Limners & Bards revise EPS

Kimala Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of The Lab.

Following IC Insider.com’s report that the earnings per share (EPS) for Limners & Bards were incorrect, the audited accounts of the company are now revised to reflect the EPS the article suggested they should be.
The revised audited reports now state that the calculation of earnings per stock unit is based on the profit after taxation and the weighted average number of stock units in issue during the year. Net profit attributable to shareholders of $94,746,238 in 2019, $62,313,858 in 2018. The weighted average number of ordinary stock units is 803,836,715 in 2019 and 756,552,202 in 2018, resulting in Basic and diluted earnings per stock unit of12 cents in 2019 and 8 cents in 2018.
The original audited financial statements showed the basic and diluted earnings per stock unit at 10 cents for the 2019 fiscal year and 7 cents for 2018 based on the weighted average of ordinary stock units 945,690,252 in each year.
IC Insider’s report on Tuesday stated that “Limners and Bards released full-year results with profit after taxation of $95 million, up by an impressive 52 percent from the $62 million earned in 2018 from healthy gains in revenues, with earnings per share (EPS) works out at 12 cents for 2019 and 8 cents for 2018.”
The company’s operating revenues grew 31 percent to $632 million from $483 million in 2018, with the last quarter growing a stunning 58 percent to $146 million, generating income just below the $152 million generated in the July quarter and profit before tax of $18 million versus $16.5 million in the July quarter. While revenues for the year rose 31 percent, direct cost rose at a slower pace, resulting in the gross profit climbing 39.4 percent over 2018 as gross profit margin rose to 36 percent compared to 33.7 percent in 2018. Administrative cost rose well ahead of revenue growth with a 41 percent increase over 2018, but the full-year increase is below a 70 percent surge in the July quarter while the fourth quarter saw a rise of 39 percent over 2018, is in line with the full-year increase.
In a statement accompanying the nine months results, Chairman, Steven Gooden and Kimala Bennett, Chief Executive Officer stated, “Administration expenses increased by $23.737 million, or 42 percent, which represent 16.63 percent of revenue for the nine months compared to 14.60 percent to the corresponding period ended July 31, 2018. These increases are primarily attributable to staff costs (due to increase work volume), subcontractors (on retainer contracts), depreciation charges and security costs”.
The company reports on three segments comprising Production, Media and Agency. For 2019 Production generated earnings of $226 million and profit of $100 million while Media raked in $292 million but ended with just $40 million in profit and agency the most profitable brought in $114 million and delivered $85 million in net income.
The company ended the year with cash and equivalent of $292 million with shareholders’ equity of $356 million, up from $123 million in 2018. Borrowings stood at $50 million with payables of $83 million and current assets of $387 million.
IC Insider.com forecast earnings per share of 20 cents for 2020 that puts the PE ratio at 15 with the stock closing trading at $3 on Tuesday on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and is a stock to be watched into 2020.

Auditors spoil good Lab results

Limners and Bards released full-year results with profit after taxation of $95 million, up by an impressive 52 percent from the $62 million earned in 2018 from healthy gains in revenues.
Earnings per share (EPS) works out at 12 cents for 2019 and 8 cents for 2018. Operating revenues rose 31 percent to $632 million from $483 million in 2018, the last quarter grew at a stunning 58 percent to $146 million, just below the $152 million generated in the July quarter and profit before tax of $18 million versus $16.5 million in the July quarter.
Auditors are required to check records of companies and ensure that they accord with various regulations and the financial statements which they audit and certify are free form errors and misstatements.

Kimala Bennett, Managing Director of The Lab.

The Limners and Bards financials is the latest report to indicate that there is a problem with the industry and that a number of the players are eroding the confidence investors have it the financial reports they certify. To be fair to the company auditors, they are not solely to blame. Management, including the directors, is also responsible for preventing financial with errors going out to the public, as they also have to sign off on the financials.
The computation of earnings per share is an area of problem for some of the smaller audit firms. In the past, there are instances where the calculation is wrong when there are stock splits and new share issues.
According to the Limners and Bards financial statements, the basic and diluted earnings per stock unit is 10 cents for the 2019 fiscal year and 7 cents for 2018 based on the weighted average of ordinary stock units 945,690,252 in each year. That is entirely wrong.  What are the facts? The company had 756.55 million shares in issue before the sale of 189,138,050 shares to the public in July this year with the company listing on the stock exchange on July 26. The EPS computation for 2018 is to be based on 756.6 million shares and for 2019, just over 800 million units. The company’s stock closed trading on Monday at $2.78 for a PE of 21 times 2019 earnings before tax and 14 times 2020 earnings of 20 cents per share.

