Active securities climbed on JSE

In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 11 stocks rose and 9 declined as 29 securities changed hands, resulting in 4,031,674 shares trading, valued at $20,663,144.
JSE sum 4-9-14 Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 539.88 points to 72,301.76 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 603.67 points to close at 79,554.69.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains at the end of trading, in the main market are, Caribbean Cement with 10,000 shares trading to close with a gain of 10 cents at $2.50, Desnoes & Geddes with 10,000 shares with 5 cents gain, to $4.65, Kingston Wharves gained 48 cents while trading 500 shares at $5.50, Mayberry Investments gained 20 cents to close at $1.90 with 144,148 units changing hands. Sagicor Group had 706,269 active units and closed 40 cents higher at $9.40, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 28,880 units, gained 5 cents at $6.95, Scotia Investments traded only 1,000 shares and put on $2.60 to end at $24 and Seprod with 18,825 units closed 25 cents up at $11.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price, with volume and last traded prices are, Berger Paints with 5,000 shares closing at $1.60, Carreras trading 4,711 units and closed at $34.90 and National Commercial Bank with 25,352 shares, closed at $18.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market are, Cable & Wireless with 12,000 shares, declined by a cent to close at 29 cents, Grace Kennedy with only 199 shares, dipped 50 cents to $60.50, Hardware & Lumber with 10,000 shares, lost 59 cents to end at $7.01, Jamaica Broilers with 2,374,605 shares closed 20 cent down at $4.50, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 11,406 shares, saw the price slipping by a cent to $6.95 and Scotia Group 8,950 shares traded with a loss of 5 cents at $18.95.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) 8.75% preference share traded 2,000 units at $3, JMMB 7.50% preference share ended trading with 240,000 units at $2 and Proven Investments 8% Preference share traded 113,300 units at $5.05.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 7.79 points to close at 641.64 as 9 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are, Dolphin Cove with activity in 2,000 shares as the price was up 25 cents to $8, General Accident with 15,000 shares put on 2 cents to $1.36 and Lasco Distributors traded 92,770 units at a cent higher at $1.12.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Access Financial with 2,400 units at $10.18, Honey Bun ended at $2.34 with 1,736 shares changing hands and Lasco Financial 110,956 shares, traded at 92 cents.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are, Blue Power with just 3,415 units, shed 1 cent to $9.05, Caribbean Producers with 15,000 shares lost a cent, to end at $2.35 and Lasco Manufacturing 61,252 units closed own a cent at 93 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 7 stocks with offers that were lower.

Prices of 12 stocks rose on JSE & 3 fell

Trading picked up somewhat on Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, as the number of securities changing hands climbed to 31 with the prices of 12 stocks rising and 3 declining. There was a total of 8,433,459 stock units trading, valued at $ 52,156,868.
JSEsum22-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 528.73 points to 71,665.41 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up 591.21 points to close at 78,843.14 as the largest block of stocks gaining came from the main market.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market, are, Cable & Wireless with 84,600 shares, helping the price to gain 2 cents at 36 cents, but there was an offer to sell at 35 cents at the close of the market. Caribbean Cement with 11,635 units, gained 35 cents to $2.90, Desnoes & Geddes 3,312 shares helped to push the price up 40 cents, to $4.50, Jamaica Broilers in trading 1,411,047 shares was up 3 cents, at $4.60, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 431,000 ordinary shares, gained 5 cents to end at $7, Jamaica Producers with 142,996 units changing hands, closed $1.39 higher at $16.99, Kingston Wharves had 178,451 units, trading 25 cents higher at $5.27, Mayberry Investments 9,690 shares went through the market with an 11 cents gain to $1.68, National Commercial Bank 145,579 units traded 5 cents higher at $18.05 and Pan Jamaican Investment with 1,539 shares, closed a cent higher at $48.51.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Berger Paints with 16,471 shares closing at $1.60, Grace Kennedy with 34,378 units and closed at $60, after trading as high as $61, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 240,880 shares ended at $6.85, Sagicor Group traded 668,226 units at $9, Scotia Group with 77,239 units changing hands, closed at $18.76 and Scotia Investments with 42,405 shares closed at $21.28.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market, are Carreras with 462,740 shares, to close with a loss of 70 cents at $34.30, Radio Jamaica a new Buy Rated stock, traded 2,058,222 shares while losing 10 cents to $1.10, a new 52 weeks low and Supreme Ventures 4,100 shares traded with a 14 cents loss to $1.86.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 1,100,000 units at $3 and the company’s 7.50% preference share saw 300,000 units being traded at $2 and Proven Investments 8% preference share with 215,758 units at $5.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose 4.39 points to close at 647.37 as 9 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 2 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Dolphin Cove with 6,000 units and was up 15 cents to $7.75, General Accident with 559,921 shares gained 5 cents to $1.45 and Lasco Distributors with a mere 950 units, closed up a cent at $1.12.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the prior trading day are, Access Financial with 3,254 units at $10.18, Blue Power with 2,466 shares at $9.06, Consolidated Bakeries 200,000 shares at 80 cents, Derrimon Trading with 15,000 units at $2.15, Honey Bun 600 shares closed at $2.34 and Lasco Manufacturing with 5,000 units at 95 cents.
Declines| There were no stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading,
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

