TTSE volume traded down value up – Friday

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday ended with 17 securities changing hands against 12 on Thursday, leading to 75,042 units valued $1,676,375 being exchanged compared to 151,203 units valued just $700,274 on Thursday.
Trading closed with 5 securities rising, 5 declining and 7 remaining unchanged. The Composite Index rose 0.15 points to 1,226.46, the All T&T Index lost 0.51 points to 1,719.82 and the Cross Listed Index rose 0.11 points to close at 98.46.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| First Caribbean International Bank rose 9 cents and ended at $8.10, with 434 units changing hands, First Citizens added 1 cent and completed trading at $34.92, after exchanging 4,573 shares, Guardian Holdings gained 9 cents and ended at $16.60, with 18,191 units, One Caribbean Media rose 10 cents and settled at $12.10, after exchanging 2,372 shares and Republic Financial Holdings closed with a gain of 2 cents at 52 weeks’ high of $102.79, after exchanging 6,441 shares.
Losses| Grace Kennedy lost 10 cents and concluded trading at a 52 weeks’ low of $2.80, with 15,119 stock units changing hands, Point Lisas ended trading 10 cents lower at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.70, with 466 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank concluded trading with a loss of 5 cents at $65.05, with 1,000 units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL declined 10 cents and ended at $29.56, after exchanging 2,370 shares and Trinidad Cement fell 5 cents and closed at $2.90, after 6,300 shares traded.
Firm Trades| Ansa McAl ended at $58, in exchanging 413 units, Clico Investments concluded market activity at $20.43, with 11,406 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings settled at $46.95, after exchanging 311 shares, National Enterprises closed at $9.55, with 2,000 stock units changing hands, National Flour traded 1,844 units at $1.75, Sagicor Financial concluded trading at $7.80, with 1,602 stock units changing hands and West Indian Tobacco ended at $87 trading 200 units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trading subdued on TTSE – Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Trading activity fell on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday with trading in only 12 securities against 10 on Wednesday, leading to 151,203 units valued just $700,274 compared to 98,449 shares valued at $2,541,743 changing hands on Wednesday.
Trading closed with 2 securities advancing, 3 declining and 7 remaining unchanged and the Composite Index rose 2.42 points to 1,226.31, the All T&T Index lost 0.22 points to 1,720.33 and the Cross Listed Index put on 0.70 points to close at 98.35.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| NCB Financial Group gained 10 cents and settled at $5.50, after exchanging 1,000 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained 11 cents and ended at $29.66, with 3,490 stock units changing hands.
Losses| First Citizens traded with a loss of 9 cents and settled at $34.91, after exchanging 1,541 shares, Massy Holdings shares fell 5 cents and ended at $46.95, after exchanging 2,221 shares and National Flour closed with a loss of 5 cents and completed trading at $1.75, with 58,803 units.
Firm Trades| Clico Investments ended at $20.43, with 2,100 stock units changing hands, Grace Kennedy ended trading 55,385 stock units at $2.90, JMMB Group closed at $1.85, after exchanging 19,785 shares, One Caribbean Media concluded trading at $12, after exchanging 756 shares, Readymix settled at $11, in trading 4,792 shares, Sagicor Financial ended at $7.80, with 630 stock units changing hands and Unilever Caribbean closed trading at $29.23, after exchanging 700 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Just 10 TTSE securities trade – Wednesday

Witco share fell $1.49 to $87 on Wednesday.

Trading activity fell on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday with trading in only 10 securities against 18 on Tuesday, leading to just 98,449 shares valued at $2,541,743 compared to 308,275 units valued $3,718,664 changing hands on Tuesday.
Trading closed with 5 securities advancing, 4 declining and 1 remaining unchanged and the Composite Index slipped 0.08 points to 1,223.89, the All T&T Index lost 0.48 points to 1,720.55 and the Cross Listed Index put on 0.04 points to close at 97.65.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 1 stock ending with a higher bid than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Gains| At the close, Agostini’s concluded trading and rose 1 cent to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $21.11, after exchanging 61,500 shares, trading closed with 853,607 shares on the bid at $21.10 and had of stock of offer. First Caribbean International Bank added 1 cent and completed trading at $8.01, trading 167 units, Massy Holdings increased 5 cents to $47, after exchanging 125 shares, Prestige Holdings rose 1 cent and completed trading at $10.01, with 1,000 units and Scotiabank closed with a gain of 5 cents and completed trading 4,251 units at $65.10.
Losses| Clico Investments traded with a loss of 7 cents and ended at $20.43, with 24,865 stock units changing hands, First Citizens closed with a loss of 1 cent and settled at $35, after exchanging 1,000 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL closed with a loss of 20 cents and ended at $29.55, with 950 stock units changing hands and West Indian Tobacco shed $1.49 and concluded trading at $87, after exchanging 273 shares.
Firm Trades| Republic Financial Holdings traded at an intraday 52 weeks’ high of $102.79 but concluded trading at $102.77, after exchanging 3,266 shares .
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