Scotia Group aiming to up profits

Scotia Group headquarters in Kingston.

The 2019 fiscal year is turning out to be one of the best in recent times for the number 2 banking group in Jamaica – Scotia Group. The current year was not the best performing, but it delivered on many counts for the majority Canadian owned banking group.
Critically, the primary engine driving profits – loans, grew 12.6 percent, or $23 billion to $206 billion. According to the Managing Director, David Noel, “total loan growth remained strong throughout the period with a year over year increase of 13 percent. Highlights from our Retail Banking portfolio include a 17 percent year over year growth in our Scotia Plan loan portfolio. Our mortgage portfolio continued to perform well and grew 13 percent year over year as we continue to boast one of the most competitive mortgage rates in the market. Our total commercial loan book increased by 14 percent over the prior year. Of note, commercial loans to the private sector increased by 27 percent when compared to the same period last year.”
The group reports a net profit of $13.19 billion for the year to October, an increase of $419 million or 3.28 percent over the prior year. In 2018, the group booked gains on the sale of a subsidiary of $753 million, when this gain is excluded, net profit from ongoing operations increased by stronger 9.75 percent amounting to $1.17 billion.
Performance for the year was affected by lower net interest income due to declining interest rates and higher loan loss provision, following the adoption of a new accounting standard. Net interest income after expected credit losses for the year totaled $22.5 billion, down $767 million or 3.3 percent, compared to the prior year. Importantly, the group’s final quarter numbers show marked improvement in net interest income compared to the 2018 quarter. Net interest income delivered $6.4 million to the quarterly results compared to just $6 billion in 2018, while Net interest income after expected credit losses rose from $5.35 billion in the October 2018 quarter to $5.75 billion in 2019.
Scotia reports that “our credit quality remains strong and actual delinquency is down year over year, with loans on which there is no interest being booked for representing 1.77 percent of gross loans compared to 2 percent in the prior year.”
The Group reports, “operating expenses were also higher than the prior-year due partially to increased fraud-related expenses, as well as increased investments in technology and business optimization which we believe are necessary investments for the future.”
“We will continue to make investments in our infrastructure, including a $500 million investment to create a state of the art branch. Renovations have also begun at our head office building, where we are investing $1 billion to upgrade and modernize our facilities to create a more efficient and collaborative environment.”

Scotia Group’s Falmouth branch

Operating expenses for the year amounted to $24 billion for the period, an increase of $2 billion, or 9.54 percent compared to the prior year. Salaries and staff benefit costs increased by $697 million or 6.76 percent primarily due to increased incentives to the sales team resulting in the growth of in the loan portfolio, while other operating expenses grew by $1.37 billion. The growth in other operating expenses was attributable to increased technology investments such as ATM software, online banking enhancements, security chips for credit cards and network upgrade to support our digital strategy. Tax on assets increased by $45 million to $1.13 billion.
Segment results saw Treasury generating revenues of $8.2 billion up from $7 billion in 2018 with a profit of compared to $4.1 billion in 2018. Retail revenues grew to $18.9 billion up from $18.3 billion in 2018, with a profit of $3.6 billion compared to $4.9 billion in 2018. Corporate and Commercial banking saw revenues rise from $7.8 billion to $8 billion and profit hitting $1.4 billion in 2019 versus $2.75 billion in 2018. Insurance services grew revenues from $5 billion to $5.1 billion and generated a slightly higher profit of $3.97 billion from $3.8 billion in 2018. Investment Management generated revenues of $3.5 million and a profit of $2.3 billion in 2019 compared to $3 billion in revenues and profit of $1.8 billion in 2018. Other operations raked in revenues of $1.54 in 2019 with a profit of $1.5 billion, in 2018, revenues were just $1 billion with a profit of $965 million.
Other income for the year, other than interest income, increased by $3 billion or 17.97 percent over 2018. Net fee and commission income amounted to $8 billion, marginal declining of $22 million. Insurance revenues increased by $371 million or 12.64 percent to $3.30 billion due mainly to higher premium income year over year, partially offset by lower actuarial reserve releases, the group reported.
Net gains on foreign currency activities and financial assets amounted to $8.43 billion, up by $3.3 billion or 63 percent above last year due to increased market and trading activities. Deposits by the public grew to $313 billion, up from $288 billion in the previous year.
The Group’s shareholders’ equity stands at $118 billion from which the Board of Directors approved a final dividend of 55 cents per stock unit, or $1.7 billion, up from 51 cents per share in 2018. The current dividend is payable on January 15, 2020, to stockholders of record on December 24. The January 2020 dividend brings the total payment for the year to $4.76 after the group made two special dividend payments during the year.
The group reported earnings per share of $1.09 for the final quarter and $4.24 for the full year, earnings per share for 2020 should hit the $5 mark.
Scotia Group is a good stock for income and long-term growth.

