Sharp jump in JSE indices – Thursday

Sagicor Group jumped $5.50 on Thursday.

Sagicor Group jumped $5.50 to help push the All Jamaican Composite Index a healthy 6,934.04 points to close at 427,060.76 on Thursday while the JSE Index jumped a sizable 6,301.17 points to 389,076.82.
Market activity picked up on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with 3,564,657 units valued $53,154,918 traded compared to 3,197,837 units valued $101,850,841 on Wednesday.
At the close, the main and US markets had 28 securities traded, compared to 29 on Wednesday leading to 10 advancing, 11 declining and 7 closing unchanged.
Sagicor Real Estate Fund led trading with 999,193 shares, accounting for 28 percent of total main market volume, followed by 1834 Investments with 623,879 units and 17.5 percent of the day’s trades and Radio Jamaica with 570,068 units for 16 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 132,024 units valued at an average of $1,968,701 for each security traded. In contrast to 114,208 units for an average of $3,637,530 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 142,319 shares at $2,375,277 for each security, compared to 142,996 shares at $2,404,318 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments gained 50 cents to close at $40, with an exchange of 239,307 shares, Caribbean Cement dropped $2.05 to $65 with 9,246 shares changing hands, Jamaica Broilers lost $2 to close at $31, with an exchange of 191,617 shares. Jamaica Producers fell 74 cents to close at $21.26, after trading 14,597 stock units, Kingston Wharves shed 50 cents to settle at $68, with 1,968 units changing hands. NCB Financial Group  recovered the $1.20 lost on Wednesday in trading 64,859 shares, to close at $143.80,  PanJam Investment  jumped $3.69 to close at $81.70 after trading 17,858 units, Sagicor Group jumped $5.50 to $45 in an exchange of 77,600 shares. Sagicor Real Estate Fund  jumped $1.60 to $10.60, in trading 999,193 shares, Scotia Group  fell 30 cents and finished trading 7,881 shares at $50.20, Seprod closed at $42.20 with a loss of 30 cents while trading 48,132 shares. Stanley Motta  lost 34 cents and ended at $4.66, in trading 638 shares and Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents in finishing at $26.50, with 43,452 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with just one security trading. Sygnus Credit Investments rose 1 cent and ended trading of 6,682 units at 10 US cents leaving the JSE USD Equities Index rose 0.87 points to close at 179.26.

JSE trading boosted – Wednesday

Market activity picked up on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday with 3,197,837 units valued $101,850,841 traded compared to 1,271,826 units valued $41,461,461 on Tuesday.
At the close of the market, the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index increased by 272.70 points to 420,126.72 and the JSE Index advanced 247.81 points to close at 382,775.65. The main and US markets had 29 securities traded, compared to 33 on Tuesday leading to 12 advancing, 9 declining and 8 closing unchanged.
Grace Kennedy led trading with 1,129,961 shares, accounting for 35 percent of total main market volume, followed by Wisynco Group with 670,925 units and 21 percent of the day’s trades and Radio Jamaica with 421,639 units for 13 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 114,208 units valued at an average of $3,637,530 for each security traded, in contrast to 43,856 units for an average of $1,429,706 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 142,996 shares at $2,404,318 for each security, compared to 145,107 shares at $2,305,661 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 11 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments rose $1.90 to close at $39.50, with an exchange of 74,708 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $1.55 to $67.05, with a mere 10,981 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 1,129,961 stock units after falling 37 cents to end at $59.63, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.80 to close at $33, with an exchange of 53,160 shares. Jamaica Producers fell 25 cents to close at $22, after trading 69,348 stock units, Kingston Wharves gained 50 cents to settle at $68.50, with 650 units changing hands. Mayberry Investments declined $1 trading 69,600 shares, to close at $7.50,  Mayberry Jamaican Equities  fell 50 cents trading 138,162 shares at $9.50. NCB Financial Group  dropped $1.20 in trading with 14,174 shares, to close at $143.80,  PanJam Investment  lost 99 cents after ending at $78.01 and trading 41,290 units, Sagicor Group rose 45 cents to $39.50 in an exchange of 10,772 shares. Scotia Group  rose 30 cents and finished trading 28,076 shares at $50.50, Seprod closed at $42.50 with a gain of 50 cents while trading 11,100 shares, Supreme Ventures gained $2 in finishing at $27, with 278,135 units changing hands and Wisynco Group gained 35 cents trading 670,925 units, to close at $11.70.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with just one security trading. Proven Investments ended trading with 5,000 units at 23 US cents leaving the JSE USD Equities Index unchanged at the close at 178.39.

