JSE main market drops – Monday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 2,600.36 points to close at 301,598.10 and the JSE Index declined by 2,369.22 points to close at 274,789.99.
The market finished on Monday with 23 securities changing hands, 6 advanced, 10 declined and 6 traded firm with 3,390,479 units valued at $79,727,658 compared to 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 on Friday from 16 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 147,412 units for an average of $3,466,420 in contrast to 36,339 units for an average of $1,441,437 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,056 units valued at $3,297,675 and previously, 144,699 units valued at $3,267,354. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Proven Investments US ordinary share was the sole trade in the US dollar market, with 100,000 units valued at US$23,485 changing hands in closing 2 cents higher to 23.5 US cents, with the index rising 4.06 points to 176.96.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints falling $2.45, NCB Financial jumping $2.50 following last Friday’s announcement of a bid to acquire majority shares in Guardian Holdings, Sagicor Group fell $3.30 in trading 1,594,318 units, while Scotia Group rose $1.
For more details of market activities see report – Falling prices dominant for JSE major – Monday

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Junior Market rise moderately – Monday

The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange gained moderate grounds on Monday, with the market index rising just 11.54 points to close at 2,630.22, as the prices of 4 securities advanced, 8 declined and 9 remained unchanged, on a day of modest trading.
Trading closed on Monday with 17 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,018,603 units valued at $4,155,191 compared to 712,528 units valued at $3,394,119 from 14 securities on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 59,918 units for an average of $244,423 in contrast to 50,895 units for an average of $242,437 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 88,937 units valued at $358,933 and previously 129,298 valued at $491,038. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, CAC 2000 settled 50 cents higher at $6.50, with 27,786 shares, Caribbean Cream traded at $5.30, with 100 units, Caribbean Producers closed with a loss of 11 cents at $3.99, with 53,286 shares trading, Consolidated Bakeries ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.85, with 100,000 stock units, Dolphin Cove finished at $17, with 100 shares. Express Catering ended trading 3 cents higher at $4.08, with 17,019 stock units, Jamaican Teas concluded trading with a loss of 34 cents at $3.50, with 71,150 units, Jetcon Corporation gained 30 cents at $4.70, with 47,000 shares, Key Insurance settled with a loss of 25 cents at $3.25, with 500 shares. Knutsford Express traded with a loss of 65 cents at $14.15, with 168 units, Lasco Distributors finished trading with a loss of 80 cents at $4.20, with 330,492 shares, Lasco Financial closed 10 cents higher at $4.75, with 65,368 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended with a loss of 40 cents at $3.30, with 159,985 stock units. Main Event concluded trading at $5.09, with 3,180 units, Medical Disposables finished with a loss of 10 cents at $4.95, with 68,000 shares, Paramount Trading settled at $3.08, with 1,153 shares and Stationery and Office ended trading at $4.80, with 73,316 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

NCB pushes JSE main market up – Friday

NCB jumps $4.75 on Friday after the Group disclosed bid for majority shares in Guardian Holdings.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Friday saw the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gaining 604.57 points to 304,198.46 and the JSE Index advancing 550.84 points to 277,159.21 as NCB Financial climbed $4.75 following their bid for majority shares in Guardian Holdings.
Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with just 16 securities changing hands of which 5 advanced, 6 declined and 5 traded firm with 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 compared to 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 on Thursday from 21 securities changing hands.
Trading ended with an average of 36,339 units for an average of $1,441,437, in contrast to 34,047 units for an average of $679,776 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 230,246 units valued at $4,248,014 and previously, 230,246 units valued at $4,248,014. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints falling $2.45, NCB Financial jumping $4.75 after the Group announced a bid to acquire majority shares in Guardian Holdings and PanJam Investment fell $1.12 and Scotia Group fell $2.
For more details of market activities see report Trading falls on JSE main market – Friday.

