Junior Market drops again on Wednesday

The Junior Market Index dropped 40.27 points to close at 3,346.27 in trading on Wednesday with 28 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 2,186,515 units valued at $8,022,205, compared to 2,166,309 units valued at $10,544,793 on Tuesday from 29 securities that traded.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 11 declined and 10 remained unchanged.
Trading ended with an average of 78,090 units for an average of $286,507 in contrast to 74,700 units for an average of $363,614 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 76,725 units valued at $351,970 and 76,601 for an average of $357,960 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 4 closed with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed with a loss of 60 cents at $45.50, trading 200 shares, AMG Packaging fell 5 cents to end at $1.90, with 181,500 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading at $6.50, with 2,500 units, CAC2000 finished at $20, with 1,700 shares traded, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 5 cents at $13.45, with 1,320 shares changing hands Caribbean Cream ended trading at $6.75, with 20,000 shares, Caribbean Producers finished trading 19 cents higher at $6.89, with 126 units, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 20 cents at $2.80, exchanging 100,659 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.40, with 18,495 stock units changing hands. Eppley settled at $9, trading 489 units, Everything Fresh traded 153,000 shares to close at $1.90, Express Catering ended trading 9 cents higher at $8.50, exchanging 57,736 shares, FosRich Group traded 7,954 shares with a loss of 27 cents at $3.33, General Accident finished trading of 26,850 shares at $3.70. GWest Corporation closed 10 cents higher at $1.90, with 43,253 stock units being exchanged, Indies Pharma ended with 283,523 shares changing hands at $3. Iron Rock concluded trading of 2,000 shares and rose 10 cents to $4.50, Jamaican Teas dropped 58 cents to $3.80, with 84,000 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation ended trading of 276,043 stock units with a loss of 40 cents at $3.50. Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 50 cents at $11.50, with 14,400 shares trading, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, with 242,367 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading 282,547 stock units with a loss of 12 cents at $5.35, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 3 cents at $3.72, in exchanging 35,767 units. Main Event settled 10 cents higher at $6.05, with 68,659 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables ended trading 99 cents higher at $7.49, with 300 shares, SSL Venture Capital traded 268,584 shares at $2, Stationery and Office finished trading 12,043 stock units after rising 38 cents higher to end at a record closing high at $9.98 and tTech ended at $5, with 500 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market drops on Tuesday

Trading on the Junior Market closed with an exchange of 29 securities, compared to 26 on Friday , ending with 5 securities rising 14 declining, while 10 remained unchanged, leading to the market index declining 26.32 points to close at 3,386.54.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,166,309 units valued at $10,544,793, compared to 1,506,696 units valued at $5,686,695 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 74,700 units for an average of $363,614 in contrast to 57,950 units for an average of $218,719 on Friday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,601 for an average of $357,960 compared to averages of 76,799 for an average of $357,368 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 13,884 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 43,000 units, ending 50 cents higher at $6.50, CAC2000 finished trading 562 shares with a rise of 75 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $20, Cargo Handlers lost 15 cents to settle at $13.50, with 2,000 shares changing hands. Caribbean Cream fell 93 cents and ended trading 36,206 shares at $6.75, Caribbean Producers lost 30 cents in closing trading at $6.70, with 6,951 units, Derrimon Trading ended $3 trading 134,178 shares, Elite Diagnostic traded 47,045 stock units at $3.50, Eppley closed with a loss of $1 at $9, with 1,750 units changing hands, Everything Fresh traded 157,312 shares and fell 10 cents to close at $1.90, Express Catering fell just 1 cent and ended trading with 30,921 shares at $8.41, FosRich Group lost 40 cents in trading 15,689 shares to close at $3.60, General Accident declined by 30 cents and finished trading 120,380 shares at $3.70, GWest Corporation closed with 23,782 stock units changing hands at $1.80, Honey Bun rose 5 cents and ended at $4, in exchanging 30,915 units, Indies Pharma shed 35 cents and ended with 558,055 shares changing hands, to close at $3. Iron Rock concluded trading of 1,500 shares after declining 10 cents at $4.40, ISP Finance finished trading of 61,459 shares at $20, Jamaican Teas shed 1 cent to close at $4.38, with 10,600 shares changing hands. Jetcon Corporation lost 2 cents and ended trading 165,963 stock units at $3.90, Knutsford Express closed at $12 while exchanging 5,795 shares, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, in trading 52,046 shares, Lasco Financial rose 2 cents in concluding trading of 100,287 stock units to close at $5.47, Lasco Manufacturing finished at $3.75, with 2,880 units changing hands, Main Event settled with a loss of 29 cents at $5.95, with 20,000 shares trading,Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with 482,684 shares, Paramount Tradingclosed with the trading of 10,000 shares at $2.75, Stationery and Office rose 10 cents and finished trading of 15,215 stock units at a record closing high of $9.60 and tTech shed 45 cents in trading 15,250 shares at $5.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market make gains on Friday

