NCB Insiders sending $650m message?

NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains.

Insiders buying shares in companies they oversee is worthy of note and investors should pay keen attention to the coded message it may be sending.
It would appear that some directors and executives at NCB Financial Group, see big things ahead to have put down J$650 million in buying a block of the stock close to the highest piece it has traded at in recent times. According to the Jamaica Stock Exchange, NCB Financial Group advised that two directors and six executive officers purchased a total of 4,793,610 NCBFG shares on November 20, 2018. The only issue with the announcement is that the stock exchange report for the November 20 shows only 4.2 million NCB’s shares traded on that day.
The acquisition took place after an announcement that NCB was now cleared to acquire an additional 22 percent of Guardian Holding shares at TT$18 each. For the nine months to September, profit attributable to equity holders of the Guardian jumped to TT$371 million for the nine months to September, from $254 million in 2017 and rose to $156 million in the quarter from just $60 million in the 2017 period. Guardian reported audited profit of TT$407 million in 2017.
Earnings per share ended at $1.60 for the 2018 nine months period compared to $1.75 in the twelve months of 2017. At $18 per share NCB is getting a bargain with the stock selling around 9 nine 018 earnings while NCB is selling locally at 14 times earnings. Guardian’s shares closed trading at TT$18 on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange today while NCB traded 211,790 shares with the last price at a record $137.
NCB closed with buying interest in just over 417,000 units between $125 and $136.01, with selling of 215,000 units between $137 to $169.80.

Junior Market up again on Wednesday

Trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with 25 securities changing hands, resulting in an exchange of 611,280 units valued at $3,301,546 compared to 864,036 units valued at $3,263,089 on Tuesday from 20 securities.
At the close of market activities, the prices of 7 securities advanced, 13 declined and 5 remained unchanged as the Junior Market Index advanced by 24.50 points to close at 3,252.43.
Trading ended with an average of 24,451 units for an average of $132,062 in contrast to 43,202 units for an average of $163,154 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 99,170 units valued at $449,048 and previously 119,515 units valued at $473,813. October, ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows 4 stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial closed $2 higher at $52, with 20,293 shares trading, Blue Power concluded trading of 1,200 units and rose 65 cents to $5.45, CAC 2000 finished with a loss of 1 cent at $16, trading 2,062 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading 92 cents higher at $6, with 4,065 shares, Caribbean Flavours traded with a loss of 50 cents at $19.50, in exchanging 1,100 stock units. Caribbean Producers finished trading of 24,271 units and lost 4 cents at $5.51, Consolidated Bakeries closed 30 cents higher at $2.30, trading 4,331 shares, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 15 cents at $2.55, with 50,230 shares changing hands, Dolphin Cove concluded trading of 2,270 shares with a loss of 30 cents to close at $16. Elite Diagnostic finished 18 cents higher at $3.18, in exchanging 15,500 stock units, Everything Fresh fell 1 cent in trading a mere 2,500 shares to close at $1.77, Express Catering ended trading 2,500 shares at $7.50, FosRich Group traded 46,985 shares, with a loss of 1 cent at $3.84, Honey Bun ended at $4.11, trading 44,400 units. Indies Pharma traded 179,065 shares and fell 7 cents in closing at $2.93, Jamaican Teas settled 8 cents higher at $4.38, while trading 1,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 500 stock units at $3.80, KLE Group finished trading of 16,639 shares at $4, Knutsford Express closed with a loss of 20 cents at $11.80, with 3,417 shares changing hands. Lasco Distributors ended trading 124,909 shares at $4, Lasco Financial concluded trading with a loss of 21 cents at $4.99, with 49,301 stock units changing hands, Lasco Manufacturing finished with a loss of 1 cent at $3.54, with 6,000 units, SSL Venture Capital traded 5.300 shares and lost 5 cents to end at $1.76 and tTech ended with a loss of 25 cents at $6.25, in exchanging 1,340 shares. In the junior market preference segment, Eppley 9.5% finished 1 cent higher at $6.01, with 2,102 shares changing hands.

