Profit continues at TCL but equity needed

TCementLTd280X150Profit for Trinidad Cement’s third quarter improved over the second quarter, with net profits of $30 million up from $18.7 million in the June quarter and just $6 million in the similar quarter in 2013. For the nine months to September, profit for the group’s shareholders amounted to $60 million versus $69 million in 2013.
The 2014 figures reflect cost of nearly $29 million associated with an attempt at restructuring the heavy debt the company has, but the 2013 results benefited from a tax credit of $27 million.The profit flowed from revenues of TT$514 million for the September quarter, an increase of only 3.6 percent from $496 million in 2013, and for the nine month in 2014, the Group recorded growth in revenue of $97 million or 6.5 percent, to reach $1.587 billion. “This improvement was driven by growth in the domestic cement markets in Trinidad and Jamaica, whilst the Barbados market remained relatively flat. In addition, concrete sales improved by 12.3 percent. In Jamaica, Caribbean Cement was able to supply 80,300 tonnes of clinker to Venezuela. Price increases were implemented in Trinidad, Jamaica and Guyana,“ management stated in a release with the financial report.
Net finance costs fell by $30 million, due to lower foreign exchange losses of $15.4 million and lower net interest cost of $14.3 million to hit $144 million for the nine months period. Finance cost fell to $47 million in the September quarter, compared with $51 million in 2013.
Operating Profit before Interest, taxes, depreciation and non-recurring items from continuing operations increased by $31 million or 9.6 percent to $125 million in the latest quarter and was $326 million for the nine months, to September versus $326 million in 2013. According to management “the increased revenue was eroded by escalating costs in Jamaica due to the depreciation of the Jamaican dollar and increased operating costs in Barbados.”
Earnings per Share amounted to 24.4 cents compared with 28.2 cents for the nine months period in 2013, but the latter was boosted by a large tax credit. For the quarter earnings per share amounted to 13 cents from continuing business.
Management stated that “The operations of Premix & Precast Concrete Inc. (Barbados), a subsidiary of Readymix West Indies, was discontinued in September due to the prolonged operating losses at this location, resulting in a loss of $3.4 million recorded for the quarter and $4.2 million for the nine months of 2014.”
The Board stated that they are currently negotiating with the financiers to have a restructured loan agreement. Negotiations are also in progress between the Company and the trade union to have an agreement with regard to retroactive payments for the expired collective agreements. A comprehensive financial and operational review of the Group is in progress and a restructuring plan, which seeks to secure the long-term viability of the Company, is scheduled to be completed by October.
The debt at the end of 2013 was just under $2 billion all of which has been switched to current liabilities as a result of the default occasioned by the decision of the company to suspend payment on the debt pending negotiation of the terms. Equity stood at $570 million at the end of September, well below the debt. All amounts are in TT dollars.
Trinidad Cement is list on the Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Eastern Caribbean and Barbados stock exchanges.

Dehring now Caribbean Cement chair

CCC GteChristopher Dehring has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caribbean Cement (CCC) Company and its subsidiaries, effective October 14, 2014, a release from the company stated.
The appointment is in line with IC Insiders report, that he seems slated for the post following the shake-up of the board of CCC’s parent company, Trinidad Cement. The company also reports that Messers Parris Lyew-Ayee and Dehring have also been appointed members of the Board Audit Committee.
After a long running battle between a group of disgruntled shareholders and the former board of Trinidad Cement, the way was cleared for an extraordinary general meeting to be held in August which ousted a number of directors from that board, as well as the CEO Rollin Bertrand. This led three members of the CCC board to hand in their resignations, including its former chairman, Brain Young.

