Image Plus surge in profits

Following a big surge in revenues and profit for the year to February 2022, Image Plus Consultants with revenues climbing 27 percent to $777 million and profit surging 298 percent to $94 million after tax, the company is now reporting continuing solid performance for the nine months to November.

Revenues climbed 27 percent in the November quarter to $248 million and 43 percent in the nine months to $803 million while profit rose moderately to $24 million from $22 million in 2021 for the last quarter.  The 2022 quarterly results would be about 50 percent better than the outturn for the 2021 period, being saddled with added costs that were not incurred in 2021, with expected credit loss expense of $6 million with none in 2021 and higher finance cost of $8 million up from $1.8 million. For the nine months, profit nearly tripled that of 2021 to reach $148 million.
It is unclear whether earnings reflect the elevated payment of directors’ fees or not. The change in cost year over year does not suggest that in which case profit for the new period would jump sharply when that cost amounting to some $15 million per quarter falls away. Costs of sales rose 25.5 percent to $82.8 million in the latest quarter, from $66 million in 2021, for the nine months, the increase is 42 percent to $274 million from $192 million, with both the quarterly and nine months cost tracking close to the increased revenues, which is a positive development.
Administrative expenses rose 21.6 percent to $113 million from $93 million for the quarter and 12.7 percent for the nine months to $297 million from $264 million in 2021. Depreciation charges were flat in the quarter at $13 million but up to $32 million from $29 for the nine months.Dr Karlene McDonnough – Chairman of Image Consultants Ltd. The company originally reported incorrect earnings per share for the periods with the use of an incorrect number of shares in the computation but that has since been amended with a new release.  Earnings per share for the quarter is 2.3 cents and 15 cents for the nine months.

Dr Karlene McDonnough – Chairman of Image Consultants Ltd.

“The rate of revenue growth slowed somewhat since the second quarter as a result of the Ocho Rios relocation exercise (all operations at that branch were closed for four days whilst CT and Xray services were down for an additional seven days when the branch reopened as we awaited relocation of the 3 phase power supply required to operate these units). Management is confident that the move and resulting downtime is an investment that will redound significantly to the benefit of all stakeholders in the months ahead” the chairman and the Managing directors advised shareholders in their commentary accompanying the financials and went on to say.
“Despite this downtime, the company’s case count remains very healthy at 40,949 representing year to date, an increase of over 17 percent compared to the comparative period in the prior year. The number of cases at nine months represents 88.3 percent of the full financial year 21/22 case count.  Expenses grew 12.7 percent over the last financial year driven by higher than normal costs in Q3. In the main, these costs were associated with one off marketing expenditure for the re-printing of all billboards, directional and office signs for the Ocho Rios branch. Traditionally too, Q3 costs are expected to be a little higher as we have expenditure associated with referring physician appreciation and end of year performance incentives for our team members.”
Cash flow generated by operations was $138 million, acquisition of fixed assets amounting to $143 million utilized it all, in addition, $30 million was placed in investments and $30 million was used to pay dividends that were partially funded from net loan proceeds that brought in $51 million.
At the end of November, long term borrowings stood at $118 million and short term at just $4 million. Current assets ended the period at $311 million including trade and other receivables of $242 million, up from $106 million in 2021, while cash funds and investments ended at $49 million. Current liabilities ended the period at $124 million. Net current assets amount to $200 million.
November ended with shareholders’ equity of $415 million but is expected to hit the $900 million mark with the proceeds of the recent public share issue.
The stock that fell to a low of $1.77 last week, traded over $2 since this week.

600 to 1 stock split for Palace

Palace Amusement Company advised that the Board of directors will recommend to shareholders at their upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on January 24, 2023, that the existing shares be split into 600 units for each currently issued and that the authorised share capital of the Company be increased from 1,500,000 shares to an Unlimited number of shares.

Palace Amusement is recommending 600 to one stock split.

If the resolution if approved at the meeting will take effect from the close of business on February 28, 2023, resulting in the total issued share capital of the company being increased from 1,437,028 ordinary shares to 862,216,800 ordinary shares.
The shares were last traded on Friday at $1,179 each on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange but jumped nearly 20 percent in Wednesday’s trading session to $1,400, leading to a suspension in trading in the stock. The move will be welcomed by many of the company’s shareholders some of whom have been clamouring for the splitting of the stock for some time and will result in greater liquidity for the stock.