Trading on the Junior Market closed with 26 securities changing hands, compared to 28 on Thursday 14 securities, ending with 10 rising 8 declining stocks, while 8 remained unchanged, leading to the market index rising 29.78 points to close at 3,412.86.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 1,506,696 units valued at $5,686,695, compared to 2,338,738 units valued at $20,372,922 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers.
Trading closed with an average of 57,950 units for an average of $218,719 in contrast to 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,799 for an average of $357,368 compared to averages of 78,752 for an average of $371,731 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with 26,115 stock units changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading of 27,738 units with a loss of 4 cents at $6, Cargo Handlers settled with a loss of 10 cents at $13.65, with 1,307 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 8,690 shares with a loss of 22 cents at $7.68, Caribbean Flavours traded 27,566 stock units and rose 20 cents to $18.50. Caribbean Producers finished trading 7,363 units and rose 49 cents to $7, Derrimon Trading ended 10 cents higher at $3, with 117,113 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished 10 cents higher at $3.50, exchanging 203,518 stock units, Everything Fresh traded 141,590 shares and fell 7 cents to close at $2, Express Catering ended trading at $8.42, with 11,102 shares. FosRich Group traded with a loss of 10 cents at $4, exchanging 13,357 shares, General Accident finished trading 400 shares 2 cents higher at $4, GWest Corporation closed 5 cents higher at $1.80, with 54,970 stock units being exchanged, Honey Bun ended at $3.95, with 50,538 units trading. Indies Pharma shed 4 cents and ended with 88,392 shares changing hands, to close at $3.35. Iron Rock concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $4.50, with 70,907 shares, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 11 cents at $4.39, exchanging 10,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended the trading of 75,000 stock units, and gained 2 cents to $3.92, Lasco Distributors ended at $4.10, with 104,532 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading of 12,300 stock units at $5.45, Lasco Manufacturing finished 5 cents higher at $3.75, with 49,640 units changing hands, Main Event settled 24 cents higher at $6.24, trading 2,760 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with 54,775 shares. Paramount Trading rose 5 cents higher to $2.75, trading 10,000 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading at $9.50, with 42,523 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Rising Junior Market stocks dominant – Thursday

