JSE share allotment

The Jamaica Stock Exchange announced the formula for the allotment of shares in the recent issue of 38,250,000 ordinary shares which was oversubscribed by 60 percent. The IPO received 196 applications for the shares costing approximately J$160.663 million at the price of J$2.85 per each. The issue which was opened on Friday, July 5 2012 closed on Monday, 8 July 2012 after it was oversubscribed on the first day of issue.

All Reserved Share applicants will receive 100% of the amount of the Shares they applied for. Applicants for the general pool, who applied to receive shares of 500,000 units or less, will receive 100% allocation. This applies to 93 applicants, 6 applicants who applied for more than 500,000 shares will have the excess allocated on a pro-rated basis.

The shares are expected to start trading next week.

Read more about the Jamaica Stock Exchange IPO at JSE: 38m shares for IPO published 22 May 2013

JSE IPO oversubscribed by 41%

[Press Release] The Invitation for Subscription for 38,250,000 Shares at the Invitation price of J$2.85 Jamaica Stock Exchange Limited (the “Company”) which opened on Friday, 5th July, closed at 4 pm today, Monday, 8th July, 2013 well ahead of the projected closing of 19th July. The Invitation for sale and subscription of the JSE shares was oversubscribed by 41% and in excess of 150 applications were received. Applicants (inclusive of Applicants for Reserved Shares) will be advised of the basis of allotment within three (3) business days in accordance with the Main Market Rules, in addition to being posted on the JSE website.

The closing of the Invitation represents a landmark event for the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) as they will now be able to use the proceeds to foster future growth for the company which will be done through new product offerings that will further diversify its business and income streams, in addition to settling outstanding debt obligations.

Lamar Harris, Manager of Investment Banking at Stocks & Securities Ltd. said “SSL has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the offer. This is extremely encouraging when one considers the vital role that the JSE plays in building Jamaica’s capital markets and that the Exchange is a National utility. The listing of the JSE is a historic event and SSL is truly proud to be the lead broker.”

The closing of the Invitation represents SSL’s fifth client IPO offering, as well as the company’s first anticipated Main Market listing.

SSL uses IPO as fund raiser

[Press Release] Stocks & Securities Ltd is using a novel approach to raise funds for the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Read below to lear how voluntary donations can be made by applicants of the JamaicaStock Exchange IPO that opens today.

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$2.85 for JSE shares, is it worth it?

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) prospectus to raise $107,865,000 is now released to the public for consideration with the issue scheduled to open at 9:00 am, Friday 5th July 2013.  The Invitation is scheduled to close at 4:00 pm, Friday 19th July, subject to the right of the Company to close the Invitation at any time after it opens.  The total amount of shares being made available will be 38.25 million units comprising 28 million being issued directly by the Jamaica Stock Exchange and 10.2 million by JMMB. JMMB is selling the shares they acquired when they took over the Capital Group, which put their holding at 18.18 percent, well above the threshold of 10 percent any one investor is allowed to hold as stipulated by the JSE articles.

The issue price | IC Insider computes that the stock carries a value around 10 times 2013 earnings, based on the assumption that trading activity continues for the rest of the year at the rate experienced in June. For the 12 months to December last year, profit of $93 million was reported but that figure included revenue from the sale of a board seat to Proven Wealth Management for $60 million, as well as large fee income from the purchase of Lascelles’ shares that were acquired by Campari last year and to a lesser degree the shares traded when Capital & Credit was acquired.

Existing capital | There are currently 112,200,000 (formerly 28 million) ordinary shares in issue and the new shares will bring the issued capital to 140 million units.  The shares have a book value of $5.52 but earnings per share based on 2012 profit will be just over $0.83 and that figure is inflated by the non-recurring income mentioned above.

jse_logo150x150Profit after tax amounted to $5.8 million compared to a loss of $6.1 million in 2012. For the quarter ending March, the JSE’s income rose 8 percent to reach $69.5m compared to $64.4m in 2012. Other Operating Income increased by $5.5m or 32% over the same period, primarily due to an increase of $5.3 million in revenue from the JSE regional conference. Investment income of $22 million jumped $14 million over 2012 due largely to the gains on US dollar investments as a result of devaluation of the Jamaican dollar.

