What We Look For
We focus on food, beverage and those businesses in the grocery and FMCG orbit.
We look for products and brands born in New Zealand with world leading potential.
We prefer manufacturing capability but will look at a compelling brand-only model.
We are very happy to invest "upstream" in raw materials, ingredients and agriculture.
We are able to fund expansion, acquisitions, refinancing, shareholder exit and succession planning.
We target a cornerstone shareholding along with board or advisory board representation. We are able to acquire 100% of a business when shareholders are looking for a complete exit.
We have significant investment capacity and able to fund across the size spectrum.
Fit is important to us, so we look to partner with like-minded shareholders and founders who are driven to succeed.
NineNinety invests in high potential New Zealand businesses and then seeks to accelerate their growth by being actively involved.
We are company builders as much as we are investors. We tailor our involvement to suit every situation utilising our industry experience, expertise and relationships.
Our permanent capital base from a single family office allows for a flexible view while constantly driving for value creation.
We pride ourselves on building long term enduring relationships by delivering on our word and getting things done.
We are deliberately under the radar believing actions speak louder than words.
Nick has a background in operations, M&A and venture capital and began his career in law.
He was previously a director at investment bank Northington Partners, a director of leveraged finance at CIT in the UK. From 2014 Nick built operations for Aera Foundation and in 2016 co-founded Aera VC where he remains a Partner.
Before the establishment of NineNinety, Nick was a director and owner at Amplify Capital which undertook general M&A and corporate advisory work including engagements for Pic’s Peanut Butter, Piako, Cooks Global Foods, Loaf, Serious Popcorn, Simx, Camelspace and others.
Nick is based in Auckland.
Chris has more than two decades of FMCG experience having held roles with multinationals including Mars Inc, Goodman Fielder & Lion Nathan. In 2005 left the corporate world and has since established, invested and successfully exited from a number of FMCG businesses.
Chris has held a number of board, advisory and contract roles across a variety of sectors including property, consumer goods, food manufacturing, biotech and retail. He was most recently CEO at RJ’s Liquorice and a contract executive for a privately held distribution business.
He has expertise and hands-on experience in general management, strategy, sales, marketing, business development and export.
Chris is based in Wellington.