Gains for Junior Market

At the close of trading on Thursday, the Junior Market index recovered just 31.86 points of the 55.78 points lost on Wednesday and the 66.99 points fall on Monday as the market closed at 3,373.16 on Thursday. 
Market activity resulted in 25 securities changing hands with gains in just 13, while the prices of 4 declined and prices of 8 remained unchanged.
Junior Market activity, left the market’s average PE at 14.4. Trading ended with an exchange of 4,526,825 units in exchange for $11,980,216, compared to 8,280,200 units for $16,484,044 on Wednesday, from 30 securities trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 181,073 units for an average of $479,209 in contrast to 276,007 units for an average of $549,468 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 255,401 shares at $585,144 compared to an average of 263,515 shares at $596,709 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investors Choice bid-offer indicator with five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, AMG Packaging gained 8 cents in trading of 9,207 units at $2, Blue Power exchanged 1,500 shares, after rising 10 cents to end at $6.03. Caribbean Cream fell 11 cents in trading 3,827 units at $4.29, Consolidated Bakeries climbed 37 cents to settle at $1.97 after trading 7,810 stock units, Elite Diagnostic traded 20,750 shares to close at $5.20 after falling 30 cents, Express Catering rose 7 cents in exchanging 103,107 shares to close at $6.32. FosRich rose 3 cents to settle at $4.28 in trading 12,878 stock units, General Accident fell 10 cents while exchanging 9,600 shares at $7.40, Indies Pharma gained 23 cents trading of 72,656 units at $3.24, Iron rock Insurance closed at $3.80 after falling 20 cents with 13,000 shares trading. Jamaican Teas recovered the 7 cents lost on Wednesday with 6,306 units changing hands at $6.06, Jetcon Corporation exchanged 30,000 shares to close at $1.80 after falling 13 cents, Knutsford Express jumped $1.20 with just 100 shares crossing the exchange at $11.20, Limners and Bards rose 4 cents in trading 27,920 units at $2.85. MailPac rose 16 cents to end at $1.94 with 3,706,223 shares changing hands, Main Event gained 38 cents to settle at $6.45 while exchanging 74,342 units, Paramount Trading rose 45 cents with an exchange of 20,000 shares to close at $2 and tTech recovered 61 cents to close at $6.01 after an exchange of 55,296 shares.

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

Big drop for Junior Market

The Junior Market index dropped a sharp 55.78 points to close at 3,341.30 on Wednesday after 66.99 points were slashed on Monday, with declining stocks exceeding rising ones for the third consecutive day.
Market activity resulted in 30 securities changing hands with gains in just 5, while the prices if 17 declined and prices of 8 remained unchanged. CAC 2000 Preference share, closing at a 52 weeks’ low.
Junior Market activity, left the markets average PE at 14.1. Trading ended with an exchange of 8,280,200 units for $16,484,044 compared to 11,556,651 shares for $25,163,399 from 33 securities trading on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 276,007 units for an average of $549,468 for each stock traded, in contrast to 350,202 units for $762,527 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 263,515 shares at $596,709 compared to an average of 261,632 shares at $603,830 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each traded security.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investors Choice bid-offer indicator with six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial dropped $3 to end at $32 with 186 stock units crossing the exchange, AMG Packaging rose 2 cents in trading of 5,000 units at $1.92, Blue Power exchanged 19,300 shares, after declining 4 cents to end at $5.93. Caribbean Cream fell 11 cents in trading 3,827 units at $4.29, and Consolidated Bakeries declined by 3 cents to settle at $1.60 after trading 54,000, Elite Diagnostic exchanged82,443 shares to close at $5.50 after falling 9 cents, Everything Fresh lost 5 cents with 220,157 shares changing hands at $1.05. Express Catering lost 5 cents in exchanging 6,281 shares to close at $6.25, GWest Corporation lost 4 cents to settle at 95 cents while exchanging 21,000 units, Honey Bun slashed 90 cents from the previous close to end at $7 in a swap of 51,831 shares. iCreate traded 589,259 units and gained 8 cents to end at 70 cents, Indies Pharma declined by a cent trading of 23,619 units at $3.01, Jamaican Teas fell 7 cents while 84,824 changed hands at $5.99, Jetcon Corporation exchanged 119,193 shares to close at $1.93 after rising 13 cents. Knutsford Express dived $1.50 with 43,436 shares crossing the exchange at $10, Lasco Financial exchanged 57,950 units, but fell 10 cents to end at $4.50, Lasco Manufacturing gained 10 cents trading of 45,000 units at $5.10, Limners and Bards slipped 2 cents in trading of 126, 814 units at $2.81. MailPac pulled back 17 cents to end at $1.78 with 5,881,440 shares changing hands, Main Event declined 8 cents to settle at $6.07 with an exchange of 31,212 units and Paramount Trading lost 45 cents with a transfer of 62,639 shares to close at $1.55.