Junior Market dips again – Friday

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange lost grounds on Friday with the market index falling 38.51 points to close at 2,618.68 as the prices of 3 securities advanced, 2 declined and 9 remained unchanged on a day of modest trading.
Trading closed on Friday with 14 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 712,528 units valued at $3,394,119 compared to 846,648 units valued at $4,389,452 from 21 securities on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 50,895 units for an average of $242,437 in contrast to 40,317 units for an average of $209,022 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 129,298 valued at $491,038 and previously 99,196 valued at $394,709. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 5 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $32, with 4,531 shares, Caribbean Cream traded at $5.30, with 5,000 units, Eppley settled at $10, with 2,817 shares, General Accident traded 3 cents higher at $2.53, with 600 units, Jamaican Teas concluded trading with a loss of 16 cents at $3.84, with 60,500 units. Jetcon Corporation finished at $4.40, with 16,827 shares, Key Insurance settled at $3.50, with 4,000 shares, Lasco Distributors finished trading 80 cents higher at $5, with 23,000 shares, Lasco Financial closed at $4.65, with 438,833 shares. Lasco Manufacturing ended at $3.70, with 13,470 stock units, Medical Disposables finished at $5.05, with 300 shares, Paramount Trading settled 1 cent higher at $3.08, with 2,500 shares, Stationery and Office ended trading at $4.80, with 130,150 stock units and tTech finished trading with a loss of 50 cents at $5.50, with 10,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Trading falls on JSE main market – Friday

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Friday with 16 securities changing hands, 5 advanced, 6 declined and 5 traded firm, with 581,428 units valued at $23,062,993 changing hands.
The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 604.57 points to close at 304,198.46 and the JSE Index gained by 550.84 points to close at 277,159.21.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments concluded trading with a loss of 25 cents at $7.75, with 21,322 units, Berger Paints fell $2.45 to $14.55, with 3,000 shares, Cable & Wireless settled 9 cents higher at $1.09, with 2,660 shares, Carreras traded at $10.50, with 116,842 units, Grace Kennedy closed at $43, with 2,000 shares. Jamaica Broilers ended at $17.70, with 3,000 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished 50 cents higher at $7, with 2,300 shares, JMMB Group settled at $24, with 1,414 shares, Mayberry Investments finished trading 95 cents higher at $5.95, with 106,457 shares. NCB Financial Group closed $4.75 higher at $97, with 197,918 shares, after the Group announced a bid to acquire up to 32 percent more shares in Guardian Holdings, to take their holdings in the Trinidadian finance house to 62 percent. PanJam Investment concluded trading with a loss of $1.12 at $41.38, with 4,962 units, Pulse Investments settled with a loss of 25 cents at $1.50, trading 41,191 shares, Sagicor Group traded 10 cents higher at $38.10, with 26,739 units. Salada Foods Jamaica closed with a loss of 50 cents at $9, with 5,000 shares, Scotia Group ended with a loss of $2 at $51, with 4,623 stock units and Supreme Ventures settled at $10, with 42,000 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “NCB pushes JSE main market up – Friday.”

NCB Group goes for 62% of Guardian

NCB set to increase shares in Guardian Holdings.

NCB Financial Group announced the launch an offer and take-over bid to acquire up to 74,230,750 ordinary shares in the Trinidad based Guardian Holdings at US$2.35 each, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCB Global Holdings Limited.
Guardian Holdings, a publicly-traded company listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, and last traded at TT$16.55 around US$2.45. Guardian has 231,899,986 ordinary shares in issue with NCB Group holding approximately 69,547,241 units acquisition of the stated shares would take their holdings to 62 percent of the company and thus return the company back to Jamaican majority ownership which it had in the 1990s.
The offer, if successful, would result in NCBFG acquiring a controlling 62 percent interest in GHL following the 2016 acquisition of a 29.99 percent interest. Unless extended, the Offer period will close on January 12, 2018. Full acceptance of the Offer would result in a cash payment by NCBFG of the sum of up to approximately US$174,442,262 to the shareholders of GHL who accept the Offer.
Arthur Lok Jack Chairman of Guardian was one of the original sellers of Guardian shares to NCB and would have sold more at the time, but if NCB had acquired more then, it would have triggered the take over bid rule of the TTSE, requiring them to offer to buy the majority.
Guardian Group profit attributable to shareholders for the nine months ended September 2017 amounted to $254 million, a decline of $6 million compared to the corresponding period last year $260 million. NCB Group made profit of $19.1 billion for 2017, up from$14.45 billion in 2016.
The Offer will be conditional upon NCBFG acquiring control of GHL and obtaining regulatory and other approvals required to acquire the GHL Shares in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica as well as all other jurisdictions in which GHL and its subsidiaries are regulated.
According to President and Group CEO Patrick Hylton, “We believe that this partnership will not only support our strategy to expand regionally, but will provide numerous growth opportunities for both NCB and GHL. The successful completion of this Offer will be a significant milestone for our business and we anticipate the great potential that this presents.”
Last week NCB announced the acquisition of the majority stakes in Clarien Bank in Bermuda.

