Guardian & Republic in big Friday push

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange indices rose at the close of trading on Friday as Guardian Holding rose $1.02 to $18 following release of news that NCB Financial Group would be making a bid to acquire 22 percent more of the company’s shares and Republic Holdings jumped $3.30 to help push the market.
Market activities ended with 14 securities trading versus 21 on Thursday, with 7 advancing, 4 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks ending at 52 weeks’ low as 434,574 units valued at $3,501,297 traded, compared to 326,195 units valued at $6,427,017 changing hands on Wednesday.
The Composite Index 11.82 points on to 1,243.30. The All T&T Index gained 16.90 points to 1,700.81, while the Cross Listed Index added 0.90 points to close at 105.79.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 2 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Calypso Macro Index Fund rose 4 cents in trading 500 shares to close at $15.85, Grace Kennedy concluded trading 18 cents and ended at $3, with 2,678 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings concluded trading with a gain of $1.02 completed trading at $18, with 10,000 units, NCB Financial Group added 5 cents and settled at $6.55, after exchanging 6,000 shares, Republic Financial Holdings concluded trading with a gain of $3.30 concluded at $107.06, after exchanging 6,083 shares, Scotiabank increased 11 cents and completed trading at $64.50, with 3,175 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL rose 2 cents and settled at $29.43, after exchanging 17,033 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments ended trading 4 cents lower and ended at $20, with 45,383 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank concluded trading with a loss of 5 cents and completed trading at $8, with 50,600 units, Sagicor Financial traded with a loss of 5 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.25, with 3,000 stock units changing hands and Trinidad Cement closed with a loss of 1 cent and concluded at $2.70, after exchanging 24,738 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| First Citizens settled at $32.75, after exchanging 278 shares, JMMB Group concluded at $1.84, after exchanging 265,000 shares and Massy Holdings concluded at $46.80, after exchanging 106 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

NCB to go for 52% of Guardian Holdings

NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains.

The way is now cleared for NCB Financial Group to go after nearly 52 percent of Guardian Holdings shares at US$2.65 each, a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Financial Services Commission states.
NCB group had made an offer to take over up to 62 percent of the shares at US$2.35 and received offers well in excess of this amount. Some minority shareholders objected to the pricing and took the matter to the Commission. While the new price will cost NCB more than originally agreed if they were to go for the original target, Guardian has now made more profit and would therefore be worth more than at the time the original offer was made.
The NCB Group already owns 29.9 percent of the Guardian shares and just needs to pick up 22 percent of the overall shareholdings to land them the majority of the shares. The two largest shareholders in the Guardian had signed an agreement to sell to NCB.
In effect the minority shareholders action resulted in a negative outcome for those shareholders who had originally offered their shares for sale.

TTSE falls again on Thursday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange indices all fell on Wednesday with National Enterprises leading the declines with a fall of 44 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $8 while heavily weighted First Caribbean International Bank shed 8 cents, to weigh heavily on the market.
Market activities ended with 21 securities trading versus 19 on Wednesday, with 9 advancing, 9 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks ending at 52 weeks’ low as 326,195 units valued at $6,427,017 traded, compared to 119,782 units valued at $2,475,785 changing hands on Wednesday.
The Composite Index dropped 5.68 points to 1,231.48. The All T&T Index declined 25.10 points to 1,689.91, while the Cross Listed Index fell 0.43 points to close at 105.62.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 4 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Angostura Holdings closed with a gain of 5 cents at $15.75, with 28,543 stock units changing hands, Ansa Mcal gained 1 cent and ended at $55.01, with 800 units trading, Ansa Merchant finished trading with a gain of 1 cent at $38.26, after exchanging 500 shares, First Citizens closed with an increase of 10 cents and completed trading at $32.75, after exchanging 1,698 stock units, Grace Kennedy closed with a rise of 1 cent to $2.82, with 3,000 stock units changing hands. JMMB Group finished 7 cents higher and settled at $1.84, after exchanging 80,000 shares, LJ Williams B share gained 5 cents and completed trading at $0.75, after exchanging 30,000 stock units, Prestige Holdings added 1 cent and ended at $7.31, with 1,000 units changing hands and Trinidad Cement gained 1 cent and settled at $2.71, after exchanging 3,000 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments shed 11 cents and concluded trading at $20.04, with 20,370 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank lost 10 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $8.05, exchanging 1,135 units, Guardian Holdings ended trading 2 cents lower at $16.98, with 1,200 units, Massy Holdings concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents and settled at $46.80, after exchanging 1,621 shares, National Enterprises traded with a loss of 44 cents and ended at $8, with 1,000 stock units changing hands, One Caribbean Media closed with a loss of 1 cent and settled at $11.99, trading 2,843 shares, Sagicor Financial closed with a loss of 9 cents and ended at $7.30, with 26,820 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank shed 11 cents and ended at $64.39, trading 70,468 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 8 cents and completed trading at $29.41, after exchanging 2,640 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| Guardian Media settled at $15, after exchanging 957 shares, National Flour ended at $1.68, with 6,500 units and NCB Financial Group completed trading at $6.50, after exchanging 42,100 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Republic in big fall takes TTSE with it

