Profit bolts 43% at Lasco Manufacturing

Profit popped 43 percent in the December quarter to $403 million at Lasco Manufacturing, from $281 million in 2020. For the nine months to December, profit climbed 16 percent to $1.19 billion from $1 billion in 2020 resulting in earnings per share of 10 cents for the quarter and 29 cents for the year to date.

Lasco Manufacturing dominated Junior Market trading with 3.3 million shares.

Sales revenues rose 16 percent for the quarter, to $2.4 billion from $2.1 billion in 2020 and increased 14 percent for the year to date, to $7 billion from $6.2 billion in 2020.
Profit margin rose in the December quarter to 38 percent from 36 percent in 2020 and slipped from 38 percent in 2020 to 37 percent for current the year to date.  The effect, gross profit rose 22 percent in the quarter to $920 million from $754 million and increased 11.7 percent for the year to date, to $2.6 billion from $2.35 billion in 2020.
Administrative and other expenses rose marginally by 4 percent to $327 million in the quarter and slipped 3 percent in the nine months to $950 million from $983 million in 2020. Finance cost declined in the quarter, to $11 million from $15 million in 2020 and from $46 million in 2020 to $40 million for the nine months. Corporate taxes jumped 45 percent to $194 million from $134 million in the 2020 December quarter and by 87 percent to $521 million for the nine months from $279 million.
Gross cash flow brought in $1.4 billion but changes in working capital, loan repayment and the paying of $300 million in dividends, moved the cash position up by $331 million and resulted in cash funds on hand at $2.2 billion.
At the end of December, shareholders’ equity stood at $8.8 billion with long term borrowings at just $8 million and short term loans at $455 million. Current assets ended the period at $6.6 billion including trade and other receivables of $2.5 billion, cash and bank balance $2.56 billion. Current liabilities ended the period at $1.95 billion. Net current assets closed out the year at $4.7 billion.
IC Insider.com forecast is for earnings of 40-45 cents per share for the fiscal year with a PE of 11 times current year’s earnings at the last traded price of $4.60 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
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