Jamaican Teas’ profits up 28%

Jamaican Teas stock gained the most in the junior market on Wednesday

Jamaican Teas stock gained the most in the junior market on Wednesday

The group made a profit of $27.5 million in the December quarter, representing a 28 percent increase from the similar period in the prior year and flows from a 16 percent increase in sales to $319 million.
Sales were helped by 91 percent jump in exports, moving from $55 million to $103 million, Sales in the prior year included Real Estate sales of $21.75 million, excluding these sales, revenues would be up by 26 percent for the quarter. The increase in exports, relate mainly to supplies to the US market and is partially due to the appointment of a new Distributor for the North East USA and expect that this will result in further improvement in sales. Sales also benefited from the launch of four new products during the period. Sales for Supermarkets are up 9 percent compared to the comparative quarter, in 2013, however, profits are flat. The jointly owned Supermarket in Montego Bay showed a reduction in losses which was helped by certain actions taken to reduce cost in 2014.
JamTs12-14Gross profit margin increased to 24.3 percent from 24 percent in 2013, while gross profit increased 16 percent to $62 million but cost rose in other areas, with marketing climbing 24 percent to $7.3 million, administration by only 4 percent to $25.5 million and finance used to generate revenues in the period is up 14 to $6.2 Million.
The Orchid property being developed that should add to Jamaican Teas' profits in 2015 & 2016.

The Orchid property being developed that should add to Jamaican Teas’ profits in 2015 & 2016.

Property Development| The group has completed construction of more than 50 percent of units in phase 1 of the residential development in Yallahs, St Thomas. Approximately a half of the units have been sold and delivery to the purchasers should start in April. The group should enjoy increased profits from this development which should start reflecting in the June quarter.
Barring any unforeseen developments, 2015 could produce the best financial performance far. The stock which is now at $2.55 seems to have much room for growth.

3 junior stocks rose

Jamaican Teas stock gained the most on the junior market on Wednesday

Jamaican Teas stock gained the most in the junior market on Wednesday

Activity on the Junior Market closed with only 8 securities trading and ended with 348,611 units valued at $ 1,027,217. The JSE Junior Market Index fell 2.92 points to close at 700.21, with the price 3 advancing and 2 declining.
At the close of the market, there were 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and no stocks with offers that were lower. The junior market closed with 6 securities closing with no bids to buy. There were 8 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Stocks trading are, Jamaican Teas finishing with 64,302 units changing hands, to close 34 cents up at $2.85. Lasco Manufacturing ended with 70,700 shares changing hands with a gain of 5 cents, at $1.18, Paramount Trading ended with 17,342 units changing hands, to close 1 cent higher at $2.76. Eppley 9.5% preference shares traded 91,100 units at $6, General Accident finished with 34,667 shares changing hands at $1.75, Lasco Financial closed with 1,000 units trading at $1.05, AMG Packaging closed with 5,000 units trading as the price slipped 1 cent to $2.14 and Lasco Distributors finished with 64,500 shares changing hands 5 cents lower to $1.45.

Jamaican Teas 2014 profit drops

JamT dr signJamaican Teas reported sharply lower profit, last year to September, of $52.7 million versus $93 million in 2013, with earnings per share of 31 cents. The figures were reported in the group’s audited financial statements release last week.
The results emanated from sale revenues of $1.14 billion down from $1.23 billion in 2013. There was approximately $50 million coffee sales included in the 2013 results with none in 2014. In 2013 the real estate segment contributed $185 million in revenues compared to only $26 million in 2014 with most coming in the September 2013 quarter.
Gross profit margin shrank slightly from 21.89 percent to 21 percent for the year, helping to cut gross profit by $17 million. Other operating income climbed to $24.7 million from $12.9 million in 2013, partially due to losses on sale of, and impairment of investments incurred in 2013, amounting to $13.5 million, but did not occur in 2014.

The Orchid property being developed that should add to Jamaican Teas' profits in 2015 & 2016.

The Orchid property being developed that should add to Jamaican Teas’ profits in 2015 & 2016.

