Regency IPO opens on Thursday for a $1

Regency Petroleum Co. Limited a company based in Westmoreland is offering up to 287,157,354 Ordinary Shares for sale at $1 each. The offer opens on Thursday, November 24 and should bring the total Junior Market listings to 48 and the number of companies to 47. Only 115,196,354 shares will be available to the public.
The company reported revenues of $332 million in the half year results to June this year, up from $248 million in 2021, with profit after tax of $51 million compared with $35 million in 2021, putting the earnings per share for this year at 98 cents, with the PE at 10 times this year’s pretax earnings versus the Junior Market average of just over 12, but below the peak of recent new issues of approximately 20. ICInsider.com expects the offer to close quickly after opening and the price to soar into the $2 range after listing.
Revenues for the 2021 fiscal year were $607 million a big jump from $194 million in 2020 and just $45 million in 2019, with a profit of $59 million in 2021, after taxation of $18 million, up from $14 million with taxation of $3 million in 2020.
The company’s operations span Jamaica as a petroleum marketing company licensed to distribute bulk petroleum products. The company was founded by Andrew Williams, Chief Executive Officer. Revenues are currently generated from sales of LPG Cooking Gas, Automotive Petroleum and Transportation of gasoline.
Revenues are set to climb in 2023 with the ongoing construction of two service stations which should be open to the public by the end of the March quarter of next year, the company stated in its prospectus. A service station to be opened in Negril, which Regency will lease, is located upon entering the town from the east, will increase the visibility of the brand and generate additional revenues and profit. In addition, the company is likely to see increased business due to the exposure from the IPO and trading in the shares after listing on the exchange.
The company states that it has purchased delivery vehicles to reduce costs and improve efficiency and create greater economic value in the future. Currently, only 90 Octane Fuel and Diesel are sold at the service station, the opening of the new service stations will see the introduction of ULSD and 87 Octane Fuel at the pumps. The new products should attract added demand and provide a more inclusive retail market product line.
Expansion plans call for the purchase of additional cylinders to supply increased demand for its cooking gas to reduce cost of sales and improve efficiency, the Company will also acquire a fuel tank trailer, the prospectus states.
Of the total issue 171,961,000 shares are reserved as follows – 55.5 million for Employees & Key Strategic Partners, 100 million for GK Investments to convert loan balance and 16.46 million for Associates Loan Conversion.
The company is relatively small, with Shareholders’ Equity of $111 million at the end of June this year, accordingly, there is much room for growth going forward.
The directors of the company are Dr André Foote, Andrew Williams, Andrew Cocking, Radcliff Knibbs and Edgar Bennett.

Regency IPO opens next week

Another Junior Market listing now looms on the horizon with Regency Petroleum Co. Limited based on Westmoreland offering up to 287,157,354 Ordinary Shares for sale at $1 each. The offer opens on Thursday, November 24 and should bring the total junior Market listings to 48 and the number of companies to 47.
Only 115,196,354 shares will be available for subscription by the public, with the rest of 171,961,000 shares reserved as follows – 55.5 million for Employees & Key Strategic Partners, 100 million for GK Investments to convert loan balance and 16.46 million for Associates Loan Conversion.
The company half year results to June show revenues of $332 million up from $248 million in 2021 with profit after tax of $51 million versus $35 million in 2021 and put the earnings per share for this year at 98 cents, with the PE at 10 times this year’s pretax earnings versus the Junior Market average of just over 12, but below the peak of recent new issues of 15 to 20. ICInsider.com expects the offer to close quickly after opening.
Revenues in 2021 amounted to $607 million compared with $194 million in 2020 and just $45 million in 2019, with a profit of $59 million in 2021 after taxation of $18 million up from $14 million with tax or $3 million in 2020.
The company’s operations span Jamaica as a petroleum marketing company licensed to distribute bulk petroleum products. The company was founded by Andrew Williams, Chief Executive Officer. Revenues are currently generated revenue from sales of LPG Cooking Gas, Automotive Petroleum and Transportation of gasoline.
Shareholders’ Equity amounts to $111 million at the end of June this year.

