JSE Main Market tumbles

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market dropped sharply on Tuesday following the volume of stocks trading nosediving 55 percent after 38 percent fall in value, compared to Monday with trading in 46 securities, down from 54 on Monday, resulting in prices of 16 rising, 19 declining and 11 ending unchanged.
Five stocks traded at 52 weeks’ low including Jamaica Stock Exchange, JMMB Group ordinary share, Palace Amusement, VM Investments and JMMB Group 7.35% preference share.
A total of 5,681,384 shares were traded for $75,914,996 versus 12,752,567 units at $123,366,397 on Monday.
Trading averaged 123,508 units at $1,650,326 compared to 236,159 shares at $2,284,563 on Monday and month to date, an average of 203,452 units at $1,557,922 versus 206,857 units at $1,553,986 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Transjamaican Highway led trading with 906,272 shares for 16 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 790,724 units for 13.9 percent of the day’s trade and Wisynco Group with 687,585 units for 12.1 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dived 6,421.71 points to 376,303.33, the JSE Main Index shed 4,914.99 points to close at 332,377.66 and the JSE Financial Index lost 1.11 points to settle at 79.00.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 18 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and five with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Producers rallied 54 cents to $12.59 in switching ownership of 8,568 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dipped $3.97 to $36.02 trading 100 stock units, First Rock Real Estate climbed $1.94 in closing at $15 with investors trading 385,998 stocks. Guardian Holdings declined $5.10 after ending at $495 trading 6,641 units, Jamaica Broilers rose 54 cents to $27.40 with 51,941 stocks clearing the market, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell $1.03 to a 52 weeks’ low of $14.90 with an exchange of  28,942 units. JMMB Group shed 90 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $31.50 as investors transferred 212,943 shares, Kingston Wharves lost 59 cents in closing at $33.41 after 361,343 stock units crossed the exchange, Palace Amusement dropped $39 in ending at a 52 weeks’ low of $621 with four units changing hands. Sagicor Group popped $1 to close at $49 trading 65,818 stocks, Scotia Group lost $1.70 to settle at $32.50 as investors transferred 33,492 shares, Seprod dipped $1.99 to $67 with the swapping of 56,540 stock units and Victoria Mutual Investments fell 95 cents to a 52 weeks’ low of $3 with 209,695 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

 

JSE Main Market volume climbs

Trading ended Monday with an increased in the volume of stocks traded but was valued less than those passing through the market on Friday after 89 percent more shares changed hands valued 13 percent less than Friday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market and ended with trading of 54 securities compared to 52 on Friday, resulting in 19 rising, 22 declining and 13 ending unchanged.
A total of 12,752,567 shares were exchanged for $123,366,397 versus 6,765,232 units at $141,934,681 on Friday.
Trading averaged 236,159 units at $2,284,563 against 130,101 shares at $2,729,513 on Friday and month to date, an average of 206,789 units at $1,553,587 compared to 205,314 units at $1,515,534 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 led trading with 3.66 million shares for 28.7 percent of the total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.73 million units for 13.6 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway with 1.62 million units for 12.7 percent market share and 138 Student Living with 1.15 million units for 9 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,072.14 points to 382,725.04, the JSE Main Index shed 767.80 points to end at 337,292.65 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.97 points to close at 80.11.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.6 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios are computed using earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 16 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments advanced $2.46 to $89.48 in switching ownership of 29,304 shares after hitting a 52 weeks’ intraday low of $83.50, Caribbean Cement dropped $2.30 in ending at $56.50 with an exchange of 13,615 stock units, Eppley rallied $5.65 in closing at $38.65 after a transfer of 3,000 units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund climbed $3.49 to $39.99 with 249 stocks changing hands, Guardian Holdings dropped $58.85 to end at $500.10, with 146 shares clearing the market, JMMB Group shed 60 cents to close at $32.40 in exchanging 15,598 units. Kingston Properties rose 43 cents to $6.99 in trading 98,000 stocks, Kingston Wharves popped 55 cents to $34 with the swapping of 190,708 stock units, Massy Holdings advanced 50 cents in ending at $81 after trading 564 stock units. NCB Financial gained 90 cents in closing at $84.90 after exchanging 202,064 stocks, Palace Amusement fell $59.01 to $660 with the swapping of 56 shares, Proven Investments rose 98 cents to $27.98 as investors exchanged 9,113 units. Scotia Group popped $1.45 to close at $34.20 after trading 2,803 shares, Seprod declined $1.01 to $68.99 with an exchange of 3,281 stock units, Stanley Motta dipped 48 cents to $4.47 with investors transferring 4,237 stocks and Supreme Ventures shed 79 cents to close at $24.21 in an exchange of 265,908 units.
In the preference segmentProductive Business Solutions 9.75% preference share rose $15.90 to $121.90 in exchanging 40 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Weekend gain for Main Market