JSE trading extends to 33 securities on low volume

In Tuesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 9 stocks rose and 9 declined as 33 securities changed hands, resulting in 2,457,366 stock units trading, valued at $5,927,351.
JSE 19-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index dropped 323.78 points to 71,151.07 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved lower by 362.04 points, to close at 78,268.02.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market, are Jamaica Broilers with 6,000 shares gaining 15 cents to close at $4.80, Mayberry Investments put through 102,760 shares at 2 cents higher to end at $1.57 and Pan Jamaican Investment with 4,035 shares closed a cent up at $48.51.
Firm| Stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a price change, are, Berger Paints with 2,400 shares closing at $1.65, Cable & Wireless 952,637 units at 37 cents, Gleaner had 34,853 shares changing hands at $1.05, Grace Kennedy 4,000 units at $59.50, Jamaica Money Market Brokers exchanged 53,005 at $6.95, National Commercial Bank 30,044 shares changed hands at $18.15 each, Proven Investments US$ ordinary stock, put through 24,750 units at 17US cents, Sagicor Group with 7,553 units at $9 and the Sagicor Real Estate Fund with a mere 300 units, closed at $6.85.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market, are Carreras with 5,124 shares as the price slipped by 95 cents to end at$34.05, Ciboney 33,000 stocks units was at a cent lower to end at 7 cents, Jamaica Producers with 12,467 shares saw $3.40 lashed off the price to end at $15.60, Radio Jamaica had 3,150 shares changing hands to close 2 cents lower at $1.20, Scotia Group with 33,203 stocks units, lost a cent to end at $18.71, Scotia Investments with only 2,414 shares, lost 62 cents to end at $21.38 and Seprod had 70,427 shares going through the market, 50 cents lower to end at $10.50.
Preference| Eppley 9.5% preference share traded 58,000 units at $6.10, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 24,428 units with 2 cents off, to end at $2.98, Proven Investments 8% preference share, saw only 957 units trading at $5.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index gained 10.43 points to close at 643.38 as 12 securities traded with 7 advancing and only 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Caribbean Producers with 17,000 shares while gaining a cent to $2.31, Derrimon Trading with 7,900 units to close 10 cents higher at $2.15, Dolphin Cove gained 15 cents with 1,028 shares to end at $7.75, General Accident 200,000 shares traded resulted in a 5 cents rise to $1.40, followed by Lasco Financial with 116,015 units at a gain of 10 cents to $1, Lasco Manufacturing with 300,500 units gained 8 cents to $1 and Paramount Trading put on 2 cents, while trading 18,000 units to land at $2.52.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Consolidated Bakeries with only 500 shares at 80 cents, Honey Bun with 28,216 shares at $2.34 and Lasco Distributors with 300,000 units, ended at $1.11.
Declines| Only one stock declined in the junior market at the end of trading, with AMG Packaging exchanging 2,700 shares while losing 10 cents to end at $2.40.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading 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.