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

 

Junior Market pushes higher on Tuesday

The Junior Market rose at the end of trading on Tuesday with Index to gaining 21.85 points to close at 3,227.93 on a day of moderate trades as 20 securities changed hands versus 21 on Monday.
At the close 10 securities rose, just 4 declined with 6 remaining unchanged. In moderate trading, just 864,036 units, valued $3,263,089 changed hands, well below the 5,717,296 units valued $15,894,662 that traded on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator closed with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 5 closed with lower offers, an indication of a bias towards declining stocks dominating on Wednesday.
Trading ended with an average of 43,202 units for an average of $163,154 in contrast to 272,252 units for an average of $756,889 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 119,515 units valued at $473,813 and previously 109,127 units valued at $494,523. October, ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed 50 cents higher at $50, with 500 shares changing hands, AMG Packaging ended with a loss of 5 cents at $1.75, with an exchange of 42,863 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading of 34,430 units at $4.80, Caribbean Cream ended trading 6 cents higher at $5.08, with 7,000 shares changing hands, Caribbean Producers finished trading 13,500 units with a loss of 10 cents to $5.55. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 30 cents at $2.70, exchanging 9,000 shares, Elite Diagnostic closed at $3, with 103,120 stock units changing hands, Eppley climbed $1.05 to $9.05, exchanging 750 units, Everything Fresh fell 2 cents in trading a mere 100 shares to close at $1.78, Express Catering ended trading of 24,913 shares at $7.50. FosRich Group traded 223,700 shares and rose 35 cents to $3.85, Honey Bun ended 31 cents higher at $4.11, with 17,973 units changing hands, Indies Pharma ended trading of 6,410 shares to close at $3, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 7,851 stock units at $3.80, KLE Group finished trading 500 shares 59 cents higher at $4. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 1,000 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors ended 5 cents higher at $4, $2, in exchanging 48,328 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading 20 cents higher at $5.20, swapping 600 stock units, Lasco Manufacturing finished 15 cents higher at $3.55, with $2, with an exchange of 296,410 units and Medical Disposables ended trading with a loss of $1.50 to close at $6, with 25,088 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Profit jumps 83% for tTech

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Profit at junior market listed tTech, rose 83 percent in the September quarter, to $12.2 million from $7 million in 2017 and for the nine months to September, profit climbed 59 percent to $29 million from $18 million in 2017.
Sale revenues grew 25 percent for the quarter, to $70 from $56 million but was up 31 percent for the year to date, to $215 million, from $164 million in 2017. Investment income brought $12 million for the nine months and $7 million for the quarter
The company is overcoming a period when profit retreated from the high level generated when it went public back in 2015, as the build out of staffing ahead of increased business sapped profits. The company seems to believe that the work they have put out to attract customers is now bearing fruit, with more to come going forward.
Profit having risen to peak at $39 million in 2016, on rising sales revenues, in 2017 both revenues and profit declined, with the profit declining below that earned in 2015 as it hit $19 million down sharply from the 2016 out turn.
Gross profit margin in the first 3 quarters of this year, is up just 14 percent to $161 million compared to revenues that grew 31 percent and it rose by 9 percent in the September quarter to $51 million, just a bit below the growth rate in sales.
Other operating expenses increased 52 percent to $20 million for the nine months but grew 29 percent to $7 million in the quarter. Administrative expenses rose 12 percent to $42 million in the quarter and increased just 8 percent in the nine months period, to $125 million.
Earnings per share came out at 12 cents for the quarter and 27 cents for the nine months and should end the fiscal year ending to December, around 40 cents. IC Insider.com is forecasting 80 cents per share for  a PE of  8 times 2019 earnings
“We have had a good third quarter and our business development team continues to leverage the momentum by closing opportunities presented to us. we expect continued growth and performance as we provide guidance and support for digital transformation,” the chief Executive Officer, Christopher Reckord stated in his commentary on the third quarter results.
Gross cash flow brought in $25 million but addition to fixed assets and investments resulted in a net buildup of funds for the year to date. At the end of September, shareholders’ equity stood at $207 million with no borrowings to support the operations. Net current assets ended the period at $164 million inclusive of trade and other receivables of $151 million, cash and investment balances of $152 million. In addition, the company has $31 million in non-current investments. Current liabilities stood at just $57 million.
The stock traded at $6.50 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 15 times 2018 earnings. Net asset value per share s $1.95 with the stock selling at 3.3 book value.

