Profit up for Jamaica Stock Exchange

Fee income climbed 23 percent from $273 million in the 2020 June quarter to $336 million and rose marginally for the year to date to $646 million from $635 in 2020, but income from other sources was mainly flat to declining in both periods for the leading stock exchange in the Caribbean operated by the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Revenues climbed 16.7 percent in the latest quarter to $442 million from $378 million in 2020 and for the six months, revenues fell from $887 million to $852 million as trading activity on the market remains subdued, with the main market still trading well below the highs of 2020 and financial stocks that dominate the market capitalization, mostly out of favour. Segment results show a $200 million decline in revenues as a result of lower trading activity on the stock market. Investment income was essentially flat at $10 for the quarter but fell from $32.6 million in 2020 for the half year to $24.6 million in 2021.
While revenues fell year to date, expenses for the half year rose 2.6 percent to $590 million from $575 million even as fees payable to the Financial Services Commission slipped from $27 million to $20 million. For the June Quarter, expenses rose by 10 percent, from $259 million to $285, with staff cost climbing 23 percent to $136 million from $110 million in 2020. Taxation gobbled up $51 million for the June quarter and $91 million for the half year.
The operations generated gross cash flow of $315 million, after an increase in working capital, the amount was reduced to $266 million and after acquiring investments, purchasing fixed assets and paying $112 million in dividends, the company reduced the cash funds of $140 million at the end of 2020 by $19 million. Net current assets ended the period at $540 million, with current assets of $892 million. Current liabilities at the end of the half year amount to $352 million. Trade and other receivables amount to $286 million, cash and bank balance $121 million and investments $434 million. At the end of June, shareholders’ equity stood at $1.8 billion, with no borrowings used in funding its operation.
Looking forward, the last half of the year tends to be more bullish than the first half. As the local economy continues to recover from the 2020 depression, greater activity in the wider economy is likely and should result in improved profitability of listed stocks, resulting in increased demand for them. Additionally, there will continue to be more listings that will generate fixed fees for the exchange and fee income based on trading in the stocks of the additional listings going forward. The exchange could also improve its results if it took a critical look at its fee structure, with a move to generating more fixed fee income and reduced reliance on varying fee income, which is the way it was in years gone by until some fixed fees were frozen for many years and have not changed much since. Short term, the stock may be considered overpriced, longer term, but it offers good growth potential with a decent dividend yield.
Earnings per share ended the June quarter at 17 cents and the six months at 27 cents and could end the year around 70-80 cents, depending a great deal on trading activities in the second half of the year.  The stock last traded at $17.79 on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 24 times 2021 earnings, in contrast to an average of 16.4 for the Main Market.  Net asset value was $2.57 at the end of the quarter, with the stock selling at 6.9 times book value.

Profit jumps 33% at Carreras but..

Sale revenues for the June quarter this year jumped 27 percent to $3.4 billion at Carreras, from a depressed $2.7 billion in 2020, with profit after corporate taxes surging 33 percent to $863 million from $651 million in 2020.

Carreras is one of Jamaica’s best dividend payers

The latest results, while looking impressive, have resulted mainly from a 27 percent fall in revenues in the 2020 June quarter from revenues of $3.458 billion in 2019. The 2021 profit is lower than the $923 million aftertax profit earned in 2019.
Cost of goods sold rose faster than revenues with a 30 percent increase from $1.37billion to $1.78 billion percent. Other operating and administrative expenses, including finance costs, rose four percent from $514 million in the 2020 quarter to $536 million.
The operations generated gross cash flows of $820 million, but after paying dividends of $1.2 million, resulting in a reduction of $786 million in cash on hand at the end of March. At the end of the quarter, shareholders’ equity stood at $1.75 billion, with lease financing at $251 million. Current assets ended at $3.47 billion, including cash and equivalent of $1.4 billion and Receivables of $1.56 billion. Current liabilities ended at $2 billion.
Earnings per share came out at 17.8 cents for the quarter, with ICInsider.com forecasting 80 cents per share for the year to March 2022, with a PE of 11.5 times earnings at the last traded price of $9.19 for the stock on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. The stock is now mostly regarded as a good dividend payer with a high yield of 8 percent, with profit hardly growing as the product it sells is not expected to enjoy much growth.