Profit stays strong at Sagicor Group

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Sagicor Group last traded at $66 on the JSE.

Profit at the Jamaican based Sagicor Group climbed 26 percent in the September quarter to $4.5 billion from $3.54 billion in the 2018 quarter with profit for the nine months to September, rising 28 percent to $11.3 billion from $8.8 billion in the 2018 period.
Profit before tax rose by just 8 percent in the quarter to $5.23 billion from $4.85 billion and 27 percent for the year to September to $14.5 billion from $11.47 billion in 2018.
“The main contributing factors were the depreciation of the Jamaican dollar, which positively impacted realized and unrealized gains attributable to US dollar positions and the 36 percent appreciation of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market indices, benefitting the Group by way of trading gains and capital appreciation,” a statement from the chairman and CEO stated.
Net profit attributable to shareholders continues an upward trend from the start of the financial year, with Q1 posting profit of $2.7 billion and moving to $3.7 billion in Q2 and $4.4 billion in the current quarter. Earnings per stock rose to $1.15 for the September quarter compared to 91 cents in the 2018 quarter, and $2.79 for the nine months to September, versus $2.27 year to September 2018.
Total income rose 28 percent for the quarter to $25 billion from $19.5 billion and 31 percent for the year to date to $67.5 billion from $51.48 billion in 2018. “Contributing to the overall revenue outturn in the September quarter was a 23 percent increase in net premium income, investment revenue of 28 percent and an increase of 10 percent in fees and other income,” the management stated in their report accompanying the quarterly.
The results for the nine months to September reflected gains of 18 percent in net premium revenue, to $33.8 billion and 23 percent for the September quarter to reach $12.7 billion while investment income climbed 42 percent in the nine months to $19.3 billion and 28 percent for the quarter to $7.4 billion. Fees and other income rose 16 percent to $10.5 billion and 10 percent in the quarter to $3.7 billion.
Insurance benefits, administrative and other expenses climbed 37 percent to $19.46 billion from $14.24 billion, compared to a 35 percent increase to $53.66 billion from $39.87 billion in 2018 for the year to date. Net insurance benefits rose 28 percent in the quarter to $8 billion from $6.3 billion in 2018 and from $19 billion to $21.2 billion for the nine months.
Administrative expenses climbed 17 percent in the quarter to $5.2 billion from a similar period in 2018 and 16 percent in the nine months to $15.3 billion.
For the nine months to September, the group’s segment results show Individual Insurance revenues rising a healthy 24 percent to $25.8 billion from $20.9 billion in 2018 but resulting in segment profit falling from $4.1 billion to $3.8 billion. Investment Banking accounted for $4.5 billion of revenues in 2019, up 67 percent from $2.7 billion in 2018, with profit nearly doubling to $2 billion from $1.1 billion. Employee Benefits revenues climbed from $17.6 billion in 2018 to $20.4 billion, and profit rising from $2.9 billion to $3.2 billion and Commercial Banking revenues rose 19 percent from $8.3 billion in 2018 to $9.9 billion with profit hitting $1.95 billion from $1.4 billion in 2018. All other segments added revenues of $6.4 billion in 2019 from $2.9 billion, with profit rising from $270 million in 2018 to $415 million.
The stock last traded on the JSE Main Market at $66 for a PE ratio of 16.5 compared to a market average of 19, an indication that the price is undervalued.
At the end of September, shareholders’ equity stood at $88.4 billion up from $73 billion at the end of September 2018. Assets ended the period at $458 billion inclusive of financial investments of $196 billion, cash and bank balances of $25 billion and liabilities at $338 billion.
Earnings per share came out at $1.15 for the quarter and $2.79 for the nine months. IC Insider.com is forecasting $4 per share for PE of 16.5 times earnings at the last traded price of $66.
Sagicor Group results for the nine months to September include the consolidation of the new subsidiaries, Sagicor Real Estate Fund and Travel Cash Jamaica. The Group’s latest acquisition, Advantage General Insurance, in which the Group acquired a 60 percent interest on September 30, did not affect earnings for the nine months.