18 stocks trade on TTSE – Tuesday

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Trading picked up on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with trading in 18 securities against 16 on Monday, leading to 308,275 shares valued $3,718,664, changing hands compared to 355,041 shares on Monday valued at $3,374,053.
Trading closed with 3 securities advancing, 4 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The Composite Index slipped 0.16 points to 1,223.97, the All T&T Index lost 0.39 points to 1,721.03 and the Cross Listed Index put on 0.01 points to close at 97.61.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 2 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Gains| Clico Investments rose 20 cents and completed trading at $20.50, with 37,010 stock units changing hands, First Citizens added 1 cent and ended at $35.01, after exchanging 581 shares and Sagicor Financial gained 1 cent and completed trading at $7.80, with 5,000 stock units changing hands.
Losses| At the close, the price of Massy Holdings shares fell 5 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $46.95, after exchanging 2,341 shares, Point Lisas fell 1 cent and completed trading at $3.80, with 1,104 stock units changing hands, Republic Financial Holdings shed 3 cents and ended at $102.77, after exchanging 3,494 shares and Scotiabank lost 5 cents and settled at $65.05 as 3,996 units traded.
Firm Trades| Agostini’s ended at $21.10, after exchanging 10,000 shares, Ansa Merchant Bank concluded market activity at $40, after 349 shares traded, Guardian Holdings settled at $16.51, with 3,190 units, JMMB Group ended at $1.85, exchanging 3,500 shares, National Enterprises completed trading at $9.55, with 10,980 stock units changing hands, National Flour settled at $1.80, with just 100 units trading, NCB Financial Group concluded trading at $5.40, after exchanging 200,000 shares, One Caribbean Media ended at $12, after 4,300 shares changed hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL completed trading at $29.75, with 19,618 stock units changing hands, Trinidad Cement settled at $2.95, with 512 units and Unilever Caribbean traded 2,200 shares at $29.23.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Unilever & Witco jumps sharply on TTSE – Monday

Unilever’s rose sharply on Monday

Unilever Caribbean jumped $2.48 to $29.23, trading 947 shares and West Indian Tobacco climbed $1.66 to $88.49, exchanging 6,826 shares on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday, and pushed the market higher.
At the close, 16 securities traded against 14 on Friday as 5 advanced, 2 declined and 9 remained unchanged. The Composite Index advanced 2.31 points to 1,224.13, the All T&T Index gained 2.05 points to 1,721.42 and the Cross Listed Index put on 0.35 points to close at 97.60.
Trading ended with 355,041 shares at a value of $3,374,053, compared to 255,565 shares on Friday valued at $8,523,843.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| First Citizens finished trading at $35 after rising 9 cents, in exchanging 1,762 shares, NCB Financial Group closed with an increase of 5 cents and settled at $5.40, trading 275,542 shares and Republic Financial Holdings gained 3 cents and concluded trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $102.80, after 912 shares changed hands.
Losses| Clico Investments shares fell 20 cents and ended at $20.30, with 1,980 stock units changing hands and Prestige Holdings lost 1 cent and completed trading at $10, with 169 units.
Firm Trades| Guardian Holdings completed trading at $16.51, with 400 units, JMMB Group exchanged 60 shares at $1.85, Massy Holdings concluded trading at $47, after exchanging 418 shares, National Enterprises ended at $9.55, with 2,500 stock units changing hands, One Caribbean Media closed at $12, after exchanging 44,000 shares, Point Lisas ended at $3.81, with 1,873 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank completed trading of 2,129 units at $65.10, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $29.75, with 11,035 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement completed trading of 4,488 units at $2.95.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

TTSE inched higher Friday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed Friday with trading of 14 securities against 11 on Thursday, with 3 advancing, 2 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Composite Index rose 1.70 points to 1,221.82, the All T&T Index gained 0.11 points to end at 1,719.37, while the Cross Listed Index put on 0.46 points to close at 97.25.
Trading ended with 255,565 shares valued at $8,523843, compared to 214,584 shares valued at $3,002,335 changing hands on the previous trading day.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| Guardian Holdings concluded trading, rising 1 cent to end at $16.51, with 1,088 units, JMMB Group added 10 cents and ended at $1.85, after exchanging just 12 shares and National Flour increased 5 cents and completed trading at $1.80, with an exchange of 2,162 units.
Losses| Clico Investments shed 3 cents and ended at $20.50, with 30,750 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Financial lost 1 cent and ended at $7.79, with 103,458 stock units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Angostura Holdings closed at $15.75, with 1,500 stock units changing hands, Ansa Mcal completed trading at $58, with 457 units, Grace Kennedy traded at $2.90, with 1,152 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings concluded market activity at $47, after exchanging 3,000 shares, One Caribbean Media closed at $12, after exchanging 1,000 shares, Republic Financial Holdings ended at $102.77, after exchanging 534 shares, Scotiabank completed trading at $65.10, with 100,682 units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $29.75, with 8,240 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement closed trading at $2.95, with an exchange of 1,530 units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place. Daily

