CMP flouting law – no AGM for 11 years

For the nine months to December 2007 CMP Industries reported profit of $5.2 million representing an improvement over the results for the similar period in 2006. The company had $23 million in cash and no interest bearing debt.
From all indications, CMP was generating rental income from property owned at Marcus Garvey Drive that been rented successfully since. By now, the company should have piled up a large amount of cash with several years having passed, are those funds been well managed? That is a big question. Shareholders have no way of knowing since the company has not presented any new financial information nor held a general meeting to update them.
The 2007 results are the last that minority shareholders have received, when the company was listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Apparently, Cash Plus owned entity acquired the majority shares but the Trustees in Bankruptcy has taken control over the company but has supplied no updates on the company finances nor called a general meeting of the company. That leaves the company in breach of the companies Act that require annual general meetings to be held annually.
Recent contact with the Trustees in Bankruptcy indicates that they are controlling the company to realise funds to pay off debtors of Cash Plus. If that is true and it can’t really be so unless they sell the shares of the controlling interest, as the company belongs to all shareholders and any cash inflow if distributed has to be done equally to all shareholders as CMP is not indebted to Cash Plus debtors.
CMP Holdings Limited, was incorporated under the laws of St. Lucia, and which owns and controls approximately eighty percent (80%) of the shares in CMP Industries in 2007 sold the shares to Castelo Holdings, was said to have acquired 80 percent interest in CMP.
CMP shares were suspended from trading on the JSE in 2008, pending an offer to minority shareholders that never came. Minority shareholders need to know what is happening to their investment in the company and the Trustees in Bankruptcy cannot continue to flout the law.

JSE trading picks up Friday

Trading picked up further on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday, with 2,798,965 units valued $103,358,114 compared 3,487,141 units valued at $63,034,296 changing hands on Thursday.
The main and US dollar markets, had 33 securities changing hands, with prices of 7 rising, 16 declining with 10 remaining unchanged, compared to 32 securities trading on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator suggest that the market could enjoy strong gains on Monday with the reading showing 17 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and only 1 closing with a lower offer.
Market activity led to the All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 1,774.48 points to 414,328.09 and the JSE Index advanced by 1,616.75 points to close at 377,499.74.
Scotia Group led trading with 551,291 units and 19.70 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Seprod with 442,081 units or 15.8 percent of the volume changing hands and Grace Kennedy with 367,707 units with units accounting for 13.14 percent of the day’s volume.
An average of 93,299 units valued at over $3,445,270, in contrast to 120,246 shares valued at $2,173,596 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 55,273 units valued at $1,525,800 compared to 50,226 units valued at $1,233,495, previously. Trading for December ended, with an average of 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments shed $1.07 and closed at $50.43, with just 510 shares traded, Jamaica Broilers lost $1 and finished trading at $28, with 35,857 units, Jamaica Producers rose $1.50 to close at $22.50, with 1,536 shares changing hands. JMMB Group lost $1.48 and concluded trading of 8,480 shares at $32.50, Kingston Wharves dropped $1.95 to $75.50, with 807 units changing hands. PanJam Investment declined 50 cents to end at $70, trading 39,228 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund  shed 95 cents, while trading 52,515 shares, to close at $10.05,  Salada Foods  traded 11,964 units at $31.51. Scotia Group  traded 551,291 shares after gaining $2.98 to close at $54.99, Seprod gained 25 cents and closed at $30.25, trading 442,081 shares, Stanley Motta traded 12,700 shares, but fell 75 cents to end at $4.25 and Supreme Ventures, gained 50 cents to end at $19.50, with 17,332 stock units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 40,984 units valued at $43,283 units. JMMB Group 6% preference shares traded 24,139 units to close at $1.05, followed by and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share traded 8,000 units to close at US$2 and Proven Investments that rose 0.1 cent in trading 8,845 units at 21.90 US cents after falling 0.01 cent. The JSE USD Equities Index was unchanged at the close at 166.86.

Fontana & Dolphin Cove dominate juniors

Dolphin Cove dominated trading.

