Gary Powell KLE director dumps shares

KLE_bannerCraig Powell, a director and second largest shareholder in KLE Group dumped part of his holdings in the floundering group, during Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Stocks and Securities acting as brokers, on behalf of the seller and buyer executed the trade at 90 cents each, for the 7,181,043 units that Powell owned. Powell should pocket just under $6,462,938 from the sale, down substantially, from the $26.6 million value placed on it, at the time of the IPO. The amount represents a portion of 10,693,750 that the company’s prospectus said he held prior to the issuing shares to the public in 2012, and now leaves him holding 3,201,343 units. At the time of the IPO, the amount represented 14.64 percent of the total issued shares, after the issue it would have come down to 10.70 percent, the prospectus stated. Powell’s holding after the public issue was second only to Gary Matalon’s holdings of 13.69 percent. At the time of the public issue Usain Bolt’s Sherwood Holdings Limited held 6,757,000 in the company. KLE’s 2013 annual report, lists Sherwood as still owning them.
craig_powell-280x280Who is Powell?| The KLE prospectus list Powell’s credentials as follows: “Non-Executive Director he was appointed September 8th, 2008. Powell has over twenty-four (24) years’ experience in management and event marketing and promotions. Powell’s work experience spans operations management at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel, regional sales and marketing at Amalgamated Distributors Limited and management at Midel Distributors Limited.
Powell also has a wealth of experience in the event-planning and entertainment industry, having been a principal in many of Jamaica’s premier entertainment attractions and events, such as The Appleton Estate All-Jamaica Grill-Off, which is perhaps the only event of its kind in Jamaica.
Powell also has substantial agricultural investments, which includes the production and export of produce and has an interest in Jamaica Hydroponics Ltd., a company that grows and distributes vegetables to hotels and retail outlets. Jamaica Hydroponics Limited owns and operates the largest hydroponics farm in Jamaica.”
KLE Group has been bleeding badly, having made a loss of $56 million in 2013, it followed that up with a loss of $13 million in the March quarter this year, but this was an improvement on the $17 million loss they suffered in the March 2013 period.

Bank of Jamaica tames market with big sale

BankofJamaicaBOJBank of Jamaica’s announcement on Wednesday that they would intervene in the forex market on Thursday, led to heavy volume of US dollar being bought and sold, with dealers buying US$79.2 million and selling US$75 million, the rate for selling the US dollar slipped back by 3 cents Jamaican to J$112.71, compared with J$112.74 on Wednesday.
FX sum 10-7-14On Thursday, dealers bought the equivalent of $81,413,723 versus US$30,976,689 on Wednesday and they sold the equivalent of US$76,753,326 compared to US$27,377,149 sold on the previous trading day.
In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$79,215,627 compared to US$27,065,797 on Wednesday as the buying rate for the US dollar rose 36 cents to $112.50 and sold US$75,110,656 versus US$29,837,045 on Wednesday, with the rate falling 3 cents to $112.71.
The Canadian dollar buying rate fell 33 cents, to $102.79 with dealers buying only C$749,467 and selling even less, C$510,916 as the rate declined, 56 cents to $105.99.
The Pound closed at $189.20, for the purchase of £751,860, the rate declined 19 cents, while £341,356 was sold, with the rate unchanged at $192.97. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$248,856 while selling was the equivalent of just US$577,766.
FX hl -10-7-14Highs & Lows| The highest rate for buying the US dollar fell 5 cents to $113.20, the lowest buying and the highest selling rates were unchanged at $92.02 and $117.91 respectively and the lowest selling rate rose $16.33 to $109.80.
The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar was up by 10 cents, to $106.20 and the lowest buying rate was unchanged at $83.83. The highest selling rate fell 32 cents, to $108.07 and lowest selling rate was unchanged, at $101.
The highest buying rate for the British Pound, fell 35 cents to $193.30, while the lowest buying rate was unchanged, at $154.75 and the highest selling rate climbed by $3.22, to $199.56, the lowest selling rate was rose $1.35 cents, to $186.45.

Dealers buy US$81m, sold US$77

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Bank of Jamaica’s announcement on Wednesday that they would intervene in the forex market on Thursday, led to heavy volume of US dollar being bought and sold, with dealers buying US$79.2 million and selling US$75 million, the rate for selling the US dollar slipped back by 3 cents Jamaican to J$112.71, compared with J$112.74 on Wednesday. Dealers bought a total of US$81 million in all currencies and sold US$77 million.