Profit slips at Honey Bun but watch 2023

A four year run of increased profits ended for the Junior Market listed baking company, Honey Bun, for the 2022 fiscal year to September, as cost pressure negated an impressive 38 percent surge in sales. Still, the revenue growth pales in comparison to a 59 percent jump in raw material cost for the year, amongst other items reflecting major cost movements.
Gross profit margin fell from 48 percent over the last three years to 40 percent, but a combination of price adjustments and reduction in raw material cost should result in an improvement in the 2023 fiscal year. Raw materials accounted for 29 percent of sales in 2021 but surged to 37 percent in the latest year. Administrative expenses jumped 32 percent to $531 million from $402 million in 2021. Staff costs rose 33 percent to $662 million, which increased employment accounted for a portion as the number of employed persons climbed 7 percent from 219 to 235. Selling and distribution costs rose just 17 percent to $408 million from $348 million in the prior year. Depreciation jumped 25 percent to $91 million from $73 million, but finance cost was negligible at just over $3 million.
For the year, revenues rose to $2.95 billion from $2.15 billion in 2021 and delivered a profit of $203 million, down from $219 million after taxation of $51 million and $72 million, respectively and generated earnings per share of 43 cents versus 46 cents in 2021. ICInsider.com forecast is for earnings of $1 per share for the 2023 fiscal year and $1.85 for 2024.
Interest income and reversal of impairment credit losses contributed to $20 million to profits versus $14 million in 2021, while other operating income contributed $2.5 million, down from $4.8 million in 2021.
Cash flows from operations amount to $185 million, down from $304 million in 2021. For the latest fiscal year, $166 million was used to acquire fixed assets and $73 million was used to pay dividends, resulting in $57 million of funds brought forward from 2021 being used to fund the 2022 activities.
The company finances remain healthy, with shareholders’ equity at $1.16 billion while borrowings amount to just $72 million. Current assets ended at $699 million, with cash and equivalent at $347 million and current liabilities at $256 million.
The stock traded on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at $7.78 at a PE of 7.8 based on the projected 2023 earnings and 18 times 2022 earnings compared with the market average of 12 currently.

Palace considering split stock

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Palace Amusement Company is set to split the stock that last traded at $620 per share on Monday, with a range of 620 to $1,150 for 2022.
The company informed the Jamaica Stock Exchange that the Directors proposed to meet on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, and will be discussing the possibility of a stock split. A split is almost a certainty, with the company having borrowed over $700 million, the opportunity exists to raise fresh capital by way of an additional public issue of shares to pay down the debt. Splitting the stock to make them more attractive to retail investors would be a logical step.
To achieve an attractive price and create wide-scale public interest would require a split in the order of 100 to 200 to one of the existing issued shares and would raise the issued number of shares to between 250 to 300 million units.
Other companies talking about stock splits that could come in 2023 are Medical Disposables that could come with a stock split and a rights issue of more shares to use to fund expansion.

Palace jumps $800 to a record $2,900.

Stationery and Office Supplies informed shareholders at the recently held Annual General Meeting that the directors have been looking but currently the liquidy of the stock does warrant one just yet.
Others that should give serious consideration to splitting their stocks are Access Financial Services, with the stock trading over $20, Dolphin Cove priced in double digits, Barita Investments, Cargo Handlers, Honey Bun, ISP Finance, Knutsford Express and Main Event.

Kingston Wharves left for dead

Peculiarities of the local stock market can be seen in many areas with the performance of Kingston Wharves since 2019 highlighting the exuberance of many investors. They pushed the stock up to a high of $78 in 2019 with earnings per share of $1.82 from profits of $2.6 billion, up from a profit of $1.97 million in 2018, with earnings per share of $1.36, but the stock was selling at an enormous price earnings ratio in excess of 43 times 2019 earnings.

Kingston Wharves’ profit rose 8% in Q3.