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Republic Financial dropped $7.24 and the large capitalized stock, First Caribbean International Bank shed 15 cents along with 7 other companies declined to put a big dent into the market indices on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Market activities ended with 19 securities trading versus 16 on Tuesday, 3 advancing, 9 declining and 7 remaining unchanged. The market closed with one stock trading at 52 weeks’ high and two at 52 weeks’ low as 119,782 units valued at $2,475,785 traded, compared to 135,571 units valued at $824,024 changing hands on Tuesday.
The Composite Index dropped 14.27 points to 1,237.16. The All T&T Index declined 25.10 points to 1,689.91, while the Cross Listed Index fell 0.43 points to close at 105.62.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 5 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Agostini’s rose 20 cents and completed trading at $23.40, after exchanging 285 shares, Angostura Holdings closed with an increase of 10 cents and settled at $15.70, with 800 stock units changing hands and West Indian Tobacco ended trading of 1,070 units after rising 50 cents to $95.
Stocks closing with losses|Ansa Mcal shares fell 50 cents and concluded trading of 78 units at $55, Clico Investments closed with a loss of 5 cents and settled at $20.15, with 1,077 stock units changing hands, First Caribbean International Bank shed 15 cents and concluded market activity at $8.15, with 15,901 units trading, First Citizens lost 35 cents and ended at $32.65, after exchanging 5,617 shares, Grace Kennedy ended trading of 1,000 stock units having fallen 19 cents to settled at $2.81, JMMB Group concluded trading with a loss of 3 cents at $1.77, after exchanging 5,000 shares, Republic Financial Holdings dropped $7.24 and completed trading at $103.76, after exchanging 4,921 shares, Trinidad & Tobago NGL shares fell 2 cents and ended at $29.49, in exchanging 6,225 shares and Unilever Caribbean closed with a loss of 50 cents and settled at a multi-year low of $23, with 1,738 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| Guardian Holdings concluded trading 10,877 units at $17, Massy Holdings completed trading at $46.83, after exchanging 940 shares, National Flour ended at $1.68, with 4,500 units trading, NCB Financial Group ended at $6.50, after exchanging 46,733 shares, Prestige Holdings concluded trading of 2,000 units at $7.30, Sagicor Financial settled at $7.39, with 10 stock units changing hands and Scotiabank ended at $64.50, trading 11,010 units.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Republic & Witco climb again on TTSE

