Profit climbs at Caribbean Assurance Brokers

Caribbean Assurance Brokers (CAB) is not one of the more popular Junior Market stocks, coming to the market just when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Jamaica, and got little post-IPO bounce and has never won the support of the wider market. The company reported record full year and 2023 first quarter profits, yet the stock continues to struggle although currently trading up from the price before the release of both results.
Operating Revenues rose 11 percent from $423 million to $469 million for the year ending December 2022, while Other Operating Income generated $37 million which was down 7 percent from $40 million in 2021, resulting in total income rising 7 percent to $506 million from $463 million in 2021. Profit for the year rose 32 percent to $75 million from $57 million in the prior year, with earnings per share of 30 cents up from 21 cents in 2021.
Selling Expenses were virtually flat for the year at $146 million compared with $145 million in 2021, Administrative Costs rose 10 percent to $281 million from $255, depreciation charge fell 10 per cent to $16 million and finance costs fell 32 percent to $4 from $6 million in 2022.
For the 2023 March quarter, revenues climbed 12 percent to $101.9 million from $90.6 million for the 2022 March quarter. Other Operating Income fell from $14 million to $12 million resulting in total revenues of $114 million rising 9 percent above $105 in 2021.  The company earns the bulk of its income and profit in the September quarter. Profit jumped 840 percent to $17 million after tax from just $2 million in 2021, with earnings per share of 7 cents.
Selling Expenses fell by 30 percent to $25 million from $36 million in 2022, Administrative Cost rose 7 percent to $70 million from $66 million, depreciation charge rose 21 percent to $5 million from $4 million in 2021 and finance costs fell 45 percent to $593,176 from $1 million in 2021.

Caribbean Assurance Brokers selling at a PE of just 8 based on historical earnings & 5 times 2023.

Cash inflows from operations delivered $24 million, up from just $7 million in 2022, but cash funds climbed by $132 million by the end of March after spending $37 million on addition to fixed assets with a reduction in receivables and an increase in payables contributed $146 million in positive flows during the three months period.
At the end of March, shareholders’ equity stood at $480 million up from $390 million at the end of March 2022 and $463 million at the end of December 2022. The company continues to be lightly leveraged with borrowings of $59 million of which $53 million is short term and due to be repaid within twelve months.
Current assets stood at $536 million at the end of March versus $418 million in 2022. Cash and equivalent was $385 million up from $286 million at the end of March 2022, with receivables at $148 million, up from $127 million in 2022.
Current liabilities ended the 2023 quarter at $345 million at the end of March, up from $229 million at the end of March 2022. projects EPS of 50 cents for the current year, with the stock priced at $2.53 it last traded on the Junior Market and sits at the number 2 spot on TOP10. The PE is a mere 5 times 2023 earnings and 8 times 2022 earnings and is one of the most undervalued stocks on the market currently.
The directors approved a modest dividend of 2.67 cents per share, well below the target stated in the prospectus of up to 25 percent of profits. The payment will be on October 26, with the ex-dividend date of September 14.

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