Main Event doubles IPO price

Staff members of Main Event

Shares of main Event Entertainment that issued shares to the public in January at $2 each has more than doubled since.
The stock traded on the first day of listing, the 8th of February, at $2.61 but with just 100 units trading, with the next trade, taking place at $3.70 for 100 units. On Friday February the 10, 15,722,362 units traded with the price ending at $4.70 for a rise of 135 percent. Monday February 13, the stock closed trading at $.81 while trading 537,458 shares. On Tuesday the price slipped back to end at $4.51 as 757,244 shares changed hands. Wednesday saw trading in 696,685 shares be executed at $4.50, on Thursday 592,737 shares traded to close at $4.51 and 420,952 units traded on Friday to close at $4.80, to crown a successful two weeks for the stock that has gained 140 percent from the IPO price.
The stock which IC Insider.com project will earn around 35 cents per share in 2017, now trades at a PE of 14, with the junior market average now around 11.5, the upside from now will be challenging.

6 TTSE stocks rose 4 declined – Thursday

FirstCaribbean International Bank closed at a 52 weeks’ high on Thursday.

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday, resulted in an increase in active securities but with far less volume and value than on Wednesday.
At the close, all three indices headed higher as 18 securities were exchanged compared to 11 on Wednesday, the prices of 6 stocks advanced, 4 declined and 8 held firm in an exchange of 371,489 shares valued at $2,456,056 compared to Wednesday’s 723,552 shares valued at $21,761,282.
The Composite Index advanced 3.39 points to 1,252.83, the All T&T Index gained 1.87 points to 1,834.08 and the Cross Listed Index gained 0.67 points to 90.07 with year to date gains of 15.22 percent.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 5 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Gains| First Caribbean International Bank closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $9.01 with gains of 16 cents and 20,130 units changing hands, Guardian Holdings closed 65 cents higher to a new 52 weeks’ high of $16, trading 56,711 shares, valued at $907,376, LJ Williams B share gained 4 cents to close at 75 cents with an exchange of 3,200 units. Scotia Investments closed at $2.20, gaining 1 cent with 7,146 units trading, Trinidad Cement added 1 cent to close at $4.17 with 300 units being exchanged and Trinidad & Tobago NGL closed with gains of 20 cents to $23 and 10,949 shares changing owners.
Losses| National Enterprises declined 10 cents, closing at $10.80 with an exchange of 4,843 shares, National Flour closed 7 cents lower to $2.60 with an exchange of 179,171 units valued at $465,165. Praetorian Property lost 5 cents to close at $2.85 with trades of 1,352 shares and Readymix closed at a 52 weeks low of $10.80, after losing 20 cents trading 1,500 units.
Firm Trades| Clico Investment was unchanged at $22.50 trading 1,786 units, First Citizens closed at $32.49 with trades of 150 shares, JMMB Group ended trading at $1.20 with an exchange of 2,565 units, National Commercial Bank remained at $4 with 65,000 units changing hands. Point Lisas traded 9,783 shares at $3.70, Prestige Holdings held firm at $10.99 trading 4,171 units, Scotiabank closed at $58.75 with 2,612 shares trading and West Indian Tobacco remained at $127 with 120 units changing hands.

Profit climbs 31% at Cargo Handlers

Overvalued Cargo Handlers.

Revenues rose 32 percent for the Montego Bay based, Cargo Handlers, in the December 2016 quarter, with profit rising 31 percent to $46 million after tax.
The company recorded earnings per share of`12 cents for the quarter which is in line with IC Insider.com’s forecast of 55 cents, for the full year. “Increased passenger vessel traffic coupled with the seasonal increases in containerized cargo, pushed revenues to $91.1 million,” management stated in their report accompanying the results. While revenues grew quite strongly, cost also grew, with operating cost rising in line with revenues by 33.5 percent to $33.5 million and administrative expenses climbing by 36 percent to $4.5 million.
Gross cash flow, generated in the quarter was $52 million, increased receivables and reduction in payables help to reduce the net flows for the quarter to just $6 million, but still ending with a healthy cash position of $232 million at the end of the year. Receivables ended the year at $86 million and current liabilities at just $27 million.
Montego Bay is one of the fastest growing regions in Jamaica, with increasing tourism and BPO activities and more expansion in these areas to come. The port is likely to be used as the centre for exporting of LNG to the Eastern Caribbean, Cargo Handlers should benefit from the growth in the area down the road. Cargo Handlers last traded on Tuesday at $24.50 for a rich PE of 45, based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 55 cents per share.
The company is slated to pay an interim dividend of 13.5 per stock unit on March 21.

Profitable growth continues at Access

Access closed last traded at $30 on the junior market.

