Previous Investments

Direct Capital has been investing in successful private companies since 1994. We are proud of our track record in working with business owners to invest in and continue the growth of their companies.

Our investment is often the catalyst for change – helping to fund an acquisition of a competitor, establish an operation in Australia, or manage the change of ownership from an owner to their management team.

In this section you’ll find brief summaries of the companies that we have invested in, many of which are now household names. We have included our current investments as well as past investments that date back to 1994 when we first started investing in private companies.

Company Year Invested Company Description
Scales Corporation 2011 Scales Corporation is one of New Zealand's oldest companies dating back to 1897 and one of the country's leading horticulture and primary sector processing, exporter and logistics businesses.
Transaction Services Limited 2010 Operating under the brands Debitsuccess and FFA Paysmart, Transaction Services is the largest third-party recurring payment processing company in Australasia.
New Zealand King Salmon Limited 2008 New Zealand King Salmon is the country’s largest salmon producer supplying both the domestic and export markets. The company is based in Nelson and has with hatcheries, farms and processing facilities across Marlborough and Canterbury.
Rodd and Gunn Limited 2008 In August 2008 Direct Capital acquired a 30% interest in one of Australasia’s leading menswear retail chains, Rodd & Gunn Limited.
GoBus Limited 2007 GoBus Limited (‘GoBus’) is a leading provider of public transport services in the Waikato region, providing urban, school and charter/tour bus services.
Innovair Limited 2007 Innovair owns the automated pest control product, Robocan. Robocan is an automatic dispenser of pest repellent and pest control sprays.
International Forwarding Limited 2006 Gluck is one of Australia’s larger privately owned supply chain services companies employing over 150 people throughout Australasia.
Triton Hearing Clinics 2006 Triton Hearing Clinics (formerly Professional Hearing Services) is a hearing aid retail business, providing hearing tests and hearing aid fitting services.
Express Logistics Limited 2005 Established in 1989, Express grew from a small firm providing basic freight forwarding services domestically into a large scale integrated logistics service provider with operations on both sides of the Tasman.
Max Fashions 2005 Max was established in 1985 and is one of New Zealand’s most recognised women’s apparel labels, appealing predominantly to the 18-35 year old customer base.
New Zealand Pharmaceuticals 2005 NZP manufactures specialty chemicals (largely pharmaceutical intermediates) for some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and also produces a range of ingredients used in dietary supplements.
Noel Leeming 2004 Noel Leeming is Noel Leeming Group’s flagship retail brand. It strives to offer a superior standard of service and the widest possible range of branded consumer technology and appliances.
Image Centre Limited 2000 Image Centre is New Zealand’s premier full service visual communications provider.
EziBuy Limited 1999 & 2002 Established in Palmerston North in 1978, EziBuy Limited has grown to become one of Australasia’s largest and most progressive multi-channel retailers.
Moore Australia Limited 1998 Moore Australia manufactured, marketed and sold business forms, customer communication systems, data management systems and associated equipment to 11,000 customers in Australia.
Moore New Zealand Limited 1998 ......
Tasman Buidling Products Limited 1998 Tasman manufactures, markets and distributes various building products supplying the resident, commercial and industrial building industries.
Eftpos 1997 Eftpos NZ Ltd is the country’s leading player in the rental, installation and service of Eftpos terminals. Eftpos operates a multi-product business model, supplying any of five brands of Eftpos terminal available in New Zealand to customers.
Open Holdings Limited 1997 The OPEN Group is a Wellington-based company that designs, manufactures and integrates solutions that enable network service providers to deliver Internet / e-Commerce services to their customers.
Ryman Healthcare Limited 1997 Ryman Healthcare Ltd was founded in 1984 by John Ryder and Kevin Hickman with a clear objective - to become the leading provider of healthcare facilities for the elderly in New Zealand.
Communicado 1996 Communicado was best known for its production of what was New Zealand’s highest selling film, Once Were Warriors, but its earnings were in fact generated from a much broader base than just film and TV production.
Genesis Research and Development 1996 Genesis Research and Development Corporation Ltd is a research based biotechnology company, with a primary aim of making new discoveries in the fields of immunology and plant compounds.
Pacific Flight Catering 1996 Pacific Flight Catering is one of two air catering businesses operating in Auckland and provides in flight meals for number of the leading airlines that operate in and out of Auckland airport.
Blue Star Group Limited 1995 Blue Star was established by New Zealand technology investor, Eric Watson, in 1991.
Nobilo 1995 The history of Nobilo in New Zealand goes back to the early 1940's when the Nobilo family landed in New Zealand. They settled in Huapai, West Auckland, situated in the North Island of New Zealand, and started planting vines in 1943.
PC Direct 1995 PC Direct manufactured, distributed and supported personal computers under its own brand in New Zealand.
Robinhood Limited 1995 Robinhood is a manufacturer and distributor of Robinhood branded rangehoods, supertubs and ironing centres for the New Zealand and international markets.
Sky City 1995 Sky City is New Zealand’s premier gaming and entertainment company, with gaming and cinema interests throughout New Zealand and Australia.