Derrimon buying Woodcats International

Staff at Derrimon Trading.

Derrimon Trading signed an agreement to buy Woodcats International with the transaction set to close within thirty days.
Woodcats was founded in 1999 by Christopher Collings and reached of $450 million in the 2017 financial year. products include: export pallets, warehouse pallets, wooden crates, sawdust, and landscaping mulch with in heat treatment and pallet repair.
Revenues for the Derrimon Trading first quarter March this year, climbed 27 percent to $1.94 billion above the $1.53 billion reported for the 2017 quarter and led to a big hike in profit.
The company reported a strong 45 percent jump in its first quarter results, from $35 million to $52 million or 21 cents per share to March this year, but profit could have been even higher had they not incurred finance cost which jumped 56 percent to $38 million from $25 million in 2017.
Derrimon stock traded 236,050 as high as $25 on Friday on the Jamaican Stock Exchange but ended at a record close of $24 to be up 243 percent for the year. The company is expected to approve a  stock split of 10 to 1 at their upcoming annual general meeting slated for August 22.

Republic makes bid for Cayman biggest bank

Demand rises for Republic Financial Holdings

Trinidad’s Republic Holdings has made an offer through its wholly-owned subsidiary of RBTT Barbados Republic Financial Holdings to acquire between 51 percent and 74.99 percent of the issued shares of Cayman National Bank.
The offer is priced between US$6 to US$6.75 per Cayman National share representing a premium between US$3 to US$3.75 per share as compared to the closing price of US$3 per Cayman National share on 3 August. The offer price is around 10 times earnings which is very attractive to republic as profit has been growing nicely for last year and the current year. The acquisition would allow Republic to merge Cayman National with Republic’s Cayman operations.
Cayman National has total assets of CI$1,558,692,523, up from $1,464,852,010 at June 2017. Total Comprehensive Income for nine months to June 2018 is CI$16,062,080 and is up from CI$10,841,267 in 2017.
The Offer remains subject to a number of conditions, including completion of due diligence by RBTTBL and recommendation by the Board of CNC for the Possible Offer.
Cayman National was Established in 1974 and is the largest financial services company based in the Cayman Islands, providing banking, trust and company management, fund administration, and wealth management services to clients locally and around the world, from the Cayman Islands, and the Isle of Man, with an office also in Dubai. Cayman National is publicly traded on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and comprises: Cayman National Bank Ltd., Cayman National Fund Services Ltd., Cayman National Securities Ltd., Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man) Limited and Cayman National Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited and Cayman National (Dubai) Ltd.
RBTTBL was established in 1999 and is a licensed offshore international financial business operating pursuant to the International Financial Services Act, CAP. 325 of the Laws of Barbados which primarily conducts investment and investment management services. RBTTBL’s registered office is located at Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited, Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados. RBTTBL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited. RBTTBL currently has wholly-owned subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, Republic Bank (Cayman Limited).
About Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited:
Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited was established on 13 January 1992 and currently holds a Trust License and an Unrestricted Class B Banking License under the Banks and Trust Companies Law of the Cayman Islands, as amended. Republic Bank (Cayman) Limited also holds a Mutual Funds License and is a registered Excluded Person for purposes of the Securities Investment Business Law of the Cayman Islands (SIBL-EP).
RFHL is listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and has over US$10 billion of total assets. RFHL, along with its subsidiaries and associated companies, provides commercial banking and related services. These include investment banking, mortgage financing, securities trading and related activities, trustee services, credit card operations, foreign exchange and trade finance services as well as deposit taking and lending operations. Through its subsidiaries and associated companies, RFHL has operations domiciled in Barbados, Ghana, Suriname, Grenada, Guyana and St. Lucia in addition to Trinidad and Tobago.