Investors could not care less about a stock that was excessively overvalued, with the valuation well ahead of the market average at the time, around 22 times at the end of 2019. The company reported a profit of $3.25 billion in 2021 versus $2.28 billion in 2020 for earnings per share of $2.24 up from $1.57 in the previous year. Investors who were paying nearly $80 per share in 2019 are now scared to buy the stock around the $32 level even with improved earnings since 2019.
Admittedly, interest rates on Government of Jamaica Treasury bills at 1.6 percent in December 2019 were very attractive but it was at an unsustainable level and is now just over eight percent. This would result in a reduction in share valuation. But it does not explain why a stock that was priced at twice the rest of the market is no longer having a premium over the market.
For the current year to September, Kingston Wharves reported flat earnings of $2.1 billion compared to the previous year, but the third quarter reflects a 7.7 percent improvement in profits to $837 million in 2022 from $778 million in 2021.
Other operating revenues came in at $135.5 million in the September 2022 quarter, up from $53 million in 2021 and for the year to date, $155.8 billion down from $316 billion in 2021.
Cost of sales in the September quarter amounted to $1.267 billion versus $1.06 billion in 2021 and for the nine months $3.6 billion versus $3.1 billion, resulting in a gross profit of $1.18 billion for the September 2022 quarter, a slight improvement over the $1.16 billion in the previous year and for the nine months, $3.39 billion versus $3.1 billion. The gross profit margin slipped from 52 percent in the September 2021 quarter to 48 percent in 2022 with the year to date dipping from 50 percent in 2021 to 48 percent this year.
Administrative expenses amounted to $335 million in the September 2022 quarter, up 16 percent from $290 million in 2021 and for the nine months, rose 23 percent to $1.1 billion from $899 million in the previous year. Finance costs accounted for $25 million in the September 2022 quarter, up from $20.55 million last year and for the nine months, $32 million, down from $90 million in the previous year’s nine months. Taxation accounted for $117 million versus $127 million in the 2021 September quarter and $304 million for the nine months to September 2022, from $342 million in the previous year.
Shareholders’ equity ended the period at $36.66 billion. Total borrowed funds amounted to just $1.7 billion while it holds cash funds and investments of $9.5 billion. Current assets amount to $11 billion and current liabilities of $1.96 billion. Cash flows from operation generated inflows of $3.3 billion, after spending $1.5 billion on the purchase of property and $873 million on paying dividends and loan repayment of $500 million, the company used up all the inflows for the nine months.
Net book value per share amounts to $25.64, with the stock priced at $31.85 for a 24 percent premium. ICInsider.com projects earnings for the current year at $2.25 and $3 for 2023. These earnings suggest a stock price in 2023 in the $40 to $50 region at a PE of around 16 and it could be higher as interest rates should start to moderate by the middle of 2023 if not before. Going forward growth in the local economy is expected to continue for some time, accordingly, the wharf should be enjoying increased through put and result in increased revenues and profits.

PanJam and Jamaica Producers merger

Jamaica Producers and PanJam Investment announced an agreement to amalgamate their businesses to create a new group of companies, with the transaction expected to be completed within the first quarter of 2023 and is expected to take advantage of opportunities both locally and globally.
This arrangement, subject to the approval of the shareholders and the relevant regulators, will result in PanJam acquiring JP’s operating assets in exchange for JP taking a 34.5% interest in PanJam. Following the transaction, PanJam will ultimately hold the combined businesses and will be renamed Pan Jamaica Group Limited. JP will emerge as the largest shareholder of the Group, with its shares in the Group being its principal operating asset. Both companies will remain listed on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
The combined entity “ is expected to deliver significant value for all shareholders through a strong and diverse portfolio of businesses not only in Jamaica but also internationally,” a release from the companies stated.

Stephen Facey Chairman & Paul Hanworth Chief Operating Officer

The new Group will have substantial holdings in real estate and infrastructure, speciality food and drink manufacturing, agri-business, financial services and a global services network of interests in hotels and attractions, business process outsourcing, shipping, logistics and port operations.
According to JP’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Hall: “This transaction is not our first opportunity to partner with PanJam. We achieved great commercial success for shareholders in our joint investment in Mavis Bank Coffee Company. We also experienced, first-hand, our compatibility around our shared commitment to integrity, seriousness of purpose, nation building and shareholder returns. JP and PanJam operate businesses that have been tested over time and always come out stronger. With a joint balance sheet of over $100 billion in assets, we will have the scale to be more formidable, more global and more resilient.” PanJam’s Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Banks stated: “PanJam has done exceptionally well by building great partnerships with like-minded entities. The proposed business combination represents the creation of the quintessential Jamaican conglomerate, a geographically and operationally diversified company focused on value creation for all stakeholders through investment in key sectors of the global economy. Our internal analysis points to a future that we are all excited about – one in which our combined enterprises become the regional investment vehicle and investor of choice.”

