NCB starts group rationalization

NCB Financial Group announced the commencement of the streamlining of the group’s insurance portfolio. The move is in keeping with one of the rationales for acquisitions, to maximize returns from combining two or more entities.

NCB Financial Head Quarters in Kingston

According to NCB “in a bid to strengthen its Jamaican insurance portfolio and optimise its product and service offerings and customer experience, NCB Financial Group has begun the process of streamlining the insurance business currently offered by its competing subsidiaries – NCB Insurance Company and Guardian Life”.
NCB Insurance made applications to the Financial Services Commission seeking approval for the transfer of NCB Insurance of insurance and annuities business portfolio to Guardian Life and for the NCB Insurance to become licensed dealer under the Securities Act and to be registered as an insurance agent under the Insurance Act.
The submission also indicates that the application for approval of transfer of business and the application for registration as an insurance agent are contingent upon each other. If approved, these applications will allow NCBIC to discontinue its business as an insurance underwriter, retain and continue to operate its business as a Pension Fund Administrator and Investment Manager, while selling insurance products as an exclusive agent of Guardian Life under a new company name.
Other areas that investors can look forward to for cost-cutting will be in administrative costs, marketing, while the merger of the investing arms locally and overseas will bring enormous benefits.

QWI IPO opens next week Monday

QWI Investments, a recent start-up investment company’s initial public offer of shares opens on Monday, September 16, with the sale of 600 million units.
The company has the option subject to the Financial Services Commission, to upsize the amount to 900 million shares if demands warrant it. Shares are being offered to the general public, at $1.35 each.
The amount expected to be raised is $787 million from the 600 million shares but could rise to just under $1.2 billion if the company upsize the issue to the maximum permissible.
The investment objectives of the Company is to invest primarily in securities of companies listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and on other recognised overseas stock exchanges with a medium to long term investment horizon to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns, with diversification across industries and regions. The portfolio will be actively managed on an ongoing basis guided by the investments team.
The company, currently a subsidiary of Jamaican Teas, really started operations towards the end of March when it acquired the quoted shares, from KIW international and Jamaican Teas amounting to $465 million. Since then it has grown the net assets by 52 percent to $705 million after accounting for operating expenses, well ahead of growth in the JSE composite Index over the same period. The performance equates to earnings per share in the period of 51 cents. At the end of July unaudited placed the net asset value at $1.52 per share.
Of the 600 million shares on offer, 270 million units are set aside for the general public. 115 million shares each are earmarked for NCB Insurance Company and NCB Capital Markets. Shareholders of Jamaican Teas and KIW International on record on 16 September 2019 can buy up 45 million shares at $1.25 each per share. Directors of the group and customers have 55 million units set aside at varying prices.
QWI had quoted shares amounting to $899 million at the end of July and current liabilities of $188 million. The closing date for the issue is set for 30 September but could be extended if market conditions demand it.
The QWI board is chaired John Jackson, John Mahfood, Cameron Burnet, all Chartered Accountants, Carl Carby, Management Accountant, David Stephens, Investor and business owner and Malcolm McDonald, Attorney at Law.
The shares are to be listed on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. NCB Capital Markets are the brokers to the issue and will be using their electronic portal to process all applications, which should allow for speedy processing of applications.
Persons involved in preparing this story, are connected to QWI investments.