Derrimon in Paramount out – Top 5

AMG Packaging is IC Insider's top junior market stock for growth in the next 12 months.

AMG Packaging is IC Insider’s top junior market stock for growth in the next 12 months.

Paramount Trading jumped 25 percent from $14 to $17.50 for the week ending September 16, pushing it out of the IC Insider Top 5 junior market stocks, allowing another trading company, Derrimon Trading, to enter the list in its place.
Paramount Trading price movement is directly related to limited supply of the stock. There are good prospects for increased earnings to flow from expansion into the processing of lubricants, for the local market. Production is expected to get on the way in the first quarter of 2017. With a PE ratio of 7.6 times 2017 projected earnings, the stock remains attractive. With the limited supply, the stock seems a prime candidate for a stock split later this year.
Jetcon Corporation seems set to move out of the top 5 by the end of the week, if the trend of increased demand and limited supply continues. During the past week, the stock gained 24 percent based on the closing bids that were higher than the last sale price. AMG Packaging fell sharply in the week and has pushed the stock to top of the list, while Medical Disposables has moved down to 3 due to a revision downwards of earnings to 60 cents per share and an increase in the stock price.
Top 5 jm-mm -18-9-16rDerrimon enters as number 4 but the company is highly leveraged but expanding. Derrimon Trading reported slightly increased profit of $32.2 million or 12 cents per share up from $30.6 million in the June quarter with profit of $58.5 million compared to $51.2 million for the six months to June, with 3.5 percent growth is sales in the June quarter and 6 percent for the six months year over year. Other income grew but the company’s share of associated profit fell in both periods, while costs were held tightly.
Barita Investments is the only stock in the top 5 main market list, to show any major change, with the bid moving up to $3.51 at the close of the week and seeming set to trade in the $4 region sooner than later, with limited supply on the offer.

10 JSE stocks rise 10 fall -Friday

Grace Kennedy traded nearly 28M shares on Friday.

Grace Kennedy traded nearly 28M shares on Friday.

Grace Kennedy traded nearly 28 million shares valued at $1,162,148,683 to be the dominant trade for the day on the Jamaican stock market. Scotia Group traded early in the morning session at $32.40 that helped push the indices over 3,000 points at one stage but the stock fell back and helped to put the main indices into negative territory more than 1,000 points, at the close.
Trading led to the prices of 10 securities gaining out of a total of 37 that traded, with 10 declining in the overall market, including 5 stocks rising and 2 falling, in the junior market.
At the close of the market to 56,335,591 units valued at $1,576,979,024, changed hands, compared to the 2,177,808 units valued at $15,988,922 changing hands on Friday. The junior market accounted for 4,977,327 units valued at $32,514,713 of the total traded on Friday.
ICI JSE sum 16-09-16At the close of trading, the JSE Market Index dived 1,017.74 points to end at 159,249.07. The all Jamaica Composite Index dropped 1,138.18 points to close at 176,930.47 and the JSE combined index sank 749.64 points, to end at 171,281.38.
At the close, IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading showed 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
In market activity, investors picked up 2,041,685 units of Cable & Wireless, the price gained 2 cents in closing at 80 cents, Caribbean Cement fell by $1 to close at $26 with 992,947 units changing hands, Carreras traded 40,840 shares and lost 52 cents to close at $65.50, Grace Kennedy gained $1.55, with 27,892,196 shares changing hands at $43. Jamaica Broilers had 8,030,326 shares changing hands and fell 5 cents to end at $14.50, Jamaica Producers ended unchanged at $8.40 with 509,740 units trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell by 50 cents to end at $26.50 while trading 10,200 shares, JMMB Group traded 4,116,935 units and lost 20 cents to $9.80. Kingston Wharves traded 1,800 shares to close at $17.55, Mayberry Investments ended with 2,292,911 shares changing hands, to close at $3.50, ICI JSE fn qt 16-09-16 National Commercial Bank had 3,037,523 shares trading and closed with a loss of 25 cents at $40, Pan Jamaican Investments lost 94 cents and closed at $23.51 after trading 326,021 shares. Pulse Investments traded 37,200 shares with a rise of 35 cents to close at $4, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.40 after 110,101 shares changed hands, Sagicor Group traded 358,270 shares while gaining 53 cents to close at $23.10. Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 4,590 shares to close with a fall of 3 cents at $10.12, Scotia Group dropped $1.80 to close at $30.71 with 1,238,805 shares changing hands. Seprod gained 81 cents to close at $20.51 with 12,000 shares trading and Proven Investments gained 0.95 cent with 297,060 units changing hands to close at 19.99 US cents.

