Profit rises 29% at PanJam

Stephen Facey Chairman & Paul Hanworth Chief Operating Officer

Trading income at PanJam Investment grew a strong 35 percent to $3.26 billion for 2019 while operating expenses rose just 7 percent to $1.7 billion leading to a 66.6 percent increase in operating profit of $1.55 billion, up from $938 million in 2017.
The major contributor to the increase in operating income was a 151 percent increase in investment income to $1 billion, from $423 million in 2017.
Share of results of associated companies contributed $4.7 billion to profit, compared with $3.9 billion in 2017. After taxation of $311 million and finance cost of $624 million, profit ended at $5.3 billion for an increase of 29 percent. Earnings per share rose to $5.06 for the year.
The group saw growth in profit from Sagicor Group and Downing Street Fund 11 and V but suffered a loss at Chukka Caribbean with revenues falling from $4 billion to $3 billion. New Castle saw a reduction in profit even with an increase in revenues while Caribe Hospitality saw profit rising from $242 million to $271 million of which their share is 32 percent.
PanJam holds equity investments worth $6.8 billion up from $2.4 billion at the end of 2017. The value of investment properties moved from $7.9 billion in 2017 to $8.4 billion and investments in associated companies total $26.3 billion. Total assets at the end of the year was $45.9 billion up from $39.4 billion in 2017. The group borrowed $10.6 billion at the end of 2018, up from $7.5 billion in 2017 and has equity of $34 billion.
PanJam is in the process of upgrading the Oceana building in downtown Kingston to a combination of hotel and residential units slated for sale. There also plans for a business hotel in Montego Freeport in Montego Bay.
The group stocks trades at $81 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at a PE of 12.5 times 2019 estimated earnings of $6.50 and a net book value of $32. PanJam is a stock Investors should consider holding in the long term portfolio to benefit from growth to flow from expansion in the investment field and real estate holdings.

The Lab, coming to a broker near you

NCB Capital Markets is reading a number of new public share issues to come to market by the summer this year.
Numbered amongst them are, The Lab that styles itself as a fully integrated 100 percent Jamaican born and bred advertising agency with global reach and an island swagger. “We are a strategic, creative, passionate solutions oriented and no nonsense group with a heavy emphasis on getting stuff done.” Kimala Bennett is the company’s Managing Director. Clients include National Commercial Bank, JPS, Wendy’s Domino, Supreme Ventures, Wray and Nephew, Grace Kennedy, Caribbean Broiler and Digicel. Persons in the know say this is one of those IPOs to plan for, it unique and profitable. QWI Investments is another that NCB Capital Markets is readying to take to the

Kimala Bennett, Managing Director of The Lab.

Jamaica Stock Exchange main market by early summer.
Another that will be coming to market is Sagicor Select Funds Limited an Exchange Traded Fund. According to a note in the Sagicor Group audited financial statements, “It is the intention of the company to apply to the Board of the Jamaica Stock Exchange for admission of the shares to trading on the main market if subscriptions of at least $5,000,000,000 are raised.”
The above will come on top of the current public offer of Wigton Windfarm that opens next week to raise $5.5 billion, earmarked to be paid over to the government after expenses associated with the offer.