Moderate price changes on JSE stocks

Tuesday’s activity on day on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 3 stocks rising and 4 declining as 22 securities changed hands, culminating in 755,690 units trading, valued at just $5,210,508, in all market segments.
JSEsum 14-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 76.73 points to 72,135.13 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 85.80 points to close at 79,368.39.
Gains| Stocks gaining and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 500 shares, closed at a cent higher at $2.12, Mayberry Investments traded 16,900 units, to gain 5 cents to $1.55 and Scotia Group with only 168 units ended with a cent gain at $19.05.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Cable & Wireless with 10,000 units to close at 29 cents, Carreras closed at $34.65 with 5,210 shares trading, Desnoes & Geddes with 650 shares closed at $4.79, Grace Kennedy with 2,685 shares ended at $59, Jamaica Broilers 13,226 units traded at $4, Kingston Properties closed at $3.85 with 10,000 shares, Kingston Wharves had only 230 shares changing hands to end at $6.50, National Commercial Bank 52,881 shares, closed at $17.80, Sagicor Group with 10,170 shares closed at $9.55, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 8,900 shares at $7 and Supreme Ventures closed at $1.80 with 18,077 shares changing hands.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 5,730 ordinary shares, lost a cent to end at $7 and Proven Investments traded 108,000 units at 0.50 cent less to 17 US cents.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 194,415 units at $3 and lost 2 cents and Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 144,893 units at $5.

JSE dips but more stocks rose than fell

Add your HTML code here...

Monday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 7 stocks rising and 6 declining as 22 securities changed hands, culminating in 1,554,769 units trading, valued at only $5,881,456, in all market segments.
JSEsum -13-10-14 Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 463.89 points to 72,211.86 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 518.69 points to close at 79,454.19.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 stocks with offers that were lower.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes with 15,000 shares trading, closed 9 cents higher at $4.79, Grace Kennedy had only 500 shares changing hands and closed 50 cents higher to $59, National Commercial Bank had 100,468 shares trading with a gain of 10 cents at $17.80, Sagicor Group with 43,824 shares changing hands, 3 cents higher at $9.55 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund had 4,155 shares traded with a gain of 40 cents to $7.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Ciboney with 334,000 shares at 7 cents, Jamaica Broilers with 25,897 units closed at $4, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 47,314 ordinary share closed at $7.01, Jamaica Producers had 26,228 units trading at $15.50, Pan Jamaican Investment with 2,500 shares ended at $49, Seprod put through 5,955 units to close at $10.90 and Sterling Investments, a the stock exchange latest listing had 10,075 units trading at $134.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Berger Paints had 21,140 trading at $1.60, down 6 cents, Cable & Wireless with 429,210 shares, lost a cent at 29 cents, Caribbean Cement with 80,648 shares fell 25 cents to $2.11 and Scotia Group traded 3,000 shares with the loss of 96 cents to end at $19.04.

Moderate gains for Jamaican stocks

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 4 stocks rising and 5 declining as 17 securities changed hands, culminating in 1,996,522 units trading, valued at $19,658,187, in all market segments.
JSE sum 7-10-14IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index garnered just 15.98 points after three straight days of losses to end at 71,310.04 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 17.87 points to close at 78,445.77.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 1,731 ordinary shares trading, 5 cents higher at $7 and Sagicor Group with 45,035 shares, the price gained 1 cent to $9.51.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close with the last traded prices remaining unchanged are, Caribbean Cement with 62,230 units at $2.36, Grace Kennedy with 3,000 shares at $58, National Commercial Bank 323,483 shares to close at $17.85, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 8,800 shares at $6.60 and Scotia Group 80,896 shares closing at $19.02 .
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Carreras with 3,457 shares, lost 2 cents to end at $34.50, Hardware & Lumber with only 217 units at 40 cent down to $6.10, Jamaica Broilers 309,664 shares closed with a loss of 49 cents to end at 52 weeks low of $3.51 and Proven Investments with 498,890 shares traded with a loss of 0.99 cent to end at 17 US cents.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share traded 10,000 units at 7 cents higher at $3.43 Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 20,000 at $3.02.