Grace trade 27.9m shares

Grace Kennedy traded 27.9 million shares valued at $1,161,862,567 but Scotia Group’s traded at earlier $32.40 helping to move the main market indices upwards. ici Int -16-9-16Scotia eventually fell back from the mornings high by mid-morning.
The junior market rose moderately, Jetcon Corporation rose 10 cents to a new high of $4.10 with 4,300 units trading and Lasco Distributors traded 3,734,752 units at $7.05. In the main market, Cable & Wireless traded 513,700 shares at 80 cents, National Commercial Bank traded 309,258 units at $40 and Scotia Group traded 190,191 units and fell back $1.45 to $30.06.
At 10:45 am 22 securities traded, resulting in a volume of 33,336,371 shares carrying a value of $1,215,936,825 changing hands compared to 3,624,650 shares carrying a value of $1,765,042 on Thursday. The average number of shares traded amounts to 1,515,290 units compared to 9,488 units on Thursday. The number of stocks falling are 4 while the prices of 8 securities rose as the market continues to consolidate.
The all Jamaica Composite Index gained 820.63 points to 178,889.28, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index climbed 733.78 points to 161,000.59, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index rose 752.52 points to close at 172,783.54 and the junior market index rose 7.01 points to 2,284.94.

Mavis Bank Coffee sold

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Coffee-fieldMavis Bank Coffee (‘Mavis Bank’) with sales of $1.15 billion and profit of around $98.4 million in 2015 according to the 2015 audited reports for Jamaica Producers is being sold to Specialty Coffee Investments Company Limited (‘SCI’).
The joint shareholders made the announcement to the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday. Pan Jamaican Investment Trust and Jamaica Producers Group, in separate reports, advised that the Pan Jamaican subsidiary, Scotts Preserves and JP Tropical Foods, a subsidiary of Jamaica Producers Group, entered into an agreement to transfer their shares owned in Mavis Bank Coffee Factory to SCI. SCI is acquiring the shares in Mavis Bank that are owned by both companies on a fifty percent basis each.
The Jamaica Producers audited accounts for 2015 showed Mavis Bank with net assets of $171 million and IC Insider estimates that the sales price, could be in the region of $750 million.
In October 2011, the Government sold its majority interest in Mavis Bank Coffee for an estimated J$243 million and then approximately 150 employees. Since acquisition the company invested additional sums in the venture.

20 JSE stocks rose 14 fall -Thursday

Exchange place Jamaican main market stocks recovered from losses sustained on Thursday with a strong advance decline ratio but with low trading levels. Trading led to the prices of 20 securities gaining out of a total of 43 that traded, with 14 declining in the overall market, including 8 stocks rising and 8 falling, in the junior market.
At the close of the market to 2,177,808 units valued at $15,988,922, changed hands, compared to the 6,452,961 units valued at $39,142,493 changing hands on Wednesday. The junior market accounted for 1,412,005 units valued at $5,750,259 of the total traded on Thursday.
At the close of trading, the JSE Market Index climbed 896.25 points to end at 160,266.81. The all Jamaica Composite Index jumped 1,002.31 points to close at 178,068.65 and the JSE combined index rose 868.84 points, to end at 172,031.02.
ICI JSE sum 15-09-16At the close, IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading showed 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers, suggesting that advancing stocks should continue to have the upper hand immediately ahead.
In market activity, investors picked up just 31,724 units of Cable & Wireless, the price slipped 2 cents in closing at 78 cents, Caribbean Cement gained 41 cents to close at $27 with just 1,255 units changing hands, Carreras traded 5,037 shares and gained 42 cents to close at $66.02, Investors traded 8,000 shares of 1834 Investments to close at $1.24. Grace Kennedy ended at $41.45, with 18,474 shares changing hand, Jamaica Broilers had 8,152 shares changing hands, to end at $14.55.ICI JSE fn qt 15-09-16 Jamaica Producers lost 10 cents and ended at $8.40 with 3,615 units trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 50 cents and ended at $27 while trading 61,156 shares, JMMB Group traded 22,000 units and rose 10 cents to $10. Kingston Wharves jumped $1.35 in trading 9,780 shares to close at $17.55, Pan Jamaican Investments gained 5 cents and closed at $24.45 after trading 3,610 shares, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.40 after 5,899 shares changed hands, Sagicor Group traded 208,100 shares while falling 53 cents to close at $22.57. Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 28,000 shares to close with a fall of 20 cents at $10.15, Scotia Group closed with a gain of $1.10 at $31.51 with 24,280 shares changing hands. Seprod gained 19 cents to close at $19.70 with 6,473 shares trading, Supreme Ventures gained 23 cents with 76,730 units changing hands to close at $4.98 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share closed with 234,000 units changing hands for a 2 cents fall to $2.08.