JSE main market falls back – Thursday

Investors chopped $1.65 off the price of NCB Financial on Thursday.

Trading on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Thursday with 21 securities changing hands, compared to 25 on Wednesday but the market indices fell back with stocks rising edging out those that fell.
By the close the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 954.19 points to 303,596.51 and the JSE Index declined by 869.38 points to 276,610.75 as the prices of 9 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 4 traded firm resulting in 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 trading, compared to 9,894,407 units valued at $132,996,713 on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 34,047 units for an average of $679,776 in contrast to 412,267 units for an average of $5,541,530 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 230,246 units valued at $4,248,014 and previously, 227,449 units valued at $4,185,528. In contrast, November closed with average of 349,084 units at an average of $5,801,440 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and the US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 7 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Proven Investments US ordinary share was the sole trade in the US dollar market, with 8,125 units changing hands in closing 1 cent lower to 22 US cents, with the index slipping 1.77 points to 172.8 and JMMB Group 6% US preference share traded 1,210 units at $1.15.
The major movers at the close, are Berger Paints with a rise of $2.45, Grace Kennedy with a rise of $1, followed by a rise of $1.40, JMMB Group falling by $1 and NCB Financial, down $1.65.
For more details of market activities see report –  9 JSE stocks rise 6 fall – Thursday.

9 JSE stocks rise 6 fall – Thursday

Berger Paints price jumped $2.45 on Thursday

When trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index fell 954.19 points to 303,596.51 and the JSE Index declined by 869.38 points to 276,610.75 as the prices of 9 stocks advanced, 6 declined and 4 traded firm resulting in 714,979 units valued at $14,275,297 trading.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints jumped $2.45 higher to $17, with 2,243 shares, an indication that selling at lower levels is limited. Cable & Wireless settled with a loss of 2 cents at $1, with 19,950 shares, Carreras traded with a loss of 10 cents at $10.50, with 54,125 units, Grace Kennedy closed $1 higher at $43, with 24,781 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended 54 cents higher at $17.70, with 1,864 stock units. Jamaica Producers concluded trading 90 cents higher at $15.10, with 10,000 units, Jamaica Stock Exchange finished with a loss of 50 cents at $6.50, with 3,000 shares, JMMB Group settled with a loss of $1 at $24, with 48,960 shares, Kingston Wharves traded 20 cents higher at $32.70, with 11,539 units. NCB Financial Group closed with a loss of $1.65 at $92.25, as 66,022 shares traded, Portland JSX finished 20 cents higher at $8.50, with 1,929 shares, Pulse Investments settled 30 cents higher at $1.75, with 61,000 shares, Radio Jamaica ended trading at $1, with 2,316 stock units. Sagicor Group traded at $38, with 28,366 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund finished trading at $14.50, with 10,279 shares, Salada Foods closed 69 cents higher at $9.50, with 60,000 shares, Scotia Group ended 20 cents higher at $53, with 18,587 stock units. Seprod finished at $30, with 25,000 shares and Supreme Ventures ended trading with a loss of 1 cent at $10, with 101,330 stock units. In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.90, with 6,837 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share ended trading at $1.15, with 156,851 stock units.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.
For more details of market activities see report “JSE main market falls back – Thursday.”