Investors ended trading on Friday with an exchange of 66 percent less volume of stocks on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, even as the value traded jumped 260 percent over Thursday, after trading took place in 52 securities against 51 on Thursday, leading to 19 rising, 24 declining and nine ending unchanged.
The market closed with an exchange of 6,765,232 shares worth a total of $141,934,681 versus 19,677,897 units at $39,419,138 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 130,101 units at $2,729,513 versus 385,841 shares at $772,924 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 205,314 units at $1,515,534 versus 209,330 units at $1,450,722 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Seprod led trading with 1.70 million shares for 25.1 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.34 million units for 19.7 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway, with 1.24 million units for 18.4 percent of market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 1,783.90 points to 381,652.90, the JSE Main Index climbed 1,999.87 points to 338,060.45 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.56 points higher to 81.08.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement popped $1.30 to $58.80 after exchanging 140 shares, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell $3.49 to $36.50 with a transfer of 24 stock units, Guardian Holdings shed $1.05 to $558.95 in exchanging 186 units. Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 94 cents to close at $15.94 in switching ownership of 1,102 stocks, Kingston Wharves dropped $1.54 to$33.45 with 60,233 shares changing hands, NCB Financial dipped $1 to $84 as investors exchanged 75,416 stock units. Proven Investments lost 98 cents to end at $27 after trading 165 stocks, Sagicor Group declined 54 cents in closing at $48.26 with a transfer of 7,563 units, Seprod rose $1 to $70 with the swapping of 1,698,127 stocks. Stanley Motta gained 49 cents to close at $4.95, with 7,676 shares crossing the exchange and Sygnus Real Estate Finance lost 90 cents to end at $9 with the swapping of 980 units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.25%preference share dipped $3 to $17 after switching ownership of 5,000 stock units and JMMB Group 7% preference share shed 49 cents to close at $1.97, trading 10 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Rising stocks clobber those falling

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Investors traded 51 securities compared to 53 on Wednesday, with rising stocks overwhelming those declining after prices of 30 rose, with nine declining and 12 ending unchanged as three times the volume of stocks were exchanged on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday after the volume traded climbed 227 percent over Wednesday, with values declining 30 percent lower.
A total of 19,677,897 shares were exchanged for $39,419,138 versus 6,016,425 units at $56,503,512 on Wednesday.
Trading for the day averaged 385,841 units at $772,924 versus 113,517 shares at $1,066,104 on Wednesday and month to date, an average of 209,330 stock units at $1,450,722 compared to 199,577 units at $1,488.174 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 14.51 million shares for 73.7 percent of total volume, followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units for 6.9 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 1.12 million units for 5.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 1,154.03 points to 379,869.00, the JSE Main Index rose 428.14 points to 336,060.58 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.52 points to settle at 80.52.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.6 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rose $1.95 after ending at $87 with the swapping of 10,515 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced 50 cents in closing at $57.50 with an exchange of 127,191 stocks, Eppley dipped $2 to $33 in trading 3,704 stock units. Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $2.59 to close at $39.99 in switching ownership of 124 units, Guardian Holdings climbed $60 to end at $560 with 323 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers fell 65 cents to $26.85 in transferring 6,640 units. Jamaica Producers declined 78 cents to close at $22.22 with an exchange of 34,293 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange dropped $1 to $15 with 23,974 shares crossing the market, Kingston Properties rose 61 cents to $6.62 with the swapping of 6,958 shares. Kingston Wharves rallied $1.14 to end at $34.99 after exchanging 86,935 stock units, Massy Holdings popped $2.48 to $80.50 after 4,734 stocks were traded, PanJam Investment climbed $1 to $58 in an exchange of 5,336 units. Seprod advanced 50 cents to end at $69 after a transfer of 192 shares, Supreme Ventures rose 84 cents in closing at $25.25 with 15,251 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments gained 42 cents to close at $12.92 after 8,699 stock units cleared the market and Sygnus Real Estate Finance rallied 85 cents to finish at $9.90 in trading 11,598 stocks.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