Low Monday trading on JSE

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In Monday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 6 stocks rose and 8 declined as 21 securities changed hands, resulting in only 1,773,803 units trading, valued at a mere $8,322,864.
JSE sum 18-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index rose 73.60 points to 71,474.85 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index gained 82.29 points to close at 78,630.06
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the close of trading in the main market, are Carreras with 1,755 shares trading at $35, to close with a gain of 50 cents, Grace Kennedy with 41,000 units, the price gained $1.90 to reach $59.50 and Seprod with a gain of 50 cents, closed at $11, with 81,490 units changing hands.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices, in the main market to close without a price change, are Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 111,451 shares at $6.95, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 5,564 shares closing at $6.85, Scotia Investments with 13,595 units and closed at $22 and Supreme Ventures 71,000 shares at $1.80.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market, are Berger Paints with 1,000 units after losing a cent to end at $1.65, Cable & Wireless with 370,466 units, 2 cents lower at 37 cents, Gleaner 101,000 shares, traded 7 cents lower at $1.05, for a new 52 weeks low. National Commercial Bank traded 32,099 shares at $18.15, down 10 cents, Proven Investments traded 13,500 of its US dollar ordinary stock for 0.0025 US cent lower at $0.17, Sagicor Group with 17,590 shares, at a reduction of 10 cents, ended at $9 and Scotia Group with 45,650 shares at $18.72, for 3 cents less.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 242,758 units at $3, while the 7.50% preference share traded 250,000 units at $2 and Proven Investments 8% preference share with 485 units, closed at $5.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 0.83 points to close at 632.95 as only 4 stocks traded with 3 advancing and 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Caribbean Cream trading 7,000 units, gained 8 cents to end at 83 cents, Honey Bun with 10,800 units, gained 4 cents to close at $2.34 and Lasco Manufacturing 120,000 units, closed with a 2 cents gain at 92 cents.
Firm Trades| There was no active stock in the junior market to close at the same price as the day before.
Declines| Lasco Financial with 235,600 units trading for a 5 cents reduction to 90 cents, was the only stock declining in the junior market at the end of trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.

Most stocks gained for third day

In Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 9 stocks rose and 4 declined as 22 securities changed hands, resulting in 5,499,109 shares trading, valued at $18,935,526. Friday was the third consecutive day that there were more stocks rising than declining.
JSE sum 8-8-14Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 552.31 points to 72,007.93 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up 617.58 points to close at 79,226.14.
Gains| At the end of trading in the main market, the volume of stocks with gains, and last their traded prices, are Cable & Wireless with 900,941 shares to close with a gain of 4 cents to 40 cents, Caribbean Cement 104,102 shares to close with a gain of 25 cents at $3, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 13,200 ordinary shares, closed with a gain of 4 cents at $7, Pan Jamaican Investment with 7,238 shares jumped $3.92 to $52, Sagicor Group traded 321,008 shares to close with a gain of 24 cents at $9.49, Scotia Investments 2,000 shares, to close with a gain of 55 cents at $21.15 and Supreme Ventures 4,500 shares to close 20 cents higher at $1.95.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Carreras with 25,243 units, closing at $34.50, Desnoes & Geddes 1,121 units to close at $4.10, Grace Kennedy with only 1,000 units and closed at $59 and Mayberry Investments with 951 units, to close at $1.55.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 236,587 units to close at $3, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share exchanged 412,000 units and closed at $2 and Proven Investments 8% preference share with 12,000 units closed at $5.05.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are National Commercial Bank with 218,518 shares, losing 26 cents to end at $18, Proven Investments with 5,620 US dollar shares while losing 0.50 US cent to 17.50 US cents and Scotia Group with 78,069 shares as the price slipped 25 cents to $18.75.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose by 3.15 points to close at 629.39 as 5 stocks traded, with 2 advancing and 1 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are Lasco Financial with 43,000 shares to close with a gain of 3 cents at 96 cents and Lasco Manufacturing with 454,353 units changing hands and gained 4 cents to 90 cents.
Firm Trades| The stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Caribbean Producers with 2,639,807 units at $2.38 and Honey Bun with 1,411 units at $2.30.
Declines| The stock declining in the junior market at the end of trading, is AMG Packaging with 6,440 units at 39 cents lower at $2.50, a new 52 weeks low.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 9 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Main market slips to close week

