46% Junior Market ordinary prices fall

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

Declining stocks dominate JSE

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market ended with modest gains on Tuesday with increased market activity but with falling stocks distancing advancing ones by 25 percent.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index gained 470.64 points to close at 416,376.17 and the JSE Index rose 428.81 points to 379,365.82.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks on Wednesday.
A total of 31 securities traded including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 27 trading on Monday with the prices of 12 securities rising, 15 declining and 4 holding firm.
Kingston Wharves traded at 52 weeks’ high during the day of $85 and Mayberry Equities traded at an intraday high of $13.25, but both fell back by the close, while Sterling Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $27.60 and Radio Jamaica ended at a 52 weeks’ low of 85 cents.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Monday’s levels, with 9,264,518 units valued at $430,892,380 compared to 13,217,499 units valued at $228,334,356 changing hands on Monday.
Trading closed with Kingston Wharves led with 5,087,056 units and accounting for 54.91 percent of the day’s volume followed by Ciboney with 1,393,189 units or 15.04 percent of total volume traded and Carreras with 737,720 units and 7.96 percent of the day’s volume.
Trading resulted in an average of 330,876 units valued at over $15,389,014, in contrast to 528,700 shares valued at $9,133,374 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 386,273 shares, valued $7,433,795 and previously, 394,228 shares, valued $6,099,986. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Berger Paints rose 51 cents to end at $22.50, trading 8,578 stock units, Caribbean Cement shed 91 cents to finish at $49.09, in exchanging 23,096 shares, Grace Kennedy lost 50 cents and ended trading 19,357 shares at $61.50, Jamaica Broilers declined by $1 in trading 42,674 stock units stock units to close at $32, Jamaica Producers rose 50 cents and finished trading 17,843 units at $30, JMMB Group fell $1 and ended at $36, with 202,220 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $7.99 in exchanging 5,087,056 stock units to closed at $75, Mayberry Investments lost 30 cents to finish at $9.20, trading 161,000 stock units, PanJam Investment grew 69 cents to $64.70,with 4,715 stock units trading, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1 to end at $15, trading 47,645 shares, Scotia Group declined $1 to close at $60, trading 167,808 units, Seprod jumped $1 trading 3,600 shares, to close at $50, Sterling Investments jumped $2.60 and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $27.60 with a mere 300 shares changing hands, Supreme Ventures rose 40 cent to end at $20.90, with 39,955 shares changing hands and Wisynco Group rose 25 cents to $9.60, trading 452,414 shares.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 5,608 units valued at $3,002, changing hands JMMB Group 6 percent preference share traded 2,035 units to end at US$1.07, Margaritaville traded 1,298 shares at 25 US cents after rising by 1 cent, Proven Investments lost 1 cent in trading 2,275 shares to close at 21 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 3.53 points to 171.74.

All Jamaica hits new record but falters

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market declined on Monday after posting another intraday high of 418,00.53 Points.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index lost 1,050.58 points to close at 415,905.53 and the JSE Index fell 957.20 points to 378,937.01.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 8 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks.
A total of 27 securities traded including 2 in the US dollar market, compared to 32 trading on Friday with the prices of 13 securities rising, 7 declining and 7 holding firm.
There were 6 securities trading at 52 weeks’ highs during the day, with just ending at a 52 weeks’ closing highs. Stocks trading at new highs are Mayberry Investments, JMMB Group, NCB Financial Group and PanJam Investment, while Radio Jamaica ended at a 52 weeks’ low.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Friday’s levels, with 13,217,499 units valued at $228,334,356 compared to 3,405,863 units valued at $88,834,288 changing hands on Friday.
Trading closed with Wisynco Group led with 10,075,318 units and 76.23 percent of the day’s volume followed by NCB Financial Group with 609,701 units or 4.61 percent of the day’s volume and Jamaica Producers with 551,409 units or just 4.17 percent of the volume traded.
Trading resulted in an average of 528,700 units valued at over $9,133,374, in contrast to 117,444 shares valued at $3,063,251 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 394,228 shares, valued $6,099,986 and previously, 448,288 shares, valued $6,994,366. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Caribbean Cement gained 90 cents to finish at $50, in exchanging 5,195 shares, Grace Kennedy rose $1 and ended trading 14,811 shares at $62, Jamaica Broilers rose 51 cents in trading 42,674 stock units stock units to close at $33, Jamaica Producers rose 49 cents and finished trading 551,409 units at $29.50 Mayberry Investments rose 50 cents to finish at $9.50, trading 134,512 stock units, NCB Financial Group dropped $3.50 trading 609,701 shares to end at $130, PanJam Investment fell 89 cents and closed at $64.01,with 40,270 stock units trading, Sagicor Group gained $1.05 to settle at $41.05, with 24,540 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund lost $1 to end at $14, trading 113,782 shares, Scotia Group rose $1 in trading 256,277 units to close at $61, Seprod jumped $2.20 in trading 3,289 shares to close at $49, Stanley Motta rose 75 cents to close at $5.25 with 15,863 shares trading Sterling Investments jumped $2.99 and closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $25 with 22,000 shares changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 36 cents in trading 18,302 shares to end at $12.51.
Trading in the US dollar market closed with 54.335 units valued at $8,377, changing hands. Proven Investments traded 20,000 shares to close at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share traded 34,335 units to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index gained 0.12 points to 175.27.

