5 hot summer IPOs

Initial public offers have been extremely popular amongst investors who have made good money from the vast majority of them. Come this summer investors will get five more opportunities to invest in IPOS.
The last issue, Wigton Windfarm made several thousands investors happy, with the price rising as high as 90 percent over the IPO price of 50 cents. Even now that it is trading lower than the peak, investors are still more than 40 percent up on the initial price. Investors in the year’s first IPO, iCreate are not that lucky as the $1.01 they paid for the stock fell as low as 70 cents since and remains well below the IPO price.
Coming this summer are, The Lab that styles itself as a fully integrated 100 percent Jamaican born and bred advertising agency with global reach and an island swagger.

Kimala Bennett, Managing Director of The Lab.

Kimala Bennett is the company’s Managing Director. NCB Capital Markets are the brokers for The Lab that could be looking at regional expansion. Clients include National Commercial Bank, JPS Wendy’s Domino, Supreme Ventures Wray and Nephew, Grace Kennedy, Caribbean Broiler, Digicel. Persons in the know say this is one of those IPOs to plan for as it unique and profitable. NCB Capital Markets is also taking Eppley Property Fund, a company that owns property across the Caribbean, to market this summer as well as QWI Investments a new company that invests in listed shares.
NCB Capital Markets is also brokers to Tropical Battery Company. The company expects to come to market in July, to raise around $200 million in an IPO our sources state. The company was founded in 1950 was purchased by John Melville and remained in the Melville family since. The company’s core business is the sale of automotive batteries, complimented by the distribution of several local and world renowned automotive consumer brands. Tropical Battery’s headquarters is located in Kingston, with distribution centres in Kingston and Montego Bay.
Another that will be coming to market is Sagicor Select Funds Limited an Exchange Traded Fund that is going to market in June to raise $5 billion. The fund according to Sagicor Investment CEO, Kevin Donaldson, will track the JSE Financial Index and will be rebalanced if needed, monthly. Donaldson indicates that the fund currently has assets of $1.2 billion already. Sagicor Investments could have 2 to 3 additional listings before the year ends.
When completed, the new listings on the Jamaica Stock Exchnage will raise the listed ordinary shares to more than 80 and total listings to more than 100 securities.

Wigton pulls 11,772 new investors

Popular new stock issues have a way of electrifying stock markets and empower new stock market investors to increase their wealth.
It happen when National Commercial Bank went public in 1987 and again with the Wigton IPO.
“While the overall number of applications was 31,200, we are pleased to report that 11,772 or 38 percent are new investors to the market. This represents an increase in the number of account holders in the JCSD of 7.6 percent,” Marlene Street Forrest managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange stated in addressing the observers at the listing ceremony of Wigton Windfarm listing on Wednesday.
Street Forrest went on to say, over 64 percent of those who invested were under 50 years of age with approximately 50 percent under 40 years old.” According to Street Forrest, females comprised 56 percent of the applicants for shares compared to 44 percent males. “The average spend for new investors was approximately $124,000 with the offer oversubscribed by 158.8 percent.”

Wigton stock could double soon.

Wigton is the largest IPO the list on the JSE since the listing of NCB, Telecommunication of Jamaica in the latter part of 1980s. In recent times, it is ahead of Wisynco Group with 7,769 applicants. “We have made tremendous strides as Wigton with total applications of 31,200 and four times the size of that offer has taken 21 days from the close of the offer to listing today” Street Fporrest stated that,
Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, stated that he wanted not only for Jamaicans to own assets but to share in the profitability of the company and this was achieved with the Wigton issue. He noted also that shares the company own in Jamaica Public Service and Jamaica Mortgage Bank will be divested in the short to medium term.
The stock closed with the price rising by a maximum of 30 percent at 65 cents trading 8,351,000 but ended with the bid at 66 cents which will allow it to trade as high as 85 cents on Friday.