Positives | The number of shares to be issued is relative small but shareholding is limited to 10 percent of issued shares. The preference shares which was a debt instrument was repaid and these funds replace the amounts paid out. The stock market is not at its most buoyant but with interest rates having declined below ten percent and government slashing the fiscal deficit, rates could go lower. This development ultimately makes stock market investments more attractive and drive up trading volumes and therefore fee income for the exchange. The stock exchange plans for more instruments to be traded on the exchange but there are no imminent new listings that are known. The stock exchange is showing signs of greater activity this year but it has not reached a level to ensure that the JSE makes an operating profit. The JSE will benefit from listing fee income if the value of shares rise, as the annual listing fees are tied to the value of each company’s shares that are outstanding at the start of each year.

Negatives | The number of shares to be issued will not ensure a good level of liquidity for the stock, which will keep bigger investors away. There are no rules preventing existing shareholders from selling their holdings in partially or in full thus increasing the volume that could become available to the wider public. Short term profit prospects are not exciting suggesting that the stock is not very attractively priced relative to the rest of the market. The company has an oversized board of 19, resulting in an unnecessary waste of funds and an unwieldy structure that makes it more difficult to properly run board meetings and by extension, the company.

Revenues | The Company derives its revenue from a range of sources including the JSE cess, calculated on the value of each market transaction, fees charged for listing companies at the initial stage, annually, as well as any supplementary listings, membership, transactions, the registrar and trustee fees paid to its subsidiary company JCSD, amongst others, income generated from the provision of conferences, seminars and the e-Campus. The JSE has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bank of Jamaica to work towards the development of a fixed income trading platform for Government of Jamaica securities and corporate bonds. It is also conducting research into the development of exchange-traded products and other exchange-related products.

In summary | Stock markets are cyclical in nature resulting in peaks and troughs in earnings flowing from bull and bear markets. At this juncture, the market is in the process of moving into a bull market. Investors who buy the shares now are essentially buying at the lower end of the market. The levels of trading currently are a fraction of what they have been in the past, so the potential is huge going forward. The change in interest rates and the focus of government on controlling the fiscal deficit will ultimately have a huge impact on the fortunes of the stock exchange. Investors should not be looking for any big pay day any time soon from this stock.

JSE: 38m shares for IPO

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) is to issue 28 million shares to the public during this quarter and have the total share capital listed in the exchange thus confirming what IC Insider reported last week.

In a release to the public, the JSE stated that the Shareholders of the Jamaica Stock Exchange have given their approval to list the ordinary shares of the Company on the local equity market via an Initial Public Offer (IPO). The Company will offer, by way of Subscription, 28,050,000 new ordinary shares equal to 20% of its ordinary shares to the public. Upon completion of the sale, the Company will apply for its shares to be listed on the JSE. The Company expects to make the Offer to the Public in the 2nd Quarter of 2013.

An additional 10,200,000 existing ordinary shares will also be available for sale to investors, bringing the total ordinary shares available to 38,250,000 units. This means that the JSE has split the existing 28 million ordinary shares into 140 million units. It appears that existing shareholders will be selling off some of their holdings to the public at the same time. The JSE did not indicate the likely price the issue will be coming to market at.

jse_logo150x150According to the Chairman of the JSE, Donovan H. Perkins, “The Board of the Exchange has approved the listing of its shares to allow the public to participate in the success of the JSE. We think it appropriate that the very entity that is supporting and seeking to expand the capital markets, should also participate in these markets.”

Marlene Street Forrest, General Manager of the JSE also added that, “with the green light given by the shareholders, this is a natural and positive progression of the organization as it is another step in the direction towards maximizing shareholders’.

The issue could come to the market at a time when trading interest would have reached new heights than a few months ago.

JSE to redeem preference shares

Friday, 17th May UPDATE | The Jamaica Stock Exchange Limited has advised of its intention to redeem its preference shares which mature on May 31, 2013. Principal and interest payments will be made on May 31, 2013 to shareholders on record as at May 24, 2013. The shares will be suspended on May 24 to facilitate the process of redemption. The total amount of shares involved is 33 million units.

Thursday, 16th May | The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) which is now listed in the preference shares segment of the market, will be offering ordinary shares to the public before the end of May, a reliable source tells IC Insider, subject to an early sign-off of the prospectus by the FSC.

The Stock Exchange has already announced the redemption of the preference shares which under the terms of the shares are redeemable at the end of May and the Board has signed off on the decision to take the ordinary shares to the public. IC Insider gathers that the issue will most likely be in the region of the redemption which will amount to around $66 million. With issue costs of the ordinary shares to be factored in, it could come to market at around $100 million. The prospectus is at an advanced stage and could be signed off by the stock exchange early next week for approval by the FSC. If all goes well, the prospectus could be in the public hands by late next week or the first week in June and the issue should be closed before the end of June. The lead brokers are Stocks & Securities who recently launched the IPO of Caribbean Cream issue.