Republic Financial climbed $1 to a 52 weeks’ high of $111 and West Indian Tobacco rose 30 cents on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Tuesday and remained poised for more gains.
West Indian Tobacco closed higher slightly higher but closed with the bid at $94.20 to buy 3,950 shares with none on offer at the close, as investors respond to improved results and a pending stock split.
Market activities ended with 16 securities trading versus 12 on Monday, 8 advancing, 5 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with one stock trading at 52 weeks’ high and two at 52 weeks’ low as 135,571 units valued at 824,024 traded, compared to 449,177 units valued at 8,056,501 changing hands on Monday.
The Composite Index climbed 3.03 points to 1,251.43. The All T&T Index rose 4.81 points to 1,715.01, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.16 points to close at 106.05.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments ended trading with a rise of 20 cents to close at $20.20, with 3,205 stock units changing hands, First Citizens finished 26 cents higher and completed trading at $33, after exchanging 4,061 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading of 105,700 shares and gained 8 cents to settle at $1.80, National Flour added 6 cents and ended at $1.68, with 500 units trading, Republic Financial Holdings gained $1 in settling at $111, after exchanging just 10 shares. Trinidad & Tobago NGL increased 1 cent and completed trading at $29.51, after exchanging 8,284 shares, Trinidad Cement rose 5 cents and settled at $2.70, exchanging 4,100 shares and West Indian Tobacco closed with a gain of 30 cents and ended at $94.50 trading 245 units.
Stocks closing with losses|Agostini’s lost 20 cents and settled at $23.20, after exchanging 421 shares, Angostura Holdings ended trading 10 cents lower at $15.60, with 64 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings concluded trading of 1,269 shares with a loss of 17 cents to close at $46.83, Prestige Holdings traded with a loss of 20 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.30, with 1,000 units and Sagicor Financial closed with a loss of 1 cent and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.39, with 2,050 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| National Enterprises closed at $8.44, with 100 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial Group completed trading at $6.50, after exchanging 3,949 shares and Scotiabank ended at $64.50, as just 613 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Republic & Witco set for sharp jump on TTSE

Republic Financial climbed $2.95 concluded at $110 on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Monday and is poised to climb higher with the bid at $110 to buy 11,789 shares while the stock is offered at $120 to sell 15,407 units.
The gain comes after the financial Caribbean financial powerhouse reported the acquisition of 75 percent ownership of the profitable Cayman National Bank.
West Indian Tobacco closed higher but ended with the bid at $94.20 to buy 3,950 shares with no stock on offer at the close, as investors respond to improved results and a pending stock split.
Market activities ended with 12 securities trading versus 12 on Friday, with 5 advancing, 4 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks trading at 52 weeks’ low as 449,177 units valued at 8,056,501 traded, compared to 451,756 units valued at $6,455,226 changing hands on Friday.
The Composite Index climbed 3.75 points to 1,248.40. The All T&T Index rose 9.68 points to 1,710.20, while the Cross Listed Index declined 0.32 points to close at 105.89.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| First Citizens closed with an increase of 8 cents and settled at $32.74, after exchanging 60 shares, Guardian Holdings ended trading with 9 cents and completed trading at $17, with 38,125 units changing hands, JMMB Group finished 8 cents higher and concluded market activity at $1.72, after exchanging 12,350 shares, Republic Financial Holdings to gained $2.95 and ended at $110, after exchanging 3,865 shares and West Indian Tobacco gained 20 cents and completed trading of 1,191 units at $94.20.
Stocks closing with losses|First Caribbean International Bank ended trading 20,000 units, 15 cents lower at $8.30, National Flour concluded trading of 15,000 units with a loss of 3 cents at $1.62, Sagicor Financial traded with a loss of 2 cents and ended at $7.40, with 26,000 stock units changing hands and Unilever Caribbean shares fell 50 cents and ended at a multi-year low of $23.50, with 232,634 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| NCB Financial Group settled at $6.50, after exchanging 86,291 shares, Scotiabank completed trading at $64.50, with 1,000 units and Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.50, after exchanging 12,661 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Massy & Witco in sharp gains on TTSE

West Indian Tobacco climbs $3.90 on Friday.

