100 listings for Jamaica Stocks Exchange

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) with the listing of four preference share issues on the Main Market by JMMB Group on April 19, achieved its hundredth listing of securities on the Exchange.
JMMB Group listed its US dollar Cumulative Redeemable 5.5% and 5.75% Preference shares on the US dollar market while the Jamaican dollar Cumulative Redeemable 7.25% and 7% Variable rate Preference Shares were listed by JMMB on the main market. JMMB raised over $9 billion from the market with these instruments. Since coming to market in 2007, JMMB has raised over $23 billion from the capital markets through its listings of 16 securities over the period. Currently, with 11 securities listed on the markets, JMMB has the record of having the most securities listed by any company.

Kino Williamson (l), Head of Finance, Cable Bahamas Ltd. points to the USD label while Scotia Investment CEO, Lissant Mitchell points to the JMD label. Also sharing the moment (from left) are Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director Jamaica Stock Exchange, John Gomez, COO Cable Bahamas and Dylan Coke, VP Originations & Capital Markets, Scotia Investments

Speaking at the event, Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the JSE, stated, “JMMB has used the power of the market and their record of accomplishment most effectively. Since inception, they have raised capital via IPO and have listed ordinary shares, restructured their company, made acquisition and have raised capital through issuance of preference shares. JMMB is a testament of what can be achieved by other companies by using the Exchange as a medium for business expansion and wealth creation. We are seeing where investors, companies and our government are beginning to understand the importance of the stock market in creating wealth sector-by-sector, individual-by-individual and company by company. It is non-discriminatory, non-partisan and is fixed in its pursuit, that is, to create wealth for everyone. We facilitate the listing of different products, classes of shares, government or corporate bonds. This is complemented by our Depository and Trustee Services offerings.”

Keith Duncan, Group Chief Executive Officer of JMMB.

Keith Duncan, Group CEO of JMMB Group congratulated the JSE on its 100th listing and told the audience that “JMMB Group could not have achieved the success it has without the Stock Exchange, which provided a great avenue for companies such as ours to access capital for growth and development. I appeal to all companies to look at the Stock Exchange as a medium to raise capital and do business as the economic climate is right for companies to access capital, with a low interest rate regime, debt to GDP reducing and the Government not in the market crowding out the private sector in respect to funding, this is an opportune time for companies to come to market and raise capital and grow their businesses. JMMB has done it successfully and others can do it too.”

FCIB 2nd Caribbean bank to abort US listing


FirstCaribbean aborts IPO for NYSE listing.

Firstcaribbean International Bank (FCI) announced that they have withdrawn their planned initial public offering ahead of its plan to list on the New York Stock Exchange.
The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange advised today, that they received notice from FCI advising of the withdrawal of the US registered public offering and listing of its shares on the NYSE in view of market conditions at this juncture. FCI had filed a registration statement in December 2017 relating to this public offering and proposed listing on the NYSE under the symbol “FCI”.
The company is the second Caribbean based banking group to have moved forward with plans to list on that stock exchange. The first was NCB Group in 2013, incurring a $680 million hit from the costs relating to aborted Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the 2013 fiscal year to September, according to the company’s audited financial statements.
The banking group was attempting to raise fresh capital in the international market, during the turbulent period ahead of the country reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The amount involved was written off against income thus helping to depress profits for the year.

NCB lost $700M in its aborted NYSE IPO plans in 2013.

Since then NCB has gone on to report record profits in 2017 with a 28 percent increase in the first quarter to December last year. At the same time FCIB that struggled for several years as it was battered by Caribbean countries in deep recession only saw a rebound in fortunes in recent years.
In 2013, the FCIB group adjusted profit was just US$35 million rising to $83 million in 2014 and onto $123 million the following year then $143 million in 2016 and $151 million last year, but revenues have just barely grown as loans have stagnated with US$6.36 billion in 2017 from US$6.3 billion in 2013.

