Sweet profit baking at Honey Bun

Honey Bun doubles Q2 profit.

Profits before tax increased by solid 82 percent to $72 million for the Junior Market listed Honey Bun for the company’s second quarter to March. Profit after tax surged a much stronger 104 percent over the similar 2018 period to $71 million.
For the second quarter to March, revenues increased 15.5 percent over the correspondent quarter last year to $406 million from $352 million in 2018, with the growth bettering the 14.2 percent or $36 million revenues in the first quarter to December.
Revenues from export sales have increased by 16 percent over the prior period, sales growth is attributable to our meeting customer demand having invested in increasing our production capacity over the period,” the director informed shareholders in their report accompanying the quarterly results. For the six months period, revenues increased by 15 percent over the correspondent of last year to $775 million, up from $675 million in 2018 while profits before tax increased by 57 percent to $112 million and after tax profit grew 75 percent to $109 million. The financial performance was driven by improvements in productivity, process efficiencies and other cost savings initiatives. Administrative, Marketing and finance cost rose 13 percent in the second quart and 17 percent for the half year compared to the similar periods in 2018.

One Honey Bun’s Products.

Earnings per share for the six months period rose to 23 cents from 13 cents in 2018 and for the quarter from 7.4 cents to 15 cents. For the full year, IC Insider.com forecast earnings of 45 cents per share with 2020 projected to reach 75 cents.
Total current assets less current liabilities amounted to $178 million, up from $115 million in 2018. The company’s cash as stood at $166 million with investments at $85 million while borrowed funds amount to just $26 million. Shareholders’ equity ended the period at $713 million.
The stock traded last on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $5.01 at a PE ratio of 11 times 2019 earnings, well below that of the majority of companies.

Wigton blows out of IC TOP 10

Investors blew Wigton shares out of IC TOP 10 last week.

Wigton Windfarm, the third highest ranked IC Insider.com TOP 10 main market stock last week, gained over 60 percent since listing on Wednesday to close at 83 cents and is now out of the TOP 10 main market stocks.
Lasco Manufacturing is the only change to the Junior Market IC Insider.com’s TOP 10, replacing Consolidated Bakery while Grace Kennedy and Jamaica Broilers are in the main market Top list replacing Wigton and Sagicor Group.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Iron Rock with projected gains of 233 percent, followed by Caribbean Producers with likely gains of 233 percent and Lasco Financial with possible gains of 210 percent.  Of the three, Lasco Financial seems likely to break out after they release full year results later this week, but keep a keen eye on Lasco Manufacturing as well.
Radio Jamaica with potential gains of 165 percent leads main market stocks, followed by Sterling Investments with 156 percent likely gain and VM Investments in third spot with the potential to gain 150 percent within twelve months.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.5 and the Junior Market at just 11.1. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 7 and the main market PE 8.7. 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 37 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.

10th record closing high for JSE

Wigton Windfarm traded 472.8 million shares to close at a record 83 cents and NCB Financial Group closed at $153 to help push the JSE main market to a tenth record close for the year.
At the close, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index jumped 4,339.37 points to a record close of 458,665.39 and the JSE Index climbed 3,943.35 points to a new record of 417,795.08.
Wigton Windfarm shares were trading for the second day on the exchange after a successful Initial Public Offer and has gained just over 60 percent so far. The market closed with Wigton having 129 million shares on the bid to buy and 39.8 million units on offer of shares. The stock closed with 10.9 million units on the bid at 83 cents and 2.09 million units are on offer at 84 cents.
Meanwhile the Junior Market index traded with a gain of 10.21 points to close at 3,138.66.

Wigton IC TOP 10 stock sets to double

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Wigton stock could double soon.

Wigton Windfarm is the third highest ranked IC Insider.com TOP 10 main market stock for this coming week, with the potential to double in price before too long, after listing.
The stock lists on Wednesday on main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The IPO was priced at 50 cents per share, with a PE of 8.3 times, normalized earnings for the year to March 2019. With the heavy oversubscription, the top investors will get just a fraction of what they applied for and will push the price higher to get a reasonable volume.
IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 for the coming week has five new listings as some company results encouraged increased buying and reduced selling in a number of cases in the past week.
The Junior Market list has two new listings, Jetcon Corporation and tTech that rejoin the group with falling prices while Elite Diagnostic jumped to $4 and ISP Finance climbed to $16, both on the back of good March quarter results and gave way to the two new listings.
JMMB Group surged in price and move out the TOP 10, following an announcement that the group will invest a minimum of US$200 million in Alignvest Acquisition ll Corporation, a Toronto Stock Exchange traded Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation. Also moving on are Sygnus Credit Investments with a rising price and Grace Kennedy that was edged out by Sagicor Group. Caribbean Cement fell in price to $69 and Scotia Group squeezed into the top list.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 233 percent, Lasco Financial with likely gains of 210 percent, followed by Iron Rock with potential gains of 208 percent.  Of the three on Lasco Financial seems likely to break out after they release full year results later this month.
Radio Jamaica with potential gains of 180 percent leads main market stocks, followed by Sterling Investments with 151 percent likely gain and Wigton Windfarms in third spot with the potential to gain 140 percent within twelve months.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.4 and the Junior Market at just 11.1, with the latter having moved up from 10.4 and the end of the prior week. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 6.8 and the main market PE is now 8.6. These levels, point to the huge 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 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.