Cari-Med heading for Jamaica Stock Exchange

Word on the street is that the Cari-Med Group is preparing for listing on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with all probability that this will take place by early 2023 ICInsider.com has been reliably informed.
The company was launched in 1986 as Cari-Med Limited, a small pharmaceutical distribution company, by Glen and Marva Christian.
“The Group has an excellent reputation in the market and is the dominant pharmaceutical company in the country”, one source informed ICInsdier.com.
The Group represents and distributes Lysol, Harpic, Gillette, Duracell, Wrigley, Scotch Brite, Ensure and Purina, to name some of the products they manage.
In 2020 a restructuring of the companies within the Group resulted in Cari-Med being renamed Cari-Med Group, the parent company of the Group.
Marketing activities are organized under three divisions, Consumer and pharmaceuticals, with the third being medical supplies, Hospital, Medical Equipment and Disposables, staffed by sales and marketing personnel teams.
The Group serves markets across the Caribbean region with exports of its home brands such as Lullabye baby products, BemStar Adult Diapers, and the KenClean line of laundry products.
The Group invested more than $6 billion in the development of a distribution centre in St. Catherine to house a 258,000-square-foot facility on land along Salt Pond Road in Bernard Lodge to house the warehouses and administrative offices of the Consumer Goods Division.

CariMed and NCB Capital Markets staff at the signing of an agreement appointing the brokerage house as financial advisers.

Cari-Med employs over 900 employees has been with the company website indicates. Dun & Bradstreet put revenues for the Group at Cari-Med at US$37 million and Kirk Distributors at US$38 million and the Cari-Med building in New Kingston is said to generate rental income of US$20. But one source is of the view that the revenues in the distribution may be closer to J$15 billion, which could deliver a profit of around $600 to $700 million, but the financial cost to build out the warehouse may result in net profit being trimmed below this level.
NCB Capital Markets is the broker for the issue.

Heavy demand for ONE on ONE

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OneonOne Education Services is now listed with heavy demand at $1.30 currently from 302 bids total bids at $1.30 for 15.8 million shares.
The bids are now at $1.30, the maximum it can trade at in the first hour of trading and after that $1.32 the maximum for the day, offers are effectively in at $1.30 and over
The stocks appear to be heading for the $2 range by early next week as buyers jostle to pick up stocks. The stocks went to market in early August to sell 380 million units up to $1 each and the issue was heavily oversubscribed.
Trading will commence at 9:30 and trading in the stocks will be suspended immediately after opening and will resume an hour time after.
After the trading commenced investors exchanged just 14,238 shares at $1.30 leaving 16.58 million units on the bid at $1.30 with trading in the stocks halted until 10.30 am.

1on1 Junior Market 50th listing

Ricardo Allen CEO of One to One

Trading in ONEonONE Educational Services shares will commence today on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange after a successful Initial Public offer of 380 million shares up to $1 each at the beginning of August.
The listing will bring the number of Junior Market companies to 46 and it will be the 100th listed company on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It will also represent the 50th company to list on the Junior Market since the first listing of Access Financial Services in 2010.
Sweet River Abattoir was delisted after failing financially and Eppley, Key insurance and Caribbean Producer migrated to the Main Market.
The stock is expected to trade at the maximum price permissible today at $1.32 and $1.74 on Friday providing it closed today at $1.32.

Public gets 2% of IPO share-allocation

The pull of initial public offers continues with some 15,000 applicants going after the One on One Educational Services public share issue of 380 million Ordinary Shares resulting in the general public getting, on average, just over 2.2 percent of shares applied for.
Based on the prospectus, the stock should be listed within one week of the closing date. Accordingly, the shares should be listed this coming week on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and should be greeted by strong buying interest that seems set to push the price to the two dollar region. One on One will bring the companies listed on the Junior Market to 46 and will be the 50th company to list on the Junior Market since the commencement of that market in 2010, when Access Financial was listed as the first. It will be the 100 companies listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
General Pool received the first 5,000 units plus a pro-rata allocation of approximately 2.23 percent of the excess.

Ricardo Allen CEO of One to One

Investors in the Convertible Loan Conversion and the Key Strategic Partners pools received a full allocation of the shares. Applicants in the Sagicor Pool received the first 450,000 units plus a pro-rata allocation of approximately 1.11 percent of the balance of the excess. Teachers and Trainers got the first 80,000 units plus a pro-rata share of around 3.47 percent of the excess applied for. Applicants in the Employees Pool receive the first 500,000 units plus a pro-rata allocation of approximately 69.83 percent of the rest.
A total of 108.75 million shares were allocated to the owners of Convertible Loans at 80 cents each, 60 million shares for the Key Strategic Partners, 30 million units each for the Sagicor reserve Pool, the Teachers and Trainers Pool and the Employees Reserve Share Pool and 121.25 million shares for the general public at $1 per share.