GraceKennedy blast profits higher

GraceKennedy earned a 12 percent rise in revenue to $63.4 billion, up from $54.4 billion in the 2020 corresponding period. Revenues for the June quarter rose 15.8 percent from $26.6 billion to $30.8 billion.
Profit before tax for the half year was up 20.4 percent to $5.4 billion, reflecting an improvement over the $2.5 billion in 2020 and climbed 15.6 percent to $2.9 billion for the quarter from $2.5 billion in 2020.
Profit after tax attributable to stockholders for the half year bolted 30.6 percent to $3.6 billion from $2.75 billion over 2020 and rose 35 percent from $1.42 billion to $1.9 billion in the June quarter. Earnings per share for the period was $3.62, compared to $2.77 in 2020, while the second quarter recorded earnings of $1.94, up from $1.44 in 2020. In its report on the six-month performance, the company stated, “GK’s Jamaican food distribution business (GK Foods – Domestic) performed well in the first six months of 2021, recording an increase in PBT and revenue over the prior year. GK’s Manufacturing Division recorded strong gains in the first half of 2021, with growth in revenue and PBT compared to the first half of 2020. This performance was primarily driven by significant demand in the Jamaican and international markets for our Jamaican manufactured products, including Tastee Cheese, Tropical Rhythms, canned vegetables, frankfurters and vienna sausages. GK’s International Foods business exceeded both its revenue and PBT half year targets, with all business units surpassing PBT over the prior year. GraceKennedy Financial Group reported strong growth in both revenue and pre-tax profit for the first half of 2021. GK’s Insurance segment also continues to yield positive results, with GK General Insurance recording double digit growth in revenues in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2020. GraceKennedy Money Services exceeded its revenue and pre-tax profits when compared with the corresponding period of 2020.”
The shares that are listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, traded with a 30 cents loss on Thursday ahead of the results to end at $99.70 but is up 55 percent for the year to date.

Huge blast at Carib Cement

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Caribbean Cement is reporting another quarter of blow profits with revenues of $6.3 billion, up 32.6 percent over the $4.78 billion in the 2020 June quarter. Revenues blasted 32 percent to $12.3 billion for the half year compared to $9.3 billion.

The second quarter revenues growth beats the 31 percent rise in the first quarter as well as exceeding by 6.4 percent the $5.97 billion in the first quarter.
Profit after tax surged 200 percent higher to $1.56 billion in the second quarter from $521 million in 2020. And more than tripled the 2020 half year results of $1 billion to $3.09 billion.
Similar to 2020, gross profit was 47 percent in the second quarter to $3 billion versus $2.25 billion in 2020, while year to date it rose to 48 percent to $5.88 billion.
The company generated earnings per share of $1.84 for the latest quarter versus just 61 cents in 2020 and made $3.63 per share for the half year, up from $1.18 in 2020 and is well on the way the reach ICInsider.com forecast of $8.50 for the year, with the company stating “we expect continued buoyancy in the construction sector driven by both government-initiated infrastructure projects and many private developments.”
Foreign exchange losses are down to $50 million in the June quarter versus $376 million in 2020 and, for the six months, $258 million compared to $657 million.
Cash flows from operations amounted to $1.7 billion for the quarter and $4 billion year to date. $3.9 billion was repaid in loans for the six months period and will result in reduced interest cost in the second half of the year. The repayment of loans reduced borrowed funds to $3 billion. Shareholders’ equity stands at $14.7 billion, with accumulated profit at $5 billion.

