9 new IPOs for 2018

Last year (2017), was a great year for Jamaican stocks with prices of several stocks more than doubling on the Jamaican Stock Exchange and 10 new companies listing on the exchange.
2018 seems poised to be another year for a number of new issues on the market as business owners take advantage of a buoyant market for equity investments.
The local market should have new 9 issues, Marlene Streete-Forrest, the JSE Managing Director confirmed. Streete-Forrest expects that 5 issues will list on the Junior Market and 4 for the main market. New financial entity Sygnus Capital is said to be heading to the public in January. Other listings expected shortly are Caribbean Insurance Brokers, NevEast and Elite Diagnostics. University College of the Caribbean with its main operations in Kingston, Jamaica, is expected to be the first educational institution to seek to list on the stock exchange. The listing is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2018. Mayberry Investment is also expected to bring their subsidiary, Mayberry West Indies to market by February.
In 2017, the Jamaica Stock Exchange had 10 new companies listing on the exchange, including 2 new companies listing preference shares. Two new listings were on the main market one on the US dollar market and 5 on the Junior Market.
Scotia Investments, Trinidad Cement, Montego Bay Ice and Margaritaville preference share were delisted during the year.

Stinking Berger behaviour

There are some strange and shocking developments regarding the offer by Ansa Coatings International to purchase the minority shares in Berger Paints Jamaica.
First the directors in recommending that shareholders accept the offer made critical claims that are not back up by facts and they offer no information to support same. Secondly, the shares have been suspended in questionable manner and without adequate reasons.
The directors in recommending that shareholders accept the offer said,” in your directors view, it is highly likely that acceptance of the offer will take the aggregate holdings of ACI beyond 80 percent. Under the rules of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, where one shareholder either individually or collectively with concert parties holds more than 80 percent of the listed shares of a company, the stock exchange has the right to de-list such company. In fact the offeror has made it clear its intention to delist the Berger Shares.” The directors’ recommendation goes on to quote ACI statement that they will seek delisting if they acquire an additional 29 percent of the shares. “It is therefore clear that Berger Jamaica shares will in all probability be delisted from the JSE,” the directors’ statement concluded.
According to the directors, Ansa Coatings International controls 51.01 percent of the issued Berger Jamaica’s shares and as a result of this Offer, its holding will most likely exceed 75 percent.
It seems that for the recommendation to shareholders to be substantially based on the “highly likely that acceptance” taking the holdings of ACI beyond 80 percent and most likely exceed 75 percent, is highly flawed. Where did the directors get that information from and why did they not disclose the source in the recommendation. Why they did not think it appropriate to disclose the interim results figures up to August in the report?
At $10.88 per share, Berger is priced at 5 times the current years’ earnings against more than 13 for the main market, on what basis could it be regarded as a fair price?
The situation gets more curious and raises a huge question, is someone is trying to manipulate shareholders in giving away their shares at less than a fair price? That is the only conclusion to be arrived at, when without notice, the shares of Berger were without notice, suspended by the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday, October 5, 2017 and is to remain suspended to Friday, October 13, 2017. According to a release late on Thursday, “this is to facilitate the processing of the transaction in respect to shareholders of the Company who have agreed to sell their shares to Asna Coating, as a part of their Takeover Bid of Berger.” That of course is a load of crap. Trading shares of Desnoes and Geddes a much bigger company was never suspended when Heineken acquired the minority shares in 2016, Hardware and Lumber shares were never suspended either, nor was Scotia Investments’ in Scotia Group’s recent acquisition of the minority shares. Why is there a need to prevent Berger shareholders who want to trade the shares if they so desire? Worse why is there need to suspend it beyond Monday?
The capital market cannot prosper as well as it should if the above abuses continue to take place without corrective action being taken. The Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Financial Services Commission should have intervened when the directors’ recommendation included information that was not backed up by facts and should have intervened and prevented the unwarranted suspension of trading in the company’s shares.

