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Food and Drink Top Growth Capital Investments of the Year

20th October 2017

Food and Drink Top NZVCA Growth Capital Investments of the Year

Successful investments by two private equity firms in New Zealand King Salmon and Brew Group won awards from The New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (NNZVCA)) as the best Investment of the year at its annual conference in Queenstown last night.

‘ The NZVCA Investment of Year Awards recognise the private equity and venture capital firms that help owners to grow New Zealand businesses through operational improvement and investment performance , ’ sa ys NZVCA Executive Director,, Colin McKinnon..

Entries were judged on compan ies’’ contribution s to the economy,, employment,, innovation,, consistency and industry competitiveness , each company's financial performance and return s to investors .

Mr McKinnon adds:: ‘ T he winner s of our 201 7 award s are example s of private capital partnering with companies to improve growth and performance,, to share expertise and to provide capital.. This ultimately delivers improved productivity,, creates jobs and contributes to the national economy..’’


I NVESTMENT OF THE YEAR over $1150 million

Awarded to Direct Capital for their investment in New Zealand King Salmon

INVESTMENT OF THE YEAR under $1150 million

Awarded to Pencarrow Private Equity for their investment in Brew Group

New Zealand King Salmon (NNZKS ) is the world’s largest aquaculture producer of the premium King salmon species,, accounting for more than 50%% of global production.. The company harvests and processes more than 7 ,0000 metric tonnes of King salmon per year,, across its vertically integrated operations in the Marlborough Sounds,, Nelson,, Golden Bay and Canterbury..

In 2008,, funds managed by Direct Capital (iincluding Direct Capital I II,, Pohutukawa Private Equity,, BioPacificVentures,, and co - investment from Accident Compensation Corporation)) inves ted to support a growth plan that would see a step change in production and an international launch and roll out of its premium Ora King brand.. At the time the strategy was particularly bold,, and even today,, protein is rarely branded on menus,, let alone o n Michelin star menus that now proudly feature Ora King..

In order to access further capital require d to develop new water space NZKS completed a dual listing on the NZX and ASX in 2016.. The initial public offering was highly successful – being one of onl y three IPOs during 2016 – with the company currently trading at a 78%% premium to its listing price of $11.12 per share , as well as a recent 5 cent per share dividend . At the IPO,, NZKS made a priority offer to ‘TTop of the South’’ investors and is particular ly pleased that almost 400 local people have benefited from the strong share price performance..

BrewGroup (ppreviously Bell Tea & Coffee)) was acquired from the Foodstuffs group of companies in October 2013 in a partnership of Pencarrow,, Accident Compensation Corporation and management.. BrewGroup is the market leader in the New Zealand hot beverages industry with a brand portfolio encompassin g tea,, coffee,, and coffee machinery and consumables.. It has a strong portfolio of brands that includes Bell,, Jed’s,, Hummingbird,, Gravity,, Twinings (uunder licence)) and Burton’s.. The company services every major channel in New Zealand including retail groce ry,, hospitality,, food service and workplace//ccorporate with non - grocery channels serviced by the company’s Coffee Solutions division..

In mid - 2016,, BrewGroup received an unsolicited approach from Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JJDE)),, the world’s second largest coffee company,, to acquire the business.. The shareholders recognised that JDE’s ownership would allow the business to access a wider source of capital for expansion,, particularly into Australia where BrewGroup had significant long - term ambitions to grow the business..


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