Caribbean Producers profit gets hit

CPJ set to be hit by asset write down

CPJ set to be hit by asset write down

Caribbean Producers (CPJ) seems set get a big hit for the financial year ended June, this year. According to a release to the Jamaica Stock Exchange today the company release information on the impact of what they say are unregulated players in the market.
(CPJ) says it “has taken the decision to issue a preliminary disclosure of likely impairment to their net profit in the financial year ended June 30, 2016”
“CPJ advises that the presence of unregulated players in the market continue to create an unequitable environment for the company to compete against products of questionable origin and repute. This has resulted in a review of the implications for CPJ’s business model and hence the following prudent management decisions will be made: A write-down of inventory that has become aged or obsolete that cannot be competitive against unregulated players. An increase in tax provision in anticipation of realignment changes to CPJ’s business model.”
“CPJ views these issues as material primarily for the Fiscal year ended June 2016 and anticipates the authorities will aggressively target the unregulated players. CPJ states however, that the new fiscal year will concentrate on rationalizing non-core businesses and a realignment to address the year-on-year increase in costs associated with their rapid growth and new investments while focusing on protecting their profitable lines of businesses.”
CPJ reported lower profits in the March 2016 quarter of US$643,000 versus US$1.286 million in the similar period in 2015 with the nine months results being just ahead of that for 2015 at US$2.4 million.
While revenues were moderately up, by US$1.3 million in the quarter, to US$24.38 million and nearly US$5 million for the nine months to March,to US$69.8 million, selling and administrative expenses jumped by $1.3 million to US$5.47 million in the quarter and US$2 million for the nine months.
At the end of March, inventories totalled US$25.4 million, even a small write of say 5 percent, could do major damage to the 2016 profit.
The company’s shares that are listed on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, traded a small volume today at $4.68.

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