Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago - Warren Buffett
Compagnie de Steenhuyse is a Belgian investment holding founded in 2016. We take long-term minority participations in companies that have the goal to excel in their sector. We want to be a partner that offers strategic advice in the development of our participation companies.
We strongly believe in putting customer delight first by offering high-quality products or services that overdeliver on customers' expectations. Growth will automatically follow from such a customer delight strategy. We dislike putting growth first, because it inevitably leads to compromises on the quality. We are extremely patient and invest for the long term. Or as Warren Buffett says it: "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." Pulling at the tree will not make it grow any faster.
Being unintelligent is at the core of our investment philosophy: We strongly believe that it is impossible for anyone to accurately and consistently predict the future of the economy, of sectors or industries and of individual companies. Therefore, we focus on high quality, profitable companies, and by doing this not for one company, but for a number of companies, and by thinking only of the very long-term, we believe it is possible to do consistently better than the average investor.
We are actively looking for participations. Founders, entrepreneurs and owners of companies are encouraged to contact us, but only if they also believe in our customer delight first strategy.