How does the JSE stack up?

jse_logo150x150Revenues  | For the quarter ended March, the JSE’s income rose 8% to reach $69.5m compared to $64.4m in 2012. Other Operating Income increased by $5.5m or 32% over the same period, primarily due to an increase of $5.3 million in revenue from the JSE regional conference. Investment income of $22 million jumped $14 million over 2012 due largely to the gains on US dollar investments as a result of devaluation of the Jamaican dollar.

Profit after tax amounted to $5.8 million compared to a loss of $6.1 million in 2012. For the twelve months to December last year profit of $93 million was reported but that figure included the revenue from the sale of a board seat to Proven Wealth Management as well large fee income that flowed form the purchase of Lascelles’ shares that were acquired by Campari last year.

Total assets at March this year is $720 million and equity capital of $505 million. There are currently, 28 million ordinary shares in issue. With an equity base of $505 million these shares would have a book value of $18 per share. It is quite likely that the number of shares now issued could be increased to existing shareholders thus allowing for a smaller sum per share for the IPO.

Based on earnings to date, it is and the current number of shares outstanding could be priced around $10 each which is much lower than the net asset value. The prospectus will disclose the full extent of the pricing and then investors can get a clear picture of its worth as an IPO.

IPO outlook | Of course the stock exchange has no direct competition, nevertheless it has to compete with other forms of investments both local and overseas, that are available to investors. It also noted that the JSE has not been customer friendly with the investing public and there are other signs of management weaknesses that could prevent an investment in the stock to optimize investors’ returns. It is the view of IC Insider that the stock market should pick up over the next several years as interest rates remain low making stock market investing more attractive than in the past few years. If so, then the JSE will benefit from increasing fees and possibility more listings.

Caribbean Cream trading on Friday

Caribbean Cream will commence trading of Friday under the ticker symbol Kremi. This confirms IC Insider report last week that the listing was set for this week. The company is the latest to be listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Stock outlook | The company which went to the market in April to raise $75.7 million was just oversubscribed on May 1, well ahead of the closing date of May 10. Not much is expected in terms of price movements when trading starts since there was not the usual demand and heavy subscription for the shares as has been the norm for majority of the junior listing stocks.

Caribbean Cream over by 1,177 shares

The latest IPO to hit the Jamaican market, Caribbean Cream producers of the Kremi brand of ice cream, was oversubscribed by 1,177 units at the close on May 1, 2013.

The application for listing on the stock exchange is now before them and a decision is expected by Monday after which listing should commence. No listing date as been determined as yet, the broker informed IC Insdier.com, but the view is that trading could commence in the stock towards the end of next week.

A total of 387 applications covering units valued J$75,714,000 were received and processed for this Initial Public Offering (IPO). Of this number, 386 applicants covering 72,713,623 units received 100% of the total allotment requested.

The offer was for the subscription of 75,713,623 ordinary shares at the price of $1.00 per share. Applications in the public pool of up to 2,500,000 shares, received 100% allotment and one applicant over 2,500,000 shares was allocated 2.5 million shares plus approximately 0 .998446% of the excess.

Stock outlook | Investor’s Choice analysts project earnings per share of 17 cents for the year ended February 2013 and 39 cents for the 2014 year. The stock is likely to struggle at the issue price for a while with the less than robust reception to the issue. The annual results should be out soon, which should help the stock price once more financial data is released to the public.

KREMI oversubscribed

When the public offer of Caribbean Cream Ltd (CCL) KREMI closed on Wednesday, it brought the total number of companies to raise funds using the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s junior market to seventeen (17).

Caribbean Cream Ltd (CCL) KREMI, seeking to list on the JSE Junior Market, closed on Wednesday morning, May 1, 2013 with applications amounting to more than 375. Word reaching ICInsider.com was that the level of oversubscription was not high. This means that the stock will struggle in early trading to hold the $1 price but ICInsider.com data suggest that earnings to be reported will beat a number of investors’ expectations when the annual results to February are released in a few weeks.

The Invitation for Subscription for 75,713,623 Ordinary Shares at J$1.00 opened on Thursday April 25, 2013 and was originally scheduled to close on closed May 10, 2013.

