Grace Kennedy’s blow out quarter

Grace Kennedy profit for Q1 jumped 153%

Grace Kennedy profit for Q1 jumped 153%

Grace Kennedy reported a 153 percent jump in it results for the first quarter ending March with profit after tax of $1.5 billion versus $589 million in 2015. Grace reports that $606 million of the increase came from disposal of investment, with the bulk of it coming from the liquidation of a subsidiary.
Earnings per share ended at $4.51 compared to $1.78 in 2015 and the full year’s earnings looking to exceed $13 per share.
Grace reported sales revenues of $22 billion up from $19.36 billion in 2015, with profit from operations doubling to $1 billion, while other income amounted to $991 million up from $316 million in 2015.

Group Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby steering the Grace ship to safer waters.

Group Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby steering the Grace ship to safer waters.

The food and trading division enjoyed the most growth, moving from $398 million to $855 million, the banking and investing segment recorded lower profits of $29 million than the $89 million in the 2015 period, while the money transfer segment, continues to deliver attractive increases of 26.5 percent, with profit of $587 versus $464 million and the Insurance division went up 48 percent from $67 million to $99 million.
The company attributed the strong increase in the food and trading division to “improved performance of our food distribution and manufacturing business in Jamaica and internationally.”
Grace’s stock has come in for increased demand on the Jamaica Stock exchange over the last few trading days, with the price closing at $84 on Thursday with 1,021,582 units traded.

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