The company increased marketing spend by 50 percent for the year, in the local and overseas markets, to maintain or increase market share, while administrative expenses climbed 25 percent for the year and finance cost rose by 108 percent. The acquisition of the factory at Bell Road, is partially funded by loans, contributing to the increase. There was also duplication of some cost while the factory was being refurbished for occupation. In the final quarter, adjustments to cost and some asset values helped to depress the profit for the year and is not an indication that the group has moved into a longer-term lossmaking period.
Changes in our distributorship in the Florida at the start of the fiscal year resulted in some short-term fall out in sales and increased marketing cost. A new distributor was appointed in the US market that will provide wider distribution in some key cities within that country. Revenues are expected to benefit from this development starting with the December quarter. The 2015 revenues, should also benefit from the completion of sales of 16 units in the first phase of the real estate development in St Thomas. The supermarket in Savanna-la-Mar was close to a break even by year-end and while the one in Kingston remained profitable. The Montego Bay supermarket reported losses in line with what was incurred in the prior year.
JTS tab 9-14There was approximately $50 million increased borrowed funds at the end of the year, putting borrowings at $304 million. The profile of the debt changed markedly, with long-term loans accounting for two thirds of the debt at the end of the fiscal year compared with just 2 percent in 2013. The portfolio of investments including equities, stood at $123 million at the year-end and shareholders’ equity of $635 million.
The company imports of black and green tea in bulk for packaging and the distribution local and overseas. it also packages and distributes herbal teas and distributes other bottled water, coconut milk and other pre-packaged food items. the group operates supermarkets and is involved in the rental of residential properties and the development of real estate for resale.The stock is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and last traded at $2.50.

Jamaican Teas at new low

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The Orchid property being developed that should add to Jamaican Teas' profits in 2015 & 2016.

The Orchid property being developed that should add to Jamaican Teas’ profits in 2015 & 2016.

Jamaican Teas closed trading at the lowest price since it was listed in 2011, prompted by the lowest profit reported since it was listed, as it generated earnings per share of 32 cents versus 55 cents in 2013. Investors may be reacting to results that were negatively affected by what may be one off cost, without focussing on what the future may hold.
Trading in the Junior Market closed with 6 securities traded and ended with 122,569 units valued at $215,553 being active. The JSE Junior Market Index fell 3.08 points to close at 665.49, with the price of one advancing 3 declining. At the close of the market, there were 2 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with offers that were lower. The junior market remains on the weak side with 8 securities closing with no bids to buy. There were 6 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
General Accident closed with 92,805 units trading, the price slipped 10 cents to $1.65, Honey Bun completed trading with 10,018 shares changing hands to close 10 cents up to $2, Jamaican Teas finished with 5,000 shares trading lower by 34 cents $2.50, to a new an all-time low. Paramount Trading ended trading with 7,000 shares changing hands to close at 5 cents lower at $2.55, Caribbean Producers ended trading with 1,746 shares changing hands to close at $2.15 and Consolidated Bakeries closed with 6,000 shares at 82 cents.

Lasco Distributor up 30% in November

JSE jm 11-14 gnsJunior market stocks gained 5 percent overall, for November, with Lasco Distributor moving up 30 percent to close at $1.50 as institutional buying, helped to push the price as the company enters new contracts that expand the product lines to be distributed as well as increased products form its sister company, Lasco Manufacturing. The manufacturing company stock rose 15 percent in the month as the second highest gain in the junior market. Buy Rated Knutsford Express grew 6 percent to end at $5.85 and Dolphin Cove another Buy Rated stock moved up 5 percent to end at $8.50.
JSE JM loss 11-14Lasco Financial closed at 95 cent, for a 3 percent decline the same decline as General Accident in closing at $1.50. Jamaican Teas ended at $2.85, down 14 percent, the company reported lower profits for the fiscal year to September. Blue Power dropped to $6.05 or 22 percent but the bid climbed to $7 after the company reported profit that was just slightly lower than in the six months to October last year, by 7 percent, as it reported earnings of 91 cents per share, for the period.

