Fontana IPO set for heavy oversubscription

Fontana’s prospectus initial public offer, first mentioned by IC Insider.com is now out but with confusion as to the pricing. The price  seems to be $1.88 except for reserved shares at $1.69 each.  
Whether the price is 1.88 or $2 the stock is price very attractively priced for investors at a PE that is well below that of the Junior Market that is will be listed on and is expected to be heavily oversubscribed. The general public have been allocated 113,434,802 shares at a PE ratio of just 6.4 times 2018 earnings, well below the market average of more than 15, but things get even better as the interim results to September this year show a huge jump in profit from $11.5 million to $51 million before tax, with sale revenues up just 5.5 percent to $936 million while cost of sales declined from $650 million to $640 million, thus improving gross profit margin. While revenues grew just 5.5 percent in the quarter administrative cost climbed faster by nearly 10 percent to $223 million. At the same time inventories rose 19 percent to $680 million over the levels at September 2017 and is up 15 percent from June 2018 figure, a development that requires clarification. The PE ratio based on the interim figures suggest that the PE will fall to around 6 or less for the 2019 fiscal year, with good prospects for continued growth in the business.
The Company, in March 2013 acquired the former Azmart location in Barbican Square, Kingston and opened its Ocho Rios location in November 2013. There has been significant growth in sales from these locations. Kingston and Ocho Rios branches now represent 27 percent and 16 percent of the total sales, respectively, the Company stated. Revenues from the Ocho Rios branch increased from $113 million in 2014 to $536 million in 2018, while revenues at the Kingston branch grew from $508 million in the 2014 fiscal year to $871 million in 2017 with growth slowing to 5 percent in financial year 2018.
The new Waterloo Square location which will open in financial year 2019, is expected to add 28,000 square feet of retail space, an increase of over 40 percent and bolster sales. It is expected that the Waterloo Square store will provide greater buying power to negotiate more favourable terms and rebates with key pharmaceutical partners on the local market. The company is seeking further opportunities to expand its branch network in the growing communities such as Montego Bay and Portmore. The anticipated increase in sales will provide greater critical mass to support the sourcing of higher volumes of inventory directly from China with greater margins.
The Company invites Applications for 124,937,565 Subscription Shares, which are to be newly issued. The Company is also inviting Applications on behalf of the Selling Shareholder for 124,937,400 shares. A total of 136,440,163 are shares that are initially reserved for priority applications. The minimum amount to be raised by the Company from the sale of the Subscription Shares is $234,040,086.
The Company was established in 1968 at the Manchester Shopping Centre in Mandeville by Shinque “Bobby” Chang and Angela Chang. Today, the Company is run by Kevin O’Brien Chang (Chairman), Anne Chang (Chief Executive Officer) and Raymond Therrien (Chief Operating Officer) with the support of the Independent Directors. The Company operates pharmacies and retail stores in Jamaica with 5 locations across the island and 330 employees. Its core business is the sale of pharmaceutical products through licensed pharmacies, and a range of beauty and cosmetic items, housewares, home décor, toys, baby items, electronic, school and souvenir products.
The Company recorded revenues of $3.4 billion in financial year 2018, representing an increase of $272 million or 8.66% over the prior year and an increase of approximately 91% from $1.76 billion in 2014. Pretax profit for 2018 declined 6 percent from $322 million in 2017 to $303 million after rising from $237 million in 2016 that was up more than 100 percent over the 2015 profit of $115 million. The slow down in 2018 is attributed to the state of emergency in Montego Bay and road construction in the Barbican area.
The stock has been accorded IC Insider.com critical BUY RATED accolade.

