Zambeef Full Year 2022 Financial Results

By Published On: December 6th, 2022Categories: Corporate announcement, Earnings

In accordance with the requirements of the Securities & Exchange Act No. 41 of 2016, Zambeef Products PLC announces its results for the year ended 30 September 2022.

Performance Overview

• The financial year ended 30 September 2022 saw macroeconomic fundamentals stabilise. The exchange rate remained largely stable and the inflation rate steadily reduced. However, constrained consumer spending negatively impacted volume growth in our Retail and Cold Chain Food Products, particularly in the first half of the financial year. The period saw an escalation in key input prices such as fuel, chemicals, and fertiliser which impacted margins. In addition, the Group saw outbreaks of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and African swine fever (ASF), which respectively impacted our beef and pork divisions.
• Despite these headwinds, performance in Cropping, Milling, and Stockfeed enabled the Group to achieve normalised EBITDA* in line with market expectations owing to high grain prices, market share gains, and cost containment.
• Despite the myriad of country and global deterrents directly affecting the business, through resilient financial and operational performance, Zambeef established itself, once again, as a dependable asset for our shareholders.
• The group remains committed to its strategic imperatives of focussing on core business and Divest from non-core assets to free up resources. As such, the Group exited pig and layer farming during the financial year.


• We anticipate macroeconomic stability to continue, supported by improved investor sentiment leading to increased Foreign Direct Investment. The Kwacha and inflation rates are also expected to remain stable across the 2023 financial year.
• Our strong brands will help us maintain customer loyalty while the vertically integrated business model positions us well to secure both supply and a market for our products. The anticipated future recovery in the economy and a strong management team have positioned us well for shareholder value maximisation in the coming years. The group will capitalise on the positive economic outlook and invest for the future in anticipation of improved consumer spending.

Key Financial Highlights

• Revenue and gross profit increased by 8.5% and 11% respectively in Kwacha. The marginal top line growth was mainly on account of volume pressures in Retail and cold chain food Products.
• The period saw a rise in input commodity prices, particularly crude oil, fertilisers and grain, escalated as a consequence of the Russia – Ukraine conflict. The resultant increase in input costs in the Cold chain business which was offset by higher grain prices in Cropping. The higher grain prices in Cropping coupled with strong margins in the Stockfeed business drove the Group’s performance.
• The Group delivered a profit before tax of ZMW55 million (USD3 million), representing a decline of 68% in Kwacha (61% in US dollar terms), compared to ZMW172 million (USD8 million) in the prior year. The above results posted are after the recognition of goodwill impairment amounting to ZMW141.8 million on the fair value of Zamchick Limited’s asset. Adjusting for this non-cash impairment, the Group delivered a profit before tax of ZMW197 million (USD11.5 million) representing a growth of 15%.
• A higher tax expense and goodwill impairment loss resulted in profit after tax being K31.5 million (2021: K168.8 million)

*Normalised EBITDA is defined as Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, fair value adjustments, loss from equity accounted investments, loss on disposal and net unrealised foreign exchange losses.

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About Zambeef Products plc
Zambeef Products plc is the largest integrated cold chain food products and agribusiness company in Zambia and one of the largest in the region, involved in the primary production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, fish, flour and stockfeed, throughout Zambia and the surrounding region, as well as Nigeria and Ghana.

It has 236 retail outlets throughout Zambia and West Africa.

The Company is one of the largest suppliers of beef in Zambia. Five beef abattoirs and three feedlots are located throughout Zambia, with a capacity to slaughter 230,000 cattle a year. It is also one of the largest chicken producers in Zambia, with a capacity of 8.8m broilers and 22.4 million-day-old chicks a year. It is one of the largest piggeries, pig abattoirs and pork processing plants in Zambia, with a capacity to slaughter 75,000 pigs a year, while its dairy has a capacity of 120,000 litres per day.

The Group is also one of the largest cereal row cropping operations in Zambia, with approximately 7,787 hectares of row crops under irrigation, which are planted twice a year, and a further 8,694 hectares of rainfed/dry-land crops available for planting each year.

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Zambeef Products plc
Faith Mukutu, Chief Executive Officer
M’boo Mumba, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +260 (0) 211 369003

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Adviser and Broker)
Ed Frisby/Abigail Kelly (Corporate Finance)
Tim Redfern/Barney Hayward (ECM)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Autus Securities Limited
Mataka Nkhoma
Tel: +260 (0) 761 002 002

By Order of the Board

Mwansa M Mutimushi

Issued: 05 December 2022

2022 September FY Financial Results (LuSE).pdf

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