Junior Market moved higher – Monday

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

Falling interest rate was huge buy signal

Apartment complex in Kingston – Real estate values to benefit from low interest rates.

Declining interest rate is a huge buy signal for both stocks and real estate investments, if the fall is expected to last. Interest rates have fallen to the lowest levels on record, in Jamaica and while the low rate of 1.7 percent in treasury bills won’t last forever, it is expected that it will not go up too far from current levels any time soon.
In May this year, Bank of Jamaica cut the overnight policy rate, by 25 basis points to 2.5 percent that along with a further decline in short term Treasury bill rates on Wednesday.
IC Insider.com stated then, that the moves provided more ammunition for a big surge for Jamaican stocks. The piece went on to state that with a 15 percent fall in BOJ’s policy rate in 2018 so far, stocks are lagging behind, with an increase of just 6.6 percent for the Junior Market and 4 percent for the main market.
The fall in Treasury bill rates was far greater than the rise of the All Jamaica Composite Index, an indication of a lot more upside for stocks based on the downward movement of interest rates.
Investors seem to be focusing more on profits in valuing stocks than on interest rates so far. That will change. The fall in the overnight rate, translates to a 9 percent rise in stock market prices, but rates seem likely to decline some more before settling off, providing more ammunition for more gains in stock prices.
We stated that with the fall in interest rates, the PE of money is at the high end 40 times income and using corporate bond 12 times, but the PE ratio should be more tied to Treasury Bill rates and that PE is now in 30 range but stocks are mostly in the low teens and below. IC Insider.com further stated that most investors did not appear to be paying much attention to the tsunami that was on the way that will see prices move sharply higher.
Some were skeptical about the assertion that the fall in interest rates could drive stock prices. The record is clear as there are two main developments that drive stock prices – interest rates and profits. With just over five months passing, investors have not only warm to the fall in rates but many are not willing to part with their stocks. Late comers to the party will pay much higher prices than in May and June. Up to Friday the Junior Market is up 24 percent and the Main market is up 31.7 percent and rising. Technical reading of the market suggest that the Main market has another 25 percent run to make before probably cooling for a charge to 720,000 points on the All Jamaica Composite Index in 2019.
The fall in interest rates makes it cheaper to buy real estate with lower interest rates for each dollar borrowed. Additionally, investors will switch funds from fixed interest investments into stocks and real estate thus driving up their values.

Review of 2018 stock market forecast

Palace hits a new high of $1,500 to be top performer in 2018 so far.