Jamaica Producers former HQ

The expanded Pan Jamaica Group will be led by JP’s current CEO, Jeffrey Hall, who will hold the position of CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. PanJam’s current CEO, Joanna Banks will hold the position of President of Pan Jamaica Group. Stephen Facey will serve as Chairman of the Group’s Board, which will include directors from both JP and PanJam. Charles Johnston, JP’s Chairman, Jeffrey Hall and Alan Buckland, JP’s current Chief Financial Officer, are expected to join the Group’s Board.
Both JP and PanJam have long legacies of investing in and contributing to the growth of Jamaica. JP, founded as a co-operative of banana growers over 90 years ago, has re-positioned itself as a multinational group of companies, with a strong footprint not only in Jamaica through its port operations at Kingston Wharves Limited and its agricultural holdings and food businesses, but also globally, through its European juice holdings, shipping line and global logistics businesses. Charles Johnston, the longstanding Chairman of JP will continue in that role. PanJam has invested in Jamaica for close to 60 years. It has an expansive real estate portfolio comprised of high-end commercial and hospitality properties, and is a well-known leader in real estate management and development. It is also a successful private equity investor with actively-managed and strategic holdings in an array of speciality food manufacturing and distribution, hospitality and business process outsourcing providers. Additionally, PanJam has a significant footprint in the financial services industry through its 30.2% stake in Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited.
The stock prices of both companies rose in the morning session on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, with Jamaica Producers rising 8.3 percent to $22 from a close on Friday of $18.31 and Pan Jam Investment jumping just over 18 percent to $58 form the last traded price of $49.

Guardian finishing strongly in 2022

Guardian Holdings generated a 131 percent surge in profit attributable to shareholders of $1.06 billion for the nine months to September 2022, up from $457 million in the 2021 period, profit jumped 210 percent in the third quarter to $620 million from $201 million in 2021.

Earnings per share amounted to $2.67 for the September quarter and $4.55 for the nine months to September, that should end the year around $7 per share, with a PE of 3.5 times current year’s earnings and a stock price at J$530.
The vastly improved 2022 results follow a 5.3 percent increase in net premium income to $3.57 billion in the nine months to September, from $3.39 billion in the previous year and a 5.5 percent rise for the quarter to $1.2 billion versus $1.14 billion in 2021. Net income from all activities ended at $2.4 billion in 2022 for the nine months, up 26 percent from $1.89 billion in 2021 and for the September quarter $1.06 billion with a 67 percent increase over $634 million in 2021.
Net income from investment activity slipped 18 percent from $1.15 billion in the nine months to September 2021 to $942 million for the 2022 period. However, the quarterly figures reflect a marginal decline from $383 million in 2021 to 372 million this year.
Operating expenses of $1.15 billion for the nine months of September 2022 rose 6.9 percent from $1.07 billion and increased 33 percent for the quarter to $405 million from $305 million in 2021. Finance charges of $155 million for the nine months to September 2022 popped marginally from $150 million in 2021 and for the quarter $51 million versus $47 million in 2021.
Provision for taxation was $113 million for the year to September 2022, a reduction from the $136 million for the same period in the previous year and $68 million for the quarter in 2022 versus $59 million in 2021.
According to chairman, Patrick Hilton, “the group has been on a transformation journey centred on technology, people and processes. We have invested heavily in technology to bring world class customer service to our markets, leverage of scale of our group and reduce our operating costs. While in recent years, we have reaped some of the benefits, we are now at a resultant juncture where the payback on this investment is rapidly accelerating. In 2022 the group implemented many of these initiatives for our life, health and pension segment, with the alignment of our Trinidad and Jamaican operations bringing to reality operational synergies, cost savings and centres of excellence. These activities result in long-term cost savings which have the effect of creating favourable reserve movements contributing to the exceptional performance recorded in the year to date.”

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The group has two primary areas of operation. The life health and pension business generated underwriting revenues of $2.97 billion in 2022 and delivered net income from operations of $1.2 billion compared to underrating revenues of $2.77 billion in 2021, with an operating profit of $621 million. The other major segment of property and casualty business generated underwriting revenues of $999 million with an operating profit of $162 million in 2022 versus revenues of $961 million in 2021 with an operating profit of $121 million.
The group has total assets of $34.46 billion as of September compared to three $34.43 billion at the end of September 2021 with shareholders’ equity of $5.4 billion up from $4.87 billion at the end of 2021. The main assets include investment securities at $21 billion, loans and receivables at $2.4 billion, cash and cash equivalent at $3.8 billion dollars and investment property amounting to $1.67 billion. The main liability comprises insurance contracts of $19 billion and financial liability of three-point infant investment contract liabilities and third party mutual funds of $4.1 billion.
Cash flow brought in $1.44 billion to September. After investment activities, the group ended with $375 million before funds were used in financing and other activities and ended with negative flows of $103 million.

