Stocks give up some gains Wednesday

Stocks gave back some of Tuesday’s gains bring the year to date gains to zero when the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Wednesday, with the market declining even as more stocks advanced than declined after an exchange of 15 percent more shares with an 11 percent lower value than on Tuesday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index fell 2,201.29 points to 433,411.08, the Main Index dropped 1,957.22 points to 395,223.27 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.51 points to settle at 100.07.
Investors traded 40 securities, down from 47 on Tuesday and closed with 18 rising, 12 declining and 10 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.2 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 16,449,582 shares for $59,313,530 compared to 14,255,372 units at $66,739,337 on Tuesday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 36.1 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 5.94 million shares, followed by Transjamaican Highway with 29 percent for 4.78 million units, QWI Investments chipped in with 10.1 percent after 1.66 million units traded and Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 6.9 percent of the day’s trade for 1.14 million units.
Trading averaged 411,240 units at $1,482,838 for each security, compared to an average of 303,306 shares at $1,419,986 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averaged 358,582 units at $1,676,782 for each security, in contrast to 336,641 units at $1,757,591 on Tuesday. February closed with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
Barita Investments rose $1.25 to end at $81.25 trading 3,179 shares, Berger Paints rose 24 cents in closing at $13.45, after exchanging 4,677 stock units, Caribbean Cement shed $2.30 to close at $67.20 in transferring 39,713 shares. Carreras gained 20 cents to finish at $7.73, with 53,050 units changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund advanced $1 to $41 after an exchange of 2,181 shares. First Rock Capital gained 25 cents to settle at $15.25 trading 56,515 stock units, Grace Kennedy rose $1.98 to $90.98, with the swapping of 119,902 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended 24 cents higher at $28.74 after the transfer of 25,562 units. JMMB Group rose 22 cents to $32.90 in an exchange of 55,700 units, Kingston Wharves shed 60 cents to $45, with shareholders switching ownership of 40,328 shares. NCB Financial declined $1 to $141, with 53,913 stock units crossing the market, Palace Amusement dropped $67.03 to $885, with 210 units changing hands, PanJam Investment finished 90 cents lower at $64.10 trading 8,674 stock units. Proven Investments advanced $1.75 to $39, with an exchange of 35,591 stocks, Sagicor Real Estate Fund rose 43 cents to $8.35 with the swapping of 15,997 shares, Salada Foods declined $2.99 to $38.51 with 8,295 units clearing the market. Stanley Motta gained 34 cents to close at $5.35 after exchanging 212 units and Supreme Ventures fell $1.20 to $15 in transferring 90,750 stocks.

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

Market takes a breather in the move higher

After moving aggressively on Monday, stocks gave back some of Monday’s gains at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday, with just over half the stocks traded declining with 34 percent fewer funds changing 21 percent fewer shares than on Monday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 1,342.33 points to 435,612.37, the Main Index shed 1,189.08 points to 397,180.49, and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.23 points to settle at 100.58.
Investors traded 47 securities changing hands, down from 49 on Monday and closed with 10 stocks rising, 25 declining and 12 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders moved 14,255,372 shares for $66,739,337 down from 18,062,183 units at $101,989,445 on Monday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 52.3 percent of total volume after exchanging 7.45 million shares, followed by Pulse Investments with 12.4 percent for 1.76 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 8.1 percent of the day’s trade for 1.16 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 303,306 units at $1,419,986, compared to 368,616 shares at $2,081,417 on Monday. The month to date averaged 336,641 units at $1,757,591 to February with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, Barita Investments dropped $1.17 to $80 to finish with a transfer at 25,533 shares. Berger Paints shed 99 cents to $13.21, with 3,567 shares crossing the exchange. Caribbean Cement fell 50 cents to $69.50 trading 17,782 stocks, Jamaica Producers fell 50 cents to $19.95, with 13,179 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange ended $1.50 lower at $18 after 80,328 stock units crossed the exchange, Kingston Wharves shed 60 cents to settle at $45.60 trading 18,334 units, Mayberry Investments slipped 40 cents to $5.29 trading 8,864 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities advanced $1.03 to $8 in switching ownership of 216,359 stock units. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy climbed $5 to $150 after exchanging 73 shares, NCB Financial Group declined $1.33 in closing at $142, with 148,747 stock units changing hands, 138 Student Living rose 30 cents to $5.60, exchanging 20,286 stocks, Palace Amusement climbed $151.03 to $952.03 trading 30 shares. Portland JSX shed $1.40 to close at $7.10 in transferring 6,500 stocks, Proven Investments fell $2.15 to $37.25, after an exchange of 26,284 units, Sagicor Group advanced $1.90 to $52, with 20,712 stocks clearing the market. Sagicor Real Estate Fund fell $1.07 to $7.92 in a transfer of 379 stocks, Salada Foods rose 50 cents to $41.50 after trading 9,418 stocks. Scotia Group climbed $1.50 to $42.50, with 34,379 shares changing hands, Seprod gained 50 cents to end at $70 in trading 9,783 stocks and Stanley Motta shed 34 cents to $5.01, with 16,000 stock units crossing the market.