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Trading on the Junior Market saw a major improvement in advance decline ratio with compared to 8 stocks advancing and 10 declining on Wednesday.
The market closed 14 securities rising just 5 declining stocks, while 9 stocks remained unchanged as 28 securities changed hands, compared to 27 securities on Wednesday, leading to the market index declining 1.27 points to close at 3,383.08.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers. reflecting a bias to losing stocks in trading on Friday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,338,738 units valued at $20,372,922, compared to 2,216,539 units valued at $9,402,220 on Wednesday.
Trading closed with an average 83,526 units for an average of $727,604 in contrast to 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 on Wednesday. Trading for the month to date averages 78,752 for an average of $371,731 compared to averages of 78,153 for an average of $327,047 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed 10 cents higher at $46.10, with 267,525 shares traded, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, with an exchange of 34,000 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 5,115 units and rose 4 cents higher to $6.04, CAC2000 finished at $19.25, with 11,500 shares trading, Cargo Handlers settled at $13.75, with an exchange of 721 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading 27,802 shares, 30 cents higher at $7.90, Caribbean Producers finished trading 12,199 units and rose 1 cent higher to $6.51, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.90, with 366,880 shares changing hands, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 15 cents at $3.40, in exchanging 27,890 stock units. Everything Fresh traded 14,500 shares and gained 7 cents to close at $2.07, Express Catering ended trading of 116,508 shares with a loss of 3 cents at $8.42, FosRich Group traded 30 cents higher at $4.10, with 19,998 shares changing hands, General Accident closed 18 cents higher at $3.98, in the trading of 78,000 shares, Honey Bun ended 10 cents higher at $3.95, after 16,970 units traded. Indies Pharma added 14 cents and ended with 642,308 shares changing hands, at $3.39. Iron Rock concluded trading 90,000 shares, with a rise of 1 cent to close at $4.51, Jamaican Teas settled at $4.50, with just 150 shares trading, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 6 cents at $3.90, with 70,869 stock units, KLE Group finished trading of 10,000 shares and rose 5 cents to close at $3.80. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 14,878 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors ended 10 cents higher at $4.10, exchanging 37,500 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 58,107 stock units, and rose by 2 cents to $5.45, Lasco Manufacturing closed at $3.70, with 5,808 units changing hands. Medical Disposables ended trading at $6.50, with an exchange of 27,262 shares, Paramount Trading closed with a loss of 5 cents at $2.70, with 3,600 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 11,865 stock units at $9.50 and tTech ended 5 cents higher at $5.45, with 64,106 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Falling Junior Market shares dominate again

Trading on the Junior Market saw an improved advance, decline ratio with 8 stocks advancing and 10 declining compared to Tuesday when declining stocks overwhelmed advancing ones by 25 percent, while 9 stocks remained unchanged.
The market closed with 27 securities changing hands, compared to 31 securities on Tuesday leading to the market index declining 18.84 points to close at 3,384.35.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 1 closed with a lower offer, reflecting a more balanced out turn for gains and losses in trading on Thursday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,216,539 units valued at $9,402,220, compared to 3,020,667 units valued at $12,499,505 on Tuesday.
Trading closed with an average of 82,094 units for an average of $348,230 in contrast to 97,441 units for an average of $403,210 on Tuesday. Trading for the month to date averages 78,153 for an average of $327,047 compared to averages of 77,610 for an average of $324,129 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $46, trading 400 shares, AMG Packaging traded 75,910 stock units and ended at $1.95, Blue Power concluded trading of 500 units with a loss of 4 cents to close at $6, CAC2000 finished at an all-time high after moving 25 cents higher to $19.25, with 10,000 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers settled at $13.75, in exchanging 3,180 shares. Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 10 cents at $7.60, with 59,379 shares being traded, Caribbean Producers finished trading of 12,801 units and rose 50 cents to $6.50, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, in exchange 401,846 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 2,613 shares at $16. Elite Diagnostic finished 25 cents higher at $3.55, with 54,177 stock units changing hands, Everything Fresh ended trading of 94,000 shares at $2, Express Catering ended trading 5 cents higher at $8.45, with 196,402 shares, FosRich Group traded 80,690 shares after a loss of 20 cents to end at $3.80, GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 15 cents at an all-time low of $1.75, with an exchange of 13,259 stock units. Honey Bun ended with a loss of 10 cents at $3.85, with 82,309 units changing hands, Indies Pharma shed 5 cents and ended with 445,397 shares changing hands, to close at $3.25. Iron Rock concluded trading of 8,035 shares at $4.50, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 10 cents at $4.50, trading 65,300 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading with a loss of 2 cents at $3.96, with 62,500 stock units. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with an exchange of 4,025 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 8 cents at $4, with 124,373 shares trading, Lasco Financial concluded trading 1 cent higher at $5.43, with 90,600 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.70, exchanging 86,172 units. Main Event settled 5 cents higher at $6, trading 40,499 shares, Stationery and Office finished trading 67,530 stock units and rose 20 cents to close at $9.50 and tTech ended 25 cents higher at $5.40, with 319 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