Stocks & Securities, the brokers to the deal, indicated that applicants (inclusive of Applicants for Reserved Shares) will be advised of the basis of allotment within three (3) business days in accordance with the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market Rules.

The brokers also stated that the closing of the Invitation represents a landmark event for the company’s expansion as CCL recently signed a $13 million deal with Sandals Resorts International as the sole supplier of bulk ice cream to its Jamaican properties. CCL has also brokered a successful transaction with getting its products into Jewel Resorts.

CCL when it lists on the stock exchange later this month will bring the total listing on the junior market to 17 and will be the second since the start of 2013.

Talk Back | What were your reason for buying or not buying this IPO?

Kremi IPO to close today

ICInsider.com has been reliably advised that the initial public offer (IPO) of shares of Caribbean Cream which opened to the public for subscription on, 25th April 2013 will close today, Tuesday April 30, most likely on the morning, well ahead of the original propose close of 4:30 pm on the 10th May 2013. The early close was subject to the right of the Company to close the subscription list at any time after it opens on 9:00 a.m. on the Opening Date, once the issue is fully subscribed.  The shares which were priced at $1 each and meant to raise $75 million did not get the blessing of some brokerage houses as they saw the price as being too high, and in one case, they saw it as too risky based on inconsistent earnings amongst other issues.

JMMB‘s Forecast and Valuation | The company is expected to remain profitable despite the uncertainties in the local economy. The macro-economic instability may subside following an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement with Jamaica against the background of foreign exchange inflows and a slight improvement in the net international reserves. Further, listing on the Junior Stock Exchange will give the company a tax break for the next ten years, which should boost earnings attributable to shareholders. Revenues will continue to improve over the short term, while the enhancements and expansion in productive capacity of the company’s facility will likely improve its operational efficiency.

Within this context, the net earnings for the 2013 financial year end are expected to reach $29.81M (or EPS of $0.08). Meanwhile, net profits for the 2014 financial year end are projected to reach $40.99M (or EPS of $0.12). At the initial public offering price, the price-to-earnings ratio will be 12.70 times. The average trailing price-to-earnings ratio for the Junior market is approximately 6.41 times (Main market has a P/E of 6.58 times). Further, the average trailing price-to-earnings ratio for manufacturers and retailers listed on the Junior market is roughly 6.75 times (Manufacturing sector on the main market has a P/E of 6.06 times). Therefore, assuming a forward P/E ratio of 8.0 times for the 2014 financial year against the background of improved investor sentiments and stability in the local economy; the intrinsic value for Caribbean Cream Limited’s share based on estimated earnings is approximately $0.94.

The capital base of the company is expected to improve to $195.16M or a book value per share of $0.52 by 2014 financial year end. Assuming a forward P/BV of 1.8 times, the intrinsic value of stock is $0.93.

NCB Capital Markets‘ assessment of the prospectus | “For the nine months to November, the company increased net profit by 103% and boosted its equity base by increasing its share capital. Caribbean Cream Ltd ended the March 2012FY with earnings of $31.36Mn, the highest profit the company has recorded over the past five years and a sizable improvement to the $5Mn loss experienced in the previous year.


  • Earnings have been extremely volatile over the last 5 years
  • Earnings for the nine months period of $23.67 was driven almost entirely by a $21.0Mn revaluation gain following an $11.62Mn profit in the prior year period. This further confirms the earnings volatility
  • Company is highly leveraged which could impede its growth prospects
  • Current ratio of 0.79X raises liquidity concerns
  • Free cash flow is negative which could restrict the company’s ability to follow through on its dividend policy which is to pay out at least 20% of earnings.

There is no clear growth strategy even amidst the company’s rapid expansion As a result of the aforementioned, we are not recommending this investment at this time”.

KremiBanner600X250IC Insider considers that both assessments are way off the mark. Assessment of the company’s performance must be based on pretax profit, not after tax which has varying taxation elements that has nothing to do with operating activities. Profit before tax has been very consistent since the commencement of the company, Earnings for 2013 is more likely to hit 17 per share if the trend in revenues continues after November last year. If the company makes $29.8 million as indicated above in profit for 2013, earnings per share would be 9.8 cents not 8 cents before tax based on the 302.85 million shares issued for the year to February this year. яндекс

The company’s rapid growth has helped to put pressure on working capital. New cash to come from the IPO, will help address some of the issue rightly pointed out above.

Talk Back | What do you think? Was the IPO overvalued?