Surge in profit at Wisynco

The Jamaica stock exchange listed drinks company Wisynco chalked up record revenues for the September quarter, with a solid increase of 29.8 percent to $11.9 billion above the $9.2 billion reported in September 2021, that led to a substantial gain in profit.

Wisynco headquarters.

The healthy revenue performance delivered a 34.7 percent rise in profit of $1.7 billion before taxation, compared to $1.3 billion in 2021. After provision for taxes of $431 million in the quarter compared with $316 million in 2021, profit attributable to Stockholders climbed to $1.3 billion, up 34.1 percent from $967 million earned in the prior year. The strong performance resulted in earnings of 35 cents per share for the 2022 quarter versus 26 cents in 2021.
“We are encouraged by the increased demand for our products in all channels, including exports which were up 10 percent over the same quarter of the prior year. The supply chain challenges continued into this quarter however we are seeing improvements,” the Mahfood brothers stated in the report to shareholders.
Gross Profit for the quarter of $4.3 billion was 31.8 percent more than the $3.3 billion achieved in the same quarter of the previous year. The Gross Margin ended up at 36.2 percent, slightly higher than the 35.6 percent for the corresponding quarter in the prior year. The results include an exchange loss of $126 million and a $59 million loss for the last year’s comparative quarter.
Selling and Distribution expenses rose 29 percent to $2.1 billion from $1.65 billion in the 2021 quarter, while Administrative expenses climbed 20 percent to $455 million from $379 million in 2021. Finance cost jumped to $150 million from $86 million in 2021.
According to the Mahfood brothers, “inflationary increases and variable expenses, which increase with Revenues, are the primary reasons for the expenditure growth however these increases are at a slower rate when compared to the rate of growth in Revenues.”
“Our Balance Sheet remains strong with a current ratio of 2.8 (same as last year’s quarter). Inventories remain higher than the prior year, although slightly lower than at June 30, as we continue to maintain higher amounts of key materials due to supply chain challenges. “
“We expect some normalization of inventories going into Q2 and Q3 as we utilize the inventories on-hand and we are seeing less congestion at global ports and freight rates improving,” the report further stated.

Wata one of Wisynco best known brands

Cash Flow generated inflows of $1.9 billion, after working capital needs and payment of taxation and capital and investment activities plus paying $751 in dividends, there was a net outflow of $1.4 billion. Importantly, $349 million was expended on the purchase of property plant and equipment with longer term investment absorbing $1.4 billion.
Shareholders’ equity of $19 billion up from $17.8 billion at the end of June 2022. Long term borrowing is down to just $920 million. Current portion of loan to be repaid over the next twelve months at $920 million, bringing the total amount of borrowed funds to $1.84 billion. Current liabilities amount to $6 billion and current assets at $17.2 billion resulting in net current assets of $11 billion that includes cash and equivalent of $7.6 billion. The group also has investment securities amounting to $1.7 billion. ICInsider.com projects $2 for the full year giving it a PE of 9 at a stock price of $18 it traded on Tuesday on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with earnings of $2.85 per share for the fiscal year 2024, making it a solid buy for long term gains.

Profit climbs at Lasco Manufacturing

Profit rose 23 percent at Lasco Manufacturing for the three months to September to $469 million from $380 million in 2021 and 13 percent from $782 million in the six months to September 2021 to $883 million in 2022.
Gross profit margin fell in the first quarter to just 34 percent but rebounded to 37 percent in the second quarter to September this year, similar to what obtained in 2021 and brought the year to date margin to 36 percent compared to 37 percent the previous year, suggesting the company has now restored the margins to 2020 levels.
Revenues rose 22.6 percent in the quarter to $2.87 billion from $2.33 billion in 2021 and up 17.5 percent for the six months to $5.47 billion from $4.66 billion. Gross profit rose 18.4 percent to $1.07 billion in the quarter, from $870 million in 2021 and climbed 15.3 percent to $1.97 billion for the six months compared to $1.71 billion in 2021.
Operating expenses rose 18.5 percent to $378 million in the 2022 September quarter versus $319 million in the comparable quarter in 2021. They increased 10.75 percent to $690 million for the six months to September 2022 versus $623 million last year.
Finance cost fell to $7 million in the September quarter versus $13 million in the three months in 2021 and $15 million to the half year to September versus $29 million in the prior year, with taxation jumping to $210 million in the quarter versus $173 million in 2021 and to $361 million in the half year to September 2022 versus $327 million last year.