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

JSE majors now new year positive

Stocks rising and declining share the honours with 20 each, at the close of trading on Monday leaving to the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market to close above Friday’s close with the volume of shares traded falling 51 percent and values down 9 percent to Friday.
Several stocks posted strong gains leading the market into positive for the year to date, for only the second time since the start of the year, with January 5th being the only other day the market recorded gains over the 2020 close. The All Jamaican Composite Index climbed 4,304.98 points to 436,954.70 at the close, the Main Index advanced 3,840.76 points to 398,369.57, but the JSE Financial Index slipped 037 points to 100.35.
Investors traded 49 Securities, up from 47 on Friday and closed with 20 rising, 20 declining and 9 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 19.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 18,062,183 shares for $101,989,445 compared to 35,675,257 units at $112,526,954 on Friday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 45 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 8.12 million shares followed by Pulse Investments with 21.4 percent for 3.86 million units, Sagicor Select Financial Fund 7.9 percent for 1.42 million units and Transjamaican Highway with 6.1 percent market share for 1.11 million units.

JSE Main Market recorded gains in 2021 for only the second time for the year when the market closed on Monday.

Trading for the day averaged 368,616 units at $2,081,417, compared to 759,048 shares at $2,394,191 on Friday. February closed with an average of 419,015 units at $2,509,660.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows eight stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, Barita Investments slipped 33 cents to $81.17, after exchanging 26,461 shares, Berger Paints closed 30 cents higher at $14.20, with 17,723 units changing hands. Caribbean Cement advanced $5 to $70, after the stock surged to $75 in early trading, with the switching of 125,524 stocks, Ciboney Group lost 22 cents to finish at $1.22, with 38,183 shares clearing the market, Eppley advanced $3.40 to $28.40, with the swapping of 24,498 units. First Rock Jamaica lost 30 cents to end at $15 trading 3,126 stocks, Grace Kennedy climbed $4.50 to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $89, with 194,627 shares changing hands. The stock traded upto $95 in response to a strong rise in profit, the company reported for 2020, Jamaica Broilers lost 26 cents to close at $28.74, with an exchange of 24,329 units. Jamaica Producers gained 25 cents to end at $20.45 in swapping 196,833 stocks, Key Insurance rose 76 cents to $4.77 trading 154,642 stock units, Kingston Properties rose $1.41 to $7.25, with 700 units crossing the exchange. Mayberry Investments ended 40 cents higher at $5.69, transferring 7,352 shares, NCB Financial fell 67 cents to $143.33 with an exchanging of 88,291 stock units, 1834 Investments fell 25 cents to 95 cents trading 2,120 units, 138 Student Living shed 70 cents to end at $5.30 while exchanging 1,700 stock units. Palace Amusement dropped $49 to $801, with 683 shares crossing the market, PanJam Investments rose $1 to $65, in an exchange of 13,660 stocks, Portland JSX ended $1.40 higher at $8.50, with the swapping of 2,000 units, Proven Investments climbed $3.40 to $39.40 trading 361 stock units. Sagicor Group declined $2 to finish at $50.10, in switching ownership of 81,964 units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 69 cents to close at $8.99 after 7,200 shares crossed the market, Salada Foods fell $3 to $41 in exchanging 6,514 stocks. Scotia Group declined $1.50 to $41 trading 271,291 units, Seprod gained 50 cents to close at $69.50, with the swapping of 34,072 shares, Supreme Ventures lost 50 cents to finish at $16.40 in switching ownership of 13,711 units and Wisynco Group lost 29 cents to close at $16, in transferring 134,237 stock units.