Trading in Fontana shares was again dominant in the trading on Friday the Junior Market as the price pulled back from Thursday’s close, but Dolphin Cove shared in the spotlight with 47 percent of the volume traded versus 37 per cent for Fontana.
Market activity ended trading with an exchange of 16,780,456 units valued at $150,707,233, compared to 10,552,784 units valued at $39,947,417 on Thursday. At the close of trading, 25 securities changed hands, resulting in the prices of 10 rising, 9 declining and 6 remained unchanged, compared to 22 securities changing hands on Thursday.
The average trade ended at 671,218 units for an average of $6,028,289 in contrast to 479,672 units for an average of $1,815,792 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 859,400 units valued at $3,408,614 and previously 890,764 units valued at $2,972,001. In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, AMG Packaging ended at $1.94, trading 5,512 stock units, Blue Power jumped 76 cents to $5.80, trading 33,806 units, CAC 2000 finished at $18, with 245 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 69,578 shares and rose 10 cents to $5.95, Caribbean Flavours traded 7,000 stock units at $19. Caribbean Producers finished trading 1 cent higher at $4.96, with 112,023 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed 5 cents higher at $1.80, exchanging 157,000 shares, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.50, with 41,010 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading 7,862,970 shares with a loss of $1.50 at $15. Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 8 cents at $2.87, trading of 57,342 stock units, Everything Fresh shed 5 cents to end trading of 39,325 shares at $1.69, Express Catering settled 5 cents higher at $8, with the trading of 39,130 units, FosRich Group ended trading of 9,000 shares with a loss of 15 cents at $3.60. General Accident traded 5 cents higher at $3.45, in exchanging 35,246 shares. Investors reacted negatively to Indies Pharma full year results with lower profits than for 2017 and sold the stock down by 25 cents, to end at $3.10, trading 1,411,221 shares. Jamaican Teas traded 17,740 shares with a loss of 10 cents to close at $4.40, Jetcon Corporation settled with a loss of 1 cent at $3.03, with 133,058 shares changing hands, Key Insurance ended trading of 100 stock units at 10 cents higher to $3.20,  Knutsford Express finished trading of 100,187 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $12. Lasco Distributors closed 20 cents higher at $4, with an exchange of 14,700 shares, Lasco Financial  ended 10 cents higher at $4.30, with the trading of 371,892 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  concluded trading 18 cents higher at $3.98, with 21,195 stock units, Main Event finished at $6.98, trading 200 units and Medical Disposables settled at $7, with 3,475 shares changing hands.

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

Modest price changes for TTSE stocks – Friday

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Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with trading in 17 securities against 13 on Thursday, with 5 advancing, 4 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market, the Composite Index lost 3.52 points on close at 1,307.78, while the All T&T Index shed 0.52 points to 1,706.21 and the Cross Listed Index fell 0.90 points to 122.89.
Trading ended with 170,700 shares at a value of $1,561,596, compared to 168,378 shares on Thursday valued at $4,345,130.
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.
Stocks trading with gains| Clico Investments gained 55 cents and settled at $20.05, with 1,310 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings finished trading 6,522 units after increasing 1 cent to close at $18.51, JMMB Group rose 2 cents and completed trading at $1.80, after exchanging 100,000 shares. NCB Financial Group finished 5 cents to end at $8.70, after exchanging 8,000 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading of 16,999 units and gained 5 cents to close at $29.10.
Stocks trading with losses| Ansa Mcal closed with a loss of 1 cent at $55, in exchanging 2,099 shares, First Caribbean International Bank closed with a loss of 20 cents at $8.30, trading 1,204 units., Trinidad Cement shed 5 cents and ended at $2.65, after exchanging 1,000 shares and Unilever Caribbean lost 30 cents, and completed trading of 100 shares at a 52 weeks’ low of $22.60.
Stocks trading firm| First Citizens Bank ended trading at $34, after exchanging 5,885 shares, Grace Kennedy settled at $3.06, with 17,000 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings completed trading at $47.05, after exchanging 1,193 shares, National Enterprises settled at $8.01, with 6,950 stock units changing hands. National Flour concluded trading of 596 units at $1.65, Prestige Holdings ended at $7.50, in an exchange of 150 units, Republic Financial Holdings ended at $107.26, after exchanging 1,168 shares and West Indian Tobacco settled at $95.40, with 524 stock units changing hands.

