TTSE indices fall

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Tuesday with trading in 16 securities against 14 on Monday, with 4 advancing, 4 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market, the Composite Index shed 0.87 points to 1,313.90. The All T&T Index fell 1.16 points to 1,722.39, while the Cross Listed Index lost 0.08 points to close at 122.29.
Trading ended with 77,416 units at a value of $2,484,444 changing hands, compared to 54,823 shares valued at $1,101,137 on Monday.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended with stock  closing with the bid lhigher than the last selling price and 1 with a lower offer.
Stocks closing with gains| Calypso Macro Index Fund gained 40 cents in trading 4,036 shares to close at $14, First Citizens added 14 cents to conclude trading 7,200 shares at $34.99, Republic Financial Holdings climbed 99 cents to close at $111, after exchanging 12,271 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL  rose 25 cents and settled at a 52 weeks’ high of $30.40, with 6,416 units changing hands.
Stocks closing with losses| Angostura Holdings declined by 20 cents and completed trading of 4,870 stock units at $15.80, Clico Investments  fell 5
cents and completed trading at $20.10, with 18,215 stock units changing
hands, NCB Financial Group lost 1 cent to end $8.39, after exchanging 1,150 shares and Sagicor Financial shed 1 cent and ended at $9.89, after trading 248 shares.
Stocks closing firm | Grace Kennedy completed trading at $3.09, with 4,964 stock units changing hands, JMMB Group ended at $1.80, after exchanging 3,527 shares, National Flour settled at $1.64, with 580 units changing hands. One Caribbean Media ended at $10, after exchanging 12,635 shares, Prestige Holdings settled at $7.35, with 399 units trading, Scotiabank completed trading of 231 stock units at $63.60, Trinidad Cement  concluded market activity at $2.55, after exchanging 300 shares and Unilever Caribbean ended at $26.50, in exchanging 374 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Modest price changes for TTSE stocks – Friday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Friday with trading in 17 securities against 13 on Thursday, with 5 advancing, 4 declining and 8 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market, the Composite Index lost 3.52 points on close at 1,307.78, while the All T&T Index shed 0.52 points to 1,706.21 and the Cross Listed Index fell 0.90 points to 122.89.
Trading ended with 170,700 shares at a value of $1,561,596, compared to 168,378 shares on Thursday valued at $4,345,130.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 with lower offers.
Stocks trading with gains| Clico Investments gained 55 cents and settled at $20.05, with 1,310 stock units changing hands, Guardian Holdings finished trading 6,522 units after increasing 1 cent to close at $18.51, JMMB Group rose 2 cents and completed trading at $1.80, after exchanging 100,000 shares. NCB Financial Group finished 5 cents to end at $8.70, after exchanging 8,000 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL concluded trading of 16,999 units and gained 5 cents to close at $29.10.
Stocks trading with losses| Ansa Mcal closed with a loss of 1 cent at $55, in exchanging 2,099 shares, First Caribbean International Bank closed with a loss of 20 cents at $8.30, trading 1,204 units., Trinidad Cement shed 5 cents and ended at $2.65, after exchanging 1,000 shares and Unilever Caribbean lost 30 cents, and completed trading of 100 shares at a 52 weeks’ low of $22.60.
Stocks trading firm| First Citizens Bank ended trading at $34, after exchanging 5,885 shares, Grace Kennedy settled at $3.06, with 17,000 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings completed trading at $47.05, after exchanging 1,193 shares, National Enterprises settled at $8.01, with 6,950 stock units changing hands. National Flour concluded trading of 596 units at $1.65, Prestige Holdings ended at $7.50, in an exchange of 150 units, Republic Financial Holdings ended at $107.26, after exchanging 1,168 shares and West Indian Tobacco settled at $95.40, with 524 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

 