46% Junior Market ordinary prices fall

17 Junior Market stocks fell, representing 46 percent of all listed ordinary shares, with 6 rising in trading on Tuesday as 31 securities changed hands, compared to 28 securities on Tuesday.
The market index declined 21.90 points to close at 3,403.19 after hitting a record intraday high of 3,440.48 in early trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 2 closed with lower offers, reflecting a more balanced out turn for gains and losses in trading on Wednesday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 3,020,667 units valued at $12,499,505, compared to 1,710,272 units valued at $8,314,488 on Monday.
Trading closed with an average of 97,441 units for an average of $403,210 in contrast to 61,081 units for an average of $296,946 on Monday. Trading for the month to date averages 77,610 for an average of $324,129 compared to averages of 73,884 for an average of $309,271 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 75,600 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading 19 cents higher at $6.04, with 1,435 units, CAC2000 closed 20 cents higher at $19, trading 11,673 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading with 20,481 shares, after declining 19 cents to $7.70, Caribbean Flavours traded 8,958 stock units with a loss of 70 cents at $18.30. Caribbean Producers finished trading of 311,647 units with a loss of 20 cents at $6, Consolidated Bakeries closed with a loss of 10 cents at $2.30, with 700 shares changing hands, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, with an exchange of 105,951 shares, Dolphin Cove concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $16, with 7,287 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 15 cents at $3.30, after trading 15,110 stock units, Everything Fresh ended trading of 28,000 shares at $2, Express Catering ended trading 148,971 shares at $8.40, FosRich Group traded 233,061 shares with a loss of 1 cent at $4, after trading at a an all-time high of $4.49. General Accident finished trading 7,900 shares with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80. GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 3 cents at $1.90, exchanging 60,083 stock units, after it traded at an all-time low of $1.86, Honey Bun ended at $3.95, with 15,000 units changing hands, Indies Pharma shed 5 cents and ended with 344,287 shares changing hands, to close at $3.30. Iron Rock concluded trading of 50,000 shares with a loss of 50 cents at $4.50, Jamaican Teas settled 9 cents higher at $4.60, exchanging 8,480 shares. Jetcon Corporation ended trading 3 cents higher at $3.98, with 163,169 stock units, KLE Group finished trading of 350 shares at $3.75, Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 7,700 shares traded, Lasco Distributors ended 9 cents higher at $4.08, with 228,680 shares changing hands. Lasco Financial concluded trading of 268,679 stock units with a loss of 3 cents at $5.42, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 19 cents at $3.80, in exchanging 43,705 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 69 cents at $5.95, with an exchange of 5,000 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading 43 cents higher at $6.50, with 81,247 shares changing hands. Paramount Trading ended with a loss of 15 cents at $2.75, with 8,936 shares being exchanged, Stationery and Office finished trading 15,456 stock units with a loss of 15 cents at $9.30 and tTech ended with a loss of 45 cents at $5.15, with just 200 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market moved higher – Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended trading on Monday with 28 securities changing hands, as 10 securities advanced, 7 declined and 8 remained unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced 9.89 points to 3,425.09.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 5 closed with lower offers, a negative pointer for trading on Tuesday.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 1,710,272 units valued at $8,314,488 compared to 2,257,896 units valued at $8,866,130 on Friday, from the trading of 28 securities.
Trading closed with an average of 61,081 units for an average of $296,946 in contrast to 80,639 units for an average of $316,647 on Friday. Trading for the month to date averages 73,884 for an average of $309,271 compared to averages of 76,500 for an average of $311,790 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, after trading 162,000 stock units, CAC 2000 finished at $18.80, with 4,628 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading $1.73 higher to close at $7.89, with 92,416 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded 2,000 stock units at $19, Caribbean Producers finished trading 125,661 units with a loss of 8 cents at $6.20. Consolidated Bakeries closed 40 cents higher at $2.40, with 270 shares traded, Derrimon Trading ended at $3, with 66,000 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 66,405 shares $1 higher at $17, Elite Diagnostic finished 25 cents higher at $3.45, exchanging 620 stock units. Everything Fresh ended trading of 114,400 shares and fell 10 cents to $2, Express Catering ended trading 166,739 shares and rose 1 cent higher to $8.40, FosRich Group traded 17,253 shares and rose 1 cent to close at a 52 weeks’ high $4.01, General Accident finished trading 29,810 shares and rose 20 cents higher to $4, GWest Corporation closed 3 cents higher at $1.93, trading 7,012 stock units. Honey Bun ended 4 cents higher at $3.95, while exchanging 46,014 units, Indies Pharma gained 5 cents and ended with 336,300 shares changing hands to close at $3.35. Iron Rock concluded trading 11,100 shares at $5, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 9 cents at $4.51, with 8,468 shares being exchanged, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 50,514 stock units with a loss of 1 cent to end at $3.95. KLE Group finished trading 300 shares at $3.75, Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 1,100 shares trading, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 2 cents at $3.99, in exchanging 260,460 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading with a loss of 2 cents at $5.45, with 61,065 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing closed 13 cents higher at $3.99, exchanging 4,868 units, Main Event settled with a loss of 1 cent at $6.64, after trading 500 shares, Paramount Trading traded with a loss of 1 cent at $2.90, with 1,000 shares and Stationery and Office finished trading at $9.45, with 7,401 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Gwest’s share issue response inadequate

