Welcome to Subtropico Ltd
SUBTROPICO LIMITED IS AN INVESTMENT COMPANY FOCUSING ON THE
AGRICULTURAL SERVICES SECTOR AND RELATED VALUE CHAIN.
Subtropico Limited is a public investment holding company established in 1993 after the restructuring of the former Banana Board.
We started off as an investment company with a focus on the agricultural services sector and related value chain in which we remain involved with and invested in to this day.
Strategy and company objectives
The strategy of the Group is to be invested in unlisted companies with strong management, and brands in the fields of service, trading and light manufacturing, in which it will acquire a controlling interest or an interest with which it can exercise significant influence.
Subtropico also makes speculative and long-term contrarian and strategic investments in undervalued listed or public companies when the opportunity arises.
Subtropico's activities are concentrated on the management of investments and provision of regular management support rather than on being involved in the day-to-day management of business units of investees.
Subtropico's objective is to enhance shareholder wealth through real growth in the group's sustainable earnings and dividends per share by means of organic growth, selective acquisitions and the control of funds employed.
Company investment philosophy
Subtropico invests in businesses that can deliver superior earnings and dividend growth over the long term. This involves the acquisition of meaningful interests in companies that have sound management and the ability to generate strong cash returns and growth.
At Subtropico we empower the management by giving them the assets to manage and we allow them the freedom, responsibility and authority to make their own operational decisions. Above all, they are made properly accountable for achieving these things within the framework of a decentralised, yet accountable, environment.
Management is encouraged to take up significant equity interests in the businesses they manage to ensure that they act as shareholders and operate in line with our company's objectives and philosophy. We offer them the incentives, guidance, inputs and focus to encourage them and we forge strategic alliances to add value to the business of investees where possible.
The Group's long term goal is to become the preferred sound board and capital partner to managers and entrepreneurs who has a passion for innovation and service.
The holding company adds value to the underlying business units with the broader issues of strategy, planning and forward thinking. As the Group grows in size and complexity, we are aware of the need to develop the management pool within the group that will allow us the time to grow and manage our investment portfolio that in turn will deliver the growth and sustainable earnings that Subtropico is renowned for.
This however, may require new approaches, new ways of thinking, addressing problems and finding solutions. If we are going to maintain our reputation for success, then we're going to have to learn to think outside the box. It is this ability to think laterally, to innovate and to plan together in harmony that will result in our continued success.