It’s Wisynco, Wigton, NCB & Scotia

Wisynco Group hits a new of $19.50 on Friday, up from $16.50 at the end of the prior week as supply remains light and demand picked up considerably, the stock continue on the watch list this week.
Based on full year results Wisynco trading around a PE of 20, may be considered high priced by some but with interest rates so low in the country, investors should be focusing on the more than $1.50 earnings per share expected for the new-year that starts in July. At the close on Friday, demand was building strongly at $18 and above.
Wigton Windfarm is slowly crawling its way back into the 80 cents range with the stock trading at 80 cents on a number of occasions on Friday, as selling and supplies below 80 cents eased sharply.
NCB Financial seems to be hovering around the $173 level but has a lot of appeal for many investors as they view the future positively. Last week IC Insider.com added Scotia Group as one stock that should be on everyone’s watch list with the release of second quarter results to April.

Scotia Group hiked dividend.

The banking group announced a big dividend increase that included a special dividend of $1.94. Profit performance was nothing write about but the company later reported that cost included more than $1 billion in onetime expenses as they seek to reduce cost and provide customers with a more friendly banking experience.
Barita Investments continues to enjoy strong buying interest as the price firms up around the $45 level and could yet move higher in coming days or weeks. Eppley seems to have demand that should push the price higher during the week as the company is getting set to launch an IPO for the Eppley Property Fund. The announcement that Sygnus Credit Investments borrowed $600 million and plans on raising more, coupled with good third quarter results continue to drive interest in the stock.
CAC 2000 reported profit for the April quarter that shows marked improvement over the previous quarter, suggesting that business is returning to more normal levels from disruption to the operations caused by major road works, in the area of the business. Elite Diagnostic pulled back to $3.85 during the past week but continues to find buying interest around $4 with the promise of earnings of more than 60 cents for the next fiscal year starting in July, that is likely to be the catalyst for more interest in the stock. Fosrich remains on the Watch List along with Lasco Financial that has seen buying interest over $5. Lasco Manufacturing posting of strong full year results with impressive fourth quarter numbers is driving new interest in the stock. Main Event posted good second quarter results with profit rising 29 percent in the quarter and promise of good 2019 results that should encourage increased investors interest. Watch.

Main Event revenues profit growing nciely.

Investors’ interest continues for the Medical Disposables with prospects for continued strong growth in its operations. Paramount Trading stock has been on the back foot for more than a year, with the start of the new financial year, the prospects for vastly improved profit, that IC Insider.com preliminarily places at 15 cents per share, will start to influence the stock price. Demand for Stationery and Office is not aggressive currently, but then supply is very short, suggesting it is only a matter of time before the price moves higher.
Investors should continue to keep eyes on Fontana, Honey Bun, Jamaica Producers and Sagicor Group.

Just one new stock for IC TOP 10

Stocks mostly closed higher on the Jamaica Stock Exchange during the past week but Lasco Financial was the sole stock falling from the TOP 10 listings and letting Jamaican Teas back in.
Rising stock prices in the last week help in reducing the projected gains for some of the leading stocks compared to position at the end of the prior week. The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Iron Rock with projected gains of 242 percent, followed by Caribbean Producers 233 percent and tTech with possible gains of 202 percent.
Radio Jamaica with potential gains of 161  percent leads main market stocks, followed by Sterling Investments with 156 percent and Victoria Mutual Investments in third spot with the potential to gain 144 percent by March next year.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE rising to 15.2 but the Junior Market remains at 11.1. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 7.2 and the main market PE 9.1. These levels, point to a big upside for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 35 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 40 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have interest in the securities commented on.

More watching for NCB Financial

NCB Financial Group still in strong demand.

Investors continued to push both the stocks higher in the main and Junior markets this past week as results for a number of companies encouraged increased buying.
Last week IC Insider posited that NCB Financial seems to have broken through resistance at the $150 level. The $165 region where the stock trades is also a resistance area but the strong buying at this price point, suggests it is poised to move higher, with $190 being the next point of resistance. Investors pushed the price to an all-time high of $184.85 on Thursday before it pulled back to $169 and closed the week at $170.02. A lot of focus is on this stock with the closing bid and offer suggest it is one to continuing watching. One stock that should be on every one’s watch list is Scotia Group that will release second quarter results to April this week.
Barita Investments continues to enjoy strong buying interest as the price firms up around the $45 level and could yet move higher in coming days or weeks. Eppley seems to have demand that should push the price higher during the week as the company is getting set to launch an IPO for the Eppley Property Fund. The announcement that Sygnus Credit Investments borrowed $600 million and plan on raising more, coupled with good third quarter results is driving new interest into the stock.

Wisynco hit a new high last week as supply of the stock dried up.