A day of decline for the JSE Main Market

For a second consecutive day, the volume of stocks traded on the Main Market on Wednesday declined, with a fall of12 percent as the value dropped 23 percent lower than on Tuesday, after the trading of 53 securities similar to Tuesday, with 19 rising, 24 declining and ten ending unchanged.
JMMB Group traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday low of $32 and QWI Investments closed at a 52 weeks’ low of 61 cents.
A total of 6,016,425 shares were traded for $56,503,512, down from 6,830,613 units at $73,463,083 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 113,517 units at $1,066,104 versus 128,879 shares at $1,386,096 on Tuesday and month to date, an average of 199,577 units at $1,488,174 down from 204,819 units at $1,513,886 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 1.95 million shares for 32.4 percent of total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 705,686 units for 11.7 percent of the day’s trade and Transjamaican Highway with 568,392 units for 9.4 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index gained 909.90 points to close at 381,023.03, the JSE Main Index dropped 2,865.97 points in closing at 335,632.44 and the JSE Financial Index lost 1.43 points to settle at 80.00.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 12.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 15 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $1.38 in closing at $37.40 as investors exchanged 3,440 shares, GraceKennedy rose 94 cents to $82.05 after a transfer of 129,110 stock units, Guardian Holdings dropped $74.98 to $500, with 24 stocks clearing the market. Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1 to $16 in trading 39,224 units, Kingston Properties dipped $1.19 to $6.01 with an exchange of 334 stocks, Kingston Wharves gained $2.35 to close at $33.85 with the swapping of 100,981 stock units. Massy Holdings shed $2.08 to end at $78.02 in trading 1,886 units, Mayberry Investments gained 59 cents in closing at $7.15 after a transfer of 6,529 shares, NCB Financial rallied $1 to $85 in exchanging 94,262 units. PanJam Investment lost $1 to end at $57 with the swapping of 15,143 stocks, Portland JSX declined $1.20 to $9 with investors transferring 979 stock units, Proven Investments advanced $1.99 in closing at $27.99 with one share changing hands. Scotia Group fell $2.30 to $32.70 in exchanging 83,040 shares, Supreme Ventures dropped $1 to close at $24.41 in switching ownership of 48,664 stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments rallied 98 cents in ending at $12.50 after trading 3,000 stocks and Sygnus Real Estate Finance dipped $1.05 to settle at $9.05 with a transfer of 150 units.
In the preference segmentEppley 5% preference share declined 49 cents to $22.50 in exchanging 52 units and JMMB Group 7.25% preference share gained 43 cents to end at $3.38 after trading 5,876 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market rallies

