JSE Junior Market low trading interest

The junior market enjoyed trading in 324,780 units valued at $353,366. The JSE Junior Market Index fell 2.40 points to close at 649.56 as just 5 securities traded with 2 advancing and 2 declining.
Kremi Rum crm Gains| Stocks recording gains, at the end of trading in the junior market are, Caribbean Cream with 29,240 units, gained 4 cents to 65 cents and General Accident had 9,000 units trading with 4 cents gain, to end at $1.50
Firm Trades| The only active stocks in the junior market that closed at the same price as the day before is Honey Bun with 1,442 shares to end at $2.12.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are, Lasco Distributors with 263,098 units changing hands lost 2 cents to end at $1.11 and Lasco Financial with 22,000 shares lost 13 cents to end at 85 cents for anew 52 weeks low.
At the end of trader there were 2 securities with bids higher than the last selling price and two with offers that were lower.

Sweet River IPO falls well short of target

Swt Riv logoSweet River Abattoir & Supplies Company initial public offering (IPO) missed by a huge margin, the amounted targeted to be raised, when it closed on August 26, the scheduled date for the closure. The IPO targeted $180 million to be raised from the sale of 46.6 million shares to the public.
According to VMBS Wealth Management, brokers to the issue, “preliminary numbers indicate that subscribers applied for approximately 30.6 million shares totalling approximately $118 million”. The minimum amount to be raised to facilitate listing on the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, was $50 million.
The plan was for the amount targeted to be raised, was to be used in reduction of bank loans, completion of construction of the new factory facility, installation of a solar energy generation system, working capital and payment of the expenses of the IPO.
The result achieved, is not surprising, the price was well in excess of what investors were valuing junior market stocks at. In IC Insider’s comments on the IPO stated “currently, earnings per share works out at 40 cents, placing a valuation of 9.4 times historical earnings. This is well above the junior market valuation. Value based on net book assets, works out at 3 times book, again a very high valuation.”

Quiet start to trading week

In Monday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 5 stocks rose and 4 declined as 24 securities changed hands resulting in a moderate volume of 1,236,101 shares trading, valued at only $6,501,176.
JSE sum 28-7-14During the early hours of trading, more than 5 million shares of Scotia Group traded but 5 million units were cancelled, due to what the stock exchange said was an error on the buying brokers behalf resulting more stocks being traded than was the official order.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index rose by 197.76 points to 71,909.56 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up 221.14 points to close at 79,116.15.
Gains| Stocks recording gains, the volume traded and last traded prices, at the close in the main market, are Carreras with 4,113 shares to close with a gain of 90 cents at $34.90, Gleaner with 10,670 units changing hands, gained a cent to close at $1.12, National Commercial Bank 63,229 units with a gain of 94 cents to $19, Proven Investments 52,500 US dollar ordinary shares with an increase of 0.0100 US cents at 18 cents US and Scotia Group with 1,700 shares to end up a cent higher at $20.01.
Firm| The volume and last traded prices of stock trading in the main market to close without a change in price, are Berger Paints with 2,000 shares closing at $1.62, Cable & Wireless 152,455 units at 30 cents, Caribbean Cement with 3,000 shares changing hands at $2.50, Desnoes & Geddes with 645 units at $4, Kingston Wharves 34,221 shares at $5, Mayberry Investments 3,040 units at $1.55, Radio Jamaica 33,556 shares at $1.22, Sagicor Real Estate Fund 18,000 shares at $6.36, Scotia Investments 2,255 units at $21 and Supreme Ventures 17,400 shares at $1.95.
Declines| The only stock end of trading in the main market with a price decline is Sagicor Group with 247,000 shares, down 4 cents to end at $8.96.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share, traded 341,022 units at $3 and Proven Investments 8% preference share 3,500 units at $5.05.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index increased 4.73 points to close at 632.01 as 6 stocks traded with none advancing and 3 declining.
Gains| There were stocks recording gains in the junior market at the close.
Firm Trades| The active stocks in the junior market to close at the same price as the day before, are Caribbean Cream with 48,060 units at 70 cents, Caribbean Producers 65,000 shares at $2.45 and Consolidated Bakeries with 55,000 units at 80 cents.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading, are AMG Packaging that had 7,145 units trading, with a 21 cents fall to $2.89, Caribbean Flavours 3,400 shares closed with a 6 cents loss at $2.45 and Lasco Manufacturing with 67,190 units as the price fell 10 cents to 90 cents.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 14 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 stocks with offers that were lower.