Wigton shares list today

Wigton stock could double soon.

Shares in the highly sought after Wigton Windfarm will start trading today on the Jamaica Stock Exchange when the market opens at 9:30 this morning.
The shares that saw more than 31,000 investors the 11 million units that were on offer was heavily oversubscribed and persons within the financial market expects that it will trade at a premium to the 50 cents offer price. The shares will be restricted to a maximum price rise of 15 cents today or 30 percent of the IPO price, which is the maximum the stock exchange circuit breaker rule permits. If the bid closes at 84 cents at the close of trading then it can trade as high as $1.09 on Friday when the market reopens after the Labour day holiday.
The stock should be very liquid and that may constrain the price movements as speculators take profit early. The PE ratio of the stock is 8.5 times earnings but with many main market stocks priced in the 15 times region Wigton could get to that valuation and sell just under $1.
Mayberry Investments the main broker for the issue stated that the public sector pool was oversubscribed accordingly and all Public Sector workers who applied for less than 15 million shares were fully allocated while investors from the general public, were fully allocated up to 8.5 million shares.

Wigton shares now fully allocated

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Wigton IPO prospectus is out.

Successful investors in the public share offer of Wigton Windfarm will see the shares trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at the commencement of trading next week Wednesday.
Mayberry Investments (MIL) the main broker for the issue announced the allocation of shares. In a release on the allocation, MIL stated that the public sector pool was oversubscribed accordingly, all Public Sector workers who applied for less than 15 million shares were fully allocated. The remaining Reserved shares are allocated sequentially, in tranches of 10,000 units until the Reserved Pool was exhausted. Members of the general public who applied for less than 8.5 million shares, received full allocation, the remaining shares were allocated sequentially in tranches of 10,000 units.
Refunds to applicants who are clients of Mayberry, will be credited to their accounts, by end of today, 15 May, refunds for non-Mayberry clients will be made available to the selling agent or location where the application was first received by 16 May.
All Applicants will receive a formal letter from the Jamaica Central Securities Deposit advising them of their respective allotment of Shares in the Company in due course.

Wigton Windfarm lists next Wednesday

Wigton IPO prospectus is out.

The wait by investors in the latest initial public offer of Wigton Windfarm to Jamaicans to list will soon be over with the shares set to list on the main market of the Jamaican Stock Exchange next week Wednesday.
The JSE in a response to IC Insider.com question today said that they are planning for the listing for next week. Other information has confirmed that the listing ceremony will start at 8:30 on Wednesday.
The government of Jamaica that previously owned all the company through Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica upheld the decision to sell all of the shares. Investors gobbled up all the 11 billion shares at 50 cents each and still wanted more as some 32,000 applications went after the issue making it one of the initial public offers to attract more than 30,000 applicants.
Information gleaned is that the allocation of shares will leave many of the bids with large amount of shares will not see much more than 4 million units being allocated to them.

Wigton attracts over 30,000 applicants

Wigton IPO prospectus is out.

Wigton Windfarm’s recent IPO is said to successfully attracted more than 30,000 applications, for the 11 billion shares that were offered at 50 cents each, IC insider.com has been advised.
IC Insider.com gathers that the number could reach as much as 32,000 applications and is more than 100 percent oversubscribed. The number of applicants, suggest that the level of oversubscriptions is most likely lead to the issue being twice oversubscribed. Based on the formula announced for allocation that will see smaller applications getting full allocation, the top bidders are likely to be disappointed with what they end up getting that could see their take coming for 10 percent or less, depending on the amount applied for.
According to a release from Mayberry Investments lead brokers, “all Applicants (large or small) up to the first 10,000 shares will be met. Applicants in excess of 10,000 will then be met in similar fashion in increments of 10,000 until all applications are met or all shares are allocated”.
The number of applications seem to be close to the issue of National Commercial Bank in 1987 that attracted over 30,000 applications, with the issue being oversubscribed by 175 percent.
The oversubscription should result in a healthy liquid market, when the stock starts trading in a few weeks time.