Main market climbs higher on Thursday

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed at a new record high on Thursday, as the JSE All Jamaican Composite Index rose 516.81 points to record close of 295,611.68 and the JSE Index advancing 470.87 points to a record close at 269,335.73.
A total of 21 securities changed hands in the main market, with, 8 advancing, 5 declining with 3,821,978 units valued at $54,648,279. The JSE US Dollar Equities Index advanced 1.65 points to close at 186.63 with 1,000 units trading, valued at US$598.
In the market activity, volume and prices quoted are amounts traded for the day at the last trading price. In the main activity, Cable & Wireless ended trading 1 cent higher at $1, with 640,469 stock units, Caribbean Cement dropped $2.59 to $26.01, with just 400 units, Carreras traded 542,284 shares, to close at $12. Grace Kennedy fell 45 cents to end at $43, with 49,438 shares, Jamaica Broilers traded 49 cents higher at $18.99, with 6,020 stock units. Jamaica Producers settled with a loss of $1 at $15, with 93,586 shares, Jamaica Stock Exchange traded with a loss of 20 cents at $7.60, with 1,739 stock units, JMMB Group closed $2.50 higher at a record close of $25, with 371,074 shares. Kingston Properties traded with a loss of 20 cents at $7.20, with 1,400 stock units, Kingston Wharves concluded trading at $31.50, with 4,080 units. 1834 Investments concluded trading at $1.38, with 1,843 shares, PanJam Investment settled $2.15 higher at $44, with 5,905 stock units, Radio Jamaica settled at $1.15, with 2,500 shares, Sagicor Group settled 3 cents higher at $34.53, with 23,475 stock units, Sagicor Real Estate Fund ended at $13.08, with 300 units changing hands. Salada Foods finished at $8.50, with 10,000 stock units, Scotia Group ended trading $1.98 higher at $50.98, with 185,115 stock units, Seprod traded $1.95 higher at $30, with 13,026 shares and Supreme Ventures ended with a loss of $1 at $11, with 1,783,545 shares.
In the main market preference segment, Sagicor Bank A shares closed at $1.05, with 23,000 units changing hands and in the US dollar segment Productive Business ordinary share traded 1,000 units at 58 US cents.

JSE All Jamaican jumps to 291,661 points

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JSE Index surged by 3,007.04 points to close at 265,736.18 with 13,618,629 units valued at $432,506,372 changing hands in the main market, compared to 5,005,392 units valued at 111,349,381 on Friday. In the US dollar market JSE US dollar Equity Index dipped 8.15 points to 176.81.
Trading accounted for 5,120 units valued at US$2,124 and brings the total for the markets to J$432,780,357.
Trading ended with an average of 504,394 units for an average of $16,018,755 in contrast to 217,626 units for an average of $4,841,277 on Friday. September closed with average of 283,480 units valued at $3,630,990 for each security traded.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading in the main and US dollar markets, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows a very strong 7 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices, down from 14 on Friday and 4 with lower offers, the same as Friday.
Scotia Investments has been delisted with Scotia Group set to pay out minority shareholders the proceeds of the acquisition on October 3.

JSE stocks up 37% for 2017

The main market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange made strong gains in the indices at the close of the week and for September, leading to gains of 37 percent for the year to date.
Trading on Friday was dominated by Berger Paints, jumping $3.57 to $15 at the close and Scotia Group rising $2.89 to end at $48, while Jamaica Producers traded 1.57 million units to be the leading trade.
Market activity ended with 21 securities changing hands, 13 advanced, 8 declined and 2 traded firm at the last prices of the day, while 1 traded in the US dollar market.
In the main activity, Berger Paints closed $3.57 higher at $15, with 27,167 units, Cable & Wireless ended 9 cents higher at $1.10, with 558,054 stock units, Caribbean Cement ended trading with a loss of $1.20 at $27.30, with 126,250 stock units, Carreras closed with a loss of 35 cents at $12.15, with 376,643 shares, Grace Kennedy ended 40 cents higher at $43, with 88,357 units, Jamaica Broilers concluded trading 60 cents higher at $18.60, with 64,504 units, Jamaica Producers ended 40 cents higher at $15.50, with 1,574,959 stock units changing hands. Jamaica Stock Exchange finished with a rise of 50 cents at $7.50, with 115,657 shares, JMMB Group traded with a loss of 11 cents at $22.25, with 495,589 stock units trading, Kingston Properties gained 40 cents to $7.40, with 5,000 units, Kingston Wharves concluded trading with a loss of 1 cent at $32, with 19,250 stock units, Mayberry Investments settled 70 cents higher at $4.80, with 204,020 shares, NCB Financial Group had 542,955 shares changing hands after rising $1.20 to end at $88. 138 Student Living settled 5 cents higher at $4.80, with 200 stock units, PanJam Investment finished at $41, with 34,989 shares, Portland JSX traded 5 cents higher at $9.30, with 6,385 shares, Radio Jamaica ended with a loss of 1 cent at $1.11, with 421,563 stock units. Sagicor Group ended 48 cents higher at $34.53, with 233,535 units. Sagicor Real Estate Fund closed with a loss of 30 cents at $13.50, with 43,815 units, Salada Foods concluded trading at $8.50, with 7,400 shares, Scotia Group jumped $2.89 to $48, with 46,200 stock units, Seprod settled with a loss of $1 at $30, with 3,000 stock units and Supreme Ventures closed with a loss of 30 cents at $10.51, with 9,900 shares trading.
There was no trading in the main market preference segment, on Friday.
In the US dollar market, Proven Investments US ordinary share closed at 23.99 US cents, while exchanging 30,490 units.