Profit grew by an impressive 87 percent at Access Financial Services (AFS) to $142 million after tax for the quarter ending December, last year. In 2015 AFS reported net profit of $76 million for the corresponding period. The result represents a return on average equity of 49 percent.
Profit for the nine months to December rose 67 percent to $494 million and should end up around $740 million for the full year or $2.75 per share.
Net operating income for the quarter ended December 2016 amounted to $378 million, an increase of $83 million, or approximately 28 percent, when compared to the corresponding 2015 period. For the nine months it moved from $917 million to $1.07 billion. Income from loans increased by $30 million or 10 percent to $312 million for the quarter and from $824 million to $931 million of the nine months for a 13 percent increase.
Operating expenses for the quarter, increased by only 4 percent or $8 million when compared to the corresponding period ended December 2015 as a result of an increase in staff cost and other operating expenses. The company recorded a reduction in provision for loan loss based on portfolio risk assessment which showed improved credit quality. For the nine months operating expenses fell to $526 from $581 as loan loss provisions drop sharply from $195 million to just $94 million in 2016. While other operating expenses grew from $145 million to $199 million.
The net loan portfolio continues to show growth, with an increase of $441 million or 20 percent for the quarter since December 2015 to $2.65 billion. The Asset base of the company grew by $443 million which represents an 18 percent increase over the comparative period.

NCB pushes all Jamaica by 2,600 points

On the back of a strong 49 percent jump in first quarter profits to December last year to $3.56 billion, National Commercial Bank rose to $55 and helped pushed the all Jamaica Composite Index over the 218,000 points level in the first half an hour of trading on Friday and more than 219,600 by 10:45.
By the cut off of this report, the stock hit a new high of $26.98 with 18,574 shares trading. Jamaica Producers jumped to $12.50, a new high with 2,773 and Access Financial traded at $27.50 for a new high.
All major markets indices hit new records during the morning session but with moderate trading taking place. The all Jamaica Composite Index jumped 2,607.52 points to 219,646.41 the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index leapt 2,331.57 points to 200,777.50, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index surged 2,504.69 points to 215,422.02 and the junior market index climbed 33.33 points to 2,844.60. By 11:17 am the all Jamaican Index pushed over the 220,146.59 rising by 3,091.13 points and 201,209.93 Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index.
Securities changing hands, amount to 28 at 10:45 am as a total of 13 advanced and 12 declined, resulting in a volume of 554,414 shares changing hands, carrying a value of $6,229,690. The average trade for the early session amounted to just 19,801 units.

New record close for JSE majors

Berger hit at a new 52 weeks’ high on Thursday.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, rose more than 1,000 points on Thursday to new record highs, but advancing stocks were equal to declining ones in the overall market.
The high levels of trading above the $220 million market seen in the market for the previous 5 trading days ended on Thursday with less than $100 million of trading. At the close, 3,687,829 units valued at $80,933,897 changed hands, compared to 13,315,100 units valued at $237,592,401 changing hands on Wednesday. Of the stocks traded, the junior market accounted for 542,606 units valued at $3,545,918.
The market closed with 43 securities changing hands, with 16 stocks rising and falling in the overall market, including 6 stocks rising and 5 falling, in the junior market. A total of 8 securities ended at new 52 weeks’ closing highs.
At the close the All Jamaica Composite Index gained 1,486.31 points to close at 217,038.89. The JSE Market Index rose 1,268.01 points to finish at 198,445.93 and the JSE combined index climbed 1,077.42 points to close at 212,917.33.
The average trade for the day in the main market ended at 116,490 shares compared to an average of 275,383 units traded on Wednesday. An average of 291,945 units traded for the month to date, versus 467,399 units on the previous trading day. The average for the month of December ended at 549,379 units.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 21 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
In market activity, Berger Paints jumped $1, pushing the price to a new closing high at $10.50 while trading 123,265 shares, Cable and Wireless ended with 626,427 units at $1.18, after losing 7 cents, Caribbean Cement surged $3 in trading 865,850 shares to close at 52 weeks’ high of $36.50. Carreras closed at $66.70 with 27,280 shares changing hands, 1834 Investments traded 62,439 units at $1.30, Grace Kennedy had 50,652 units trading to close at $40.65, after gaining 15 cents, Jamaica Broilers lost 2 cents and closed at $15 with 21,213 shares changing hands. Jamaica Producers traded 250,000 shares after losing 30 cents to end $11.50, Jamaica Stock Exchange lost 10 cents to close at $5.50, having traded 51,865 shares, JMMB Group traded 114,080 units at $15.50, gaining 15 cents, Kingston Wharves ended up trading just 600 units and adding 26 cents to close at $27.75. Mayberry Investments traded 36,000 shares with gains of 75 cents, to close at $5, National Commercial Bank lost 58 cents to close at $52.02 after swapping 519,708 shares, Pan Jamaican gained 35 cents and closed at $30 with 26,688 units traded, Portland JSX closed at $9 after falling by 50 cents while trading 7,079 units. Pulse Investments traded 45,950 units, gaining 35 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $5.30, Radio Jamaica lost 5 cents, closing at $1.35 with 15,200 shares traded, Sagicor Group closed with 49,810 shares changing hands with a gain of 96 cents to $30. Sagicor Real Estate fund traded 20,400 units and closed at $9.50, Scotia Group, with 118,490 shares changing hands lost 89 cents to close at $36.11. Scotia Investments traded 28,694 units, gaining 99 cents to close at $33.49, Supreme Ventures lost 11 cents in trading 10,500 shares to close at $5.10 and Proven Investments traded 67,260 ordinary shares to close at 23 US cents.

