Scotia Group steadies ship

Jackie Sharp - CEO Scotia Group

Jackie Sharp – CEO Scotia Group

Scotia Group reports profit $6.16 billion for the nine months ended July 2015 compared with $7.97 billion for the period to July, 2014. The reduction was impacted by Asset Tax expense of $1.29 billion fully booked from the first quarter as well as an increase in the Asset Tax rate imposed in May 2014.
Profit for the July 2015 quarter, was $2.31 billion, a shade off from the results for the April 2015 quarter of $2.36 billion, but well down on the July 2014 quarter of $2.9 billion. The decline in the quarter is due mainly to a fall-off in net gains on investment assets of $240 million, net interest income of $140 million, foreign exchange trading gains of $220 million and insurance revenues of $230 million.
Earnings per share for the nine months amounts to $1.93 and for the last quarter 72 cents and should end the year around $2.75.
The Group reported lower insurance revenue, lower net gains on foreign currency activities and financial assets in the Investment Management segment of the Group with total revenue for the nine months of $26.3 billion, a decrease of $319 million from the prior year. For the July 2015 quarter, total revenue of $8.62 billion was down $103 million from the April quarter. Net interest income after impairment losses for the period was $16.9 billion, an increase of $76 million versus the same period in 2014.
Scotia hq 25 9-14Expenses have been held quite tightly, resulting in an increase of $533 million or 3.7 percent when the Asset Tax is excluded for the nine months, while expenses were just $100 million more in a the third quarter, over the similar period in 2014.
Total assets increased year over year by $23.4 billion or 5.8 percent to $424 billion as at July 2015. The growth was primarily attributable to increases of $4 billion or 2.9 percent in Loans, net of allowance for impairment losses to $148.7 billion, $8 billion or 5.4 percent in investment and pledged assets and $8.8 billion in other assets resulting from higher retirement benefit asset. Loans as a percentage of total assets have declined from 36 percent to 35 percent as of July this year. The ratio needs to be moving in the other direction if profit is to commence growing at an attractive pace. At a quarterly rise around $1 billion the growth in loans is not strong to delivery good bottom line growth and help the stock to be above the average of the market.
An interim dividend of 40 cents per stock unit payable on October 15, 2015, to stockholders on record at September 23, 2015 was approved.

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  2. […] Scotia Group generated profit of $9.9 billion for the year to October, down from $10.46 billion earned in the similar period in 2014 but saw a jumped in the profit for the quarter to October of $3.9 billion versus $2.76 billion in 2014 period due mainly to a billion dollar jump in insurance income.Total revenues climbed marginally to $42 billion in the year ending October, from $41.9 billion thanks mainly to an increase of $900 million in insurance income over prior year. For this last of 2015, total revenue of $11.5 million was above the amount earned in 2015 of $10.3 billion. Net interest income after impairment losses for the year was $22.9 billion, marginally above 2014 resulting in a reduction in the impairment losses on loans by $241 million or 15.0 percent, this is “due to enhanced adjudication, monitoring and collection efforts. The Group continues to report strong growth in loan volumes during the year, particularly our Residential Mortgages, Consumer, Small Business and Commercial portfolios; however net interest margins continue to decline due to lower market interest rates and the competitive environment”, Scotia stated in their media release accompanying the financials. […]

  3. […] 596,988 units to end at $16. Salada Foods gained $1.15 with 10,000 units changing hands at $10, Scotia Group had 18,000 shares changing hands and closed at $27, Scotia Investments traded 3,729 units but […]

  4. […] 52 weeks’ high. Sagicor Group lost 3 cents in trading 509,550 units at $16.62 at the close. Scotia Group ended with 83,180 shares changing hands, closed with a rise of 15 cents to end at $27.20. Scotia […]

  5. […] Investments traded 115,790 shares with a rise of 28 cents for new 52 weeks’ closing high of $2. Scotia Group ended with 290,683 shares changing hands and closed with a loss of $1.64 at $26.11, Supreme […]

  6. […] for the September quarter was released with rising to $497 million from $269 million in 2014. Scotia Group rose $1.51 with 760,907 units trading $28.50. Trading resulted in 27 securities changing hands with […]

  7. […] Fund traded 25,000 units as the price gained 80 cents to close at $10 for a 52 weeks’ high. Scotia Group ended with 125,411 shares trading closed at $26.50 after rising by 50 cents, Seprod traded 31,400 […]

  8. […] at $9.20 and with only three offers posted with two at $10 to sell 25,000 units and 19,000 at $11, Scotia Group ended with 11,554 shares trading closed at $26 after rising $1.24. Seprod traded 20,700 shares at […]

  9. […] at $9.20 and with only two offers posted with one at $10 to sell 16,000 units and 19,000 at $11, Scotia Group ended with 48,410 shares trading at $24.76 after falling 25 cents. Scotia Investments ended with […]