Fontana another IPO another set of errors

Fontana operators of a series of Pharmacies in Jamaica has now released the Prospectus for their initial public offer but like Elite Diagnostic last year, there are errors in this document that needs correction and explanation.
This is an unfortunate development for yet another issue, that seems very attractively priced. The directors have all signed off on the document that has gone through the Financial Services Commission, the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Company Office of Jamaica, so why the errors and important ommission.
The introduction in the prospectus speaks to a price of $1.88 except for reserved shares at $1.69 but later on in the body of the document it speaks to a price of $2 for each share, making it unclear exactly what the price really should be? In the interim results to September, there are two issues, one is an error and the other, information that really needs clarification. The interim cash flow has no profit, nor depreciation and it therefore is not balanced and needs correcting.
The gross profit in the interim results jumped sharply,even as revenues grew just 5.5 percent with inventories are up 19 percent at the end of the quarter over 2017 and 15.5 percent over June this year. Why the big jump in inventories with sales are just rising moderately? Importantly, this raises questions about the accuracy of the inventory levels and the gross profit margin for 2018. Management should explain the sharp changes in this area so that investors can better understand why there is such a sharp jump in the quarterly profit.
This publication finds it difficult to once more raising issues relating to a prospectus. We are concerned that enough care is not going into them. The breach of GWest Corporation relating to the non-disclosure of information relating to an extraordinary meeting that was said to approve the issue of preference shares that was never brought to investors’ attention is fresh and has not been properly dealt by the regulators or the company. The regulators seem to have turned a blind eye to it. We need to raise the standards if the capital market integrity is the be enhanced.

Huge dive in JSE main market – Thursday

Barita climbs to a new high of $33 on Thursday.

After two days of modest gains the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, suffered one of its largest declines in its history, with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index plunging 10,996.27 points to 422,043.60 and the JSE Index nosediving 10,018.84 points to close at 384,529.46 on a day of modest volume.
At the end, 30 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 11 stocks rising, 11 declining and 8 remaining unchanged compared to 28 securities trading on Wednesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at another record close of $33.
The main market ended with a mere 1,266,059 units valued at $39,894,741 changing hands, compared with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 that were exchanged on Wednesday.
The main market ended with Seprod leading with 342,787 units, accounting for 27 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group with 168,541 units or 13 percent of the day’s volume.
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Trading resulted in an average of 46,891 units valued at an average of $1,477,583 for each security traded. In contrast to 171,368 units for an average of $3,371,299 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 104,614 units valued at $2,135,092 compared to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $1.99 to end at a record close of $$33, with 6,800 shares changing hands, Berger Paints gained 50 cents and ended at $18.50, with 5,130 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement dropped $6.35 and finished trading 8,895 shares at $43.65, Grace Kennedy rose 50 cents and ended trading 5,821 shares at $58.50. Jamaica Stock Exchange rose 61 cents to $9.01, trading 2,510 shares, JMMB Group dropped $1.99 ending at $33 with 168,541 shares changing hands, Kingston Wharves fell 70 cents to $75, with 6,800 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Equities fell 50 cents trading 85,414 shares in closing at $10, NCB Financial Group added $1.99 to end trading of 66,148 shares at $159, PanJam Investment added 90 cents to $66, with an exchange of 7,665 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $3.50 to finish trading of 77,462 shares at $44, Salada Foods ended trading with a rise of $1 to close at $30 trading 2,000 stock units, Scotia Group traded 4,641 shares and dropped $4.95 to close at $54.05 Supreme Ventures lost $1 and ended at $16, with 125,696 shares exchanged.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as JMMB 6% preference share rose 1 cent and ended trading at $1.06 with 800 stock units and Margaritaville ended at 24 US cents with 415 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share lost 1 cent trading 1,801,000 units to end at 10 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