Virtually flat profits at Scotia Group

Scotia Group head quarters in Kingston.

Profit after tax rose just 7.7 percent at Scotia Group for the year to October, resulting in $12.17 billion realized attributable to the Group’s shareholders. For the October quarter profit rose to $3.36 billion from $3.1 billion in 2016.
Net interest income grew by $1.27 billion to $26.64 billion for 2017 versus $25.38 billion in 2016, but a sharp climb in bad loan provisioning of $746 million, reduced the impact of the rise in net interest income. Other income grew by $1.6 billion for the year to $15 billion.
Operating Expenses amounted to $21.3 billion for the year, an increase of $595 million or 3 percent compared to prior year. Employees’ costs increased $212 million, while other operating expenses were up $159 million. Asset tax increased by $112 million or 12 percent to $1.1 billion. The productivity ratio moved from 53.38 percent last year to 51.09 percent.
Loans remained flat, year over year at $166.5 billion, according to the company, the performance in this area is “driven by an overall decline in our foreign currency portfolio. Our small business, residential mortgages and personal loans continue to show solid performance quarter over quarter and year over year.”
Deposits by the public, increased to $260.6 billion, from $248.4 billion in the previous year, but the increase is not being put to the best use with no growth in the loan portfolio.
Results for the October quarter does not shine any light to suggest that the slow growth period is behind them. With soft demand for loans, and decline in interest rates in the wider economy, Scotia faces a tough road for the next fiscal year, in this environment the focus is going to be on cost cutting. Already, all the express locations that they currently operate will be closed in early January, the acquisition of all the minority shares in Scotia Investments is yet another move to cut cost.
On the balance sheet, assets held for sale amounted to $664 million and most likely represents the assets of CrediScotia that was subsequently sold.

In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the stock closed at $53 at a PE of 13.5 based on earnings per share of $3.93.

Junior Market makes modest gains

At the close of market activities, on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, the prices of 9 securities advanced, 5 declined and 6 remained unchanged leading to a rise in the Junior Market Index by 21.05 points to 2,657.19.
Trading resulted in 21 securities changing hands, in an exchange of 846,648 units valued at $4,389,452 compared to 927,168 units valued at $4,146,036 from 16 securities, on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 40,317 units for an average of $209,022 in contrast to 57,948 units for an average of $259,127 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to units 99,196 valued at $394,709 and previously 114,847 valued at $444,069. In contrast, November closed with average of 107,477 units valued at $545,989 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 3 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed at $32, with 700 shares, AMG Packaging ended 3 cents higher at $2.93, with 1,396 stock units, Caribbean Cream traded at $5.30, with 33,830 units, Caribbean Flavours finished trading at $11, with 900 shares, Caribbean Producers closed 10 cents higher at $4.10, with 11,223 shares. Consolidated Bakeries ended at $1.90, with 11,000 stock units, Dolphin Cove finished with a loss of $1 at $17, with 3,000 shares trading, Eppley settled at $10, with 340 shares, Express Catering ended trading 5 cents higher at $4.05, with 5,000 stock units. General Accident traded with a loss of 25 cents at $2.50, with 10,227 units, Jetcon Corporation finished 5 cents higher at $4.40, with 25,000 shares, Knutsford Express traded at $14.80, with 49,465 units, Lasco Distributors finished trading 21 cents higher at $4.20, with 336,229 shares. Lasco Financial closed with a loss of 25 cents at $4.65, with 206,042 shares, Lasco Manufacturing ended 20 cents higher at $3.70, with 18,900 stock units, Main Event concluded trading with a loss of 57 cents at $5.09, with 3,083 units, Medical Disposables finished 10 cents higher at $5.05, with 14,200 shares. Paramount Trading settled with a gain of 7 cents at $3.07, with 3,000 shares, Stationery and Office ended trading with a loss of 20 cents at $4.80, with 70,194 stock units, tTech finished trading 50 cents higher at $6, with 27,919 shares and in the junior market preference segment, Eppley 8.25% ended with a loss of 50 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of $5.50, with 15,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.