Lasco Manufacturing trades 4.8m shares

Lasco's new I Cool drinks

Lasco’s new I Cool drinks

Trading in the Junior Market closed with a pick up in activity on a day when Lasco Manufacturing traded more than 4.8 million shares, in 6 different trades.
Trading in the junior market, ended with 5,369,992 units changing hands, valued at $5,518,795. The JSE Junior Market Index rose 3.71 points to close at 684.67 with only 7 securities traded, the price of 2 advanced and 2 fell. At the close of the market, there was 1 stock with the bid higher than the last selling price and 3 stocks with offers that were lower. The junior market continues to exhibit weakness with 7 securities closing with no bids to buy. There were 4 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
the stocks traded are, Caribbean Producers concluding trading with 151,805 units to close with a gain of 20 cents to $2.20. Lasco Distributors concluded trading with 26,500 units and put on 1 cent to $1.51 for a new 52 weeks’ high, Blue Power ended with 121 shares changing hands to close at $6.80, Derrimon Trading ended with 2,000 shares trading at $2.15, Lasco Financial finished trading with 346,160 shares changing hands 93 cents, Jamaican Teas finished trading with 10,000 units to fall 55 cents to a new 52 weeks’ low of $2.85 and Lasco Manufacturing ended with 4,833,406 shares changing hands, to close at 1 cent to 99 cents.

Knutsford Express top juniors

KNutsfordOwners280x150Knutsford Express Services traded over 5 million shares at a new high of $5.85 on the Junior Market. Trading ended with 6,061,987 units valued at $30,930,731. The JSE Junior Market Index rose 12.60 points to close at 669.22, only 5 securities traded, with the price of 4 advancing.
At the close of the market, there were 2 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 stocks with offers that were lower. The junior market continues to exhibit weakness with 8 securities closing with no bids to buy. There were 5 securities that had no stocks being offered for sale.
Caribbean Producers finished trading with 185,826 shares, and closed with a gain of 26 cents at $2.26, Jamaican Teas concluded trading with 100 shares to end 10 cents higher, at $3.40, Knutsford Express exchanged 5,020,011 shares with a gain of 40 cents to a new 52 weeks’ high of $5.85. The company will benefit from lower fuel prices with the fall in the price of oil on the world market. Lasco Distributors had dealing in 819,050 shares as the price ended 4 cents higher, to $1.36. Consolidated Bakeries with 37,000 shares trading, closed at 82 cents.

Low junior market trading continues

Swt Riv logo There was trading in 5 junior market securities accounting for only 131,243 units, valued at $178,904, on Wednesday. The JSE Junior Market Index gained 2.73 points to close at 672.44 with 1 stock advancing and 1 declining.
At the close of the market there was 1 stock with the bid higher than the last selling price and 6 stocks with offers that were lower. The likelihood of continuing weakness in this markets segment, is reflected in the 10 stocks that had no bids to buy, against 6 that had no stocks being offered for sale.
In trading, General Accident with 5,000 units is the only stock to gain at the end of trading in the junior market with the price rising 7 cents to $1.69. Lasco Financial with 56,843 units, closed at 95 cents, Lasco Manufacturing put through 53,400 units at $1 and Sweet River Abattoir traded for the second time since listing in mid-September, accounting for 16,000 shares, the price slipped 4 cents back to its IPO price of $3.86.
Jamaican Teas 8% debenture traded 3,000 units with the price remaining at $100 each.