Wigton storms into IC TOP 10

Wigton Windfarm is no 4 on IC Insider.com’s TOP 10

Wigton Windfarm, Jamaica’s latest initial public share offer that will come to the market this week, enters the number 4 position on the IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 main market stock list.
The stock comes to the market at 50 cents per share and boast a PE of 8.3 times, normalized earnings for the year to March 2019. IC Insider sees no great change in earnings going forward, until the present generating capacity for electricity expands.
With a new entrant to the top main market stock list, Grace Kennedy is now out of the top 10. The coming to market of this latest IPO seems to be having a negative impact on stock prices as investors gather funds to invest in what is proving to be a very popular issue. Reports reaching this publication is that a number of brokerage houses saw heavy traffic of applicants to purchase Wigton’s shares on Friday.
Several Junior Market stocks suffered losses this past week, as the Wigton IPO issue is about to open. Whether they are making a smart move or not will be known in a month or two.
Caribbean Cream slipped in price to $5.29 and Medical Disposables fell from $7.50 to $6.50 and moved back into the Junior Market TOP 10. Everything Fresh moved to $1.49 from $1.41 at the close of the previous week and Jamaican Teas closed at $4.05, up from the bid price of $3.50 to move out of the top tier of stocks.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 281 percent, Elite Diagnostic with potential gains of 238 percent and Iron Rock with potential gains of 224 percent.
Radio Jamaica is now the top Main Market stock with 163 percent likely gain, followed by Victoria Mutual investments with 153 percent and Sterling Investments with potential to gain 151 percent.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 13 and the Junior Market at just 10. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks average 6.4 and the main market PE is now 8.2. These levels, point to the huge upside for the TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 36 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 37 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have interest in the securities commented on.

JSE main market inched higher – Friday

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Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index added just 163.58 points to end at 418,809.04 and the JSE Index advanced 148.65 points to 381,578.24, with a decline advance ratio of 7 to 4.
At the close of the main and US markets, 30 securities traded, compared to 32 on Thursday leading to just 8 advancing, 14 declining and 8 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 2,536,555 units valued $102,402,822 compared to just 1,499,809 units valued a mere $37,984,293 crossing the exchange on Thursday.
JMMB Group 7.25% preference share led with 632,975 shares, accounting for 25 percent of total main market volume, followed by NCB Financial Group with 406,921 units with 16 percent of the day’s trades and Sagicor Real Estate X Fund with a mere 173,989 units or 7 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 84,552 units at $3,413,427 for each security traded, in contrast to 49,994 shares valued at $1,266,143 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 161,222 shares at $2,467,500 for each security, compared to 168,967 shares at $2,360,413 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dived $3.50 to close at $39.50, with a 103,722 shares changing hands, Berger Paints lost 73 cents, ending at $20.20, with 50,058 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement fell 48 cents to finish at $63.52, with 37,457 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 18,650 stock units and lost 35 cents to close at $59.55.   Jamaica Broilers dropped $1.20 to close at $30, with 57,256 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers  climbed $1.85 to close at $23.40, trading 12,239 shares, Mayberry Investments  lost 50 cents trading 7,607 shares at $8.50, NCB Financial took back the 99 cents it lost on Thursday to settle at $145, trading 406,921 units. PanJam Investments lost 70 cents and finished at $81, with 97,266 shares crossing the exchange, Sagicor Group rose $1 in trading 154,414 shares to close at $38.15 after rising to $41 in early trading. Sagicor Real Estate Fund exchanged 173,989 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $9.50, after falling 41 cents, Supreme Ventures lost $1 and finished at $25, with 42,324 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 98 cents trading 130,717 units to close at $11.98. There was no trading in the US dollar market.