Few gains as market declined moderately

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In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of only 2 stocks rose and 9 declined with 24 securities changing hands, resulting in 3,236,728 stock units trading, valued at $17,661,162. Price changes were moderate and is reflected in moderate declines in the market indices.

JSE sum 10-7-14fMain Market| The JSE Market Index fell by 168.40 points to 70,424.78 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined by 188.30 points to close at 77,455.89.
Gains| Only Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained at the end of trading in the main market with 87,160 shares to close with a gain of 10 cents at $6.10.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price are Cable & Wireless with a mere 735 units to close at 29 cents, Caribbean Cement 5,936 shares to close at $2.20, Jamaica Broilers 24,427 units and closed at $4.57, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 1,000,000 shares to close at $7, Kingston Wharves 5,132 units to end trading at $6, National Commercial Bank with 51,246 shares trading, to close at $18, Pan Jamaican Investment 9,500 units that traded to close at $48.02 and Scotia Group with 17,500 shares trading to close at $18.40.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share with 436,000 units traded to close at $2 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share, 343,347 units traded to close at $3.03.
Declines| The stocks that declined in the main market are Berger Paints with 5,939 shares, declined by 5 cents to close at $1.60, Carreras with 25,536 units changing hands, to close 15 cents lower, at $35.05, Desnoes & Geddes 600 shares closing at 15cents down at $4.25, Jamaica Producers with 3,023 units traded down 24 cents to close at $18 and Sagicor Group with 481,750 shares closed at $9.05 with a 4 cents fall.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 9.89 points to close at 701.76 as 8 stocks traded with only 1 advancing and 4 declining.
Gains| General Accident Insurance was the only stock in the junior market to record an increase in price as 414,536 shares were traded to close 5 cents higher at $1.50.
Firm Trades| The stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before Blue Power with 7,100 shares traded to close at $9.01, Consolidated Bakeries 5,000 shares traded to close at 70 cents, Lasco Distributors with 206,900 shares trading, to close at $1.20.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are Caribbean Producers traded 2,000 units to close with a 17 cents fall to $2.66, Dolphin Cove had 961 shares changing hands but declined by 20 to end at $8.30, Lasco Financial had 5,400 units to close with a 10 cents decline at 90 cents, a 52 weeks low and Lasco Manufacturing with 97,000 shares to close 8 cents off at $1.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Six stocks up, 3 down on TTSE

Trading on the Trinidad stock market saw 14 securities changing hands on Thursday, of which 6 advanced, 3 declined and 5 traded firm with 417,721 stock units changing hands, with a value of $23,285,631. Price movements were all moderate by the end of trading.
The Composite Index gained 0.55 points to close at 1,165.70, the All T&T Index fell by just 0.35 points to close at 2,012.26 and the Cross Listed Index increased by a mere 0.19 points to end at 41.78.
FXchrt 10-7-14Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close, are ANSA Merchant Bank with only 400 shares changing hands and ended with a 1 cent gain at $39.04, Clico Investment Fund posted a volume of 14,930 shares, valued at $323,704 and advanced by 5 cents to end at $21.70, First Citizens Bank traded 5,340 shares to end at $35.02 with a 1 cent gain, Jamaica Money Market Brokers added 10,000 shares, to close 4 cents higher at 45 cents, Republic Bank traded 227 shares to close with a gain of a cent at $122.06, for and Sagicor Financial Corporation contributed 16,940 shares with a value of $110,239 while gaining a cent, to close at $6.51.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are Angostura Holdings with 963 units to close down 2 cents, at $12.98, followed by Guardian Holdings, with 455 shares, to close at $14.30 while shedding a cent and Massy Group traded 4507 shares and suffered a loss of 2 cents, to close at $69.49.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading, are ANSA Mcal with 334,439 shares changing hands for a value of $22,156,584, ended at $66.25, Firstcaribbean International Bank with a volume of 22,400 shares traded with value of $112,000, closed at $5, National Commercial Bank had 6,070 units changing hands at $1.09, Prestige Holdings 1,000 units, traded to close at $9.41 and Trinidad Cement with 50 units, closed at $1.95.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 2 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

