Junior Market tumbles on Wednesday

The market index rose to more than 2,556 points within an hour of trading on Wednesday but selling drove the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange down at the close, with the market index dropping nearly 100 points from the day’s peak to finish with a loss for the day of 70.49 points to settle at 2,459.43.
Trading ended with more stocks declining than rising after an exchange of 33 percent more shares than on Tuesday. The market closed with 38 securities changing hands compared to 33 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 17 declining and six remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ends at 12.5 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market saw an exchange of 7,027,159 shares for  $23,247,610 compared to 5,272,918 units at $15,658,293 on Tuesday.
Fosrich led trading with 34.2 percent of total volume with an exchange of 2.4 million shares, followed by  Jamaican Teas with 13.9 percent after a transfer of 976,355 units and Tropical Battery with 9.6 percent market share for 675,760 stock units.
Trading ended with an average of 184,925 units at $611,779 compared to 159,785 at $474,494 on Tuesday. The month to date average trade is 194,462 units at $568,878, compared to 195,107
units at $565,977 on Tuesday. October averaged trade was 230,868 units at $535,509.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the market shows seven stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial advanced 45 cents to $20.55 with an exchange of 6,753 shares, AMG Packaging slipped 1 cent to $1.59 with 71,448 stocks changing hands, Blue Power declined by 9 cents to $3.50 with 50 units traded. CAC 2000 jumped 80 cents to close at $10 with 1,000 stocks passing through the market, Cargo Handlers dropped 65 cents to $6.30 transferring 5,444 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers declined 15 cents to $1.75 with switching ownership of 43,718 units. Caribbean Cream declined by 19 cents in exchanging 93,302 stocks to finish at $3.81, Caribbean Producers gained 17 cents to close at $2.49 with 227,116 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading lost 2 cents to settle at $2.38 with 20,761 units passing through the market. Dolphin Cove advanced 18 cents trading 2,368 stocks to end at $5.68, Elite Diagnostic dropped 20 cents to $3.10 in transferring 29,120 shares, Everything Fresh declined by 10 cents to 63 cents, in switching ownership of 165,878 units. Express Catering shed 67 cents to settle at $3.31 with an exchange of 89,040 stocks, Fontana climbed 30 cents to end at $5.38 with 149,049 units changing hands, General Accident gained 10 cents to finish at $6.20 with 62,300 shares traded. GWest Corporation rose 11 cents to close at 76 cents with 34,793 stocks passing through the market, iCreate lost 3 cents to settle at 59 cents with a transfer of 59,812 units, Indies Pharma increased 7 cents to $2.50, trading 89,073 shares. Iron Rock Insurance dropped 20 cents to finish at $2.80 with 31,000 stocks changing hands, Jamaican Teas exchanged 976,355 shares and climbed 20 cents to close at $6.70, Jetcon Corporation slipped 1 cent to 83 cents with 170,553 units passing through the market. Knutsford Express rose 5 cents to $6.70 with 1,000 shares traded, Lasco Financial gained 4 cents to end at $2.64 with a transfer of 10,000 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing fell 35 cents to $3.50 with investors switching ownership of 511,000 units.

Lumber Depot increased 8 cents to $1.29 with an exchange of 22,500 stocks, Mailpac Group rose 2 cents to $2.18 with 325,265 units changing hands, Medical Disposables dropped 27 cents to $3.93 with 33,581 shares traded. Paramount Trading increased by 2 cents to $1.32 with 30,000 stocks passing through the market, SSL Venture fell 1 cent to 57 cents with a transfer of  6,800 units, Stationery and Office Supplies slipped 5 cents to $4.50 with investors switching ownership of 25,843 shares. Tropical Battery exchanged 675,760 units and declined by 7 cents to $1.12 and tTech gained 3 cents to finish at $4.90 with 2,665 stocks crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE main market index rising