TTSE trading drops sharply – Friday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Friday with 11 securities changing hands compared to 13 on Thursday with just 83,803 shares traded at $1,209,765 compared to Wednesday’s 230,908 units valued at $2,243,148.
At the close, 6 stocks advanced, 1 declined and 4 were unchanged as the Composite Index advanced 3.33 points to 1,241.60 and is up marginally for September but up 2.65 percent for the year to date. The All T&T Index rose 0.56 points to 1,782.18 but is down from 1,791.21 at the start of the month to close the month 2.84 percent down from the start of 2-017. The Cross Listed Index gained 0.84 points to close at 94.18 leading to a gain for the month of 1.41 points and is up 20.48 percent for the year to date.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with 4 stocks with bids higher than last selling prices and 7 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded prices of the securities rising and volume changing hands are Clico Investment gained 1 cent to close at $21.51 trading 5,518 shares, First Citizens closed at $32, with gains of 25 cents exchanging 6,292 shares, Republic Financial Holdings gained 11 cents to $101.90 with 1,395 units and Sagicor Financial trading 14 cents higher at $8.15 with 1,667 units. Scotiabank rose 1 cent to $58.06 with 6,298 shares valued at $365,728 changing hands and Scotia Investments closed 5 cents higher at $2.30 exchanging 8,990 shares.
Losses| West Indian Tobacco lost 4 cents to settle at a 2 weeks’ low of $124.96 with 240 units changing hands.
Firm Trades| The securities remaining unchanged at last prices trades occurred and volume of changing hands in the market are First Caribbean International Bank that closed at $8.10 with 1,500 units, NCB Financial trading 45,387 shares at $5.10, Trinidad Cementexchanging 4,066 units at $4.20 and Trinidad & Tobago NGL that ended at $23 with 2,540 units.

50% of trade goes to JMMB

JMMB Group accounted for half of the shares that traded on Wednesday.