Jamaican majors end at 214,159 points.

Jamaica Producers rose by $1.47 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $11.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, closed at a new high on Monday as advancing were nearly twice as many as declining ones in the overall market. The market enjoyed another day of good volumes with the values exceeding $200 million for the third consecutive day.
The market closed with 33 securities changing hands, 16 stocks gained and 10 declined in the overall market, including 6 stocks rising and 7 falling, in the junior market.
At the close the All Jamaica Composite Index gained 1,313.02 points to close at 214,159.89. The JSE Market Index rose 1,174.08 points to finish at 195,871.59 and the JSE combined index climbed 1,134.09 points to close at 210,232.22.
At the close with 20,100,275 units valued at $241,271,357 changed hands, compared to 38,043,877 units valued at $286,247,575 changing hands on Friday. Of the stocks traded, the junior market accounted for 1,892,208 units valued at $12,483,279.
The average trade for the day in the main market ended at 958,319 shares compared to an average of 601,774 units traded on Monday. An average of 736,679 units traded for the month to date, versus 515,038 units on the previous trading day, compared with an average of 549,379 units, December ended with.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
In market activity, Investors continued to react positively to nine months results, showing a sharp hike in profit for Berger Paints, pushing the price to a new closing high at $7.99 while trading 25,000 shares. Cable and Wireless ended with 465,017 units at $1.19, after gaining 7 cents, Caribbean Cement traded 46,985 shares to close at $30.52 with a rise of 2 cents, Grace Kennedy had 177,361 units trading, to close at $40.48, after gaining $1.48, Jamaica Broilers lost 3 cents and closed at $15.47 with 6,876,548 shares changing hands. Jamaica Producers traded 22,200 shares, rising by $1.47 to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $11, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded 75,579 shares at $5.60, JMMB Group traded 42,686 units at $15.31, Kingston Wharves ended up trading 8,361 units to close at $25.01, after losing 29 cents. Mayberry traded 7,500 shares and closed at $4.25, gaining 20 cents in the process, National Commercial Bank added 50 cents in swapping 381,306 shares to close at $52, Pan Jamaican traded 12,723 units to close at $29.75, Portland JSX added 1 cent to close at $9.01 while trading 10,000,000 units. Sagicor Group closed with 37,440 shares changing hands with a loss of 4 cents at $29, Sagicor Real Estate fund gained 20 cents in trading 2,000 units to close at $10.20, Scotia Group, with 900 shares changing hands, gained 50 cents to close at $35.50 and Supreme Ventures traded 5,500 shares to close at $5.21.

Juniors inch forward on Friday

Jamaican Teas traded at a new high of $6.50 after rising $1.