Big jump in Honey Bun profit

Another major milestone in Honey Bun’s brief history of listing on the JSE Junior Market was reached at the end of the 2019 fiscal year, ending in September, with record revenues and profit.
The full-year results show pretax profit rising 73 percent to $183 million versus $106 million in 2018 and profit after tax rising 67 percent to hit $157 million from a 17 percent rise in revenues to $1.54 billion. Revenues grew even faster in the final quarter by 20.4 percent improvement over the 18.9 that revenues grew in the third quarter over 2018.
The results benefited from improved efficiency with cost sales rising well below the growth in revenues, with input cost increasing 12 percent for the year, driving gross profit margin to 48 percent, an improvement from the 46 percent in 2018. Selling and Distribution expenses rose 16 percent to $250 million from $214, Administrative Cost excluding depreciation rose 18 percent $284 million from $249 million.
Earnings per share rose to 33 cents in the just concluded year from just 18 cents in 2018. Importantly, the company is on the way to earn 70 cents per share for 2020 for a profit of $335 million and should go on to earn $1 per share or $490 million in 2021 and $1.30 or $600 million in the following year when the tax concession for half the regular rate ends.

One Honey Bun’s Products.

The company is benefitting from a capital expenditure of $330 million spent over the last two years to expand the factory and bring manufacturing under one location as well as an expansion of product range. The operations generated gross cash flow of $230 million up from $145 million in 2018.
Shareholders’ equity climbed to $741 million from $618 million. Current assets increased from $209 million to $353 million with net current assets ending at $185 million from $89 million in 2018. Cash and cash equivalents stood at $193 million, up from $100 million, but the company has Investments of $92 million comprising quoted shares and money market instruments treated as non-current assets.
The company manufacture and distributes baked products for the local and export markets.
The stock receives the IC BUY RATED seal of approval. The stock traded at $7 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market for a PE of 10.

$350 billion revenues in sight at NCB

NCB Financial head office in Kingston, Jamaica.

Gross revenues at Jamaica’s largest financial entity, NCB Financial Group, could hit $350 billion in 2020 data from the 2019 full year results suggests and would represent a significant rise from total revenues of $167 billion generated in 2019.
Total revenues jumped 128 percent in the September quarter to $81.3 billion, helped by the acquisition of a majority stake in Guardian Holdings and climbed 30 percent to $166.7 billion.  Guardian also contributed $580 billion to the Group’s total assets of $1.6 trillion.
NCB produced record profit in the twelve months to September, this year with profit attributable to NCB shareholders, growing 6 percent to $29.6 billion from $27.96 billion in 2018 with growth of 21 percent from $8.8 billion in the September quarter from $7.3 billion in 2018 quarter.
More importantly, profit from ongoing operations rose marginally from $28.69 billion for the year to September 2018, to $28.73 billion in 2019 and for the quarter, it rose 12 percent from $7.98 billion in 2018 to $8.97 billion. As impressive as the numbers suggest, not all things went well for the group. It suffered a significant loss from the loan portfolio having to book $4 billion in loan loss provision up 104 percent over $1.96 billion booked in 2018.
While the focus by many investors is on profit before other comprehensive profit, a closer look indicates that profit from normal operations does not tell the full story. Total profit for the year ended at $37.5 billion, up from $21.4 billion in 2018 with earnings per share of $15 for 2019.

