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REVEALED: SA's top 100 companies


Businesses in the energy, financial services, food, pharmacy, retail and travel sectors are all represented in a diverse top 10 list of companies in South Australia, as measured by InDaily’s South Australian Business Index.

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The Index, put together by financial services company Taylor Collison, is based on market capitalisation.

The number-one company – oil and gas giant Santos – is no surprise, and was the clear number one on last year’s inaugural list.

However, the Index shows several fast-rising sectors which may challenge the dominant but shrinking energy sector in years to come (read our analysis of the data here).

Companies were considered eligible for the list if they had a South Australian head office, with an Adelaide share registry, or were SA operated, founded and majority-owned by South Australians. Qualifying companies could not be government-run, agencies of government or a registered charity.

Scroll down to see the top 50.

Go here to see companies ranked 100-81, and here for those ranked 80-50.

Meatpak Australia Pty Ltd
Sector: Food and beverage
Revenue 2016: $224,000,000
Largest South Australian-owned meat wholesaler servicing South Australia and the Northern Territory since 1955. Operations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin and Coffs Harbour supplying a wide range of products to Australia’s leading restaurants, hotels and function centres and resorts.
arrowcrest 49
Arrowcrest Group Pty Ltd
Sector: Automotive
Revenue 2016: $226,002,000
Private company that generates the majority of its revenue from the manufacture and distribution of automotive products and farming machinery. Comprised of a number of smaller companies, the group divides its operations into two separate divisions – automotive and industrial & farm equipment.
Discover Park Holdings 48
Discovery Parks Holidays Pty Ltd
Sector: Travel and accommodation
Revenue 2016: $114,673,000
Largest owner and operator of lifestyle holiday parks in Australia, founded in 2004 providing accommodation, features and facilities, from 4.5-star family luxury to camp sites for two. Discovery Parks has more than 60 park destinations all around the country.
Australian Outdoor Living 47
Australian Outdoor Living Pty Ltd
Sector: Housing
Revenue 2016: $55,000,000
Began operating in 2005. Offers an extensive range of products including outdoor blinds, roller shutters, artificial grass, pergolas, verandahs, carports, timber decking, fibreglass pools, concrete pools, spas and swim spas.
Academy Services 46
Academy Services
Sector: Commercial services
Revenue 2016: $55,000,000
One of Australia’s leading providers of commercial cleaning and associated property services.
boart 45
Boart Longyear Ltd
Sector: Metals and mining
Revenue 2016: $1,018,586,000
Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. Also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling.
Peter Kittle 44
Alice Car Centre Pty Ltd
Sector: Automotive
Revenue 2016: $231,544,000
Commenced operations in May 1988 in Alice Springs, now has four dealerships across South Australia and the Northern Territory selling and servicing new and used vehicles, spare parts and accessories as well as offering business and finance insurance and car transportation services. Today, Peter Kittle Motor Company has four multi-franchise car dealerships, specialising in Toyota, GM Holden, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
Australian Vintage 43
Australian Vintage Limited
Sector: Food and Beverage
Revenue 2016: $242,686,000
Leading Australian wine company with a fully-integrated wine business model including vineyards, boutique and bulk wine production, packaging, marketing and distribution. One of the largest vineyard owners and managers in Australia, crushing approximately 10% of total Australian annual production.
Mossop 42
Mossop Group Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $135,000,000
Significant South Australian-based construction + interiors company, directly employing around 100 people and providing jobs to numerous contractors.
Cooper Energy 41
Cooper Energy Ltd
Sector: Energy
Revenue 2016: $20,257,000
ASX-listed exploration and production company featuring low-cost oil production, a growing portfolio of gas resources and exploration acreage.
beaumont 40
R.J. Beaumont & Co Pty Ltd
Sector: Housing
Revenue 2016: $169,600,000
Total of 100 outlets Australia-wide committed to bringing the world’s best and latest tiles and bathroomware to Australian consumers, builders and renovators.
resourceco 39
Sector: Waste disposal
Revenue 2016: $137,068,000
Founded in 1993, the company has long-term partnerships with multi-national groups such as SUEZ of France (via SITA Australia – now SUEZ), global cement leader Lafarge, and in Australia with Adelaide Brighton Ltd. ResourceCo also provides project consultancy and technical expertise to deliver turnkey project solutions.
Ellex 38
Ellex Medical Lasers
Sector: Health care
Revenue 2016: $72,913,000
Develops, manufactures and sells innovative products that help eye surgeons effectively treat eye disease. Manufacturing is carried out in Adelaide and Fremont, California. Sales and service directly to eye surgeons is conducted via subsidiary offices in Minneapolis, Lyon, Berlin and Tokyo.
A Nobles & Son 37
A Noble & Son
Sector: Other
Revenue 2016: $70,213,000
Nobles is a full-service lifting solutions firm working from concept and design stage to the construction or supply of materials to overseeing the final lift.
Phil Hoffman Travel 36
Phil Hoffmann Travel Corp
Sector: Travel and accommodation
Revenue 2016: $148,000,000
Established in 1990, now with 10 locations in South Australia servicing business and private travel, cruising and luxury tours.
Clearlight San Remo 35
Clearlight Investments Pty Ltd
Sector: Food and Beverage
Revenue 2016: $312,000,000
Has offices and distribution centres in all main capital cities throughout Australia and New Zealand, and exports to 35 countries throughout the world. San Remo’s manufacturing site in Adelaide combines the traditional Italian pasta-making knowledge with modern technology.