MPC Caribbean Clean Energy next IPO

MPC Caribbean Clean Energy ltd is a Caribbean-based investment company set to be the next Initial Public offer in Jamaica and Trinidad simultaneously in early December.
The company is being sponsored by German based MPC Capital that is publicly listed since 2000 with a market capitalization of €158 million.
Trinidad regulators have already signed off on the prospectus while the draft prospectus is now going through the FSC in Jamaica, Martin Vogt, managing director of MPC capital advised IC insider.com.
The company was established in 2017 with the clear vision to invest in renewable energy projects in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region through the MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund LLC. The listed company will be just an investing vehicle, with capital raised to be invested through MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund LLC, the entity investing directly in the projects.
The company will seek to raise at least US$50 million in the Jamaican and Trinidad markets with the IPO expected to debut around the first week in December. Brokers for the issue are JN Fund Managers.
The Company is registered in Barbados and was established by the clean energy investment specialist MPC Renewable Energies (MPC), a 100% subsidiary of the publicly listed German asset and investment manager MPC Capital, based on its extensive renewable energy experience worldwide and after research and analysis of the Caribbean market.

JPS has signed an agreement to purchase power from the company at 8.5 US cents per KWH.

The initial investment in Jamaica is “Paradise Park”, a 50 MW solar park in Westmoreland with a capital outlay of US$64 million. Once completed by May 2019, the solar park will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in the island. Vogt told IC Insider.com that they have a 20 years power supply contract with JPS. The company also has a 21 MW wind power plant in Costa Rica that has been in operations since 2015 and is profitable. Importantly, the Jamaican operation which is now being built out will have a rated capacity of 50 MWH.
The plan is to raise around US$200 million for investment in the region’s renewables. According Vogt, the Jamaican government is expected to open the market in 2019 for bids for 150 MW renewable supply and the company is planning to bid for another 50 MW to add to the Paradise Park operation. If the bid is successful the expansion will result in some amount of economy of scale in the operation.
The is likely to invest in the Wigton Wind Farm when that company goes public in the first quarter of 2019.
The rate of return for the company is expected to be north of 9 percent per annum which will make it attractive for investors looking for income but payment of dividend may not be more than once per year initially.
The stock issue is likely to be a relatively high income generator, rather than one for rapid stock price gains. shares will be sold in Jamaica in local dollars but in Trinidad they will be in US dollars.
News reaching IC Insider.com is that Fantana Pharmacy should be heading to the market soon, to raise around $500 million to help fund the new location on Waterloo Road in Kingston. A few others are said to be planned for next year with IC insider.com gathering that at least two are in the manufacturing sector and one in the financial sector.

General Accident nearly doubles profit

General Accident stock is undervalued.

Profit at General Accident Insurance rose 88 percent to $144 million, in the nine months September from $77 million in the similar period in 2017 even as profit for the quarter to September 2018 slipped 29 percent from $68 million to $49 million.
Earnings per share amounted to just 5 cents in the September quarter and 14 for the year to September and IC Insider.com estimates 40 cents for the full year and possible 80 cents for 2019. The stock last traded at $4, just less than twice net book value of $2.05. Annualized return on average equity of 9.45 percent up from 5.2 percent in 2017.
Gross premium for the year to September, grew 20 percent to $7.4 billion, while growth for the quarter was up an extremely strong 69 percent to $2.75 billion over the same periods last year. The company that is also looking to branch out to other parts of the region, also earned 51 percent more commission that the year before with nine months’ earnings rising to $495 million and it grew 104 percent for the quarter to $159 million but commissions paid grew 32 percent for the nine months to $212 million and by 44 percent for the quarter to $96 million. Net earned premiums grew 24 percent, for both the nine months to $1.20 billion for year to date and $531 for the quarter. Investment income including of foreign exchange gains is up 158 percent for the quarter to $144 million and 56 percent for the first nine months to $228 million.
Net claims grew by just 10 percent to $866 million for the nine months but jumped 42 percent for the quarter to $353 million. “Administrative expenses increased by 19 percent compared to the same period prior year, due to new hires to drive the strategic plan” management stated. Management expenses rose 35 percent to $554 million in the nine months and by 47 percent for the quarter to $201 million.
“General Accident ended the third quarter with a book value of $2.05 billion and generated annualized return on average equity for shareholders of 9.45 percent. Despite, low interest rates and increased competition in a very challenging operating environment. For the first nine months of the year, we were able to improve on our performance when compared to the similar period for 2017. The board and management team are committed to ensuring that General Accident’s financial performance continues to improve for the remainder of the year,” Paul Scott, Chairman and Sharon Donaldson, Managing Director said in their report to shareholders that accompanied the quarterly results.
The company ended the period with equity capital of $2 billion with $4 billion in insurance reserves. Assets total $6.7 billion and comprise liquid funds of $3 billion with amounts due from re-insurers and co-insurers of $1.5 billion representing a big jump from $875 million in 2017.

