Mayberry Equities profit rises

Mayberry Investments

Strong growth in the Jamaican stock market drove the net assets of Mayberry Jamaican Equities to $15.6 billion at the end of September from $7.4 billion at September last year and from $8.9 billion at the end of December.
Mayberry reported an after-tax profit of $250 million for the September 2018 quarter, up sharply from $65 million in 2017. For the year to September this year, profit rose to $690 million from just $84 million in 2017 but a strong increase of $615 million in the September quarter and $1 billion year to date were the main drivers of the increased results in 2018. The performance resulted in Earnings per share of 21 cents for the quarter and 57 cents for the nine months.
Total comprehensive income for Q3 amounted to $4.25 billion, compared to $295 million for the corresponding quarter of 2017 and the booking of $6 billion for the nine months period reflecting gains from stocks held in the portfolio.
Net Revenues increased to $658 million from just $23 million in the 2017 quarter and is up to $1.26 billion for the nine months to September from a mere $32 million for the similar period in 2017.
Unrealized gains on investment, accounted for the bulk of the income while dividend Income amounted to $69 million in the quarter versus $29 million in 2017 and for the year to September, $296 million versus just $65 million in 2017. The addition of Supreme Ventures to the portfolio would have contributed in a major way to the increase.
Operating expenses increased to $390 million in the quarter from $8 million in 2017, for the year to date it moved to $548 million from $36 million in 2017 due to incentive and management fees for Investment management services and, also, Legal and Professional fees for a corporate loan of $2.2 billion acquired to expand the equity portfolio.
At the end of the quarter the company had cash funds of $1.37 billion and investments of $16.95 billion and amounts due creditors of $482 million and Net Book Value per share moved to J$13.01, at September 30 but fell by October 5, 2018 to $11.96, the company reported on the website of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The company’s portfolio comprises 31 securities including, Lasco Financial Services, Caribbean Producers, Blue Power, Iron Rock Insurance and Supreme Ventures.

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