beston 34
Beston Global Food Company Ltd
Sector: Agriculture
Revenue 2016: $16,000,000
Aims to invest in well-established companies in Australia and globally that produce food and beverage products capable of capitalising on the demand opportunities emerging from growth in the world’s population, and specifically across Asia.
Weeks Group 33
Weeks Group Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $163,438,000
Building company offering a range of homes to customers in South Australia and Victoria.
Sarah 32
Doneilyn Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $163,633,000
Established in 1961, the group comprises Sarah Constructions, a commercial construction contractor, and Hindmarsh Plumbing, a commercial plumbing, maintenance and water treatment contractor.
Rivergum Homes 31
Rivergum Homes (Aust) Pty Ltd
Sector: Housing
FYE: $164,160,000
Progressive building company servicing property markets in South Australia and Queensland
K&S Corp 30
K & S Corporation Limited
Sector: Packaging
Revenue 2016: $688,763,000
Transport and logistics solutions for Australia and New Zealand
detmold 29
Shute Bay Investments Pty Ltd
Sector: Packaging
Revenue 2016: $370,000,000
Leading manufacturer of paper and board-based packaging products for a diverse range of customers. Founded in 1948 in Adelaide, still owned and managed by the Detmold family. The Detmold Group employs around 2500 people worldwide
 Sundance Energy 28
Sundance Energy Australia Limited
Sector: Energy
Revenue 2016: $92,191,000
Onshore oil and gas company focused on the acquisition and development of large, repeatable resource plays.
Bionomics 27
Bionomics Ltd
Sector: Biotechnology
Revenue 2016: $8,143,288
Biopharmaceutical company dedicated to making better treatments for cancer, central nervous system disorders such as anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.
terramin 26
Terramin Australia Limited
Sector: Metals and mining
Revenue 2016: Not for publishing
Terramin is a base and precious metal development company with advanced zinc and gold projects in Algeria and South Australia
Hickinbotham 25
The Hickinbotham Group
Sector: Housing
Revenue 2016: Not for publishing
Established in 1954, the company has built 20,000 homes and more than 50 community estates..
 mcmahon 24
McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $207,000,000
McMahon Services is a privately-owned industrial, construction and environmental services provider established in 1990.
cps 23
Community CPS Australia Limited
Sector: Financials
Revenue 2016: $211,371,000
A fully customer-owned bank, bringing together a number of community financial organisations under a united brand. Provides banking services, community investments, grants and sponsorships.
drake 22
Drake Supermarkets Pty Ltd
Sector: Food and Beverage
Revenue 2016: $1,032,906,879
Established in 1974, today the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia specialising in supermarket retailing. Operating in over 50 stores across South Australia and Queensland, the company now has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion and employs over 5500 staff nationally.
almondco 21
Almondco Australia Limited
Sector: Agriculture
Revenue 2016: $238,500,000
Established in 1944 by almond growers, for almond growers, now a leading marketing force behind the Australian almond industry. A state-of-the-art, world-class facility at Renmark, South Australia, processes a major share of the Australian almond crop representing 80% of the nation’s growers. 
Codan 20
Codan Limited
Sector: Information technology and equipment
Revenue 2016: $169,500,000
Provides technology solutions for communications, safety, security and productivity problems in the harshest environments on earth.
Ahrens 19
Ahrens Group Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $284,389,000
National full-service construction, engineering and mining services company, delivering a complete range of project services and solutions from design, steel fabrication and procurement through to construction and project delivery.
Badge 18
Badge Group Holdings Pty Ltd
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $315,440,000
Privately-owned construction group delivering commercial projects across Australia from offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Maroochydore and Perth, with more than three decades of experience across a diverse range of sectors
Gerard 17
Lighting Investments Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
Sector: Housing
Revenue 2016: $315,606,000
Behind leading LED lighting and lighting control brands including Pierlite, Sylvania, Crompton, Diginet and Concord.
RAA 16
Royal Automobile Association of SA
Sector: Automotive
Revenue 2016: $344,190,000
Established in 1903 to serve the motoring-related needs of South Australians. Provider of insurance, security, travel, finance, motoring and road safety products and services.
Accolade Wines 15
Accolade Wines Holdings
Sector: Food and Beverage
Revenue 2016: Not for publishing
Number-one wine company in Australia and the UK by volume, and the fifth-largest wine company in the world, producing some of the world’s best-known brands.
Logo_CMV 14
Kilbirnie Investments Pty Ltd
Sector: Automotive
Revenue 2016: $1,038,241,000
Established in 1934, now with substantial operations in automotive dealerships and horticulture predominately in South Australia and Victoria, employing more than 1200 staff with annual turnover in excess of $1B.
Logo_Elders 13
Elders Limited
Sector: Agriculture
Revenue 2016: $1,455,604,000
Rural services provider offering finance, livestock and wool marketing, farm merchandise, agronomy, property and auction sales.
Sealink Travel Group 12
SeaLink Travel Group Limited
Sector: Infrastructure and transportation
Revenue 2016: $176,700,000
Tourism and transport company with more than 900 staff and six million customers annually.
Coopers 11
Coopers Brewery Limited
Sector: Food and beverage
Revenue 2016: $245,000,000
Established in 1862, sole major brewer 100% owned by Australians, with more than 5% of the Australian beer market.

