East Africa Plc, formerly Eveready East Africa Limited, is a supplier of portable power solutions in East Africa. The Company is engaged in selling of imported Eveready dry cells D size batteries in East Africa and trading in an assortment of imported Eveready and Energizer flashlights, batteries, Schick razors, accessories and Turbo car batteries. Its products include EVEREADY, Energizer, Schick, Turbo, Piano and Lighting Collection. The Company distributes EVEREADY dry cell D size and size A carbon zinc primary batteries. The Company also offers ENERGIZER alkaline and rechargeable batteries throughout the East Africa region and also provides flashlights under both brand names for a spectrum of usage and shaving razors, blades and accessories under brand name, SCHICK. The Company provides the TURBO brand of automotive batteries. In addition, it offers PIANO range of writing instruments, as well as the EVEREADY range of luminaries.
Eveready East Africa is an affiliate of the American Eveready Battery Company. In addition to manufacturing and marketing batteries. Eveready East Africa also distributes a wide range of products such as shaving razors, blades and accessories under brand name Schick and Clorox household products. Eveready East Africa is one of Africa‘s largest battery manufacturers and is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
Eveready East Africa was founded on 6 March 1967 as Union Carbide Kenya Limited, a subsidiary of US based Union Carbide Corporation. In the same year, ICDC and ICDC Investments (now Centum Investments) joined in as minority shareholders.
The firm’s name was changed to Eveready Batteries Kenya Limited on 24 October 1986. Sameer Group acquired a majority stake in the company in 1988 through its wholly owned subsidiary East Africa Batteries.
2004 saw the company diversify into other consumer products, under the Schick brand, following the acquisition of Schick-Wilkinson Sword by Energizer Holdings. In the same year. The company name was changed to Eveready East Africa.
The shares of Eveready East Africa were listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 2006 through an initial public offering which was over subscribed by 733%.
Other than battery manufacturing, Eveready East Africa has invested in real estate through its wholly owned subsidiary, Flamingo Properties. Flamingo Properties is based in Kenya and in turn has a subsidiary, Flamingo Properties Uganda Limited, which is domiciled in Kampala, Uganda.
The stock of Eveready East Africa listed on the NSE, where it trades under the symbol EVRD. As of September 2015, the ten largest shareholders in the Group’s stock are depicted in the table below:
Eveready East Africa PLC Stock Ownership
||East Africa Batteries Limited
||Industrial & Commercial Development Corporation
Eveready East Africa is governed by an eight-person board of directors with Lucy Waithaka as the chairperson and Jackson Mutua as the managing director