If it was a movie, you could call Vista Group International a sleeper hit.

Its unfashionable line of business and its founders' low-key Kiwi demeanour mean it has largely flown under the radar, even as its market capitalisation hits $1 billion.

It's a favourite with institutional investors but no household name, and most of those who have heard of it often don't appreciate its global success.

Co-founder Murray Holdaway says that when only about 1 per cent of your turnover is in New Zealand, "there's not a lot of point in shouting from the rooftops".

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