Advantage General branch offices in Montego Bay Jamaica


Commercial and consumer division reported a loss of $414 million, compared with a profit of $2.75 billion, as a result of credit impairment losses moving from $1.1 billion to $4.1 billion in 2019. Payment services contributed $3.6 billion to profits from $2.9 billion in 2018. Corporate banking delivered $5.2 billion to earnings in 2019 from $3.4 billion to in 2018. Treasury and correspondent banking made the most significant impact on profit for 2019 with a profit of $9.9 billion but rose just a mere 3.6 percent from $9.55 billion in 2018. The group’s investment arm profits grew 8 percent to $9.9 billion from $9.2 billion, life insurance contributed $18.7 billion, up from $9.5 billion and general insurance saw profit more than doubling to $2.33 billion from $1 billion.
Interest income in the September quarter rose 43 percent to $20.5 billion from $14 billion and 28.6 percent for the year ended September to $67 billion from $52 billion in 2018. Interest expense increased 34 percent to $6 billion in the quarter, compared to a 20 percent increase for the year to $20.5 billion. Net interest income in the year was 33 percent higher than 2018, climbing to $46.7 billion from $35 billion and 47 percent in the quarter to $14.3 billion from $9.7 billion in 2018, resulting from an increase in the local loan portfolio and the 5 months results of GHL.
Fees and commission income grew 28.6 percent in the quarter to $7 billion from $5 billion in 2018 and 20 percent for the year, to $24 billion from $20 billion. Net fees and commission income ended the year at $19 billion, after increasing 21 percent from $16 billion in the prior year, with the September 2019 quarter climbing 39 percent from $4.2 billion to $5.8 billion.
For the quarter, insurance premium income skyrocketed to $33.5 billion from $2 billion and 539 percent for the year to $61 billion from $9 billion, which was due mainly to the consolidation of GHL results. Net insurance income in the year jumped 280 percent to $14.4 billion from $3.8 billion and 334 percent in the September quarter from $1.7 billion to $7.3 billion, of which GHL contributed $7 billion. Operating expenses rose 84 percent to $22.6 billion in the quarter and increased 49 percent in the twelve months to $64.7 billion and includes was staff cost which increased 45 percent in the quarter to $10 billion from $7 million in 2018 and for the year, 35 percent from $24 billion to $32 billion.
At the end of the year, shareholders’ equity stood at $146.6 billion, customers’ deposits and other funds placed by customers with the group rose to $731 billion from 697 billion in 2018. Total assets ended the period at $ 1.6 trillion inclusive of loans and advances of $423 billion, compared to 4373 billion in 2018. Investment securities rose to $760 billion from $391 billion.

NCB Financial Montego Bay branch

The group while acquiring additional shares in GHL taking its holdings to a majority of 61.97 percent, Advantage General Insurance was sold at the end of the fourth quarter, resulting in a gain of $2.6 billion. Additionally, $3.3 billion was realised from the disposal of its associated interest in JMMB in the first quarter of the financial year.
An interim dividend of 90 cents per share will be paid on December 6 to shareholders on record on November 22.
Earnings per share came out at $3.69 for the quarter and $8.49 for the nine months and ended the financial year at $12.18, but excluding the one-time capital gains earnings per share would have been closer to $10. The stock last traded at $205 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and at TT$10.85 on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange at 14 times 2020 estimated earnings.

