SOS back in, Lasco Financial out of TOP 10

Stationery & Office Supplies is back in the TOP 10 but could fall in prive this week before moving higher.

A number of companies reported results in the past week, with some in the TOP 10 not getting much help from the new information and some of the top stocks earnings being downgraded, based on new information conveyed by the latest results.
Lasco Financial posted a strong 37 percent rise in profit, from $162 million to $222 million, but with slightly lower March quarter profit of $55 million, from $62 million, based on sharply increased finance cost that rose from $2 million to $14 million, as revenues grew more than 41 percent in the quarter, from $288 million to $405 million. Based on the new numbers, IC Insider.com places earnings for the current fiscal year at 50 cents per share or just around $650 million. The forecast is not enough to keep it in the Top 10 but it remains a solid buy, just below. Replacing Lasco Financial is Stationery and Office Supplies with the price pulling back during the week to close at $8.06. The price looks as if it could fall to the $6.50 region which would make it an even better buy.
All main market stocks remained in the top spots, but earnings for JMMB Group was downgraded following the March results and so too was Berger Paints. Radio Jamaica reported a loss in the March quarter and a loss for the full year, with a portion of the losses coming from one off items. The charge for depreciation and amortization is $255 million for the March 2018 fiscal year, well in excess of the loss reported for the year, resulting in a positive cash flow operation.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 6 compared to an average PE for the overall main market of 11, based on 2018 estimated earnings. The main market PE is 7.6 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 44 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 41 percent to the market. Investors should keep an eye out for Scotia Group that should release half year results on Wednesday.

JSE main market indices jump sharply – Friday

Bulls may be lurching to pounce on Jamaican stocks.

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday with, the All Jamaican Composite Index leaped 3,607.57 points to 329,083.46 and the JSE Index surged 3,286.90 points to close at 299,832.21.
A total of 23 securities changed hands, resulting in 6 advancing, 9 declining and 8 remaining firm.
Trading on the JSE main market ended with the overall volume and value returning to more normal levels of 4,603,241 units valued at $166,353,769, from the big surge on Thursday when Jamaica Broilers pushed trading 170,209,058 units valued at $3,113,335,699.
In market activity, Berger Paints ended at $19.50, with 1,562 stock units, Carreras gained 10 cents and concluded trading at $10.40, with 57,502 units, Caribbean Cement lost $1 and finished at $39, with 30,882 shares traded, Grace Kennedy fell 65 cents and ended trading at $49, with 1,462,365 shares, Jamaica Broilers recovered $2.81 to close at $21, with 19,907 stock units trading. Jamaica Producers lost 10 cents and finished trading at $16.50, with 80,429 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed down 39 cents to end at $7, with 25,500 shares, JMMB Group declined 80 cents and ended at $27, with 20,764 shares, Kingston Properties concluded trading at $6.60, with 200 shares. Kingston Wharves finished at $46 after falling 90 cents, with 3,395 stock units, Mayberry Investments settled at $6.45, with 10,756 units, NCB Financial Group gained $1 to end trading at $96, with 34,277 shares, 138 Student Living settled at $4.68, with a loss of 31 cents trading 100 units, PanJam Investment closed at $45, with 69,332 stock units. Radio Jamaica finished at $1.25, after falling 3 cents with 25,100 shares, Sagicor Group added 20 cents and settled at $38.50, with 1,357,691 shares and Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 30 cents and finished at $14.30, with 7,998 units. Scotia Group climbed $1.05 in trading 422,278 stock units to close at $51.05, Supreme Ventures closed at $13, exchanging 94,024 shares. Victoria Mutual Investments ended at $4, with 50,009 shares and Wisynco Group concluded trading with a rise of 5 cents to close at $10, in the exchange of 721,410 stock units. In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group 7.25% concluded trading at $1.50, with 1,000 shares and JMMB Group finished at $1, with 106,760 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE back to normal  – Friday.”

