Navis adopts a hands-on approach to its portfolio companies. As a result, in the case of Navis earlier funds where Navis' impact has been felt the longest, approximately three-quarters of the value that Navis has created has been derived through increasing the profits of its portfolio companies, rather than through multiple expansion or financial leverage.

Navis targets established mid-market companies with leadership or near-leadership positions in their respective industry segments, typically with strong brand or market share potential. These companies often have strong, profitable foundations, but typically lack certain key attributes required to transition the company successfully to the next level of size, sophistication and geographic scope. Navis seeks to professionalize these companies and build scale through providing financial and intellectual capital as well as enhancing control through management, governance and system improvements. Such initiatives afford premium returns at exit.