Écart makes the connection between ambitions and the ability to achieve them

Écart Invest was founded in 1993 for an indefinite period of time. The indefinite term of the fund means that Écart is a stable partner for entrepreneurs. The management, responsible for establishing and guiding its participations, is founder and co-shareholder of Écart and has committed itself exclusively to Écart.

Écart team

L.P.M. (Leo) Zijerveld
R.W.O. (Rolf) Metz
R. (René) van Rietschoten
E.I. (Liesbeth) Bogtstra
R.L.W. (Robbert) Polman
S.T. (Sikander) Kraaijeveld

Commissioners

Ir. L. Beins

Lex Beins (Technische Bedrijfskunde) o.a. founder van Pyton Communication Services en zat vervolgens in de Raad van Advies. Hij was founder van Cheaptickets.nl, vervulde daar de rol van CEO met specifieke aandachtsgebieden IT en Business processing. Ook heeft hij in de Raad van Advies Sound of Data gezeten, een organisatie die zich richt op mobile services en applicaties op het vlak van travel, customer care en media. Momenteel is hij lid van de Raad van Bestuur van Profile Car en Tyreservice. Tevens is hij lid van de Raad van Advies Check6 Wealth, een fin tech startup gericht op het ontwikkelen en aanbieden van SAAS reporting en monitoring software en services voor vermogens. Sinds december 2016 is hij commissaris bij Écart.

Drs. P.W. van der Does

Pieter van der Does (Economie) was chief commercial officer bij betalingsverwerker Bibit Global Payment Services. In 2006 was hij mede-oprichter en CEO van Adyen, een leverancier gespecialiseerd in veilige betaalsystemen. Adyen is vanaf juni 2018 genoteerd aan de Amsterdamse beurs. Sinds juni 2017 is Pieter van der Does commissaris bij Écart.

Drs. J. ten Kate RA

Jan ten Kate (Business Economics en Registeraccountant) was partner bij PriceWaterhouseCoopers, CFO bij Acomo en momenteel werkzaam als senior advisor bij diverse bedrijven die o.a. actief zijn in beleggen, logistiek, warehousing en gezondheidszorg. Sinds juni 2018 is hij commissaris bij Écart.

Mission

Building value

Écart arouses entrepreneurs’ awareness of accountable creation of value. To achieve this we work, together with the management, towards establishing the appropriate framework conditions. We  support you in the further professionalization of your company, in creating legal and financial composure and transparency, and by encouraging commercial focus, so as to create room for  development and growth.


Stability

Having over thirty informal investors and a management as shareholders, Écart is a stable and long-term partner. The fact that we invest for an indefinite period of time is quite unique. The management can rely on a sustainable partnership with an effective and professional team. Realization of your business plan thus has the best possible chance to succeed.


Commitment & transparency

In our view, investing encompasses ‘doing business with entrepreneurs’. It means that Écart not only acts as an investor, but above all, as a sparring partner in taking important decisions. Écart has an extensive network, and its team is well-qualified and experienced in guiding autonomous growth, financing and acquisitions. Transparency, equality, mutual confidence and respect are the key pillars of co-operation between you and Écart.

Organisation

Écart Invest was founded in 1993 for an indefinite period of time. Écart has consciously chosen for extension rather than establishing a new fund. Hence, shareholders can rely on the undivided attention of Écart’s management and its circle of shareholders. The indefinite term of the fund means that Écart is a stable partner for entrepreneurs.

 

The management, responsible for establishing and guiding its participations, is founder and co-shareholder of Écart and has committed itself exclusively to Écart. L.P.M. Trace Bestuur B.V. is Écart’s Statutory Board. Leo Zijerveld and Rolf Metz are both the Directors and shareholders of this firm. The management, responsible for establishing and guiding the participations, is founder and co-shareholder of Écart and has committed itself exclusively to Écart.

Shareholders

In addition to capital, the management and shareholders offer an extensive network and provide invaluable expertise. What they all have in common is that they are entrepreneurs who have gained broad practical experience in such areas as retail and wholesale, information technology, financial and business services, metal building and construction, and the pharmaceutical and food industries.

 

In view of their specific knowledge it may be opportune to consider shareholders’ involvement in the investment policy and management of a participation.

 

Écart started in 1993 with a fund capital of EUR 2.2 million. The company successfully issued new stocks in 1999 (EUR 2.2 million), in 2002 (EUR 7.5 million), in 2008 (EUR 15 million) and in 2017 (EUR 15 million). Today, Écart is equipped with an issued and paid up capital of43,3 million euros. Since the 2017 emission, the shareholders’ circle consists of 36 shareholders.

 

The issued and paid capital has been well repaid through dividends. Since the company’s establishment in 1993, Écart has realized yearly a total cumulative return of 10 % (after deduction of all expenses).

Goal

Our policy has been sector-oriented since 2015. In accordance with the policy plan of 2018-2020, Écart invests exclusively in medium-sized Dutch companies in the sectors Services, IT and Packaging. Écart brings together capital, network and its knowledge optimally in this way.