Dominant Derrimon in Monday trading

Happy shopper at one of Derrimon owned supermarket

Derrimon Trading enjoyed a good day of trading on the Junior Market on Monday with 5 million shares exchanged with the price rising 40 cents by the close, but the market slipped at the close.
At the close just 21 securities traded versus 23 on Friday with 7 rising, 9 declining and 5 remaining unchanged, leading the market Index to fall 2.31 points to close at 3,206.08 after it rose as much as 27 points in early morning trading. The big trade in Derrimon’s stock, pushed the volume to 5,717,296 units valued $15,894,662, well ahead of the 956,921 units that traded valued at $3,959,209 on Friday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator closed with 4 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 6 closed with lower offers, an indication of a bias towards declining stocks dominating on Tuesday.
Trading ended with an average of 272,252 units for an average of $756,889 in contrast to 41,605 units for an average of $172,139 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 109,127 units valued at $494,523 and previously 101,813 units valued at $501,965. October ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, CAC 2000 finished $1 higher at $17, while a mere 131 shares were traded, Caribbean Flavours traded 3,000 stock units at $20, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 10 cents at $5.65, with 13,414 units, Consolidated Bakeries closed at $2, exchanging 500 shares, Derrimon Trading ended 40 cents higher at $3, with an exchange of 5,019,628 shares. Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 20 cents at $3, trading 112,035 stock units, Everything Fresh fell 20 cents in trading 11,962 shares to close at $1.80, Express Catering ended trading 4,121 shares, gaining 1 cent to $7.50, FosRich Group traded with a loss of 34 cents at $3.50, with 61,796 shares changing hands, Honey Bun ended with a loss of 20 cents at $3.80, with an exchange of 1,201 units. Indies Pharma fell 5 cents and ended trading 186,468 shares to close at $3, Iron Rock concluded trading of 5,000 shares with a loss of 1 cent to close at $3.50, Jamaican Teas settled with a loss of 8 cents at $4.30, exchanging 560 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 12,500 stock units at $3.80, Lasco Distributors ended 15 cents higher at $3.95, trading 11,105 shares. Lasco Financial concluded trading 21,500 stock units with a loss of 5 cents to end at $5, Lasco Manufacturing lost 4 cents to close at $3.40, trading 2,000 units, Main Event settled 95 cents higher at $6.50, with 8,021 shares changing hands, SSL Venture Capital traded 2,500 shares and added 6 cents to end at $1.81 and Stationery and Office finished trading 31,854 stock units and closed 2 cents higher at $10. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.15 trading 208,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Junior Market jumps 34 points – Friday

The Junior Market Index advanced by 34.58 points to close at 3,208.39 at the close on Friday as 23 securities traded versus 28 on Thursday with 6 stocks rising, 10 declining and 7 remaining unchanged.
At the close, investors exchanged 956,921 units valued at $3,959,209 compared to 1,426,982 units valued at $5,935,222 on Thursday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator closed Friday with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 3 closed with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 41,605 units for an average of $172,139 in contrast to 50,964 units for an average of $211,972 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,813 units valued at $501,965 and previously 101,813 units valued at $501,965. October, ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging gained 5 cents to end at $1.80, trading 15,810 stock units, Blue Power concluded trading 19,170 units at $4.80, CAC2000 finished trading at $16, while exchanging 20,200 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 19,950 shares, with a loss of 98 cents at $5.02, Caribbean Producers finished trading with a loss of 25 cents at $5.75, in exchanging 18,630 units. Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 10 cents at $2.60, with 96,381 shares changing hands. Everything Fresh rose 20 cents in trading 73,762 shares to close at $1.80, Express Catering ended trading 117,837 shares, with a loss of 6 cents at $7.49, FosRich Group lost 2 cents to end at $3.84, with 43,049 shares changing hand, General Accident finished trading 1,000 shares at $4. Honey Bun ended 2 cents higher at $4, with 8,781 units changing hands, Indies Pharma fell 5 cents and ended trading 20,039 shares to close at $3, Jamaican Teas settled 48 cents higher at $4.38, trading 14,000 shares, Jetcon Corporation traded 78,210 stock units, but fell 20 cents to $3.80, Key Insurance traded 200 units with a loss of 9 cents at $3.16. Knutsford Express closed at $12, with 13,000 shares changing hands, Lasco Distributors lost 20 cents to close at $3.80, in an exchange of 60,406 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 60,000 stock units at 4 cents higher at $5.05, Lasco Manufacturing gained 24 cents to $3.44, with 11,568 units changing hands. Medical Disposables ended trading at $7.50, with 2,123 shares SSL Venture Capital traded 4,599 shares and lost 1 cent to end at $1.75 and Stationery and Office traded 16,206 shares at $9.98. In the junior market preference segment, Derrimon Trading ended with a loss of 36 cents at $2.15, with 242,000 shares changing hands.