3 TTSE stocks rose 3 declined – Wednesday

Market activity on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Wednesday with trading in 14 securities against 12 on Tuesday, 3 advanced, 3 declined and 8 remaining unchanged.
At close of the market, the Composite Index rose 2.22 points to 1,307.74, the All T&T Index lost 0.77 points to 1,706.70, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.72 points to close at 122.81
Trading ended with 381,550 shares at a value of $8,295,652, compared to 398,742 shares on Tuesday valued at $12,990,512.
IC bid-offer Indicator| The Investor’s Choice bid-offer ended at stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 4 with lower offers.
Stocks trading with gains| Ansa Mcal increased by 1 cent and ended at $55.01, with 4,319 units trading, Grace Kennedy rose 1 cent and concluded trading at $3.06, with 450 stock units changing hands and NCB Financial Group gained 10 cents and completed trading at $8.65, after exchanging 4,090 shares.
Stock trading with losses| Clico Investments closed with a loss of 66 cents at $19.50, with 36,163 stock units changing hands, Sagicor Financial shed 1 cent and settled at $8.99, after exchanging 1,400 shares and Trinidad & Tobago NGL lost 1 cent and ended at $29.05, with 35,072 units changing hands.
Stocks trading firm| First Caribbean International Bank ended at $8.30, with an exchange of 20,001 units, First Citizens completed trading at $34, after exchanging 1,428 shares, JMMB Group settled at $1.75, after trading 200,000 shares, Massy Holdings settled at $47, with 900 shares changing hands, National Flour ended at $1.65, trading 25,047 units. Republic Financial Holdings completed trading 50,236 shares at $107.26, Trinidad Cement ended at $2.70, after exchanging 25 shares and West Indian Tobacco concluded trading at $95.40, with 2,419 stock units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Republic & Witco climb again on TTSE

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Republic Financial climbed $1 to a 52 weeks’ high of $111 and West Indian Tobacco rose 30 cents on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on Tuesday and remained poised for more gains.
West Indian Tobacco closed higher slightly higher but closed with the bid at $94.20 to buy 3,950 shares with none on offer at the close, as investors respond to improved results and a pending stock split.
Market activities ended with 16 securities trading versus 12 on Monday, 8 advancing, 5 declining and 3 remaining unchanged. The market closed with one stock trading at 52 weeks’ high and two at 52 weeks’ low as 135,571 units valued at 824,024 traded, compared to 449,177 units valued at 8,056,501 changing hands on Monday.
The Composite Index climbed 3.03 points to 1,251.43. The All T&T Index rose 4.81 points to 1,715.01, while the Cross Listed Index rose 0.16 points to close at 106.05.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with gains| Clico Investments ended trading with a rise of 20 cents to close at $20.20, with 3,205 stock units changing hands, First Citizens finished 26 cents higher and completed trading at $33, after exchanging 4,061 shares, JMMB Group concluded trading of 105,700 shares and gained 8 cents to settle at $1.80, National Flour added 6 cents and ended at $1.68, with 500 units trading, Republic Financial Holdings gained $1 in settling at $111, after exchanging just 10 shares. Trinidad & Tobago NGL increased 1 cent and completed trading at $29.51, after exchanging 8,284 shares, Trinidad Cement rose 5 cents and settled at $2.70, exchanging 4,100 shares and West Indian Tobacco closed with a gain of 30 cents and ended at $94.50 trading 245 units.
Stocks closing with losses|Agostini’s lost 20 cents and settled at $23.20, after exchanging 421 shares, Angostura Holdings ended trading 10 cents lower at $15.60, with 64 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings concluded trading of 1,269 shares with a loss of 17 cents to close at $46.83, Prestige Holdings traded with a loss of 20 cents and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.30, with 1,000 units and Sagicor Financial closed with a loss of 1 cent and ended at a 52 weeks’ low of $7.39, with 2,050 stock units changing hands.
Stocks trading with no price change| National Enterprises closed at $8.44, with 100 stock units changing hands, NCB Financial Group completed trading at $6.50, after exchanging 3,949 shares and Scotiabank ended at $64.50, as just 613 units changing hands.

Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Nothing for Carib Cement stockholders

Carib Cement silos.

