ZAMBEEF | Operational Update

August 29th, 2018

Zambeef (AIM: ZAM), the fully integrated cold chain foods and retail business with operations in Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana, provides the following operational update.

Lifting of live animal movement ban

The Group is pleased to report that the ban on the movement of live animals in and out of the Chisamba and Chibombo districts as a result of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has been lifted. As a result of FMD, the Zambeef dairy lost 175 animals and received an insurance payout policy of c. USD240,000 in compensation. Zambeef also confirms that the volume of milk being produced by the dairy herd has fully recovered to levels that existed before the outbreak of the disease. The financial effect of FMD was sufficiently provided for in the March 2018 interim results and reported on 6 June 2018.

Bacteria leaf streak in wheat crop

Zambeef also confirms that the common bacterial disease, Bacteria Leaf Streak (BLS), has been detected in its winter wheat crop. As a result of the disease, wheat yields are anticipated to be lower than initially budgeted. However, wheat sales contracts have been concluded at higher than budgeted prices per ton and therefore Zambeef does not currently anticipate that the BLS outbreak will have a material financial impact on the Group’s performance for the 2018 financial year.

Completion of Zambeef technology project

The Group is pleased to announce that the project of installing new point of sale software in all Zambeef outlets is now complete. This successfull innovation will result in vastly more detailed and valuable management information being available to Zambeef’s management.

Year End Trading Update

The Company expects to announce a trading update for the year ending 30 September 2018 in the week commencing 24 September 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Zambeef Products plc

Francis Grogan, Chief Executive Officer

Craig Harris, Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +260 (0) 211 369003
Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated & Financial Adviser)

James Spinney

Ritchie Balmer

Frederick Twist

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3494
Finncap (Broker)

Christopher Raggett

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 0500
Powerscourt (Financial PR)

Nick Dibden

Jana Tsiligiannis

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7250 1446
Pangaea Securities

Ceaser Siwale

Wendy Tembo

Tel: +260 (0) 211 220 707

Notes to Editors

The Zambeef Group is one of the largest integrated cold chain food producers in Zambia, involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, eggs, dairy products, fish, flour and stock feed. The Group also has large cereal row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 7,971 hectares of row crops under irrigation, which are planted twice a year and a further 8,623 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year.

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