Junior Market falls over 8% for year – Friday

Junior Market stock trading.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange declined on Friday, pulling the market down by 93.35 points for the week, with the index fallen by 8.3 percent for the year to date.
Investors exchanged 27 pushed securities down from 26 on Thursday and pushed prices of 12 down while moving 8 higher and left 6 unchanged, leading to the market index to decline 26.20 points to close at 2,977.71.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 2,329,925 units valued at $9,758,045, compared to 1,300,783 units valued at $4,737,252, changing hands on Thursday. Trading ended with an average of 86,294 units for an average of $361,409 in contrast to 86,294 units for an average of $361,409 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 105,772 valued at $381,706 and previously 108,069 valued at $384,099 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded.At the close of the market,  Access Financial  closed at $45.50, with an exchange of 15,421 shares, AMG Packaging traded 13,660 stock units to end at $2.23, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 10,900 shares at $5.28, Caribbean Flavours lost 80 cents to close at $16, with 38,000 stock units changing hands. Caribbean Producers traded 29,825 units with a loss of 40 cents to end at $4.20, Derrimon Trading ended 3 cents higher at $2.75, with 129,215 shares crossing the exchange, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with 34,346 shares at $12.50, Everything Fresh finished 9 cents higher at $1.49, in an exchange of 500 stock units. Elite Diagnostic settled 11 cents higher at $2.96, trading 214,512 units, Express Catering ended trading with 87,172 shares and rose 80 cents to $7.80, FosRich Group closed at $3.90, with the swapping of 17,996 shares, Fontana lost 9 cents to end at $3.81, with 162,711 shares changing hands. General Accident closed with a loss of 55 cents at $3.95, with an exchange of 1,500 stock units. GWest Corporation ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.30, with 25,082 units traded, Indies Pharma finished exchanging 1,128,131 shares and lost loss of 1 cent to close at $3.02, Jamaican Teas lost 5 cents to close at $4.05, with 12,257 units changing hands, Jetcon Corporation finished trading 2,000 shares and closed 8 cents higher at $2.53. Knutsford Express ended trading with 25,800 stock units to close 40 cents higher at $12.30, Lasco Distributors finished with a loss of 2 cents at $3.70, with an exchange of 55,200 units, Lasco Financial  settled with a loss of 6 cents at $4.34, with the trading of 13,647 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  ended trading with 148,000 shares at $3.21. Main Event  exchanged with 11,398 shares  and gained 35 cents in closing at $5.25, Medical Disposables  finished trading 10,477 stock units with a loss of $1.50 to $6.50, Paramount Trading   closed with a loss of 35 cents at $2.15, in exchanging 30,000 units, SSL Venture Capital  ended with a loss of 10 cents at $1.55, with the trading of 9,709 shares and Stationery and Office concluded trading with 102,096 shares and rose 1 cent to end at $6.76,. In the junior market preference segment, CAC 2000 closed at $1.15, with 370 shares passing through the market

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

3 stocks rise 3 fall on TTSE – Friday

Trading ended with 13 securities changing hands, against 15 on Thursday on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, on Friday, leading to 3 stocks rising, 3 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
At the market’s close, Composite Index fell 0.98 points to 1,328.64. The All T&T Index declined 1.60 points to 1,761.73, while the Cross Listed Index inched down by 0.05 points higher to close at 120.85.
At the close, investors exchanged 102,669 shares at $1,954,012, compared to 73,463 shares at $1,473,525 on Thursday. LJ Williams B Share ended trading at 52 weeks’ high of 89 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks ending with gains| LJ Williams B share rose 11 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of 89 cents, after exchanging 1,000 shares. Massy Holdings closed with a gain of 4 cents at $53.20, after trading 257 shares and One Caribbean Media gained 5 cents and ended at $10.15, after 7,300 shares changed hands.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $23, with 41,506 stock units changing hands, First Citizens lost 47 cents to close at $36.53, after exchanging 660 shares and JMMB Group closed with a loss of 1 cent at $1.75, after trading 14,244 shares.
Stocks closing firm| Ansa Mcal settled at $55.24, with an exchange of 100 units, First Caribbean International Bank settled at $8.35, with 250 units changing hands, National Enterprises completed trading of 1,000 stock units at $6.80. NCB Financial Group closed at $8.25, exchanging 1,781 shares, Sagicor Financial ended at $8.80, after trading 7,837 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.40, with 24,924 units crossing through the exchange and Unilever Caribbean ended at $26.30, after exchanging 310 shares.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Sagicor’s good profit poor presentation

Jamaica Sagicor Group reports increased 2018 profits.

