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KPS Special Situations Fund, L.P. Completes Sale of New Flyer to Harvest Partners

Mar 02, 2004

New York, NY (March 2, 2004) -- KPS Special Situations Fund announced today that it has completed the sale of its portfolio company, New Flyer Industries Ltd., to a company formed by Harvest Partners Fund IV, L.P. and The Lightyear Fund, L.P. New Flyer is the largest manufacturer of transit buses in North America.

KPS Special Situations Fund L.P. received proceeds from the New Flyer sale of over $200 million, an amount that exceeds all of the capital drawn by KPS in its Fund I investment campaign.

"The successful turnaround of New Flyer is a testament to the quality and dedication of the company's management and employees," said David Shapiro, a Managing Principal of KPS. "KPS is proud of its successful restructuring of New Flyer into the leading player in its industry and a strong and sustainable company for the future."

Mr. Shapiro continued, "The New Flyer investment is a great example of our investment strategy, working with management and employees to turn a struggling business into a financially stable market leader while also generating a superior return for KPS investors. For KPS Fund I investors, this single transaction guarantees the return of one hundred percent of their original investment in the Fund, plus a profit. The remaining investments held by Fund I now represent incremental profit to its investors."

In March 2002, KPS invested approximately $27.5 million of equity in New Flyer for a controlling interest in the company. The KPS investment was the catalyst for a financial and operating restructuring that involved the support of the company's banks, the Province of Manitoba, the Communications Worker of America (CWA), the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW) and the company's key suppliers.

About KPS Capital Partners

KPS, through its affiliated management entities, is the manager of the KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of investment funds with over $12.3 billion of assets under management (as of December 31, 2020).  For nearly three decades, the Partners of KPS have worked exclusively to realize significant capital appreciation by making controlling equity investments in manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries, including basic materials, branded consumer, healthcare and luxury products, automotive parts, capital equipment and general manufacturing.  KPS creates value for its investors by working constructively with talented management teams to make businesses better, and generates investment returns by structurally improving the strategic position, competitiveness and profitability of its portfolio companies, rather than primarily relying on financial leverage. The KPS Funds’ portfolio companies have aggregate annual revenues of approximately $10.6 billion, operate 159 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, and have approximately 34,000 employees, directly and through joint ventures worldwide. The KPS investment strategy and portfolio companies are described in detail at www.kpsfund.com.

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