[dropcaps]S[/dropcaps]hares in food processing company Zambeef Products doubled in price on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in the space of two months.
The company started the year on a positive note with its share price closing at 11.50p on Monday, January 11, a 100 percent rise on the closing price of 5.75p on November 11 last year.
As of mid January Zambeef was the highest performer in the Food Producers sector of the whole LSE market – both the main market and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) – over the preceding three weeks, with its share price rising 51 percent during the period.
“Zambeef’s share price in London has performed particularly well and is a measure of the confidence that investors place in Zambeef and Zambia as a whole,” Joint Chief Executive Officer Carl Irwin said in a statement.
The company’s share performance was particularly impressive given that during the four weeks between December 14 and January 9 the AIM market as a whole lost 1.25 percent, while Zambeef gained 34.6 percent. This put Zambeef in the top 100 of nearly 1,000 companies on the AIM market, said the company’s London stockbrokers FinnCap.
In additional to international investors, Zambeef has a substantial number of local Zambian shareholders, chief of which is the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) as Zambeef’s single largest Zambian shareholder with 24,979819 shares (10 percent). Others include Saturnia Regna Pension Fund, Barclays Pension Fund, Bank of Zambia Pension Fund, Zambia State Insurance Company (ZISC), KCM Pension Fund and Workers Compensation Fund and Professional Insurance Pension Fund.
The upswing began last year as Zambeef announced an increase of 189 percent in operating profits saw for the financial year to September 30, 2015. The company’s operating profit increased by K106 million to K162 million, from K56.2 million in 2014. Meanwhile, profit before tax