“ Assessment of the market, suggests that 2018 could be a grand year, with overall price gains likely to be in excess of 40 percent”, a quote from IC Insider.com in February, this year.
“Based on projected earnings for 2018, the average PE ratio suggests that main market stocks should grow by 26 percent. Falling interest rates could add another 20 percent to gains during the year, bringing overall gains in excess of 40 percent.”
“Technical readings of the market have the main market heading initially to around 390,000 points or 23 percent ahead of the December close, for the all Jamaica Index, before resistance sets in and then moving much higher, later on’ the IC Insider.com forecast for 2018 stated.
With almost three more months to go, before the year ends, the main market is broken through the 390,000 points mark to be up 31.7 percent for the year to date, there seems no stopping it for now.
The report in February stated that the main market was caught in a wedge formation, trading just below the upper end of channel that can be traced to late 2015. The wedge could hold the market in consolidation mode for a short time, a month or two, before breaking out, most likely to the upside.
IC Insider.com projects that many of the main market heavy weights will find it tough to repeat the strong gains they enjoyed in 2017, if that is the case, their impact on the market index is likely to be less than for 2017. Another factor that could make a repeat of 2017 tough, is the movement of interest rates. Last year, Treasury bill rates fell 29 percent from 6.56 percent to 4.83 percent, that level of decline, is unlikely to happen in 2018, even as some of the decline in the latter part of 2017 is yet to be fully reflected in the prices of stocks to date and should positively affect prices in 2018. IC Insider.com is forecasting rates on 182 days Treasury bill  hitting 3 percent by the end of the 2018 first quarter. Treasury bill rates in 2018 at 1.7 percent, have fallen more sharply than in 2017.
The original piece stated that “there are a number of other factors at play that are set to impact the market. Increasing employment is taking place with the highest number of persons employed in the country’s history. Attendant with that is the sharp fall in unemployment from more than 16.3 percent in 2013, to just over 10 percent in 2017. The annual net employment is growing around 30,000 persons per year and that could rise as the economy gains steam. This will mean more spending and increased tax collection for government. Alpart resumption of Alumina production is a big positive for the overall economy, for increased government revenues and more demand for local goods and services, some of which are provided by listed companies. The tourism sector is enjoying strong growth, apart from increasing foreign exchange intake for the country, will have direct impact on Jamaica Producers and Sagicor X Fund. Jamaica seems to be going through a construction boom with several new buildings under construction, Caribbean Cement and Berger Paints should benefit considerably from such developments.”
“More listings on the stock market will result in increased fee income for JSE and brokerage houses, from increased trading volumes.”
The TOP 10 stocks include a few surprises while there are others that sit just outside the top stocks that investors may still want to keep a keen eye on. Investors should be looking beyond 2018 as medium term gains beyond 2018 could be strong for stocks that will benefit from current developments, long term.
The TOP 10 selection is selling well below the average PE of the Main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at just over 6.3 versus nearly 12 at the end of 2017.

Barita last traded on the JSE as high as $20 on Friday.

Barita Investments moved more into fee based income and that is working well for them, with sharp growth, while net interest income stagnates. The prospects for continued strong growth in fee income continues with more investors seeking better returns than in the fixed interest market. The company should see a change in ownership soon and that could see a more aggressive approach to management that could optimize returns from exiting business and newer lines. Unrealized gains on investment ought to be factored into its earnings in valuing the stocks and that would boost its value considerably, the market is not paying attention.
Berger Paints is set to be a big winner with increasing sales coming from a buoyant construction sector resulting in increased profit and what IC Insider.com expects to be a healthy dose of dividend payments. It could become the next Carreras from a dividend yield standpoint but with growing profits. The company will benefit from lowering of overhead cost which was evident in 2017.
Jamaica Broilers continues to grow organically and from new business being acquired. Growth will continue as the Haitian market deliver greater returns form a growing market while the poultry demand in Jamaica continues to grow.
Caribbean Cement will benefit from lower operating cost, increased sales and a planned cut in financing of the lease which is said will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of it cost that could come close to $2 per share per annum.
Palace Amusement Company, currently enjoying sell out cinemas with block buster hit, is one of those unusual choices. It enjoys minimal trading but it could surprise on the upside if all goes well. Growth in the economy and increased employment will help to boost patronage going forward and will aid in profit growth as well.
JMMB Group put out outstanding Q3 results with a 39 percent increase in profit and strong gains in revenues, auguring well for 2019 outcome.
The growth potential remains strong and investors in the stock will reap rich rewards down the road. Just one stock that requires patience. By the way fees and commission income jumped an impressive 71 percent to $512 million in the quarter and 53 percent in the nine months, over the similar period in 2016 and should continue to do so going forward.
Radio Jamaica continues to disappoint with below expected revenues and profit. It could return to favour but needs to generate more income from advertising. This is one to accumulate for a payoff down the road.
The other three stocks, Sterling Investments, Grace Kennedy and Sagicor Group are undervalued and could deliver some decent returns to patient investors.
Below the TOP 10 are strong candidates to deliver decent returns this year and beyond, the list includes NCB Financial that is on a strong growth trajectory and recently listed Wisynco Group that should generate earnings around $1.10 for the 2019 fiscal year that starts in July.