Fontana coming to Portmore

Fontana announced plans to open its 7th location in Portmore, St. Catherine to be located at Braeton Parkway and Municipal Drive, adjacent to the new Pricemart and is expected to be opened late 2022 or early in 2023. The branch will be a fulfillment of expansion plans announced when the company went public in 2018.
Ray Therrien, Executive Director at Fontana in commenting on the new development stated, “We’re really excited to bring Fontana to Portmore and its surrounding communities.  It’s a great location that brings with it a large population covering a wide cross-section of people, and Fontana will provide an easy, safe and convenient shopping experience.” he said. “We have been assessing the opening of a store here, and we are honored to have the opportunity to serve them with our best-in-class pharmacy services.”
Following the company’s more modern iteration seen at the uber-popular Waterloo Square store, this new addition to the pharmacy chain will include a state-of-the-art pharmacy, a one-stop beauty hub, a baby and children’s selection, an extensive home décor collection, a business centre, courier services and over 200 parking spaces.
“We plan to deliver exceptional product breadth in a one stop location; it’s what our customers expect,” said Anne Chang, Managing Director of Fontana Pharmacy. “Our strategy is to continue to improve our stores with each new location, expediting innovation to make shopping faster and easier for our customers.  Portmore will benefit from being the latest great Fontana store.”
Furthermore, the new store will also have an entire department dedicated to Jamaican Artisan products, like its counterpart at Waterloo Square; Fontana’s way of embracing and supporting Brand Jamaica. Local authors and creators, who have benefitted from using the company as a distribution chain through shelf placement, will continue to benefit in this regard.
The new location is part of a larger development project and is anticipated to open in late 2022 or early 2023.  While not committing to a specific opening date, Executive Director Therrien commented that “the company is eager to get started on fulfilling the potential of a partnership with the people of Portmore.”
Fontana presently has 6 locations dispersed throughout the island including two in Kingston, Mandeville, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Savanna-La-Mar.
Investment in the new location will be in excess of $100,000,000 and employ roughly upwards of 80 Jamaicans.

Profit surge for Supreme Ventures

Profit bolted 226 percent at Supreme Ventures, from $192 million in the covid-19 impacted June 2020 quarter to $627 million this year. For the half year to June, profit climbed 32 percent from $929 million in 2020 to $1.23 billion in 2021.
Total revenues recovered from the depressed 2020 covid-19 affected out turn and rose 46 percent for the quarter, to $10.85 billion from $7.4 billion in 2020 and popped 23 percent for the year to date, to $21.6 billion from $17.54 billion in 2020
Gross profit surged 57 percent to $236 billion in the June quarter from $1.5 billion in 2020 as direct cost rose 44 percent from $5.9 billion to $8.5 billion. For the half year, gross profit climbed 15 percent in the 2021 half year to $4.37 billion from $3.8 billion as direct cost popped 25 percent to $17.2 billion from $13.74 billion. Selling, administrative and other expenses spiked 44 percent to $1.55 billion, from $1.08 million in June 2020 Quarter and climbed 21 percent to $2.87 billion from $2.38 billion in 2020.
Financial instruments contributed income of $128 million in the quarter versus a loss of $27 million in 2020 and ended the half year with income of $139 million, versus a loss of $81 million in 2020, while taxation came in at $325 million from $208 million in 2020 second quarter and for the half year $487 million in 2021 versus $480 million in 2020.
The company is grouped into four reporting segments; Lottery, Sports Betting includes horseracing, Pin Codes and Other. During the six months, the Lottery segment generated revenues of $9.88 billion versus $9.1 billion in 2020, with profit falling 8 percent to $1.54 million compared to $1.7 billion in 2020. Sports Betting pulled in revenues of $5.7 billion versus $2.6 billion in 2020 and transformed a loss of $188 million profit into a profit of $403 million in 2021, Pin Codes generated income of $5.74 billion in 2021 with a profit of $95 million versus revenues of $5.75 billion in 2020 and profit of $125 million and the segment – Other had revenues of $198 million with a loss of $533 million compared to revenues of $44 million and with a loss of $187 million in 2020.