Three 7s clashed Monday on the JSE

What will happen when the three 7s clash? Whatever, the facts are that three 7s did clash at the end of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, on Monday, as the prices of 7 stocks rose, 7 declined and 7 held firm, as 21 securities changed hands, resulting in 8,573,262 units valued at $6,218,041 being exchanged. Trading activity left the two main indices sharply down, at the close of the market.
JSE sum 15-9-14 Main Market| The JSE Market Index dived 1,027.02 points to 71,798.38 and the JSE All Jamaican Index fell 1,148.40 points to 78,991.82, with Scotia Group falling by 90 cents and Grace Kennedy by $1.50.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market are, Berger Paints trading 1,800 shares to close with a gain of 2 cents at $1.62, Cable & Wireless with 5,975,977 shares, gained 2 cents to 30 cents, Kingston Wharves with 18,475 units changing hands, gained 24 cents at $5.25 and Proven Investments ordinary, traded 16,900 units to gain 0.15 US cent to end at 17.25 US cents.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a price change are, Desnoes & Geddes with 5,000 shares changing hands and closed at $4.70, Sagicor Group 7,000 shares ending up closing at $9.30 and Supreme Ventures 2,500 shares closed at $1.80.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market are, Caribbean Cement 13,423 shares, closed down 15 cents at $2.55, Carreras 20,318 shares changing hands resulted in 25 cents lost, to $34.50, Grace Kennedy had a mere 250 units trading but the price dropped, $1.50 to $59, Jamaica Broilers put through 100,571 shares while losing 2 cents, to end at $4.50, Jamaica Money Market Brokers had 49,782 ordinary shares closing 5 cents down at $6.95 and Scotia Group with 11,600 shares, closed down 90 cents to $19.10.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share, traded 20,000 units at $3 and their 8.50% preference share put in 25,000 units, 5 cents lower at $3.45.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index rose 1.67 points to close at 662.16, as 6 securities traded, with 3 advancing and none declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are, Consolidated Bakeries with 1,816,000 units changing hands, 5 cents higher to close at 80 cents, General Accident with 200,000 shares changing hands and closed with a gain of 5 cents to $1.45 and Lasco Distributors in trading 210,690 units put on a cent to $1.13.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Jamaican Teas that had 11,143 shares trading at $3.30 at the close, Knutsford Express with 1,812 shares, ended at $5 and Lasco Manufacturing ended up with 65,021 units at $1.04 at the close.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 8 stocks with offers that were lower.

Moderate day but JSE puts in nice gain

In Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 7 stocks rose and 6 declined, as 20 securities changed hands, one stock closed at 52 weeks’ low. A total volume of 3,160,771 shares, valued at $13,089,114 traded.
JSE 12-9-14 Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 922.25 points to 72,825.40 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index, jumped 1,031.25 points to close at 80,140.22.
Gains| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with gains, at the end of trading in the main market are, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 55,402 units changing hands, and gained 5 cents to $7, Kingston Wharves put through 40,914 shares at 1 cents more, to $5.01, Sagicor Real Estate Fund with 24,880 units, gained 10 cents to $7.10 and Scotia Group had 12,500 shares trading, to close with a gain of 95 cents at $20.
Firm| The stocks in the main market to close without a change in price, with volume and last traded prices are, Gleaner 1,000 shares, closing at $1.05, National Commercial Bank had 17,049 shares changing hands at $18 and Radio Jamaica with 9,585 shares, closed at $1.04.
Declines| The volume and last traded prices of stocks with losses at the at the end of trading in the main market are, Barita Investments with 43,000 shares, closed at $2.19 with a 1 cent fall, Cable & Wireless had 1,485,092 units changing hands, with 1 cent fall to 28 cents, Carreras put in 4,140 units and closed 5 cents lower at $34.75, Jamaica Broilers 1,000 shares ended with 1 cent decline at $4.52, Jamaica Producers had a sizable trade of 650,000 shares but the price shed 20 cents to $15.40 for a new 52 weeks’ low and Supreme Ventures 11,264 shares cost 1 cent less at $1.80.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 100,000 units at $3 and Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 2,000 units at $5.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index put on 2.65 points to close at 660.49 as only 4 stocks traded with 3 advancing and none declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market, are AMG Packaging with 17,767 shares to close with a 10 cents gain at $2.50, Lasco Financial 587,650 shares led to a gain of 1 cent to 98 cents and Lasco Manufacturing with 37,576 units, to close 3 cents higher, at $1.04
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are, Jamaican Teas with 2,952 units a $3.30 and Lasco Distributors with 57,000 shares at $1.12.
Declines| No stock declined in the junior market at the end of trading.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 5 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 6 stocks with offers that were lower.