The market indices raced to big gains of more than 5,000 points in the first hour of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Wednesday but gave up a few thousand points before ending trading up by more than 3,000 points, although declining stocks outnumbered rising ones, almost two to one.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 3,396.16 points to 432,332.67, the Main Index climbed 3,018.17 points to 394,446.38 and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.33 points to settle at 103.44.
Trading ended with 42 securities changing hands compared to 45 on Tuesday and closed with the prices of 13 stocks rising, 24 declining and five remaining unchanged. The average PE Ratio ends at 15.8 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 73 percent fewer shares than on Tuesday as 12,512,087 shares traded for $330,562,424 compared to 46,789,600 units at $269,845,318 on Tuesday. Barita Investments led trading with 25.9 percent of total volume, after exchanging 3.24 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 19.4 percent of the day’s trade for 2.42 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 14.9 percent market share for 1.87 million units for 14.9 percent market share and QWI Investments accounted for 9.1 percent with 1.14 million units.
Trading averaged 297,907 units at $7,870,534 for each security, compared to 1,039,769 shares at $5,996,563 on Tuesday. The average trade for the month to date is 385,494 units at $7,053,566 for each security, compared to 390,690 units at $7,005,102 on Tuesday. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Berger Paints gained 65 cents to settle at $12.50, after exchanging 33,647 shares, Caribbean Cement lost $1.40 to close at $59.50, in trading 13,540 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $4 to end at $40, with an exchange of 6,076 stock units. Grace Kennedy climbed $2.08 to $63.08, trading 47,479 shares, Jamaica Broilers shed 82 cents to $27.08 after swapping 36,110 shares, Jamaica Producers fell $1.71 to $20.03 after transferring 1,900 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange shed 90 cents to end at $19, with an exchange of 13,464 stocks, JMMB Group lost 65 cents to end at $32.35, in clearing the market with 127,898 shares, Kingston Wharves declined $3.15 to $45.70 trading 17,400 stock units. Mayberry Investments fell $1.05 to $5.95 after exchanging 40,850 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $11.99 to close at $150 after trading 292 units, NCB Financial gained 90 cents to end at $146, with 10,623 shares changing hands. Pan Jam Investment finished at $67.10, with gains of 60 cents after clearing the market with 18,832 units, Proven Investments lost 36 cents to settle at $38.68, with the swapping of 14,106 stock units, Pulse Investments ended at $4.58 after losing 31 cents and exchanging 443,745 shares. Salada Foods fell $1 to $28, in transferring 24,249 stock units, Scotia Group declined $1.71 to $45.14, in clearing the market with 11,685 units, Seprod shed 50 cents to settle at $64, with 1,163 stocks passing through the market. Sterling Investments gained 50 cents to end at $3.70, with the switching of 330 units, Supreme Ventures gained 48 cents to finish at $16.48 after trading 162,359 shares and Wisynco Group closed 49 cents higher at $16, with 437,353 stocks passing through the market.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE USD market gains

Prices of more stocks rose than fell on Wednesday, resulting in a rise in the US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange after trading 13 percent more shares than on Tuesday.
Trading ended with four securities changing hands, the same as on Tuesday and closed with the price of two stocks rising, one declining and one remaining unchanged.
The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 2.39 points to 190.67. The average PE Ratio is 13.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market ended with 228,031 shares trading at $22,823 compared to 201,406 units at S$1,935 on Tuesday. Trading averaged 57,008 units for US$5,706, in contrast to an average of 50,352 shares at US$484 on Tuesday. The market closed with an average of 51,083 units at US$4,998 for the month to date, compared to 50,758 units at US$4,959 on Tuesday. October ended with an average of 697,808 units for US$17,320.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading for the shows two stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, Proven Investments lost half a cent to end at 25 US cents, after trading  12,853 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1.34 US cents to close at 15.50 US cents, with 117,690 stock units changing hands and Transjamaican Highway inched 0.08 of a cent higher, to end at 0.93 of one US cent, with 97,000 units crossing the exchange.
In the preference segment, Eppley 5% preference share closed at US$1.02, with an exchange of 488 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading drops on TTSE – Wednesday