The narrow difference between winners and losers continued on Wednesday with 11 securities rising an 8 declining out of 27 that traded, leading the market indices to record small gains around 100 points. JMMB Group traded 2.4 million units out of a total of 4.8 million units traded on Wednesday.
In the market activity, securities trading and volume exchanged at the last price trades took place at are, Berger Paints that closed with a loss of 10 cents at $11.40, trading 67,562 units, elsewhere, Cable & Wireless closed 5 cents higher at $1.05, with 149,655 units, Caribbean Cement settled $2 higher at $27.50, with just 100 stocks, Carreras closed with a loss of 50 cents at $12, with 347,667 stocks changing hands, Ciboney traded with a loss of 1 cents at a 52 weeks’ low of 15 cents, with 4,400 shares changing hands, Grace Kennedy finished with a loss of 20 cents at $42.50, with 18,567 units, Jamaica Broilers ended with a loss of 20 cents at $17.30, with 4,738 stock units, Jamaica Producers settled 50 cents higher at $15, with 810,000 shares trading. Jamaica Stock Exchange traded with a loss of 1 cent at $6.45, with 50,000 units, JMMB Group concluded trading with a gain of 39 cents to $22.89, with 2,406,969 stocks trading, Kingston Properties traded 20 cents higher at $7, with 4,758 stocks changing hands, Kingston Wharves finished 25 cents higher at $30.99, with 220,309 units. Mayberry Investments ended at $4.10, with 63,200 units, NCB Financial had a 145,037 shares trading with a rise of 50 cents to close at $88, 1834 Investments finished at $1.40, with 240 units, PanJam Investment ended 91 cents higher at $35.91, with 10,620 shares changing hands, Pulse Investments traded with a loss of 10 cents at $1.70, trading 55,000 units, Radio Jamaica finished at $1.12, with 23,555 shares, Sagicor Group traded at $34.25, with 106,100 units changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund traded at $12.05, with 8,938 shares, Scotia Group settled 91 cents higher at $45.01 trading 44,431 units and closed with the bid at $48 to buy500 units. Scotia Investments concluded trading at $35.50, with 6,160 stock units, Seprod lost $3 to close at $30, with 32,196 shares and Supreme Ventures settled 10 cents higher at $11.10, with 55,577 units changing hands.
In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers finished at $2.08, with 83,093 units trading.
In the US dollar market, Productive Business Solution US ordinary share closed at 65 US cents while trading 1,595 units, Proven Investments US ordinary share closed at 23.99 US cents, after rising 0.99 US cent, exchanging 83,638 units, while NCB Financial had a new listing of a US dollar bond, carrying a coupon rate of 6 percent, but no trades were executed.

3 T&T stocks rise in moderate trading

Trading on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday with 12 securities changing hands and resulted in 3 stocks advancing, 1 declining and 8 holding firm after the market was closed on Monday for public holiday.
Market activity ended with 145,278 shares traded at a value of $1,233,773 compared to 11 securities trading, resulting in 236,075 units valued at $4,854,889 on Friday changing hands.
The Composite Index gained 0.23 points to 1,237.56, the All T&T Index declined by 0.61 points to 1,783.18 and the Cross Listed Index gained 0.15 points to close at 92.93.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with a mixed picture of the market as 5 stocks ended with bids higher than last selling prices and 7 with lower offers.
Gains| The last traded prices of the securities rising and the volume changing hands are Clico Investment that closed at $21.41, gaining 1 cent with 22,069 shares valued at $472,547, JMMB Group gaining 2 cents, closing at $1.35 with 900 units and Sagicor Financial closing at $8.01 and gaining 1 cent, exchanging 9,341 units.
Losses| Republic Financial Holdings is the sole stock to trade lower and ended with a loss of 10 cents, at a 52 weeks’ low of $101.80 with 967 units changing hands.
Firm Trades| The last traded prices of securities and the volume traded unchanged at the close of trading are First Citizens that exchanged 3,108 units at $32, Grace Kennedy settling at $2.86 with 3,639 units traded. At the same time Guardian Holdings closed at $15 with 5,221 shares, National Enterprises traded 2,609 units at $10.37, National Flour Mills closed at $2 with 144 units, NCB Financial Group remained at $5 trading 50,711 shares, Scotia Investments closed at $2.25 with 40,000 shares and Trinidad Cement exchanged 6,569 shares at $4.20.

Scotia Group pushed JSE down – Tuesday

Scotiabank dropped $1.90 and helped put a sharp dent in the indices on Tuesday.

