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Zambeef Products PLC

04 December 2023


Incorporated in the Republic of Zambia

Company registration number: 31824

Share Code: ZAMBEEF

ISIN: ZM0000000201


In accordance with the Lusaka Securities Exchange ("LuSE") Listings Requirements, the Board of Directors of Zambeef Products Plc (the "Company") hereby advises the shareholders of the Company that the Total Basic Earnings per Share for the financial year ended 30 September 2023 is expected to be 306% and 272% higher (in Kwacha and US Dollar terms respectively) than that of the previous financial year ended 30 September 2022.

The Company reiterates the guidance provided in the Company's previous Trading Update of 7 November 2023, which included the following information, and therefore there is no change to the most recent market expectations as updated on 7 November 2023.

Extract from Trading Update of 7 November 2023:

"The Group's forward guidance on financial trading performance for the year ended 30 September 2023 is expected to be above market expectations, despite a challenging operating environment with revenue, gross profit and adjusted EBITDA* (all in USD) expected to be between 5-15% higher than market expectations.

Reported profit before tax (USD) is estimated to be c.30% higher than current market expectations. A higher taxation charge is expected to result in reported profit after tax below current market expectations but above the previous financial year.

The Group continued to see increasing demand for its products, supported by a price moderation approach, resulting in volume growth across most product categories. Lower than expected selling prices and higher input costs (which couldn't fully be passed on to the consumer), including fuel and electricity, put pressure on gross margins which moderated in the second half. During H2, the Group had strong performance enhanced by better overall cost control.

The exchange rate depreciated steadily in H1 however, was more turbulent in H2, beginning the financial year at K15.9/USD and ending the period at K21.31/USD."

The Company expects its results for the year ended 30 September 2023 to be released on 6 December 2023. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in the Company's Securities until the publication of results. The shareholders are further advised that the information contained in this Trading Statement has not been reviewed nor reported on by the external auditors.

* Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, impairments, loss on equity accounted investments, loss on disposal and net unrealised foreign exchange losses.

For further information, please visit www.zambeefplc.com or contact:

 Zambeef Products plc                                                  Tel: +260 (0) 211 369003 
 Faith Mukutu , Chief Executive Office 
 M'boo Mumba, Chief Financial Officer 
 Cavendish Capital Markets Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)     Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 0500 
 Ed Frisby/Abigail Kelly (Corporate Finance) 
 Tim Redfern (ECM) 
   Autus Securities Limited (Sponsoring Broker)                       Tel: +260 (0) 761 002 002 
 Mataka Nkhoma (Broker) 
   By order of the Board 
   Mwansa Mutimushi 
   Company Secretary 

Notes to Editors

Zambeef Products plc is the largest integrated cold chain food products and agribusiness company in Zambia and one of the largest in the region, involved in the primary production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, fish, flour and stockfeed, throughout Zambia and the surrounding region, as well as Nigeria and Ghana.

It has 269 retail outlets throughout Zambia and West Africa.

The Company is one of the largest suppliers of beef in Zambia. Five beef abattoirs and five feedlots are located throughout Zambia, with a capacity to slaughter 230,000 cattle a year. It is also one of the largest chicken producers in Zambia, with a capacity of 9.4m broilers and 25 million-day-old chicks a year. It is one of the largest pig abattoirs and pork processing plants in Zambia, with a capacity to slaughter 102,000 pigs a year, while it's dairy has a capacity of 120,000 litres per day.

The Group is also one of the largest cereal row cropping operations in Zambia, with approximately 7,265 hectares of row crops under irrigation, which are planted twice a year, and a further 7,924 hectares of rainfed/dry-land crops available for planting each year.

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