In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the prices of 7 stocks rose and 9 declined as 28 securities changed hands, resulting in 2,930,479 shares trading valued at $16,326,411, ahead of the emancipation holiday on Friday.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index declined by 321.93 points to 71,308.03 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index fell 359.97 points to close at 78,443.53.
JSE sum 31-7-14Gains| Stocks with gains, volume and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market, are
Berger Paints with 7,338 shares to close with a gain of 4 cents at $1.66, Caribbean Cement with 2,500 units changing hands with a gain of 20 cents to end at $2.60, Carreras 14,184 shares with a gain of 49 cents to $34.20, Proven Investments 350 US dollar ordinary shares, gained 2 US cents to 18 US cents, Sagicor Group with 14,500 units, to close with a gain of 5 cents, at $9.20 and Sagicor Real Estate Fund with only 100 units, the price moved up 5 cents to $6.65.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a change in price, are Cable & Wireless with 1,927 shares at 30 cents, Grace Kennedy 1,745 shares at $56.50, Hardware & Lumber 4,550 shares at $9, Mayberry Investments 1,020 units at $1.55, Scotia Investments 7,000 units at $21 and Seprod 10,048 shares at $10.50.
Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market, are Ciboney with 40,000 shares, declining by 1 cent to 8 cents, Desnoes & Geddes 2,165 shares, down 53 cents to $4.02, Jamaica Broilers 38,680 units to close 6 cents lower at $4.57, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 46,233 ordinary shares, declined by 9 cents to $6.96, Kingston Wharves 91,000 shares, the price declined by 25 cents to $5, National Commercial Bank with 503,434 shares, declined by 3 cents to $18.90, Pan Jamaican Investment 280 shares, with the price slipping a cent to $48.02 and Scotia Group with 8,906 shares, eased down by a cents to $19.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share, traded 251,125 units at $3, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share with 1,109,863 units at $2 and Proven Investments 8% preference share with 9,700 units at $5.05.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose by 0.16 points to close at 610.04 as 5 stocks traded with one advancing and one declining.
Gains| Lasco Distributors is the only junior market stock gaining at the end of trading, as 500 shares traded to close 1 cents higher at $1.01
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Caribbean Producers 458,858 shares at $2.45, Honey Bun with 13,942 shares at $2.30 and Lasco Financial 3,340 units, to close at 90 cents.
Declines| General Accident with 287,191 shares, was the only stock declining in the junior market at the end of trading, as the price slipped by a cent to $1.36
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.

11 stocks rose as Market index jumps

Broker house, Scotia Investments was the only buyer of the 875,724 Scotia Group shares that change hands in Friday’s trading, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The prices of the stock rose, to close at $20, but traded as high as $20.99.
BNS constIn the overall market, the prices of 11 stocks rose and 8 declined, as 26 securities changed hands, resulting in 5,240,852 shares trading, valued at $35,553,505.
Main Market| The main indices closed sharply higher in Friday’s trading as heavily weighted Scotia Group jumped to close higher by the end of trading. The JSE Market Index jumped by 1,598.01 points to 71,711.80 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index climbed 1,786.85 points to close at 78,895.01.
Gains| Stocks with gains, volume and last traded prices, at the end of trading in the main market, are Cable & Wireless with 210,772 shares up 4 cents to 30 cents, Carreras 317,256 units, gaining 15 cents to $34, Jamaica Broilers 308 units, up 4 cents to $4.61, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 10,000 ordinary shares, up by 5 cents to $7, National Commercial Bank that released results after trading on Thursday, closed up by 6 cents at $18.06 while trading 51,599 shares. The stock closed with the bid of $18.11 to buy 116,978 units. Pan Jamaican Investment with 1,313 stock units, gained 8 cents to $48.10, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 10,000 units and gained 1 cent to $6.36 and Scotia Group gained $1.30 to $20.
Firm| The stocks with volume and last traded prices in the main market to close without a price change, are Caribbean Cement with 1,600 shares at $2.50, Desnoes & Geddes 646 shares at $4, Jamaica Producers with 5,367 shares at $17.51, Sagicor Group 121,247 units at $9, Seprod 1,276 shares at $10.50 and Supreme Ventures 12,020 units at $1.95.
JSE sum 25-7-14Declines| The stocks with losses, volume and last traded prices at the end of trading in the main market, are Gleaner with 10,300 shares, down a cent at $1.11, Grace Kennedy with 5,000 shares, lost $1.05 to end at $55, Hardware & Lumber 800 units, down 15 cents at $9, Mayberry Investments 4,080 units at $1.55, for a 1 cent fall.
Preference| Jamaica Public Service 5% C preference share traded 42,102 units and was up by a cent to $3.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 21.99 points to close at 627.28 as 7 stocks traded with 2 advancing and 4 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, with the closing prices, are Blue Power 5,320 shares and the price was up by 5 cents to $9.10 and Lasco Manufacturing with 3,091,640 shares the price gained 10 cents to $1 but it traded at a 52 weeks low of 85 cents before recovering by the end of trading.
Firm Trades| The stock in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before is General Accident with 99,982 shares at $1.46.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading with the closing prices are, Caribbean Producers with 430,000 shares with a 5 cents loss to $2.45, Honey Bun with only 100 shares to fall by 60 cents to $2.30. This stock was poised to fall sharply after it released disappointing third quarter results and the offer gradually melted away, as bids were at very low levels. Lasco Distributors with 25,000 shares lost 9 cents to end at a new 52 weeks low of $1.10 and Lasco Financial with 7,400 units was down 8 cent to 92 cents, after the company posted a 20 percent increase in its first quarter results to June.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