Gross cash inflows ended at $2 million, after paying corporate taxes of $613 million and spending $1.9 billion on addition to fixed assets, acquisition of a subsidiary and paying $1.27 billion in dividends, the group paid out $2.24 billion of cash brought forward, leaving just over $4 billion in cash funds at the end of June. Current assets ended the period at $6.5 billion inclusive of trade and other receivables of $2 million, cash and bank balances of $4 billion. Current liabilities ended at $4.3 billion, leaving net current assets at $2.2 billion. At the end of June, shareholders’ equity stood at $4.1 billion, with long term borrowings at just $5.4 billion and short term loans at $350 million.
Earnings per share amounted to 46 cents for the six months and 23.4 cents for the June quarter. The stock traded at $19.25 on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange with a PE ratio of 19 times based on ICInsider.com forecast of $1 per share, versus an average of 16.3 for the market. The net asset value is $1.56, with the stock selling at 12 times book value.

Seprod early report inadequate info

Seprod midyear quarterly interim financial report is quick out of the box, well ahead of the August 14 deadline; last year, the company released the results early as well, on July 23. While the company’s management can be commended for the timeliness of the report, they, unfortunately, fall on adequate disclosure.
While operating revenues rose marginally, direct cost increased sharply by $1.8 billion, from $5.7 billion to $7.5 billion in the latest quarter. Other operating expenses that include administrative expenses dropped by nearly a billion, from $2.73 billion to $1.75 billion. Management never thought it important to provide shareholders with the reasons for the sharp differences.
The first quarter results had no such variation. The data suggest that investors are not getting information on a like for like basis. It would also be nice if the report stated the number of issued shares.
For the three months to June, the Group’s revenues pushed 8 percent higher to $10.25 billion, from $9.47 billion in the similar quarter in 2020 and netted a profit of $661 million, a minor decrease fall from $668 million in 2020.
For the six months to June, revenues rose 7 percent from $18.6 billion to $19.8 billion, with a net profit slipping from $1.3 billion to $1.21 billion. Other operating income plunged from $94 million in the June 2020 quarter to $50 million this year, while profit fell from $217 million to $178 for the half year.
According to the report of the directors, Paul Scott, Chairman and Richard Pandohie, Managing director,  ”the year to date profit performance down 7 percent, showed improvement compared to Q1 results down 14 percent, as we have narrowed the deficit through realignment of the cost structure and price increases in Q2. The cost of goods has climbed considerably driven by global supply chain challenges.” which negatively impacted certain inputs into production.

Some of Seprod”s products.

Segment results show the Manufacturing division enjoying a 7.3 percent increase in revenues to $4.9 billion to third parties and contributed segment results of $1.6 billion, down from $2.1 billion. In comparison, the distribution segment saw an 8 percent fall in profit to $859 million with revenues rising 6 percent to $14.9 billion.
Finance cost declined in the quarter to $233 million from $315 million in 2020 and from $595 million to $501 million for the six months period.
Gross cash flow raked in $1.8 billion, but working capital and long term capital needs, a dividend payment of $220 million resulted in cash increasing just $77 million to add to the $2.79 billion at the end of 2020.
Total current assets stood at $18 billion inclusive of trade and other receivables of $6.4 billion, cash and bank balances of $2.86 billion and $7.8 billion in inventories. Net current assets ended the period at $9.6 billion, with Current liabilities standing at $8 billion. At the end of June, shareholders’ equity stood at $18 billion with long term loans of $11 million and short term borrowings at $2.5 billion.
The stock traded at $69.10 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Friday. Earnings per share came out at 92 cents for the quarter and $1.70 for the half year. ICInsider.com is forecasting earnings of $3.75 per share for this year and puts the stock value at a PE of 18.4 times earnings and above the market average of 16.3. Net asset value is $24.56, with the stock selling at 2.8 book value.