More changes in IC TOP 10

Eight consecutive days of record close, for the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended last week, but that did not prevent new additions to the main market IC Insider.com’s TOP 10.
At the same time, the Junior Market recorded strong gains in the week and reduced the year to date loss of nearly 10 percent to April down to just 5.3 percent.  While a number of companies released profit results last week many more are due this past and the market could get a jolt from some of them.
At the end of the past week, Jamaica Broilers and Stanley Motta moved out of the main market TOP 10 while Lasco Manufacturing and tTech moved up in price and left the Junior Market TOP 10.
Consolidated Bakeries and Main Event are the new additions to the Junior Market TOP 10 while IC Insider’s long standing TOP 10 main market stock, welcomed back, Sygnus Credit Investments that dropped out the previous week returns to the main market TOP 10 along with Grace Kennedy that reported below average first quarter results.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 248 percent, Elite Diagnostic with likely gains of 233 percent, followed by AMG Packaging with potential gains of 216 percent.
Radio Jamaica with potential gains of 173 percent leads main market stocks, followed by Sterling Investments with 151 percent likely gain and Victoria Mutual Investments in third spot with potential to gain 148 percent.
 Wigton Windfarm, Jamaica’s latest initial public share offer, sits in at the 4 position on the main market stock list. The stock comes to the market at 50 cents per share and boast a PE of 8.3 times normalized earnings for the year to March 2019. With the heavy oversubscription, the top investors will get just a fraction of what they applied for will certainly pushed the price higher when it lists and start trading.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.4 and the Junior Market at just 10.4. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 6.7 and the main market PE is now 8.5. These levels, point to the huge upside for the 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.

All Jamaica Index now 455,998

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange moved further ahead in early trading on Wednesday to record new records.
With more than half an hour before the afternoon session, the market hit 455,998.44 on the All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) after rising by 2,858.98 points with NCB Financial trading as high as $151.50 and PanJamaican Investment at a record $100 after rising by $10 from Tuesday’s close of $90.
 The JSE Index climbed 2,598.04 points to be in record territory at 415,371.48.
The Junior Market index jumped 31.29 points to sit at 3,046.40 with Fontana trading at $4.49, General Accident at $4.45 and Lasco Manufacturing at $3.50.

All Jamaica Index at new record

New ecord high is in sight for the JSE main market.

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange moved further ahead in trading on Tuesday and pushed the main market into it seventh day of new record high.
The market hit a new high of 453,856.77 on the All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) after rising by 5,044.21 points with NCB Financial trading at $150 and helped to push the market. The JSE Index climbed 4,583.82 points to a record 412,827.88.
The Junior Market index is up just 7.32 points to sit at 3,008.07. Also rising were Sagicor Group at $47.60 and Supreme Ventures trading at $29.60.

Watch NCB but Cement not finished

NCB the top stock to watch following inforamtion that they got go ahead to acquire Guardian Holdings majority shares.

NCB Financial is the main stock to watch this week with group having sealed the deal for majority shares in Guardian Holdings but Caribbean Cement (CC) is still in the stock to watch list. 
Fresh from posting record first quarter profit of $1.13 billion or $1.33 per share, from only $348 million in 2018, the shares of CC started right out of the blocks on Monday gone, with a jump of $13.87 to $77.99 and moved higher thereafter during the week.
Cement now sits at $80 and should move higher in the weeks ahead with potential earnings of $7 per share for 2019. The stock price reached $100 briefly during the past week. NCB Financial Group came in for increased buying with the announcement of approval granted for the group to acquire majority shares in the Trinidad based Guardian Holdings, thus returning it to it Jamaican roots. Guardian was previously majority by Mutual Life but the majority shares were sold to Trinidadians, when Guardian had cash flow problems in the 1990s.
Sagicor Group moved up from $44 at the start of the week to close at $46.50 and should move higher with 2018 results showing gains and pointing to a brighter 2019. Wisynco traded as high as $15 during the past week but some selling came in leaving the stock at $14.40 at the close on Friday. The stock is selling at 15 times projected earnings for the for the fiscal year to June 2019, but with strong earnings