  10. […] Sagicor Group with 5,650 shares closed 84 cents higher at $14 for a 52 weeks’ closing high, Scotia Group ended with 132,265 shares trading at $24.45 after gaining 60 cents and Sterling Investments ended at […]

  11. […] $61.56 with a gain of 56 cents. Sagicor Group with 586,567 shares closed 14 cents higher at $13.15, Scotia Group ended with 286,773 shares trading at $3.52 after losing 48 cents, Scotia Investments lost 5 cents in […]

  12. […] a gain of 3 cents to end at $13.03, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 8,550 shares closed at $7.50. Scotia Group lost 20 cents in ending at $23.50 while 208,506 shares traded, Scotia Investments traded 8,550 units […]

  13. […] gain of 28 cents to $62. with 3,000 shares trading, closed with a loss of 20 cents, to end at $13, Scotia Group lost 5 cents in ending at $23.70 while 13,580 shares traded and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% […]

  14. […] National Commercial Bank had 23,100 units changing hands and ended at $27.75 while dropping 1 cent, Scotia Group traded 26,428 shares to close at $23.77. IC Insider was unable to get the closing bids and offer […]

  15. […] to close at $3.08, Sagicor Group with 97,907 shares trading, closed for40 cents higher at $13, Scotia Group traded 32,956 shares to close with a gain of 1 cent at $23.91, Supreme Ventures had 31,600 shares […]

  16. […] having gained 5 cents. Sagicor Group with 84,069 shares trading, closed 20 cents higher at $13, Scotia Group traded 6,300 shares to close with a loss of 1 cent at $23.80, Proven Investments ordinary share […]

  17. […] at $30, Sagicor Group with 22,400 shares changing hands, closed at $12.70 with a 20 cents increase. Scotia Group traded 134,944 units in closing at $24.12 for an increased just 2 cents and Proven Investments […]

  18. […] adding $1.15 to close at $62, Sagicor Group with 196,270 shares changing hands, closed at $12.50, Scotia Group traded 1,680,374 units between the closing price of $23.74 and $26 but ended with a loss of $3.16. […]

  19. […] Scotia Group jumped just over 11 percent on Friday with more than 700,000 shares changing hands to help push the Jamaica Stock Exchange all Jamaican Composite index up by almost 3,000 points on the first day after the group released nine months results. Scotia Investments crossed 623,135 units of its parent company shares out of a total of 700,154 they bought, between $26 and $26.99 with 612,725 units traded at $26.99, for in house purposes. The Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading with a total of 30 securities changing hands. A total of 2,251,172 units traded, valued at $24,730,236, with 9 stocks rising, 12 declining in all market segments. The JSE Market Index rose 2,637.77 points to 100,293.46. The JSE All Jamaican Composite index jumped 2,948.29 points to 111,040.12 and the JSE combined index rallied 2,460.94 points to end at 103,322.22. IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had a reading of 10 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with offers that were lower, including 2 from the preference share sector. In trading, Cable and Wireless traded only 559,840 shares, down from 4,748,662 units on Thursday and closed at 52 cents. At the close, visible bids exist for 10,000 shares at 50 cents and ranging between 48 cents and 49 cents, a total of 1,702,558 units and between 45-47 cents 537,500 shares. Visible offers at 52 cents, amount to 1,040,394 units, at 53 cents, 942,650 million shares, next are 595,177 shares at 55 cents and at 56 cents, 3,078,000 units. Carreras closed at $51 for a gain of $1 while a mere 1,045 units traded. Desnoes & Geddes traded 17,500 shares at $6.80, up 80 cents, Gleaner Company traded at 268,116 shares and added 5 cents to $1.85, Grace Kennedy traded down $1 at $63 with only 1,370 shares, Jamaica Broilers closed unchanged at $5.60 with 13,413 shares changing hands. National Commercial Bank traded just 53,230 shares and closed with a fall of 56 cents at $27.50, after it traded earlier at $30. Sagicor Group with 13,000 shares changing hands, closed with a gain of 43 cents at $13, Scotia Group traded 711,422 units between $23.80 and $26.99 but closed with a gain of $2.70 at $26.50. At the close there were only 6 offers ranging between $26.50 and $30 to sell 73,748 shares at $26.50, 299,990 at $27 23,750 units at $27.10 and 54,600 shares at $30. On the buying side, bids start at $25.01 to buy 800 shares but they are thin, until they drop to $23.71, to buy 306,040 shares. Scotia Investments lost 50 cents and ended at $26.50 while 9,485 units traded, the stock opened down to $24.10 within six minutes of the market opening, in response to disappointing earnings for the July quarter. Proven Investments ordinary share, traded 32,600 units at 21 US cents, Supreme Ventures added 14 cents to end at $4.14 with 2,000 units changing hands. […]