Financial statements are meant to be understood by users. As most readers are not likely to be trained in accounting, the statements should be prepared in a manner for the average user to understand.
The latest audited financial statement put out by the Sagicor Group and audited by PriceWaterhhouseCoopers includes a profit statement that is a picture of confusion and extremely difficult to understand, that is just not good enough and it should be revamped, for greater clarity. It is just not clear how the statement moves from gross premium income through to investment income and then to total income. To determine what is being conveyed, one has to be fully conversant with computing of income statements and need to decipher what each line item really is and what set of figures relate to what item.
The group recorded total income of $70.7 billion up from $69.7 billion in 2017. The major operation areas generated less income that in 2017. Insurance generated $9.8 billion in 2018 compared to $41 billion in 2017 while investment income fell to $24.3 billion versus $26.7 billion in the previous year. Expenses moved from $55.9 billion in 2017 to just $54 billion in the latest period to December 2018. The reduction resulted from a big decline in movement in actuarial liabilities from $10.7 billion in 2017 to just $2.3 billion in 2018.

Reading the statement one has to guess whether the total cost is that of operating profit or expenses, as there is no caption to clarify. The report then ends up with profit before tax of $18 billion, up from $15 billion in 2017, but readers have to search to determine how the amount, was arrived at. After taxation charge of $4.2 billion versus $$2.9 billion in 2017, the group reported net profit of $13.9 billion against $12 billion in 2017. Earnings per share ended at $3.65 but was boosted by gains of $1.5 billion arising from consolidation of Sagicor Real Estate Fund.
At year-end, shareholders’ equity rose to $74.3 billion from $68.5 billion at the end of 2017 while total assets jumped to $394 billion from $352 billion.

Falling stocks clobber JSE – Thursday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 4,093.70 points to 418,645.45 and the JSE Index diving by 3,720.07 points to 381,429.58 following a decline advance ratio of 5 to 2.
At the close of the main and US markets, 32 securities traded, compared to 33 on Wednesday leading to just 6 advancing, 15 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 1,499,809 units valued a mere $37,984,293 compared to 1,945,908 units valued just $26,582,198 crossing the exchange on Wednesday.
Wisynco Group led with just 286,871 shares, accounting for 19 percent of total main market volume, followed by Barita Investments with just 202,682 units with 13.5 percent of the day’s trades and Victoria Mutual Investments with a mere 138,470 units or 9 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 49,994 units valued at an average of $1,266,143, in contrast to 77,588 units valued at $1,371,263 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 168,967 shares at $2,360,413 for each security, compared to 182,335 shares at $2,500,108 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dived $7 to close at $43, with a 202,682 shares changing hands, Berger Paints jumped $1.20 and ended at $20.20, with 217 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement fell $2 to finish at $64, with 30,573 changing hands, Carreras lost 35 cents and concluded trading of 71,125 units at $8.90. Eppley ended with a loss of 50 cents trading 4,348 shares to close at $10.50, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.20 to close at $31.20, with 29,456 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers lost 45 cents to close at $21.55, trading 116,272 shares. JMMB Group fell 79 cents to end at $30.01, with an exchange of 33,468 shares, NCB Financial gave back the 99 cents it gained on Wednesday to settle at $144.01, trading 21,081 units, Pulse Investments lost 30 cents and finished at $2.70, with 113,778 shares crossing the exchange. Sagicor Group fell $1.85 in trading 109,632 shares at $37.15, Seprod lost 75 cents to close at $42, with 11,431 shares traded and Supreme Ventures lost $1 and finished at $26, with 44,274 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 34,559 units valued at US$4,622. Proven Investments ended trading with 7,500 units at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1 cent in trading 27,059 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 3.80 points to close at 176.43.

Junior Market inched higher – Thursday

iCreate hits a low of 80 cents on Thursday.