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

Fesco, JMMB & Sygnus in IC TOP10 stocks

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IC TOP10 stocks are now based on earnings for 2021/22 fiscal years. Of the January listing, Stationery and Office Supplies have moved out of the TOP 10 Junior Market list while Main Market QWI Investment and Carreras fell from the Main market list with increased prices.
Coming into the TOP10 are Fesco, the latest IPO that is expected to come to market shortly, with the prospectus having been released but temporarily withdrawn to correct some errors. JMMB Group and Sygnus Credit Investments are now in the TOP10 Main market listing.
 Since the start of the year, the Junior Market is up 10.5 percent, with 11 companies’ stock rising between 20 and 63 percent, including four with gains from 49 percent up. The Main Market, on the other hand, is marginally down for the year by less than one percent, with five stocks recording gains between 21 percent and 47 percent and Ciboney rising 500 percent for the year to date.
The Junior Market and the Main Market moves are supported by technical indicators, pointing to robust gains ahead and back up by some companies reporting positive profit results.
This week’s focus: Grace Kennedy had outstanding results for 2020 with much more to come in 2021; expect the price to move sharply over the next few weeks. Caribbean Cement reported a 70 percent rise in profit for 2020 and is projected to earn $6.70 for 2021, the stock is an ideal candidate to move higher in the weeks ahead.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market can gain between 329 to 339 percent are Main Event followed by Elite Diagnostic and Jetcon. With expected gains of 202 to 459 percent, the top three Main Market stocks are Radio Jamaica, followed by Berger Paints and VM Investments.  
The local stock market’s targeted average PE ratio is 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results, up to the second quarter of 2021. The Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below the market average, a clear indication of strong gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 14.7 and the Junior Market 9.8 based on ICInsider.com’s projected 2021-22 earnings. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere 5.2 at just 53 percent of the market average. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 7.1 or 48 percent of the PE of that market.
The average projected gain for the Junior Market IC TOP 10 stocks is 289 percent and 204 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2021-22 earnings. IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2021 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on likely gain for each company, taking into account the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in movements in and out of the lists weekly. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