Declining stocks dominated trading on The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday with 53 securities trading compared to 55 on Monday and leading to  17 rising, 20 declining and 16 ending unchanged after a 43 percent decline in the volume of stocks traded, value 9 percent higher than on Monday.
A total of 6,830,613 shares were exchanged for $73,463,083 versus 12,066,242 units at $67,419,300 on Monday.
Trading averaged 128,879 units at $1,386,096 versus 219,386 shares at $1,225,805 on Monday and month to date, an average of 204,819 units at $1,513,886 down from 209,746 units at $1,522,176 on the previous trading day. The average trade for October ended at 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 1.10 million shares for 16.2 percent of total volume followed by Mayberry Investments with 922,741 units for 13.5 percent of the day’s trade and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 711,341 units for 10.4 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index rose 771.52 points to close at 380,113.13, the JSE Main Index rallied 573.98 points to 338,498.41 and the JSE Financial Index inched 0.27 points higher to  81.43.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratio incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments dropped $2.10 to close at $85 after trading 8,149 shares, First Rock Real Estate climbed 65 cents to $13 with an exchange of 5,343 stocks, GraceKennedy declined $4.39 to $81.11 with the swapping of 69,076 stock units. Jamaica Broilers advanced $1.35 to $27.48 after 11,106 units crossed the market, JMMB Group dipped $1.30 to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $32.70 in switching ownership of 25,563 units, Kingston Wharves rallied $1.50 to $31.50 with investors transferring 235,701 stocks. Mayberry Investments lost 43 cents to end at $6.56 trading 922,741 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell $6 to $78 with a transfer of 700 stock units, Proven Investments advanced 50 cents in closing at $26 with an exchange of 10,862 shares. Supreme Ventures shed 52 cents to finish at $25.41 with 51,545 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments fell 48 cents to $11.52 while transferring 21,865 stock units.
In the preference segmentEppley 7.75% preference share lost 60 cents to settle at $20.50 after an exchange of 189 stocks and Jamaica Public Service 9.5% dipped $40 to end at $2,960 with the swapping of one unit.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market rally

The Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Monday after a merger announcement by Pan Jam Investment and Jamaica Producers gained 18 percent and 24 percent respectively and helped push the market higher at the close after the volume of stocks traded jumped 40 percent higher than on Friday but with 5 percent fall in values from the trading in 55 securities compared to 49 on Friday, with 20 rising, 20 declining and 15 ending unchanged.
JMMB Group traded at an intraday 52 weeks’ low of $32.50, Key Insurance closed at a 52 weeks’ low of$3.15 and Kingston Wharves closed at a 52 weeks’ low of $30.
A total of 12,066,242 shares were tradeded for $67,419,300 compared with 8,629,483 units at $70,734,289 on Friday.
Trading averaged 219,386 units at $1,225,805 versus 176,112 shares at $1,443,557 on Friday and month to date, an average of 209,746 units at $1,522,176 versus 209,050 units at $1,543,568 on the previous trading day. October closed with an average of 231,243 units at $1,464,224.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 6.55 million shares in accounting for 54.3 percent of total volume followed by Transjamaican Highway with 960,085 units for 8 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaica Producers with 883,329 units for 7.3 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 1,041.36 points to close at 379,341.61, the JSE Main Index rose 2,547.40 points to 337,924.43 and the JSE Financial Index climbed 1.28 points to 81.16.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.4 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows ten stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and nine with lower offers.
At the close, Caribbean Cement lost 99 cents to close at $57 with an exchange of 4,428 stock units, Eppley rose $1 to $35 with investors transferring 715 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund declined $8.87 in closing at $36.02 with a transfer of 39 stocks. Guardian Holdings popped $24.98 to $574.98 as investors exchanged 670 shares, Jamaica Producers rose $4.50 to $22.81 in trading 883,329 stocks, Kingston Properties gained $1.38 after ending at $6.91 with a transfer of 35,000 stock units. Kingston Wharves shed $4 to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $30 in exchange of 156,604 units, NCB Financial fell 97 cents in closing at $84 trading 114,161 stock units, Palace Amusement advanced $2.13 to close at $719.01 with the swapping of one unit. PanJam Investment climbed $9 to finish at $58 in switching ownership of 63,430 shares, Proven Investments dropped 50 cents to $25.50 with 10,785 stocks changing hands, Sagicor Group declined 60 cents to $48.60 after exchanging 21,029 stock units. Scotia Group lost 80 cents to end at $35 in transferring 8,573 shares, Seprod fell $1.45 to close at $68.55 with the swapping of 12,621 units, Stanley Motta dipped 54 cents to $4.46 with 3,787 stocks crossing the market. Supreme Ventures rallied $2.87 to $25.93 as investors switched ownership of 90,833 stock units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share popped $1.72 to close at $18.96 with ten stocks changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments dropped $1.39 to $12 with 59,342 units clearing the market and Wisynco Group advanced 45 cents to end at $18 in exchanging 44,656 shares.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% rallied $169.23 to $3,000 in an exchange of 4 stock units,  JMMB Group 7.25% preference share rose 40 cents in closing at $3.08 after 6,467 stocks cleared the market and Productive Business Solutions 10.5% preference share dropped $100 to $1,050 with a transfer of 260 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

