Unipalm Investment Holdings Limited (Unipalm) was established in
2001 by a group of South African professionals and entrepreneurs
who believed that a broad-based empowerment company could attract
and secure investment opportunities which could allow for strong
and sustainable growth.
Since Unipalm's establishment, the company's major achievement
remains the fact that over 400 direct shareholders and over 60 000
beneficiaries have been attracted as committed shareholders to the
business model of the company. In 2001, to raise funds for
investments, the directors embarked on a national roadshow and
Unipalm shares were sold for 50 cents each, these initial investors
have realised a return on the investment of over 1000 percent- a
true empowerment achievement.
For many the initial investment into Unipalm has substantially
been paid back especially if one considers that Unipalm has paid
four dividends of in excess of R48million to its shareholders over
the past four years. The company has managed, since its existence,
to participate in over R5billion worth of investment opportunities
across an array of different sectors. Unipalm's initial diverse
portfolio always gave the company a strong financial backbone which
has meant that the company was not prone to any major fluctuations
in particular sectors.
In 2015, Unipalm's empowerment shareholding was confirmed
independently by Empowerdex. Unipalm has managed to substantially
exceed the empowerment targets proposed by the South African
government and has created an accredited empowerment footprint in
the business arena.