General public oversubscribed GWest 100%

GWest complex in Montego Bay,

Montego By based GWest Corporation’s Initial Public Offer of 169,689,500 shares, closed on the opening day, December 7, was oversubscribed by 41.3 percent, but the oversubscription by the general public exceeded 100 percent.
The level of oversubscription by the general public is amazing for company that is its infancy and generating a loss in its current fiscal year, with limited data on which to judge future earnings. Details of the level of subscription for the IPO was released by the broker for the issue, JMMB Securities.
Applications totaling 1334, were received for shares valued at $599,310,000. All the shares that were reserved were fully taken up, while General Public for which 69.7 million shares at $2.50 each, were available to purchase, received the first 10,000 shares applied for and 45.941 percent of the balance.

Dr. Konrad Kirlew, chairman of GWest.

GWest made a loss of $29 million in the six months to September this year and for the full year to March 2018, a loss of $111 million is projected, and is estimated to swing sharply to a profit of $166 million in 2019 and $388 million in 2020 as revenues rise from an estimated $158 million in 2018 to $803 million in 2019 to $1.2 billion in 2020. The shares are slated to be listed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Elsewhere, IC Insider.com gathers that VM Investments received applications in the range of more than 3,000, but less than 5,000, with the basis of allocation to be considered by the board on Thursday.

GWest Oversubscribed

GWest complex in Montego Bay,

The Initial Public Offering of 170 million shares by Gwest Corporation is oversubscribed with the offer closed at 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 7, the broker JMMB Securities advised the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The offer was for 169.7 million shares at $2.50 each. The offer opened on December 7 and was scheduled to close on December 21.
GWest offer included 36,000,000 Shares reserved for the lead broker, JMMB Securities or its clients, 64,000,000 Shares were reserved for Jamaica Money Market Brokers’ Pension and Client Funds Investment Management Unit, 19,400,000 Shares for GWest clients and suppliers and 600,000 Shares for independent directors, the Mentor and employees of the Company and 69.7 million shares for the general public.
Word reaching IC Insider.com is that the offer for Wisynco Group has so far attracted around $18 billion in subscriptions but the principals want to have the widest distribution of shareholders possible, hence the continuing opening of the issue.
The GWest shares will be listed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

GWest IPO is here

The initial Public Offer (IPO) of shares in the Montego Bay based GWest Corporation is now out with 169.7 million shares offered for sale at $2.50 each. The offer opens on December 7 and is scheduled to close on December 21.
With FosRich and Wisynco opening next week as well it could result in record of 4 IPOs being opened within the same week on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. During July, Express Catering opening on July 12, Stationery and Office Supplies that opened on July 19, Proven Investments with a rights issue opened on July 3, Productivity Business Solutions with an ordinary share issue and a preference share issue that opened on July 5.
GWest offer includes 36,000,000 Shares reserved for the lead broker, JMMB Securities or its clients, 64,000,000 Shares reserved for Jamaica Money Market Brokers’ Pension and Client Funds Investment Management Unit. 19,400,000 Shares are for GWest clients and suppliers and 600,000 Shares for independent directors, the Mentor and employees of the Company. This leaves 69.7 million shares for applications by the general public. If any of the Reserved Shares in any category are not subscribed by the persons entitled to them, they will be made available for subscription by the general public.

Dr. Konrad Kirlew, chairman of GWest.

If the Invitation is successful in raising at least J$250,000,000 and the Shares will be admitted to trade on the Junior Market of the JSE.
The primary purpose of the Company is to provide integrated medical health care services and facilities. The Company established 5 medical businesses under the common “GWest Medical” brand. GWest Corporation owns the GWest Centre, a 4-storey multipurpose commercial complex catering primarily to medical professionals and medical services and in which its owned services will be located. The GWest concept is to provide a wide range of complementary international quality best practice medical services in one location,
The Company will be providing the following medical services to complement those offered by owners and lessees in the GWest Centre:
1. General Practitioner and Specialist Suite (operational since June 2017)
2. A 2,200 square feet Urgent Care Centre (operational since November 2017)
3. Medical Laboratory (to be opened by January 2018)
4. A 5,000 square feet 8-Bed Inpatient Unit (to be opened by September 2018)
5. In addition, its 100% subsidiary company GWest Surgery Centre Limited will own and operate an 8,500 square feet Outpatient Surgery Centre (to be opened September 2018), including two modern operating theatres and two procedure rooms.
The Company has approximately 18,111 square feet of space leased to tenants for periods of 3 to 10 years with lease rates denominated in United States currency, ranging from US$20 to US$22 per square feet. The lease payments are subject to annual increases at a rate of up to 0.5% per annum.