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Friday saw Massy Holding recovering $3 of recent losses and West Indian Tobacco climbing $3.90 as investors respond to improved results and a pending stock split.
Market activities ended with 12 securities trading versus 11 on Thursday, with 5 advancing, 3 declining and 4 remaining unchanged. The market closed with two stocks trading at 52 weeks’ low as 451,756 units valued at $6,455,226 traded, compared to 769,673 units valued at $3,207,315 changing hands on Thursday.
The Composite Index climbed 14.86 points to 1,244.65. The All T&T Index rose 11.99 points to 1,700.52, while the Cross Listed Index gained 2.44 points to close at 106.21.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 5 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks to Watch include, a number of companies that are exhibiting bullish tendencies and may be moving higher in the days ahead, the group includes, NCB Financial, Republic Holdings, and West Indian Tobacco.
Stocks closing with gains| First Citizens closed with an increase of 1 cent to $32.66, after exchanging 3,162 shares, Guardian Holdings finished 26 cents higher and completed trading of 105,016 units at $16.91, Massy Holdings closed at $3 higher to $47, after exchanging 10,000 shares, NCB Financial Group rose 35 cents and settled at $6.50, after exchanging 50,140 shares and West Indian Tobacco concluded trading with a gain of $3.90 to close at $94, with 200 units.
Stocks closing with losses| Clico Investments closed with a loss of 15 cents to end at $20, with 93,016 stock units changing hands, National Enterprises shed 7 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $8.44, in trading 175,000 stock units and Sagicor Financial lost 3 cents and ended at at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.42, with an exchange of 1,630 stock units.
Stocks trading with no price change| Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 643 shares to close at $15.81, Scotiabank completed trading at $64.50, with 360 units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $29.50, after exchanging 12,399 shares and Unilever Caribbean ended at $24, with 190 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Record profit for NCB Financial

NCB had a good 2018 fiscal year with strong profit gains.

NCB Financial Group recorded record net profit of $28.6 billion for the financial year ended September 2018 with net profit attributable to the group’s stockholders of $28 billion, an increase of 46 percent or $8.9 billion over the prior year.
Based on the results an interim dividend of 70 cents per ordinary stock unit will be paid on December 7, to stockholders on record as at November 23, 2018.
Importantly, loans and advances, net of provision for credit losses, grew by 70 percent over the prior year to $372.6 billion, but was helped by the acquisition in 2017 of the majority shares and the consolidation of Clarien bank in the group financial. The inclusion in the group’s financial increased the portfolio by over US$700 million the company indicated. For the year, “there has been sizeable growth in the Jamaican loan book totalling $56.1 billion”, the company said. In addition, credit card receivables increased by 14 percent and the Cayman portfolio grew by 67 percent. Non-performing loans totalled $18.2 billion at September 2018 (September 30, 2017: $5.4 billion) and represented 4.8 percent of the gross loans compared to 2.5 percent as at September 30, 2017. This increase was due to the inclusion of Clarien which has a non-performing loan ratio of 11.8 percent.
 Customer deposits increased by $196.4 billion or 68 percent, to $484.8 billion, again primarily driven by the consolidation of Clarien which has deposits in excess of US$1.1 billion. The Jamaican deposit taking segments accounted for a total combined increase of 18 percent, the report to investors stated.
According to the directors of the group “for the financial year, operating income grew by 29 percent or $17.1 billion, to $76.5 billion. The growth in income was primarily driven by: Gains from foreign currency and investment activities increasing by 102 percent or $7.9 billion, resulting from an improving macro-economic environment coupled with high levels of JMD liquidity and declining interest rates generating a high demand for debt securities. Increased net interest income of 18 percent or $5.4 billion. The improvement was primarily attributable to the consolidation of Clarien’s results and growth in the Jamaican loan portfolio. Net fee and commission income growing by 15 percent or $2.1 billion. $1.1 billion of the increase was due to the consolidation of Clarien. The improved fees earned by our Jamaican entities were driven by an increase in the number of corporate finance, investment and financing solutions offered by NCBCM. There was also growth in fees earned by our payment services, retail and SME segments stemming from increased e-commerce and credit transactions. A 14 percent or $1.1 billion increase in premium income.”
Profit for the last quarter was $7.3 million attributable to shareholders resulting in earnings per share of $2.97 with mots of it earned from ongoing operations. For the full year EPS is $11.39 and is swollen by approximately $2 from non-recurring gains. NCB seems on target to report earnings in the $12 region for 2019. The stock traded up to $135 on Thursday and last traded at $133 for a PE of 11 times 2019 estimated earnings. With the markets PE around 15 times 2018 earnings the stock should be trading in the $175 to $200 range by the end of 2019, with dividend payments adding close to $4 to the pot. NCB Group is set to benefit from a growing Jamaican economy for some years to come and is therefore a good medium to long term investment.