More stocks rise than fall on JSE

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In Monday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the prices of 5 stocks rose and 4 declined. Only 18 securities changed hands, resulting in 4,848,981 shares trading, valued at $15,622,653.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index declined by 353.60 points, to 70,264.33 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved down by 395.39 points, to close at 77,276.48.
JSE sum 14-7-14Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are Gleaner with 11,000 units closed with a cent up, at $1.11 and Pan Jamaican Investment traded 56,790 shares to close with a gain of 48 cents, at $48.50.
Firm| There were only stocks in the main market to close without a change in price with shares closing, are Cable & Wireless traded 156,117 shares to close at 29 cents, Caribbean Cement with 500 traded closed at $2.20, Jamaica Broilers traded 154,589 shares but the price closed unchanged at $4.57, and Scotia Group with 68,506 shares closed at $18.40.
Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share 16,475 units to close at $3.03 and Proven Investments 8% preference share traded 2,700 units to close at $5.07.
Declines| The stocks that declined in the main market are Carreras had 80,000 units changing hands to close down 25 cents at $34.75, Jamaica Money Market Brokers with 628,736 shares, declined by 10 cents to close at $6.90, National Commercial Bank with 1,000 close at 50 cents lower at $17.50, Sagicor Group 8,172 close with a 10 cent loss at $8.99.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 17.39 points to close at 692.40 as 6 stocks traded with 3 advancing and none declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are Consolidated Bakeries traded 558,953 shares to close with a gain of 10 cents to close at 80 cents, Lasco Distributors traded 1,000,000 units and gained 10 cents to end at $1.30 and Lasco Manufacturing had 25,000 units changing hands to close 10 cents higher at $1.10.
Firm Trades| The junior market stocks that traded to close at the same price as the day before, are Access Financial Services 10,759 units to close at $10, Blue Power with 27,000 units to close at $9.05, with Caribbean Cream traded 2042684 units at 70 cents each as investors responded well to the 79 percent jump in profits for the first quarter ended May.
Declines| No junior market stocks decline 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 the bids higher than their last selling prices and 2stocks with offers that were lower.

Cool increased profits at Caribbean Cream

Kremi280X150As far back as 2013, IC insider rated Caribbean Cream stock Buy Rated, but it was far too cool for the market who was not buying, they may well change the tune sooner than later as the company is reporting blowout first quarter numbers with profit up 79 percent for the quarter that ends in May.
That is only the start, as IC insider is forecasting earnings to climb to 40 cents for the fiscal year and to rise to 70 cents in 2016. For the year to February this year earnings came out at 11 cents per shares, which was up from 5 cents before. The stock last traded at 70 cents each. As the name suggest the company is in the business of production and sale of ice cream and is listed on the junior stock exchange market.
The improved profit comes against the background of at 19.5 percent revenue increase that was pushed to $252 million, from $211 million in 2013. But it was the performance in gross profit margin that made the huge difference, with a jump of 61 percent to $69 million and was more than adequate to overcome a 58.6 percent jump in administrative, selling and marketing expense that climbed to $47 million, with selling and marketing expense more than doubled. Management indicates that cost associated with the JMA Expo and development cost for the new Kremi advertising campaign, launched at the end of June, helped push cost in this area. The new packaging for the retail products was launched in May, the company reported.
Gross profit margin jumped to 37.8 percent in the quarter from only 25.6 percent in the 2013 period. The improved margin, is a continuation of gains made in the November quarter last year when it climbed to 37 percent. In the November quarter in 2012, the margin was only 24.7 percent and 29.6 percent year to date for the nine months period in 2013. For the year ended February, gross margin was 31 percent, reflecting continued gains in the February quarter.
Growth in sales has slowed and is well down on the growth rate for the February and April quarters, of 48 percent each and 27 percent for the July quarter. Improvement in the plant and new packaging, should help in moving sales to a higher level, than the slower pace over the last three quarters. If this happens then profits should jump even more than the latest figures have.
Capital Spend| During the year to May, capital expenditure amounted to $160 million and was primarily geared to improving efficiency in the factory. The expenditure included commissioning of a new cold room to facilitate holding four times more inventory than before. The next phase will provide for new and larger factory floor and the installation of a new blast freeze equipment that is expected to cut operating cost and spoilage going forward.