Jamaica Producers Q3 profit doubles

Jamaica Producers former headquarters in Kingston Jamaica

Profit surged 102 percent in the September quarter, to $330 million from $164 million in 2019 for shareholders of Jamaica Producers. For the nine months to September, profit jumped 66 percent to $959 million from $578 million in 2019 on the back of a modest rise in revenues.
Sale revenues rose just 5 percent for the quarter, to $5.22 billion from $4.96 billion but gained a stronger 8 percent for the year to date, to hit $15.4 billion from $14.3 billion in 2019. The third-quarter revenues grew more slowly than second-quarter revenues, which increased 12 percent to $5.4 billion over the 2018 period and net profit attributable to shareholders increased then by 52 percent to $399 million.
The group’s main activities are port terminal operations, logistics, food and juice manufacturing, the cultivation, marketing and distribution of fresh produce, land management and the holding of investments. The group has operations in the UK, Europe, Jamaica and some other Caribbean countries.
The current year is not the only one that profits jumped sharply for the group. In 2018, profit attributable to the Group’s shareholders rose 66.5 percent for the June quarter over that of 2017 and 65 percent for the half-year from revenues that grew 20 percent and 25 percent, respectively. The group had significant growth in profit from ongoing operations in 2017 over 2016 with negligible profit from operations.
Improvement in profit margin in the half of the year to 34 percent from 31 percent in 2018 continued at the same pace in the September quarter with 34 percent from 29 percent in 2018 and for the year to September, 34 percent from 30 percent in 2018. The improved margin helped push gross profit up 24 percent in the quarter to $1.76 billion from $1.42 million and rose 23 percent for the year to date, to $5.3 billion from $4.3 billion in 2019.
Selling, administration and other operating expenses rose 18 percent to $958 million in the quarter and increased 14 percent in the nine months to $2.8 million. Finance cost declined in the quarter, to $78 million from $89 million in 2018 and from $234 million to $277 million for the nine months.
Earnings per share (EPS) came out at 29.4 cents for the quarter and 85.5 cents for the nine months. EPS should end the fiscal year ending December to $1.25 with a PE ratio of 17 at the price of $21.50 it last traded on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and is in line with the average for main market stocks. The net asset value ended at $12.30, with the stock selling at 1.75 book value.
Gross cash flow brought in $3.7 billion, growth in receivables, investment transactions, purchase of fixed assets and the paying of $125 million in dividends resulted in cash funds at the ending at $927 million. At the end of September, shareholders’ equity stood at $14 billion, with borrowings at just $6 billion. Net current assets ended the period at $6.4 billion inclusive of trade and other receivables of $9 million, cash and bank balances of $927 million. Current liabilities stood at $3.2 billion at the end of September.
Jamaica Producers is a buy for the medium to long term.

Lasco Manufacturing 6-month profit up12%

With its best performance in the last five years with a 92 percent jump in profit to $1 billion in 2019 financial year, Lasco Manufacturing went on to increase profit a mere 5.5 percent in the September quarter from weak sales growth.
The improvement in profit emanated from increased efficiency than from increased sales.
Sale revenues fell slightly for the quarter to $2.06 billion from $2.066 billion in the 2018 period and rose 1.3 percent for the six months to $3.85 billion from $3.80 billion in 2018.
Profit grew to $280 million from $265 million in the quarter and 12 percent for the six months to September to $563 million from $503 million in 2018. Second-quarter profit declined compared to the June quarter when the company posted $283 million after-tax.
Improvements in operations led to gross profit margin in half the year rising to 37 percent from 35 percent in 2018 as the cost of sales fell 3 percent in the quarter and 2 percent for the year to date. Operating profit slipped slightly in the quarter, to $359 million from $364 million but jumped 7 percent for the year to date, to $714 million from $667 million in 2018, as Administrative expenses rose much faster than sales and gross profit.  Administrative expenses increased 14 percent to $392 million in the quarter and 11 percent in the half-year to $722 million. Finance cost declined in the quarter to $ 22 million from $32 million in 2018 and from $64 million to $54 million for the six months. Provision for profit tax fell from $66 million to $57 million in the quarter, with the half-year ending at $98 million versus $100 million in 2018.