February ends on a high note

Trading climbed on Friday with an exchange of 124 percent more shares valued 77 percent more than on Thursday as more stocks rose than declined on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market and ending with the market indices closing higher than the January close, almost wiping out the loss suffered since the start of the year.
The market should move higher during the coming week following record breaking results by Grace Kennedy with earnings of $6.26 that suggests the price should climb to over $100 and Caribbean Cement with record earnings of $3.76 and a likely price of $75. Technical indicators are also pointing to a run in the market to 437,000 points on the All Jamaica Composite Index in the short term.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 2,408.76 points to 432,649.72, the Main Index climbed 2,126.52 points to 394,528.81 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.78 points to settle at 100.72.
Trading ended with 47 active securities, the same as on Thursday and closed with prices of 21 rising, 15 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 17.1 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 35,675,257 shares for $112,526,954 compared to 15,923,380 units at $63,507,779 on Thursday. Wigton Windfarm led trading with 63.1 percent of total volume, after 22.50 million shares changed hands following comments from the company’s Managing Director, Earl Barrett, that the rate to be paid for energy produced by their phase two wind turbine will fall from 13 US cents to 5.6 us cents per Kilowatt hour effective April.  Sagicor Select Financial Fund followed with 12.9 percent for 4.60 million units, Pulse Investments 8.1 percent, with 2.88 million units, Ciboney Group chipped in for 3.7 percent with 1.32 million units and Key Insurance 3.4 percent trading 1.23 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 759,048 units at $2,394,191, Thursday ended with an average of 338,795 shares at $1,351,229. Trading month to date averaged 419,015 units at $2,509,660 for each security, in contrast to 399,667 units at $2,516,231 on Thursday. January closed with an average of 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Barita Investments gained 36 cents to end at $81.50, after trading 10,772 shares, Caribbean Cement climbed $2.51 to $65, with the swapping of 60,748 stocks. Carreras lost 34 cents in closing at $7.41, in a transfer of 97,841 units, Ciboney Group dropped 36 cents to $1.44, with 1,316,248 shares crossing the exchange, Eppley fell $2.10 to $25, with the swapping of 21,424 units. Grace Kennedy advanced $3.50 to a 52 weeks’ high of $84.50, with 30,224 shares clearing the market, Jamaica Broilers gained 20 cents to close at $29, with 235,232 stock units changing hands, Jamaica Stock Exchange climbed $1.60 to $19.60, after the swapping of 61,828 stocks. Key Insurance shed 79 cents to $4.01, trading 1,226,874 stock units, Kingston Properties declined $1.33 to $5.84 in 5,835 units crossing the exchange. MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $10 to $145 after exchanging 260 stocks, NCB Financial climbed $3 to close at $144, transferring 78,611 shares, 138 Student Living rose 90 cents to $6 exchanging 3,210 stock units, Sagicor Group rose 50 cents to $52.10, in switching ownership of 468,195 stock units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund picked up 48 cents to close at $8.30, after 155,883 shares crossed the market, Salada Foods climbed $3.50 to $44, exchanging 97 stocks. Scotia Group lost 50 cents in ending at $42.50 trading 34,852 units, Seprod shed 54 cents to $69, with the swapping of 8,011 shares, Stanley Motta gained 35 cents to settle at $5.35, with 50 units clearing the market. Sterling Investments ended 36 cents higher at $3 in an exchange of 33,207 stock units and Supreme Ventures climbed $1.60 to $16.90 with 138,316 units changing hands.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference shares rose 55 cents to end at $7.40, in exchanging 153 stocks.