Just 2 price changes on TTSE – Thursday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed Thursday with trading of 11 securities against 17 on Wednesday, with just 1 advancing, 1 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Composite Index lost 0.17 points to 1,220.12, the All T&T Index declined 0.34 points up to 1,719.26, while the Cross Listed Index closed unchanged at 96.79.
Trading ended with 214,584 shares valued at $3,002,335 changing hands, compared to 796,321 shares valued at $16,954,112 changing hands on the previous trading day.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 2 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Gains| Republic Financial Holdings closed with a rise of 1 cent and concluded trading at $102.77, after exchanging 500 shares.
Losses| Guardian Holdings shares fell 10 cents and completed trading at $16.50, with 16,650 units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Clico Investments ended at $20.53, with 1,237 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings concluded market activity at $47, after exchanging 24,475 shares, National Enterprises ended at $9.55, with 20,000 stock units changing hands, National Flour completed trading at $1.75, with 6,361 units, NCB Financial Group settled at $5.35, after exchanging 110,000 shares, Sagicor Financial ended at $7.80, with 12,882 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank completed trading at $65.10, with 18 units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL ended at $29.75, trading 2,461 stock units and Unilever Caribbean settled at $26.75, after exchanging 20,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Flat profit for Ansa McAl

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.

Q3 profit jumps 73% at Lasco Manufacturing

Lasco Manufacturing products.

Lasco Manufacturing profit, jumped 73 percent in the December quarter, to $195 million from $113 million in 2016. For the nine months to December, profit fell 24 percent to $533 million from $700 million in 2016.
Sale revenues rose 22 percent for the quarter, to $1.78 billion from $1.46 billion but fell 3 percent for the year to date, to $5.28 billion from $5.42 billion in 2016.
Improvement in profit margin in the first half of the year, declined in the December quarter to 32 percent from 34 percent in the 2016, for both the quarter and year to date period, as input cost climbed 27 percent, compared to just 1 percent for the year to date period. The effect, operating profit rose just 12 percent in the quarter to $561 million from $503 million but fell 9 percent for the year to date, to $1.66 billion from $1.83 billion in 2016.
Other operating expenses fell 10 percent to $301 million in the quarter but rose 5 percent in the nine months period to $698 million. Finance cost declined in the quarter, to $34 million from $42 million in 2016 and from $126 million to $99 million for the nine months period.
Earnings per share came out at 5 cents for the quarter and 13 cents for the nine months and should end the fiscal year ending to March around 20 cents.

Bottle heating machine at Lasco Manufacturing.

Revenues and profits were impacted earlier in the year, by a number of factors including phasing down production in April and May, and additional marketing and brand building investments to support the brands and distribution discounts to support sales. The phasing down of production allowed for critical plant upgrades necessary for sustained improvements in output, cost efficiencies and quality. The expected improvements have materialized’ the Managing Director, James Rawle, stated in his report accompanying the quarterly.
Gross cash flow brought in $694 million but growth in receivables, inventories, addition to fixed assets offset by loan inflows and increased payables and paying $143 million dividends net overdrawn position ended at $518 million. At the end of December, shareholders’ equity stands at $4.84 billion with borrowings at just $1.75 million. Net current assets ended the period $1.52 billion well over Payables of $1.05 billion.
The company rolled out new juice drink in the December quarter and plan to launch carbonated beverages and an energy drink in the March quarter.
The stock traded at $4.40 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 22 times 2018 earnings. The company will go into a new year, come April, that should result in a lowering of the PE with IC Insider.com forecasting 30 cents per share for PE of 15 times earnings.

Access Financial Q3 profit up 12%

Access Financial reports profit of $158 million in the December quarter, up 12 percent from $142 million in 2016, from trading revenues that grew 18 percent to $423 million from $358 million net of interest cost.
Net profit rose to $505 million, for the nine months over 2016, an increase of just $10.6 million, a mere 3 percent over the similar period in 2016, with provision for loan losses doubling.
Total trading income for the nine months to December, grew 23 percent to $1.22 billion, an increase of $225 million over 2016 and for the December quarter the increase was $65 million to $423 million from $358 million for an increase of 18 percent.
Loans income, rose $97 million or 10 percent to $1.04 billion for the nine months and by 21 percent to $379 million for the December quarter. Net fees and commission income jumped by 91 percent for the nine months to $270 million but by just 5 percent to $73 million in the December quarter.
Amounts set aside for loan losses increased just 12 percent in the quarter to $63 million and a sharp increase of 99 percent for the nine months, to $186 million, with the latter being well ahead of the increase in income for the period. Staff cost rose 24 percent for the December quarter to $99 million and by 42 percent to $277 million for the year to date period.

Access has a long history of consistent growth in income & profits

Total operating expenses for the nine months, increased by 33 percent to $698 million over 2016 and by just 10 percent to $238 million for the last quarter.
Total assets climbed to $3.43 billion at the end of December, from $2.96 billion in the prior year with the loan portfolio rising to $2.87 billion from $2.65 billion at the end of 2016 and $2.62 billion as of March 2017. Shareholders’ equity rose to just over $2 billion.
Earnings per share for the December quarter came in at 58 cents and for the year to date period to $1.84 and should end the full year around $2.60 for the full year for a PE of 17 times. IC Insider.com is forecasting earnings of $4.50 for the 2019 fiscal year for a PE of 10 times projected earnings. The stock last traded on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $45.15.