Intelligent Group attracts capital from Waterland

The Belgian-Dutch investment company Waterland Private Equity Investments (Waterland) will provide growth capital to the Intelligent Group, the Belgian market leader in developing and providing hosting services. 

Intelligent was founded in 1999 by Jonas Dhaenens under the Combell brand and has grown to become the most important provider of hosting services in Belgium in recent years, with a strong presence in the Netherlands. The company is primarily known for its strong hosting brands Combell and Unitt. Combell focuses on a diverse offering of hosting services ranging from domain names, e-mail and webhosting to managed hosting server applications and related products, both for SMEs and large enterprises. Unitt focuses exclusively on complex managed cloud solutions, tailor made to the requirements of the customer. Unitt concentrates primarily on e-commerce, high-traffic websites, Software-As-A-Service platforms and business critical applications.

In order to accelerate its European growth strategy, Intelligent recently decided to reinforce its capital structure. For that purpose the company has taken Waterland on board as a financial partner. Waterland will provide Intelligent with additional capital and support the management team where necessary with the continued growth of the group.

“Over the last years the European hosting market has grown strongly thanks to an increasing demand by our customers for an impeccable online presence, as well as the increasing trend to outsource hosting and cloud services to specialized providers such as Intelligent. The long term partnership with Waterland provides us with additional firepower to accelerate our ambitious growth program„ Jonas Dhaenens, CEO Combell
“For Waterland, the investment in Intelligent fits perfectly with our strategy to invest in growing, high-quality companies that are aiming to acquire leading positions in their sector„ Cedric Van Cauwenberghe, Partner at Waterland Private Equity Investments

About Waterland Private Equity Investments

Waterland is an independent Belgian-Dutch private equity investment group that supports entrepreneurs in realizing their growth ambitions. With substantial financial resources and committed industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions.

Waterland acts as an active shareholder in its portfolio companies, playing a key role in their strategic and operational development, growth and performance. With its experienced, entrepreneurial investment team, Waterland aims to help ambitious entrepreneurs obtain a strong market position in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. As of today, Waterland has invested in 57 platform companies and has made an additional 250 add-on acquisitions to expand those platforms.

Waterland has since its foundation in 1999 consistently achieved top tier investment performance. It ranks as the number 2 most consistent performing buyout fund manager worldwide in the 2015 Preqin Consistent Performers in Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report, February 2015, and as the number 2 global private equity firm in the fifth annual HEC/Dow Jones Private Equity Performance Ranking compiled by Prof. Gottschalg of HEC Paris Business School, January 2015.

Waterland has offices in Belgium (Antwerp), the Netherlands (Bussum), Germany (Munich and Düsseldorf) and Poland (Warsaw), and currently manages € 4 billion of investor commitments.

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About Intelligent

Intelligent is een internationale hostinggroep die hostingdiensten aanbiedt voor SME’s en Large Enterprises. De SME-tak van de groep heeft vertrouwde merken zoals Combell, Byte, Zitcom, DanDomain en Flexmail. Voor Large Enterprises biedt het producten en diensten aan onder de naam Sentia.

Intelligent is de absolute marktleider in de Benelux en Denemarken voor hostingdiensten. Van domeinnamen, klassieke webhosting en e-maildiensten biedt het eveneens cloudservers en complexe hosting op maat en outsourcing aan, voor grote bedrijven.

De groep heeft meer dan 600 experts in dienst verspreid over België, Nederland en Denemarken. De geconsolideerde omzet voor 2016 bedroeg 96 miljoen euro. De groep verwacht de komende jaren verder sterk organisch te groeien als door overnames dankzij haar Buy & Build strategie. De groep gelooft rotsvast in diepe productkennis en staat voor kwaliteit en vertrouwen.


Intelligent is an international hosting group offering hosting services for SMEs and Large Enterprises. The SME branch of the group accommodates trusted brands such as Combell, Byte, Zitcom, DanDomain and Flexmail. For Large Enterprises the group provides products and services under the names Sentia.

Intelligent is the absolute market leader in the Benelux and Denmark for hosting services. In addition to domain names, traditional web hosting and email services it also offers cloud servers and complex tailored hosting and outsourcing for large companies.

The group has more than 600 experts spread across three countries in Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark. The consolidated turnover for 2016 was 96 million euros. The group expects to continue its strong growth organically and through acquisitions, thanks to its Buy & Build strategy. The group believes in profound product knowledge and stands for quality and trust.


Intelligent est un groupe international qui propose des services d’hébergement pour PME et grandes entreprises. La branche PME du groupe comprend des marques de confiance telles que Combell, Byte, Zitcom, DanDomain et Flexmail. Pour les grandes entreprises, le groupe propose des produits et services sous les noms Sentia.

Dans le Benelux et au Danemark, Intelligent est le leader incontesté du marché des services d’hébergement. Outre des noms de domaines, des services d’hébergement classiques et des adresses mail, il propose aussi des serveurs cloud, des solutions d’hébergement complexes sur mesure et des services d’externalisation pour les grandes entreprises.

Le groupe emploie plus de 600 experts, répartis dans Belgique, Les Pays-Bas et Danemark. Pour 2016, il a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires consolidé de 96 millions d’euros. Pour les années à venir, le groupe s’attend à enregistrer une forte croissance organique, ainsi qu’à poursuivre son expansion grâce à des reprises guidées par sa stratégie Buy & Build. Le groupe croit fermement à une parfaite connaissance des produits et est synonyme de qualité et de confiance.


Intelligent er en international hostingkoncern, som tilbyder hostingydelser for SMV’er og store virksomheder. Koncernens SMV-afdeling betjener solide brands som Combell, Byte, Zitcom, DanDomain og Flexmail. Under navnene Sentia tilbyder koncernen produkter og ydelser til store virksomheder.

Intelligent er ubestridt leder på markedet inden for hostingydelser i Beneluxlandene og Danmark. Ud over domænenavne, traditionel webhosting og e-mailtjenester tilbyder Intelligent også store virksomheder cloudservere samt kompleks, skræddersyet hosting og outsourcing til store virksomheder.

Koncernen har over 600 eksperter i tre lande, fordelt i Belgien, Holland og Danmark. Koncernens omsætning for 2016 anslås til at beløbe sig til 96 millioner euro. Koncernen forventer at fortsætte sin stærke vækst via naturlig vækst samt opkøb, takket være koncernens Buy & Build-strategi. Koncernen tror på indgående produktviden og står for kvalitet og tillid.

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