Is Carreras set for price rise?

CravenAA price increase cannot be far away for cigarettes sold by Carreras, with margins under pressure flowing mainly from slippage in the value of the Jamaican dollar taking a toll on the margins, since the last price increase in 2013.
With the squeeze in margin, sales also fell in the December quarter by 11 percent, bringing the year to date sales increase to only 5 percent. Cost slipped 1 percent in the December quarter, with a sharp reduction of 57 percent in sales and marketing cost for the quarter and 24 percent for the year to December. Administrative cost jumped 22 percent for the quarter and 16 percent for the nine months. The decline in sales may just be a normalisation in sales. In the past, there was speculation around the end of each year that the company will increase the price of cigarettes which encouraged the trade to stockpile ahead of such price movements and profit from it.
Carreras has entered into an agreement to sell the factory location that it operates from in Spanish Town to Kingston. Cost is expected to decline as a result and should ease some of the pressure on the bottom line. Those savings will be inadequate to cover the fall in gross profit suffered in the December quarter of more than $220 million.
Car 12-15At the end of the year the cigarette marketers, reported profit of $763 million for the quarter and $1.97 billion for the nine months to December earnings per share for the quarter amounted to $1.57 and $4.05 for the nine months and is on target to hey close to $6 per share from continuing operations. During 2013 the company booked a large gain for interest due on debt owed to them by the tax authorities. Investors should expect high dividend payment and periodic spurt in profits after the company adjust prices higher. Price has been on the move since bottoming at $32 last year and is now at $44 but seems headed higher in the months ahead as interest rates continue to fall.

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