Trading drops for JSE main market – Monday

Trading on the JSE main market ended with the overall volume and value falling below normal levels on Monday as 2,736,291 units valued at over $44,287,155 changed hands.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 1,975.96 points to close at 325,401.15 and the JSE Index shot up 1,800.32 points to close at 296,477.22 as 28 securities changed hands, resulting in 12 advancing, 9 declining and 7 remaining firm.
In market activity, Barita Investments fell 55 cents and closed at $11.54, with 15,100 shares, Berger Paints ended at $20, with 22,128 stock units trading, Carreras fell 10 cents and concluded trading at $10.45, with 127,792 units, Caribbean Cement finished at $38, exchanging 307 shares, Ciboney Group rose 1 cent and settled at 13 cents, with 45,893 shares. Grace Kennedy ended trading at $48.60 after rising 10 cents, with 10,193 shares, Jamaica Broilers rose 25 cents in closing at $20.25, with 51,343 stock units, Jamaica Producers fell 45 cents to finish trading at $16.25, with 1,000 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed with a loss of 40 cents to $7.10, in trading 700 shares. JMMB Group rose 5 cents to end at $27.05, with 38,277 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $1 and finished at $46, with 329,678 stock units trading, Mayberry Investments settled at $6.25, after rising 25 cents with 29,780 units trading, NCB Financial Group shed 19 cents and ended trading at $94.80, with 81,775 shares. 138 Student Living settled at $5.09, after slipping 1 cents with 10,000 units, PanJam Investment added 50 cents to trade at $45, with 55,613 shares, Portland JSX closed at $10, with 4,524 stock units, Radio Jamaica rose 29 cents and concluded trading at $1.29, with 22,024 shares, Sagicor Group finished 35 cents higher at $36.50, trading 70,113 shares, Salada Foods lost $1 in settling at $14, with 10,000 shares changing hands. Scotia Group ended trading at $50.63, with 4,964 stock units, Seprod ended trading at $35, with 77,744 units, Supreme Ventures rose 40 cents and closed at $13, with 44,500 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments lost 5 cents and ended at $4, with 1,373,388 shares and Wisynco Group rose 30 cents and concluded trading at $10, with 159,255 stock units changing hands. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.5% traded at $2, with 500 stock units, JMMB Group 7% closed at $2.01, with 124,800 shares, JMMB Group 7.25% issued in 2019 ended at $2.05, with 24,800 shares and the older dated JMMB Group 7.25% concluded trading at $1.50, with 100 shares, changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE recovers some losses – Monday.”

Flat profit for Ansa McAl

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Ansa Mcal profit stable after a big fall in 2017.

Trinidad’s conglomerate, Ansa McAl reported flat profits of $216 million before corporate tax for the quarter to March 2018, up marginally from the $214 million in 2017.
Profit after tax attributable to shareholders’ of the group, rose 4 percent to $138 million for the period. The results, although modestly higher than for 2017, marks stability compared to a big decline in the full years results for 2017 when they reported a decline from $691 to $544 million.
Improved profit was achieved from a 7.7 percent rise in revenue to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion for the March 2017 quarter. Growth in revenues drove profit before finance cost up to $219 million from $216 million as profit margin remained at 15 percent in both periods. Finance cost rose from $9.9 million to $11.4 million, taxation was flat at $59 million in both periods.
Segment results show progress, except for Insurance and Financial Services that reported flat revenues and a 35 percent fall in profit and the Media business where revenues declined 3 percent but had a 33 percent rise in profit. Manufacturing, Packaging and Brewing increased revenues by 16 percent and profit by the same level

Carib Beer brewed in Trinidad by Ansa McAl Group

while Automotive trading and distribution enjoyed a mere 6 percent increase but that was enough to drive profit up by a strong 35 percent.
Earnings per share amounted to 79 cents, giving it a PE ratio around 18. Net book value per share is $39 while the stock trades at 1.5 book with the last price of $59.
Ansa is one of Trinidad’s major conglomerate, owning media houses, Carib Beer brewery, and now Berger Paints and other paint brand out of Trinidad to name a few of the entities it is involved in. At the end of March, shareholders equity stood at $6.86 billion.

