Two TZ billionaires buy Sh378 million shares in Kenol

A worker adjusts fuel prices at a KenolKobil petrol station in Eldoret Town. file photo | nmg
A worker adjusts fuel prices at a KenolKobil petrol station in Eldoret Town. file photo | nmg 

Tanzanian billionaires Aunali and Sajjad Rajabali have bought 30.2 million shares equivalent to a 2.06 per cent stake in KenolKobil #ticker:KENO, rising to the list of the oil marketer’s top shareholders.

The shares have a market value of Sh378 million and have seen the Rajabalis rank ninth in Kenol’s list of top 10 investors, according to the company’s latest annual report.

The investment in the oil marketer expands the Rajabalis’ interest at the Nairobi Securities Exchange where they made their first foray with acquisition of 22.9 million Co-op Bank #ticker:COOP shares last year.

Their stake in the lender stands at 0.47 per cent, placing them second in the list of top individual investors after the bank’s chief executive Gideon Muriuki who retains a 2.05 per cent interest in the company.

The Rajabalis have invested a total of nearly Sh700 million in Co-op Bank and Kenol.

The duo has moved to expand their regional interests, with the investors ranked as the top individual investors in Tanzania’s largest lender CRDB Bank Plc with a 4.1 per cent stake, according to the company’s latest disclosures.

Their interest in CRDB is worth Sh1 billion based on the lender’s market value on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. Rajabalis’s aggressive purchase of Co-op Bank and Kenol indicates their confidence about the firms’ future prospects.

Kenol recorded a 19.7 per cent net profit growth to Sh2.4 billion in the year ended December, helped by higher sales, better margins and lower finance costs.

The firm’s sales jumped 19.5 per cent to Sh103.4 billion, coinciding with an improvement in the gross profit margin from 6.7 per cent to seven per cent.