Olam was established in 1989 by the Kewalram Chanrai Group (KC Group), which has more than 150 years of trading history. Over the past 25 years, Olam has developed into a global agri-business headquartered in Singapore with global market leadership positions in many of its businesses. Our success has enabled us to attract co-sponsors and world-class investors, adding both business and financial strength to the Company.
Founded in 1860, the KC Group is one of the oldest international companies in Africa and Asia with a long and successful trading history. Headquartered in Singapore, the KC Group is a family-owned and professionally managed group of companies. The KC Group, through Kewalram Singapore Limited, currently owns 355,461,088 shares, representing 14.6% of the total issued share capital of Olam.
Temasek Holdings, an Asia investment company headquartered in Singapore, holds 1,425,141,217 shares through Breedens Investments and Aranda Investments, representing 58.5% of total issued share capital of Olam.
The Olam key management team, represented by its executive committee, has a significant shareholding in the company approximating 7.2% in the total issued share capital, which greatly aligns shareholder and management interests in creating value. These shares include 111,646,477 shares representing 4.6% of the total issued share capital of Olam held by Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sunny George Verghese.
As of 23 May 2014, Olam’s total number of issued shares is 2,434,861,869 (excluding treasury shares of 52,196,000). The free float owned by public shareholders accounts for approximately 19.6% of the total issued share capital.
The information is correct as of 23 May 2014.
As of end-April 2014, about 27.4% of total issued share capital (not excluding treasury shares) was held by institutional investors.
Distribution of Institutional Shareholders by Country/Region
|Asia (excluding Singapore)||8.4%|
|Europe (excluding UK)||8.4%|
|Rest of the World||1.7%|
Distribution of Institutional Shareholders by Investment Style
Source: NASDAQ OMX
On 26 October 2004, we implemented the Olam International Limited Employee Share Subscription Scheme 2004 (ESSS), comprising 73,913,0442 shares of S$0.23 each which were fully allotted and issued by the Company.
The Olam Employee Share Option Scheme (the “ESOS”) was approved by shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 4 January 2005. The ESOS rules were amended on 29 October 2008 at the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company. Under the amended rules, the Directors (including Non-Executive Directors and Independent Directors) and employees of the Group are eligible to participate in the ESOS and all subsequent options issued to the Group’s employees and Executive Directors shall have a life of 10 years instead of five. For options granted to the Company’s Non-Executive Directors and Independent Directors, the option period shall be no longer than five years. The shares issued upon the options being exercised carry full dividend and voting rights. Controlling shareholders and associates of controlling shareholders are not eligible to participate in the ESOS. All these options have a contractual life of 10 years with no cash settlement alternatives.
As of 23 May 2014, the Company has 83,502,000 outstanding options issued to employees and Directors.