More normality for JSE main market – Friday

The JSE main market activity returned to more normal levels on Friday with 7,330,113 units valued at $68,164,850 changed hands, down from 28,791,979 units valued at $527,232,319 trading on Thursday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,231.98 points to close at 323,425.19 and the JSE Index dived 2,033.58 points to close at 294,676.90 as 26 securities changed hands, resulting in 5 advancing, 14 declining and 7 remaining firm.
In market activity Barita Investments fell 11 cents and closed at $12.09, with 207,825 shares, changing hands, Berger Paints shed 50 cents and ended at $20, with 3,015 stock units, Carreras lost 5 cents and concluded trading at $10.55, with 177,994 units, Caribbean Cement finished 50 cents higher at $38, with 18,005 shares, Grace Kennedy climbed 75 cents to $48.50 with 18,357 shares changing hands. Jamaica Broilers rose 74 cents to end at $20 trading 802,930 stock units, Jamaica Producers added 14 cents and finished trading at $16.70, with 105,932 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.50, with 45,050 shares traded, JMMB Group lost 50 cents to end at $27, with 68,700 shares changing hands. Kingston Properties concluded trading at $6.64, with 2,172 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.70 and finished at $47, with 3,250 stock units, Mayberry Investments settled 1 cents down at $6, with 104,485 units trading, NCB Financial Group ended trading 1 cents lower at $94.99, with 157,533 shares. 1834 Investments traded at $1.08, with 2,253,420 shares, PanJam Investment closed at $44.50, with a loss of 70 cents trading 79,749 stock units, Pulse Investments concluded trading at $1.78, with 27,348 shares, Radio Jamaica fell 31 cents to $1, with 2,329,526 shares. Sagicor Group settled with a fall of 35 cents at $36.15, with 68,110 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost 85 cents to end at $13.90, exchanging 27,665 shares, Scotia Group added $1.38 to close at $50.63, in trading 197,361 units, Seprod finished trading at $35, with 3,348 shares, Supreme Ventures ended at $12.60, with 119,389 shares. Victoria Mutual Investments shed by 5 cents and concluded trading at $4.05, with 281,461 stock units traded Wisynco Group finished 10 cents lower at $9.70, with 227,149 units changing hands.
In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.5% traded at $2, with 139 stock units, JMMB Group 7% finished trading at $2, with 1,000 units and JMMB Group 7.25% closed at $2, after 200 shares changed hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “Big JSE main market fall – Friday.”

JSE main market index down again – Tuesday

Stocks declined again in trading on the main market on Tuesday, even as advancing stocks outnumbered declining ones by a wide margin.
At the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,074.92 points to 325,735.98 and the JSE Index fell 979.37 points to 296,782.29 as 27 securities changed hands, resulting in 15 advancing, 4 declining and 8 remaining firm.
Market activity resulted in 13,526,719 units valued at over $293,683,413 compared with 6,884,784 units valued at $95,400,967 trading on Monday.
In market activity, Barita Investments closed at $12.20, with 3,600 shares, Berger Paints gained 50 cents and ended at $20.50, with 1,194 stock units, Carreras rose 3 cents and concluded trading at $10.53, with 46,980 units, Caribbean Cement finished trading at $37.50, with 4,490 shares, Ciboney Group settled at 13 cents trading 100,000 shares. Grace Kennedy fell 32 cents trading 9,823 shares at $48.50, Jamaica Broilers lost 40 cents to end at $21.60, with 11,507,048 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Producers rose 19 cents in trading 3,167 units at $16.70, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.49, with 1,260 shares. JMMB Group ended at $27.60, with 166,847 shares after rising by 60 cents, Mayberry Investments eased just 1 cents, settling at $6.10, with 14,104 units, NCB Financial Group rose by $1 and ended trading at $95, with 55,030 shares, 1834 Investments traded 100 shares, gaining 1 cent to end at $1.08. PanJam Investment closed with a rise of 95 cents at $45.20, exchanging 839,895 stock units, Portland JSX ended at $10, with 129 units, Radio Jamaica lost 5 cents and finished at $1.30, with 68,950 shares, Sagicor Group gained 49 cents to settle at $38, with 84,700 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished 60 cents higher at $14.50, with 6,700 units. Salada Foods jumped $1.49 to a record high of $14.90, with 1,250 stock units, Scotia Group jumped $2.63 traded 62,337 units to close at $50.63, Seprod finished trading at $36, with 200 shares, Supreme Ventures gained 32 cents and ended at $13, with 306,420 shares. Victoria Mutual Investments concluded trading at $4.17, exchanging 101,057 stock units and Wisynco Group concluded trading at $10, after rising by 5 cents with 76,787 shares traded. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market 7.25% rose 5 cents and ended trading at $2.55, with 1,613 shares, Jamaica Money Market 7.5% closed trading at $2, with 2,271 stock units and JMMB Group 7.5% rose 4 cents to finish at $1.05, with 55,767 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE main market volume dives – Tuesday.”