Wigton IPO weights on JSE trading – Tuesday

Wigton IPO over shadows JSE trading.

Investors focus on the Wigton Windfarm initial public share offer that opens this Wednesday, continue to cast a shadow over the rest of the market, leading to reduced trading with just 1,271,826 units valued at over $41,461,461 exchanged on Tuesday compared to 1,439,179 units valued at just $37,607,638 on Monday.
Reports are that more than 4,500 applications were in the system before close of trading on Tuesday for what is turning out to be well sort after shares in the first renewable shares offer to come to the market.
Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Tuesday with the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index climbing 2,743.03 points to 419,854.02 and the JSE Index advancing by 2,492.67 points to 382,527.84.
At the close of the main and US markets, 33 securities traded, compared to 28 on Monday leading to 10 advancing, 14 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
Mayberry Jamaican Equities led with 276,530 shares, accounting for 22 percent of total main market volume, followed by Sagicor Real Estate Fund  with 146,545 units with 12 percent of the day’s trades and Scotia Group with a mere 120,670 units for 9 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 43,856 units valued at an average of $1,429,706 for each security traded, in contrast to 55,353 units at $1,446,448 on Monday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 145,107 shares at $2,305,661 for each security, compared to 153,425 shares at $2,384,798 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 7 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and just 1 closing with a lower offer.
In main market activity, Barita Investments lost $1.90 to close at $37.60, with an exchange of 5,231 shares, Caribbean Cement declined $1 to $65.50, with a mere 770 shares changing hands, Carreras fell 28 cents trading 91,573 units at $8.75, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.80 to close at $33, with an exchange of 53,160 shares. Jamaica Producers fell $1.15, to close at $22.25, after trading 5,990 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange gained 67 cents to close at $17.25, after trading 18,622 shares, JMMB Group  concluded trading 27,058 shares at $30.50, after gaining 50 cents, Kingston Wharves  dropped $2 to settle at $68, with 1,500 units changing hands. Mayberry Jamaican Equities  rose 90 cents trading 276,530 shares at $9.50, PanJam Investment  fell $2 and ended at $79 trading 10,830 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund dropped $1.30 in an exchange of 146,545 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $9, Seprod closed at $42 with a loss of 50 cents while trading 1,236 shares. Stanley Motta  gained 50 cents to end at $5, exchanging 986 shares, Supreme Ventures gave up $1 in finishing at $25, with 34,782 units changing hands Sygnus Credit Investments shed 60 cents in trading 13,800 units to close at $11.40 and Wisynco Group gained 29 cents trading 64,250 units, to close at $11.35.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 34,592 units valued $12,596. Eppley 5% preference share, closed at 98 US cents with 5,292 shares changing hands and JMMB Group 5.75% preference share settled gained 1 cent and ended at US$2.05 trading1,000 shares, Proven Investments ended trading with 20,000 units at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments shed 2 cents in trading 8,300 units to close at 9 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index lost 0.89 points to close at 178.39.

