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SA's top 100 businesses: 40 to 21


Today we reveal the fourth group of companies in InDaily’s South Australian Business Index – our annual review of the top private and public companies in the state.

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InDaily’s ranking of the state’s top 100 companies by market capitalisation and revenue covers the 2019-20 financial year and includes more volatility than usual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list, compiled for InDaily by Adelaide financial services firm Taylor Collison, is the state’s most definitive guide to our top companies (scroll to the bottom of the page for eligibility criteria).

The countdown began on Monday and will continue all week – with the top 20 and full list revealed in InDaily tomorrow. InDaily will also announce winners of individual awards tomorrow – a “rising star” award for the company that has jumped furthest up the rankings, a revenue growth award, and another recognising the best new entrant to the Index.

Go here to see the companies ranked 100 to 81, here for those ranked 80 to 61, and here for those ranked 60 to 41.

In today’s group of companies, Taylor Collison director Scott Dolling singled out Nova Aerospace, which specialises in engineering and management services for the aerospace and defence industries, as a strong performer.

“Nova celebrated its 20th year of business with a bang, with its revenues up 46 per cent to more than $260 million,” Dolling said.

“Nova has just recently appointed a new CEO Jim McDowell, with Jim previously having served at BAE Systems and most recently as the chief executive for the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet.”

40. McMahon Services

Sector: Building and construction | Revenue: $398m | Last Year’s Ranking: 37

McMahon Services is a privately-owned industrial, construction and environmental services provider established in 1990.

39. AJ & PA McBride Ltd

Sector: Agriculture | Revenue: $38.3m | Last Year’s Ranking: Not ranked

The sixth-generation family-owned company has a diverse range of agricultural assets and is one of Australia’s biggest wool producers.

38. Samuel Smith & Son Pty Limited

Sector: Food and Beverage | Revenue: $300m | Last Year’s Ranking: 33

Samuel Smith & Son is a family-owned wine merchant established in 1923, servicing the Australian liquor industry with a portfolio of national and international wines, spirits and premium ales.

37. Leader Computers Pty Ltd

Sector: Information technology and equipment | Revenue: $350m | Last Year’s Ranking: 39

Leader Computers Pty Ltd is a manufacturer and distributor of information communications technology products.

36. Detmold Holdings Pty Ltd

Sector: Packaging | Revenue: $490m | Last Year’s Ranking: 32

The Detmold Group is a manufacturer of paper and board-based packaging products for a diverse range of customers.

35. Badge Group Holdings Pty Limited

Sector: Building and construction | Revenue: $350m | Last Year’s Ranking: 34

Badge is a privately-owned construction group delivering commercial projects across Australia from offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Maroochydore and Perth.

34. Nova Aerospace Pty Ltd (Nova Group)

Sector: Professional services | Revenue: $263m | Last Year’s Ranking: 38

Nova Group is the umbrella entity for a series of professional services firms operating in the areas of defence, aerospace, mapping, energy and utilities, software, communications and transportation.

33. Almondco Australia

Sector: Agriculture | Revenue: $255m | Last Year’s Ranking: 29

Almondco Australia supplies premium quality almond products to the world.

32. Beyond Bank Australia Ltd

Sector: Financials | Revenue: $267m | Last Year’s Ranking: 31

A fully customer-owned bank, bringing together a number financial organisations that provide banking services, community investments, grants and sponsorships.

31. MGA and Whittles Group of Companies

Sector: Financial | Revenue: $128m | Last Year’s Ranking: 28

The group provides risk advice and a general insurance broking.

30. ResourceCo

Sector: Waste Disposal | Revenue: $240m | Last Year’s Ranking: 24

Founded in 1993, the waste services company provides recycling, soil and waste management services, and produces alternative fuels.

29. Michell Group of Companies

Sector: Agriculture | Revenue: $180m | Last Year’s Ranking: 27

Since 1870, the family business has processed wool and traded it across the globe.

28. Ahrens Group Pty Ltd

Sector: Building and construction | Revenue: $400m | Last Year’s Ranking: 20

Ahrens Group is a construction, engineering and mining services company, delivering a range of project services from design, steel fabrication and procurement through to construction and project delivery.

27. Andromeda Metals Limited

Sector: Mining | Revenue: Not meaningful | Last Year’s Ranking: Not ranked

Andromeda Metals Limited is an ASX-listed company with a focus on developing the Carey’s Well halloysite-kaolin deposit in South Australia.

26. San Remo

Sector: Food and Beverage | Revenue: $32.9m | Last Year’s Ranking: 25

Clearlight Investments Pty Ltd, trading as pasta company San Remo, has a manufacturing facility in Adelaide and offices and distribution centres in all main capital cities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

25. Sarah Group

Sector: Building and construction | Revenue: $359m | Last Year’s Ranking: 23

Doneilyn Pty Ltd, trading as Sarah Group, is a locally-owned private company that derives its revenue from the provision of construction services.

24. People’s Choice Credit Union

Sector: Financials | Revenue: $375m | Last Year’s Ranking: 18

People’s Choice is one of Australia’s largest credit unions with members and branches across Australia.

23. Drake Supermarkets Pty Ltd

Sector: Food and Beverage | Revenue: $1.1b | Last Year’s Ranking: 26

Drake Supermarkets is the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia.

22. Coopers Brewery Limited

Sector: Food and Beverage | Revenue: $265m | Last Year’s Ranking: 19

Established in 1862, Coopers is the sole major brewer 100 per cent owned by Australians, claiming about 5% of the Australian beer market.

21. Strike Energy Limited

Sector: Energy | Revenue: Not meaningful | Last Year’s Ranking: 21

Strike is an oil and gas exploration company with assets in South Australia’s Cooper Basin and Western Australia’s Perth Basin.

About the SA Business Index

To be eligible for inclusion in the list, companies must:

Companies owned in part or whole by government, government agencies and organisations, and registered charities are not eligible.

While companies don’t have to nominate to be included in the list, which is based on market capitalisation, local businesses are encouraged to put their names forward.

Now in its sixth year, the Index has become a key source of data for those with a keen interest in the South Australian economy and business environment.


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