TTSE: Low Citizens, low trading

Thursday, 3rd October 2013 | Trading levels remained low on the T&TSE with 663,353 units trading with a value of $6,450,745 with trading in 13 securities of with 3 advancing, 2 declined and 8 traded firm.

Sagicor Financial Corporation was the dominant traded security with 502,739 shares changing hands for a value of $3,644,858 as the price fell 4 cents to $7.26. First Citizens only contributed 47,367 shares to trading with a value of $1,658,029 as the stock traded firm at $35. Trinidad Cement added 45,515 shares with a value of $100,133, closing $2.20 while Point Lisas Industrial Port chipped in with 26,126 shares valued at $97,973 the price closed firm at $3.75.

TTSEOct3Guardian Holdings, increased 50 cents to end the day at $15.50 as 15,000 units traded. Clico Investment Fund in posting a volume of 19,779 shares valued at $425,505 resulted in a decline in the price by 9 cents to end at $21.51.

IC bid-offer Indicator | At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed the market consolidating with bids for 2 stocks being higher and 2 stocks with offers lower than their last selling price.

FX: High demand, low supply to set rate

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 | The tightness in the financial system and the high demand-low supply of the autumn season continue to impact the Forex market as the local currency continues its slow slide towards equilibrium and the early period of the winter season when inflows are usually higher than at other times of a year.

For US Dollar, buying by authorized dealers amounted to US$21,736,777 as the rate was up 30 cents to $103.06 and selling resulted in the rate being up 5 cents to $103.78 as US$25,818,516 was sold.

There was buying of CS$655,725 at 98.25 down 51 cents and C$385,721 was sold at $100.37, up a cent and £1,010,313 was purchased as the rate was down $1.43 to $165.16 and £1,053,597 was sold at $169.55 up 28 cents.

FX_TRADE+Currency+Oct2Inflows of foreign exchange into the system fell short of the amount sold as dealers bought the equivalent of US$24.1 million and sold US$28.16 million.

High & Lows | The highest rates for buying for the US dollar was up $1.15 to $105.80, but the rate paid at the lowest level remained unchanged at $84.75. There was no change o the highest selling rate of $108.61 but the low increased by $1521 to $101.30.

The Canadian dollar was bought as high as $101.10, down 45 cents and was bought for 17 cents less for the day at $80.51, while selling took place as high as 21 cents less at $103.79 and remained unchanged for the low at $97.

FX_TRADE+HighLow+Oct2The British Pound was 20 cents higher for the highest buy rate at $169.50 and $16.97 up at the low of $135.29, while sales took place at 54 cents higher at $174.41 at the high end with no change at the low of $162.50.

JSE: Carreras sheds $3.61

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2013 | The main market indices climbed on Wednesday, the third such increase in as many days. Will these gains hold? The all Jamaica Index closed up 489.46 to 85,828.92, the JSE index closed at 85,328.52 for an increase of 278.18 and the junior market was down 4.72 to 769.32.

Scotia Group accounted for the bulk of the increase as the stock traded as high as $22.99 during the day but closed at $21.30 at the end of trading with 718,222 units. On a day when 4 stocks advanced and 8 declined there was trading in 4,123,904 with a value of $51,473,251.

Main Market | Cable & Wireless traded 525,000 to close at 18 cents. Carreras got hit again as news broke that sales are down 25 percent after the smoking ban was introduced, but investors failed to note that the figures represented an improvement over the 30 percent drop in the period prior to the ban due to overstocking by traders who made purchases to beat a price increase earlier in the year. The stock traded 8,031 units, helping to pull the closing price down to $43, a $3.61 fall. Gleaner Company had a small trade of 40,320 shares and closed firm at $1.21; Grace Kennedy closed up 50 cents to $56.50 with 81,795 units; Jamaica Broilers 31,404 units help the price to close at $4.79, costing it a cent from Tuesday’s close; Kingston Wharves  exchanged 23,144 to close a cent up at $6.02; Mayberry Investments 59,519 units traded firm at $2.60; National Commercial Bank traded 329,585 and closed unchanged at $19; Pan Jamaican Investment 23,798 units traded firm at $50; Sagicor Life 115,633 units helped in adding 4 cents to the price to close at $9.05; Seprod traded 1,399,582 shares to close at $14, down 50 cents.