JSE main market drops – Monday

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Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Monday as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index sank 1,698.05 points to 417,110.99 and the JSE Index dropping 1,543.07 points to close at 380,035.17, with a positive advance decline ratio.
At the close of the main and US markets, 28 securities traded, compared to 30 on Friday leading to 12 advancing, 7 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 1,439,179 units valued at just $37,607,638 compared to 2,536,555 units valued $102,402,822 crossing the exchange on Friday.
Wisynco Group led with 603,633 shares, accounting for 42 percent of total main market volume, followed by Sagicor Group with 254,940 units with 18 percent of the day’s trades and Carreras with a mere 152,725 units for 11 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 55,353 units at $1,446,448 for each security traded, in contrast to 84,552 units at $3,413,427 on Friday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 153,425 shares at $2,384,798 for each security, compared to 161,222 shares at $2,467,500 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 8 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Caribbean Cement gained $2.98 to finish at $66.50, with 10,819 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 3,189 stock units and added 45 cents to close at $60, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.20 to close at $31.20, with an exchange of 35,925 shares.  Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 42 cents to close at $16.58, after trading 47,785 shares, Mayberry Jamaican Equities  lost 50 cents trading 5,946 shares at $8.6, Pulse Investments  rose 35 cents and finished at $2.95, with 25,000 shares crossing the exchange, Sagicor Group  rose 85 cents in trading 254,940 shares to close at $39. Sagicor Real Estate Fund exchanged just 500 shares to close at $10.30, after gaining 80 cents, Supreme Ventures rose $1 and finished at $26, with 46,131 units changing hands and Wisynco Group fell 24 cents trading 603,633 units to close at $11.06.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 58,704 units valued at $7,867. Proven Investments gained 1 cents and ended trading with 15,204 units at 23 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments shed 1 cent in trading 43,500 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index rose 2.85 points to close at 179.28.

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The past week saw stocks prices moving up and down with the announced initial Public offering of Wigton Windfarm, a pattern is likely to continue for a while.
The release of 2019 first quarter results could change the pattern for some stocks, with a few due for release before the end of April. Last week there was increased buying interest in Caribbean Cement, NCB Financial Group and Sagicor Group on Friday with the release of full year results for 2018. Investors should keep an eye on these, Wisynco, RJR, Seprod that remain attractive buys.
The Junior Market is being shaken up following the release of the prospectus for Wigton, as such there are no clear security to watch in this market during the week.

Profit rises 29% at PanJam

Stephen Facey Chairman & Paul Hanworth Chief Operating Officer

Trading income at PanJam Investment grew a strong 35 percent to $3.26 billion for 2019 while operating expenses rose just 7 percent to $1.7 billion leading to a 66.6 percent increase in operating profit of $1.55 billion, up from $938 million in 2017.
The major contributor to the increase in operating income was a 151 percent increase in investment income to $1 billion, from $423 million in 2017.
Share of results of associated companies contributed $4.7 billion to profit, compared with $3.9 billion in 2017. After taxation of $311 million and finance cost of $624 million, profit ended at $5.3 billion for an increase of 29 percent. Earnings per share rose to $5.06 for the year.
The group saw growth in profit from Sagicor Group and Downing Street Fund 11 and V but suffered a loss at Chukka Caribbean with revenues falling from $4 billion to $3 billion. New Castle saw a reduction in profit even with an increase in revenues while Caribe Hospitality saw profit rising from $242 million to $271 million of which their share is 32 percent.
PanJam holds equity investments worth $6.8 billion up from $2.4 billion at the end of 2017. The value of investment properties moved from $7.9 billion in 2017 to $8.4 billion and investments in associated companies total $26.3 billion. Total assets at the end of the year was $45.9 billion up from $39.4 billion in 2017. The group borrowed $10.6 billion at the end of 2018, up from $7.5 billion in 2017 and has equity of $34 billion.
PanJam is in the process of upgrading the Oceana building in downtown Kingston to a combination of hotel and residential units slated for sale. There also plans for a business hotel in Montego Freeport in Montego Bay.
The group stocks trades at $81 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at a PE of 12.5 times 2019 estimated earnings of $6.50 and a net book value of $32. PanJam is a stock Investors should consider holding in the long term portfolio to benefit from growth to flow from expansion in the investment field and real estate holdings.