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Trading dropped on Wednesday with 83 percent fewer shares changing hands as 83 percent less funds changed hands compared to Tuesday on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange. At the close, the major indices bounced but failed to wipe the sizable declines on Tuesday.
The market closed with 14 securities trading, down from twenty on Tuesday, and ended with six stocks advancing, two declining and six remaining unchanged. Trading resulted in 40,527 shares for $676,306 compared to 236,245 shares valued $3,864,740 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 2,895 units at $48,308 versus an average of 11,812 units at $193,237 for each security on Tuesday. For the month to date, averaged 10,018 shares at $131,742 compared to 10,403 units at $136,252 on Tuesday. October closed with an average of 16,922 shares for $285,061.
The T&T Composite Index rose 4.43 points to 1,280.30, the All T&T Index advanced by 5.50 points to 1,704.25, while the Cross Listed Index gained 0.46 points to close at 115.80.
Investors Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of five stocks higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
Stocks rising│ Grace Kennedy gained 5 cents to close at $3.65, in exchanging 5,000 shares, JMMB Group ended 5 cents higher at $1.77, with 7,945 stock units traded, Massy Holdings advanced by $2 to $59 after the trading of 3,476 units. NCB Financial Group ended at $8, with gains of 5 cents in transferring 2,195 units, National Flour picked up 2 cents to close at $1.86 after an exchange of 778 units and Trinidad and Tobago NGL rose 10 cents to $14.60, with 2,355 shares changing hands.
Stocks declining│ Prestige Holdings shed 25 cents to $7.25, with an exchange of 25 units and Republic Financial Holdings slipped 1 cent trading 22 units to finish at $135.99.
Stocks trading firm│ Clico Investments traded 2,610 shares at $25, First Caribbean International Bank held firm at $7.05 while exchanging 2,091 stock units, First Citizens Bank transferred 1,611 units at $43. Guardian Holdings closed at $20.50, trading 28 shares, One Caribbean Media exchanged 6,100 stock units at $4.82 and West Indian Tobacco closed at $32.50, with 6,291 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Bulls pushing JSE stocks higher

JSE Main market is up over 6,000 points in early Wednesday trading.

The bulls continue to prowl Wednesday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange with the All Jamaican Composite Index up to trade at 435,382.80, up 6,446.29 points after an hour of trading and is back the April 15 level.
The JSE Main Index is up 5,761.51 points to 397189.72. Junior Market Index rose moderately moving from 2,529.92 points to 2,544.20.
Grace Kennedy rose from $59.99 to $67.98, while JMMB Group is trading up at $34.90 and Sagicor Group is up to $51.51.