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

Junior Market ekes out minor gain

The Junior Market index inched 1.16 points higher to close at 3,397.08 on Tuesday after dropping sharply by 66.99 points on Monday, with declining stocks exceeding rising ones.
Market activity, resulted in 33 securities changing hands with gains in 9 securities, declines in 16 while the prices of 8 remained unchanged, but CAC 2000 Preference share, closing at a 52 weeks’ low.
Junior Market activity, left the markets average PE at 14.5. Trading ended with an exchange of 11,556,651 shares for $25,163,399 compared to 13,720,939 units for$30,393,491 from 28 securities trading on Monday.
Trading ended with an average of 350,202 units for $762,527 for each stock traded, in contrast to 490,034 units for $1,085,482 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 261,632 shares at $603,830 compared to an average of 244,025 shares at $572,282 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investors Choice bid-offer indicator with five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial surged $5 to end at $35 with 20,000 stock units crossing the exchange, AMG Packaging fell 15 cents in trading of 176,455 units at $1.90, Blue Power ended with a transfer of 6,309 shares, after rising 12 cents to end at $5.97. Cargo Handlers fell 50 cents in trading of 9,357 units at $9.50, Consolidated Bakeries declined by 22 cents to settle at $1.63 after trading 341,522. Dolphin Cove exchanged 6,500 shares to close at $10.90 after falling 20 cents,
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 ended with a loss of 1 cent at a 52 weeks’ low of 90 cents with 50,000 stock units changing hands. Elite Diagnostic traded 5,187 shares to close at $5.59 after falling 16 cents, Everything Fresh inched 1 cent higher in trading 10,000 shares at $1.10, Fosrich lost 7 cents in exchanging 7,532 shares to close at $4.25. Fontana rose 60 cents to $7.80, with 78,705 stock units crossing the exchange, General Accident closed trading of 3,309 units and gained 35 cents to end at $7.50, GWest Corporation lost 6 cents to settle at 99 cents while exchanging 20,000 units, Honey Bun fell 15 cents in an exchange of 12,554 shares to close at $7.90. iCreate traded 29,300 units and gained 2 cents to end at 62 cents, Indies Pharma declined 3 cents in trading of 18,976 units at $3.02, Jetcon Corporation ended market activity exchanging 59,702 shares to close at $1.80 after falling 13 cents. Knutsford Express climbed 50 cents and traded 8,800 shares at $11.50, Lasco Distributors declined 26 cents in trading of 52,105 units at $3.30, Lasco Financial exchanged 1,000 units and put on 20 cents to end at $4.60, Limners and Bards dipped 2 cents in trading of 31,662 units at $2.83. MailPac pulled back 3 cents to end at $1.95 with 10,264,726 shares changing hands, Medical Disposables declined by 40 cents to settle at $7.10 with an exchange of 156,000 units, SSL Venture exchanged 25,000 shares to close at $1.20 after falling 20 cents and tTech ended trading of a mere 77 shares, after rising 5 cents to $5.40.
In the preference segment, CAC 2000 ended with a loss of 1 cent at a 52 weeks’ low of 90 cents with 50,000 stock units changing hands.

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

Sharp drop for Junior Market

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MailPac drops 24 cents to close at $1.98 on Monday.

