Capital Management Strategies

Dividends | Share Buybacks | Warrants

One of the key ways the Board can add value for shareholders is through proactive capital management strategies. The objective is to increase total shareholder return and maintain the discount/premium to NAV within a reasonable range.

The Board of Kingfish have implemented the following capital management strategies:

  • Regular dividend programme
  • Opportunity to partake in our Dividend Reinvestment Plan
  • Share buyback programme
  • Warrant issues


In June 2009, Kingfish announced a new long-term distribution policy. Under the policy Kingfish will pay shareholders 2% per quarter of its average NAV.  

The payments are made in March, June, September and December.

March 2024 2.58cps
December 2023 2.64cps
September 2023 2.79cps
June 2023 2.82cps
March 2023 2.79cps
December 2022 2.86cps
September 2022 2.83cps

A full history of Kingfish dividends is available.


Kingfish has a clear advantage over many other listed entities through their Portfolio Investment Entity (PIE) tax status. As a listed PIE, Kingfish dividends will be tax-free to New Zealand resident shareholders. Refer to ‘What does PIE mean?’ under the FAQ section of the website for further information.

Imputation credits will be attached to dividends to the fullest extent possible.

Dividends paid by Kingfish may include dividends received, interest income, investment gains and/or return of capital.

Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP)

The DRP offers shareholders an alternative to cash dividends. Shareholders who don't require the regular income can elect to apply all or part of any cash dividends in subscribing for fully paid ordinary shares.

The advantage of enrolling in the plan is that shares issued under the DRP are at a 3% discount to the current market price (being the weighted average selling price on the first five trading days on which the Shares trade ex-entitlement for the relevant dividend or distribution). Furthermore, shares issued under the DRP do not incur brokerage costs.

How to participate in the DRP:

  • Read the DRP Offer Document
  • Download the Participation Notice
  • Post or email the completed Participation Notice to Kingfish's Share Registrar:
    Computershare Investor Services Limited
    Level 2, 159 Hurstmere Road
    Private Bag 92119
    Auckland 1142
    Email: [email protected]

Share Buybacks

The Board of Kingfish has a buyback programme in place whereby Kingfish shares (KFL) are purchased on market by the company within certain parameters determined by the Board. The buyback period runs for 12 months from the date it is announced to the market. We currently have a share buyback policy in place.

Buybacks work well in circumstances where excessive discounts to NAV exist, as it adds value for shareholders by purchasing undervalued shares in the company. Kingfish will only buy back shares if the discount to the last published net asset value, after adjusting for any changes in the S&P/NZX50G index since the last published net asset value, is greater than 6%.

Shares purchased under the policy are held as treasury stock and are available to be utilised under the dividend reinvestment plan, to the extent permitted by law.


On 20 June 2023, the Board of Kingfish Limited (Kingfish) announced that the company would undertake a pro-rata offer of warrants to shareholders. 

Warrants were issued to Kingfish shareholders with a registered address in New Zealand recorded on the share register as at 5.00pm (New Zealand time) on the Record Date (5 July 2023) (Eligible Shareholders). As long as you held Kingfish shares at that time, you were entitled to receive one warrant for every four shares you held. If you are a Kingfish shareholder but do not have a registered address in New Zealand, your warrants were issued to a separate registry account with Kingfish's share registrar, and we endeavoured to sell the warrants on the NZX Main Board on your behalf. 

Each warrant gives the holder a right to buy one share in Kingfish upon payment of the exercise price on the exercise date, 26 July 2024.

Previous warrant issues:


Exercise Price

Exercise Date / Exercise Period

Total % Exercised



18 November 2022




12 March 2021




12 July 2019




5 May 2017




6 November 2015




23 November 2010 to 3 September 2012




31 March 2006 to 31 March 2008


What is a warrant?

A warrant is the right, not the obligation, to purchase an ordinary share in Kingfish at a fixed price on a fixed date.