Prices of 9 stocks rose & 4 declined

In Tuesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the prices of 9 stocks rose and 4 declined, 25 securities changed hands resulting in 3,183,862 shares trading, valued at $36,706,402.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index rose by 449.66 points to 70,196.56 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up by 02.81 points to close at 77200.71.
JSE 8-7-14Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are, Desnoes & Geddes with 30,000 units to close 15 cents higher at $4.45 followed by Mayberry Investments with 1,980 units as the price gained 2 cents to end at $1.48, National Commercial Bank 830,055 shares at a 85 cents hike to $18.35, Proven Investments with 10,450 ordinary shares as the price inched up by 0.0001 US cents to 18 US cents, Sagicor Group with 1,148,990 shares gained 10 cents and closed at $8.90, Sagicor Real Estate Fund 84,313 shares with the price rising 10 cents to $5.95, Scotia Group with 250,930 units changing hands, gained 11 cents to close at $18.61 and Seprod with 55,472 shares changing hands and closed 10 cents higher at $10.80.
Firm| Stocks trading in the main market to close without a change in price are Cable & Wireless with 11,981 shares to close at 29 cents, Caribbean Cement 6,244 shares at $2.25, Carreras 2,192 shares at $35, Grace Kennedy 420 shares and closed at $56, Radio Jamaica with 1,790 shares closing at $1.28.
Preference| in the fixed income market, Eppley 9.5% preference share traded 16,800 units to close at $6.10, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share, 10,000 units at $2, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share with 176,600 units at $3.03 and Jamaica Teas debenture dote with 3,000 units to trade at $100 each.
Declines| The number of stocks that declined in the main market are Gleaner with 120,000 shares, to close 8 cents lower at $1.10 and Pan Jamaican Investment with 84,470 shares at 40 cents lower to end at $48.10.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 8.11 points to close at 706.69 as 7 stocks traded with 1 advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| The only stock that gained at the end of trading in the junior market is Caribbean Producers with 8,845 shares, to close with a gain of 18 cents at $2.83.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, AMG Packaging with 2,500 shares to close at $3.10, Lasco Distributors with 74,000 shares to close at $1.19 and Lasco Financial with 65,500 units to close at $1.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are Honey Bun traded 500 shares but fell 12 cents to $2.90 for a 52 weeks low and Lasco Manufacturing 189,830 shares, as it closed lower by 12 cents at $1.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 2 stocks with higher bids than their last selling prices and 2 stocks with offers that were lower.

Honey Bun’s profit falters

Honey Bun’s last quarter profit got burnt with a $10.5 million loss compared to a small profit of $490,000 for the same period in 2012.