JSE main market inched higher – Friday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Friday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index added just 163.58 points to end at 418,809.04 and the JSE Index advanced 148.65 points to 381,578.24, with a decline advance ratio of 7 to 4.
At the close of the main and US markets, 30 securities traded, compared to 32 on Thursday leading to just 8 advancing, 14 declining and 8 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 2,536,555 units valued $102,402,822 compared to just 1,499,809 units valued a mere $37,984,293 crossing the exchange on Thursday.
JMMB Group 7.25% preference share led with 632,975 shares, accounting for 25 percent of total main market volume, followed by NCB Financial Group with 406,921 units with 16 percent of the day’s trades and Sagicor Real Estate X Fund with a mere 173,989 units or 7 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 84,552 units at $3,413,427 for each security traded, in contrast to 49,994 shares valued at $1,266,143 on Thursday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 161,222 shares at $2,467,500 for each security, compared to 168,967 shares at $2,360,413 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 5 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 2 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dived $3.50 to close at $39.50, with a 103,722 shares changing hands, Berger Paints lost 73 cents, ending at $20.20, with 50,058 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement fell 48 cents to finish at $63.52, with 37,457 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy traded 18,650 stock units and lost 35 cents to close at $59.55.   Jamaica Broilers dropped $1.20 to close at $30, with 57,256 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers  climbed $1.85 to close at $23.40, trading 12,239 shares, Mayberry Investments  lost 50 cents trading 7,607 shares at $8.50, NCB Financial took back the 99 cents it lost on Thursday to settle at $145, trading 406,921 units. PanJam Investments lost 70 cents and finished at $81, with 97,266 shares crossing the exchange, Sagicor Group rose $1 in trading 154,414 shares to close at $38.15 after rising to $41 in early trading. Sagicor Real Estate Fund exchanged 173,989 shares to close at a 52 weeks’ low of $9.50, after falling 41 cents, Supreme Ventures lost $1 and finished at $25, with 42,324 units changing hands and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 98 cents trading 130,717 units to close at $11.98. There was no trading in the US dollar market.

Sagicor’s good profit poor presentation

Jamaica Sagicor Group reports increased 2018 profits.

Financial statements are meant to be understood by users. As most readers are not likely to be trained in accounting, the statements should be prepared in a manner for the average user to understand.
The latest audited financial statement put out by the Sagicor Group and audited by PriceWaterhhouseCoopers includes a profit statement that is a picture of confusion and extremely difficult to understand, that is just not good enough and it should be revamped, for greater clarity. It is just not clear how the statement moves from gross premium income through to investment income and then to total income. To determine what is being conveyed, one has to be fully conversant with computing of income statements and need to decipher what each line item really is and what set of figures relate to what item.
The group recorded total income of $70.7 billion up from $69.7 billion in 2017. The major operation areas generated less income that in 2017. Insurance generated $9.8 billion in 2018 compared to $41 billion in 2017 while investment income fell to $24.3 billion versus $26.7 billion in the previous year. Expenses moved from $55.9 billion in 2017 to just $54 billion in the latest period to December 2018. The reduction resulted from a big decline in movement in actuarial liabilities from $10.7 billion in 2017 to just $2.3 billion in 2018.

Reading the statement one has to guess whether the total cost is that of operating profit or expenses, as there is no caption to clarify. The report then ends up with profit before tax of $18 billion, up from $15 billion in 2017, but readers have to search to determine how the amount, was arrived at. After taxation charge of $4.2 billion versus $$2.9 billion in 2017, the group reported net profit of $13.9 billion against $12 billion in 2017. Earnings per share ended at $3.65 but was boosted by gains of $1.5 billion arising from consolidation of Sagicor Real Estate Fund.
At year-end, shareholders’ equity rose to $74.3 billion from $68.5 billion at the end of 2017 while total assets jumped to $394 billion from $352 billion.