Lasco Manufacturing products

Gross cash flow brought in $791 million, but receivables and reduction in trade payables used up $697 million, $250 million went to pay dividends and $214 million as repayment of loans. Lasco invested $275 million in what is stated to be a long term investment in stocks these and other payments left cash generated at a negative $517 million, leaving liquid funds on hand at $401 million. At the end of September, shareholders’ equity stood at $6 billion, with the current portion of long-term loans at $484 million and long-term liability at $807 million. Current assets ended the period at $3.6 billion inclusive of trade and other receivables of $2 billion, cash and bank balances of $401 million and current liabilities ended the period at $1.4 billion.
With limited growth in sales from existing products, the company is expanding factory and warehousing facilities. “Capital investments being undertaken in a new warehouse facility and build-out of the expansion of the Dry Blend plant at White Marl,” Managing Director, James Rawle reported to shareholders in his commentary on the quarterly.
The company paid a dividend of 6.1 cents on June 28, amounting to $250 million, 61 percent greater than dividends paid out in 2018. The dividend yield was just 1.5 percent, with the stock price just over $4 on the record date in June.
Earnings per share came out at 7 cents for the quarter and 14 cents for the six months and should be in the 30-35 cents region for the full year. The stock last traded at $5.25 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday with a PE of 14.

Strong first quarter for Wisynco

Wisynco traded at $22 on Thursday.

Wisynco Group enjoyed strongly increased revenues in the fiscal first quarter with a rise of 34.6 percent to $9 billion versus $6.8 billion in the June 2018 quarter and resulted in pretax profit jumping 52.7 percent to $1.4 billion and after-tax rising 53 percent to $1.18 billion.
According to brothers William and Andrew Mahfood, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer respectively, in their joint commentary accompanying the quarterly, “we had very strong growth in our core beverage brands as a result of increased demand and improved efficiencies in plant productivity. In addition, the strategic alliances between Worthy Park and St Mary’s Snacks along with increasing revenue from other portfolios contributed to drive revenues to new highs.”
The quarterly revenues are much higher than the $6.9 billion generated in the June quarter and profit of $694 million after-tax.

Wisynco brand Wata to benefit from 3 new production that is now in operation.

Gross Margin slipped to 36.8 from 38.2 percent in 2018 but Gross Profit still increased to $3.3 billion or 29.8 percent above the $2.6 billion achieved in the June 2018 quarter.
According to the directors, “the leveraging of our distribution system with the new portfolios, while driving revenue growth, favorably impacted our expense to sales ratio that declined to 22.5 percent of sales from the 25.6 percent for the first quarter of 2019. Selling, Distribution and Administrative expenses for the quarter increased by 18 percent to $2 billion above the $1.7 billion for the prior year and well below the increased revenues.

True Juice orange juice bottled by and distributed Wisynco

For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, Wisynco recorded Net Profits Attributable to shareholders of $1.2 billion or 31 cents per share compared to $769 million or 21 cents per share, an improvement of 47.6 percent over the corresponding period of the prior year.
The Group had equity capital of $12 billion with loan funding of $2.6 billion but with cash and investment funds at $5.5 billion after the Group operations delivered cash inflows of $1.64 billion. Net Current Assets stood at $6.2 billion with current assets of $11.5 billion.
IC Insider.com projects earnings of $1.40 for the current fiscal year with revenues reaching just under $37 billion and $1.95 for 2021. The stock closed at $22 and now sells at a PE ratio of 15 times the current year’s earnings and is fairly valued currently and seems to hold good long-term growth potential.

Carib Cement Q3 disappoints

Caribbean Cement jumped $5.51 to close at $77.50 with 166,784 shares changing hands at the close of Monday’s trading after the company posted disappointing third-quarter results.
Revenues in the quarter to September fell from $4.46 billion to $4.38 billion representing a cut in volume sales, which the company stated was due mainly to the impact of heavy rains.
Compounding the drop in sales was increases in certain expenses that drove down profit in the quarter to just $77 million or 9 cents per share for the quarter compared to $255 million in 2018. Nine months results showed revenues slightly above 2018 at $13.5 billion versus $13.2 billion and profit of $1.57 billion versus $1.3 billion in 2018 for earnings of $1.85 per share $1.34 per share in 2018. The company suffered foreign exchange losses on the loan with its parent company that drove finance cost to $1.44 billion for the nine months from $1 billion in the 2018 period. Labour cost shot up 13 percent to $1.77 billion for the nine months and equipment hire jumped nearly 50 percent to $602 million.
IC insider.com projects 2019 full-year earnings at $3.50.