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Fat Dividend Cheque Lifts Up Carbacid to Top Gainer at NSE

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Carbacid was the top price gainer at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) on Monday with 5.40% appreciation to close the day at Ksh8.98 per share compared to the previous price of Ksh8.52. This was on a volume of 29,300 shares as investors rush in before book closure on December 9, 2020.

Those on the shareholders’ register will receive a dividend payout at the rate of Ksh0.70 per share

Carbacid began the year with a share price of Ksh8.00 and has since gained 12.25% on that price valuation, ranking it 4th on the NSE in terms of year-to-date performance.

Directors of the listed CO2 gas manufacturer have recommended the payment of dividends to the firm’s shareholders amounting to KSh 178,395,390.

This final dividend will be payable to shareholders on the shareholder’s register at the close of business on January 9, 2021, with the payment being made on or about January 29, 2021.

According to its latest financial statements, Carbacid Investment’s revenue increased to Ksh682.9 million at the end of the financial year ended July 31, 2020, from Ksh630.5 million at the end of the 2019 financial year.

 Consolidated Net earnings increased to Ksh324.7 million in 2020 from Ksh264.6 Million in 2019.

” Given our strong performance in the financial year and expectation of resilience in the year ahead, the board proposes to maintain a final dividend of KSh 0.70 per share, said Dennis Awori, Chairman of the Board-Carbacid Investments Plc

In a notice to its shareholders, Carbacid Investments said this year’s Annual General Meeting(AGM) will be convened via a notice, to be issued in due course.

The firm’s financial results for the year ended July 31, 2020, shows that its pre-tax profit increased by 13% to Ksh427 million compared to Ksh377 million in 2019.

Its profitability, as measured by Earnings Per Share(EPS)  increased to Ksh1.27 from Ksh 1.04 in the prior year.
Net cash generated from operating activities stood at Ksh389 million compared to Ksh411 Million in 2019.

Also with investments in property, shares in other listed companies, as well as in bonds and financial assets, Carbacid recorded an unrealised loss of Ksh39 Million in its holdings in listed stocks.

Carbacid (CO2) Limited is the only supplier of natural Carbon Dioxide in Africa.

It has two mines, each with full processing and quality control facilities, a fleet of long haul trucks with cryogenic tankers, and many CO2 storage tanks located at customer premises.

Its owned fleet of pressurized rigid and semi-trailer tankers distribute CO2 all over the East Africa and Central Africa region.

The firm’s top shareholder is Amarjeet Baloobhai Patel & Baloobhai Chhotabhai Patel, who own 102,913,592 shares or 40.38% of  Carbacid Investments Plc.

This Monday, turnover at the NSE fell to Ksh480.8 million, a slide of 47%  compared to a turnover of Ksh908.9 million in the prior trading period.

The volume of shares traded was also down to 9.4 million on November 23, 2020, compared to  29.3 million in the prior period.

The top 5 big movers at the NSE were KCB( 4.4 Million), Safaricom( 2.2 Million), EABL( 827,100) and Equity Group(669,500).

The benchmark NSE All-Share Index edged up 0.03 points to 143.75 while the NSE 20 Share Index was gained 1.01 points to settle at 1786.89. The NSE 25 Share Index was up 2.51 points to settle at 3258.19

The worst performers were led by East African Portland Cement, Flame Tree Group Holdings, Olympia Capital Holdings and Sanlam Kenya which was down 5.17%.

Safaricom was the sole contract featuring on the derivatives market with bonds worth Ksh2.2 Billion being transacted down from Ksh2. 44 billion worth of bonds in the prior period.

See Also>>>> Foreign Investors Lift NSE Turnover to Sh908 Million

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