Profit up at AMG

AMG Packaging posted nine months results recently, with flat revenues for the May quarter after recording lower income for the nine months in 2021 versus last year. Still, the company reported a strong 26 percent increase in profit to $21 million for the May quarter, pushing the year to date results to $42 million ahead of $38 million in 2020.
The improved results for the latest quarter came about with a big fall in inventory input that fell 11 percent from $94.6 million to $84 million, while cost for the nine months declined 9 percent from $295 million to $268 million. Other direct manufacturing costs fell in the May quarter from $30 million to $29 million and for the nine months from $104.4 million to $91 million.
Resulting from the fall in direct manufacturing costs, gross profit rose from $46 million in the quarter to $57.4 and for the nine months $150 million from $134.4 million.
Administrative and other expenses rose four percent, from $30.7 million in the 2020 quarter to $32 million and for the nine months, from $98 million to $102 million excluding gains or losses from foreign exchange movement. Foreign exchange movement contributed a loss of $2.3 million in the May quarter, down from a gain of $2.3 million in 2020 and a loss of $4.6 million for the nine months to May this year versus a gain of $4.5 million in 2020. Other income brought in $1.2 million in the May quarter versus $1.4 million in 2020 and for the nine months, $4.4 million compared to $2.2 million in 2020. Loss on disposal of fixed assets contributed a negative input of $4 million in the nine months period last year while taxation cost $3 million in the 2021 quarter and $2.4 million last year and $6 million for the year to date versus $5.4 million in 2020.

AMG Packaging pfoit rise

Cash inflow generated in the period to May amounts to $71 million versus $60 million in 2020. After working capital changes, inflows rose to $117 million. A sum of $62 million was expended on the acquisition of fixed assets resulted in a net outflow of $116 million, leaving cash on hand of $143 million, down from $233 at the end of May 2020.
Current assets stood at $394 million and current liabilities $87 million, resulting in net current assets of $306 million. Shareholders’ equity grew to $591 million from $530 million as of May 2020 and loans amounted to $122 million, of which $19 million is due to be repaid in the next twelve months.
IC Insider.com projects a profit of $66 million or 13 cents per share for the 2022 fiscal year. The stock last traded at $1.64 on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange at a PE ratio of 12.6, just below the Junior Market average of 13. Still, with more of the local economy opening up, the results for 2022 could prove to be better than the current year. Investors have to watch supply chain issues such as increased cost and dislocation of sourcing raw materials.

RJR profit explodes

Revenues at Radio Jamaica fell for the year to March 2021, by 7 percent to $5.2 billion, from $5.6 billion, but there ends the bad news for the group that comprises television, radio and newsprint as their main products. On the revenue front, the good news starts emerging with the final quarter climbing 11.6 percent to $1.4 billion from $1.25 billion in 2020.

Media house, RJR traded most shares on friday

Full year profit surged 351 percent over 2020 to hit $171 million and just 7 cents per share, from $38 million in 2020. The March quarter, which is usually one of the worse for the group, with mostly ends losses, generated $44 million profit after tax.
The profit for the fourth quarter in 2021 compares exceptionally well with a loss of $156 million in the final quarter of 2019 and a loss of $96 million in 2020, March quarter. The sharp turnaround is directly attributed to the cost surgery the group underwent last year.
The year’s performance comes against the backdrop of $366 million in what can be considered one off costs in a year when revenues fell 7 percent, redundancy payment amounting to $183 million and provisions for bad debt $158 million. In addition, included in operating cost is $164 million for web development, an item that appears to be more of a capital nature than an expense, but it has been reported as an expense for some years. Importantly, redundancy costs will not repeat, at least for the same workers but critically, it will result in an annual staff cost savings of a similar amount in the future. For the past year, those workers who were made redundant would have been employed for approximately half the year, so the reduction in wages in 2021 onwards would be around $90 million. In line with the above, salaries and wages fell $365 million to $1.5 billion for the 2021 fiscal year. Some of the reductions relate to a period when staff members were on reduced pay. Inventories expensed to direct production expenses during the year amounted to $213 million, well down on the $393 million for the Group in 2020.
Segment results show television revenues growing 7 percent for the year to $2.36 billion, with the March quarter surging an attractive 23 percent to $626 million. The segment had the worse period in the fiscal year with a 2.7 percent decline in revenues for the June quarter. Operating profit from this segment blasted off from $132 million to $479 million.

