Speirs Group Limited

Purpose, Goals and Strategy

Purpose

Speirs Group is an active investment company focused on the food, logistics and finance sectors and aims to maximise returns to its investors and enhance the well-being of all its stakeholders.


Goals

  • Investment returns over the medium term will exceed the average NZX50 return as measured by capital growth and dividends to shareholders.
  • A range of investments will be held to ensure the Group is able to diversify risk.
  • The Group Board will have appropriate governance input to investments commensurate with the size and percentage of the investment holding.
  • Full or partial divestment of investments may be undertaken when the value that can be realised is greater than assessed value of retaining the investment or to lower the risk profile of the portfolio.
  • The ratio of debt to debt plus equity increase to at least 50% in the next 3-5 years and then be maintained at no less than 50%.
  • Corporate office costs will be kept to a minimum.


Summary of Present Investments

Investment

Holding

Type

Description

Speirs Foods

100%

Food - Active

Fresh food production and distribution

Equipment, Leasing and Finance Holdings Limited

2.4%

Finance - Active

EL&F is involved in a number of activities in the finance sector in New Zealand.

Rosa Foods

40%

Food - Active

Prepared meal production and distribution, third party contract manufacturing

Speirs Nutritionals

60%

Food - Non Trading

Commercial development and marketing of Intellectual Property and Know How




Investment Criteria

Criteria to be considered for any investment are:

1. The investment is aligned with the core competencies of Speirs Group - food manufacture, marketing and distribution; or finance.

2. The investment has synergy with an existing investment that provides potential to increase sales, reduce costs and improve the profitability of the new and existing businesses.

3. Acceptable shareholder agreements are in place to ensure that SGL has appropriate governance input to investments commensurate with the size and percentage of the investment holding

4. The investment will within the short to medium term provide sufficient free cash to SGL to cover annual investment costs.

5. The amount of capital required is affordable for SGL and would not materially increase the financial risk to the business.


Summary of Strategy For Each Investment


Investment

Investment Strategy

Speirs Foods

The present intention is to hold this investment to provide profitability and cash flow to the wider group.

Speirs Foods strategy is to:

  • Maintain the strong national position the Company has in the fresh salads market;
  • Grow sales by developing and marketing new products that are aligned with the business’s core competencies;
  • Improve the efficiency of production and distribution with targeted capital investment and continual improvement of processes and practices;
  • Maintain the highest levels of food safety and employee health and safety.

A partial or full divestment of this investment would be considered if a proposal provided a better outcome for shareholders. At present, the Group is not actively pursuing a divestment.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Holdings Limited

The present intention is to hold this investment while the company builds its business and shareholder value.

As a minority shareholder Speirs Group Limited is only able to exert modest influence in relation to this entity. 

There may be opportunities to invest further capital into this business and this will be considered and a decision made on the potential returns and the availability of funds within the Group.

Rosa Foods

The present intention is to maintain the current 40% shareholding.
Rosa Food’s present strategy is to:

  • Maintain the strong national position the Company has in the prepared meals market;
  • Grow prepared meal production and third party manufacturing opportunities by manufacturing products that are aligned with the business’s core competencies;
  • Improve the efficiency of production with targeted capital investment and continual improvement of processes and practices;
  • Maintain the highest levels of food safety and employee health and safety.

We will aim to maintain and build on synergies between Rosa Foods and Speirs Foods.

A partial or full divestment of this investment would be considered if a proposal provided a better outcome for shareholders. At present, the Group is not actively pursuing a divestment.

Speirs Nutritionals

In the absence of any investment opportunities this investment will continue to await the receipt of any income from sales of Omega 3 products by the purchaser of the business rights. Additional investment would only be considered if an opportunity is presented which will provide a high probability of an appropriate return and which was supported by the other partners.

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