PanJam & JPG push Jamaica Stock Exchange

Jamaica Producers and PanJam Investment shares climbed higher on Monday following the disclosure that the two groups reached an agreement to merge their operations, with a likely conclusion in 2023. The stock prices of both companies rose on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with Jamaica Producers gaining 22.9 percent to $22.50 from a close on Friday of $18.31 and Pan Jam Investment jumping just over 18 percent to $58 from the last traded price of $49 on Friday.
The gains in the above two companies pushed the Main Market higher, at the same time that investors pushed the Junior Market down for another day, but the JSE US dollar market rose modestly at the close.
At the end of trading the Combined Market Index rose 1,988.03 points to 350,382.05, the JSE Main Index popped 2,531.53 points in ending at 337,908.71, the Junior Market Index dropped 41.57 points to 3,830.39 while the All Jamaica Composite Index shed 1,041.52 points to 379,320.32 and the JSE US dollar market rallied 1.62 points to end at 228.89.
Trading ended, with 22,782,785shares changing hands, for $91.10 million, versus $116.96 million, with 18,045,996 shares traded in all markets on the previous day. The JSE USD market ended with the value of stocks traded amounting to US$60,270 from US$22,001 on Friday.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 22.6 based on 2021-22 earnings and 12.4 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
Investors need pertinent information to successfully navigate many investment options in the local stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational investment decisions by investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and put in on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The ICInsider.com PE Ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It shows companies grouped on an industry basis, allowing easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices. Dividends payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts that show the closing volume for the bids and offers.
The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2021 and 2022 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items. The PE Ratio is the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks.

PanJam and Jamaica Producers merger

Jamaica Producers and PanJam Investment announced an agreement to amalgamate their businesses to create a new group of companies, with the transaction expected to be completed within the first quarter of 2023 and is expected to take advantage of opportunities both locally and globally.
This arrangement, subject to the approval of the shareholders and the relevant regulators, will result in PanJam acquiring JP’s operating assets in exchange for JP taking a 34.5% interest in PanJam. Following the transaction, PanJam will ultimately hold the combined businesses and will be renamed Pan Jamaica Group Limited. JP will emerge as the largest shareholder of the Group, with its shares in the Group being its principal operating asset. Both companies will remain listed on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The combined entity “ is expected to deliver significant value for all shareholders through a strong and diverse portfolio of businesses not only in Jamaica but also internationally,” a release from the companies stated.

Stephen Facey Chairman & Paul Hanworth Chief Operating Officer

The new Group will have substantial holdings in real estate and infrastructure, speciality food and drink manufacturing, agri-business, financial services and a global services network of interests in hotels and attractions, business process outsourcing, shipping, logistics and port operations.
According to JP’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Hall: “This transaction is not our first opportunity to partner with PanJam. We achieved great commercial success for shareholders in our joint investment in Mavis Bank Coffee Company. We also experienced, first-hand, our compatibility around our shared commitment to integrity, seriousness of purpose, nation building and shareholder returns. JP and PanJam operate businesses that have been tested over time and always come out stronger. With a joint balance sheet of over $100 billion in assets, we will have the scale to be more formidable, more global and more resilient.” PanJam’s Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Banks stated: “PanJam has done exceptionally well by building great partnerships with like-minded entities. The proposed business combination represents the creation of the quintessential Jamaican conglomerate, a geographically and operationally diversified company focused on value creation for all stakeholders through investment in key sectors of the global economy. Our internal analysis points to a future that we are all excited about – one in which our combined enterprises become the regional investment vehicle and investor of choice.”

