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Kakuzi of Kenya Shares Drop on Tea Company Sale: Nairobi Mover

August 22, 2012

Kakuzi Ltd. (KKZI), a Kenyan agricultural company, dropped the most in almost a month after announcing plans to sell its 50.5 percent shareholding in Siret Tea Co.

Shares retreated 0.7 percent to 75 shillings by 1:15 p.m. in Nairobi, the biggest decline since July 27.

Kakuzi will sell the stake to Siret Outgrowers Empowerment and Produce Co., a group of smallholder farmers, for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to be completed on Aug. 31, the company said in a statement published in the Daily Nation newspaper.

“What we are seeing is a knee-jerk reaction from minority shareholders who are concerned about the transparency around the sale price,” Aly-Khan Satchu, chief executive officer of Nairobi-based investment company Rich Management Ltd., said in a phone interview today.

Minority shareholders could be concerned that Kakuzi may not have got a competitive price for the holding, Satchu said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eric Ombok in Nairobi at eombok@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net


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