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

 

JSE trading doubled on Thursday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange picked up on Thursday, with almost twice the volumes that traded on Wednesday and resulted in minor increases to the market indices.  
At the close of trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index inched 83.14 points higher to 412,553.61 and the JSE Index eked out a modest rise of 75.75 points to close at 375,882.99.
Main market trading ended with, 3,487,141 units valued at $63,034,296 compared 1,683,322 units valued at $37,751,520 changing hands on Wednesday.
The main and US dollar markets, had 32 securities changing hands, with prices of 11 rising, 10 declining with 11 remaining unchanged, compared to 31 securities trading on Thursday.
1834 Investments led trading with 971,378 units and 28 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 396,384 units or 11.34 percent of the volume changing hands and Seprod with 382,512 units accounting for 11 percent of the day’s volume.
An average of 120,246 units valued at $2,173,596, in contrast to 60,119 shares valued at $1,348,269 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 50,226 units valued at $1,233,495 compared to 39,918 units valued at $1,071,215, previously. Trading for December ended, with an average of 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained $1.50 and closed at $51.50, with 33,267 shares traded, Grace Kennedy shed $3 trading 178,439 stock units at $60, Jamaica Broilers gained $1 and finished trading at $29, with 361,940 units, Jamaica Producers rose 95 cents to close at $21, with 200,097 shares changing hands. Kingston Wharves rose $2.45 to settle at $77.45, with 2,600 units changing hands, NCB Financial Group gained 90 cents in trading just 2,600 shares at $149.90.  PanJam Investment  declined by $1.50 to end at $70.50, trading 15,048 units, Sagicor Group gained 99 cents trading 51,887 units to close at $39.99, Sagicor Real Estate Fund shed the 66 cents it picked up on Wednesday, while trading 395,384 shares, to close at $11.  Scotia Group  traded 30,100 shares after declining $1.99 to close at $52.01 and Sygnus Credit Investments rose by 50 cents to close at $11.50 in trading 98,314 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 59,299 units valued at $32,695. JMMB Group 6% preference shares traded 26,511 units after rising 1 cents to close at $1.05, followed by Proven Investments that rose 0.1 cent in trading 14,788 units at 21.90 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments traded 18,000 units at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index was unchanged at the close at 166.86.

Fontana gains 97% from IPO price – Thursday

Fontana traded at a high of $4.20 during the third day of listing on the Junior Market but increased selling brought it down to $3.70 at the close, for a gain of 97 percent from the IPO price of $1.88.
Fontana traded 9,609,205 shares, with a gain of 53 cents, to close at $3.70 and was the major contributor to the volume traded and a 34.26 points rise in the Junior Market Index, to close at 3,276.67.
Trading was down sharply from Wednesday, resulting from an exchange of 10,552,784 units valued at $39,947,417, compared to 24,707,539 units valued at $78,195,277.
Trading ended, with 22 securities changing hands, versus 21 trading on Wednesday, with the prices of 8 rising, 11 falling and 3 remaining unchanged.
The average trade ended at 479,672 units for an average of $1,815,792 in contrast to 1,176,549 units for an average of $3,723,585 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 890,764 units valued at $2,972,001 and previously 961,421 units valued at $3,170,725. In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 6 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, AMG Packaging lost 1 cent and ended at $1.94, trading 267,447 stock units, CAC 2000 finished $1.10 higher at $18, with 2,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers ended with 31,537 stock units changing hands after falling 55 cents to close at $4.95, Consolidated Bakeries traded 31,000 shares at $1.75. Derrimon Trading ended 5 cents higher at $2.50, trading 10,000 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished 10 cents higher at $2.95, with, with an exchange of 33,379 stock units. Everything Fresh shed 6 cents to end trading of 74,781 shares at $1.74, Express Catering ended with a loss of 5 cents at $7.95, with 2,253 units changing hands, FosRich Group ended trading of 63,820 shares at $3.95, with a loss of 5 cents at $7.95, GWest Corporation traded 27,969 and gained 6 cents to close at $1.81. Honey Bun closed with a loss of 10 cents at $3.75, in exchanging 18,500 stock units, Indies Pharma  traded 105,904 shares and rose 15 cents to end at $3.35, Jetcon Corporation  settled with a loss of 16 cents at $3.04, with an exchange of 7,000 shares, KLE Group traded 8,000 units and lost 5 cents at $2.95. Knutsford Express  finished trading of 7,539 shares at $13, Lasco Distributors  fell 9 cents at $3.80, trading 27,240 shares. Lasco Financial  closed at $4.20, with an exchange of 96,350 shares, Medical Disposables fell 10 cents in settling at $7, in exchanging 14,682 shares. Paramount Trading  ended trading with a loss of 15 cents at $2.45, while trading 8,176 shares and Stationery and Office jumped 40 cents to close at $8.40, while exchanging 19,087 shares.