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange inched modestly higher on Thursday, following two days of above normal levels of decline.  
Investors exchanged 26 pushed securities down from 29 on Wednesday and pushed prices of 10 down while moving 6 higher and left 10 unchanged, leading to the market index gaining 9.97 points to close at 3,003.91, down 7.5 percent for the year to date.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 6 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 1,300,783 units valued at $4,737,252, compared to 4,599,999 units valued $17,666,220 changing hands on Wednesday. Trading ended with an average of 50,030 units for an average of $182,202 in contrast to 158,621 units for an average of $609,180 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 108,069 valued at $384,099 and previously 115,502 valued at $409,958 for each security traded. In contrast, March closed with an average of 195,942 shares valued at $777,498 for each security traded. At the close of the market,  Access Financial  closed at $45.50, with an exchange of 3,000 shares, Blue Power concluded trading with 433 units at $4.50, Cargo Handlers gained 5 cents to at $11, with 3,500 shares passing through the market, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 13,917 shares and lost 2 cents to close at $5.28. Caribbean Flavours traded 11,600 stock units at $16.80, Caribbean Producers finished trading with 34,150 units, and fell 10 cents to $4.60, Derrimon Trading ended 22 cents higher at $2.72, with 3,500 shares clearing the exchange, Everything Fresh finished at $1.40, trading 55,899 stock units, Elite Diagnostic settled with a loss of 5 cents at $2.85, with 138,334 units changing hands. Express Catering ended trading with 3,162 shares, after falling 50 cents to close at $7, FosRich Group exchanged 6,585 shares, with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, Fontana finished trading 139,911 shares, with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, General Accident closed 50 cents higher at $4.50, with an exchange of 64,523 stock units. GWest Corporation ended at $1.35, with 50,700 units changing hands, Honey Bun concluded trading of 102,733 shares, at $3.70,  iCreate lost 18 cents to close at an all-time low of 80 cents, with an exchange of 51,586 shares, Indies Pharma finished at $3.03, trading 144,477 shares, Jamaican Teas traded with 55,972 units and rose 40 cents to close at $4.10. Jetcon Corporation  finished trading of 41,176 shares, with a loss of 5 cents to close at $2.45,  Knutsford Express traded 5,094 stock units at $11.90,  Lasco Distributors  finished 2 cents higher at $3.72, with 39,800 units clearing the exchange, Lasco Financial settled 30 cents higher at $4.40, with 79,321 shares changing hands. Lasco Manufacturing ended trading 203,560 shares at $3.21, Main Event fell 51 cents to close at $4.90, with 7,139 shares changing hands, Stationery and Office concluded trading of 38,511 shares at $6.75 and tTech settled with a loss of 20 cents at $5.30, in trading 2,200 stock units.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Rising TTSE stocks still on top – Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Trading ended with 15 securities changing hands, against 16 on Wednesday on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange, on Thursday, leading to 5 stocks rising, 2 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
At the market’s close, Composite Index rose 1.85 points to 1,329.62. The All T&T Index gained 0.84 points to 1,763.33, while the Cross Listed Index inched 0.40 points higher to close at 120.90.
At the close, investors exchanged 73,463 shares at $1,473,525, compared to 378,808 shares at $4,842,548 on Wednesday leaving, First Citizens, Grace Kennedy and Clico Investments to end trading at 52 weeks’ highs.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, stocks ending with gains| Clico Investments gained 25 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $23.25, with 41,000 stock units changing hands, First Citizens concluded trading 1,299 shares with a rise of 47 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $37. Grace Kennedy added 5 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.35, with 100 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Financial increased 30 cents to $8.80, after exchanging 6,000 shares and Unilever Caribbean rose 5 cents and ended at $26.30, after trading 735 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Republic Financial Holdings fell 33 cents and settled at $119.92, after exchanging 553 shares and Scotiabank lost 1 cent to end at $63, with 1,837 stock units changing hands.
Stocks closing firm| Angostura Holdings ended at $16, with 10 stock units changing hands, Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 220 shares to close at $15, First Caribbean International Bank completed trading of 7,208 units at $8.35, Guardian Holdings closed at $18.50, after exchanging 3,000 units. JMMB Group exchanged 270 shares at $1.76, National Enterprises ended at $6.80, with 551 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial Group settled at $8.25, after exchanging 10,000 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL completed trading with 680 units at $29.40.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.