For the full year to August this year, profit fell from $41.5 million to $35.3 million with sales revenues climbing to $712 million from $611 million in 2012. For the quarter, sales rose from $154 million to $163 million hardly enough to cover increased cost. Rising cost and inability to price the products to recover increases in expenses is at the heart of Honey Bun’s 2013 problems that lead to lower profits. For while revenues climbed 14.8 percent for the year, direct cost climbed even faster at 18.8 percent. The increased cost meant $28 million of potential profit just evaporated as a result of not being able to pass on the full cost to customers. Compounding the problem, administrative and other cost rose much faster than revenues by 20 percent to $174 million and selling and distribution cost was contained to an increase of only 8 percent to $90 million. Finance cost at $2.9 million was almost flat.

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The company may be able to recover some, if not all of the cost increase, during the coming year. Movement in the local currency which would have had a major impact on cost in the 2013 fiscal year should moderate going forward and with signs of stability in the economy and some green shoots of growth showing, the next twelve months should be better for them.

IC Insider is forecasting earnings of $39 million or 42 cents per share for 2014 and 65 cents per share in 2015.

Historical | Gross profit for 2013 increased by 9.7 percent and is the lowest since 2008 when it grew by 12 percent. The gross profit margin for the latest year is not the worst; it is only 2 percentage points below 2011 and well above 66 percent in 2010 and is in line with 2006 and 2007. Profit performance has been less than predictable. In 2007, pretax profit came out at $23 million and decreased to $18.7 million generated in 2008, climbed to $45 million in 2009 but fell to $26 million in 2010 with 2011 enjoying an increase to $37 million; then it was up to $42 million in 2012 only to fall back in 2013.

Finances | Notwithstanding the lowered profited out turn, the company’s finances improved during the year. Shareholders equity improved by $20 million to reach $291 million and borrowed funds was $26 million up from $20 million in 2012. Net working capital increased from $61 million to $98 with cash and bank balances reaching $78 million. Receivables climbed by 40 percent to $78 million and payables by 87 percent to $75 million.

IC Insider outlook | The stock is priced at $3 with a PE of 8 times earnings and is in line with a number of other junior market companies. At best, Honey Bun is currently a stock to watch. It will need increased sales volume to make it to our Buy Rated stock list when compared to others with a better potential for gains.

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Honey Bun growth slows to a crawl

The year 2013 is the year of the snake in the Chinese’ calendar and the crawling pace that the snake normally exhibits is pretty much what’s happening to Honey Bun, a Junior Market listed company. Increased sales and profit which in slowed down in the first quarter of this year, has slowed even further in the latest quarter to June. Revenues crawled along at just 5 percent over the 2012 quarter compared to 20 percent in the Easter-boosted March quarter. Even then, the March quarter growth was slower than the near 32 percent growth for the first 3 months of the financial year.

Revenues were $161 million in the June 2013 quarter up from $154 million in 2012 and profit was only $2.3 million down from $7.5 million in 2012. For the year to date, sales are $540 million, up 17.9 percent from $458 million in the prior year. Profit on the other hand is flat at $40.8 million versus $41 million in 2012.

Gross profit in the latest quarter actually fell by $2.5 million compared to 2012, but year-to-date gross profit is up 9 percent while administrative expenses are up even more by 16 percent to $125 million. The increase to June clouds what has been taking place earlier. There was one-third jump in administrative and other expenses to $41.6 million, up from $31.3 million a year ago.

The company generated $189.6 million in sales in the March quarter up from $160 million in 2012 and for the six months $381.5 million versus $305.8 in the prior year.

Management attributed the reduced margin to rising prices for flour and other inputs, which could not be passed on to consumers at the same pace as the cost hikes. For the March quarter, management stated that sales improvement was as a result of increased sales to new markets and exports, which increased by over 150 percent, year over year for the 3 months.

Healthy finances | The company continues in a healthy financial state with working capital at a ratio of 3 to 1 inclusive of cash and investments amounting to $75 million. This cash is up from $24 million at the end of September last year. Receivables grew at the end of the quarter to $61 million compared to $43 million in 2012.

Equity was $297 million and loan borrowing at a low of $24 million at the end of June. The stock last traded at $4 each but could well decline somewhat with these results. This year’s earnings at the end of June was 43 cents. The September quarter’s results are difficult to predict as it is the worse quarter of the year for the company. As such, the EPS at year end in September is likely to be lower than for the nine months based on past years’ numbers.

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