VADO: Long-term investor

Investing for the long term: what does that mean?

Investing for the long term: what does that mean?

VADO is a long-term investor with a clear vision towards entrepreneurship. After all, sustainable growth is not created overnight. That’s why we prioritise the long term over the quick profit. Together with the companies in which we invest, we plot a course for sustainable growth and implement it. We take action today and keep our perspective trained on the long term. No wonder many of the various portfolio companies have remained in the VADO family for over 20 years.

VADO: open time frame
At VADO we take the long-term view about how a company can continuously grow in a healthy way. It’s why we don’t work with a fund structure and, consequently, have no clearly defined time frame for the sale of companies. Many of the companies in our portfolio have been with us for 20 years or longer. Investors often work with a fund structure and have a time frame of, say, 5 to 7 years; a different approach that requires a different form of cooperation between investor and company. We enter into long-term relationships with the companies in which we invest, based soundly on trust and mutual respect.
Shared vision, shared values
Before a potential company acquisition, and precisely because we aim to enter into long-term relationships, we take the time to get to know each other and to discover whether we could be compatible. Ask ourselves: to what extent do our vision and our core values match? What are the majority shareholders' ambitions after the acquisition? We only continue to the next step when both parties have a good feeling about the business transfer.

A company acquisition is often accompanied by a management buy-in/management buy-out; as an entrepreneur you remain active in the management of the company, while we as the investor provide you with advice from behind the scenes.

Collaboration towards solid growth

In an SME-sized company, the seller and shareholder of the company is often also the director. We prefer it when the director wants to stay on board for a number of years after the sale. Still, it also happens that a new managing director has to be found immediately after the sale because the selling shareholder wants to pursue new endeavours.

Robust profits

Long-term focus has everything to do with our background. VADO was founded by the Van Doorne family prior to the sale of the DAF companies in the 1970s and 1980s. These historical roots within the DAF family business have taught us that it is precisely that long-term focus that has yielded the most robust profits.

Smart solutions for complex issues

Launched from the same background as DAF, we at VADO are passionate about smart solutions for complex issues, with added value for people and society. It’s no wonder then that we prefer to invest in innovative, technical (manufacturing) companies in the SME sector, with turnovers of between 5 to 50 million euros. Large enough to be professional, defining players in a niche market; small enough to respond quickly and flexibly to opportunities and developments and to take decisions quickly via short lines of communication.

Room for entrepreneurship

We have a high regard for entrepreneurship. From our history we understand the responsibility you have as a company to your employees, suppliers and customers. This is why we offer companies the space and support to do business; by sparring, collaborating on the strategy and utilising targeted investments. The companies in which we invest are given the space to continue to grow in a healthy way, through innovations and acquisitions. Subsequently, we invest in ourselves and can build on a solid financial basis.

Like to know more? Contact us today!

Would you like to learn more about the possibilities we offer regarding business acquisitions and long-term investments in SMEs? Please contact us today for further information, or read our cases about Rols Machineonderdelen, CMC or Winterwarm.

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  • "For more than 20 years, Rols Machineonderdelen has had VADO as a shareholder that gives our business plans attention and space. With a long term vision that gives us a strong starting position.”

    Jack VromansDirector Rols Machineonderdelen
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