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

NCB to go for 52% of Guardian Holdings

NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains.

The way is now cleared for NCB Financial Group to go after nearly 52 percent of Guardian Holdings shares at US$2.65 each, a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Financial Services Commission states.
NCB group had made an offer to take over up to 62 percent of the shares at US$2.35 and received offers well in excess of this amount. Some minority shareholders objected to the pricing and took the matter to the Commission. While the new price will cost NCB more than originally agreed if they were to go for the original target, Guardian has now made more profit and would therefore be worth more than at the time the original offer was made.
The NCB Group already owns 29.9 percent of the Guardian shares and just needs to pick up 22 percent of the overall shareholdings to land them the majority of the shares. The two largest shareholders in the Guardian had signed an agreement to sell to NCB.
In effect the minority shareholders action resulted in a negative outcome for those shareholders who had originally offered their shares for sale.

9 Junior Market stocks rose 6 fell – Thursday

Investors brushed aside the less than spectacular results of a number of Junior Market companies and drove the majority of stocks higher at the close of trading on Thursday with 9 stocks rising, 6 declining and 13 remaining unchanged as 28 securities traded versus 25 on Wednesday.
At the close, the market Index lost 12.58 points to close at 3,173.81, with an exchange of 1,426,982 shares valued at $5,935,222, compared to 3,017,657 units valued at $9,935,529 on  Wednesday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator closed Thursday with 3 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices, while 2 closed with lower offers.
Trading ended with an average of 50,964 units for an average of $211,972 in contrast to 120,706 units for an average of $397,421 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 101,813 units valued at $501,965 and previously 108,057 units valued at $537,578. October, ended with an average of 69,421 units valued at $347,455 for each security traded.
At the close of trading, Access Financial closed at $49.50, with 5,027 shares changing hands, Blue Power concluded trading with a loss of 69 cents to close at $4.80, with 6,230 units, CAC2000 closed at $16, trading 6,000 shares, Caribbean Cream ended trading of 21,255 shares at $6, Caribbean Producers finished trading 49 cents higher at $6, with 28,021 units changing hands. Consolidated Bakeries closed trading of 13,636 shares at $2, Derrimon Trading ended at $2.70, in exchanging 102,629 shares, Dolphin Cove rose $1.50 higher to $16.30, swapping 2,200 shares, Elite Diagnostic finished with a loss of 10 cents at $3.20, with 50,984 stock units trading. Everything Fresh lost 15 cents in trading 140,457 shares to close at of all-time low of $1.60, Express Catering ended trading at $7.55, with 112,354 shares, FosRich Group traded 46 cents higher at $3.86, with 26,616 shares, GWest Corporation closed at $1.90, with 2,550 stock units trading, Honey Bun ended 47 cents higher at $3.98, exchanging 10,900 units. Indies Pharma ended trading 20,357 shares to close at $3.05, Jamaican Teas settled at $3.90, with 21,126 shares, Jetcon Corporation ended trading 312,323 stock units, with a loss of 50 cents at $4, KLE Group finished trading of 104,000 shares, with a loss of 59 cents at $3.41, Knutsford Express closed at $12, exchanging 3,933 shares. Lasco Distributors ended at $4, swapping 104,153 shares, Lasco Financial concluded trading of 124,755 stock units to close 16 cents higher at $5.01, Lasco Manufacturing finished 2 cents higher at $3.20, with 173,000 units having been exchanged, Medical Disposables ended trading 592 shares, with a loss of 15 cents at $7.50, SSL Venture Capital traded 1,900 shares at $1.76 and Stationery and Office finished trading 301 stock units and rose 48 cents higher to $9.98. In the junior market preference segment, CAC2000 9.5% closed 16 cents higher at $1.16, with a mere 110 shares changing hands, Eppley 8.25% concluded trading of 100 units in gaining 29 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of at $6.35 and Eppley 9.5% finished at $6, with 31,473 shares changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.