Grace segments hide important tales

GraceKennedy reported their six months results to June, showing continued strong growth in revenue and profit for a third year running. The group’s segment results make for more interesting reading when the data is examined closely.
The group reported revenues of $63.4 billion, representing an increase of $6.8 billion or 12.1 percent over the prior year’s corresponding period. Profit before tax was $5.4 billion, reflecting a 20.4 percent improvement over the same period in 2020. Net profit after tax came in at J$4 billion, a 30.3 percent increase over the same period in 2020, while net profit attributable to stockholders enjoyed a double digit increase of 30.6 percent over the prior year.
GraceKennedy group is categorized into four main segments, with all contributing positively to the half year’s performance.
The Food Trading segment saw revenues rising 11 percent in the half year to $49.6 billion, but segment profit surged 50 percent to $2.8 billion. Banking and Investments revenues rose by a mere 7 percent to $3.3 billion and delivered a 32 percent increase in segment results to $348 million, Insurance pushed 23 percent higher to $5.6 billion, with just a 5 percent rise in profit to $515 million and Money Services revenues were up 18 percent to $4.8 billion, with profit climbing 15 percent to $2.1 billion, remaining the most profitable segment of the group by far.
For the June quarter, while the Food Trading segment did well in the first quarter, the second quarter saw a blast of momentous proportion, with revenues rising 15 percent to $24.65 billion over 2020, but with segment, profit surging a stunning 99 percent to $1.32 billion over the $667 million generated in 2020. Banking and Investments revenues rose 9 percent in the second quarter to $1.66 billion, but could only deliver a 9 percent increase in segment results to $199 million, up from $184 in 2020, well off from the 86 percent increase in quarter one, when profit came in at $148 million versus just $80 million in the March 2020 quarter last year. Insurance revenues rose 17 percent to $3.16 billion, with a 13 percent contraction in profit to $432 million, but a major change to the profit of $84 million garnered in the 2021 first quarter and Money Services revenues were up 20 percent in the second quarter compared with the first quarter increase of 16 percent and ended with $2.49 billion, with profit climbing a mere 4 percent to $1.1 billion from a rise in profit in the first quarter of 30 percent.
The data indicate that the Food Trading and Money Services divisions are likely to be the greatest profits drivers in the short to medium term.
GraceKennedy stock remains as an BUY RATED stock that last traded at $102, on Wednesday on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at a PE ratio of 9.3 earnings for the year of $11.

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