Vectis Private Equity is delighted to announce today the close of its fourth fund, which has successfully raised EUR 80 million. Vectis now currently manages EUR 125 million, continuing the firm’s strategy since 2004 of investing in Belgian SMEs with attractive growth prospects.
The majority of investors in the previous funds (including PMV and VDK Bank) invest anew in the fourth fund. In addition, BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity and several entrepreneurial families are joining the investor base. Many of the firm’s investors have a background in managing and leading family-owned SMEs, giving Vectis access to an extensive network of entrepreneurs and sector specialists.
In line with its current investment strategy, Vectis’ newest fund will target equity investments in attractive Belgian SMEs, led by strong management teams, and focusing on innovation and growth. Vectis will take minority and majority stakes in companies with an EBITDA between EUR 1 and 8 million.
To date, Vectis has backed approximately 30 Belgian companies across a number of sectors (with several add-on acquisitions), making Vectis one of the most active private equity investors in this segment of the Belgian market.
The Vectis team, recently reinforced with Alain Grillaert (ex-Gimv), has years of experience in partnering with SMEs throughout their growth trajectory and is expert in helping these companies successfully to navigate their growth challenges.
Recent Vectis deals include its investment in market research agency Profacts, the merger of Mortierbrigade and Onlyhumans (communication agencies) and the sale of SMC (work safety) to Normec.
Dutch Article in De Tijd: Vectis zamelt 80 miljoen in voor investeringen in kmo’s – PDF