Wisynco Group posted a new high of $16.50 on Friday as supply dried up. Some selling came in towards the close, but this one is heading higher over the next few weeks as investors start to focus on the more than $1.50 earnings per share expected for the new-year that starts in July.
Elite Diagnostic is finding interest now at $4 with the take out of supply below after March quarter results send positive message about future profits. While the current year that ends in June should realize earnings of 25 cents, it is the promise of more than 60 cents for the next fiscal year that is likely to be the catalyst for more interest in the stock. During the past week, Fosrich jumped to a record high of $6.50 but pulled by the close on Friday to end at $5.20, but with an offer to sell 32,166 shares at $4.98. Lasco Financial has seen buying coming in that drove the price over $5, and could move higher this week with the promise of increased profit for the current 2020 fiscal year. Lasco Manufacturing posted strong full year results with impressive fourth quarter numbers. The company’s profit performance encouraged more buying during the past week, with 6.75 million shares trading on Friday. Investors still wanted more, with the bid closing at $3.98 versus the last traded price of $3.91. Investors may find the $8 price for the Medical Disposables stocks on offer, pricey, but the full year’s results telegraphed a powerful message about profits to come that makes the stock still attractive at this price level. Expect demand to pick up in the future for this stock as the company continues to grow attractively.

Paramont trading could surprise.

Paramount Trading stock has been on the back foot for more than a year, with the start of the new financial year, the prospects for vastly improved profit, that IC Insider.com preliminarily places at 15 cents per share, will start to influence the stock price. At the close on Friday, the stock that traded at $2.29 has a bid of $2.10 with the offer at $2.50 and may be signaling that selling is mostly exhausted at these levels. Demand for Stationery and Office is not aggressive currently, but then supply is very short, suggesting it is only a matter of time before the price moves higher.
Investors should continue to keep eyes on Jamaica Producers, Sagicor Group and Honey Bun.

3 new stocks now in IC TOP 10

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Stocks mostly closed higher on the Jamaica Stock Exchange during the past week as Lasco Financial returns along with Caribbean Cement and Sagicor Group.
Leaving IC Insider TOP 10 at the end of the week are Everything Fresh, Jamaica Broilers and Sygnus Credit Investments.
Rising stock prices in the last week help in reducing the projected gains in to leading stocks compared to position at the end of the prior week. The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 227 percent, followed by Iron Rock with likely gains of 213 percent and AMG Packaging with possible gains of 202 percent.
Sterling Investments with potential gains of 203 percent leads main market stocks, followed by Radio Jamaica with 150 percent and Berger Paints in third spot with the potential to gain 147 percent within twelve months.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.8 and the Junior Market at 11.2. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 7.2 and the main market PE 8.8. These levels, point to a big upside for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 36 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 41 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have interest in the securities commented on.

10 records in 10 days for JSE main market

The Jamaica Stock Exchange chalked up its 10th consecutive session at record high as JMMB Group traded at a new high of $42.50, up from $39.61 at the close on Wednesday and NCB Financial Group trading at a record $184.50.
At 11.17 am, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 2,642.74 points to a record high of 483,354.79 and the JSE Index climbed 2,674.49 points to another record 440,231.57. The Junior Market rose 20.71 points to 3,128.48. The market moved on to higher levels as NCB traded at a new all-time high of $184.85 as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index raced 6,813.16 points to a record high of 487,225.21 and the JSE Index surged 6,191.68 to 443,748.76 at mid-day.
If the market hold on to the gains, it would have broken through resistance at 480,000 points on the All Jamaica index and should be heading for the next level of resistance at 520,000 points.

Lasco stocks bow out of IC TOP 10

Lasco Manufacturing that IC Insider last week suggested readers keep a keen eye on, reported outstanding full year results and climbed 18.5 percent to $3.85 on Friday, exit the Junior Market IC Insider.com’s TOP 10.
Lasco Financial came in with full year results that were above the 2018 figures and the price moved up to $5. IC Insider downgraded 2020 earnings to 60 cents per share, the combination of the two changes, pushed the stock outside the TOP 10, Jetcon is the third stock to move out of the top tier. Coming in to replace the above are CAC 2000, Everything Fresh and Consolidated Bakeries, all three newcomers have been having challenges with growing profits.
Carreras reported flat profits for the year to March resulting in downgrading of 2020 profits, with the stock no longer in the TOP 10, also leaving is Caribbean Cement with the price recovering during the week to close at $78, the two are replaced by Stanley Motta and Sygnus Credit Investments.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 272 percent, followed by Iron Rock with likely gains of 243 percent and Medical Disposables with possible gains of 233 percent.
Sterling Investments with potential gains of 174 percent leads main market stocks, followed by Radio Jamaica with 159 percent and VM Investments in third spot with the potential to gain 141 percent within twelve months.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.8 and the Junior Market at 11.1. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 6.8 and the main market PE 9. These levels, point to a big upside for TOP 10 stocks over the next 12 months and Junior Market stocks in particular.
The TOP 10 stocks now trade at an average discount of 39 percent to the average for the Junior Market Top stocks and main market stocks trade at a discount of 39 percent to the overall market.
TOP 10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns within a 12 months period. Projected earnings, for each company’s current fiscal year, are used in determining, the selected stocks. The PE for and projected earnings for each stock are computed to show potential gains for the year, which are ranked in descending order. Potential values will change as stock prices fluctuate and will result in movements of the selection in and out of the lists for most weeks. Earnings per share are revised on an ongoing basis as new information is received that can result in changes in and out of the list.