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

 

Indies shareholders exposed to tax risk

Indies Pharma reported lower profit for the year to October as slower gains in second half revenues and a more meager profit margin sapped the contribution from the increased sales.
While the company needs to sort out the loss in profit margin. There is also another big issue directors need to deal with. Included in receivables is shareholders’ loan of $136 million with no movement in the year and no information in the audited statements of terms relating thereto including the date for liquidation. IC insider.com source suggest that the recent two large blocks of shares of approximately 115 million units traded in the market this week, is a move to clear off the balance and that should show in the March quarterly report.
Additionally, directors owe the company $37 million, an amount that increased during the year. The company needs to clean up the balance sheet as it could be subject to taxes on distribution for the amount owed to the company by directors and possibly the shareholders. The other factor is that it appears that these amounts are free of interest. Other related party indebtedness also needs regularising with specific terms for transparency.
Profit for the full year is down to $120 million after tax, from $137 million in 2017. At the half way mark, profit was $54 million versus $52 million in 2017, the growth in profit for the 2018 second half was less than in 2017.
Revenues from sales grew just 2.5 percent for the year, down from 9.9 percent at the half-year mark. Cost of sales rose 16.6 percent for the full year compared to the 17.5 percent at April, but with sharply differing sales growth. The net effect is a fall in gross profit for the full year to $393 million from $412 million in 2017. Gross profit improved to $187 million at the 2018 half-way mark, from $177 million in 2017.
Administrative cost was virtually flat at the end of April at $110 million versus $108 million and climbed 6.7 percent to $240 million for the year. Finance cost, inclusive of foreign exchange losses, was flat at $16 million for the year.
As the company listed on the Junior Market, the corporate tax bill is down to $18 million, from $35 million in 2017.
The statement of financial position reflects pretty strong financials, with equity capital of $668 million, strong working capital including $102 million of liquid funds.
Indies last traded at $3.35 on the Junior Market, based on these results the PE ratio would be 37 but investors are looking for a brighter 2019 results.

TTSE stocks in modest rise – Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended Thursday with trading in 13 securities against 14 on Wednesday, with 4 advancing, 3 declining and 6 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market the Composite Index rose 3.56 points to 1,311.30 . The All T&T Index gained 0.03 points to 1,706.73, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.98 points to close at 123.79.
Trading ended with 168,378 shares at a value of $4,345,130 compared to 381,550 shares on Wednesday valued at $8,295,652.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at 3 stocks with bids than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks trading with gains| Angostura Holdings closed with a gain of 4 cents at $16.05, with 10 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank gained 20 cents and settled at $8.50, with 580 units trading. JMMB Group rose 3 cents to $1.78, after exchanging 14,450 shares and Massy Holdings closed with an increase of 5 cents at $47.05, after exchanging 1,445 shares.
Stocks trading with losses| Sagicor Financial fell 1 cent and ended at $8.98, after exchanging 10,500 shares, Scotiabank shed 1 cent and completed trading 100 stock units at $63.99 and Unilever Caribbean lost 10 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $22.90, after exchanging 1,400 shares.
Stocks trading firm | Ansa Mcal settled at $55.01, in trading 5,500 units, First Citizens concluded trading at $34, after exchanging 2,755 shares, Guardian Holdings settled at $18.50, with 11,352 units changing hands, Republic Financial Holdings closed at $107.26, after exchanging 147 shares. Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.05, with an exchange of 120,114 units and West Indian Tobacco completed trading at $95.40, with 25 stock units changing hands.