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

Ciboney drops 15% on Thursday

Ciboney Group price retreated after trading more than 2.5 million shares with the price falling 15 percent from Wednesday’s level on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Thursday with the total volume of stocks trading fell 46 percent from Wednesday’s quantity as the value dropped 60 percent.
The All Jamaican Composite Index inched 3.97 points up to 430,240.96 the Main Index rose 15.10 points to 392,402.29, and the JSE Financial Index rose 0.14 points to settle at 99.94.
Trading ended with 47 securities changing hands, the same as on Wednesday and closed with prices of 14 stocks rising, 24 declining and nine ending unchanged.
The PE Ratio averages 16.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investorss exchanged 15,923,380 shares for $63,507,779 compared to 29,447,608 units at $158,590,501 on Wednesday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 18.3 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 2.91 million shares followed by QWI Investments controlled 16.9 percent with 2.69 million units, Ciboney Group chipped in 16.1 percent with 2.56 million units. Pulse Investments controlled 11.9 percent of market share for 1.89 million units, Wigton Windfarm with 11.1 percent for 1.77 million units and Key Insurance with 9.4 percent for 1.50 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 338,795 units at $1,351,229, compared to an average of 626,545 shares at $3,374,266 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averages 399,667 units at $2,516,231, versus 403,340 units at $2,586,520 on Wednesday. Trading in January averaged 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close oftrading, Barita Investments fell 36 cents to $81.14, with an exchange of 3,965 shares, Ciboney Group fell 32 cents to $1.80, with 2,562,764 shares crossing the market, Eppley shed 90 cents to end at $27.10, with 345 stocks changing hands, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund closed $1 lower at $40 in exchanging 3,408 units. First Rock Capital advanced 29 cents to $15.29 trading 8,954 shares, Grace Kennedy rose $1 to $81, with the swapping of 29,366 stocks, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 80 cents to $18 in switching ownership of 52,808 units. Key Insurance declined 20 cents in closing at $4.80, after an exchange of 1,500,426 shares, NCB Financial dipped 40 cents to close at $141 and clearing the market with 66,981 units, Palace Amusement climbed $50 to $850 after exchanging 354 stock units, PanJam Investment fell $1 to $64, with 11,540 stock units changing hands. Portland JSX declined $1.20 to $7.10 in trading 8,000 stocks, Proven Investments closed $1.20 lower at $36 after exchanging 4,285 units, Sagicor Group gained 29 cents to close at $51.60, with the swapping of 4,089 shares. Salada Foods dropped $1 to $40.50 with a transfer of 2,182 shares, Scotia Group gained 50 cents to end at $43, with 15,411 stock units crossing the exchange. Sterling Investments shed 36 cents to $2.64 in exchanging 62,320 stocks, Supreme Ventures dropped 60 cents to close at $15.30, after a transfer of 527,323 units and Sygnus Credit Investments lost 54 cents to close at $14.95 in trading 14,288 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Ciboney stunning rise clocks gains of 783%

Ciboney continues to create waves in the Jamaican financial market. The price closed at a fresh new multi-year high not seen since 1993. In Wednesday’s trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, the stock last traded at $2.13 with year to date gain of 783 percent.

New record high for the JSE Junior Market.

Trading on Wednesday with the market rising modestly, with 47 securities changing hands, down from 46 on Tuesday and closed with 18 rising, 16 declining and 13 remaining unchanged.
The All Jamaican Composite Index advanced 173.69 points to 430,236.99, the Main Index rose 148.82 points to 392,387.19 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.33 points to close at 99.80.
The PE Ratio averages 16.9 based on ICInsider.com forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Some 45 percent more shares traded with a 17 percent dip in value than on Tuesday as 29,447,608 shares traded for $158,590,501 compared to 20,247,118 units at $191,400,586 on Tuesday. Pulse Investments led trading with 47.5 percent of total volume, after 13.98 million shares changed hands, followed by Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund 17.9 percent with 5.27 million, Transjamaican Highway accounted for 13.8 percent with 4.06 million units, Ciboney Group chipped in 5.1 percent for 1.52 million units and Sagicor Select Financial Fund 4.2 percent with 1.25 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 626,545 units at $3,374,266, compared to 440,155 shares at $4,160,882 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averaged 403,340 units at $2,586,520 for each security, in contrast to 389,008 units at $2,535,940 on the prior trading day. Trading in January closed with an average of 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading has eleven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Caribbean Cement lost 50 cents to finish at $62.50 in transferring 51,901 shares, Carreras rose 39 cents to $7.70, with the swapping of 211,134 stock units, Ciboney Group closed 41 cents higher at a 36 years record of $2.12, with 1,515,402 units crossing the market. Eppley climbed $3 to $28, with an exchange of 9,867 stock units, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell 52 cents to $41, with 8,710 stock units crossing the market, Grace Kennedy advanced $3.50 to $80, with 530,278 units changing hands. JMMB Group gained 44 cents to end at $33, in trading 50,399 shares, Key Insurance ended 39 cents lower at $5, after exchanging 74,836 stock units, Kingston Wharves dipped 30 cents to $46.20, with a transfer of 11,753 stocks. Mayberry Investments lost 21 cents to end at $5.29, after an exchange of 42,700 stock units, Mayberry Jamaican Equities slipped 23 cents to $7, in an exchange of 7,762 shares, 138 Student Living fell $1.40 to $5.10 in exchanging two shares. Palace Amusement fell $199.90 to a 52 weeks’ low of $800, with 380 stocks crossing the market, Sagicor Group gained 31 cents to end at $51.31, in an exchange of 12,316 stocks, Salada Foods rose $1.51 to $41.50, with the swapping of 4,036 shares. Scotia Group closed 75 cents higher at $42.50, with 267,313 stock units crossing the exchange, Seprod advanced $1.54 to $69.54 trading 26,590 shares, Stanley Motta lost 35 cents to close at $5 in exchanging 31,207 units. Sygnus Credit Investments advanced 99 cents to $15.49 after transferring 70,560 stock units and Wisynco Group rose 90 cents to $16.45, with investors switching ownership of 73,639 shares.