JSEIndicesOct2Juniors | Trading in the junior market was sparse as Caribbean Producers had a volume of 152,977 units trading to close at $2.08; Lasco Distributors had just 12,582 units and closed firm at $1.46; Lasco Financial Services had 201,720 units in closing unchanged at $1.21 and Lasco Manufacturing traded 336,000 to close firm at $1.55.

IC bid-offer Indicator | At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed the market consolidating with bids for 3 stocks being higher and 5 stocks with offers lower than their last selling price.

TTSE: Low activity on TTSE

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Wednesday, 2nd October, 2013 | First Citizens Bank traded 90,294 shares on Wednesday as the price closed firm at $35 for a total value of $3,160,256 as the overall T&TSE market had trading in 12 securities of which 7 advanced, 4 declined and 1 traded firm as 290,457 shares changed hands valued at $5,690,199.

Angostura Holdings put in 5,000 units increased 45 cents to $10.50; Jamaica Money Market Brokers with a volume of 50,000 shares amounting to $27,500, the price gained 5 cents to close at 55 cents; National Enterprises traded 6,435 units, increasing 88 cents to end the day at $17; Guardian Holdings closed firm at $15 with 11,252 units trading; Republic Bank traded 3,347 units off a cent to close at $110.03; Sagicor Financial Corporation contributed 24,774 shares with a value of $180,505 as the price remained firm at $7.30, while Trinidad Cement added 16,435 shares valued at $36,171 with the price moving up to $2.21.

TTSEOct2Clico Investment Fund in posting a volume of 72,295 shares valued at $1,561,353, advanced by $0.02 to end at $21.60

IC bid-offer Indicator | At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed the market consolidating with bid for 1 stock being higher and 2 stocks with offers lower than their last selling price.

Insider Trades Aug to Sept 2013

Updated 2nd October, 2013

Scotia Group Jamaica advised that under the Employee Share Ownership Plan, a senior officer acquired 10,171 SGJ shares and two senior officers withdrew a total of 79,563 SGJ shares in September. The company also advised that a senior officer of Scotia Investments Jamaica Limited purchased 51,000 SGJ shares on September 26, 2013.

The Gleaner Company Limited advised that a senior manager sold 100,000 shares of the company on September 26, 2013.

Mayberry Investments Limited advised that a related party purchased 50,435 of the company’s shares during the period October 1 – 2, 2013.

Ansa McAL Limited informed the Trinidad Stock Exchange that on September 20, 2013 a major shareholder connected to a Senior Officers purchased 32,167 of the company’s shares.

Jamaica Money Market Brokers advised that a related party sold 1,359,300 JMMB shares on September 30, 2013.

Mayberry Investments advised that a related party purchased 4,732 of the company’s shares on September 30, 2013.

Mayberry Investments advised that a related party purchased 67,230 MIL shares during the period September 20 – 24, 2013.

Scotia Group Jamaica advised that a senior manager purchased 4,500 SGJ shares on September 19, 2013.

Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited (JMMB) has advised that a related party sold 1,000,000 JMMB shares on September 20, 2013. A related party also sold 507,100 of the company’s shares on September 17, 2013 and another sold 122,639 shares on September 18, 2013. It also looks as if 8 million units of the company’s stock that was sold on Monday could be from insiders.

Mayberry Investments Limited advised that a related party purchased 13,000 of its shares on September 20, 2013

Blue Power Group Limited advised that a senior manager sold 40,000 shares on September 12, 2013

Scotia Group Jamaica Limited advises that a senior manager purchased 88,000 of the company’s shares under the Employee Share Ownership Plan on September 13, 2013 and that a senior manager sold 13,025 of the group’s shares under the Employee Share Ownership Plan on September 3, 2013.