Falling stocks clobber JSE – Thursday

Trading on the main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended Thursday with JSE All Jamaican Composite Index dropping 4,093.70 points to 418,645.45 and the JSE Index diving by 3,720.07 points to 381,429.58 following a decline advance ratio of 5 to 2.
At the close of the main and US markets, 32 securities traded, compared to 33 on Wednesday leading to just 6 advancing, 15 declining and 11 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with just 1,499,809 units valued a mere $37,984,293 compared to 1,945,908 units valued just $26,582,198 crossing the exchange on Wednesday.
Wisynco Group led with just 286,871 shares, accounting for 19 percent of total main market volume, followed by Barita Investments with just 202,682 units with 13.5 percent of the day’s trades and Victoria Mutual Investments with a mere 138,470 units or 9 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 49,994 units valued at an average of $1,266,143, in contrast to 77,588 units valued at $1,371,263 on Wednesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 168,967 shares at $2,360,413 for each security, compared to 182,335 shares at $2,500,108 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments dived $7 to close at $43, with a 202,682 shares changing hands, Berger Paints jumped $1.20 and ended at $20.20, with 217 stock units trading, Caribbean Cement fell $2 to finish at $64, with 30,573 changing hands, Carreras lost 35 cents and concluded trading of 71,125 units at $8.90. Eppley ended with a loss of 50 cents trading 4,348 shares to close at $10.50, Jamaica Broilers climbed $1.20 to close at $31.20, with 29,456 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers lost 45 cents to close at $21.55, trading 116,272 shares. JMMB Group fell 79 cents to end at $30.01, with an exchange of 33,468 shares, NCB Financial gave back the 99 cents it gained on Wednesday to settle at $144.01, trading 21,081 units, Pulse Investments lost 30 cents and finished at $2.70, with 113,778 shares crossing the exchange. Sagicor Group fell $1.85 in trading 109,632 shares at $37.15, Seprod lost 75 cents to close at $42, with 11,431 shares traded and Supreme Ventures lost $1 and finished at $26, with 44,274 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 34,559 units valued at US$4,622. Proven Investments ended trading with 7,500 units at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1 cent in trading 27,059 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 3.80 points to close at 176.43.

Volume plunges on JSE – Wednesday

Main market volume contracts.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with gains on Wednesday but with limited volume passing through the market.
At the close, JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 1,558.08 points to close at 422,739.15 and the JSE Index advanced by 1,415.84 points to 385,149.65
At the close of the main and US markets, 33 securities traded, compared to 29 on Tuesday leading to 10 advancing, 14 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
Trading ended with 1,945,908 units valued just $26,582,198 compared to 2,405,214 units valued at $42,509,143 crossing the exchange on Tuesday.
Wisynco Group led with 1.2 million units, accounting for 63 percent of total main market volume, followed by Carreras with just 183,814 units with 9.5 percent of the day’s trades and Radio Jamaica with a mere 142,496 units or 7 percent of volume traded.
Market activity ended with an average of 77,588 units valued at $1,371,263, in contrast to 75,715 shares valued at $3,510,251 on Tuesday. The average volume and value for the month to date amounts to 182,335 shares at $2,500,108 for each security, compared to 198,040 shares at $2,749,721 previously. Trading for March resulted in an average of 438,501 shares at $9,851,307, for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator|The Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator ended with the reading showing 6 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and 5 closing with lower offers.
In main market activity, Barita Investments climbed $3.50 to close at $50, with a mere 100 shares changing hands, Carreras gained 75 cents and concluded trading of 183,814 units at $9.25. Grace Kennedy added 44 cents to end at $59.99, with 3,986 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Broilers finished with a loss of 79 cents in closing high of at $30, with 10,979 shares changing hands, Jamaica Producers dropped $1.50 to close at $22, trading 1,000 shares. JMMB Group added 68 cents to end at $30.80, with an exchange of 8,172 shares, NCB Financial rose 99 cents to settle at $145, trading 28,332 units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities lost 35 cents in trading 10,508 shares, at $9.10. PanJam Investment jumped $1.70 trading 5,746 to close at $81.70, Sagicor Group gained 40 cents in trading 7,193 shares at $39, Seprod rose 60 cents to close at $42.75, with 22,923 shares traded and Supreme Ventures rose 27 cents and finished at $27, with 9,888 units changing hands.
Trading in the US dollar market ended with 9,772 units valued at US$1,232. Proven Investments ended trading with 1,312 units at 22 US cents and Sygnus Credit Investments gained 1 cent in trading 8,460 units to close at 11 US cents. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 3.08 points to close at 180.23.