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

Ciboney stunning 613% two months’ gain

Ciboney Group continued its extraordinary run by climbing 31 cents to finish at a new multi-year high of $1.71 on Tuesday with trading 1,438,112 units being bought by stock market investors as they pushed the gains for the year to date to 613 percent, with the stock being the leading winner of on the market so far in 2021.
Trading ended with stocks playing hopscotch, one day up one day down, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market, with the market declining after almost the same number of stocks rose as fell. The value of trading climbed 202 percent, with only 23 percent more shares exchanged than on Monday.
The All Jamaican Composite Index lost 513.21 points to end at 430,063.30, the Main Index shed 464.43 points to 392,238.37 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.33 points to settle at 100.13.
Trading ended with 46 securities changing hands, down from 47 on Monday and closed with 19 stocks rising, 20 declining and seven remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio averages 17 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders swapped 20,247,118 shares for $191,400,586 up from 16,438,991 units at $63,472,730 on Monday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 24.1 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 4.88 million shares followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund 16.9 percent with 3.41 million units, Wigton Windfarm 11.3 percent for 2.29 million units. QWI Investments ended with 9.8 percent of the day’s trade for 1.99 million units, Ciboney Group 7.1 percent for 1.44 million units, Sagicor Manufacturing & Distribution Fund with 6 percent for 1.22 million units and Grace Kennedy with 5.2 percent market share for 1.05 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 440,155 units at $4,160,882, versus 349,766 shares at $1,350,484 on Monday. Trading month to date averaged 389,008 units at $2,535,940, in contrast to 385,578 units at $2,426,979 on the prior trading day. Trading in January closed with an average of 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Eppley finished 90 cents higher at $25 in trading 30,782 shares. Grace Kennedy shed 50 cents to $76.50, after clearing the market with 1,052,007 stocks. Jamaica Producers gained 20 cents in closing at $20.20, with 2,209 stocks changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange advanced $1.15 to $18.86, with 17,936 units crossing the exchange, JMMB Group ended 44 cents lower at $32.56 after transferring 44,530 shares, Kingston Wharves climbed $1.50 to $46.50 after an exchange of 2,500 stocks. 138 Student Living rose 45 cents to $6.50 after exchanging 8,916 units, PanJam Investment shed 50 cents to end at $65, in switching ownership of 43,014 shares, Proven Investments lost 33 cents to $37.20 trading 11,441 stock units, Sagicor Group fell 70 cents to $51 with 20,215 stocks clearing the market. Salada Foods advanced $2.99 to $39.99, with the swapping of 40,380 units, Scotia Group declined by $1.25 to $41.75, after exchanging 132,995 shares, Seprod shed $1 in closing at $68 with 3,164 stock units changing hands. Sygnus Credit Investments fell $1.10 to $14.50, in exchanging 51,037 units and Wisynco Group shed 95 cents to close at $15.55, with 94,561 shares changing hands.
In the preference segment, Eppley 8.75% preference share shed 55 cents in closing at $6.85, with 634 units crossing the market.