The Lab, coming to a broker near you

NCB Capital Markets is readying a number of new public share issues to come to market by the summer this year.
Numbered amongst them are, The Lab that styles itself as a fully integrated 100 percent Jamaican born and bred advertising agency with global reach and an island swagger. “We are a strategic, creative, passionate solutions oriented and no nonsense group with a heavy emphasis on getting stuff done.” Kimala Bennett is the company’s Managing Director. Clients include National Commercial Bank, JPS, Wendy’s Domino, Supreme Ventures, Wray and Nephew, Grace Kennedy, Caribbean Broiler and Digicel. Persons in the know say this is one of those IPOs to plan for, it unique and profitable. QWI Investments is another that NCB Capital Markets is readying to take to the Jamaica Stock Exchange main market by early summer.

Kimala Bennett, Managing Director of The Lab.

Another that will be coming to market is Sagicor Select Funds Limited an Exchange Traded Fund. According to a note in the Sagicor Group audited financial statements, “It is the intention of the company to apply to the Board of the Jamaica Stock Exchange for admission of the shares to trading on the main market if subscriptions of at least $5,000,000,000 are raised.”
The above will come on top of the current public offer of Wigton Windfarm that opens next week to raise $5.5 billion, earmarked to be paid over to the government after expenses associated with the offer.

Wigton Windfarm’s profit upgraded

Wigton IPO propectus is out.

Net profit for the nine months to December 2018 for Wigton ended at J$730 million compared to $1 billion reported in 2017 before taxation.
IC Insider.com now projects normalized earnings for the 2019 fiscal year between $600-700 million resulting in earnings per share of 6 cents. As earnings for the above periods, include foreign exchange gains and losses. Included in other income is $552 million to December 2018 of foreign exchange gains and in Finance cost, $748 million, in foreign exchange losses. With the company repaying the foreign currency loans, the main source of foreign exchange gains or losses no longer exits, hence the need to normalize results without them.
Based on the updated earnings, with the price of the stock at 50 cents each, the PE ratio is now
8.5, valuing the company at just $5.5 billion. The stock now sits at number 4 on IC Insider.com TOP 10 main market stocks, making it more attractive than the value based on the projection to March this year, included in the public bodies’ document.
Wigton Windfarm IPO out very soon” an article published last week is running at the number one best read article on IC Insider.com and represents a clear sign of the popularity of the issue that opens on April 17.
IC Insider has now updated certain aspect of a second article, Wigton Windfarm IPO prospectus is out, carrying a more detailed look at the offer, and is proving to be quite popular but running well behind the first one currently.The lead broker for the IPO is Mayberry Investments.

Wigton Windfarm IPO prospectus is out

The long awaited prospectus for Wigton Windfarm is now available to the public, with an offer of 11 billion shares priced at 50 cents each. The offer will officially open on April 17 and scheduled to close at 4.30 pm on May 1.   
The company’s net energy output can only be sold to Jamaica Public Services Company, the country sole marketing entity, supplying energy to consumers. According to the government’s public bodies accounting records, the company projects profit of $587 million to the end of March this year, down from $826 million earned in 2018, helped by other income of $637 million versus just $52 million in 2018. The company generated sales revenue of $2.5 billion in 2019 and $2.36 in 2018. The annual growth in profit before finance cost is minimal grew just over 11 percent in 2015 and 2016 and a much slower 7 percent in 2017 and 2018, with a 6 percent decline in 2019.

Wigton IPO propectus is out.