Junior Market inched higher – Thursday

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Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Thursday with a miniscule increase in the Index of 2.46 points to 3,168.22 after 11 securities advanced, 5 declined, while 7 remained unchanged as 23 securities changed hands versus 23 on Wednesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 1,715,859 units valued at $9,303,423 compared to 5,429,367 units valued at $18,378,072 on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 74,603 units for an average of $404,497 in contrast to 236,059 units for an average of $799,047 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 204,876 units at a value of $657,021, versus 247,680 units $739,994, previously. November, ended with an average of 190,475 units valued at $653,358 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market activity, AMG Packaging ended 10 cents higher at $1.70, with 45,300 stock units changing hands, Cargo Handlers settled at $15, trading 8,130 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading of 4,784 units, at $5.40, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2.15, trading 2,000 shares, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.65, with an exchange of 111,364 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished trading with 15,140 stock units and rose 2 cents to $2.87, Eppley settled at $9, in exchanging 385 units, Express Catering ended trading with a loss of 20 cents at $7.60, with 14,000 shares, FosRich Group traded 5,200 shares with a loss of 40 cents at $3.60. General Accident finished trading 25 cents higher at $3.75, with 64,860 shares, GWest Corporation closed 10 cents higher at $1.55, with 10,000 stock units trading, Indies Pharma traded 411,391 shares and gained 3 cents to close at $3.15, Jamaican Teas settled at $3.70, while exchanging 42,931 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 4,700 stock units for 40 cents higher at $3.40. Key Insurance  traded 14,900 units, with a loss of 2 cents at $4.98, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 10 cents at $3.90, exchanging 3,000 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading with 166,552 stock units, 20 cents higher at $4, Lasco Manufacturing finished 15 cents higher at $3.45, with 117,500 units. Main Event settled at $6.50, trading 1,129 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading 51,500 shares and gained 30 cents to close at $6.50, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 2 cents at $2.95, in an exchange of 6,906 shares, SSL Venture Capital traded 15,798 shares and added just 1 cent to end at $1.80 and Stationery and Office finished trading 30 cents higher at $8.95, with 598,389 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Barita directors to consider rights issue

Barita Investments advised the Jamaica Stock Exchange that a meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on December 13, 2018, at which the consideration of rights issue of the ordinary shares of the company is being considered.
IC Insider.com, has been reliably informed that a large portion of the recent $5 billion bond issue that was raised by Conerstone Investments Holdings the new majority Barita Investment shareholder is earmarked for the rights issue.
The company will need to call an extraordinary meeting of shareholders to get shareholders approval for the rights, it is therefore unlikely that if approved by the directors it will take effect until late January 2019 at best.

Sharp drop in JSE Indices

The Jamaica Stock Exchange had one of its largest fall with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 10,996.27 points to 422,043.60 and the JSE Index nosediving 10,018.84 points to close at 384,529.46 at the close.
Earlier in trading the market had slipped appreciably but dived in the last few minutes of trading with NCB Financial trading at $150 before moving back to last trade at $159 and Sagicor Group down to $140 but last traded at $144. The Junior Market inched higher by 2.46 points.
Scotia Group reported poor final quarter profit and that could weight on the market on Friday.

5 stocks rise 5 fall on TTSE – Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

In market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Thursday ended with trading in 17 securities against 16 on Wednesday, with 5 advancing, 5 declining and 7 remaining unchanged on a day when both the volume a value of trading fell below Wednesday’s levels.
At close of the market the Composite Index gained 4.49 points on Thursday to 1,310.21. The All T&T Index inched 1.07 points higher to 1,696.96, while the Cross Listed Index rose 1.09 points to close at 124.87.
Trading ended with 224,227 shares at a value of $4,223,600 compared to 920,887 shares at a value of $4,495,578 on Wednesday.
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Stocks closing with gainsFirst Caribbean International Bank rose 25 cents and completed trading 47,493 units at $8.30, First Citizens added 4 cents and settled at $32.80, after exchanging 1,000 shares, JMMB Group increased 3 cents and concluded market activity at $1.80, after exchanging 12,000 shares, Republic Financial Holdings rose 26 cents and ended at $107.26, after exchanging 1,000 shares and Trinidad Cement closed with a gain of 3 cents at $2.65, after trading 6,236 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments shares fell 5 cents and ended at $20.15, with 10,821 stock units changing hands, National Flour closed with a loss of 2 cents and completed trading 32,351 units, at $1.63, NCB Financial Group shed 1 cent and settled at $8.92, after exchanging 7,000 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 10 cents and closed at $29.15, after exchanging 65,990 shares and West Indian Tobacco ended trading of 5,167 units 43 cents lower to $95.07.
Stocks closing firm| Angostura Holdings ended at $15.80, with 2,000 stock units changing hands, Gaurdian Media concluded trading at $15, after exchanging 50 shares, Grace Kennedy ended at $3, with 7,042 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings completed trading of 201 units at $18, Massy Holdings ended at $45, after exchanging 5,350 shares, One Caribbean Media concluded market activity at $10.50, after exchanging 13,514 shares and Scotiabank completed trading at $64.74, with 7,012 units.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

