5 Things That Investors Might Have Missed About Wilmar, And They Should Not

Wilmar International Limited (SGX: F34) is one of the biggest plantation companies listed on the SGX. It is also a member of the Straits Times Index (SGX: STI).

Its various business activities include oil-palm cultivation, oilseed crushing, edible oils refining, sugar milling and refining, specialty fats, oleochemicals, biodiesel and fertiliser manufacturing as well as flour and rice milling.

On the face of it, this looks like a “boring and dull” plantation company – one of those old-style businesses that relates little to the “modern and exciting”.

Yet, beneath this surface, there are plenty of “interesting” things about this company that many of us do not know.

Wilmar does business in many countries


Source from 2015 annual report

Though we may not be able to pick out the individual countries in the diagram, the countries highlighted in yellow are places where Wilmar conducts its businesses.

As we can see, at least half of the world’s area is covered in yellow.

  1. It’s not just about palm oil plantation

Most investors like to categorise Wilmar as a palm-oil business – I used to.

Yet, it’s so much more than that. Let’s look at some of its products below.

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Source from 2015 annual report

  1. It’s in the 3 biggest countries in Asia!

Wilmar is a market leader in the consumer edible oil in China, India and Indonesia, with market shares of 45%, 20%, and 30% respectively. The following photo says it all.


Source annual report 2015

  It has many number ones!

Wilmar is not just doing business in many countries. In many of the business segment, it has a leading market share. Let’s look at a few below:

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Annual report 2015

The above are just a few examples of the other leading positions that Wilmar has in its various business activities.

  1. Lastly, the CEO is also a significant owner of the company

Wilmar is one of the main businesses that is related to the Kuok’s family – Robert Kuok, who is better known as the “Sugar King”. In fact, Mr. Kuok Khoon Hong, Wilmar’s CEO, who is the nephew of Robert Kuok, is one of the main shareholders through direct and indirect shareholding. See below:


Annual report 2015

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Lawrence Nga doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.