In the nine months to December 2018 sales revenue was $1.95 billion compared to J$1.91 billion in the prior comparable period in 2017. Cost of Sales closed at J$544 million compared to J$535 million in the nine-month period for 2017. Gross Profit ended at J$1.4 billion compared to J$1.38 billion in 2017. Net profit for the nine months to December 2018 ended at J$730 million compared to J$1 billion reported in 2017.
Earnings for these periods, include foreign exchange gains and losses. With the company repaying the foreign currency loans, the main source of foreign exchange gains or losses no longer exits, hence the need to normalize results without them. IC Insider.com projects normalized earnings for the 2019 fiscal year between $600-700 million, resulting in earnings per share of 6 cents.
The company is heavily indebted with $6.3 billion of borrowed funds carrying interest rates of 6.65 percent to 8.4 percent with an average rate of just under 8 percent. Cash funds on hand amounts to $1.4 billion and equity of $2.4 billion. Current assets exclusive cash and payables are minimal. The company had borrowed most of it loans in US dollars, resulted in annual swings in net profit as the

Mayberry Investments is the lead broker.

exchange rate of the Jamaican dollar moved up and down. Loans in US dollars were paid off and the company raised Jamaican dollar funds, in preparation for the initial public offer.
The company’s generating capacity is 63 mega-watts. Wigton I Power Interchange Agreement expires in April 2024 and accounts for up to 20MW, Wigton II Power Purchase Agreement expires, December 2030 to supply up to 18MW and Wigton III Power Purchase Agreement ends in March 2036 for up to 24MW.
The price of the stock results in a PE ratio of just under 8.5, the company would be valued at just under $5.5 billion and sits at number 4 on IC Insider.com top 10 stocks. The big question that should be on investors minds, when will meaningful growth in revenues and profits come to justify holding the shares beyound what may well be an initial bounce.
The company directors are; Oliver Holmes, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Acct.) Non-Executive Chairman, Nigel B. Davy, B.T., J.P. Non-Executive Director, M. Georgia Gibson-Henlin, Q.C., B.A. LL.B. LL.M., F.C.I. Arb. Non-executive Director Hugh Johnson, Non-executive Director Gregory Shirley, B.A., M.B.A. Non-executive Director, Jacqueline Stewart-Lechler, J.P. Non-executive Director.

How the east was won?

Annmarie Vaz winner of the East Portland seat.

Anne Marie Vaz increased her party’s support by a stunning 58 percent, over the JLP’s haul in the 2016 General Election to win the East Portland by-election on Thursday with just 11 votes less than 10,000.
At the same time, Damion Crawford only pulled out 5 percent more votes than was polled for the PNP, in 2016. The story gets increasing bad for the PNP and it is not just in this election. The writing was on the wall for years but poor candidature, by the JLP lent the view to many onlookers, that East Portland was safe PNP territory. The 2007, results with the PNP winning by less than 800 votes, should have sent a clear warning to them that things were changing rapidly.
In this latest election, the number of new voters on the list, grew by 5.6 percent, but Crawford’s increase of 4.8 percent was less than the rise in registered voters. Looked at differently, he picked up just 354 votes more than in the 2011 elections or only 3.8 percent more. On a net basis, he garnered only approximately 25 percent of new voters, while Vaz got 75 percent. This is consistent with a pattern seen island wide since 1993 and is one that is not likely to change, anytime soon.
The Labour party was able to get out their 8,000 voters of 2011 and add 24 percent more voters to it, in addition to commandeering the vast majority of new voters, the vote tally at the end of the preliminary count suggests.
The results on the surface is a major about turn for the seat. Closer examination of the numbers for a longer period tells a clear tale. The huge 2019 increase is due to a below performance for the JLP in the 2016 elections, when the votes by the party sank by a hefty 22 percent and  well against the national trend. The trend since the 1993 elections, suggests that the natural growth in party support should have seen them polling over 9,700 votes, just below the numbers she got in the latest polls.
The data also points out that the trend is indicating that the JLP should have polled around 2,000 more votes than they did, this time around.  Those voters are there in their corner based on the growth in support, reflected in the average gains in votes cast in prior elections. This bit of information is also reflected in public opinion voting survey data.