Grace Kennedy could suprise.

growth investors could still pile into the stock in anticipation of greater profits in the 2020 fiscal year.  RJR and Seprod remain attractive buys and continue on the watch list along with Barita Investments that posted very strong second quarter results. More company results should be flowing this week and investors should be watchful for their release to identify any important message of future earnings. Other stocks of interest in the main market, include Berger Paints, Grace, Jamaica Producers, Jamaica Stock Exchange and PanJam Investment that seems headed to $100, with very few stocks on offer for sale.
The Junior Market rose last week as it starts the recovery from the impact that the recently closed Wigton IPO had on the market. At its recently held annual general meeting, Honey Bun directors pointed to continued improved revenues, created by expansion of the factory providing added capacity

SOS anticipates maximising profits from every business line in 2019.

to meet demand for their products, resulting from the expansion and new products lined up to come. Stationery and Office Supplies released their annual report with the directors stating that the outlook for 2019 and beyond is positive, given the increase in business and consumer confidence locally and regionally. “The economy is continuing to show positive signs with increased foreign and local investment in the island, particularly in the business outsourcing sector. For the export market, we are supplying a project in Barbados during the first quarter of 2019, and have another project planned for the second quarter in 2019.

Honey Bun should be watched.

We anticipate to realise at least six containers of exported products during the year including both the SEEK products and our lines of Torch and Image furniture.  With the purchase of SEEK and six months of learning, planning and making adjustments, we now anticipate maximising profits from every business line in 2019.”
Fontana came in for increased buying this past week with trading as high as $4.20 with supply of the stocks declining, General Accident saw improved results last year and this should continue into 2019 but the company is scheduled to release results for quarter one, next week.  tTech grew revenues 30 percent in 2018 and 28 percent in the December quarter. More growth is expected for 2019 to boost profit for the year. Derrimon Trading took over the distribution of of Juiciful, Busta and other products for Trinidad-owned SM Jaleel & Company and acquired Woodcats International, late last year. First quarter results should show above normal increase in revenues as a result of the acquisitions in 2018. It will be interesting to see how the new lines, impact first quarter profit.

NCB pushes AJIndex to record 450K

With less than 5 minutes after opening NCB Financial traded at $150 and helped to push the All Jamaican Composite Index (AJI) of the Jamaica Stock Exchange up by 2,821.75 points to a record 450,573.44.
The JSE Index climbed 2,564.21 points to a record 410,441.63to be well ahead of the record close on Monday.
The Junior Market index is up just 3.57 points to sit at 3,028.79. Also rising were PanJam Investment in trading at $89 and Supreme Ventures trading at $28.45.

JSE record run shakes up IC TOP 10

Five consecutive days of record close, shook up IC Insider.com’s TOP 10 this past week, more shakeup seems possible with a raft of company results set for release, this week.
IC Insider’s long standing TOP 10 main market stock, Caribbean Cement jumped sharply during the week to record high of $100 before closing the week at $80, up $16.60 as investors reacted positively to the strong first quarter results. Sagicor Group rose to close the week at $46.50 and Sygnus Credit Investments moved to $12.50 at the close of the week and moved out of the TOP 10 main market. Jamaica Broilers, Berger Paints and Pulse Investments return to the main market TOP list.
The Junior Market TOP 10, said goodbye to Jamaican Teas that rose to $3.90 and Caribbean Cream. Caribbean Cream earnings for the 2019/20 fiscal year were down grade to 47 cents per share, following the release of 2019 audited financial results. ISP Finance returns to the TOP list after a long absence and AMG Packaging returned after a short time out.
The three leading Junior Market stocks for the coming week are, Elite Diagnostic with likely gains of 233 percent, followed by Lasco Financial with potential gains of 229 percent and Caribbean Producers with projected gains of 221 percent.
Radio Jamaica with potential gains of 175 percent takes over the leadership of main market stocks, from Victoria Mutual Investments with 150 percent likely gain, and now sits in third spot behind Sterling Investments with potential to gain 151 percent.
 Wigton Windfarm, Jamaica’s latest initial public share offer, sits in at the 4 position on the main market stock list. The stock comes to the market at 50 cents per share and boast a PE of 8.3 times normalized earnings for the year to March 2019.
The main market, closed the week with the overall PE at 14.2 and the Junior Market at just 10.3. The PE ratio for Junior Market Top 10 stocks averages 6.6 and the main market PE is now 8.6. These levels, point to the huge upside for the 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 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.