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

JSE majors enjoy market index rise

Stocks ended a mixed day of trading with the market indices climbing at the close of trading on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended trading on Monday even after more stocks declined than rose, with 46 percent more shares trading than on Friday.
At the close, the All Jamaican Composite Index gained 1,612.03 points to 430,576.51, the Main Index climbed 1,458.81 points to 392,702.80 and the JSE Financial Index gained 0.87 points to settle at 100.46.
Trading ended with 47 active securities, up from 46 on Friday, with 13 rising, 20 declining and 14 remaining unchanged. The PE Ratio closed with an average of 17.1 based on IC Insider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 16,438,991 shares for $63,472,730 compared to 11,266,697 units at $57,405,399 on Friday. Transjamaican Highway led trading with 26.1 percent of total volume, after 4.29 million shares changed hands followed by Wigton Windfarm with 16.1 percent for 2.64 million units. Sagicor Select Financial Fund accounted for 13.5 percent market share with 2.23 million units, Ciboney Group 11.2 percent with 1.84 million units, Sagicor Select Manufacturing & Distribution Fund 8.2 percent for 1.34 million units and QWI Investments with 6.3 percent of the day’s trade for 1.04 million units.
Trading for the day averaged 349,766 units at $1,350,484, compared to 244,928 shares at $1,247,943 on Friday. Trading month to date averaged 385,578 units at $2,426,979, versus 388,213 units at $2,506,158 on Friday. Trading in January averaged 311,275 units at $1,432,133.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows nine stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At close of trading, Berger Paints rose 57 cents to $13.88, with 180 shares changing hands, Ciboney Group increased 7 cents to a new multi-year high of $1.40 with an exchange of 1,842,996 stock units, First Rock Capital dropped $1 to $15, trading 1,594 stock units, Jamaica Producers lost 32 cents at $20, with the swapping of 36,429 stocks. Jamaica Stock Exchange shed $1.29 to close at $17.71 after trading 26,436 units, JMMB Group rose 50 cents to $33, with a transfer of 36,696 shares, Key Insurance closed 30 cents lower at $5.20, with an exchange of 48,232 units. Kingston Wharves lost 55 cents to end at $45, with 5,651 shares crossing the market, Palace Amusement climbed $92.99 to $999.99 after exchanging 52 stock units. 138 Student Living fell $1.95 to $6.05 in exchanging 82,943 shares, PanJam Investment dipped 52 cents to $65.50, in an exchange of 25,618 units, Proven Investments shed 46 cents to $37.53 with 2,000 shares changing hands. Sagicor Group rose $1.60 to $51.70, with 13,166 stocks crossing the exchange, Salada Foods declined by $3 to $37, with the swapping of 23,788 shares, Scotia Group advanced by $2 to $43 after exchanging 54,147 units. Seprod climbed $2.15 to $69, with 16,385 stock units changing hands, Stanley Motta lost 25 cents in closing at $5.20 trading 418 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose $1.17 to $15.60, in transferring 69,924 stocks.
In the preference segment, JMMB Group 7.25% rose 35 cents to $1.60 trading 7,856 shares.