Bulls roll on at Exchange Place

The majority of stock trading rose on Tuesday on Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market after an exchange of 68 percent more shares worth 62 percent more than on Monday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 2,982.72 points to 428,936.51, the Main Index rose 2,680.31 points to 391,428.21 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.29 points to settle at 103.11.
Trading ended with 45 securities changing hands compared to 41 on Monday and closed with the prices of 24 stocks rising, 13 declining and eight ending unchanged. The average PE Ratio ends at 16 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading closed with 46,789,600 shares changing hands for $269,845,318 compared to 27,815,530 units at $166,571,949 on Monday.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 46.5 percent of total volume, after exchanging 21.77 million shares, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 32.4 percent for 15.14 million units, JMMB Group with 11.4 percent market share for 5.34 million units and Wigton Windfarm accounted for 2.2 percent of trading with 1 million units.
Trading averaged 1,039,769 units changing hands at $5,996,563 for each security, compared to an average of 678,428 shares at $4,062,730 on Monday. Trading for the month to date averaged 390,690 units at $7,005,102 for each security, versus 346,635 units at $7,073,555 on Monday. October averaged 398,200 units at $4,622,532.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Caribbean Cement advanced $2.90 to $60.90 with the trading of 26,059 shares, Eppley fell $2.90 to $22.10, in exchanging 1,564 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $2.50 to $44, with 12,622 stock units changing hands. First Rock Capital shed 94 cents to end at $12.06 after exchanging 10,392 shares, Grace Kennedy gained $3 to close at $61, with the trading of 177,009 stocks, Jamaica Broilers rose $1.50 to $27.90 in switching ownership of 13,747 stock units. Jamaica Producers finished $1.68 higher at $21.74, after clearing the market with 2,188 units, JMMB Group rose $1.10 to $33, in an exchange of 5,338,124 shares, Kingston Properties climbed 50 cents to $7.48, with 2,025 units changing hands. Mayberry Investments ended $1.38 higher at $7 trading 50,100 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities gained 93 cents to finish at $7.93, with investors swapping 30,167 stock units, NCB Financial fell $3.40 to $145.10, with an exchange of 18,559 shares. Palace Amusement declined $200 to end at $1,100, in trading 5 stock units, Pan Jam Investment rose $1.50 to $66.50, after exchanging 2,067 stock units, Proven Investments gained 79 cents to close at $39.04, trading 2,785 units. Sagicor Group advanced $2 to $50 and ending with an exchange of 309,520 shares, Salada Foods climbed $4 to close at $29, trading 7,008 units, Seprod gained $1.50 to end at $64.50 after exchanging 19,273 stock units and Sterling Investments lost 50 cents to close at $3.20 transferring 255,264 shares.
In the preference segment, Community & Workers Credit Union lost 20 cents to close at an all-time low of $1.50 after trading 6,800 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market slips up

Early morning trading pushed the index above Monday’s close for the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Tuesday to 2,556.57, but the market failed to hold on to the gains and closed the day with a modest fall after more stocks declined than rose, with 12 percent fewer shares traded than Monday.
Trading ended with 33 securities changing hands compared to 37 on Monday and closed with the prices of 11 stocks rising, 14 declining and eight remaining unchanged. Dolphin Cove closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $5.50.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 11.88 points to settle at 2,529.92. The average PE Ratio ended at 12.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading ended with an exchange of 5,272,918 shares for $15,658,293 compared to 5,999,938 units at $21,980,840 on Monday. Lasco Financial led trading with 38.7 percent of total volume for 2.04 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group with 20.3 percent after an exchange of 1.07 million and Jamaican Teas with 9.1 percent market share for 482,354 units.
Trading averaged of 159,785 units at $474,494 in contrast to 162,160 at $594,077 on Monday. Trading month to date, averaged 195,107 units at $565,977 compared to 197,311 units at $571,684 on Monday. Trading in October averaged 230,868 units at $535,509.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $1.60 to $20.10 after trading 8,243 shares, AMG Packaging gained 5 cents to settle at $1.60, with 24,839 stock units changing hands, Cargo Handlers lost 65 cents to close at $6.95, trading 110 units. Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 24 cents to end at $1.90, with the switching ownership of 7,667 units, Caribbean Cream rose 6 cents to $4, after exchanging 137,172 shares, Caribbean Flavours picked up 13 cents to close at $1.70, in exchanging 96,197 shares. Caribbean Producers lost 3 cents to finish at $2.32, with an exchange of 216 units, Dolphin Cove dropped $1.40 to a 52 weeks’ low of $5.50, after trading 47,147 shares, Everything Fresh lost 5 cents to end at 73 cents with 686 units passing through the market. Express Catering gained 24 cents to close at $3.98, in trading 5,010 units, Fontana gained 8 cents and closed at $5.08, in the transfer of 292,599 shares, Fosrich fell 49 cents to $4 after exchanging 75,552 shares. General Accident lost 10 cents in closing at $6.10, with 27,042 stock units crossing the market, GWest Corporation fell 12 cents to 65 cents, trading 10,000   units, Indies Pharma lost 8 cents in closing at $2.43 and finishing with 13,100 units changing hands.