Dolphin Cove advised that a Director bought 11,642 of the company’s share on August 27, 2013 and during the period August 27, 2013 to September 10, 2013, a director sold total of 31,500 of the company’s shares.

Mayberry Investments Limited advises that a related party purchased 17,152 shares on September 12-13, 2013 and a related party purchased 346,095 shares on September 10, 2013

Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited advised that a related party sold 160,000 JMMB shares on September 9, 2013

Mayberry Investments advised that a connected party has bought a total of 42,550 of the company’s shares during the period September 4-5, 2013.

Jamaica Money Market Brokers advised that a connected party sold 1,000,000 of the company’s shares on September 5, 2013

Sagicor Investments Jamaica advised that a senior manager purchased 74,082 S shares under the S Stock Option Scheme on September 2, 2013

Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) advised that a senior manager purchased 2,597 JMMB shares on August 27, 2013 and that a connected party sold 300,000 JMMB shares on August 28, 2013.

Mayberry Investments advised that a connected parties has traded 90,739 MIL shares on August 29, 2013; purchased 106,728 MIL shares on August 28, 2013 and a bought a total of 3,040 during the period August 30, 2013 to September 2, 2013. They also advised that a related party purchased 33,386 MIL shares on September 3, 2013.

Jamaican Teas advised that a director sold 2,000,000 of the company’s shares on September 2nd and 3rd.

Mayberry Investments advised that a connected party purchased 106,728 of the company’s shares on August 28, 2013

Sagicor Investments advised that a senior manager sold 82,904 of the company’s shares on August 28, 2013

Jamaica Money Market Brokers advised that a senior manager purchased 2,597 of the company’s shares on August 27, 2013 and a related party sold 220,000 shares on August 20, 2013.

Jamaica Producers Group | Two related parties purchased a total of 653,240 shares on August 19, 2013. Also, a Director purchased a total of 500,000 of the company’s shares on August 14 and 15, 2013. Previously two Directors purchased a total of 290,287 of the shares between May 17 and 24, 2013. An interesting pattern is developing that worth watching.

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FX: Jamaican dollar continues slide

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 | Demand and supply will drive the movement in the rate of exchange for the rest of the year and beyond as the Jamaica’s central bank is not likely to intervene to stem the depreciation of the Jamaican dollar. The movement is a part of  the broader plan for sustainable economic growth going forward. At the same time, information is that the financial system is tight with the government running a fiscal surplus for the funding of its local operations.

On Monday, the inflows of foreign exchange into the system was more than the amount sold as dealers bought the equivalent of US$45.33 million and sold US$38 million. The amount of US dollars actually bought was US$40.57 million and selling was $35.53 million at 9 cents more than on Friday at a new high of $103.60. The buying rate moved up by 14 cents to $102.87.

Canadian dollars fetched 20 cents more at $98.44 as dealers bought C$1.22 million and sold $758,886 at 22 cents more than on Friday to close at $100.71. The Pound Sterling was bought for 3 cents less than on Friday at $163.93 for £2.1 million as they sold £948,527 at 22 cents cheaper at $167.16.

FX_TRADE+Currency+Oct1Tuesday trading | The US dollar once more gained against the Jamaica dollar as dealers sold at 13 cents more at $103.73 as they sold US$24.28 million. They bought $21.6 million at 12 cents lower than on Monday at $102.76. The Canadian was purchased at 32 cents more at $98.76 for C$746,970 while they sold 409.482 for 36 cents cheaper at $100.36.  The Pound Sterling was up $2.66 at $166.59  for 1.84 million and sold 1.768 million at $169.27 at $2.12 higher than on Monday. Overall, the total US dollar equivalent that entered the market amounted to $25.46 million and selling $27.7 million.

High & Lows | The highest rates for buying the currencies remained unchanged for the US dollar at $104.65 on Tuesday but the rate paid at the lowest level increased by 25 cents to $84.75. There was no change to the highest selling rate of $108.61 but the low increased by $1.59 to $86.09.