Scotia pushed JSE main market

A big 47 percent jump in Scotia Group’s third quarter profits motivated investors to push the stock up by $1 to $31.50 and the main market all Jamaica index up by more than 1,600 points in the morning session,ici Int -15-9-16 even as the overall volumes traded so far is light.
The junior market rose moderately with two stocks traded at new highs in the morning session, as Jetcon Corporation rose 70 cents to $4 with 20,000 units trading and while 2,000 units traded for Paramount Trading at $17.50 for a gain of $2.45. Caribbean Cream that has come in for increased buying traded above Wednesday’s closing high to $9 with 10,000 shares.
At 10:45 am 26 securities traded, resulting in a volume of only 246,695 shares carrying a value of 1,765,042 changing hands compared to 3,624,650 shares carrying a value of $18.2 million on Wednesday. The average number of shares traded amounts to only The 9,488 units compared to 95,386 units on Wednesday. The number of stocks falling are 6 while the prices of 12 securities rose as the market continues to consolidate.
The all Jamaica Composite Index gained 1,653.06 points to 178,719.40, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index climbed 1,478.14 points to 160,848.70, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index rose 1,468.28 points to close at 172,630.46 and the junior market index rose 9.48 points to 2,283.75.

Stunning 47% increased Scotia profit

Scotia hq 25 9-14 Scotia Group reported a stunning in net earnings jumping 47 percent for the third quarter to $3.3 billion over the 2015 July quarter. For the nine months, net earnings jumped 36.7 percent to $8.2 billion. Total comprehensive income for shareholders of the group ended at $9.3 billion for the nine months ended July 2016 up 10.5 percent from $8.8 billion.
For the third quarter, total comprehensive income of declined from $4.4 billion to $3.66 billion.
The results translate to earnings per share of $1.07 cents in the July quarter and $2.64 for the nine months, with full year’s earnings set to end around $3.90 and would put the PE at 7.8 versus an average of 9 based on estimated 2016 earnings for the main market valuation.
President and CEO of the banking group, Jackie Sharp, in a report to shareholders, commenting on the performance stated, “We continue to show strong performance this year, resulting from the execution of our strategic initiatives to grow revenues and reduce operating costs. All business lines showed good volume growth year over year, as we continued to meet our customer’s diverse needs. Our loan portfolio, after allowance for impairment losses, grew by $15.2 billion or 10.2 percent year over year. Customer Deposits also increased by $42.4 billion or 20.8 percent year over year. Funds under management in our wealth business grew by $15.9 billion or 14.9 percent year over year.”