TOP 10


People’s Choice Credit Union
Sector: Financials
Revenue 2016: $238,000,000
One of Australia’s largest credit unions with 348,000 members across Australia and branches in South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory. Created through the merger of Australian Central and Savings & Loans in December 2009.


Thomas Foods International Consolidated Pty Ltd
Sector: Financials
Revenue 2016: $1,362,075,000
Established in 1988, Thomas Foods International now has annual revenue well in excess of $1 billion, and is Australia’s largest 100% family-owned meat-processing company.


Adelaide Airport Limited
Sector: Infrastructure and transportation
Revenue 2016: $197,419,000
Fourth-largest domestic airport and sixth-largest international airport in Australia,  aviation gateway to South Australia processing more than 7.7 million passengers annually. Parafield Airport is South Australia’s premier general aviation airport and is a major world-standard international training airport.


Beach Energy Limited
Sector: Energy
Revenue 2016: $558,000,000
Formed in 1961 and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1962, Beach Energy is an oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Adelaide.  Beach has a core focus on the resource-rich Cooper Basin with gross acreage of over 69,000 km2.


Peregrine Corporation
Sector: Retail and Fuel
Revenue 2016: $1,900,000,000
Founded in 1984 when Fred Shahin, an accomplished auditor for the United Nations, immigrated to Australia, Peregrine’s retail operations include convenience and petroleum retailing; franchising; giftware and tobacco retailing; property and more.


OZ Minerals
Sector: Metals and mining
Revenue 2016: $1,926,100,000
Copper-focused international company based in South Australia with a copper-gold-silver mine at Prominent Hill and developing one of Australia’s largest copper-gold resources at Carrapateena. Australia’s third-largest copper producer, OZ Minerals was formed in 2008 by the merger of two Australian non-ferrous metals mining businesses – Oxiana and Zinifex.


Mayne Pharma Group
Sector: Health care
Revenue 2016: $267,280,000
ASX-listed specialty pharmaceutical company focused on applying its drug delivery expertise to commercialise branded and generic pharmaceuticals. Mayne Pharma also provides contract development and manufacturing services to more than 125 clients worldwide.


Adelaide Brighton Limited
Sector: Building and construction
Revenue 2016: $1,464,700,000
One of Australia’s leading integrated construction materials and lime producers, established in 1882, now with approximately 1400 employees and operations in every state and territory in Australia


Argo Investments Limited
Sector: Financials
Revenue 2016: $238,778,000
Established in 1946, Argo has a market capitalisation as at June 30, 2016, of $5.0 billion, placing it in the top 100 companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange


Santos Limited
Sector: Energy
Revenue 2016: $3,567,000,000
Leading oil and gas producer, supplying Australian and Asian customers with a portfolio of high-quality liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline gas and oil assets











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