfolio company anymore, I still stay in touch and consider them close personal friends.
Meridian Rail Services
$8.5 Billion of total capital under management
Primary investments over seven funds
$3.0 billion of committed capital for our latest fund, Olympus Growth Fund VII, L.P.
Our focus is to increase shareholder value
Although we actively work with our portfolio companies, we don't meddle in day-to-day management. Rather, we serve as a resource to executive leadership - providing the support they need to achieve their ambitions.
Our areas of expertise include the following:
Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Many of our businesses pursue an acquisition-based strategy and we consider it a core competency. We can help with every step of the M&A lifecycle, including:
- Identifying, evaluating, and valuing acquisition targets
- Conducting due diligence
- Negotiating legal documents and deal structure/terms
- Financing and closing the deal
- Helping with post-closing integration
Capital market decisions
We work with our companies to determine the right time to raise additional capital and to create the optimal capital structure. We then facilitate subsequent rounds of debt and equity financing, as appropriate.
Long-term strategic planning
We help management evaluate the industry landscape, exploit competitive advantages, and focus on the fastest growing, most profitable business opportunities. We strive to establish near-term, tactical priorities, ensuring that resources are optimally deployed to maximize company performance.
New business development
Typical business development activities include:
- Helping to identify new sales channels
- Leveraging our network of contacts to introduce potential channel partners
- Conducting meetings with potential partners
- Helping to structure and negotiate partnership relationships.
Budgeting and Financial Analysis
We provide assistance to management during the budgeting process and serve as an analytical resource for management to utilize when making complex financial decisions.
We work with management to address the personnel needs of the organization and then help find the right people through our extensive network of contacts, as well as coordinating the activities of third-party search firms.
We operate as a team, not as a firm of independent silos.
Our Partners have average investment experience of over 23 years, including an average of 17 with Olympus. Unlike other private equity firms, at Olympus, the same group guides every investment from purchase to sale creating an efficient, professional and rewarding investor/management relationship.
Graduates of Olympus’ Associate program have gone on to earn their MBAs at Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Dartmouth, and Columbia.