The Junior Market suffered a significant fall on Monday with the market index dropping 66.99 points to close at 3,395.92 points resulting from gains in 11 securities declines in 10 while the prices of 6 remained unchanged.
Junior Market activity, left the market’s average PE at 14.6. Trading ended with 28 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 13,720,939 shares for $30,393,491 compared to 18,043,694 units for $43,397,194 from 28 securities trading on Friday.
Trading ended with an average of 490,034 units for $1,085,482 for each stock traded, in contrast to 644,418 units for $1,549,900 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 244,025 shares at $572,282 compared to an average of 194,110 shares at $468,155 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded 5,394 units to finish with a fall of $5.29 at $35.29, AMG Packaging dipped 2 cents in trading 20,760 shares at $2.05, Caribbean Cream gained 15 cents to close at $4.40 with 2.900 stock units crossing the exchange. Derrimon Trading lost 13 cents after a transfer of 115,500 shares at $2.50, Dolphin Cove lost 1 cent after exchanging just 236 stocks at $11.10, Elite Diagnostic rose 25 cents to end at $5.75 with the trading a mere 365 units. Express Catering jumped 80 cents to close at $6.30 with an exchange of 34,922 shares, Fontana suffered a sharp 61 cents fall to close at $7.20 in exchanging 66,950 stock units, FosRich traded 12,514 shares and rose 25 cents to end at $5.75. General Accident fell 35 cents to $7.15 while transferring 6,500 shares, Honey Bun closed with a rise of 5 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $8.05, with 28,055 stock units crossing the exchange, iCreate traded 73,341 shares but rose 2 cents to end at 60 cents. Indies Pharma traded 11,122 shares and lost 15 cents in closing at $3.05, Jamaican Teas fell 9 cents in exchanging 21,220 shares to end at $6.06, Jetcon Corporation traded just 581 shares and gained 13 cents to close at $1.93. Lasco Distributors closed with just 100 units changing hands after rising 6 cents to end at $3.56, Lasco Financial lost 2 cents with the trading of 27,926 shares at $4.40, Limners and Bards rose 8 cents with 26,272 shares changing hands at $2.85. Recently listed, MailPac, traded 12,827,913 shares with the price pulling back 24 cents to end at $1.98, Medical Disposables exchanged 13,090 shares after gaining 40 cents to close at $7.50 and Paramount Trading closed at $2 after slipping 5 cents with an exchange of 21,000 shares.

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

Junior Market slips on Friday

After surging 100.47 points on Thursday, the Junior Market pulled back slightly on Friday with the market index shedding 14.43 points to close at 3,462.91 resulting from gains in 11 securities declines in 10 while the prices of 6 remained unchanged,
Junior Market activity, left the market’s average PE at 15. Trading ended with 28 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 18,013,541 units for $43,397,194 compared to 5,740,254 units for $7,603,716 from 29 securities trading on Thursday.
Trading ended with an average of 644,418 units for $1,549,900 for each stock traded, in contrast to 197,940 units for an average of $262,197 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 1194,110 shares at $468,155 compared to an average of 79,486 shares at $192,801 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded 9,000 units to finish with a gain of $1.52 at $35.29, AMG Packaging gained 2 cents in trading 11,371 shares at $2.07, Blue Power dropped $1.15 to end at $5.85 with 41,251 units crossing the market. Consolidated Bakeries recovered the 35 cents lost on Thursday and adding 5 cents more to close at $1.85 with 10,000 shares crossing the exchange. Derrimon Trading gained just 1 cent after a transfer of 165,500 shares at $2.63, Everything Fresh gained 6 cents after exchanging 46,980 shares at $1.09, GWest fell 1 cent to end at $1.05 with 7,232 stock units changing hands. Honey Bun closed with a rise of 1 cent at $8, with 28,055 stock units crossing the exchange, create traded 316,100 shares but rose 3 cents to end at 58 cents. Iron Rock Insurance ended with 200 shares crossing the exchange and rose 55 cents and close at $4, Lasco Distributors closed trading of 100,000 units and lost 4 cents to end at $3.50, Limners and Bards lost 3 cents with 8,328 shares changing hands at $2.77. Recently listed, MailPac traded 16,845,367 shares, with the price rising 5 cents to end at a new closing high of $2.22 after trading at an intraday high of $2.60. Main Event rose 15 cents to close at $6.15 after trading 47,320 units, Medical Disposables exchanged 11,910 shares after dropping 90 cents to close at $7.10, Paramount Trading closed at $2.05 after slipping 9 cents with an exchange of 5,000 shares. SSL Venture Capital, to be renamed Boost Venture, traded 3,500 shares and rose 30 cents close at $1.45, Stationery and Office Supplies fell 50 cents in trading 42,176 units at $11 and tTech traded 806 and lost 15 cents to close at $5.35.