ISP Finance gained 11 cents to end at $16.11, after crossing the market with 22,879 stock units, Jamaican Teas shed 35 cents to close at $6.50, in the trading of 482,354 shares, Knutsford Express advanced 94 cents to $6.65, in exchanging 100 units. Lasco Distributors picked up 1 cent to end at $3.15, in the transferring of 14,129 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing gained 9 cents ending at $3.85, with 10,229 stock units passing through the market, Lumber Depot lost 8 cents to close at $1.21 after exchanging 235,357 shares. Mailpac Group ended 1 cent lower at $2.16 trading 1,071,273 shares, Paramount Trading fell 5 cents to settle at $1.30, with an exchange of 29,900 stock units, Tropical Battery gained 3 cents to close at $1.19, in crossing the market with 176,737 shares and tTech fell 8 cents to $4.87, with 50 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE USD market closes higher

Prices closed mixed on the US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, with the market index rising after exchanging 35 percent fewer shares than on Monday.  
At the close of the market, trading ended with four securities changing hands compared to five on Monday and ended with the prices of one rising, one declining and two remaining unchanged.
The JSE USD Equities Index rose 5.44 points to settle at 188.28. The average PE Ratio ended at 13.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
The market closed with an exchange of 201,406 shares at US$1,935 compared to 390,138 units at US$11,832 on Monday.
Trading averaged 50,352 units changing hands at a mere US$484, in contrast to an average of  78,028 shares at US$2,366 on Monday. Month to date trading averaged 50,758 units at US$4,959 in contrast to 50,782 units at US$5,218 on Monday. By comparison, trading in October averaged 697,808 units for US$17,320.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close of the market, First Rock Capital Investment gained 0.05 of a cent and closed at 8.65 US cents in an exchange of 1,055 units, Productive Business Solutions remained at 66 US cents, with 51 units changing hands, Proven Investments lost 0.48 of a cent to end at 25.50 US cents, in trading 300 units and Transjamaican Highway remained at 0.85 of 1 US cent after a transfer of 200,000 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Sharp all for TTSE stocks

Just one stock rose at the close of trading on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange on Tuesday, but 12 declined, sending the major market indices into a slide with Ansa Merchant Bank and Republic Financial Holdings suffered multi-dollar declines.

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The market closed with 20 securities trading, up from fourteen on Monday. At the close, the prices of seven stocks remained unchanged. Trading resulted in 38 percent fewer shares than on Monday with values climbing 151 percent as 236,245 shares costing $3,864,740 changed hands compared to 382,748 shares valued $1,536,873, on Monday.
Trading averaged 11,812 units at $193,237 versus an average of 27,339 units at $109,777 for each security on Monday. For the month to date, trading averaged 10,403 shares at $136,252 compared to 10,286 units at $131,483 on Monday. October closed with an average of 16,922 shares for $285,061.
The T&T Composite Index dropped 8.23 points to 1,275.87, the All T&T Index plunged 18.15 points to 1,698.75, while the Cross Listed Index gained 0.25 points to close at 115.34.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the bids of five stocks higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers. Two stocks closed at a 52 weeks’ low.
Stocks rising│ L.J Williams B share was the sole stock rising, trading 5,000 stock units at $1.39, after gaining 16 cents.
Stocks declining Agostini’s closed 25 cents lower at $24.25, with a loss of 25 cents transferring 50,000 shares Ansa Merchant Bank dropped $3.56 to $36.39, in exchanging 4,000 stock units, Ansa McAL shed 48 cents trading 2,578 units to end at $48. Clico Investments lost 3 cents to close at $25, with a transfer of 14,500 stock units, First Citizens Bank shed 25 cents to close at $43, with 962 units changing hands, Guardian Holdings ended at $20.50, after losing 28 cents and transferring 11,106 stock units. Guardian Media fell 50 cents to finish at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.50, with an exchange of 2,818 units. One Caribbean Media lost 3 cents trading 2,000 units to close at $4.82, Republic Financial Holdings declined by $2.50 to settle at $136, in transferring 1,390 units. Scotiabank slipped 25 cents to $54, in exchanging 10,000 stock units, Trinidad and Tobago NGL lost 50 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $14.50 trading 3,310 units and West Indian Tobacco fell 94 cents to $32.50, with 3,959 units changing hands.
Stocks trading firm│ First Caribbean International Bank closed at $7.05 trading 84 units, Grace Kennedy exchanged 3,952 units at $3.60, JMMB Group traded 7,332 stock units at $1.72. NCB Financial Group ended at $7.95, with 91,768 shares crossing the market, National Enterprises finished with an exchange of 2,000 units at $3.39, Prestige Holdings ended at $7.50, with 2,486 units changing hands and Trinidad Cement exchanged 17,000 stock units at $2.10.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Q2 profit up at Carreras

