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AFC Group Holdings Limited Analysis


The company originally listed on the NZAX as Viking Capital in June 2006. Viking Capital offered 60m shares at 25c plus 1 warrant per 6 shares and was founded by businessman Brent King to take advantage of what he saw as investment opportunities arising from "significant economic change" anticipated for the New Zealand economy.

In March 2007, the company acquired Investment Research Group (IRG) for $2.5m in cash and shares.

As announced in the 2012 Annual Report, IRG advised the market their intention to sell the business of IRG and leave the company listed as a shell. The Directors, together with the major shareholder will actively seek a new business to acquire.

MyKris Limited was listed in 2012, which gave shareholders value as they each received shares in MyKris Limited.

In April 2007, the company sold the data division of IRG to the New Zealand Stock Exchange for $1.4m.

In August 2007, the company increased its stake in ICP Biotechnology to approximately 19%, by exercising its rights entitlement during the ICP Biotechnology rights issue.

In May 2008 ICP Biotechnology went into voluntary administration but a receiver was appointed a few days later. In the same month, Viking subsidiary IRG, acquired Equity Investment Advisors and Sharebrokers and MoneyOnLine, expanding its existing business media and funds management operations.

In August 2008 Viking Capital (VIK) announced that it would change its name to Investment Research Group (IRG) to more accurately reflect the nature of its business, and this change was effective from 25 August 2008.

In October 2008, IRG issued warrants for the purpose of capital reconstruction for the years 2008, 2009 and 2011. These warrants were to be traded and subscribed under the tickers IRGWB, IRGWC & IRGWD. Currently, IRD have 8,312,780 IRGWC warrants trading, which have a maturity date at 15 Dec 2009 and 27,709,268 IRGWD warrants trading, which have a maturity date of 30 Jun 2011.

On 19th May 2009, IRG announced that it had agreed to sell one of its businesses, an Auckland based funds management business (the FUM Business), to Macrocarpa Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of The Business Bakery LP, for $500,000 payable in cash.

'Under the contract for the sale of the residual assets to Mr King IRG is obliged to change its name. The new name is Vetilot Limited and is a holding name. Once an attractive business is identified we anticipate that the name will be changed again. The name of the subsidiary companies will also be changed to reflect the new name'.

Currently, Vetilot Limited provides media, investment advisory, sharebroking and funds under management services, and the company also has a shareholding in Dorchester Pacific.

On 3 July 2015, the company changed its name to Australasian Food Corporation Limited (AFC).

On 20 September 2016, the company changed its name to AFC Group Holdings Limited (AFC).


The following information was extracted from AFC Group Holdings Limited's full year results, released 29 May 2024:

Unaudited Financial Results Summary

AFC Group Holdings Limited ("AFC Group") is currently undergoing the audit process for the financial year ending 31 March 2024. There are no anticipated significant audit qualifications.

This financial year showcased a turnaround for AFC Group, with an unaudited net profit of $54 thousand. The unaudited net loss attributable to shareholders was $7 thousand, which is a significant improvement compared to last year's attributable net loss of $145 thousand. Revenue for FY2024 was approximately $1,324 thousand, marking a 23% increase from the previous year. The majority of expenses were salaries and sales commissions. Consistent with its dividend policy, AFC Group will not distribute dividends for this period.

As at the end of the financial year, the unaudited net assets were NZ$428 thousand, cash and cash equivalents were NZ$26 thousand, and fixed assets totalled NZ$1,427 thousand. The market capitalisation was reported as NZ$3.66 million.

Please refer to the attached Unaudited Annual Results Announcement for the detailed results.

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