Financiers bullish on Carib tourism

Entities eyeing the Caribbean region and in need of financing should be encouraged by findings by top accounting firm KPMG included in their annual survey on financing for the sector amongst banks and non-banks.
“Confidence levels of banks increased yet again for an amazing ninth year in a row,” the survey stated and went on to indicate that “confidence levels of non-banks also increased.” “Overall non-banks remain more confident than banks registering 7.43 out of 10 in terms of their level of confidence versus 7.11 out of 10 for banks. For both banks and non-banks to exhibit these high levels of confidence would be very positive at any time but for them to do so following what can only be described as a catastrophic 2017 hurricane season for the region, represents very welcome, positive news,” the KPMG report stated.
“Canadian headquartered banks have for many years been the primary financiers of developments in the region’s tourism industry. However, it is now firmly established that the landscape has changed, although the Canadian banks remain very much part of that new landscape. The consensus view appears to be that they are “back in the market but more selective than before”. Other “players” are predominantly local banks who are increasingly participating in syndicated deals, U.S. funds, pension funds and insurance companies and development banks who are also active in the marketplace,” the survey finding went ion to say.

$9.20 offered for 75% of Barita shares

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Barita last traded on the JSE on Wednesday at $9.

The long awaited formal offer to acquire majority shares in Barita Investments has been released.
Cornerstone Investments Holdings is offering $9.20 per share for 334.4 million Barita shares to acquire no more and no less than 75 percent of the company. The intention is for the company to remain listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange
The offer opens on July 26 will cost $3 billion. The company signed a lock up agreement with Rita Humphries-Lewin and Karl Lewin who have 77.5 percent of the shares to sell amounts to allow for the 75 percent acquisition as such the offer is all but done.
The company has 445.877 million shares issued contributing to shareholders’ equity of $2.86 billion or $6.40 per share.
For the March quarter comprehensive income was $165 million and $492 million for the half year or just over $1 per share and puts the purchase price at about 5 times earnings. But the acquisition is even more attractive to the buyers. Both Humphries will cease being executives that will result in cost savings. The new link up could see a more aggressive stance taken in increasing business and profit within a relatively short time frame from existing offerings as well as new ones. The Unit Trust business is a potential storehouse of huge income down the road while more can be eked out of the portfolio of investments. Investors who hold on to their shares will benefit from a promised 80 percent pay out of profit going forward.

10 to 1 stock split for Derrimon

Staff at Derrimon Trading.

Investors continue to be poorly served in a number of cases in the Jamaica Stock Market with inconsistent observance of rules and regulation.
Under the Jamaica Stock Exchange rules a listed company is to report to the JSE ahead of a meeting to consider a divined or changes to the share capital structure and to report within 48 hours of the meeting, the decision reached.
Derrimon Trading directors are recommending to shareholders a stock split but there has been no notice on the JSE website about the consideration at a board meeting or the results of the meeting. Yet in the annual report the company places a resolution to effect a split of the stock.
According to the annual report the company proposes to increase of authorised share capital from 800,400,000 shares to 8,200,400,000 shares by the creation of an additional 7.4 billion ordinary shares and to sub-divide the issued share capital of the Company into 10 ordinary shares with effect from the close of business on August 22, resulting in the total issued shares being increased from 273,336,067 to 2,733,360,670 ordinary shares. The company last traded at $16 with the bid closing at $18.40 on Tuesday.
Derrimon reported strong first quarter results gains from $35 million to $52 million or 21 cents per share to March this year.

10 to 1 stock split for Blue Power

Blue Power 10 for 1 stock split coming.

Shareholders of Junior Market listed Blue Power, are set to see much more liquidity in the shares as the board is recommending a 10 to 1 stock split to be voted on at the upcoming general meeting in August.
Approval of shareholders will be sought, for the board’s recommendation to be put to the Annual General Meeting to be held on August 14, to increase the authorised share capital of the company from 90 million units to 900 million shares of no par value and to split each existing share of the company into 10 shares of no par value, thus increasing the issued share capital to 564,990,000 shares.