The response by GWest the issue of preference shares is inadequate and they still have a number of questions to answer about the issue and the lack of disclosure in the prospectus and the audited financial statements.
The openness of directors with their investors is critical in cementing trust between them. A prospectus is a contractual invitation to the public to purchase shares in the offering company. It requires that full disclosure of all material information is made, so that prospective investors can make rational decisions pertaining to the shares being offered for sale. Any rational person reading GWest prospectus would come to the conclusion that the only matter agreed on at the extra-ordinary meeting of November 27 was that which was disclosed in section Page 45 of the prospectus which list details of the “Recent Capital Restructuring of the company to be as follows”:
“At an extraordinary general meeting the shareholders of the Company approved the following actions in respect of the capital structure of the Company: The re-registration of the Company as a public company in accordance with the Companies Act, adopting new Articles of Incorporation for that purpose:”
a)”The increase of the authorized share capital. (b)The subdivision of each Share”
“The disapplication of any pre-emption rights, howsoever arising, for the purposes of the issue of new Shares for subscription. The conversion of all fully paid Shares to stock on issue.”
There is no mention of the issue of any other type of share. Any decision to issue other shares should have been disclosed in this section if a meeting took place before the date of the prospectus.

Dr. Konrad Kirlew, chairman of GWest.

The fact that it was not, is the clearest sign that there was inadequate disclosure of important and material information and that the issue of preference shares after, should not stand before approved by a meeting of the new owners.
The vast majority of Junior Market companies have limited administrative staff, as such all the skill set to properly run them are not in their employ. The end results is that mistakes are made and will continue to be made. Recognizing, that most of them don’t have the knowhow of running a public company, the JSE created the creature called a Mentor, but not even that seems to be adequate to fill the breach.
According to the company in a release to the JSE, “Sections 18 and 19 in the November 2017 GWEST Prospectus specifically disclosed that shareholders loans were to be converted to preference shares, thereby reducing the servicing cost to the Company: Shares in the capital of the Company are under the control of the Directors, as expressly provided for in the Articles of Incorporation.”
That is nonsense. The prospectus only has 16 sections, with the last (section 16) being signed by the directors.
Section 11 contains projections along with supporting notes that were reviewed by Ernst and Young who signed their report on November 28.
The extraordinary meeting at which the change in share capital was approved was said to be held on the November 27. According to the resolution, the directors were given authority to issue, to allot such Cumulative Non-redeemable Preference Shares at such subscription price per Preference Share as the Directors of the Company or such Committee may deem fit, the same to be allotted to shareholders of the Company who have invested in the capital of Company (in cash or in kind) with the understanding/pursuant to agreement(s) that such investment(s) will be recognized as shareholder loans or by the issue of preference shares, in each case on terms and conditions determined by the Directors of the Company, subject always to the Articles of Incorporation of the Company”.
Having given the directors the authority to determine the terms and conditions of the preference shares, GWest in releasing information of the above resolution has not presented the minutes of the meeting of the directors that agreed on the terms. The fact that the extraordinary meeting did not set out the terms of the issue of the shares is even more reason why it should have been fully disclosed in the prospectus.