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

Sharp jump for Junior Market

Junior Market makes big breakthrough resistance and seems to be heading higher.

At the close of the Junior Market on Thursday, the market index surged 100.47 points to close at 3,477.34, resulting from gains in 12 securities and eight declines while the prices of 9 remained unchanged, leaving the market’s average PE at 14.3.
Junior Market activity, ended with 29 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 5,740,254 units for $7,603,716 compared to 1,154,175 units for $4,201,370 from 30 securities trading on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 197,940 units for an average of $262,197 in contrast to 38,473 units for an average of $140,046 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 79,486 shares at $192,801 compared to an average of 37,077 shares at $167,956 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded 9,000 units to finish with a gain of $3.67 at $33.77, AMG Packaging lost 1 cent with 13,000 shares changing hands at $2.05, Blue Power rose 9 cents to end at $7 with 3,838 units crossing the market, Caribbean Cream lost 15 cents in ending at $4.25, by swapping 22,651 shares. Caribbean Flavours, traded 100 shares, but lost 64 cents in closing at $15, Caribbean Producers added just 1 cent to close at $4.80 with an exchange of 12,000 shares, Consolidated Bakeries lost 35 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.45 with 839,5000 shares crossing the exchange. Elite Diagnostic gained 20 cents after a transfer of 8,590 shares at $5.50. Everything Fresh dipped 19 cents after exchanging 90,368 shares at $1.03, Fontana gained 5 cents and closed trading of 93,258 units, to end at $7.85. FosRich jumped $1.89 to end at $5.50 while exchanging 8,590 shares, Honey Bun closed with a rise of 39 cents at $7.99, with 37,205 stock units crossing the exchange, iCreate traded 725,100 shares but fell 5 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of 55 cents. Indies Pharma traded 2,814 shares and rose 15 cents and close at $3.20, Jamaican Teas traded 3,077 shares after declining by 5 cents to end at $6.15, Knutsford Express climbed 90 cents in exchanging 1,330 shares at $11. Lasco Distributors closed trading of 7,700 units and lost 16 cents to end at $3.54, Lasco Financial gained just 1 cent to close at $4.42 with 17,200 shares changing hands, Limners and Bards lost 2 cents with 32,050 shares changing hands at $2.80. Recently listed, MailPac traded 3,596,138 shares with the price jumped 85 cents to close at a new high of $2.17. The stock has more than doubled the IPO price of $1; it went to the market in November. Medical Disposables traded 2,536 shares after rising 51 cents to close at $8, SSL Venture Capital, to be renamed Boost Venture traded 70,850 shares but fell 35 cents close at a 52 weeks’ low of $1.15 and Stationery and Office Supplies rose 50 cents in trading 96 units at $11.50.

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

MailPac set to jump

MailPac shares were listed on Wednesday and closed at $1.32 for a rise of 32 percent, with less than 49,373 units traded.
The most recent information has the highest buying price at $1.72 for 305,000 shares, followed by 73,247 shares at $1.70 a lot of 26,388 units at $1.51 and 300,001 units at $1.50. At $1.49, there is buying for 60,357 units and at $140 to buy 4.37 million.
Selling starts at $1.35 with 24,092 shares, followed by 21,227 units at $1.44 and 21,227 at $1.45, with a total of 82 offers posted so far.
Trading in the early trading session on Thursday resulted in just 56,620 units changing hands at $2.10 at a PE ratio of 15. The maximum price that it can trade at for the day is $2.18. With the price movement to date, the stock has moved out of the IC Insider.com TOP 10 list.