This report is compiled by persons who may have interest in the securities commented on.

 

Lasco Distributors profit disappoints

Lasco Manufacturing dropped 40 cents to push Junior Market down.

Revenues rose by 11.44 percent to $18.1 billion from $16.3 billion at Lasco Distributors for the 2019 fiscal year to March, but the good news stop there.
Cost rose rapidly while other revenues declined. Administrative, marketing and sales expenses rose sharply by 20 percent to $2.98 billion from $2.49 billion resulting in pretax profit dropping sharply to $692 million from $1.08 billion.
Operating profit rose 11.9 percent to $3.55 billion from $3.17 billion. Taxes rose to $94 million from $75 in 2018 leaving net profit at $598 million and earnings per share at 17.5 cents versus $1 billion or 29 cents in 2018. The 2018 result, got a boost from inflows from a claim against Pfizer that resulted in other income of $395 million with 2019 generating just $139 million.
Gross cash flow brought in $880 million but the company ended with net cash outflows of $400 million. Cash and short term investments amounted to $1.5 billion down from $1.8 billion in 2018. Fixed assets grew to $1.8 million from $1.48 billion in 2018.

Lasco Distributors products.

At the end of the year, borrowed funds amounted to $540 million. Payables ended at $2.84 billion down from $3.6 billion in 2018. Current assets slipped to $6.6 billion from $5.9 billion. Shareholders’ equity grew to $5.2 billion from $4.57 billion.
Earnings per share for 2019 came out at 17.5 cents with IC Insider.com projecting 30 cents for 2020.The stock traded at $3.70 at a PE Ratio of 13 times current year’s earnings.

Profit jumps 92% at Lasco Manufacturing

Profit jumped 92 percent at IC BUY RATED, Lasco Manufacturing for the year to March 2019, to $1.08 billion, from $561 million in 2018 and $707 million for 2017.
The profit for the year got support from a huge 41 percent jump in sales of $1.954 billion for the March quarter, pushing sales revenue up 13.6 percent to $7.57 billion, for the year.
Improvement in profit margin rose to 36 percent from 35 percent in the 2018, as input cost climbed much slower than revenues growth at 10 percent, to $4.8 billion. The effect, operating profit rose a strong 20 percent to $2.756 billion from $2.29 billion. Administrative, marketing and sales expenses rose much slower than growth in revenues at 4.7 percent to $1.5 billion.
The positive out turn reflects growth in volumes, improved operational efficiencies and streamlining and cost control.

Lasco Manufacturing products

Gross cash flow brought in $1.4 billion but growth inventories, addition to fixed assets of $588 million offset by net loan inflows, dividend payment, reduced receivables and increased payables resulted in cash rising by $1.1 billion, leaving cash on hand and bank at $1 billion.
At the end of March, shareholders’ equity stands at $5.85 billion with borrowings at $1.4 billion. Net current assets ended the period $2.26 billion well over Payables of $813 million. The company completed the 65,000 feet warehouse that is expected to simplify logistics and result in cost savings.
Earnings per share came out at 26 cents for the year and is projected at 45 cents for the 2020 fiscal year. The stock traded at $3.25 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with an attractive PE ratio of 7.2 times 2020 earnings, well below the market average.
The company will pay a dividend of 3.8 cents per share during the year, resulting a total payment of $155 million.

Juniors drop 100 points AJI up 12,190 pts

With less than 15 minutes to the close of trading, the Junior Market index dropped 99.56 points 3,057.15 but the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 12,189.89 points to a record 470,855.28.

The JSE Index surged 11,077.42 points to a new record of 428,872.50 as Scotia Group traded at $53 and NCB Financial Group trades at $155 but was, up to $164 earlier in the day and PanJam Investment jumped $7.50 to $97.50.

Wigton Windfarm had less demand and traded 196 million shares and now trades at 69 cents.

JSE trades at new high – Monday

New record high for the JSE main market.

NCB Financial Group traded up to $158, up from a close of $153 on Friday, to help push the JSE main market to another record high at 10 am.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,840.59 points to a record 460,505.98 and the JSE Index climbed 1,672.62 points to a new record of 419,467.70.
Wigton Windfarm traded 54 million shares were up to 83 cents. The Junior Market index dropped 34.72 points up at 3,103.94.