Jackie Sharp - CEO Scotia Group

Jackie Sharp – CEO Scotia Group

Total revenues excluding impairment losses on loans for the nine months ended July 2016 was $28.8 billion, representing an increase of $2.46 billion above prior year. The positive movement was achieved through increased volumes and improved non-interest revenue, which cushioned the impact of reduced margins. Net interest income after impairment losses for the period was $17.6 billion, $670 million above the same period in 2015. This was due to an increase in net interest income of $745 million, resulting from growth in loan volumes, particularly our Retail loans, Residential Mortgages and Small Business portfolios, coupled with lower levels of wholesale funding. Impairment losses on loans increased by $75 million when compared with the same period last year.
Other revenue for the nine months ended July 2016 amounted to $10 billion, an increase of $1.7 billion or 20.6 percent compared to the same period last year. This was due to growth in net fee and commission income from increased transaction volumes on our deposit and payment services, credit card and merchant service business segments, as well as higher foreign currency gains.”
Sharp went on the further state “Operating Expenses amounted to $15.6 billion over the nine months ended July 31, 2016, a decrease of $464 million or 2.9 percent compared to prior year. Salary related expenses declined by $400 million, which offset higher operating expenses of $276 million. There was also a decline in asset tax of $330 million.”
Loans, after allowance for impairment losses amounted to $163.9 billion as at the end of the 2016 quarter, while nonperforming loans totalled $4.4 billion, representing 2.7 percent of total gross loans down from 3.1 percent last year. Total customer liabilities represented by deposits, securities sold under repurchase agreements, and policyholders’ funds grew to $350 billion, an increase of $35.3 billion or 11.2 percent compared to July 2015. A significant portion of the growth was reflected in core deposits, which grew by 20.8 percent year over year the company stated.
The stock that traded at $30.50 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange is undervalued and importantly with strong growth in the third quarter and increased growth in the loan portfolio as well as a pickup in economic growth in Jamaica augurs well for strong growth in profits going forward. Note need to be taken of a possible fall in foreign exchange gains an area that grew sharply in the July quarter by 127 percent to $1.17 billion.
The group declared another dividend of 45 cents per share and seems set to pay total dividend for the fiscal year of $1.80 providing an attractive yield of 6 percent.

20 JSE stocks rose – Wednesday

Advancing stocks outnumber declining ones on Wednesday almost 2 to 1.

Advancing stocks outnumber declining ones on Wednesday almost 2 to 1.

Jamaican main market stocks, slipped on a day when the number of securities rose close to record levels, for the overall market on Wednesday. Trading led to the prices of 20 securities gaining out of a total of 46 that traded, with 13 declining in the overall market, including 6 stocks rising and 7 falling, in the junior market.
At the close of the market to 6,452,961 units valued at $39,142,493, changed hands, compared to the 3,862,389 units valued at $14,970,110 changing hands on Tuesday. The junior market accounted for 3,294,451 units valued at $15,960,574 of the total traded on Wednesday.
At the close of trading, the JSE Market Index declined 230.01 points to end at 159,370.56. The all Jamaica Composite Index fell 257.23 points to close at 177,066.34 and the JSE combined index lost 129.39 points, to end at 171,162.18.
ICI JSE sum 14-09-16At the close, IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading showed 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers, suggesting continued fluidity in price movements immediately ahead.
In market activity, Berger Paints traded 29,614 units and rose 6 cents to end at $5.05, investors picked up just 255,635 units of Cable & Wireless, the price rose 1 cent in closing at 80 cents, Caribbean Cement traded 19,195 shares to close with a gain of 59 cents at $26.59. Carreras traded 6,001 shares and fell 42 cents to close at $65.60, Investors traded 51,984 shares of 1834 Investments to close with a loss of 1 cent at $1.24, Grace Kennedy ended at $41.45, with 5,982 shares changing hand, Jamaica Broilers lost 20 cents with 91,362 shares changing hands, to end at $14.55. Jamaica Producers ended at $8.50 with 34,510 units trading, Jamaica Stock Exchange ended at $26.50 while trading 5,000 shares, JMMB Group traded 24,877 units and fell 10 cents to $9.90. Kingston Wharves fell $1.20 in trading 1,032 shares to close at $16.20, Mayberry Investments ended with 535,795 shares trading at $3.50, National Commercial Bank had 7,738 units changing hands, to close with a gain of $1.15 at $40.25, trading in shares of 138 Student Living, ended with 641,007 units changing hands, to gain 20 cents at the close at $4.70. Pan Jamaican Investments gained 40 cents and closed at $24.40 after trading 123,656 shares, ICI JSE fn qt 14-09-16Radio Jamaica closed at $1.40 after 5,000 shares changed hands, Sagicor Group traded 44,896 shares while rising 50 cents to close at $23.10, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 16,000 shares to close with a gain of 20 cents at $10.35. Scotia Group closed with a gain of 50 cents at $30.50 with 112,598 shares changing hands, Scotia Investments had 196,976 units changing hands at $26, Seprod gained 1 cent to close at $19.51 with 5,000 shares trading, Supreme Ventures dipped 23 cents with 57,000 units changing hands to close at $4.75. JMMB Group 7.50% preference share rose 1 cent in trading 377,528 units to close at $1.09 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share closed with 500,000 units changing hands for a 1 cent rise to $2.09.