The company refers to 18 and 19 but it appears they mean notes 18 and 19 of section 11 that deals with the projections. What does the section say about the preference shares?
Note 18. “Borrowings| This relates to the NCB Term Loan and shareholders’ loans converted to preference shares.”
NCB Term Loan| The terms of this loan for $350 million, include a repayment period of eight years payable in equal quarterly installments and an interest rate of 11.5% per annum.”
“Preference Shares| 50% of shareholders’ loan will be converted to non-redeemable preference shares with interest at 10% per annum. The remaining 50% will remain as shareholder’s loan with no fixed repayment with interest at 10% per annum for the J$ amounts and 4% per annum for the US$ amounts.”
Note 19. “Shareholders’ Loan| This amount relates to funds advanced by the shareholders. It is assumed that outstanding balances will continue to attract interest at the prevailing rates of 15% and 4%, respectively for J$ and US$ funds. However, once the IPO is completed and the Company becomes publicly-listed, it is assumed that the interest rates will be reduced to 6% and 2% for J$ and US$ denominated loans, respectively on the remaining balance not converted to preference shares. With respect to the J$ denominated balance, the interest rate is assumed to increase annually by 1%, with a cap at 10% by 2022. The Directors are of the view that these rates are more in line with arm’s length rates prevailing within the market.”
Nowhere in the prospectus is there any reference to a meeting called to approve the issue of any shares other than ordinary shares and the terms of those shares. Under no stretch of the imagination could assumptions included in a financial projections be regarded as disclosure of an agreement to issue shares or that a resolution was already passed to do so. Earlier in the prospectus it is made clear that futuristic statements are just that, as they may not be achieved. That the company withheld pertinent and material information from the new investors even when they had a number of occasions to do so, is glaring and concerning. That the Jamaica Stock Exchange sees nothing wrong with what has transpired is plain shocking, even more shocking is that they did not ensure that proper and full disclosure of the information was included in the relevant part of the prospectus.
The directors cannot over ride, the company’s act that requires that all changes in share capital of a company be approved by shareholders at a general meeting. From all indications this was not agreed to before the prospectus was published, in which case it appears that the new shareholders would have to approve it at a general meeting.
To compound the problem, the preference shares were issued to connected parties to the company. That alone should have alerted all concerned that all decisions should be properly executed.
Of note,  the Audited accounts to March 2018, made no mention of the issue of additional shares that were issued or to be issued. It is the norm in auditing, that minutes of meetings are made available to the auditors and the directors have a responsibility to ensure that the financial statements are accurate. The directors need to state if the audited accounts correctly disclose all relevant information pertaining to the share capital. They need to state why they all signed the Prospectus with no mention being made of the resolution to modify the share capital indicating full details of the resolution.
What date did the directors meet to determine the terms of the preference shares and why were those terms not disclosed in the prospectus for all to see?
The Jamaica Stock Exchange requires that they should be advised in advance of any meeting of directors called to alter the share capital of a company and after the meeting the outcome of the meeting is to be communicated to them as well. There are no indications that the directors complied with this section of the Stock Exchange rules.
The handling of this matter is not the way to properly operate in the capital market.