JSE trading in record territory

Kingston Wharves jumped to a record $50 in trading 2,600 shares on Friday morning on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and helped to push the All Jamaica Index to an all-time record.
At 11.22 am, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 3,135.84 points to a to be in intraday record high territory of 328,106.42 and the JSE Index was up 2,850.36 points to 298,942.03 another record level. Jamaica Producers traded 1.85 million units and rose to $16.
The Junior Market was more subdued and traded with a rise of just 3.52 points rise to 2,904.67.

T-bill rates lowest on record – April

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Jamaica’s Ministry of Finance newest office building

Treasury bill rates declined to the lowest level on record, in the latest auction of bills on Wednesday this week. Information out of the country’s central bank in March indicates that there are no records with lower rates.
Rates for the $700 million 182 days instrument on offer fell below 3 percent for the first time with the average ending at just 2.979 percent and the 91 days bill ended at an average slightly above 2.818 percent for the $700 million that was also on offer for the shorter duration.
A total of $2.56 billion chased after the amount offered for the shorter dated issue, while a total of $2.92 billion chased the amount for the longer dated issue.
In March, rates fell to 2.977 percent for the 91 days bill, as $2.54 billion went after $600 million offered and the 192 days closed at an average of 3.172 percent with $2.48 billion going after $600 million offered.

Deflation for Jamaica’s Q1

Prices declined for another month in Jamaica, according to data just released by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) but prices are still high than a year ago.
Statin stated that the All Jamaica Consumer Price Index declined for the second consecutive month as a negative 0.1 percent inflation rate was recorded for March 2018. The main contributor to this movement was the 1.0 percent fall in Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages category, due to lower prices for agricultural produce resulting in a 4.3 percent reduction in index for the class Vegetables and Starchy Foods. Transportation recorded a decline of 0.4 percent for the period, resulting from lower fuel prices. Upward movement of a 3.2 percent in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels, primarily resulting from higher electricity, water and sewage rates help to negate the above mention declines. As at March 2018, the calendar year-to-date inflation was negative 0.2 percent and the movement in the index for the last twelve months is 3.9 percent.

SOS writing book manufacturing starts May

Stationary and Office Supplies – Montego Bay offices.

Stationery and Office Supplies (SOS) purchase of equipment used to manufacture various types of writing books as well as the brand name SEEK.
“This purchase will allow SOS to enter the manufacturing industry in Jamaica starting with books and a plan to continue to manufacture other stationery products in the future”, SOS states.
Machinery purchased includes the following: Ruling machines, Guillotines, Gluing Machines, Stapling Machines and Book Presses.
The total value of the purchase is $60 million and is being financed through a bond with Jamaica National amounting to $80 million at an interest rate of 8 percent, and a duration for repayment of 7 years. The company expects that the total investment including machinery, raw materials and renovations will exceed $80 million. The Company said with this expansion, SOS initially be employing an additional 25 persons with production expected to start during the first week of May 2018. Prior to the acquisition a compliment of 40 persons were employed with a mixture of full time and part timers.  Revenues expected in the first twelve months is estimated at $130 million but could rise beyond this, as the business maintains most of the customers for books and SOS leverage their existing customers base and others for  more business. According to Allan McDaniel, Deputy Managing Director & Director of Warehousing and Logistics, the previous owner operated for about six months per year, but SOS will be able to operate full time and at less cost. The operation will be housed in the adjoining building they acquired last year and effectively fills out the space with their expanded inventories occupying about half. Profit margin is attractive and will almost ensure that the company will profit from it, this year, with growth estimated by them to likely be in the 30 percent region coming from both local and export sales. The new operation could deliver around $40 million to profit in 2018 and around $70 million in 2019, IC Insider.com estimates.  Speaking about SOS operations, McDaniel would only say they are happy with the first quarter, that was helped by an increased inventory, now around $170 million compared to $117 million in March last year, just ahead of the public share offer. McDaniel said that while some of the fellow businesspersons are talking about a weak first quarter, SOS expects to report continued growth.

The company’s stock ended at a record close of $6 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday gaining 200 percent since it was listed in August last year.


