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Alchemy Systems – Growth Story

Transformative Growth

Alchemy Systems wanted to capitalize on its outstanding e-learning software, which delivered proven results with an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. The company wanted to significantly increase market share and expand its offerings.

Riverside worked with Alchemy to capitalize on increasing opportunities, driven by regulatory requirements and consumer demand. Together, the teams boosted Alchemy’s sales and marketing, invested in R&D to enhance offerings and smoothly completed three add-ons to transform the company into a full-service e-learning training provider.

Riverside's Growth Strategy

The Riverside Approach
Growth Plan
Operating Muscle
The Right Add-ons
A Remarkable Outcome

Exponential Growth

Riverside shared a vision with the management team for exponential growth at Alchemy. With deep expertise in both the training & education and software and IT spaces, Riverside knew how to add value both through the right add-ons and through careful operational improvements.

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Build on Strength

Alchemy’s industry-leading software and massive library of training courses were a strong foundation for growth.

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Integrate Add-ons

Quickly and effectively integrating three add-ons allowed Alchemy to accelerate growth without any day-to-day negative business impacts.

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Invest in Growth

Riverside supported expansion of the sales team and heavy investment in new courses and technology to ensure Alchemy retained its leading position.

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Expertise Where It Counts

Riverside’s Operating team provided the industry experience and talent to facilitate remarkable growth.

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Deep Insights

Alchemy gained further insights from the annual Riverside Leadership Summit, a two-day intensive training meeting of executives from the firm’s global portfolio.

A Fast Track to New Customers

Riverside’s Global Origination team sourced three key add-ons during the hold.

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Catalyst Awareness

Blue-chip customers in the retail grocer space

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Chilton Consulting

A foundation for Alchemy’s new professional services group

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Wisetail

Additional quick-serve and grocery customers

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Value

Alchemy increased its enterprise value by more than 12x during the hold

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Scale

EBITDA grew from $2.5 million to more than $19 million during the hold

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Realization

Sold Intertek Group, a multinational assurance, inspection, product testing and certification company headquartered in London

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Invested
December 2012
Status
Exited
Industry
Education & Training, Business Services
Region
North America
Business Unit
Riverside Micro-Cap
Strategy
Private Equity
Riverside were partners throughout the process. They didn’t interfere with me running the business. They were there to support what we wanted to do and were there the whole way. The whole experience was very positive. Jeff Eastman | CEO

Growth Stories are not intended to be illustrative for investment purposes and should not be relied upon for investment decision making. This should not be considered an offer or solicitation of securities or investment services. Information is for informational purposes only and intended for General Partners or Management teams considering partnering with The Riverside Company.

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