Medical Disposables & CPJ back in TOP 10

Medical Disposables in TOP 10

Lasco Financial rose to $5.99 by the end of the week, while IC Insider.com downgraded earnings for Caribbean Flavours to $1.22 for the 2019 fiscal year, with both moving out of the Junior Market TOP 10.
Medical Disposables that suffered a fall in price to $4.50 and Caribbean Producers moved into the TOP stocks listing for the Junior Market. There were no new addition to the TOP 10 main market stocks at the close of the past week. There were some changes in the rankings, most noticeable was Radio Jamaica, with a rise in price to $1.35 from $1.25 at the close of the previous week, as the stock moved closer to exit the top list. Salada Foods rose in sympathy to good half year results, to close at $13.10 from $11.26 at the start of the week, but it pulled back after trading at an all-time high of $15. Caribbean Cement moved down to $37.50 from $40.05 and Barita Investments rose to $12.53 from $11.50 while Berger Paints saw increased selling in light of the company’s posting increased sales but lower profits in the March quarter due to a number of factors, some of which are not likely to be repeated, in the other quarters of the year.
The past week was characterized by some sharp price fluctuations and index movements in both markets, with the ending to the release of most first quarter results. Interest rates fell to their lowest levels on Treasury bills and the central bank cut the overnight rate by 25 basis points during the past week, seem to have little effect on the market so far. That will change as the weeks roll on, it may be that investors are now taking a break for May, this coming week could have the answer.
Former TOP 10 Junior Market stock Stationery and Office Supplies, closed at a new record high of $9 last week after positing good first quarter results with earnings per share up 70 percent to 17 cents and looking as if $1 is possible for the full year, with the commencement of the production of plain paper books.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 6.2 compared to an average PE for the overall main market of 10, based on 2018 estimated earnings. The main market PE is 7.3 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 38 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 45 percent to the market.
Stocks to Watch this week include, Barita, Grace Kennedy, PanJam Investment, Radio Jamaica, Salada, Jamaica Stock Exchange ordinary share, Stationery and Office Supplies. Although not yet listed, investors should keep an eye open for Sygnus Credit that saw its IPO more than twice oversubscribed.

1,000 pts fall for JSE main market – Friday

Stocks declined again in trading on the main market on Friday, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declining 1,070.06 points to close at 327,520.83 and the JSE Index fell 974.94 points to 298,408.49.
Trading was characterized by big price movements in a number of stocks but with those declining outnumbering rising ones by a 3 to 1 margin.
The market closed with only 1,921,527 units valued at $46,900,896 trading, down from 7,688,997 units valued at $220,155,817 trading on Thursday. On Friday 22 securities changed hands, resulting in 9 advancing, 11 declining and 2 remaining firm.
In market activity, Barita Investments lost 15 cents and closed at $12.38, with 2,940 shares traded, Berger Paints ended at $20, after declining 21 cents with 262,929 stock units changing hands, Carreras concluded trading and gained 1 cent to $10.60, with 417,958 units, Caribbean Cement jumped $2 and finished at $37.50, with 104,243 shares trading, Ciboney Group rose 1 cents to 13 cents, with 10,850 shares. Grace Kennedy dropped $1.15 to end trading at $48.50, with 5,386 shares, Jamaica Broilers rose 20 cents to $21.70, with 11,080 stock units trading, Jamaica Producers lost 9 cents and finished trading at $16.51, with 22,786 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7.40, with 7,579 shares. JMMB Group ended at $26.80, with 103,297 shares, Kingston Wharves declined by $1.60 and finished at $46.80, trading 7,000 stock units, Mayberry Investments settled at $6.17, with 8,100 units, NCB Financial Group rose 77 cents and ended trading at $95.75, with 24,497 shares. PanJam Investment gained $1 and closed at $47, with 23,518 stock units changing hands, Radio Jamaica finished 14 cents higher at $1.35, with 22,682 shares, Sagicor Group lost 2 cents to settle at $38, with 141,760 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund settled at $13.99, after falling $1.01 with 36,401 shares, Scotia Group dropped $1.90 to $49.10, with 315,705 units. Seprod finished trading at $36, with 7,000 shares, Supreme Ventures dived $2.75 and ended at $12.25, with 167,126 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments slipped 3 cents and concluded trading at $4.17, with 77,262 stock units and Wisynco Group finished at $10, with a rose of 30 cents and 141,428 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE main market volume dives – Friday.”