Jamaica Producers former HQ

The expanded Pan Jamaica Group will be led by JP’s current CEO, Jeffrey Hall, who will hold the position of CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. PanJam’s current CEO, Joanna Banks will hold the position of President of Pan Jamaica Group. Stephen Facey will serve as Chairman of the Group’s Board, which will include directors from both JP and PanJam. Charles Johnston, JP’s Chairman, Jeffrey Hall and Alan Buckland, JP’s current Chief Financial Officer, are expected to join the Group’s Board.
Both JP and PanJam have long legacies of investing in and contributing to the growth of Jamaica. JP, founded as a co-operative of banana growers over 90 years ago, has re-positioned itself as a multinational group of companies, with a strong footprint not only in Jamaica through its port operations at Kingston Wharves Limited and its agricultural holdings and food businesses, but also globally, through its European juice holdings, shipping line and global logistics businesses. Charles Johnston, the longstanding Chairman of JP will continue in that role. PanJam has invested in Jamaica for close to 60 years. It has an expansive real estate portfolio comprised of high-end commercial and hospitality properties, and is a well-known leader in real estate management and development. It is also a successful private equity investor with actively-managed and strategic holdings in an array of speciality food manufacturing and distribution, hospitality and business process outsourcing providers. Additionally, PanJam has a significant footprint in the financial services industry through its 30.2% stake in Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited.
The stock prices of both companies rose in the morning session on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with Jamaica Producers rising 8.3 percent to $22 from a close on Friday of $18.31 and Pan Jam Investment jumping just over 18 percent to $58 form the last traded price of $49.

JSE Main Market falls on reduced trading

Declining stocks dominated trading for a second day on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday after an 18 percent decline in the volume of stocks trading, with 54 percent less value than on Thursday, with trading in 49 securities down from 53 on Thursday, with 16 rising, 25 declining and eight ending unchanged.
A total of 8,629,483 shares were traded for $70,734,289 compared to 10,480,449 units at $152,509,794 on Thursday.
Trading averaged 176,112 shares at $1,443,557 versus 197,744 shares at $2,877,543 on Thursday and month to date, an average of 209050 units at $1,543,568 compared with 211,314 units at  1,550,441 on the previous day. October closed with an average of 231,243 stock units at $1,464,224.
Mayberry Jamaican Equities led trading with 1.70 million shares for 19.7 percent of total volume followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.62 million units for 18.7 percent of the day’s trade and JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028 with 661,370 units for 7.7 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index shed 2,954.01 points to end at 380,361.84, the JS Main Index dipped 3,393.09 points to 335,377.03 and the JSE Financial Index fell 1.50 points to settle at 79.88.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 13.2 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November and August 2023.
The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and six with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments rallied $1.08 to $87.08 in trading 6,208 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed 99 cents to $57.99 with a transfer of 152,435 stock units, Carreras lost 40 cents in closing at $8.60 with 133,530 stocks changing hands. Eppley dropped $5 to end at $34 with an exchange of 668 units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund popped $4.89 to finish at $44.89 with investors transferring 142 stocks, First Rock Real Estate declined 92 cents to $12.20 with the swapping of 12,491 shares. Guardian Holdings advanced $19 to close at $550 after 860 units crossed the market, Jamaica Broilers dipped $1.64 to $26.35 in trading 31,523 stock units, JMMB Group fell $1.50 to a 52 weeks’ closing low of $34 after a transfer of 78,044 stock units. Kingston Properties lost 97 cents to a 52 weeks’ closing low of $5.53 after exchanging 230,448 stocks, Kingston Wharves shed $1.40 to settle at $34 trading 7,960 units, Mayberry Investments gained 44 cents to end at $7 in switching ownership of 4,922 shares. NCB Financial rose $1.97 to close at $84.97 with 142,623 stock units clearing the market, PanJam Investment dropped $3.50 ending at $49 in an exchange of 1,159 stocks, Proven Investments declined $1 to a 52 weeks’ closing low of $26 in exchanging 16,676 shares. Sagicor Group fell 80 cents to a 52 weeks’ closing low of $49.20 as investors swapped 49,480 units, Scotia Group advanced $2.28 to close at $35.80 in trading 48,837 shares, Seprod rose $1 to end at $70 with 20,478 units changing hands and Supreme Ventures dropped $2.49 to $23.06 with 37,419 stock units crossing the market.
In the preference segmentJamaica Public Service 9.5% rallied $530.77 to end at $2,830.77 with the swapping of one stock and JMMB Group 7.25% preference share lost 42 cents in closing at $2.68 in exchanging 1,002 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.