New Elite branch now in black

Elite Diagnostics accounted for 31.7M of Wednesday’s Junior Market trading.

Elite Diagnostic lost money at the Liguanea branch in the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year but the CEO Warren Chung told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday, that October and November were two very good months at the branch.
The audited financial report on the fiscal year to June 2018 show revenues of $297 million compared to $263 million in 2017 resulting in profit of $45 million after tax credit of $9 million and $44 million in 2017 after tax expense of $15 million.
Liguanea has moved from a loss into profit and will not be a drag on profit from the original operation from now, the CEO confirmed.  Data for the first quarter shows profit before tax dipped sharply from $14 million to $1.8 million the direct result of a loss at the Liguanea branch as well some cost involved in the early purchase of MRI machine to be used in the St. Ann Bay branch to be set up in mid-2019.
While revenues rose, a number of categories climbed sharply partially due to the expansion into a new location on Hope Road. Big increases were experienced in legal and professional fees that moved from just $38,000 to $3 million due primarily to the IPO in 2017, rental expense more than doubled to hit $15.8 million from $7.9 million and Utilities moved from $7.3 million to $17.5 million partially as a result of the new branch as well as some cost for storing the MRI machine to be installed in St Ann Bay location.

Elite CEO Warren Chung with a shareholder at the company’s 2018 AGM.

Revenues in the first quarter to September moved to $85.4 million from $69.8 for an increase of 24 percent, due to the second branch that generated $23.7 million in revenues and a loss of approximately $7 million. Chung in response to IC Insider.com’s question, indicated that revenues at the original location is slightly lower than in the prior year due to some business shifting to Liguanea. The fall in revenues is almost $8 million at Holburn Road and resulted in a fall of approximately $5 million in profit. All MRI scanning for prostate are now being done at Liguanea with the stronger and more precise imagery, Chung stated. In addition, he stated that the Holburn Road branch was previously running above capacity with the location running over time and the new location has alleviated the excess.
Cost to set up St Ann Bay is put at $20-22 million plus U$375,000 for the MRI machine. The company bought the MRI equipment early because it became available locally, but it comes at a cost as it is being stored and incurring cost as it has to be stored in certain conditions resulting in the consumption of electricity along with rent. The MRI Machine for St Ann is being stored with rental cost being incurred as well as electricity cost to maintain it at a cool temperature.
While the company has 3 other MRI competitors in Kingston, there will be no immediate competitor within 50 miles in St Ann. Operating cost at this location will less than at Liguanea with the former being staffed by 7 employees versus a planned staffing of 4 or 5 for St Ann.
For the Liguanea location to move into profit would require revenues around $36 million per quarter or 50 percent above that of the first quarter and that would likely move the profit in the second quarter well above the $1.8 million earned in the first quarter.
Elite last traded on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $2.85.