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

FESCO worth a buy-in

Investors need to separate investments that can make them money from a great investment to hold long term. It is against this background that the latest IPO should be viewed.
Future Energy Source Company Limited (Fesco) initial public offer is set to open on February 25, with 500 million shares for sale at 80 cents each, with 200 million units being sold by existing shareholders.
Of the total, 325 million units are reserved for priority applicants and 175 million for the wider public to list on the Junior Market. The shares are not a great investment on the surface, but an opportunity exists to profit from an investment in the short to medium term. If all the shares offered for sale are subscribed to, the number of issued shares will rise to 2.5 billion units and the company will collect $240 million before expenses for the portion offered by them.
Proceeds from the company’s subscription of shares will support the growth of the existing businesses and allow the company to pursue strategic investment opportunities and pay the expenses of the issue.
The company was incorporated in February 2013 and made the first fuel sale in November of that year. In 2014, the first FESCO branded service station was unveiled in Mandeville and have grown to fourteen branded Service Stations. Two additional service stations, are to be opened this year, one at Ferry on Mandela Highway by April and the second at Beechwood Avenue, St. Andrew in June.
”Our current market share for transportation fuel is approximately 4.65 percent (April 2020- September 2020) and is expected to increase to 5.3 percent by March 2021 and 7 percent by December 2021. We estimate that FESCO’s market share reflects three (3) main facts: a) we are a relatively new company (operating for just over six (6) years) whose initial strategy has been to grow organically rather than through acquisitions; b) as at September 2020, we have very little presence in the Kingston and St. Andrew (KSA) fuel market. Our KSA offerings are limited to FESCO Stony Hill and FESCO Rock Hall, both of which are in the more rural parts of St. Andrew; and c) the dominance of the multinational brands in the industrial and commercial space where they provide fuels to private clients”, the prospectus states.
FESCO’s current market share of transportation fuels at September 2020 is 4.65 percent up from 3.8 percent in 2019 and 3.5 percent in 2018 and it estimates that its market share will increase to 5.3 percent by March 2021 and 7 percent by December 2021”, the prospectus further stated.
FESCO’s sales significantly outstripped the 2019 performance in litres sold. In fact, FESCO’s April through September 2020 sales in litres of transportation fuels sold is 6.6 percent ahead of its performance for the same period in 2019 despite the impact of COVID-19 and the overall market declining 13.9 percent.
FESCO is yet to enter the commercial or retail LPG market estimated at 13,957,716 or between J$1.5 billion to $1.9 billion monthly.
Revenues increased from $3.754 billion in 2016 to $5.94 billion in 2020 representing a compounded average growth (CAGR) of 12.1 percent.  Over the period, gross profits increased from $28.2 million to $178.3 million, with a CAGR of 58.6 percent. FESCO increased its gross profit margin to its dealers as its brands became more recognized and demanded by customers from 0.75 percent in 2016 to 3 percent in 2020.
From the 2015 financial year through to the 2020 financial year, average monthly volumes increased from 2,502 million litres to 3,743 million litres, a CAGR of 8.4 percent. Pre-tax profits increased by J$87 million or 172 percent to $137 million in 2020 up from $50 million in 2019.
Revenues over the period April 2020 to September 2020 was $2.811 billion down 5.84 percent from the comparative period of September 2019, a decline of $175 million from 2019 turnover of $2.99 billion. Profit before taxes for the period to September 2020 was $65 million, similar to that earned in 2019. The projection for revenues to March this year is $6 billion, with profit of $151 million for earnings per share before tax of 7 cents and a price earnings ratio of 11.4 that compares well to Tropical Battery that listed in January and now has a PE of 14.6. ICInsider.com forecasts 13 cents per share to March 2022 with the PE at 6 and the price rising to $2.50 by then.  The prospectus was withdrawn due to projections to 2025 that appears to overstate the forecasted administrative costs by approximately $100 million per annum.
The company’s financial status strong with Shareholders’ equity at the end of September at $255 million, borrowings amount to just $63 million and cash on hand of $99 million.
First, the negatives. If the company succeeds with the IPO, it will have the largest board of directors of any Junior Market company, with 11 members. That is a great sign of management weakness. Grace Kennedy and NCB Financial have nine directors, while Scotia Group has 11. Those are vastly bigger and more complex entities that FESCO. The company relies solely on distributors for revenues in a sector that has been subject to industrial disputes from time to time and government regulations. Gross profit margin is primarily subject to worldwide price fluctuation in global petroleum prices.
On a positive note, the downturn in demand for petrol seems to be easing and should help boost revenues in the immediate period ahead. This year’s opening of two new service stations will help grow revenues by ten to twenty percent in a full year. One of the new stations will be owned and operated by the company. The company is relatively small, commanding less than 10 percent of the market, leaving much room for above-average growth with good scope for gain in market share. Additional, with the local economy poised to grow that, should aid growth as well.