Scotia Group dominates with $83M on JSE

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In Thursday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange the prices of 3 stocks rose and 8 declined as 27 securities changed hands resulting in 8,283,873 shares trading valued at $115,640,825.
Main Market| The JSE Market Index inched up by 10.40 points to 70,492.27 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index moved up 11.64 points to close at 77,531.37, after being up by 1,658 points to 79,177.73 at 10.12 AM, in early trading, with Scotia Group traded as high as $21.70.
Gains| Only one stock gained at the end of trading, in the main market with National Commercial Bank trading 61,078 units to close with an increase of 40 cents at $18.
Firm| Stocks in the main market to close without a change in price are Berger Paints with 5,000 units to close at $1.65, Cable & Wireless 16,000 units to close at 29 cents, Caribbean Cement 6,820 shares to close at $2.20, Gleaner 163,282 units to close at$1.10, Jamaica Broilers with 23,170 shares in closing at $4.57, Kingston Wharves 650 units to close at $5.20, Pan Jamaican Investment 100,000 shares to close at $49, Proven Investments 280 units to close at 18 US cents, Radio Jamaica 2,814 units to close at $1.29 and Scotia Group with 4,310,653 units valued at $82,811,277 to close at $19. The bulk of the trades were conducted by stockbroker, Scotia Investments.
JSE sum -3-7-14Preference| Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share traded 1,297 units to close at $2, and the Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share, 431,000 units to close at $3.02.
Declines| The stocks that declined in the main market are Carreras with 200,000 units while losing 75 cents to end at $34.50, Grace Kennedy with 100 shares, declined by $3.75 to $54.05, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 1,002,596 ordinary shares traded but the price declined 12 cents to $6.88, Jamaica Producers had 13,114 shares changing hands, the price declined by a cent to $18.24, Sagicor Group had 1,030,623 units changing hands to close 10 cents lower at $8.90, Scotia Investments with 7,800 units close 40 cents down to a new 52 weeks low of $21.10.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 8.32 points to close at 708.27 points as 8 stocks traded with 2 advancing and 2 declining.
Gains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the junior market are General Accident Insurance with 147,000 units, closing with a gain of 3 cents at $1.40 and Lasco Manufacturing with 14,500 shares to close a cent higher at $1.06.
Firm Trades| Stocks in the junior market that traded to close at the same price as the day before are Access Financial Services with 1,925 units to close at $13.50, Blue Power with 100,000 shares to close at $9.01, Consolidated Bakeries with 458,761 units to end at 80 cents and Lasco Financial 10,000 shares to close at $1.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are Lasco Distributors 169,410 shares, declined by 12 cents to $1.18 and Medical Disposables with 6,000 shares changing hands declined by 5 cents $2.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with the bids higher than the last selling prices and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.

Jamaica stocks fall again

In Friday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange there were more prices declining than rising as 24 securities traded, 6 stocks rose and 10 declined resulting from 3,903,650 shares trading valued at $25,770,886.
Main Market| 5 companies in the main market advanced and 8 declined as the indices lost altitude with the JSE Market Index erasing 599.73 points to close at 70,257.92 and the JSE All Jamaican Composite index falling 670.61 points to close at 77,269.32.
JSE 30-5-14sumGains| Stocks recording gains at the end of trading in the main market are Carreras in exchanging 326,379 shares to close with a gain of 20 cents at $$34.20, Mayberry Investments with 4,280 shares changing hands, gained 5 cents to close at $1.70, Sagicor Group with 78,268 units changing hands, rose by 5 cents to end at $8.95, Sagicor Real Estate Fund had just 710 units changing hands at $6.70 for a 20 cents gain and Scotia Group with 102,134 shares closed at $19.60 with a 60 cents gain, minutes before trading ended.
Firm| There were only 5 stocks in the main market to close without a price change as Cable & Wireless with 122,189 shares changing hands closed at 28 cents, Gleaner traded 50,000 units and closed at $1.10, Jamaica Money Market Brokers traded only 2,700 shares in closing at $7, followed by Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.50% preference share with 154,000 units to end at $2 and the Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8.75% preference share traded 141,925 shares to close at $3.03.
Declines| The number of stocks that declined in the main market are Barita Investments with 5,000 shares to close at $2.25 while losing 5 cents, Desnoes & Geddes 28,300 units to close at $4.25 with the price slipping by 20 cents, Grace Kennedy traded 69,030 to close a cent lower at $54, Jamaica Broilers 24,927 shares to close at $4.70 while losing 5 cents, Jamaica Producers traded only 2,700 units in closing at $18.25 with a fall of a cent, National Commercial Bank 159,772 shares to close at $17.45, down 5 cents, Scotia Investments had 44,161 shares changing hands to close at $23 falling back by the same amount it gained the previous day of $2.49 and Supreme Ventures 60,000 units in closing at $2 but fell by a cent.
Junior Market| The JSE Junior Market Index declined by 1.33 points to close at 721.71 as only 6 stocks traded with one advancing and 2 declining.
Gains| Lasco Manufacturing traded 2,429,994 shares to close at $1.12 and gained 2 cents as the only stock to record a gain in the junior market.
Firm Trades| The stocks in the junior market stocks that traded to close at the same price as the previous trading day are Consolidated Bakeries which traded just 1,000 units to close at 80 cents, Jamaican Teas 15,839 shares as the price closed at $3.21 and Lasco Financial put through 14,400 units at $1.15.
Declines| Stocks declining in the junior market at the end of trading are Blue Power with 50,942 shares to close at $9.01 with 9 cents decline and Caribbean Producers 15,000 units to close down 10 cents at $2.65.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 5 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and 4 stocks with offers that were lower.