FX_TRADE+HighLow+Oct1The Canadian dollar was bought as high as $101.55, which is 5 cents less than on Monday and lowest buying rate was 34 cents more at $80.68, while selling took place as high as 5 cents more at $104 and 85 cents down as low as $97.

The British Pound was $1.45 higher for the high buy rate at $169.30 and $16.43 cheaper at the low of $118.32 while sales took place at 10 cents higher at $173.87 at the high end and 25 cheaper for the low at $162.50.

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JSE: Trading up, will it last?

Tuesday, 1st October, 2013 | The Jamaica Stock Market started October in a spirited manner when the level of trading rose on Tuesday with 10,321,856 units trading valued at $95,698,771. Activity resulted in 32 companies stocks trading, with 9 stocks increasing in price to 5 that fell. The main market index climbed 550.14 to 85,050.34, the all Jamaica grew 967.97 to 85,339.46 and the junior market index was up 5.21 to 774.04.

The movement in the market on Tuesday is in line with the IC Insider comments that “eight of the stocks with higher bids are in the main market and could well result in a better start of the new month . . .”

Main market | A numbers of selected stocks in the main market had good volumes resulting in some price movements but that could well be related to portfolio realignment than an indication of greater market interest. Cable & Wireless had a volume of 20,644 units as the price remained unchanged at 18 cents; Caribbean Cement exchanged 17,741 units at $2.10, gaining 23 cents in the process; Desnoes & Geddes chipped in with 15,000 units and closed frim at $4.57; Jamaica Producers had a good volume with 2,000,000 closing firm at $18.25; National Commercial Bank Jamaica 1,101,900 traded firm at $19; Sagicor Life’s 2,547,861 units helped to push the price up by 41 cents to $9.01; Salada Foods put in 100,560 shares to close firm at $8.50; Seprod’s 509,552 units help push the price up a dollar to $14.50; Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% traded for the first time since listing last week as 499,000 units traded at $2; Proven Investments 8% exchanged 78,440 units as the price remained unchanged at $5.09 and Proven Investments ordinary stock traded 51,560 units firm at US11.9 cents.

JSEIndicesOct1Junior market | C2W Music traded at a new all-time low with 44,000 units changing hands as the price was down 4 cents to 93 cents. Caribbean Cream traded 22,776 units firm at $1; Caribbean Producers Jamaica 61,100 units closed unchanged at $2.08; Consolidated Bakeries saw an 18 cents climb in the price $1.39 with 35,200 shares trading; General Accident Insurance had 32,000 units going through the market as the price increased 3 cents to $1.85; Lasco Distributors 294,845 units helped to move the price down by 4 cents to $1.46; Lasco Financial Services 1,488,652 traded at $1.21, off by 2 cents; while Lasco Manufacturing 1,115,311 units gained it 4 cents to close at $1.55; Paramount Trading had 16,324 units with the price closing firm at $3.20.

IC bid-offer Indicator | At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed the market consolidating with bids for 5 stocks being higher and 6 stocks with offers lower than their last selling price.

TTSE: Trading volume low

Tuesday, 1st October, 2013 | First Citizens Bank traded only 6,918 to close down a cent at $35, and as a result, trading levels fell on the Trinidad market on the first trading day of October. In the end, 307,425 units traded at a value of $9,689,530 with trading in 11 securities of which 4 advanced, 2 declined and 5 traded firm.

Guardian Holdings, an IC Insider buy rated stock, contributed 19,238 shares with a value of $288,823. Grace Kennedy closed at $3.51 up 19 cents with 4,328 stock trading. Republic Bank, with increased buying interest in last few days, had a volume of 67,411 valued at $7,417,906, twice the 33,442 shares that traded on Monday but the price held firm at $110.04, National Flour Mills added 14,580 shares valued at $12,539; Neal & Massy traded 3,000 units and gained 35 cents to end the day at $56.46. Trinidad Cement had 145,000 shares changing hands valued at $311,850 as the price shed 6 cents to end the day at $2.15, while Sagicor Financial added 8,000 shares as the price remained unchanged at $7.30. Active trader, Clico Investment Fund contributed 35,000 shares valued at $755,300 to the market activity, as the price advanced by a cent to end at $21.58.

