Olam was established in 1989 by the Kewalram Chanrai Group (KC Group), one of the oldest international companies in Africa and Asia with more than 150 years of trading history. Over the past 30 years, Olam has developed into a global food and agri-business headquartered in Singapore with global market leadership positions in many of its businesses. Our success has enabled us to attract co-sponsors, strategic and long term investors, as well as world-class institutional investors, providing stability and business and financial strength to the Company.
A key objective in the past few years has been to realign our shareholder base by attracting shareholders who better reflect the long-term tenor of our strategy. Temasek Holdings, an Asia investment company headquartered in Singapore, became the majority shareholder of Olam after the completion of a voluntary general offer in May 2014. It owns 1,707,085,854 shares through Breedens Investments and Aranda Investments, representing 53.4% of the total issued share capital of Olam.
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC Group), a global integrated business enterprise headquartered in Japan, took a 20.0% equity stake in the Company and became a strategic investor and the second largest shareholder of Olam in September 2015. It now holds 554,689,829 shares or 17.4% of issued capital and has two representatives on the Board. The MC Group operates businesses with MC’s offices and subsidiaries in 90 countries and regions and approximately 1,400 group companies around the world. Its strategic investment in Olam sets the platform for a long term strategic partnership with Olam, with several mutually beneficial potential collaboration opportunities, including a joint venture in Japan which has been set up to market specific products of Olam that can leverage its strong distribution and retail presence and Olam’s deep origination expertise in those products.
The KC Group holds 225,019,921 shares or 7.0% of total issued capital. The Olam key management team, represented by its executive committee, also has a significant shareholding in the company approximating 6.3% of the total issued share capital, which greatly aligns shareholder and management interests in creating value. These shares include 136,530,385 shares representing 4.3% of the total issued share capital of Olam held by Co-Founder and Group CEO, Sunny George Verghese.
As of 1 April 2020, Olam’s total number of issued shares is 3,195,623,619 (excluding treasury shares of 75,395,038). Public shareholders (excluding Temasek, MC, KC and Olam management) hold approximately 15.9% of the total issued share capital. This share includes substantial shareholder Orbis Group at 6.9%.