100th listed company for Jamaica Stock Exchange

Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market will soon have its 46 listed company on its board soon, and the 100 listed company on the overall exchange, with the latest offering to the public set to open on August 12 and comes to market, solidifying and highlighting the change taking place in Jamaica’s economy where a young team of individuals with a bright idea can raise funds in the market with minimal fixed assets.
OneonOne Educational Services comes to market the prospectus states to sell 380 million shares to raise around $359 million net of cost. In reality, the issue is really for 271 million shares if the lenders convert their loans to shares. Only 121.25 million will be available to the bulk of applicants as the rest is earmarked for selected groups including 108.7 million due to investors currently holding convertible loans as such no new funds will be coming from this group of investors resulting in just $279 million in fresh capital being raised before expenses estimated $30 million. The offer will raise the number of issued capital from 1.52 billion shares to 1.9 billion.
The company has a lot in common with the recent listing of EduFocal both being in the education area using technology to deliver the service to customers thus keeping cost low and profit margins high, but it is more slanted currently in serving the corporate sector. The company that started operating in 2015 is highly profitable and benefitted from the lockdown of the economies in the Caribbean region in the aftermath of the discovery of covid-19 that resulted in schools and many businesses being closed or operating at a lower capacity.
The service is a fully remote educational technology which delivers personalized education primarily to enterprises, governments, and individuals across the Caribbean and Latin American region. The company appears to be a provider of technological infrastructure for itself and clients as opposed to be the primary supplier of learning information, as opposed to what the name suggests. In keeping with the change in service offering, the name seems set to be changed from that of educational services to one that is less restrictive in perception.
The founders have been able to win the support of some heavy hitters within the business community, with Michael G. Bernard, former CEO of Carreras holding the position of Chairman, Douglas Orane as the mentor.

Ricardo Allen CEO of One to One

The Company was founded by Ricardo Allen, Rory White, Stephen Barnes and Christopher Rochester, to deliver large-scale personalized education through the utilization of advances in learning technology which employs sophisticated statistical algorithms, the prospectus states. They were later joined by R. Danvers Williams, Michael Bernard, Douglas Orane, John Bailey, Ian Forbes and the C.B. Facey Foundation and Sagicor Group through the Sagicor Sigma Funds.
As the date of this Prospectus, it is the intention of the Company to use the proceeds to further capitalize on the demand for its services across the region and to deliver on key long-term strategic contracts by continuing to invest in software development to meet the demand for their services.
In the past, the company provided contracts that involved one-time income and recurring annual income that have an average contract length of three years – which continued to generate revenues in 2021 along with a new product “Class-room in a Box” to provide offline content to individuals and schools. As of August 2021, 63 percent of the Company’s revenue was gained through these Business to Business contracts, and 37 percent through the Company’s end user consumers business line.
For the financial year 2020, a net profit of $55.4 million was generated compared to a loss of $9.7 million in 2019. The increase in profits the company states was due to new contracts acquired in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing services to the education sectors in Jamaica and other Caribbean territories. For 2021 net profit increased 21.75 percent to $67.5 million over 2020. The Company says it was able to negotiate long-term contracts with clients which provide stability in revenues.
Revenues moved from $27.8 million in 2017 to $269 million in 2021 with the latter rising a significant $104 million over the $128.5 million in 2020. Revenues for 2019 ended at $36 million. For the nine months to May this year, revenues rose 24 percent to $194 million over the similar period in 2021, with a profit of $49 million pretax, up from $15 million in 2021.
The company projects revenues to hit $334 million by the end of the financial year to August with pretax profits of $105 million which would equate to earnings per share of 6.9 cents, with profits being free of taxation when listed on the Junior Market. The company states that the projected fourth quarter revenues of $140 million include existing contracts that are scheduled to produce $101 million in revenues over the 3-month period to August 2022 and an additional $39 million in revenues which are expected from the conversion of deals that are within the sales pipeline, from all indication the company seems on track to achieve this target with the fourth quarter appearing to reflect seasonality in revenues.
The earnings work out at a PE ratio of 14.5 just above the market average of 12.9 Based on where recent IPOs are valued investors can look for a price after listing around $1.50 but investors have priced many of them closer to 30 times 2022 earnings in which case a price of $2 is not out of the reckoning.
A highly welcomed feature of the prospectus is the projected income statement that shows figures for the 2025 fiscal year. Looking further ahead, the Company projects to retain $160 million in current contracts and recurring users, representing 37 percent of 2023 projected revenue, which suggests revenues of $433 million and a profit of $141 million for earnings per share of 7.5 cents with a PE of 14.2. For the fiscal year 2025, revenues are projected to reach $662 million, with a profit of $180 million, but the outcome may be vastly different than forecast. The forecast ICInsider.com gathers may be conservative, with Junior Market IPO candidates in the past enjoying a big jump in business flowing from the publicity associated with the IPO. ICInsider.com expects the IPO will provide a bounce to the company’s business.
Negatives, at the end of May, receivables amounted to $127 million 65 percent of revenues or close to eight months of revenues, which is not good and could lead to a high level of bad debts in the future, there are no comments in the prospectus to explain the high level of debt due, but the audit statements shows very little provision for expected credit loss, suggesting that management and the auditors consider the amounts to be collectable. Information gleaned by this publication suggests that there is an amount of around $60 million of the amount that the payment is differed based on certain conditions being met.
Another negative is amounts due from directors of $22.5 million, which is up from $14.5 million in August 2021 and $8 million in 2020, increased each year since 2017 when it was at $994,627. The audited financial statements state that the amount “is unsecured, interest free and have no fixed repayment terms.” The income tax law will treat these amounts as liable to taxes as they could be regarded as a distribution, there is no indication of arrangements that are in place to have the amount repaid mentioned in the prospectus.
ICInsider.com does not see the reason for the loans being converted to shares being a part of the IPO rather than for the shares being issued prior to the IPO and therefore reflects a more publicly acceptable picture of the wider public getting a higher percent of the issue than how it is currently presented. All of the above presents a picture to the discerning public, a view of a board with the majority being young and inexperienced and a sign of weakness going forward if not addressed early.
The directors of the company are Michael Bernard, chairman, Ricardo Allen, John Bailey holds a University of South Florida MBA degree in Business Administration, Karen Vaz has a BA degree and is vice president of HR and Information Technology at PanJam Group, Andrew Tyrone Wilson has BSC in Banking and Finance, Mischa McLeod-Hines has an MBA degree and is Vice President Capital Markets – Sagicor Investments and Andrew Dr Carol Granston, Instructional Designer and has served in the field of Education and Training for over thirty years.
The listing of the shares will be within a week from the closing of the issue. The broker for the offer is Sagicor Investments.

