Flat profit for Ansa McAl

Ansa Mcal profit stable after a big fall in 2017.

Trinidad’s conglomerate, Ansa McAl reported flat profits of $216 million before corporate tax for the quarter to March 2018, up marginally from the $214 million in 2017.
Profit after tax attributable to shareholders’ of the group, rose 4 percent to $138 million for the period. The results, although modestly higher than for 2017, marks stability compared to a big decline in the full years results for 2017 when they reported a decline from $691 to $544 million.
Improved profit was achieved from a 7.7 percent rise in revenue to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion for the March 2017 quarter. Growth in revenues drove profit before finance cost up to $219 million from $216 million as profit margin remained at 15 percent in both periods. Finance cost rose from $9.9 million to $11.4 million, taxation was flat at $59 million in both periods.
Segment results show progress, except for Insurance and Financial Services that reported flat revenues and a 35 percent fall in profit and the Media business where revenues declined 3 percent but had a 33 percent rise in profit. Manufacturing, Packaging and Brewing increased revenues by 16 percent and profit by the same level

Carib Beer brewed in Trinidad by Ansa McAl Group

while Automotive trading and distribution enjoyed a mere 6 percent increase but that was enough to drive profit up by a strong 35 percent.
Earnings per share amounted to 79 cents, giving it a PE ratio around 18. Net book value per share is $39 while the stock trades at 1.5 book with the last price of $59.
Ansa is one of Trinidad’s major conglomerate, owning media houses, Carib Beer brewery, and now Berger Paints and other paint brand out of Trinidad to name a few of the entities it is involved in. At the end of March, shareholders equity stood at $6.86 billion.

Republic Financial reports more profit

Republic Bank pretax profit rise 8% in Q1.

Trinidad’s Republic Financial Holdings reported net profit of $340 million for the quarter ended December 2017. Profit after tax increased a mere 3 percent or $10 million over 2016.
Revenues net of interest cost rose 13 percent to $560 million from $496 million in 2016 and profit before tax rose 8 percent to $508 million, but increase taxation in the quarter reduced the net results.
According to the directors, the improved results came from better performance in the overseas territories while results in Trinidad and Tobago declined due to a $34 million increase in loan loss provision.
Segment results were mixed with Trinidad and Tobago contributing flat results of $1.08 billion. Barbados rose from $55 million to $102 million. Guyana fell from $39 million to $34 million. Cayman, Suriname and the Eastern Caribbean continues contributed $55 million versus $40 million in 2016 and Ghana jumped from just $724,000 to $31 million.
The performance also benefitted by a reduction in operating expenses that fell from $698 million to $667 million.
Loans net of loan loss provisions, grew 6 percent to $37 billion from $34.8 billion in 2016 and from $35.5 billion at the end of September 2017. Republic closed on the Trinidad Stock Exchange at $101.50 on Thursday with a PE ratio of 12.
All figures are in TT$

Profit doubles for National Flour but…

National Four doubles profit but gains in Q3.

National Four doubles profit but gains in Q3.


Trinidad’s National Flour Mills reported a 200 percent jump in profit for the six months to June of $20.57 million versus only $6.79 million in 2014, but for the nine months to September, growth slowed sharply, to an increase of 103 percent, to $29 million.
The sharp fall resulted from much slower growth in the September quarter, with profit after tax of $8.5 million, just up from $7.4 million in the similar 2014 quarter. The latest quarter reflects a continuation of the slow down in profits which occurred in the June quarter, with profit margin shrinking in that quarter. Earnings per share for the quarter ended at 25 cents versus 12 cents in 2014.
Revenue climbed 15 percent for six months, and is now up only 7 percent for the nine months to $359 million as revenues fell in the September quarter, to $103 million from $121 million for the September 2014 quarter. Cost rose a little faster in the September quarter, than it did for the June quarter, year over year, administrative cost jumped 32 percent to $30.3 million.
The company generated cash flow from operations of $44 million up from $28 million in 2014 and ended with cash and equivalent of $102 million up from $40 million at the end of September last year. Borrowings grew from $113 million to $137 million and payables were up from $27 million in September last year to $68 million, while equity stands at $223 million.
FlourHelping the company, is the sharp fall in the price of wheat on the world market from a high of more than US$700 to just over US$500 to June but below US$500 per tonnes for quite a bit of the reporting period this year.
National Flour manufactures and distributes flour is listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE). Earnings for the full year to December should end around 35 cents per share. The stock trades at $1.97 around 5 times earnings, a low valuation. If the company can maintain the level of profit now being generated and improve on it in 2016, the stock stands to generate a good level of appreciation. Investing in the stock is not without risk. The cost of wheat makes up the bulk of direct cost, the ability for management to adjust prices if wheat prices change can be critical to the profitability. There are also political factors to consider as a large portion of the issued shares is under government ownership.