2 new highs for junior market

The junior market rose moderately but three stocks traded at ici Int -14-9-16new highs in the morning session as Caribbean Cream hit $10.20 in trading just 4,823 shares and Blue Power traded at $21. tTech traded up to $6 with 48,521 unit. The advance decline ratio was positive at more than 2 to 1.
At 11:45 am 38 securities traded, resulting in a volume of just 3,624,650 shares carrying a value of $18.2 million changing hands compared to 2,159,587 shares carrying a value of approximately $2.16 million on Tuesday. The average number of shares traded amounts to only The 95,386 units compared to 79,985 units on Tuesday. The number of stocks falling are 8 while the prices of 18 securities rose as the market continues to consolidate.
138 Student Living traded 641,007 units and gained 20 cents to $4.70 and Lasco Financial Services trades 1,266,578 shares but fell down to $3.10 from $3.45 at the close on Tuesday.
The all Jamaica Composite Index gained 102.03 points to 177,425.60, the Jamaica Stock Exchange Market Index climbed 91.24 points to 159,691.81, the Jamaica Stock Exchange combined index rose 270.06 points to close at 171,561.63 and the junior market index rose 18.06 points to 2,284.16.

19 JSE stocks rose on Tuesday

Exchange place Jamaican stocks recovered some of the losses of the past two trading days with all three main market indices rising over 1,270 points when the market closed on Tuesday with the advance declining ratio be positive close two to one. The volume of stocks trading more than doubled, the volume traded on Monday, as the volume in Cable & Wireless climbed 230 percent to 2.1 million.
At the close of the market to 3,862,389 units valued at $14,970,110, compared to the 1,421,290 units valued at $14,318,294 changing hands on Monday. The junior market accounted for 531,125 units valued at $2,288,358 of the total traded on Tuesday.
At the close of trading, the JSE Market Index jumped 1,531.08 points to end at 159,600.57. The all Jamaica Composite Index surged 1,712.27 points to close at 177,323.57 and the JSE combined index climbed 1,272.91 points, to end at 171,291.57.
ICI JSE sum 13-09-16At the close, the prices of 19 securities gained out of a total of 33 that traded, with 11 declining in the overall market, including 7 stocks rising and 2 falling, in the junior market.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading showed 13 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 with lower offers, suggesting continued fluidity in price movements ahead.
In market activity, Berger Paints traded 19,410 units and lost 1 cent to end at $4.99, investors picked up 2,134,925 units of Cable & Wireless gained 4 cents in closing at 79 cents as the stock gained some support at these lower levels. Caribbean Cement traded 62,686 shares to close with a gain of 40 cents at $26, Carreras traded 2,955 shares and gained 2 cents to close at $66.02, Investors traded 74,479 shares of 1834 Investments to close 15 cents higher at $1.25, Grace Kennedy rose 15 cents and ended at $41.45, with 37,527 shares changing hands. Jamaica Broilers rose 23 cents with 121,227 shares changing hands, to end at $14.75. Jamaica Producers ended with a loss of 9 cents at $8.50 with 16,259 units trading, JMMB Group traded 15,188 units and rose 15 cents to $10. Kingston Wharves gained 40 cents in trading 44,675 shares to close at $17.40, National Commercial Bank had 22,790 units changing hands to close with a loss of $1 at $39, Pan Jamaican Investments fell 50 cents and closed at $24 after trading 40,560 shares.ICI JSE fn qt 13-09-16 Portland JSX closed at $11 with 15,450 shares changing hands, Radio Jamaica lost 2 cents to close at $1.40 after 84,764 shares changed hands, Sagicor Group traded 24,100 shares while rising 10 cents to close at $22.60, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded 12,524 shares to close with a loss of 5 at $10.15. Scotia Group closed at $30 with 26,885 shares changing hands, Scotia Investments climbed 50 cents with 4,280 units changing hands at $26, Supreme Ventures gained 22 cents with 2,000 units changing hands to close at $4.98, Proven Investments traded 3,125 units to close at 19 US cents and JMMB Group 7.50% preference share lost 2 cents in trading 563,355 units to close at $1.08.