GWest complex in Montego Bay,

Directors include Dr. Konrad Kirlew, chairman, Dr. Leyford Doonquah, Dennis Samuels businessman Denise Crichton-Samuels managing director of Cornwall Medical and Dental Supplies, Peter Pearson, former partner PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Elva Williams-Richard, Chartered Accountant, Wayne Gentles, Accountant, and Mark Hart Businessman and Wayne Wray who is the mentor and director.
The shares are really based of forecast which are vastly different than the historical results. For the year to March 2017 profit reported was $181 million but it includes a large gain on revaluation of the unsold property, amounting to $205 million. The profit was mainly based on income of sale of property. A loss of $29 million was made in the six months to September and for the full year to March 2018 a loss of $111 million is projected, swinging sharply to a profit of $166 million in 2019 and $388 million in 2020 as revenues rise from an estimated $158 million in 2018 to $803 million in 2019 to $1.2 billion in 2020.
Net book value is just $287 million, representing 324,848,485 shares, with net book value of just 88 cents per share, the stock is priced at 3 times book value which can be considered high for a company yet to start showing profit from ongoing operations. The stock is also priced at a high PE of nearly 7.5 times projected 2019 earnings which is way above most other stocks in the market, with a renowned operating track record.

Iron Rock IPO hits market shortly

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bill McConnellIron Rock Insurance is one of 5 junior market companies poised to hit the market between February and March, ahead of the deadline for the ending of the tax break, accorded junior market companies.
Iron Rock is expected to be capitalized at just under $500 million and has as two of its principals William McConnell formerly managing director of Lascelles deMercado who use to own Globe Insurance Company and Evan Thwaites former of Globe Insurance.
Informed sources tell IC Insider that the prospectus should be out by the February 22, with the issue to be opened before the end of the month.
Mayberry Investments are the brokers for Iron Rock while JMMB Securities is handling two issues. The new listings if they are all approved, will raise the number of junior market listings to 34 and the number of companies listed to 30. In contrast the main market and the US dollar market has 35 companies listed plus a number of preference shares issued by companies with ordinary share listing.
The main market has almost stagnated and seems set to contract with two main market companies, that of Hardware and Lumber and Desnoes and Geddes look set to be delisted.

Declining stocks outpace advancers

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in the prices of 10 stocks rising, 13 declining as 33 securities changed hands, ending in 9,407,399 units trading, valued at $83,136,775, with 4 stocks closing at 52 weeks’ high, in all market segments.
The JSE Market Index lost 787.71 points to 98,401.83, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index declined 880.45 points to close at 108,925.75 and the JSE combined index dropped by 631.19 points to end at 100,937.41.
JSE sum fn 3-6-15 IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 9 with offers that were lower. The indication is for fluidity in price movements on Thursday and the likelihood of declining stocks out numbering advancing ones.
In trading, Berger Paints traded 71,289 units at $3, Caribbean Cement had 201,560 units trading at $5 after dropping 10 cents. Interestingly, even as Cable & Wireless posted a large loss after taking a $7 billion one off extra ordinary expense hit, the stock traded 649,000 units between 50 cents and the closing price of 48 cents, the same as on Tuesday. Carreras traded 483,380 units at $50, after falling $1.50, Gleaner Company had 219,403 shares trading at $1, Hardware & Lumber closed with 38,638 shares trading unchanged at $18, Jamaica Broilers having 2,428,147 units trading with the price holding at $5.18 after slipping from $5.50 earlier in the day, to end the day down 7 cents. JMMB Group lost 79 cents while it traded 1,130,033 units as the price closed at $7.71, following poor profit results in the final quarter of the fiscal year to March.JSE fn qts 03-6-15 Mayberry Investments had 1,099,821 units trading 4 cents lower at $3.05. One million units of the stock were sold by JMMB Securities and Mayberry bought them for in house purposes. National Commercial Bank ended with 81,153 units changing hands 35 cents down at $29.55, Pan Jamaican Investment traded 4,078 units 2 cents higher for a new 52 weeks’ high of $60.52. Sagicor Group had 1,199,248 shares trading at $12, after slipping 5 cents, Scotia Group had 315,085 units changing hands to end 250 cents higher at $25.50 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference shares closed with 295,000 units trading to end at $2.11.

21 stocks fell 9 rose & 4 new highs

Mayberry traded 2.7 million shares to close at $2.88.

Mayberry traded 2.7 million shares to close at $2.88.

Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in 41 securities changed hands with the prices of 9 stocks rising, 21 declining and ending with 5,742,458 units trading, valued at only $25,119,327, in all market segments. The last minute trade in some stocks with just a few units, raises questions about their validity.
The number of securities trading on Thursday is by far the largest, since IC Insider has been reporting from 2013. At the close, JSE Market Index gained 404.52 points to 99,499.43, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 452.29 points to close at 109,963.28, after trading over 110,000 points during the day and the JSE combined index gained 356.44 points to close at 101,656.34. JSe sum 14-5-15There were 4 stocks closing at 52 weeks’ high in the entire market.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, in the main and junior markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 8 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 with offers that were lower.
Stocks trading include, Barita Investments closed trading with 151,783 shares to end 11 cents lower at $2.26, Berger Paints had 9,858 shares trading with a gain of 8 cents to a 52 weeks’ high of $2.08, Cable & Wireless lost altitude by dropping 2 cents in trading 723,882 units, to end at 46 cents. Caribbean Cement trading 315,244 shares with the price falling to $4.20 rising back to $5, Desnoes & Geddes closed at $7.10 with 15,300 units trading, Grace Kennedy traded 106,525 shares to close down by 50 cents at $64.50 after trading as high as $65.25. The stock is unlikely to get any help in trading for the next few days as they reported lower profits in the March quarter with profit of $589 million versus $833 million in 2014. Hardware & Lumber traded just 1,750 shares to lose 25 cents to $10.75, Mayberry Investments traded 2,735,521 units up $3 but fell back to closed at $2.88, All the Mayberry shares were purchased through Mayberry Investments, JSE fn qts 14-5-15with JMMB Securities virtually all units with most being sold from JMMB inventory and bought by Mayberry for in house purposes. National Commercial Bank closed with a 51 cents loss with 92,298 shares trading to close at $30.50, Sagicor Group had just 14,630 shares trading at $12.15. Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 68 cents with 9,427 shares trading, to end at $7.28, following first quarter report showing a big jump in profit to $570 million, from $242 million, in 2014, as the acquisition of a hotel in Montego Bay pumped up revenues and profit in the quarter, in the best period for income in the hotel sector. Salada Foods gained 25 cents with just 2,672 shares trading at $9.25, Scotia Investments ended shedding 25 cents while trading 2,150 shares to end at $24.75, Seprod ended with 120,515shares trading at $18.25 and Proven Investments had 5,000 shares trading to close at an all-time high of 21.25 US cents.

More choices for investors

Barita280X150There were times, not so long ago, when things in the local financial markets were much simpler than they are now. Well up to just a few years ago there were only three unit trust companies operating and about 6 or 7 schemes. At the end of 2014 there were 22 different unit trust offerings and currently there are 27.
NCB Capital Markets added two new ones this year and Barita has just launched two new ones. By the end of 2015 the field is likely to get even more crowded with a number of institutions already indicating that they will be launching new schemes, included are JMMB Securities and Stocks and Securities. Part of the reason for the mush rooming of these schemes is occasioned by the dictates of the IMF and the World Bank who considered the risk financial institutions were taking by issuing repos using government securities as the flip side of the trades as too high and could pose major problems to the financial system. The result is a change in the rules that now require smaller amounts of funds to be routed through managed schemes, where the liability is left with the investors rather than the financial institutions, as is now the case. The market has also changed, with investors looking for a greater number of opportunities to invest in.
Barita Unit Trust is the latest entity to launch new schemes, bringing their suite of schemes to 6 in April. The latest are; the Barita US$ FX Growth Portfolio which invests mainly in international equity, and the Barita JA$ Real Estate Portfolio which invests primarily in commercial and residential buildings for lease or sale.
The US$ FX Growth Portfolio is a US Dollar denominated equity portfolio with investments in foreign currency ordinary and preference shares of countries within the Commonwealth, Caricom and the United States and may extend to other sovereign governments as prescribed by the Financial Services Commission and the Bank of Jamaica. A minimum purchase of 100 units is required to open an account, the current price per unit is US$1.

Barita Property Fund invested in 138 Student Living shares

Barita Property Fund invested in 138 Student Living shares

The real estate portfolio is JA$ denominated with investments in commercial or residential buildings for lease or sale and may also become financiers of real property developments and or participate in construction or financing of such structures.
Real Estate Portfolio investments must be held for a minimum of three years with a moratorium of 6 months’ notice required for encashment of the investment. At the launch, the managers stated that the fund has started off with an investment in 138 Student Living shares that are listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). A minimum purchase of 100 units is required to open an account and the current price is $5,000 per unit.
How the new funds will perform is left to time. What is known is the Cameron Burnett who is associated with the US dollar equity fund, has been investing in the overseas’ market for several years successfully, the fund should benefit from his experience. Hopefully, they will be able to navigate what is set to be a choppy period ahead for the US stock market, with interest rates set to go up.
Locally, real estate values should grow at an increasing pace as the government keeps the target of a balance fiscal operation firmly in sight and be committed to achieving it, which will lead to lower interest rates and higher asset values.
Barita Unit Trust is a subsidiary of Barita Investments a JSE listed stock.