Cigarettes are no longer the in-demand and sexy product of former years, nor are stocks of companies involved in the product in strong demand either.
It is against that background that the former highflier and Jamaica Stock Exchange-listed Carreras is to be viewed. But stocks of these companies are sought after by many who see great value in the high dividends paid by them, even if growth in profit is moderate. Years of increased prices on the product, mostly fueled by increased taxation, stymied demand and affected the profitability of the company. For the current year, aftertax profit climbed 11 percent for the September quarter to $911 million from $822 million but dropped 11 percent for the year to date from $1.75 billion to $1.56 billion. Taxation on profits climbed 10 percent in the quarter and the half year to $308 million from $279 million and $531 million from $591 million respectively.
Before tax charges, profit climbed 11 percent for the September quarter to $1.2 billion, up from $1.1 billion in 2019 but dropped 11 percent for the year to date from $2.34 billion to $2.1 billion.
Operating profit climbed by 12 percent for the quarter to $1.2 billion from $1.1 billion but decreased 10 percent for the half year to $2.1 billion from $2.3 billion in the same period in 2019.

Carreras leading brand

Revenue grew 8.5 percent for the quarter to $3.46 billion from $3.2 billion in 2019, with a seven percent drop for the six months to September from $6.64 billion to $6.15 billion. The revenue includes special consumption tax of $2.6 billion, two percent less than the similar period in 2019.
Cost of sales grew nine percent for the quarter from $1.61 billion to $1.76 billion and fell by six percent for the year to date from $3.3 billion to $3.1 billion. Gross profit improved by eight percent for the quarter from $1.58 billion to $1.7 billion but shrunk nine percent for the six month period from $3.3 billion to $3.1 billion. The gross profit margin for the quarter and the six months stood at 49 percent, down a single percentage point from the respective corresponding periods.
Administrative, marketing and distribution expenses fell one percent for the quarter and three percent for the first half of the fiscal year, to $490 million and $999 million, respectively.
The company is in excellent financial health having generated cash inflows from operations of $1.4 billion and after paying $1.6 billion in dividends cash and bank balances stood at $1.8 billion. Current assets ended at $3.53 billion inclusive of accounts receivables of $1.3 billion, with cash funds and inventories making the rest. Current liabilities stood at $2.05 billion. At the end of September, shareholders’ equity stood at $1.8 billion.
Earnings per share came out at 18.76 cents for the quarter and 32.18 cents for the half year. ICInsider.com forecasting 80 cents per share for the fiscal year. The stock last traded at $6.50 on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 8.3 times 2021 earnings.
A dividend of 17 cents per share will be paid on December 16, bringing the payments in the year to 64 cents, for a yield of 10 percent on the current price.