VM Investments buying Mutual funds

VM Investments (VMIL) has entered into an agreement with Republic Bank (Barbados) to acquire all the ordinary shares in Republic Funds (Barbados) Incorporated, the owner and operator of the Republic Bank Barbados family of Mutual Funds.

VM Investment to acquire Mutual funds.

The funds comprise  Republic Property, Income and Capital Growth Funds. The transaction completion is subject to the approval of regulators in Barbados and Jamaica. “VMIL is in an unprecedented growth mode, and we continue to be keen on strategically expanding our footprint throughout the region,” said Rezworth Burchenson, CEO of VMIL.

“VMIL was selected as the preferred bidder following rigorous pre-defined criteria,” VMIL stated. The required regulatory approval process is expected to be completed within six to nine months but could be extended depending on various factors.
ICInsider.com gathers that the total assets under management by the fund could be in the region of J$1.55 billion.
VMIL, a publicly listed company on the Jamaica Stock Exchange since 2017, reported a 69 percent increase in nine months profit to $612 million over the same period in 2020. Profit after tax for the September quarter jumped 82 percent to $348 million, over 2020 out turn of $191 million.
Growth in profits flowed from a 33 percent surge in revenue for the nine months to $1.77 billion, from $1.3 billion in 2020 and a 33 percent increase in the September quarter from $615 million to $818 million. The “performance was primarily driven by the improved investment climate which contributed to significant growth in gains from investment activities which increased by $520 million (270.71 percent) compared with the same period in 2020. These activities generated revenues of $712.17 million for the period,” VMIL informed investors in the release of the results.
Shareholders’ equity increased by $668 million from $3.9 billion at the end of September 2020 to $4.56 billion at the end of  September and net book value per share ended at $3.04, up from $2.60 in 2020.
The company reported earnings per share of 41 cents for the nine months and 23 cents for the quarter and could hit 70 cents for the full year with a low PE of 8.6, well below the average for the Main Market of 15.4 at the last traded price of $6.10.  the stock is one of ICInsider.com TOP10 stocks.


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