TTSEOct1IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed the market consolidating with bids for 2 stocks being higher and 3 stocks with offers lower than their last selling price.

Caribbean Flavours a new IPO

Update Monday, 30th September | Mayberry Investments advised that the company has reconciled all applications in respect of Caribbean Flavours & Fragrances Initial Public Officering (IPO). There was full allotment for all reserved applications which included board of directors, staff, Mayberry Investments and Key Partner. The first 10,000 shares applied for by the public were allocated in full and balance over 10,000 units were allocated with approximately 19.355 percent of what was applied for.

Update Thursday, 26th September | Lead broker Mayberry Investments Limited announced that the initial public offering (IPO) of shares in Caribbean Flavours & Fragrances Limited (CFF) is oversubscribed and was closed at 9:01 am on Wednesday. Applications were received in excess of the $50.6 million on offer. The public will be advised of the basis of allotment by Friday, 27th September 2013.

The junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange should be welcoming its 19th listing in the form of Caribbean Flavours & Fragrances Limited (CFFL) as the company goes to market to sell up to 22,480,008 ordinary shares at j$2.25 per share. After the issue, the total number of shares will be 89,920,033 making it one of the smaller listed companies.

The company is one of the largest businesses of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean. It is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of flavourings and water soluble colourings for the food, beverage, baking, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries and is a key supplier of these products. It also manufactures and supplies fragrances used in household cleaning, body care, aroma therapy and air freshener products.

Incorporated on 23rd February 2001, its business and assets were purchased from prior owner Bush Boake Allen Jamaica Limited and is a supplier to predominantly commercial customers in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, St. Kitts, Guyana, USA and Canada. Its customers are well known names in the food and beverage business.

CaribbeanFlavours&Fragrances+tubes115pxCFFL sources essential oils and natural extracts worldwide and receives key ingredients and technical support from International Flavors & Fragrances Incorporated (IFF), responsible for more than 70 percent of the company’s supplies. IFF is a US$5 billion company listed on the NYSE and is a member of the S&P 500 Index. Lascelles deMercado is a key local supplier, providing alcohol for use in fragrance distillates and other items. Some of the supplies used are commodities with variable prices linked to world markets. The company aims not to carry more than 6 months’ stock of supplies.

CFFL has one competitor in the local market, Virginia Dare (Jamaica) Limited. In the view of the Directors, their particular business focus is on the supply of custom blended products for large local businesses and this distinguishes it from their competitor that supplies retail and smaller business clients with generic products such as bulk syrups.

Income | Revenues amounted to $193.9 million in the 2012 financial year, an 8 percent increase over the $179.4 million recorded in the prior financial year. During 2012 financial year, the company generated increased gross profit of $79.4 million versus $60.9 million in 2011 fiscal year due to increased sales of its products and higher margins of 40.95 percent, compared with 33.95 percent in the 2011 financial year.

CaribFlovoursOperating Expenses totaled $72.94 million for the 2012 financial year, a year on year increase of 24.5 percent due mainly to increased promotional activity and compensation to directors. CFFL recorded improved Profit before Taxation in for the year, which grew to $6.46 million compared to the $2.36 million for the prior year.

Revenues for the 12 month period ended June 2013 was $229.89 million, increasing 19 percent over the $193.87 million recorded for the 2012. The growth in revenue was driven by increased sales of the products in the fragrance line of the business. Gross Profit totalled $92.73 million compared to $79.39 million. Total operating expenses amounted to $60.49 million for the year, 17 percent less than the $72.94 million recorded for the year prior. This decline was due to a reduction in directors’ fees. Other Income totalling $16.80 million is due mainly to sale of property. Finance Income was $2.53 million for the year. Profit before taxation totalled $51.57 million for the latest fiscal year and net profit amounted to $40.32 million.