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

JSE trading remains subdued Wednesday

Trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed Wednesday with modest losses in the market indices, as trading levels remained below normal.
At the close of trading, the All Jamaican Composite Index lost 361.86 points to end at 412,470.47 and the JSE Index declined by 329.70 points to close at 375,807.24.
Main market trading ended with 1,683,322 units valued at $37,751,520, compared to 1,496,686 units valued at $31,571,688 changing hands on Wednesday.
The main and US dollar markets, had 31 securities changing hands, with prices of 11 rising, 9 declining with 10 remaining unchanged, compared to 27 securities trading on Wednesday.
Sagicor Real Estate Fund led trading with 507,100 units and 30.1 percent of the day’s volume, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference shares with 265,000 units or 15.74 percent of the volume changing hands and Barita Investments with 101,743 units accounting for 6 percent of the day’s volume.
An average of 60,119 units valued at over $1,348,269, in contrast to 55,433 shares valued at $1,169,322 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 39,918 units valued at $1,071,215 compared to 44,147 units valued at $1,258,519, previously. Trading for December ended, with an average of 835,037 units with a value of $25,906,477, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained $2 and closed at $50, with 101,743 shares traded, Caribbean Cement fell $1 and finished at $40 while trading 2,700 shares, Grace Kennedy added $2 trading 5,850 stock units at $63, Jamaica Producers dropped $1.45 to close at $20.05, with 55,372 shares changing hands. JMMB Group jumped $3.19 to conclude trading of 47,251 shares at $33.99, Mayberry Investments rose 40 cents and ended trading of 2,500 shares at $9.40, Mayberry Jamaican Equities rose 45 cents trading with 26,352 shares, at $9.55, NCB Financial Group gained 50 cents in trading 82,269 shares at $149.  Sagicor Group lost 98 cents trading 40,721 units to close at $39, Sagicor Real Estate Fund  gained 66 cents and ended trading 507,100 shares at $11.66,  Scotia Group traded 80,355 shares after declining 50 cents to close at $54. Seprod fell by $1 and ended at $30, with 8,245 shares trading and Supreme Ventures  concluded trading at $19, with 5,620 stock units changing hands after climbing by 51 cents.
Trading in the US dollar market resulted in 36,500 units valued at $53,052. JMMB Group 5.75% preference shares traded 25,000 units in closing at US$2, JMMB Group 6% preference shares traded 650 units after falling 1 cents to close at $1.04, followed by Proven Investments that rose 0.5 cents in trading 10,850 units at 22 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 4.40 points to close at 166.86.

Fontana jumps 69% to $3.17 – Wednesday

Fontana Waterloo Road

Fontana traded just 162 shares on the second day of listing on the Junior Market with the price jumped 69 percent to close at $3.17. Trades of 213,616 shares up to $3.55 were canceled at the close of the market.
Trading climbed sharply over Tuesday, resulting from an exchange of 24,707,539 units valued at $78,195,277, compared to 2,386,009 units valued at $16,626,218. Indies Pharma after trading 93 million units on Monday dominated trading on Wednesday with just over 23 million units.
Trading ended, with 21 securities changing hands, the same number trading on Tuesday. The prices of 8 securities rose 6 declined and 7 remained unchanged, leading the Junior Market Index to rise 20.77 points to close at 3,242.41.
The average trade ended at 1,176,549 units for an average of $3,723,585 in contrast to 113,619 units for an average of $791,725 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 961,421 units valued at $3,170,725 and previously 919,199 units valued at $3,062,219. In contrast, December ended with an average of 136,222 units at a value of $737,367 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with higher bids than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
At the close of the day’s activities, Access Financial traded 135 shares and fell 57 cents to end at $49.98, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 70,044 stock units, Cargo Handlers traded 1,845 shares and gained 20 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $15.20, Caribbean Cream exchanged 7,000 shares to close at $5.85. Carib Producers ended with 51,043 stock units changing hands after rising 60 cents to close at $5.50, Consolidated Bakeries traded 6,000 at $1.75, Elite Diagnostic finished 10 cents lower at $2.85, with an exchange of 2,591 stock units. Everything Fresh gained 5 cents to end trading of 15,550 shares at $1.80, Express Catering settled at $8, with 80,696 units changing hands, FosRich Group ended trading at $3.95, with an exchange of 10,100 shares, GWest traded 12,297 but fell 25 cents to close at $1.75. Honey Bun closed with a gain of 5 cents at $3.85, in exchanging 10,500 stock units, Indies Pharma traded 23,234,566 shares at $3.20, Jamaican Teas finished at $4.50, trading 1,000 shares, Lasco Distributors closed with a rise of 9 cents at $3.89, trading 44,583 shares. Lasco Financial ended with a loss of 3 cents to close at $4.20, with an exchange of 51,050 shares, Lasco Manufacturing  concluded trading of 1,036 stock units with a fall of 5 cents to $3.80,  Medical Disposables  rose 10 cents in settling at $7.10, in exchanging 10,000 shares. SSL Venture Capital exchanged 1,075,153 shares to close at $1.95 and Stationery and Office closed at $8, while exchanging 22,188 shares.

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