VDP’s first Earn Deal

On August 5, a group of investors took an interest in Atlantic Engineering from Nevele (Deinze). A unique moment for the company and for VDP also the realization of its first Earn Deal.

About Atlantic Engineering

Atlantic Engineering’s customers, all active in the food industry, are looking for dosing solutions with an emphasis on hygienic design, safety and cost-reducing processes. Atlantic Engineering designs innovative machines that are flexible in use, easy to operate and require minimal downtime for cleaning or maintenance.

Atlantic Engineering has the necessary expertise to guide the customer in the correct configuration of his dosing machine. The nature of the product to be dosed, the production line, packaging and desired dosing aspect play an important role in this.

After a customer-oriented project analysis, Atlantic Engineering determines the most flexible machine configuration. Through this close cooperation, they achieve an optimal result together. A permanent team is ready for the construction and after-sales service of the machine.


About the Earn Deal

The Earn Deal is a unique, tailor-made financing concept from VDP that offers you, as the owner of a company, numerous options and a range of financial opportunities, without giving up entrepreneurship. As an investor, you have the unique possibility of participating in the shares of a well-structured, profitable company in which all acquisition and financing modalities have been worked out.

The Earn deal in practice

In an Earn Deal, the acquisition price of a company is split into ‘tickets’ on which various (strategic) investors can subscribe. The selling party also joins to ensure continuity. VDP takes care of the complete set-up of the deal: acquisition financing, supervision of the (Vendor) Due Diligence, setting up the acquisition structure, drafting and elaborating contracts and implementation of a corporate governance policy. VDP searches for suitable candidate investors on the basis of its extensive network.

Atlantic Engineering 2.0

Franck Velghe and his wife Viviane Vanderlinden sold their company to a group of investors. Both will remain active in the new structure.

Cedric de Bleye, who has been active as a business developer at Atlantic for many years, will become the new CEO and will lead the company, supported by a strong board of directors. Cedric has also subscribed to one ticket and thus becomes a co-shareholder. This ensures continuity.

At the seller’s request, strategic investors with expertise in the food sector were sought, who will support the expansion of the company.

The company aims for double-digit growth annually. This will be realized in Belgium and the Netherlands, but France and the United Kingdom are also growth markets for the company.

Interested in the Earn Deal?

 If you would like more information about an Earn Deal, as an entrepreneur or as an investor, we would like to invite you for a cup of coffee at our office.

Contact Chris Van hoorde, partner VDP, via


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