Some of Lasco’s products

Cash Flow generated inflows of $1.38 billion to September. Dividend absorbed $413 million and loan repayment $109 million while working capital took up $720 and $436 million went into short term investments and purchase of fixed assets, resulting in net outflows of $312 million.
Shareholders’ equity of $9.9 billion, up from $8.4 billion at the end of 2021. Long term borrowing is down to just $48 million, with the current portion due to be repaid over the next twelve months being $207 million, other current liabilities amount to $1.5 billion, leading to net existing assets of $5.8 billion after taking into account current assets of $7.5 billion that includes cash and equivalent of $2.9 billion.
Earnings per share was 11 cents for the quarter and 21 cents for the half year, with ICInsider.com projecting 60 cents for the entire year, giving it a PE of 6.5 at the stock price of $3.85 it closed at on Friday on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and earnings of 80 cents per shares for the fiscal year 2024 that could see the stock hitting $15 by then.
According to executive chairman Lascelles Chin, the outlook is that they “remain cautiously optimistic for continued growth in the forthcoming quarters as we have seen an easing of supply chain bottlenecks and material cost inflation seems to have stabilized. With the ongoing geopolitical conflict in Europe, headwinds are, however, possible. Whatever may arise, we will remain focused and proactive in executing our business plan to deliver growth and margin progression.”

Q2 profit climbs 26% at Lasco Financial

Profit climbed a respectable 26 percent for the September 2022 quarter to $74 million from $59 million in 2021, for Lasco Financial Services, with the six months’ profits climbing 17 percent to $157 million over the $134 million garnered in 2021. 
The improvement in profit arose from a 12.5 percent rise in income to $623 million for its second quarter to September against income of $554 million in the 2021 second quarter. Importantly, the performance of the September quarter exceeds that for the June quarter, when revenues came in at $564 million with profits of $56 million, suggesting that growth of revenues and profitability could be accelerating quarter over quarter and not only year over year.
For the half year, revenues rose just 3.7 percent to $1.188 billion from $1.145 billion for the six months in 2021.
For the 2022 September, quarter expenses excluding finance costs rose 11 percent to $469 million from $424 million in 2021 as administrative and other expenses climbed 18 percent to $324 million from $275 million in the 2021 September quarter and selling and promotional expenses declined from $150 million in the September 2021 quarter to $145 million in 2022. For the six months, total expenses increased by just 5 percent, from $857 million to $900 million. Administrative expenses increased 7 percent to $592 million from $555 million in 2021, Management reported that the increase is “in line with the expansion of services and growth in staff.” Selling and Promotional expenses rose marginally to $307 million from $302 million for the same period.
Finance costs fell from $46 million to $28 million in the September 2022 quarter and from $93 million for the September 2021 half year to $55 million in 2022. Taxation more than doubled from $25 million to $52 million in the September quarter and increased from $61 million in the six months to September 2021 to $76 million in 2022.
Earnings per share came in at 5.8 cents for the September 2022 quarter and 12.3 cents for the half year. With the December quarter usually generating the largest income and profit, ICInsider.com projects earnings of 50 cents for the year ending March 2023 and 90 cents per share for 2024. The outcome could be even better if the loan portfolio that was nearly $2 billion in 2019 grows back fast enough from the $812 million net of loan losses it fell to in March this year. Based on the earnings per share, the company’s stock trades at a PE of just 5.4 compared to an average of 12.6 for the Junior Market and just three times 2023 earnings, based on the closing price of $2.72 on Friday making the stock a strong buy.

Lasco Financial profit dropped 39% in 2018 Q2.

The company moved to expand its loan portfolio. Management points to a reduction in cash resulting from an “increase in loan disbursements as we make a push to expand our portfolio and market share”, management states in the commentary to shareholders.
Shareholders equity stood at $2.1 billion at the end of September this year, up from $1.84 billion at the end of September 2021, while borrowed funds amount to $1.5 billion, down from $1.64 billion at the end of September last year. Loans and receivables rose to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion in September last year and cash and cash at bank and short term deposit amount to $1.64 billion versus $1.7 billion in 2021.
During the six months, $278 million in cash was provided from operating activities compared to $376 million in 2021, after $523 million was used in investing and financing activities cash and bank balance fell $244 million and reduced cash and cash equivalent to $722 million from $897 million in 2021.