National Flour Q1 profit is Buy Rated

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National Flour closed at a 52 weeks high on Tuesday at $1.70.

National Flour closed at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.70 Tuesday.

National Flour Mills reported profit of TT$21.8 million in 2014 for the full year but just reported a big jump in profit for the March quarter of $9 million, just under 50 percent of the full year’s results, the company’s latest results battered the $1.9 million made in 2014 first quarter.
Earnings per share ended at 7 cents for the quarter, if the trend continues the company should generate around 30 cents per share in profits for 2015.
The 2015 results flowed from a 21 percent increase in revenues to reach $121.5 million. Improved efficiency resulted in gross profit margin jumping to 24.5 percent from 18 percent in 2014. Administrative expenses jumped sharply in the quarter over that of 2014 by 77 percent to $11.9 million, while selling and distribution cost rose by 20.5 percent to $7.9 million.
National Flour generated $14.9 million in cash flows in the quarter but used it to fund increased working capital needs. In Addition it used up some of the cash funds it had on hand at the end of 2014 totalling $43 million to pay down the loans, reducing loans from $122 million to $94 million, leaving $19 million in cash at the end of March.
The stock which is listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock exchange closed on Tuesday at $1.70 but is selling at a low PE of just 5.6 times this year’s earnings, making it extremely cheap based on Trinidad’s usually high multiples that tends to be in the high teens.
Based on the 2015 results reported and our projection for the full year, IC Insider has elevated the National Flour status, to Buy Rated.

Agostini’s sales up profits flat

Super Pharm one of Angostini's brands

Super Pharm one of Angostini’s brands

Sales for Trinidad’s Agostini’s at TT$779 million for the six months to March this year, were 9 percent higher than the comparable period of 2014 and grew 12.5 percent, to $370 million for the quarter, while profit attributable to shareholders was flat, at $44 million for the six months.
For the March quarter, profit slipped in at $17.6 million versus $18 million in the prior year. Earnings per share were the same 76 cents, the same as in the prior year.
Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Distribution segment saw increased revenues of 9 percent and profit with profit rising 16 percent from $47 million to $55 million but while revenues rose 12 percent in the Food, Construction Related & Other Trading segment but profit declined 37 percent from $19.5 million to $12.3 million
The group acquired companies in the “Fast Moving Consumer Goods” sector in Barbados and in Guyana in the first quarter. “We have made good progress. We are in the process of bringing Group benefits to these operations, and expect meaningful contributions in the future” management stated in their release with the results. The Group expects to make additional strategic investments in the near term.
Although energy prices have recently stabilised, the Trinidad & Tobago economy is expected to be negatively affected in the short to medium term, as energy prices are substantially lower than a year ago.
Based on the results, the Directors agreed to maintain the interim dividend at 22 cents per share to be paid on 22 June, 2015.The company’s stock trades on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange with the last price being $17.25 giving it a PE of 11.5 times this year’s earnings.
Agostni’s had equity of TT$579 million long term liabilities of $170.4 million and positive working capital of $317 million at March.

First Citizens Jump $1.48 on TTSE

First Citizens Jumped $1.48 in trading on the on the Trinidad Stock Exchange on Wednesday the day after the market was closed for trading. Overall market activity was moderate, with only 10 securities changing hands, of which 3 advanced, 3 declined and 4 traded firm with 168,713 stocks changing hands, with a value of $1,888,988. TTSE sum 30-7-14
The Composite Index rose 2.65 points to close at 1,164.74, the All T&T Index gained 5.99 points to close at 2,012.38 and the Cross Listed Index fell by a mere 0.09 points to end at 41.51.
Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close, are Clico Investment Fund with 20,421 units valued at $442,143, the price gained 3 cents to $21.68, First Citizens Bank traded 18,790 shares valued at $688,926, and the price jumped $1.48 to end the day at $37 and Prestige Holding gained a cent to close at $9.41 with 14,000 shares changing hands.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are Massy Group with 801 units traded to close down a cent at $69.40, Sagicor Financial Corporation traded 400 units to close at $6.67, down 1 cent and Scotia Investments contributed 29,757 shares with a value of $41,719.80, while declining by 10 cents to close at $1.40.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are Angostura Holdings with a volume of 29,900 shares for $381,225 to close at $12.75, Guardian Holdings traded 3,672 shares at $14.30, National Commercial Bank with 50,639 shares changing hands for a value of $53,171, closed at $1.05 and West Indian Tobacco traded 333 shares to close at $118.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 4 stocks with bids higher than their last selling prices and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