JSE to repeat today’s gains on Thursday

NCB closed at a new 52 weeks' high on of $26.50 on Wednesday

NCB closed at a new 52 weeks’ high on of $26.50 on Wednesday

The stock market closed on Wednesday with 12 stock recording price gain versus only 1 with a decline, that performance does not look like a flash in the pan based on what the IC Indicator is showing at the end of trading.,
The Investors Choice bid-offer Indicator shows 11 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 with offers that were lower, in the main and junior markets. IC Indicator reading is suggesting that the number of trades on Thursday should see another day of many more stocks rising than falling.
Activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, resulted in 23 securities changing hands and ending with 4,735,155 units trading, valued at $24,434,254, in all market segments. National Commercial Bank, closed at a new 52 weeks’ high of $26.50 with 301,200 shares changing hands at 50 cents higher than on Tuesday and ahead of the company reporting six months results and dividend payment on Thursday.
JSE 22-4-15 Main Market| The JSE Market Index gained 474.33 points to 86,299.76, the JSE All Jamaican Composite index rose 530.32 points to close at 95,205.43 and the JSE combined index gained 446.19 points to close at 87,994.37.
Cable & Wireless with 256,932 units traded at 52 cents and ended with the bid at 53 cents to buy 100,000 shares. Ciboney Group traded 2,000,000 shares at 6, Desnoes & Geddes gained 10 cents and traded 29,400 at $6 with an offer at $6.50 at the close. Grace Kennedy with 19,224 shares that traded closed at 90 cents higher at $63, Jamaica Broilers had 86,530 shares trading to close at $4.70,
JMMB Group traded 855,593 ordinary shares for 38 cents higher at $7.48. The stock had JMMB Securities on the offer selling 268,800 units at $7.48, 5000 units at $7.50 and 34,655 shares at $8.50 as the lowest offers posted at the end of trading.The broker posted small buy orders from $7.03 to $7.10. Victoria Mutual Wealth Management sold the bulk of the shares to trade with Sagiocr Investments being the major buyer of them.
Radio Jamaica traded 13,372 shares at $2 to gain 25 cents, Sagicor Group traded 66,350 shares JSE  qts 22-4-15to close at $10.55 while gaining 10 cents in the process but traded as high as $10.75 before the close. Sagicor Real Estate X Fund had 529,519 units changing hands to close at $6.50, after shedding 25 cents. Salada Foods traded 35,480 at $9, Scotia Group saw 118,289 units, closing at $22, Supreme Ventures 19,900 units traded 4 cents higher at $2.84 and Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share, traded 317,331 units at $3.20 with an increase of 10 cents.

Eppley goes to Market again

eppleytype150x150Eppley goes to Market again, this time to raise between $150 million and up $250 million by way of an additional amount of the 2019 preference shares. The yield will initially be 10 percent for the first two years, with step of rates thereafter.
According to the company, “as a result of excessive demand for the cumulative redeemable preference shares of the Company due 2019 (the “2019 Preference Shares”) for which subscriptions were invited subject to a prospectus dated 4 November 2014, the Company now invites further Applications for subscription for 25,000,000 additional new 2019 Preference Shares in the capital of the Company”. JMMB Securities Limited is acting as lead broker and listing agent to the Company in the Invitation. The Company reserves the right to make available further 2019 Preference Shares prior to the Closing Date.
The Company reserves the right to issue up to 41,666,667- 2019 Preference Shares in the event that the Invitation is oversubscribed by applicants and on that basis the total consideration for the subscription of such shares would be greater than $150,000,000 but will not exceed $250,000,002. The issue opens on Tuesday 16 December and closes Tuesday 23 December 2014 with the shares being issued at $6 each.
The Company already has accepted applications for the issue of 58,333,334 – 2019 Preference Shares by way of prospectus dated 4 November 2014 however these shares have not yet been allotted and as such, at the date of this Prospectus there are no holders of the 2019 Preference Shares as yet. It is the intention of the Board that any 2019 Preference Shares for which Applications are made pursuant to this prospectus, or for which applications were successfully made pursuant to the earlier prospectus dated 4 November, will be allotted simultaneously by the Company. The shares are expected to be listed on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.