Junior Market slips

Junior Market activities ended on Wednesday with 30 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 1,154,175 units for $4,201,370 compared to 1,065,830 units valued at $4,608,133 from 25 securities trading on Tuesday.
At the close, the Junior Market Index slipped 1.18 points to close at 3,376.87, resulting from gains in 6 securities and declines in 13 while the prices of 11 remained unchanged, leaving the market’s average PE to 13.9.
Trading ended with an average of 38,473 units for an average of $140,046 in contrast to 42,633 units for an average of $184,325 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 37,077 shares at $167,956 compared to an average of 36,256 units at $184,373 for each security traded. In contrast, November closed with an average of 120,579 shares at $506,880 for each security exchanged.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator with 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial traded just 150 units to finish with a gain of 10 cents at $30.10, Blue Power lost 4 cents to end at $6.91 with 12,804 units crossing the market, Cargo Handlers closed with a rise of 55 cents at $10, in swapping of 7,893 shares. Caribbean Producers added just 1 cent to close at $4.81 with an exchange of 1,162 shares, Elite Diagnostic shed 15 cents after 57,675 shares changed hands at $5.30, Express Catering gained 17 cents after exchanging 51,680 shares at $6.32, Fontana closed trading of 93,858 units, but lost 2 cents to end at $7.80. FosRich dropped $1.24 to end at $3.61 while exchanging 25,042 shares, General Accident lost 19 cents in trading 2,000 stock units at $7.50, Honey Bun closed with a loss of 10 cents at $7.60, with 23,290 stock units crossing the exchange, Indies Pharma traded 78,735 shares and fell 5 cents and close at $3.05. Investors transferred 30,200 shares of Jetcon Corporation after falling 15 cents to end at $1.80, Knutsford Express lost 90 cents in trading 1,500 stock units at $10.10,Lasco Distributors closed trading with 88,435 units and gained 20 cents to end at $3.70. Limners and Bardslost 7 cents with 36,899 shares changing hands at $2.82, newly listed MailPac traded 49,373 shares and rose 32 cents to close at a new high of $1.32.Main Eventlost 20 cents to close at $6 after 36,234 shares crossed the exchange, Stationery and Office Supplies lost 55 cents in trading 36,550 units at $11 and tTechfell 50 cents in transferring 50 stock units at $5.50.

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

JSE Main Market drops

The primary market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange enjoyed almost three times the value trading as on Tuesday but the indices slipped at the close.
At the close, JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,461.90 points to close at 551,818.48, the JSE Market Index lost 1,305.26 points to 502,483.90 and the JSE Financial Index slipped 0.70 points to close at 137.62.
The market closed with 40 securities changing hands in the main and US dollar markets with 15 advancing, 15 declining and 10 trading firm. Main market activity ended with 38 securities accounting for 17,575,871 units valued at $314,642,943, in contrast to 35,992,474 units valued at $119,732,182 on Tuesday from 35 securities.
Sagicor Select Funds dominated trading with 6.1 million shares for 34.5 percent of the day’s trade, followed Carreras with 3.5 million units and 19.7 percent of traded volume and JMMB Group with 2.1 million shares and 11.7 percent of the total volume.
The market closed with an average of 462,523 units valued at an average of $8,280,077 for each security traded, in contrast to 1,028,356 units valued at an average of $3,420,919 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 619,777 units valued at $4,370,662 and previously, an average of 703,941 units valued at $2,278,299 for each security changing hands. The market closed out November with an average of 653,621 units valued at $8,699,916 for each security changing hands.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 9 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers. The PE ratio of the market ended at 19.2 with the main market ending at 18.9 times 2019 current year’s earnings.
In the premier market, Barita Investments lost 45 cents to settle at $70.55, with 791,907 shares changing hands, Caribbean Cement dipped $1.50 to $77.50 while trading 2,230 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund gained 60 cents to end at $36.60, in exchanging 1,151 stock units, Grace Kennedy closed 98 cents lower at $65, in transferring 436,306 units. Jamaica Broilers slumped to $36, after losing $2 with 143,324 shares crossing the exchange, JMMB Group gained $1 to end at $48, after exchanging 2,054,039 stock units, Kingston Wharves dived to $53.05, after losing $7.45 while trading 2,800 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities rose by $1.31 to close at $13, with 43,087 units changing hands. NCB Financial Group climbed $3.97 to $204, in swapping 127,891 shares, Portland JSX gained 98 cents to end at $9 and trading 54,422 stock units, Proven Investments closed $1.95 lower at $46, with an exchange of 20,043 units, Sagicor Group gained $1 in transferring 69,489 shares to close at $67. Salada Foods lost $1.39 swapping 1,120 units to settle at $30, Scotia Group closed 80 cents lower at $54.20, in exchanging 333,238 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 99 cents trading 340,580 stock units to settle at $25.01. Victoria Mutual Investments gained 38 cents to close at $8.90, after exchanging 39,749 shares and Wisynco Group climbed 70 cents to end at $24, with 915,085 shares changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 423,162 units valued at US$129,633 with the market index losing 6.87 points to close at 207.22. Proven Investments closed at 32 US cents, after trading 420,126 shares and JMMB Group 6% preference share ended at US$1.01 while exchanging 3,036 shares.