JSE down for the third day

Monday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 4 stocks rising and 9 declining as 20 securities changed hands, culminating in 2,797,280 units trading, valued at $8,903,664, In all market segments.
JSEsum 6-10-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 411.15 points to 71,294.06 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 459.74 points to close at 78,427.90. Monday is the third consecutive day of declines for the market.
Gains| Only 2 stocks recorded gains with Cable & Wireless trading 516,153 with a 1 cent gain, to 30 cents and Pan Jamaican Investment with 5,000 shares changing hands was 1 cent higher at $49.01.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Hardware & Lumber with 200 shares, closed at $6.50, Jamaica Broilers 10,211 units closed at $4, Jamaica Producers with 4,959 shares at $15.50, Radio Jamaica traded 3,000 shares at $1.04, Scotia Group with 10,241 shares at $19.02 and Sagicor Group trading 29,804 units at $9.50.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading, in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 72,884 shares, the price lost 4 cents to end at $2.36, Carreras traded just 33,415 units with an 8 cents loss to $34.52, Grace Kennedy with 4,929 shares, closed with a loss of $1 to $58, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 39,000 ordinary shares trading, closed with a loss of 5 cents at $6.95, National Commercial Bank with 184,870 shares closed 9 cents higher at $17.85, Proven Investments had 1,110 changing hands with a loss of 0.01 cents at 17.99 US cents and Scotia Investments with 6,179 units lost 5 cents to $21.75.
Preference| Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 500 units at $5.

Market closes out month down

Tuesday’s activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, culminated in the prices of 8 stocks rising and 7 declining, as 21 securities changed hands. A total of 5,217,834 units traded, valued at $54,942,294, in all market segments.
JSE sum 30-9-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower. The increase is probably due to month end window dressing by some portfolio managers would want to impact the value of the funds under management at the end of the month and quarter.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index lost 160.31 points to 72,238.36 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined by 179.24 points, to close at 79,483.81.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement, with 109,500 shares changing hands, ended 4 cents higher at $2.40, Grace Kennedy put through 19,208 units with a gain of 70 cents to $58.20, Jamaica Producers had 122,728 shares changing hands, gained 25 cents to $15.75, Mayberry Investments with 5,420 shares closed 4 cents higher at $1.50 and Sagicor Group traded 738,840 units, with an increase of 65 cents, to $9.90.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Berger Paints with 3,500 units, closing at $1.66, Cable & Wireless with 453,827 shares at 29 cents, Desnoes & Geddes 45,000 share at $4.77, Pan Jamaican Investment 417,537 shares trading to close at $49.10, Proven Investments 27,700 ordinary shares, to close with the price at 18 US cents and Seprod with 40,000 shares, closed at $10.90.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the close of the main market are, Carreras, down 8 cents to end at $34.55, in trading 93,336 units, Jamaica Broilers with 500,000 shares lost 50 cents to end at $4, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 42,087 ordinary shares trading, lost 5 cents at $6.95, National Commercial Bank had 452,630 units changing hands, with a 5 cents loss, at $17.94 and Scotia Group with 351,187 shares, closed 5 cents off at $19.25 .
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share traded 222,593 units, with a gain of 5 cents to $3.50 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 110,462 units at $2.

2 days with more declines than gains on JSE

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, ended Friday with the prices of 5 stocks rising and 7 declining, as 20 securities changed hands. A total of 2,173,764 units traded, valued at $31,949,596, in all market segments. For the week, there were three days when the main market indices declined, to two days of advances. There was a small net increase in the indices, with two days when there were slightly more stocks falling, over those rising.
JSE 26-9-14 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower, in line with the recent sideways movement of the market.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index fell 567.08 points to 72,504.68 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 634.10 points to close at 79,781.59, slightly higher than the 79,650.40 points, it closed the prior week at.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the close of the main market are, Gleaner with 35,000 shares trading, with a cent rise to $1.06, Grace Kennedy 1,523 shares closed 45 cents higher at $59.45, National Commercial Bank with just 7,000 units changing hands, was up 5 cents at $18 and Proven Investments 55,000 was higher by 0.01 cent at 18 US cents.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Caribbean Cement, putting through 4,001 units at $2.36, Carreras with 300,378 units at $34.65, Jamaica Producers with 1,118,531 shares ended at $15.20, Kingston Wharves closed with only 1,652 shares trading at $6.30, but there is little interest in the stock at these prices that is close to one the big trade of 466 million units took place at on Wednesday, the stock now has bids at $5.01 and lower and Sagicor Group with 2,400 shares closed at $9.65.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 19,600 shares, lost 2 cents to end at 28 cents, Jamaica Broilers traded just 6,500 units with a 10 cents loss, to end at $4.30, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7,092 ordinary shares traded with a 5 cents loss, to end at $6.95, Mayberry Investments 3,060 shares closed down 1 cent, to end at $1.46, Scotia Group with 119,680 shares, closed 50 cents lower at $19.50 and Supreme Ventures closed with a 15 cents fall, to end at $1.80, with 10,346 units.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 76,000 units at $3.02 and Proven Investments 8% preference share changing hands with 30,000 units at $5.07.