RJR shareholders at the 2019 AGM at the Jamaica Pegasus

Radio suffered just a 4 percent reduction in revenues, with most of that coming in the June quarter, with a fall of 20 percent and the segment delivered an operating profit of $95 million for the year from a small loss of $4 million in 2020. For the final quarter, revenues for radio were up one percent over 2020 to $184 million.
The print division took the brunt of the hit to revenues last year, with a fall of 40 percent in the June quarter, 20 percent in the September quarter and 19 percent in the December quarter. Revenues fell 19 percent to $2.3 billion for the year but enjoyed a six percent bounce in the March quarter, putting it ahead of the 2019 revenues, but ended 2021 with an operating loss of $267 million from a small loss of $14 million in 2020. The bulk of the redundancy of 106 workers came from the print division, with a redundancy cost of $157 million. The March quarter results mark a major about turn for that division, with increased revenues, but the segment results show an increased loss in 2021 of $64 million versus $28 million in 2020; this could be due to bad debt provisions that may have been made in the final quarter.
Cash inflows for the quarter were $600 million versus $403 million in 2020, but after working capital changes, inflows slipped to $540 million, after paying $176 million on the acquisition of property and receiving loan proceeds of $132 million resulted in cash on hand growing by $426 million.
The group ended with cash and equivalent of $725 million at the end of March, up from $282 million, while borrowings stood at $528 million, up from $425 million at the end of the 2020 fiscal year. Receivables climbed to $1.2 billion from $1 billion at the end of March 2020, but allowance for impairment grew from $288 million to $395 million.
Current assets stood at $2.1 billion and current liabilities at $1 billion, resulting in net current assets of $1.1 billion. Shareholders’ equity grew to $2.5 billion from $2.3 billion as of March 2020.
ICInsider.com projects a profit of just over $970 million or 40 cents per share for the 2022 fiscal year and 55 cents per share for 2023. The stock last traded at $1.67 on the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Friday and trades at a PE ratio of 4, well below the average of 16 currently for the Main Market. The stock is ICInsider.com BUY RATED.

Profit doubles at Caribbean Cream for Q1

Caribbean Cream released first quarter results with revenues up a solid 28 percent to $549 million and profit doubled to $54 million after taxation of nearly $8 from $27 million after tax of $4 million with earnings of 14 cents per share.

Caribbean Cream’s Kremi product

Cost of sales rose 17 percent to $341 million from $292 million in 2020. Selling and distribution costs rose 21 percent to $15 million while administrative costs rose 41 percent to $126 million, finance costs came in at $5 million. Taxation rose to $7.7 million from $4 million in 2020.
Commenting on the results for the year in a joint statement Christopher Clarke, Chairman and Carol Clarke Webster director, operating expenses rose 35 percent or 38 million due to a number of factors, higher transport cost for an increased number of deliveries of product. “Internal reclassification of electricity from production to distribution to more fairly reflect energy usage by business segments’ salary increases and other staff related costs and the full annualized cost for the Ocho Rios depot. The directors stated that they are currently carrying out capital works at the properties for operations that will lead to reduced cost of utilities.
Cash inflows for the quarter were $98 million versus $64 million in 2020, but after working capital changes, inflows rose to $117 million, $62 million was expended on the acquisition of property and resulted in cash on hand of $264 million. Current assets stood at $453 million and current liabilities at $210 million, resulting in net current assets of $243 million. Shareholders’ equity grew to $888 million from $771 million as of May 2020 and loans amounted to  $324 million, of which $29 million is due to be repaid in the next twelve months.
IC Insider.com projects a profit of $320 million or 85 cents per share for the 2022 fiscal year and $1.50 per share for 2023. The stocks last traded at $6.90, after releasing the results, on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, a 52 weeks’ high and the highest since October 2018. At Friday’s last traded price, the stock ended the week at a PE ratio of 8.3, well below the average of 13 currently for the Junior Market.