Massy drops to another year’s low on TTSE

Massy traded for the second day at 52 weeks’ low.

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Thursday with Massy Holdings ending at another 52 week’s low following another one on Wednesday.
Market activities ended with 11 securities trading against 12 on Wednesday, with 3 advancing, 2 declining and 6 remaining unchanged. At the close 769,673 units valued at $3,207,315 compared to 57,944 units valued at $1,115,191, changing hands on Wednesday.
The Composite Index fell 0.34 points to 1,229.79. The All T&T Index lost 0.66 points to end at 1,688.53, while the Cross Listed Index closed unchanged at 103.77.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 5 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks to Watch include, a number of companies that are exhibiting bullish tendencies and may be moving higher in the days ahead, the group includes, NCB Financial, Republic Holdings, and West Indian Tobacco.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments closed with a gain of 14 cents and ended at $20.15, with 6,850 stock units changing hands, Trinidad & Tobago NGL gained 1 cent and settled at $29.50, after exchanging 9,275 shares and Trinidad Cement added 5 cents and concluded trading at $2.65, after exchanging 620,133 shares.
Stocks closing with losses| Massy Holdings closed with a loss of $1 to closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $44, after exchanging 2,300 shares and Point Lisas share fell 1 cent and ended at $3.63, with 1,400 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| Angostura Holdings ended market activity at $15.70, with 311 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings completed trading at $16.65, with an exchange of 1,000 units, JMMB Group concluded trading at $1.64, after exchanging 114,933 shares, Scotiabank closed trading with 12,756 units at $64.50 and Unilever Caribbean ended at $24, with 100 stock units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Republic pulled back $2.95 on TTSE

After closing for the Divali holiday on Tuesday, trading resumed on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Wednesday with Republic Financial Holdings pulling back $2.95 and ended at $109.05, after exchanging 830 shares while Massy Holding closed with a loss of $1.75.
Market activities ended with 12 securities trading against 11 on Monday, with 2 advancing, 6 declining and 4 remaining unchanged. At the close 57,944 units valued at $1,115,191 compared to 112,893 units valued at $3,207,686, changing hands on Monday.
The Composite Index fell 0.70 points to 1,230.13. The All T&T Index dropped 12.68 points to 1,689.19, while the Cross Listed Index rose 1.57 points to close at 103.77.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks to Watch include, a number of companies that are exhibiting bullish tendencies and may be moving higher in the days ahead, the group includes, Republic Holdings, and West Indian Tobacco.
Stocks closing with gains| Grace Kennedy advanced 22 cents and completed trading at $3, with 2,481 stock units changing hands and NCB Financial Group rose 15 cents to finish at $6.15 after exchanging 3,000 shares,
Stocks closing with losses| Guardian Holdings slipped 10 cents to settle at $16.65, exchanging 500 units, Massy Holdings closed with a loss of $1.75 at a 52 weeks’ low of $45 after exchanging 2,200 shares, Republic Financial Holdings dropped $2.95 and ended at $107.05, after exchanging 830 shares, Scotiabank concluded trading of 446 units, with a loss of 24 cents at $64.50, Trinidad & Tobago NGL declined by 1 cent and closed at $29.49, after exchanging 16,041 shares and Trinidad Cement slipped 5 cents and ended at $2.60, after trading 500 shares.
Stocks trading with no price change| Ansa Mcal closed at $55.50, with 681 units trading, First Citizens ended trading at $32.65 after exchanging 6,970 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading with a gain of $1.64 after exchanging 12,000 shares, National Enterprises completed trading at $8.51, with 12,295 stock units changing hands,
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.