Thinking About Capital?

Direct Capital invests capital into New Zealand and Australian private companies. We have a track record of success investing with great managers in companies and being a catalyst for change. We partner with business owners who are thinking about growing their business or looking at ownership changes. More on Thinking about capital….

Since 1994 we’ve invested in 69 private companies. We invest capital to assist business owners to:

  • Fund growth
  • Fund acquisitions
  • Fund a company through to an IPO
  • Fund a change of ownership
News
PF Olsen signs MOU in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and NZ Prime Minister John Key
PF Olsen had the honour to be involved in the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to New Zealand. More >

How Direct Capital came out on top
Buying into Scales Corporation [NZX:SCL] paid off handsomely for Direct Capital, which last night won the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association deal of the year award. More >

Direct Capital Wins NZVCA Deal of the Year Award
The 2014 New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (NZVCA) Deal of the Year Award has gone to Direct Capital for its investment in Scales Corporation. More >

Ross George Recognised as Champion of Private Business Growth
Ross George, managing director of Direct Capital, for his outstanding leadership commitment to the New Zealand private equity industry. More >
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Partners in Business
We believe that being a shareholder in a private company requires genuine partnership between the business owner, management and investor. It’s a partnership that works irrespective of shareholding percentage. And it's more than a simple financial transaction. It’s about having common goals and a desire to create significant wealth for shareholders. More on partners in business...
What can we do?

We invest in companies that are privately owned, have a profitable track record, a professional management team, and a competitive approach.

  • We generally invest equity of between $15m - $60m
  • These companies will generally have annual revenues of $30m - $300m
  • We will invest in both minority or majority shareholdings
  • We are flexible in the way we invest and work with business owners
Our Style

The common perception of what’s become known collectively as private equity is that all investors have the same style and business model. But the reality is very different.

Some investors follow a “leverage model”, relying on debt to produce financial returns. This can be successful over short periods of the economic cycle but it doesn’t work forever. Some investors are “control” focussed but that only works if you’re also running the company. 

Our returns come from investing in growth creating permanent value. We invest and become partners with owners and management running good companies and we act the same whether we are a 20% shareholder or an 80% shareholder.