155% profit surge at JNBS

JNBS HgProfit after tax surged 155 percent at Jamaica National Building Society, for the year to March 2014 to reach $2.3 billion from only $908 million in the previous year. The improvement came from revenues of $15.7 billion compared with $14.7 billion in 2013.
The 2013 result was negatively affected by a $830 million hit the group got from the government of Jamaica debt swap, where higher yielding bonds were exchanged for lower yielding ones, leading to a write down of market value of the bonds they held, at the time of the debt swap. But even without such one off charge, profit in 2014 would still have been up by a respectable 25.5 percent. To achieve the results, operating expenses were held to an increase of only 5.8 percent.
At the end of the March, assets climbed by 12.3 percent to $162.46 billion, from $144.6 billion at March 2013. Of the total assets, loans made up just $60 billion or 37 percent. There were mortgages approved but not yet disbursed amounting to $2.685 billion at the end of the year versus $2.344 billion at March 2013. Investment securities made up the bulk of the other assets. Equity capital stood at $26.8 billion and savers deposits at $86.6 billion.

Inflows don’t meet outflows

In Forex trading on Wednesday, the total inflows of funds was less than outflows, with the equivalent of US$30,976,689 being purchased to US$32,934,235 sold and compares to the equivalent of US$27,377,149 bought and US$29,447,519 sold on the previous trading day.
In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$27,065,797 compared to US$23,344,802 on Tuesday as the buying rate for the US dollar rose 21 cents to $112.14 and sold US$29,837,045 versus US$27,193,483 on Tuesday, with the rate rising 13 cents to $112.74.
FX 9-7-14SumThe Canadian dollar buying rate rose 6 cents to $103.12 with dealers buying C$1,001,201 and selling only C$1,469,073, the rate rose by $1.30 to $106.55.
The Pound closed at $189.39 for the purchase of £1,054,247, the rate decline $1.29, while £539,822 was sold, with the rate inching up by 3 cents to $192.97. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$1,209,746 while selling was the equivalent of just US$784,851.
FX 9-7-14HLHighs & Lows| The highest rate for buying the US dollar fell $3.83 to $113.25, the lowest buying rate climbed 17 cents to $92.02 and the highest selling rates increased by 21 cents to $117.91 and the lowest selling rate rose $1.62 to $93.47.
The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar fell $1.87 to $106.10 and the lowest buying rate declined by 29 cents to $83.83. The highest selling rate was unchanged at $108.39 and lowest selling rate, slipped by 35 cents to $101.
The highest buying rate for the British Pound, fell 15 cents to $193.65, while the lowest buying rate rose 4 cents at $154.75 and the highest selling rate dropped by $3.11 to $196.34, the lowest selling rate was down $1.35 cents to $185.10.

More stocks up than down for 3rd day

In Wednesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the prices of 9 stocks rose and 7 declined, the third consecutive day with more stocks rising than falling as 28 securities changed hands, resulting in 3,679,094 shares trading, valued at $40,219,824.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 396.20 points to close at 70,593.18 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up by 443.48 points to close at 77,644.19.
JSE 9-7-14Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are Carreras with 13,570 shares changing hands, with a gain of 20 cents, to close at $35.20, Kingston Wharves 4,000 shares while gaining of 80 cents to close at $6, Mayberry Investments with only 1,020 units and gained 2 cents, to close at $1.50, Sagicor Group 590,364 units with a gain of 19 cents, to close at $9.09, Sagicor Real Estate Fund 4,930 units as the price gained of 5 cents, to close at $6 and Scotia Investments 16,500 shares, gained 80 cents, to close at $21.90.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price are Berger Paints, with 5,025 shares closing at $1.65, Cable & Wireless 19,705 shares, closing at 29 cents, Ciboney with 5,000 shares to close at 8 cents, Grace Kennedy 8,194 shares, closing at $56, Jamaica Broilers with 9,318 shares, to close at $4.57, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 1,009,508 shares closing at $7 and Radio Jamaica with 9,292 units, closing at $1.28
Preference| Access Financial 9% Short Term Note traded 5,000 units at $100 each, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share 384,621 units, to close at $3.03 and Proven Investments 8% preference share, 100 units to close at $5.07.
Declines| The stocks that declined in the main market are Caribbean Cement with 15,358 units and closed 5 cents down, at $2.20, Desnoes & Geddes with 600 shares closed at $4.40 with a decline of 5 cents, Kingston Properties 10,000 units, closing at $3.85 after shedding 15 cents, National Commercial Bank with 38,330 units and closed at $18, for a 35 cents fall, Pan Jamaican Investment 3,500 shares to close at $48.02 with a decline of 8 cents and Scotia Group with 1,274,586 shares after losing 21 cents to end at $18.40.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 4.96 points to close at 711.65 as 6 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are, General Accident with 100,000 units, with a gain of 5 cents, to close at $1.45, Lasco Distributors 55,007 shares, gained 1 cent to close at $1.20 and Lasco Manufacturing had 26,566 shares changing hands with a gain of 8 cents, to close at $1.08.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded and closed at the same price as the previous trading day are, Blue Power with 1,000 shares, in closing at $9.01 and Lasco Financial 60,000 shares to close at $1.
Declines| Only one stocks declined in the junior market at the end of trading with Consolidated Bakeries having 13,000 units changing hands and closed 10 cents lower, at 70 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 3 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.