Modest trading in JSE main market – Wednesday

Barita ended on the JSE at a record close of $31.01.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, made modest gains at the close of trading on Wednesday resulting from the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advancing 51.12 points to 433,039.87 and the JSE Index gaining 46.57 points to close at 394,548.30.
At the end, 28 securities changed hands in the main and US dollar markets with prices of 14 stocks rising, 11 declining and 6 remaining unchanged compared to 31 securities trading on Tuesday.
Barita Investments ended trading at a record close of $31.01.
The main market ended with 4,455,571 units valued at $87,653,782 changing hands, compared with just 4,732,702 units valued at $78,353,687 that were exchanged on Tuesday.
The main market ended with Victoria Mutual Investments leading with 1,246,476 units, accounting for 28 percent of the day’s trades, followed by JMMB Group 7.25% preference share with 989,957 units or 22 percent of the day’s volume and Wisynco Group with 447,047 units with 10 percent of the day’s trades.
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Trading resulted in an average of 171,368 units valued at over $3,371,299, in contrast to 157,757 shares valued at $2,611,790 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 123,855 units with a value of $2,354,261 compared to 101,394 units valued at $1,873,480, previously. November closed, with an average of 405,528 valued at $7,755,942, for each security traded.
In main market activity, Barita Investments jumped $2.01 to end at a record close of $$31.01, with 17,647 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement jumped $6 and finished trading 9,130 shares at $50, Jamaica Broilers fell 25 cents trading 26,439 stock units at $29.75.  Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1.60 to $8.40, trading 337,162 shares, Kingston Wharves fell $1.60 to $75.70, with 28,919 stock units changing hands. Mayberry Investments declined by 38 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $9.60, Mayberry Equities jumped $1.29 cents trading 50,012 shares in closing at $10.50, NCB Financial Group shed $2.49 to end trading of 185,214 shares at $157.01, PanJam Investment dropped $2.90 to $65.10, with an exchange of 342,886 stock units, Sagicor Group fell $1.05 to finish trading of 46,813 shares at $47.50, Scotia Group traded 8,700 shares and rose $1 to close at $59 and Seprod rose $1 in trading of 158,334 shares, to close at $33.
Trading in the US dollar market amounted to 107,117 units valued at $22,155 as Proven Investments ended trading 103,717 at 21 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share traded 3,400 units at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index closed with a rise of 1.11 points to close at 167.36.

4 Junior Market stocks at 52 weeks’ lows – Wednesday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with a fall in the Index of 31.26 points to 3,165.76 after 6 securities advanced, 10 declined including 4 closing at 52 weeks lows, while 7 remained unchanged as 23 securities changing hands versus 26 on Tuesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 5,429,367 units valued at $18,378,072 compared to 2,263,347 units valued at $12,188,607 trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 236,059 units for an average of $799,047 in contrast to 87,052 units for an average of $468,793 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 247,680 units $739,994, versus 253,366 units valued at $711,095, previously. November, ended with an average of 190,475 units valued at $653,358 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market activity, Access Financial closed at $50.50, in exchanging 7,800 shares, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 22 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.60, with 456,962 stock units changing hands, Caribbean Producers finished trading 35,850 units, and rose 10 cents to $5.40, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.15, in exchanging 60,165 shares, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 5 cents at $2.65, with 149,161 shares trading. Eppley settled $9 higher at $9, with a swapping of 2,491 units, Everything Fresh traded 145,093 shares after declining 2 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.48, Express Catering ended trading with 14,090 shares and gained 30 cents to close at $7.80, FosRich Group traded 11,862 shares, with a loss of 7 cents in ending at $4, General Accident finished trading of 1,588,279 shares with a loss of 13 cents to close at $3.50. GWest Corporation closed at $1.45, with 3,000 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun climbed 42 cents higher at $3.52, with an exchange of 1,282,416 units, Indies Pharma traded 41,622 shares and gained 6 cents to close at $3.12, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, in trading 150,700 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading of 1,230 stock units with a loss of 90 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $3. KLE Group finished trading with a loss of 50 cents at $3, in the swapping of 25,608 shares, Knutsford Express closed 12 cents higher at $11.63, trading 4,000 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4, with 71,830 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 107,277 stock units with a loss of 20 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $3.80. Lasco Manufacturing finished trading of 1,214,100 units at $3.30, Main Event settled at $6.50, with 2,000 shares being exchanged, SSL Venture Capital traded 12,000 shares to end at $1.80 and Stationery and Office finished trading 41,831 stock units with a rise of $1.30 to $8.65.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.