Assets totalled $97.52 million as at June 2013, $22.90 million less than the $120.42 million at June 2012. The decline is due to the sale of property. During the period the company reduced the amount outstanding to directors resulting in liabilities totalling $31.45 million as at June, 2013 versus $94.7 million as at the end of 2012 financial year. Shareholders’ Equity stood at $66.06 million at the end of June 2013.

Earnings per share before taxation is 46 cents putting the PE around 5 times earnings to June this year, providing room for some appreciation in the short term. The negative is that the company and its management is not well known and the number of stock in issue is small creating and illiquid situation.

The Directors anticipate a payment of an annual dividend of not less than 25 percent of the annual net profits after payment of any applicable taxes where “such profits are available for distribution, subject to the Company’s need for reinvestment of some or all of its profits from time to time in order to finance the growth of the business of the Company.”

JSE: September ends positively

Monday, 30th September 2013 | Trading accounted for 12,298,941 units valued at $76,393,065 as the stocks of 24 companies traded on the last day of the month. The main market index was up 215.13 to 84,500.20, the all Jamaica index gained 378.51 to 84,371.49 and the junior index was up 7.02 to 768.83 as 9 stocks advanced to 7 declining.

The market measured by the all Jamaica and junior market indices was little changed during the month of September with the all Jamaica being up by a few points and the junior market down a few.

Trading patterns | During the last two trading days in August, the main market indices made noticeable advances as the prices of a few stocks moved up. However, on first day of trading in September, the indices dropped back wiping out the two-day gains. The all Jamaica index fell by more than 1,000 points and added more losses on the second day. By day three, the all Jamaica Index recovered all its losses but lost some more the following day. The last day of September is showing some of the same patterns as the last day of August.

JSEIndicesSept30Main Market | In Monday’s trading there were some big volumes, which included National Commercial Bank with 1,559,057 units valued at $29,309,186 with the price closing at $19 down 50 cents from Fridays close of $19.50. On Thursday, the stock closed at $18.60. Sagicor Life exchanged 1,029,279 units at $8.60 for a value of $8,851,610, the price gained 10 cents for the day. Jamaica Money Market Brokers was the other big volume mover with 1,491,600 units worth $11,929,695 as the price closed at $8, up 5 cents. Carreras traded 128,675 units valued at $6,045,561 as the price closed at $46.70 dipping by 50 cents; Caribbean Cement exchanged 42,236 shares but the price dropped 33 cents to close at $1.87; Gleaner Company traded 193,910 units at $1.21 up 3 cents; Scotia Group contributed just 12,265 units at $21.20, up 20 cents and Proven Investments 8% had 704,700 units trading firm at $5.09 for a value of $3,586,923.

Junior market | There was some pick up in trading in the junior market after prices for a number of the stocks declined to what could well be support levels. Access Financial Services put in a volume of 11,780 units as the price $8.40, down 10 cents; Caribbean Producers, which is again in the limelight with negative publicity about directors being charged for improper importation of meats into the island, traded only 16,188 units at $2.08, losing 2 cents on the day; Consolidated Bakeries chipped in with 73,386 units at $1.21, down 14 cents while Dolphin Cove gained 44 cents as it exchanged a good volume of 1,442,316 and closed at $8.45 as $12,185,925 was involved in the trade. Lasco Distributors contributed to the level of trading with 1,006,800 units at a closing price of $1.50 up 6 cents with a value of $1,509,838 and Lasco Financial Services had one of its best days’ volume wise with 4,373,000 units as it gained 3 cents to close at $1.23 worth $5,259,807.

IC bid-offer Indicator | At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed the market consolidating with bids for 9 stocks being higher and 5 stocks with offers lower than their last selling price. Eight of the stocks with higher bids are in the main market and could well result in a better start for October when compared to September.