Scotiabank’s 200,069 shares rescue price

scotiabankBuilding150x150In Wednesday’s trading on the Trinidad stock market 200,069 units of Scotiabank shares changed hands thus recurring the price that was set to fall sharply but it closed today’s trading with only a small loss to close at a new 52 weeks low.
At the end of trading on Tuesday, the price of Scotiabank seemed set to suffer a major fall, with an offer to sell 14,308 shares at $67.95 compared with a last sale price of $69. The bid was $63.50 to buy only 137 shares, suggesting lack of demand for the bank’s stock. At the end of trading on Wednesday there was an offer to sell 13,970 shares at $68.75 which is below the day’s closing price and the bid is as it was on Tuesday.
Two bank stocks accounted for the bulk of trading, with over 400,000 units changing hands between. At the end of trading 10 securities changed hands of which 1 advanced and closed, 3 declined and 6 traded firm with 447,839 units changing hands for a value of $40,144,143. At the end of trading, the Composite Index remained unchanged at 1,165.15, the All T&T Index barely rose, moving up by a mere 0.01 points to close at 2,012.61 and the Cross Listed Index remained flat, at 41.59.
TTSE 9-7-14Gains| Republic Bank was the only stock to gain in trading as it traded 200,000 shares for $24,410,000 with 5 cents increase to end the day at $122.05, a new 52 weeks high.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are Agostini’s with 622 shares to close down 3 cent at $17.45, Massy Group in contributing 21,020 shares to today’s trades with a value of $1,463,450, closed 9 cents lower at $69.51 and Scotiabank with 200,069 shares changing hands for a value of $13,792,756.86 to close with a fall 6 cents at $68.94.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are Angostura Holdings with 830 shares to close at $13.00, First Citizens Bank 3,601 units to close at $35.01, Clico Investment Fund posted a volume of 13,125 shares valued at $284,156.25 to close at $21.65, Jamaica Money Market Brokers traded a mere 1,904 to end at 41 cents and One Caribbean Media with 105 shares, to close at $25 and Sagicor Financial Corporation added 6,563 shares valued at $42,660 to close at $6.50.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 1 stock with the bid higher than the last selling price and 2 stocks with offers that were lower.

More outflows than inflows as J$ slips

In Forex trading on Tuesday, the total inflows of funds was less than outflows, with the equivalent of US$27,377,149 being purchased to US$29,447,519 sold and compares to the equivalent of US$42,845,590 bought and US$36,734,655 sold on the previous trading day.
In US dollar trading, dealers bought US$23,344,802 compared to US$36,457,358 on Monday as the buying rate for the US dollar rose 4 cents to $111.93 and sold US$27,193,483 versus US$32,914,257 on Monday, with the rate rising 10 cents to $112.62.
FX sum 8-7-14The Canadian dollar buying rate rose 6 cents to $103.06 with dealers buying C$1,131,413 and selling only C$571,616, the rate eased by 35 cents to $105.25.
The Pound closed at $190.68 for the purchase of £1,677,707, the rate decline 3 cents, while £934,936 was sold, with the rate inching up by 7 cents to $192.94. Other currencies bought, amounted to the equivalent of US$132,419 while selling was the equivalent of just US$118,011.
FX 8-7-14hlHighs & Lows| The highest rate for buying the US dollar rose $3.78 to $117.08, the lowest buying and the highest selling rates were unchanged at $91.85 and $117.70 respectively, but the lowest selling rate rose 83 cents to $91.85.
The highest buying rate for the Canadian dollar climbed $2.02 to $107.97 and the lowest buying rate was up 4 cents to $84.12. The highest selling rate was unchanged at $108.39 and lowest selling rate, grew by $18.51 to $101.35.
The highest buying rate for the British Pound, fell 70 cents to $193.80, while the lowest buying rate and the highest selling rate were unchanged at $154.71 and $199.45 respectively, the lowest selling rate was up by 5 cents to $186.45.