7 to nil on TTSE

Trading on the Trinidad Stock Exchange saw15 securities changing hands of which 7 advanced, none declined and 8 traded firm with 352,238 stocks changing hands with a value of $2,984,048 on Monday.
The Composite Index rose 0.53 points to close at 1,166.59, the All T&T Index inched up by just 1.08 points to close at 2,012.91 and the Cross Listed Index remained unchanged at 41.93.
TTSE sum 30-6-14Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close are Angostura Holdings contributing 20,216 shares with a value of $262,799 to close up by 25 cents at $13, Clico Investment Fund with 26,852 shares trading, valued at $577,322 to close with a cent gain, at $21.51 One Caribbean Media traded 3,000 shares and gained 2 cents to end at $23.02, for a new 52 weeks high, Praetorian Property Mutual Fund advanced by 15 cents to end at $3.55, Prestige Holdings traded 850 shares to close with a gain of a cent at $9.41, a new 52 weeks high Trinidad Cement with a volume of 113,139 shares traded for $221,113, closed up with 4 cents at $1.99 and Unilever closed at $62.25 with a gain of a cent, in trading 2,500 shares.
Declines| No stock declined at the end of trading on Monday.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are, Firstcaribbean International Bank with 143,779 shares changing hands for a value of $718,895 and closed at $5 followed by First Citizens Bank with 15,705 shares valued at $549,559, to end the day at $35, Guardian Holdings with 8,153 units to close at $14.30, Jamaica Money Market Brokers 8,000 shares changed hands to close at 45 cents, National Flour Mills with 3,1000 shares at $1, National Enterprises with 728 units, as the price ended at $18.76, Point Lisas Industrial Port Development with 3,600 shares at $4.15 and Republic Bank with 2,218 to close at $121.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 1 stock with the bid higher than the last selling price and 3 stocks with offers that were lower.

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Sagicor150x150A senior manager of Scotia Group Jamaica acquired 9,284 of he group's shares under the group’s Employee Share Ownership Plan on February 19, 2014 and an Executive of Sagicor Group purchased 400,000 shares under the Executive Long Term Incentive Scheme on June 16, the companies informed the Jamaica Stock Exchange recently.
Trinidad’s Neal & Massy Holdings informed the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange that on June 6, 2014 a Director sold 13,563 of the company’s shares.

Trading picks up with $7m

Trading levels on the Trinidad stock market picked up on Tuesday with more volume and valued traded than on Monday. 11 securities changed hands of which only 1 advanced 3 declined and 7 traded firm with 263,353 stocks changing hands with a value of $7,028,775. The Composite Index lost0.08 points to close at 1,178.27, the All T&T Index fell by just 0.16 points to close at 2,021.23 and the Cross Listed Index remained at 43.93
TTSE sum pic 24-6-14Gains| Stocks increasing in price at the close are Neal & Massy with 17,390 shares climbed by 2 cents to end the day at $68.90.
Declines| The stocks declining at the end of trading are Clico Investment Fund traded 59,760 shares valued at $1,284,959 but declined by 10 cents to end at $21.50, Readymix fell to $19.33 down by 3 cents, a new 52 weeks low as 300 units changed hands and Scotiabank dropped to a new 52 weeks low by shedding 3 cents to end at $69.35 while 1,000 shares changed hands.
Firm Trades| Stocks closing with prices unchanged at the end of trading are Angostura Holdings traded with 87,926 shares changing hands for a value of $1,120,432 as the stock closed at $12.75, Flavorite Foods 1,000 units to close at $6.70, Guardian Holdings with a volume of 44,801 shares traded with a value of $640,654 closed at $14.30, Point Lisas Industrial Port Development with 2,150 units to close at $4.15, Prestige Holdings contributed 28,614 shares with a value of $268,971 to end at $9.40 while Republic Bank added 19,646 shares valued at $2,377,166 to end at $121 and Unilever Caribbean traded 766 shares to close at $62.20.
IC bid-offer Indicator| At the end of trading the Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator had 5 stocks with the bid higher than the last selling price and no stock closed with the offer that was lower.

Republic Bank seeks dismissal of court action

Republic Bank is seeking dismissal of court action brought against it by some disgruntled shareholders of the bank to prevent it from proceeding with a mandatory offer to acquire the majority of the banks shares.
RepublicBanklogo150x150The Securities and Exchange Commission, has been named as a co-defendant in proceedings brought on behalf of HFC Bank in the High Court of Ghana. These proceedings seek an injunction to prevent Republic Bank from continuing the process for a mandatory offer to all shareholders of HFC Bank Ghana to acquire the majority of the shares under the securities regulations having acquired 40 percent of the Bank in 2013.
In a release to the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange on which the bank’s shares are listed, Republic stated that on June 16, in a hearing of Republic Bank’s application to dismiss the action, before his Lordship Justice Koomson at Commercial Court B, Accra, Ghana, the matter was adjourned for parties to file written submissions and set down for ruling on Monday, June 23.
Republic Bank said it is disappointed that these legal proceedings have been resorted to, as they have delayed the mandatory takeover process. Republic Bank is confident, however, that the matter will be successfully resolved, thereby allowing shareholders to exercise their rights to consider whether to sell their shares or not.