The junior market enjoyed a big day of trading on Friday, ending with 22,999,535 units changing hands valued at $127,583,667, compared to 4,583,153 units, changing hands, with a rise of 895 percent from the amount of $26,375,749 traded on Thursday.
Trading was dominated by Lasco Distributors with 7,130,521 units trading with a loss of 5 cents to end at $7.35, Lasco Financial with 3,895,608 shares at $3.69, after rising 6 cents and Lasco Manufacturing with 10,576,878 units changing hands with a rise of 18 cents closed at $5.18.
The junior market index climbed 15.93 points to a record close of 2,777.87 with 21 security trading versus 17 that traded on Thursday. Trading ended with prices of 9 stocks gaining and 7 declining, on heavy volumes.
An average of 1,095,216 units with an average value of $6,075,413 traded, compared to 269,597 units with an average value of $1,551,515 on the preceding trading day. The average for the month to date is 197,604 units with an average value of $1,049,152 versus 128,556 units with an average value of $662,517 on Thursday. The average for December is 131,147 units, at an average of $672,488.
The market closed with 7 stocks with bids higher than their last sale and none with a lower offer, than their last sale.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging rose 12 cents to close at $24.52 with 700 units changing hands, Blue Power closed with 1,850 units changing hands at $37, Cargo Handlers lost 90 cents in trading 9,968 shares at $20, Caribbean Cream rose 30 cents and closed trading at $7.30 with 78,104 units trading. Caribbean Producers, traded 60,454 shares and rose 10 cents to $4.10, Consolidated Bakeries ended at $2.60 with 110,268 shares changing hands, after rising by 20 cents, Dolphin Cove lost 50 cents trading 650 shares at $14, General Accident Insurance traded 18,567 shares to end at $2.95 after falling 13 cents. Honey Bun closed with 497,760 shares changing hands, at $6.21, Jamaican Teas jumped $1 to end at a new high $6.50 with 2,000 shares being exchanged, after the company reported that the board of directors will be considering a stock split at its upcoming meeting in February. Jetcon Corporation traded 48,465 shares to end at $10 after trading at a new intraday high of $10.50, Key Insurance traded 33,300 units to close at $3 after losing 10 cents, Medical Disposables lost 25 cents to close at $4.45 with 27,900 shares changing hands, tTech traded 2,000 shares to close at $6.50. Eppley 9.5% preference share, ended with 307,319 units changing hands to close at $6 after falling 6 cents and Eppley 8.25% preference share, ended with 185,036 units changing hands to close at $6.

Berger’s stellar performance

Berger price jumped on Friday after posting strong 2016 results.

Berger Paints released results to December, showing profit of $251 million and $1.17 per share for the nine months period, versus $110 million for 2015. Revenues climbed 17.8 percent in the December quarter, to $1.9 billion or 14.4 percent from $1.67 billion in 2015.
For the quarter, earnings were $185 million versus $80 million in the 2015 quarter, with revenues climbing 17.8 percent in the December quarter to $895 million.
Berger ended with cash of $158 million in December, having generated $370 million from operations before build up in working capital. The gross cash inflows, places it in a good position to continue to pay out a rich dividend, which they should do later in the year. According to the cash flow statement, receivables jumped by $378 million over the March 2016 position. That would put it at $700 million, as of December 2016. The majority of this amount should be cleared by the end of March.
Unfortunately, the Berger report does not conform to international standards for reporting interim results. The effect is there is no information on direct and indirect cost and gross profit and the balance sheet carries little information as to the composition of the current assets and liabilities. Accordingly, investors, cannot make proper assessment of its performance.
A final dividend of 20 cents per share totalling $42.864 million was paid July 2016. The stock responded well to the numbers, with investors pushing it to a new record high of $6.75 in early morning trading on Friday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. IC Insider.com forecast earnings of $1.10 for the full year to March 2017 and $1.60 for the 2018 fiscal year.

Main Event priced to bounce

The Main Event Entertainment Group Initial Public offer of shares seem set to deliver a strong increase in share price once the stock list on the junior market probably in February. There are a number of positives to greet the issue.
The stock market is in a bull run currently. The stock is priced at just $2 which many small investors will be attracted to. The historical PE is just 7, compared to an average of 15 for junior market stocks, based on 2016 earnings. IC Insider.com is projecting earnings in the order of $100 million for 2017, assuming a 15 percent revenue gain, for earnings per share of 33 cents. Based on this, the stock should more than double in 2017.
The company grew revenues by 11 percent in 2016 over 2015 to an estimated $1.13 billion and by 55 percent over 2014 while that for 2013 was flat at $517 million. The company indicates that they had to recently turn away business due to capacity constraints which the fresh capital will fix.
Gross profit has been strong at 36 to 38 percent level in 2016, but it may be somewhat lower, as some items in administrative and general expenses may be directly related to events, rather than overheads.
Main Event,should benefit from the strong growth in the tourism sector and pickup in economic activity locally, that should see a greater number of Jamaicans patronising entertainment events, allowing for more events to be staged.
Importantly, the profile of the company will grow with the listing, as they benefit from daily exposure based on trading activity. The expanded directorship and regular examination of operations by the board and the infusion of capital will result in even better performance going forward and that should boost revenues and hold cost in check. This is a factor that should not be lost on investors.
Only 60 million shares are being sold, with few being available to the general public. The issue opens at 9 am, Tuesday 24 January and is likely to close at the same time. On the negative side, the company suffered a large fall in digital signage income with $75 million inflows in the 11 months to September 2016 from $139 million in the similar period in 2015. Receivables tend to be on the high side of nearly 2 months of sales, tying up nearly $100 million in excess of normal levels, while payables are running at 2.3 months at $181 million.
IC Insider.com is according an investment in the stock to be BUY RATED.