Eveready East Africa

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Eveready East Africa
Public
Traded as KN: EVRD
Industry Consumer goods
Founded 6 March 1967; 50 years ago (1967-03-06)
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Products Batteries
Website Homepage

Eveready East Africa is an Kenyan manufacturer and marketer of battery brands. Its headquarters are in Nairobi while it maintains a plant in Nakuru, Kenya.[1]

Overview[edit]

Eveready East Africa is an affiliate of the American Eveready Battery Company.[2] In addition to manufacturing and marketing batteries. Eveready East Africa also distributes a wide range of products such as shaving razors, blades and accessories under brand name Schick and Clorox household products.[3] Eveready East Africa is one of Africa's largest battery manufacturers and is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.[4]

History[edit]

Eveready East Africa was founded on 6 March 1967 as Union Carbide Kenya Limited, a subsidiary of US based Union Carbide Corporation. In the same year, ICDC and ICDC Investments (now Centum Investments) joined in as minority shareholders.[5]

The firm's name was changed to Eveready Batteries Kenya Limited on 24 October 1986. Sameer Group acquired a majority stake in the company in 1988 through its wholly owned subsidiary East Africa Batteries.[5]

2004 saw the company diversify into other consumer products, under the Schick brand, following the acquisition of Schick-Wilkinson Sword by Energizer Holdings. In the same year. The company name was changed to Eveready East Africa.[5]

The shares of Eveready East Africa were listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 2006 through an initial public offering which was over subscribed by 733%.[6]

Member companies[edit]

Other than battery manufacturing, Eveready East Africa has invested in real estate through its wholly owned subsidiary, Flamingo Properties. Flamingo Properties is based in Kenya and in turn has a subsidiary, Flamingo Properties Uganda Limited, which is domiciled in Kampala, Uganda.[7]

Shareholding[edit]

The stock of Eveready East Africa listed on the NSE, where it trades under the symbol EVRD. As of September 2015, the ten largest shareholders in the Group's stock are depicted in the table below:[7]

Eveready East Africa PLC Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Percentage Ownership
1 East Africa Batteries Limited 58.64
2 Industrial & Commercial Development Corporation 29.22
3 Other 12.14
Total 100.00

Governance[edit]

Eveready East Africa is governed by an eight-person board of directors with Lucy Waithaka as the chairperson and Jackson Mutua as the managing director.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eveready East Africa 2013 Annual Report" (PDF). Eveready East Africa. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Profile: Eveready East Africa". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Eveready East Africa. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  4. ^ "NSE - Listed companies". Nairobi Securities Exchange. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  5. ^ a b c "Eveready East Africa IPO prospectus" (PDF). Eveready East Africa. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  6. ^ "CMA 2007 Annual report". 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  7. ^ a b "EEA 2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Capital Markets Authority. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Eveready East Africa - Corporate Info". Eveready East Africa. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 

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