How we think and act
We focus on opportunities where the starting point is a running, sound and profitable business.
We are targeting investments where we can leverage our expertise and experience in a way that makes a difference – in terms of higher growth and a positive development for the company in question. Our outlook is long term, and our ambition is to contribute to increased and sustainable growth. We analyse candidates thoroughly, looking for well-defined and good operational systems and procedures in place.
In addition, we need to see an untapped potential – within the company itself and/or in the market.
The basics in place, we look more closely at the potential and how the company is equipped and ready to take the next step. We analyse the company’s knowledge base, and whether it is geared towards development and innovation. Next – we look at creativity. Are ideas generated, and is there flexibility and interest in bringing ideas from the drawing board and into life?
The latter has a lot to do with company culture. We are extremely preoccupied with culture. Does the company culture work for or against the objectives? Culture has a lot to do with management attitude and behavior, and we go to great lengths to establish personal relationships and get to know the management well.
We are active owners who work closely with management to foster a company culture that is ready for change. We use our personal operational experience to motivate people, release their creativity and be a source of inspiration.
Our role is to challenge, assist and support the management – not least when it comes to developing a good business strategy. This is where our contribution matters the most and has the greatest impact. The higher up in this hierarchy, the higher the value of our contribution towards greater value creation. We involve ourselves in the entire value chain, but we focus where we have the greatest impact; in the areas of culture and strategy.
While our outlook is long term, we are also very agile and flexible, and have the financial independence and strength to act on opportunities that fall outside our main investment philosophy.