Dealers sold US$4M in BOJ FX auction

The first BFXITT auction on Wednesday in which Bank of Jamaica offered to purchase purchased US$5 million, attracted 12 offers and fetched just US$3.95 million at an average rate of $125.42.
The highest bid was at $126 to sell US$500,000 with the lowest being $124.50 at which US$500,000 was traded. The rate compares with an average sale of $13.42 million in the overall market up to Midday at an average of J$1215.24.
The central bank started the BFXITT auction in July last year, only selling the US dollar to dealers before today. The bank has scheduled buying US$12 million on April 18 and US$15 million April 25, no trade is announced for the first week in May. The buying of the US dollars in the auction comes against the back ground of a revaluation of the local dollar to $125 after slipping to just over $128 to the US dollar in March. At a recent briefing relating to the commencement of buying through the BFXITT system as part of dissemination information, the Governor of the central bank, Brian Wynter indicated that the decision to buy or sell is based on market intelligence provided by the dealers through their customers.
The commencement of buying of foreign currency through BFXIIT auction also comes at a time that the central bank has reduced the percentage that it used to take from the daily inflows into the market and the planned phasing out of compulsory surrender requirement by authorised dealers.

Jamaica dollar back to 125 to US$

The Jamaican dollar closed trading made on the foreign exchange on Tuesday, at J$125.01 to the US dollar, with the selling rate falling by 32 cents, but the US dollar was sold as low as $124.62 by midday.
In US dollar trading, dealers sold US$43.52 million at a rate of J$125.01 at the close, compared to US$51.22 million at a rate of J$125.33 on Monday. Purchases of the US currency by dealers, amounted to US$47.36 million, with the average rate falling 35 cents to $123.95, compared to US$50.66 million at an average rate of $124.30 on Monday.
The market closed with inflows of all currencies, ending at US$53.17 million, versus US$60.68 million on Tuesday and dealers sold US$47.97 million in contrast to US$59.71 million, in previous trading activity.
At mid-day on Tuesday dealers purchased US$13.34 million at an average rate of J$124.45 and sold US$14.45 million at an average of J$124.62. In comparison at mid-day on Monday, dealers purchased US$28.59 million at an average rate of J$124.70 and sold US$15.95 million at an average of J$125.15.
The selling rate on Tuesday, for the Canadian dollar, declined to J$98.23 from J$98.63 at the close on Monday. The selling rate for the British Pound rose to J$175.41 from J$174.87 previously and the euro increased against the Jamaican dollar to J$156.99 to buy the European common currency, versus the prior selling rate of J$154.26.

JSE at record high at opening

The Jamaica Stock Exchange hit a new record within 1 minute of today’s opening with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumping 4,576.37 points to 327,071.44 and the JSE Index climbing 4,169.59 points to a record 297,999.05.
The move beat the previous record intraday high reached on March 9 of when the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) surged 6,583.63 points to 325,588.39 and the JSE Index jumped 5,998.43 points to a record 296,647.83 at 10.26 in the morning session.
The Junior Market Index put on 11.32 points to trade at 2,942.63 as Express Catering jumped to $5.25 from $4.50 on Friday, following release of nine months results showing profit increasing 166 percent.
With just 5 minutes to 11am the gains for the main market were trimmed with the AJI being up 3,075.18 points to 325,570.25 and the JSE index was up 2,808.68 to 296,638.14 with the Junior Market index being up 15.45 points to 2,946.76.

JSE trading in record territory

Scotia Group is trading at $53.50 following the release of first quarter results yesterday and helped to push the main market into record territory.
The market is trading at an intraday high on the all Jamaica Index of 325,588.39 having risen 6,583.63 points at 10.27 in the morning session. The JSE index jumped 5,998.43 points to 296,647.83. if the market closed around these levels it would end at a n all-time closing high beating the previous record close by a few thousand points. The market indices slipped back a bit and are now at 325,177.34 for the all Jamaica Index and 296,273.32 for the JSE Index.
Scotia Group was showed increased profits from lower loan loss provisioning and gains from sale of its former subsidiary CrediScotia.