Jamaica’s Caribbean Cement Company slashed the cost formerly associated with leasing of Kiln 5 and Mill 5, from Trinidad Cement after acquiring direct ownership of the assets by $2 million per annum but shareholders are getting none of it the September quarterly results show.
Shareholders are unlikely to see any major benefit form the savings until 2019 when the plant upgrading costing US$45 million comes on stream and aided by a near 5 percent price increase effected in October to help offset cost increase.
For a number of years, some of the company’s shareholders have complained that the lease arrangement of the two items with the Trinidad parent was not in favour of the minority owners as it was costing too much and was not properly accounted for in past financial reports, thus suppressing the profit. With the termination of the lease and acquisition of assets it was expected that there would be a immediate noted impact on the results, that was not to be. The interim results to September, with the first period showing the full impact, indicate that shareholders are not benefitting from the $500 million cost reduction per quarter.
Data disclosed by Jamaica’s sole cement producer in their nine months interim report, show that excluding foreign exchange loss, there is a $500 million savings in the overall cost associated the acquisition of the two items formerly leased.
The equipment lease ended in April 2018 when both parties agreed to end the arrangement, leading the Jamaican company to purchase the assets. The interim figures show finance cost excluding foreign exchange loss rose of $227 million up sharply from just $11 million in 2017, in the quarter, resulting from funds borrowed to help finance the purchase of the equipment and $299 million versus $4 million year to date. Depreciation and amortisation cost rose to $342 million from $132 million in 2017 and for the nine months to $808 million from $400 million in 2017, with the increase mostly relating to the former leased equipment. The net effect is that the company enjoyed a savings of $500 million for the quarter or $2 billion per annum. None of these gains are so far flowing to the bottom-line for the benefit of shareholders.
Revenues grew 6.7 percent in the September quarter or $282 million but certain direct operating cost rose by $546 million with no indication that any attempt was made to recover the increased cost except for price increase in October. The effect is that profit before foreign exchange losses and taxation was only $148 million greater than in the prior year, when $846 million was reported.

Peter Donersloot – Managing Director

“The true story should be that the company’s performance illustrates the resilience of the its operations with the reporting of a profit even when taking a big foreign exchange loss, the company’s managing director, Peter Donkersloot, suggested in an interview with IC Insider.com. Going forward he said that, the upgrading of the plant will push the capacity to 1.2 million tonnes of cement allowing them to meet local demand and resume exports. “The upgrade should be completed and be in production around December but no later than January,” Donersloot stated. The immediate impact will be the elimination of imports that added to cost of sales and reduced profit margin, up to September”
Subsequent to the end of the quarter the price of cement was adjusted up by 4-4.5 percent Donkersloot confirmed. Information gleaned is that the increase took place for sales as of October 22 and is the first increase in 16 months.
The often talked about energy plant to be constructed to cut the huge energy bill was not an area the managing director was prepared to talk about, in light of negotiations currently in place.
As it stands, what appears to be a decision to defend their market share resulted in the company reporting much lower profit in the quarter as a result of a $464 million foreign exchange loss hitting the results for the September quarter, pulling the strong 44 percent increase in operating profit to $1.2 billion from $836 million, into lower net profit of only $305 million, versus $748 million generated for the prior year’s period.
Since the results, the stock that has been trading between $47 and $50 dropped to a recent low of $41.20.

Carib Cement hit by exchange loss

Caribbean Cement traded at $45.200 on Tuesday.

Sale revenues at Caribbean Cement rose 6.7 percent for the quarter, to $4.46 billion from $4.18 billion in 2017 and rose 7.9 percent for the year to date, to $13.2 billion from $12.25 billion in 2017.
A $464 million foreign exchange loss hit the results for the September quarter pulling the strong 44 percent increase in operating profit to $1.2 billion from $836 million, into lower net profit of $305 million than $748 million for the prior year’s period. For the nine months to September, profit fell 28 percent to $1.3 billion from $1.8 million in 2017.
Energy cost climbed by $233 million in the quarter and $342 million year to date but other operating cost declined, with the repurchase of the mill and kiln, previously leased from Trinidad Cement with only $213 million was incurred in the third quarter versus $1.1 million in 2017. For the nine months $1.57 million was incurred compared to $3.3 billion. On-the-other-hand finance cost excluding foreign exchange loss rose to $227 million up sharply from just $11 million in 2017 in the quarter and $299 million versus $4 million year to date. Depreciation and amortisation cost rose to $342 million from $132 million in 2017 and for the nine months to $808 million from $400 million in 2017. The net effect is that the company enjoyed a savings of $500 million per quarter or $2 billion per annum as a result of the buy of the lease, but virtually none of this, benefited shareholders.
Earnings per share came out at 39 cents for the quarter and $1.54 for the nine months and should end the fiscal year ending to around $3.50, as the company reverses the foreign exchange loss in the December quarter and picks up some gains, as well as increased revenues resulting from a price increase of just over 4 percent, effective on October 22.