Profit stays strong at Sagicor Group

Sagicor Group last traded at $66 on the JSE.

Profit at the Jamaican based Sagicor Group climbed 26 percent in the September quarter to $4.5 billion from $3.54 billion in the 2018 quarter with profit for the nine months to September, rising 28 percent to $11.3 billion from $8.8 billion in the 2018 period.
Profit before tax rose by just 8 percent in the quarter to $5.23 billion from $4.85 billion and 27 percent for the year to September to $14.5 billion from $11.47 billion in 2018.
“The main contributing factors were the depreciation of the Jamaican dollar, which positively impacted realized and unrealized gains attributable to US dollar positions and the 36 percent appreciation of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market indices, benefitting the Group by way of trading gains and capital appreciation,” a statement from the chairman and CEO stated.
Net profit attributable to shareholders continues an upward trend from the start of the financial year, with Q1 posting profit of $2.7 billion and moving to $3.7 billion in Q2 and $4.4 billion in the current quarter. Earnings per stock rose to $1.15 for the September quarter compared to 91 cents in the 2018 quarter, and $2.79 for the nine months to September, versus $2.27 year to September 2018.
Total income rose 28 percent for the quarter to $25 billion from $19.5 billion and 31 percent for the year to date to $67.5 billion from $51.48 billion in 2018. “Contributing to the overall revenue outturn in the September quarter was a 23 percent increase in net premium income, investment revenue of 28 percent and an increase of 10 percent in fees and other income,” the management stated in their report accompanying the quarterly.
The results for the nine months to September reflected gains of 18 percent in net premium revenue, to $33.8 billion and 23 percent for the September quarter to reach $12.7 billion while investment income climbed 42 percent in the nine months to $19.3 billion and 28 percent for the quarter to $7.4 billion. Fees and other income rose 16 percent to $10.5 billion and 10 percent in the quarter to $3.7 billion.
Insurance benefits, administrative and other expenses climbed 37 percent to $19.46 billion from $14.24 billion, compared to a 35 percent increase to $53.66 billion from $39.87 billion in 2018 for the year to date. Net insurance benefits rose 28 percent in the quarter to $8 billion from $6.3 billion in 2018 and from $19 billion to $21.2 billion for the nine months.
Administrative expenses climbed 17 percent in the quarter to $5.2 billion from a similar period in 2018 and 16 percent in the nine months to $15.3 billion.
For the nine months to September, the group’s segment results show Individual Insurance revenues rising a healthy 24 percent to $25.8 billion from $20.9 billion in 2018 but resulting in segment profit falling from $4.1 billion to $3.8 billion. Investment Banking accounted for $4.5 billion of revenues in 2019, up 67 percent from $2.7 billion in 2018, with profit nearly doubling to $2 billion from $1.1 billion. Employee Benefits revenues climbed from $17.6 billion in 2018 to $20.4 billion, and profit rising from $2.9 billion to $3.2 billion and Commercial Banking revenues rose 19 percent from $8.3 billion in 2018 to $9.9 billion with profit hitting $1.95 billion from $1.4 billion in 2018. All other segments added revenues of $6.4 billion in 2019 from $2.9 billion, with profit rising from $270 million in 2018 to $415 million.
The stock last traded on the JSE Main Market at $66 for a PE ratio of 16.5 compared to a market average of 19, an indication that the price is undervalued.
At the end of September, shareholders’ equity stood at $88.4 billion up from $73 billion at the end of September 2018. Assets ended the period at $458 billion inclusive of financial investments of $196 billion, cash and bank balances of $25 billion and liabilities at $338 billion.
Earnings per share came out at $1.15 for the quarter and $2.79 for the nine months. IC Insider.com is forecasting $4 per share for PE of 16.5 times earnings at the last traded price of $66.
Sagicor Group results for the nine months to September include the consolidation of the new subsidiaries, Sagicor Real Estate Fund and Travel Cash Jamaica. The Group’s latest acquisition, Advantage General Insurance, in which the Group acquired a 60 percent interest on September 30, did not affect earnings for the nine months.