Gwest’s share issue response inadequate

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

Dr. Konrad Kirlew, chairman of GWest.

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

More gains for Junior Market – Friday

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

All Jamaica leaps to record 416,956

The Jamaica Stock Exchange main market climbed sharply on Friday to a new record high after recording the second highest gain in the market’s history, second only to the 9,823 points rise on Monday, this week.
At the end of trading, All Jamaica Composite Index surged 9,736.35 points to a record close of 416,956.11 and the JSE Index jumped 8,870.92 points to a record close of 379,894.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 11 stocks ending with bids higher than the last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers, suggesting mostly gains ahead for stocks.
A total of 32 securities traded including 3 in the US dollar market, compared to 29 trading on Thursday with the prices of 15 securities rising, 8 declining and 6 holding firm.
There were 6 securities trading at 52 weeks’ highs during the day, with 4 ending at a 52 weeks’ closing highs Stocks trading at new highs are Kingston Wharves, JMMB Group, NCB Financial Group and Salada Foods, while Radio Jamaica ended at a 52 weeks’ low.
Trading ended with major contraction in trading volume in the main market compared to Thursday’s levels, with 3,405,863 units valued at $88,834,288 changing hands compared to 50,485,890 units valued at $464,344,297 on Thursday.
Trading closed with Mayberry Investments trading 1,114,541 shares and 32.7 percent of the day’s volume with the price closing at $9.11 after falling 24 cents. Sagicor Group accounted for 520,345 shares or 15.3 percent of the day’s volume, followed by Barita Investments with 261,000 shares and 7.7 percent of the volume traded.
Trading resulted in an average of 117,444 units valued at over $3,063,251, in contrast to 1,803,068 shares valued at $16,583,725 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 448,288 shares, valued $6,994,366 and previously, 533,195 shares, valued $6,208,222. September closed, with an average of 1,022,243 shares valued $15,752,876, for each security traded.
In the main market activity, Barita Investments gained 30 cents and closed at $18.80, while 261,000 shares were traded up to an intra-day high of $20, Berger Paints climbed 99 cents and ended at $21.99, with 10,142 stock units trading, Jamaica Broilers jumped $4.49 in trading 13,273 stock units stock units at $32.49, JMMB Group climbed $2 and ended at a 52 weeks’ high of $37, trading 26,182 shares, Kingston Wharves jumped $7.90 and finished at a record high of $83, trading 26,042 stock units, Mayberry Investments rose 58 cents to finish at $9, trading 1,114,541 stock units, NCB Financial Group gained $1 trading 232,956 shares to end at a record close of $133.50, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose $1.50 to $15, trading 190,908 shares, Salada Foods gained 71 cents and ended trading at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $20.71, with 5,941 stock units, after it traded earlier at a high of $23, Scotia Group shed $2 in trading 520,345 units to close at $60, Seprod jumped $2.20 in trading 3,289 shares to close at $49, Stanley Motta lost 75 cents to close at $4.50 with 4,600 shares trading and Supreme Ventures lost $1.20 in trading 83,624 shares to end at $20.50.Trading in the US dollar market closed with 50,772 units valued at $10,647, changing hands. JMMB Group 6% preference share completed trading of 1,800 after inching up by 1 cent to close at $1.07, Proven Investments traded 27,950 shares to close at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments US dollar based ordinary share, rose 1 cent in trading 21,022 shares to end at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index gained 0.51 points to 175.15.

All Jamaica pass 415,000 Points

Gains in Grace Kennedy, Scotia Group, Seprod and NCB Financial were mostly responsible in pushing Jamaica Stock Exchange main market to a new record high in early trading on Friday.
The All Jamaica Composite Index jumped 7,892.89 points to a record 415,112.65 and the JSE Index surged by 7,191.32 points to a record of 378,214.61 points after 41 minutes of opening of the market.
The Junior Market has not participated in the bullishness and slipped 3.76 points to 3,397.17.