Carib Cement could earn $5.30 in 2019.


But IC Insider.com is forecasting a jump in earnings for 2019 around $5.30 per shares, as the plant upgrades is completed and commissioned, allowing for the elimination of costly imports that negatively impacted cost in 2018 and will see them moving back into exports.
Gross cash flow brought in $849 million but growth in receivables, inventories, addition to fixed assets, loan repayment and increased payables resulted in negative total flows thus reducing the cash on hand to $468 million. For the nine months the operations brought in $2.6 billion but working capital needs and capital transactions saw cash funds reduced from $1.67 billion to $468 million.
The sharp changes in funds is due to the repurchase of equipment that was previously leased that drove fixed assets to $23 billion from $7.7 million in 2017 and borrowing to $12 billion.
Shareholders’ equity stood at $10.26 billion with borrowings at just $12 billion and net current assets ended the period was negative $1 billion.
The stock traded at $45.20 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 13 times 2018 earnings and sits around the centre of the market valuation. the price could double in 2019. Net asset value is $12 with the stock selling at almost 4 times book value.
Going forward, the company results should be helped from the improvement in the Jamaican economy and growth that is likely to flow from the construction sector including buildings and roads and bridges as well as from increased exports. There is also focus on cost reduction with the high energy cost being the next centre of attention.

Carib Cement chops $2B from lease cost

Jamaica Caribbean Cement Company slashed the cost formerly associated with leasing of Kiln 5 and Mill 5, from Trinidad Cement after acquiring direct ownership of the assets by $2 million per annum.
Data disclosed by Jamaica’s sole cement producer in their nine months interim report showed that excluding foreign exchange gains or loss that there was a $500 million savings in the overall cost associated with the two items formerly leased.
The equipment lease ended in April 2018 when both parties agreed to the ending of the arrangement leading the Jamaican company agreeing to purchase same. The interim figures show finance cost excluding foreign exchange loss rose to $227 million up sharply from just $11 million in 2017, in the quarter and $299 million versus $4 million year to date. Depreciation and amortisation cost rose to $342 million from $132 million in 2017 and for the nine months to $808 million from $400 million in 2017. The net effect is that the company enjoyed a savings of $500 million for the quarter or $2 billion per year.
A $464 million foreign exchange loss hit the results for the September quarter pulling the strong increase in operating profit of 44 percent to $1.2 billion from $836 million into lower net profit of $305 million than the $748 million generated for the prior year’s period. For the nine months to September, profit fell percent to $1.3 billion from $1.8 million in 2017.

2 TTSE stocks fall 11 trade firm -Tuesday

The Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended trading on Tuesday with 13 securities changing hands against 9 on Monday, none advanced, 2 declined and 11 remained unchanged.
Market activity resulted a slippage of volume traded to a mere 46,796 shares at a value of just $656,926, compared to 279,181 shares at a value of $3,306,273, previously traded.
At close of the market the, Composite Index the Composite Index lost 1.62 points to 1,243.65, the All T&T Index declined 0.89 points to 1,713.92, while the Cross Listed Index shed 0.33 points to close at 104.04.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading closed with 2 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 6 with lower offers.
Stocks closing with losses| One Caribbean Media shares fell 11 cents and concluded trading at $12.18, after exchanging 2,039 shares and West Indian Tobacco closed with a loss of 54 cents and completed trading at $88 with 946 units
Stocks trading with no price change| Angostura Holdings ended at $15.75, with 2,386 stock units changing hands, Clico Investments ended at $20, with 2,037 stock units changing hands, First Citizens settled at $34.91, after exchanging 899 shares, Guardian Holdings completed trading at $17, with 146 units, JMMB Group traded down to $1.70 but concluded trading at $1.78, after exchanging 28,516 shares, Massy Holdings concluded at $47, after exchanging 2,085 shares, Republic Financial Holdings concluded at $103.50, after exchanging 1,580 shares, Sagicor Financial ended at $7.75, with 546 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank completed trading at $65, with 325 units, Trinidad & Tobago NGL settled at $30, after exchanging 3,031 shares and Trinidad Cement concluded at $2.90, after exchanging 2,000 shares
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