Blue Power Group will pay a dividend of 19 cents per share on July 30, to shareholders on record at July 16. The stock will start trading ex-dividend on July 13.

Godfather of ETFs for Destination Experience

Reggie Browne

Destination Experience announced the participation of Reggie Brown, Senior Managing Director at Cantor Fitzgerald for the May 17-19 summit in Kingston.
Brown is widely considered the Godfather of Exchange Traded Funds by global authorities including Forbes and Bloomberg because of his influence in listing over 25 percent of the ETFs traded in the US.
Brown has over three decades experience and presides over one of the most complicated operations on Wall Street. The Exchange Traded Funds business at Cantor facilitates about one trillion dollars in trades annually for global pension funds, asset managers, wealth managers and broker dealers.
Cantor Fitzgerald is a financial services firm operating in 20 countries specializes in institutional equity, fixed income sales and trading, is expected to bring great value to the financial services sector in the Caribbean.
Jamaica financial services sector and participants in the local market have much to benefit from Brown’s experience, wisdom and vision as he shares his words on ETFs and asset allocation in the modern economy.

John Burbank for Destination Experience

John Burbank

Hedge Fund Investor, John Burbank for is slated to be one of the presenters Destination Experience annual Jamaica conference.
Destination Experience announced speaker, John Burbank, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Passport Capital for their upcoming Visionaries’ Summit, May 17-19 2018 in Kingston. Burbank founded Passport in 2000 with less than $1 million and shot to fame based on his lucrative bet against subprime mortgages in 2006 ahead of the global financial crisis. His fund made 220 percent the following year, as global markets were in their slow drift towards collapse. Passport Capital’s assets hit a peak of about $5 billion before a globally challenging period for hedge funds in 2017. As the Wall Street Journal describes him, “he made his name buying up credit default swaps ahead of the financial crisis, resulting in a more-than 200% gain for his main fund in 2007. That year, he made $370 million personally, Forbes estimated.”
They have now shifted their primary focus to cryptocurrencies while also operating their Special Opportunities Fund. Burbank is very bullish on cryptocurrencies in the future, and has taken a substantial position in Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) and counterpart tZero, which raised US$100 million in presale for its US$250 million ICO this year. Overstock has vociferously embraced cryptocurrency in recent times and is run by Dr. Patrick Byrne, its Founder and Chairman. Byrne attended The Destination Experience Visionaries’ Summit in 2017 and predicted a boom in cryptocurrencies that ensued that year in his presentation. Those who bought into his vision made tremendous returns. Burbank is also a strong advocate of the potential embedded within crypto-assets and anticipates that Blockchain technology is going to drive rapid change in every macro sector in the world.
Burbank’s wealth of experience in macroeconomic analysis and quantitative tools, as well as his experiences in exploring crypto-assets stand to offer significant value to our financial services sector.

Cement signs buy back agreement

Caribbean Cement paid $1.3 billion as initial payment on the buy back of kiln.

Caribbean Cement is reporting that they signed an agreement with our parent company Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL), for the acquisition of Kiln 5 and Mill 5 thereby terminating the lease agreement.
The company reported that they made the initial payment of $1.3 billion towards the acquisition representing a significant investment in plant and equipment, improving the company’s asset base.
In March, Caribbean Cement announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to the termination of the operating lease and the purchase by CCC of the assets covered under the Lease.
Agreement is for approximately USD$118 million to be paid to TCL and redemption of an aggregate number of 52 million preference shares held by TCL for approximately USD$40.5 million to be paid over a nine-year period, starting in 2018 and sourced from at least one third of CCC’s profits available for distribution from the previous year. CCC will also seek financing to fund the Asset Acquisition and the Redemption.
The agreement flows from concerns of minority shareholders who at the company’s last annual General meeting, at which shareholders were given the commitment by management that the best structure would be identified to acquire ownership of the assets.
The company paid $3.3 billion in 2017 for the lease of the assets that was installed to facilitate expansion of the plant.

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.”