Big JSE main market losses- Wednesday

Stocks declined sharply in trading on the main market on Wednesday, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 2,542.85 points to 326,768.75 and the JSE Index diving 2,316.83 points to 297,723.25.
The main market closed with 7,688,997 units valued at $220,155,817 trading from 22 securities changing hands, resulting from 5 securities trading more than 1 million units each and in 8 rising, 11 falling and 3 trading firm.
In market activity, Barita Investments lost 50 cents and closed at $12.50, with 2,500 shares trading, Berger Paints rose 4 cents to end at $20.50, with 4,608 stock units, Carreras rose 14 cents and concluded trading at $10.54, with 59,203 units, Grace Kennedy ended trading at $48.20, after rising 15 cents with 15,911 shares, Jamaica Broilers jumped $1.10 to $21.70, trading a mere 634 stock units. Jamaica Producers lost 38 cents in finishing trading at $16.60, with 17,774 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at $7, with 1,033,290 shares, JMMB Group fell 50 cents to $26.50, with 1,999,978 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves dropped $2.49 to $46.50, with 1,801,850 stock units. Mayberry Investments settled at $6.17, with 6,890 units traded after falling 8 cents, NCB Financial Group lost just 1 cent and ended trading at $94.98, with 41,620 shares, PanJam Investment dropped $1.64 and closed at $45.36, with 1,094,320 stock units, Proven Investments traded in the main market with a rise of $1.99 to $28.50 while trading just 100 shares, Pulse Investments fell 21 cents and concluded trading at $1.60, with 5,414 units. Radio Jamaica lost 1 cents and finished trading at $1.19, with 30,000 shares, Sagicor Group settled at $38.50, after rising 31 cents with 22,610 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 20 cents and finished at $14, with 1,535 units. Scotia Group dived $3.39 to $50.10, with 70,981 units, Supreme Ventures rose 20 cents and concluded trading at $12.70, with 1,012,460 shares, Victoria Mutual Investments ended at $4.18, with 262,618 shares and Wisynco Group concluded trading at $9.55, after falling 16 cents with 204,701 stock units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. For more details of market activities, see “JSE main market volume jumps – Wednesday.”

Sagicor Group & Wisynco back in TOP 10

Salada Foods reported earnings of 78 cents for the half year and is now no 2 on the TOP 10.

Sagicor Group fell out of TOP 10 of main market stocks in the previous week, is back, with the price falling from $42 to $38 and Salada Foods surges to the number 2 spot with half year results.
Wisynco joins the TOP 10 after a very long absence as the price dipped to $10 on Friday. The two new listings replaced Grace Kennedy and PanJam Investment, with the latter jumping to a new 52 weeks’ high of $46.01. In the Junior Market there was only one change with Stationery and Office Supplies (SOS) climbing to a new record high of $7.50 after positing good first quarter results with earnings per share up 70 percent to 17 cents. Lasco Financial moved back into the TOP 10, replacing SOS that still have much more room to grow this year as profits should hit close to $1 per share for the year and investors could well see a stock split as a result of the rising profit and stock price.
Other changes of note, were the fall in price of Berger Paints to $20 from $22 at the end of the previous week, Caribbean Cement moved to $40.05 from $38.60 and Barita Investments rose to $11.50 from $10.49 as selling by investors dried up. Second quarter results may not be good enough to push the stock much higher but when the growth in other comprehensive income is factored in, the stocks is still extremely cheap.
On Thursday, a number of company results were released with some having the potential to help prices to move forward. On Friday, more results were released with Salada Foods and tTech posting good gains in profit. Salada earnings suggest full year results of $1.80 per share and pushed the stock to the number 2 choice in the TOP 10. Others will come on Monday and Tuesday, investors should be alert to news that they may provide that could impact prices in the short term.
The main market pulled back from record highs reached at the close of the previous week but is now sitting just below that level on Friday, as that market continues to grind its way slowly upwards ahead of the big breakout that is coming.
At the close of Friday, the average PE ratio for Junior Market Top stocks ended at 6.2 compared to an average PE for the overall main market of 10 based on 2018 estimated earnings. The main market PE is 7.2 for the top stocks, compared to a market average of 13.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 38 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks but it’s a third of what the average PE for the year is likely to be of 20 times earnings and main market stocks traded at a discount of 44 percent to the market.
Stocks to Watch this week include, Stationery and Office Supplies that should go higher based on the first quarter results that were released on Thursday. It should be interesting to see how investors treat with the lack of supply of Barita and Berger shares while Palace that jumped $300 on Friday could be pushed when the company’s third quarter results are released this coming week that should see very positive impact of the Black Panther movies now still being shown, although less frequently than previously, with Avengers seems to have taken over from it. NCB Financial pulled back to $95 during the past week and should be another interesting stock to watch as it is undervalued. Grace Kennedy posted decent first quarter results that should encourage more buying of the stock and PanJam Investment is very scarce. Increasing interest in Radio Jamaica pushed the price to $1.20 and is another that could move higher during the week.