Scotia Group climbs to $20 pushes indices

Scotia hq 25 9-14After the big trade in Kingston Wharves shares on Wednesday worth over $3 billion, Thursday’s trading seem light in contrast. The main attraction in today’s trading, was the gain in Scotia Group share price, accompanied by more than 1.2 million shares, helping to push the index up, quite sharply. Market activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 6 stocks rising and 6 declining as 17 securities changed hands, resulting in 12,983,655 units trading, valued at $63,224,180, in all market segments.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator showed 6 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index jumped 1,007.75 points to 73,071.76 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 1,126.85 points to close at 80,415.69.
Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Berger Paints with 3,500 shares trading, rose of a cent to $1.66, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 10,212 ordinary shares, gained 5 cents to end at $7, Scotia Group rose 99 cents, as 1,230,365 shares changed hands at $20 and Scotia Investments increased 10 cents with 4,825 units to $21.80.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Carreras 13,736 units at $34.65, Jamaica Producers with 1,000,520 shares at $15.20 and Proven Investments with 8,639 shares, closing at 17.99 US cents.
JSE sum 25-9-14 Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Barita Investments with 6,777 shares, lost 1 cents to end at $2.18, Kingston Wharves traded just 5,000 units at $6.30, with the loss of 20 cents, National Commercial Bank had 17,500 shares changing hands, with a 25 cents cut in price to $17.95, Sagicor Group with 11,325 shares, closed 10 cents less at $9.65 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund had 306,147 units being active, the price fell 2 cents to $6.50.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.50% preference share traded 87,271 units at $3.45 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers down 7.50% preference share traded 8,660,000 units at $2.

Jamaica Producers buys more KWH shares

JamaicaProducersLogo280x150 Kingston Wharves $3 billion trade, dominated activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, in Wednesday’s trading. The Wharf company had 466 million units of its stock sold to Jamaica Producers and Seaboard Corporation, a United States company, involved in food, energy and the shipping industry, by National Commercial Bank.
The stock traded at $6.50 up from $5.01 on Tuesday, but it had a bid of $5.75 which allowed the trade to take place 29.75 percent above the closing price on Tuesday. Normally, there would be a 15 percent limitation on the daily trading price movement, from the prior day’s last traded price. but allowances are made for cases where the bids or offer of the previous day better reflect the market value of the stock.
Trading activity resulted in the prices of 10 stocks rising and 5 declining as only 20 securities changed hands, resulting in 470,310,461 units trading, valued at $3,066,292,531, in all market segments.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 631.80 points to 72,064.01 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 706.45 points to close at 79,288.84.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had only 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 stocks with offers that were lower, suggesting a likely negative movement in prices on Thursday.
JSEsm 24-9-14 Gains| Stocks gaining with last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market are, Berger Paints with 3,799 shares trading, with a 3 cents rise to $1.65, Carreras with 1,500 shares changing hands, 35 cents higher at $34.65, Desnoes & Geddes put through 13,083 units with a gain of 10 cents to end at $4.80, Grace Kennedy had 4,955 shares changing hands and gained $1, to $59, Kingston Wharves 466,435,712 shares traded with a gain of $1.49 to $6.50, Mayberry Investments closed with a 2 cents gain at $1.47 after 9,000 units went through the market, there were no stock on offer at the close of trading, National Commercial Bank never benefited from the big sale of Kingston Wharves shares and had 89,031 units active, with a 20 cents increase to $18.20 and Sagicor Group saw 3,157,519 units moving 50 cents higher, at $9.75.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in the last traded prices are, Proven Investments with 30,000 units, closed at 17.99 US cents and Radio Jamaica with 2,132 shares at $1.04.
Declines| The last traded prices of stocks with losses at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 93,220 shares, lost 19 cents to end at $2.36, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded just 14,436 units with 28 cents loss at $6.52 and Scotia Group with 93,248 shares, closed 8 cents lower at $19.01.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 10,500 units at $3 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 27,546 units at $2.