Background

Riflebird is a closed group of private investors with a common long term investment approach of creating enduring profitability through own operational involvement or strategic reorientation.
Originated as a spin-off from Andlinger & Company (www.andlinger.com), Riflebird broadened its range together with likeminded private investors, creating a strong platform of investment and operational experience.

Strategy

Closed group of private investors.
No maximum holding period, open ended financial commitment.
No restrictions by fund policies or rules.
Flexible in investment selection, price structure, reps & warranties, transaction structure, etc.
Create value through own operational involvement, either through profitability improvement and/or growth.
Offer extensive business development experience and a broad network, supporting all of our portfolio companies.
Quick decision making, limited and efficient board meetings, common sense approach tailored to each individual company’s needs.

Investment focus

  • Innovation champions or strong niche players, preferably with potential to improve.
  • Turnovers € 20 – € 200 million.
  • Potential to establish proprietary know-how based on technology, sales network, asset base, distribution system, etc., resulting in high barriers to entry.
  • European or worldwide operations or potential to expand.
  • Special situations with potential for improvement:
    • initiation or reinforcement of international growth,
    • innovation through product re-engineering and design,
    • improvement or reorientation of sales strategy toward margin increase based on technological advantages,
    • pricing strategy improvement,
    • carve-out issues,
    • production efficiency and flow optimization,
    • lean production and operations, lean organization and organizational improvement,
    • plant lay-out improvement.
  • B2B or industrial client base.
  • Primarily industrial and/or technical companies.
  • Sectors of no interest: consumer goods, retail, consumer ready food, media, financial institutions.
  • Central and Northern Europe with focus on Benelux and Germany.
  • Enterprise value in the range of € 10 – 100 million.
  • 100 % ownership preferred, full control required.
  • Management participation preferred.
  • 50 % financing leverage preferred, or as appropriate for specific transactions.

Team

Francis Coucke, investment team member
Francis Coucke

Managing partner


General Strategy


Deal Selection

Filip-Ackerman, investment team member
Filip Ackerman

Managing partner


Transaction Management


Financial Structuring

Sylvia Gilis, investment team member
Sylvia Gilis

Managing partner


Head of acquisitions


Strategy & Sales

Hein Stoops, investment team member
Hein Stoops

Partner


Deal sourcing & Selection


Financial & tax management of or support to portfolio companies

Tim Beulens, investment team member
Tim Beulens

Partner


Manufacturing engineering


Operations management and lean production


Corporate M&A Management


Business Development

Brandaan Mombaers, investment team member
Brandaan Mombaers

Attorney Seconded to the Company


Legal & Compliance, Deal structuring


Legal management of or support to portfolio companies

Contact

Ave Louise 222 – 1050 Brussels
Sylvia Gilis
sgilis@riflebird.be
+32 477 41 45 03
Hein Stoops
hstoops@riflebird.be
+31 6 132 245 51