The Illinois Venture Capital Association's 2012 Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year award is presented to an Illinois-based company backed by a private equity firm that has had an "exit" or liquidity event and provided outstanding returns to the investors. Private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC sold a majority stake in the company in July, 2011.
"Flexera Software was chosen for the award by a panel of 54 investment professionals, including IVCA's board of directors, based on its outstanding performance and the tremendous value it created for Thoma Bravo," said Maura O'Hara, Executive Director at IVCA. "It has emerged as a strong business leader and employer in Illinois and serves as model of growth and success for other entrepreneurial companies."
Thoma Bravo purchased Flexera Software from Macrovision for $200 million in 2008. Thoma Bravo implemented its buy and build strategy and worked with the existing management team to increase Flexera Software's business infrastructure. Read the press release.