About private equity

How private equity invests in privately-owned businesses, supports jobs and creates prosperity.


Login to access your exclusive member-only content and account information.


Not a member? Join us

  • Operate to the highest level of professional standards
  • Access authoritative industry research and data
  • Navigate the complex EU regulatory environment
  • Network and engage with industry leaders
Private equity in action - Case Study


Back to results
Country Czech Republic
Region Jihovychod
Investor Arx Equity Partners

Spotting an opportunity for growth and operational improvement, Arx Equity Partners invested in Czech developer and producer of high quality electric motors VUES in 2006. The business had a high concentration of experienced technicians, proprietary technological know-how and a range of in-house testing facilities - all of which were unusual for a business of this kind. The investment not only helped VUES solve a succession issue as a number of managers/owners were looking to retire, but also brought on board an experienced and hands-on partner. VUES now sells across Western Europe, has significantly improved operations and productivity has increased revenues from €14m to €27m over the space of the last six years.

Jiří Havelka



The ARX investment and its know-how meant for our firm a radical impetus in terms of building a competent and motivated management team, sophisticated controlling and planning, investment in production capacities and modern technologies and penetration of new markets with extended product portfolio. Quotation Marks Graphic

increase in employment over six years


increase in Western European sales

What did the business need?

  • Hands-on support to improve efficiency
  • An exit route for retiring shareholders
  • Investment to expand production capacity and modernise technology

How did private equity backing create lasting value?

  • Enhanced commercial and finance operations
  • Established a sales affiliate in Germany, giving it greater access to the Western European market
  • Expanded production floor area by over 50%
  • Invested to introduce new technologies and upgrade R&D over € 3m
  • Streamlined complex ownership structure by buying out over 200 small minority shareholders
  • Improved workflow, operations and productivity

What outcomes did private equity investment achieve?

  • Increased revenues from €14m to €27m between 2009 and 2015
  • Increased sales in Western Europe by over 70%
  • Grew employment by 19% over the six years to 2015
  • Improved margins from 12% in 2009 to 26% in 2015

More information


Arx Equity Partners


What can I do to manage cookies stored on my computer or phone?

You can accept or refuse cookies. Accepting cookies is usually the best way to make sure you get the best from a website.

Most PCs automatically accept them but you can change your browser settings to restrict, block or delete cookies if you want. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone's handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences. Many browsers have universal privacy settings for you to choose from.

Help on how to set and customise your cookie settings for your browser

How to manage cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in most versions of Internet Explorer can be found by clicking the tools option and then the privacy tab.

How to manage cookies in Firefox

Cookie settings in Firefox are managed in the Options window's Privacy panel. See Options window - Privacy Panel for information on these settings.

How to manage cookies in Chrome

Click on the spanner icon on the toolbar, select settings, click the under the bonnet tab, click on content settings in the privacy section.

How to manage cookies in Opera 

You can manage cookies in Opera if you Click on settings, then Preferences, then Advanced and finally Cookies

How to manage cookies in Safari

Choose Safari, then preferences and then click security. You should then be able to specify if and when Safari should accept cookies.

To manage cookies on your mobile phone please consult your manual or handbook.

Get more help about how cookies work with specific browsers.

What happens if I don't accept cookies?

If you decline cookies, some aspects of Invest Europe site may not work on your computer or mobile phone and you may not be able to access areas you want on the website. For this reason we recommend that you accept cookies.

What happens if I delete my cookies?

If you delete all your cookies you will have to update your preferences with us again and some aspects of our site may not work.

What happens if I change computers or mobile?

If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preferences again.

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org.

We can't be responsible for the content of external websites.

Opt-out of cookies


Join today

This is for members only. To view in full login or join Invest Europe today.