All 3 TTSE stock indices rise – Monday

Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange Head Quarters

Trading on Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange ended on Monday with trading in 14 securities against 15 on Friday, with 3 advancing, 4 declining and 7 remaining unchanged leading gains in all market indices.
Market activity ended with one stock ended at 52 weeks’ closing high as 203,230 shares valued at $1,737,939 changing hands, compared to 366,114 shares valued at $2,694,047, on Friday.
At the close the Composite Index rose 1.09 points to 1,232.01, the All T&T Index added 0.22 points to 1,711.96 and the Cross Listed Index gained 0.27 points to close at 101.10.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the close of trading, the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows market sentiment with 3 stocks ending with higher bids than the last selling prices and 2 with lower offers.
Stocks with Gains| Guardian Holdings concluded trading of 10,696 units after rising 5 cents to $16.55, NCB Financial Group added 1 cent and settled at $5.66, after exchanging 5,000 shares and Republic Financial Holdings gained 5 cents and ended trading at a 52 weeks’ high of $103, after exchanging 1,200 shares.
Stocks Losses| Clico Investments traded with a loss of 6 cents and ended at $19.94, with 23,050 stock units changing hands, First Citizens closed with a loss of 1 cent and settled at $35, after exchanging 2,963 shares, National Flour shed 4 cents and completed trading at $1.75, with 5,000 units and Unilever Caribbean lost 10 cents and ended at $26.90, with 50 stock units changing hands.
Firm Trades| Calypso Macro Index Fund traded 314 shares at $15.74, Grace Kennedy ended at $2.90, with 66,687 stock units changing hands, Massy Holdings closed at $46.90, after exchanging 281 shares, One Caribbean Media concluded trading of 796 shares at $12.29, Sagicor Financial ended at $7.50, with 65,393 stock units changing hands, Scotiabank completed trading of 900 units at $65.02 and Trinidad Cement ended at $2.90, after exchanging 20,900 shares.
Prices of securities trading for the day are those at which the last trade took place.

Carib Cement post fall in Q1 profits

Carib Cement reports lower Q1 profit for 2018

Revenues rose 6 percent in the March quarter this year for Caribbean Cement, compared to the first quarter of 2017 to $4.3 billion, but profit before taxation slipped modestly to $510 million from $528 million last year.
Increased taxation, from $67 million to $176 million dragged profit down to $348 million or 39 cents per share versus $460 million in 2017 or 54 cent per share.
“This performance was mainly driven as a result of the scheduled annual maintenance of Kiln 5 and Mill 5, during February and March of 2018,” the directors reported to shareholders and they went on to state that “our investment in maintenance efforts will no doubt increase our operational efficiencies with the goal of driving exports, in due course.”
Operating cost rose over 2017 by 10 percent to $3.7 billion, at a faster pace than revenues but repairs and maintenance jumped 75 percent to $345 million and staffing cost rose 18 percent to $542 million. Cost is set to fall sharply with the buyback of assets that were leased from Trinidad Cement which will reduce the $3 billion per annum charge that was incurred in this area in 2017.
Net cash generated by operating activities for the period of $856 million, but $1.5 billion was expended on capital improvement, including the installation of a new coal mill. According to management, the coal mill project currently in the final stages, and production is expected by the end of the third quarter of this year. This will continue to contribute to the plant’s operational efficiency and also to a reduction in operating costs. Cash on hand at the end of the quarter amounted to just over $1 billion.
The first quarter results left accumulated losses at $2.9 billion with shareholders’ equity at $9.3 billion. The stock closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $38.51.