Main market stocks of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, continue to have small differences between the number of winners and losers, but another big fall in the price of Scotia Group shares along with 9 other stocks, pulled the market down on Tuesday as 25 securities changed hands.
The main and the US dollar markets traded 29 securities with 9 advancing and 11 declining based on the last price for the day, with Carreras hitting an intraday high of $13 after the recent 10 to one stock split and ended at new closing high of $12.50.
At the close of market activity, Berger Paints closed at $11.50 with gains of 25 cents trading 47,524 shares, as investors continue to buy above the Ansa Coatings offer price of $10.88. Cable and Wireless exchanged 1,173,288 units at $1, Carreras advanced $1 to $12.50 with 492,727 shares, after it traded at an intraday high of $13, Grace Kennedy ended at $42.70, after losing 80 cents with 11,605 units changing hands. Jamaica Broilers closed at $17.50 with 653,854 shares trading, Jamaica Producers lost 50 cents to close at $14.50 with 23,685 stock units, Jamaica Stock Exchange fell 4 cents, to $6.46 with 61,389 units trading, JMMB Group settled with a loss of 20 cents at $22.50 trading 158,134 shares. Kingston Properties exchanged 200 units at $6.80, having lost 20 cents, Kingston Wharves traded $2.23 higher to $30.74 with just 2,700 units, Mayberry Investments settled at $4.10 with 12,135 units, NCB Financial gained 62 cents to close at $87.50 trading 193,108 shares, 138 Student Living closed at $4.75 with trades of 12,334 units. PanJam Investment exchanged 123,149 shares at $35, Portland JSX lost 5 cents, in trading 1,500 units at $9.25, Pulse Investments closed at $1.80 with 47,470 shares, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.12 trading 103,200 shares, Sagicor Group rose 25 cents, to settle at $34.25 with 346,129 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Real Estate Fund gained 55 cents, closing at $12.05 with 41,155 shares, Scotia Group closed $1.90 lower to $44.10 exchanging 631,765 stock units, after it traded at $49, the high for the day. Scotia Investments lost 1 cent and closed at $35.50 with 1,845 units, Seprod declined by $1 to $33 with 3,000 units, Supreme Ventures lost 9 cents to close at $11 with 218,690 shares trading.
In the main market preference segment, JMMB Group US 6% preference share traded at US$1.12 with 2,697 units, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share closed at $2.08, gaining 8 cents trading 20,630 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share exchanged 51,846 units at $1.19.
In the US dollar market, Margaritaville Turks US ordinary shares gained 2 US cents, closing at 32 US cents with trades of 42,500 units, Productive Business Solution US ordinary shares with gains of 3 US cents, closed at 65 US cents trading 171 units, Proven Investments US ordinary shares closed at 23 US cents losing 0.99 US cent exchanging 64,882 units,

JSE main market slips – Monday

Scotia Group dropped $3 to $46.

Trading on the Main and US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange ended with an almost even advance decline ratio resulting in the market indices slipping in a shortened trading session that commenced in the afternoon after the regular closing time had passed.
The volume of securities trading and the days last traded price are, Barita Investments that ended with a loss of 25 cents at $7.75, with 6,700 shares. Berger Paints concluded trading with a loss of 75 cents at $11.25, with 7,256 units, Cable & Wireless ended with a loss of 4 cents at $1, with 170,543 stocks changing hands, Carreras finished 50 cents higher at $11.50, with 464,114 units, Grace Kennedy finished $1.45 higher at $43.50, with 5,737 shares, Jamaica Broilers ended 50 cents higher at $17.50, with 39,878 stock units, Jamaica Producers concluded trading at $15, with 13,350 shares, JMMB Group finished 70 cents higher at $22.70, with 41,657 units, Kingston Properties finished at $7, with 2,000 shares, Kingston Wharves dropped $2.22 trading 18,341 shares to end at $28.51. Mayberry Investments traded with a loss of 50 cents at $4.10, with 2,138 units, NCB Financial fell 92 cents to $86.88 with 73,643 units changing hands. 1834 Investments ending at $1.40, with 93,917 stocks, PanJam Investment traded with a loss of 50 cents at $35, with 146,100 units, Portland JSX traded at $9.30, with 2,450 shares, Pulse Investments closed 9 cents higher at $1.80, with 7,701 stock units, Radio Jamaica closed at $1.12, with 49,263 units, Sagicor Group settled with a loss of 40 cents at $34, with 55,255 shares, Sagicor Real Estate Fund concluded trading 50 cents higher at $11.50, with 7,480 shares. Scotia Group dropped $3 to $46, with 44,994 stock units changing hands, Scotia Investments concluded trading 1 cents higher at $35.51, with 2,900 units, Supreme Ventures ended 9 cents higher at $11.09, with 699 shares.
In the main market preference segment, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 7.5% preference share traded at $2, with 232,000 units and JMMB Group 7.5% preference share closed at $1.19, with 503,100 shares.
In the US dollar market, Margaritaville traded just 100 units at 30 US cents, Productive Business Solution US ordinary shares lost 3 cents and closed at 62 US cents trading 750 units, Proven Investments US ordinary share closed at 23.99 US cents, after rising 1.99 US cents in exchanging 99,223 units.