More gains for Junior Market – Friday

The Junior Market Index rose 14.27 points to close at 3,415.20, after 28 securities changed hands, resulting in the prices of 12 securities rising, 7 declining and 9 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 3 closed with lower offers.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,257,896 units valued at $8,866,130 compared to 2,660,833 units valued at $11,718,330 on Thursday, from trading 28 securities.
Trading closed with an average of 80,639 units for an average of $316,647 in contrast to 104,192 units for an average of $364,931 on Thursday. Trading for the month to date averages 76,500 for an average of $311,790 compared to averages of 75,437 for an average of $310,542 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial lost $2 to close at $46, in exchanging 1,790 shares, AMG Packaging ended at $1.95, trading 134,947 stock units, CAC 2000 finished at $18.80, trading 1,028 shares, Cargo Handlers settled 24 cents higher at $13.75, with 3,400 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cream ended trading 50,052 shares with a loss of $1.69 at $6.16. Caribbean Flavours traded 760 stock units, at $19, Caribbean Producers rose 3 cents trading 67,300 units to close at $6.28, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, with 6,068 shares trading, Derrimon Trading ended 10 cents higher at $3, with 230,398 shares changing hands. Elite Diagnostic finished 5 cents higher at $3.20, with 170,003 stock units being exchanged, Everything Fresh ended trading of 241,493 shares at $2.10, Express Catering ended trading 158,804 shares and rose 4 cents to $8.39, FosRich Group traded 15 cents higher at $4, with 6,459 shares changing hands, GWest Corporation closed at $1.90, with 5,000 stock units changing hands. Honey Bun ended with a loss of 4 cents at $3.91, after trading 211,872 units, Indies Pharma rose 10 cents and ended with 671,846 shares changing hands to close at $3.30. Iron Rock concluded trading of 800 shares at $5, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 5 cents at $4.60, exchanging 100 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 157,389 stock units and rose 6 cents to $3.96, KLE Group finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $3.75, with 31,700 shares, Knutsford Express closed at $12, in exchanging 5,632 shares, Lasco Distributors ended with a loss of 9 cents at $4.01, with 33,567 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial concluded trading 5 cents higher at $5.47, with 23,234 stock units. Lasco Manufacturing finished 13 cents higher at $3.86, trading 13,500 units, Main Event settled with a rise of 15 cents to $6.65, trading 1,000 shares, Medical Disposables ended trading 7 cents higher at $6.07, with 7,526 shares being exchanged, SSL Venture Capital traded 1,000 shares at $2.30 after trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $2.50 and Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 5 cents at $9.45, with 21,228 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market edge higher – Wednesday

The Junior Market Index advanced 14.25 points on Wednesday to 3,381.79, after 27 securities changed hands, resulting in the prices of 10 securities rising, 10 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading had 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, 1 closed with a lower offer.
Market activities, resulted in an exchange of 2,813,183 units valued at $9,853,139 compared to 1,606,501 units valued at $7,572,441 on Tuesday, from trading 28 securities.
Trading closed with an average of 104,192 units for an average of $364,931 in contrast to 57,375 units for an average of $270,444 on Tuesday. Trading for the month to date averages 68,664 for an average of $273,220 compared to averages of 50,901 and $227,364 previously. September, ended with an average of 484,335 at $2,628,299 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging gained 5 cents to $1.95, in trading 1,197,742 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 13,398 units with a loss of 15 cents at $5.85, CAC2000 finished with a loss of 20 cents at $18.80, while exchanging 15,327 shares, Cargo Handlers settled at $15, with 338 shares trading, Caribbean Cream ended trading with a loss of 9 cents at $7.91, with 133,316 shares changing hands. Caribbean Flavours traded 1,000 stock units at $17, Caribbean Producers finished trading 55,688 units with a loss of 5 cents to end at $6.30, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, with an exchange of 1,000 shares, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 23 cents at $2.70, with 203,686 shares changing hands. Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 2,370 shares, rising $1.01 to $16, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 8 cents at $3.07, with 87,300 stock units changing hands, Everything Fresh ended trading of 180,782 shares at $1.91, Express Catering ended trading 85,088 shares and rose 1 cent to $8.41, FosRich Group traded 71,006 shares at $3.30 after trading at an intraday high of $4. GWest Corporation closed with a loss of 7 cents at an all-time low of $1.90, with an exchange of 14,863 stock units, Honey Bun ended 15 cents higher at $3.85, with 23,041 units changing hands, Indies Pharma lost 9 cents and ended with 238,186 shares changing hands to close at $3.16. Jetcon Corporation ended trading of 66,436 stock units after rising 13 cents higher to $3.99, KLE Group finished trading with 6,276 shares at $3.80, Knutsford Express closed at $11.68, with 8,990 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors ended 5 cents higher at $4.01, trading 165,267 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 136,768 stock units and added 10 cents to close at $5.50, Lasco Manufacturing finished 10 cents higher at $3.85, with 21,530 units trading. Main Event settled 15 cents higher at $6.25, with 12,457 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables ended trading of 4,060 shares and rose 50 cents to $6, Stationery and Office finished trading with a loss of 1 cent at $9.19, with an exchange of 66,295 stock units and Sweet River closed with a loss of 6 cents at $3.80, with 973 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.