Dolla list Wednesday

The shares of Dolla Financial that was the subject of an Initial Public Offering will be listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market on Wednesday morning after increasing the number of shareholders to 14,981  as a result of the IPO.
The stock offered to the market at $1 each was heavily oversubscribed, with investors getting around four percent on average of the shares applied from the Public Pool. This publication expects moderate trading on the opening day with the price set to hit $1.30 but should see pretty spirited trading on Thursday when the price could well exceed the usual 30 percent one day limitation for price movement.
Around 40,000 applicants were received for the issue, of 500 million shares, information gleaned from persons close to the issue. The trading symbol will be Dolla, the same as the name.

Public gets few Dollas for their effort

Public stock issues continue to deliver miniscule amounts to investors, but more so for those who are not accorded preferential status by the offering company.
The latest IPO by Dolla Financial falls well into the above category with the general public getting up to 10,000 shares plus a pro-rata allocation of approximately 2.50 percent of the excess shares for which they applied, this contrast with applicants in the Key Partner Reserve Pool who will receive a full allotment.
At the same time, applicants in the Company Reserve Pool will receive up to the first 8,500,000 shares, plus approximately 2.49 percent of the excess shares which was applied for above the Company Reserve Pool Base Allotment.
Refunds for amounts in excess of the cost of allotment will commence on June 8 and will be made to the broker account provided by applicants.

Dolla shares could list on Friday

Trading in the shares of Dolla Financial that offered shares to the public in an initial stock offering that closed on the same day it was opened could be listed on Friday on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, a source informed ICInsider.com.
Details of the allocation are expected to be released by the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday, the source advised.
Some $10 billion is said to have chased after the 500 million shares at $1 each, as such investors will end up, on average, with approximately 5 percent of the amount applied for.
The issue that was very popular closed at 4.30 on Friday, May 27, having been heavily oversubscribed. The shares are expected to more than double, based on the earnings for the first quarter to March this year, with a profit before tax of $66 million, up from $17 million in 2021.
The company reported an audited profit of $129 million after taxation of $38 million for 2021, from revenues of $379 million and ended with shareholders’ equity of $315 billion.
$250 million of the funds raised in the offer, net of the cost of the IPO, will be used in the business to fund loan growth.