Trading dropped on the JSE USD market

Trading slipped on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Monday, with a 41 percent decline in the volume of stocks exchanged as the value dipped 45 percent lower than in market activity on Friday, resulting in eight securities changing hands, similar to Friday and ended with two rising, two declining and four ending unchanged.
Trading ended with 278,103 shares valued US$16,872 down from 468,198 units at US$30,924 on Friday.
Trading averaged 34,763 shares at US$2,109 compared to 58,525 units at US$3,866 on Friday, with a month to date average of 53,123 shares at US$4,645, down from 54,253 units at US$4,801 on the previous trading day. August ended with an average of 53,206 units for US$7,288.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 1.26 points to end at 203.88.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.5. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ending with a bid higher than the last selling price and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share remained at 5 US cents with 5,129 shares crossing the exchange, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy ended at US$1 after exchanging 22 units, Proven Investments closed at 21 US cents after finishing trading 67,536 stock units. Sterling Investments ended at 2.1 US cents after a transfer of 300 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments J$ share advanced 0.01 of a cent to 15 US cents while exchanging 529 units, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share gained 0.01 of a cent to 10.97 US cents trading 3,130 stock units and Transjamaican Highway shed 0.01 of a cent in closing at 0.93 of one US cent after 200,650 stocks crossed the market.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% fell 1 cent to end at US$1.04 with an exchange of 807 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Falling prices dominant on JSE USD Market

Trading closed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Tuesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 86 percent at marginally less valued than on Friday, resulting in 11 securities traded, compared to 10 on Friday with no rising, six falling and five ending unchanged.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index lost 0.78 points to end at 209.09.
The PE Ratio, a measure used to compute appropriate stock valuations, averages 8.7, The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Overall, 243,827 shares were traded for US$33,140 compared to 1,735,411 units at US$33,791 on Friday. July ended with an average of 49,665 units for US$3,449.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share ended at 6.5 US cents after an exchange of 75,715 shares, Margaritaville closed at 14.98 US cents after exchanging 148 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy remained at US$1.30 in exchanging two stock units. Proven Investments shed 0.25 of a cent in ending at 22.75 US cents after trading 118,758 stocks, Sterling Investments lost 0.13 of one cent to 1.95 US cents, with 11,599 stocks crossing the exchange, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share declined 0.87 of a cent to 11.12 US cents with the swapping of 1,061 stock units. Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share fell 1 cent to close at 12 US cents, with 67 shares crossing the market and Transjamaican Highway dipped 0.08 of a cent in closing at 0.88 of one US cent with an exchange of 36,230 units.
In the preference segmentEppley 6% preference share lost 14.6 cents to end at US$1.15 in switching ownership of 110 stock units, JMMB Group 5.75% remained at US$2.05 with one stock clearing the market and JMMB Group 6% finished at US$1.10 in an exchange of 136 shares.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Steady trading for JSEUSD Market

Trading close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Wednesday, with the volume of stocks traded declining 8 percent with a 10 percent value lower than for trading on Tuesday, resulting in an exchange of eight securities the same as on Tuesday with three rising, two declining and three ending unchanged.
A total of 474,951 shares traded for US$37,897 versus 516,424 units at US$42,336 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 59,369 units at US$4,737, down from 64,553 shares at US$5,292 on Tuesday, with a month-to-date average of 40,729 units at US$3,421 versus 39,443 units at US$3,330 on the previous day. June ended with an average of 71,901 shares for US$8,793.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 1.93 points to end at 208.11.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.9. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling price and two with lower offers.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share rose 0.05 of a cent to close at 7 US cents, with 344,935 shares clearing the market, Margaritaville rallied 2.98 cents to 14.98 US cents while a mere one stock crossed the exchange, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy fell 10 cents to US$1.30 with one stock unit trading. Productive Business Solutions ended unchanged at US$1.14 with just one stock unit crossing the market, Proven Investments advanced 0.41 of a cent to end at 23 US cents after an exchange of 55,481 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share declined 0.88 of one cent after ending at 11.11 US cents with the swapping of 4,603 units and Transjamaican Highway remained at 0.93 US cents with an exchange of 69,928 shares.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% finished at US$1.10 in trading one stock unit.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE USD Market gains on low volume

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Trading ended on Monday on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market with the volume of stocks traded declining 97 percent and the value plunging 87 percent lower than on Friday, resulting in an even number of stocks rising and falling.
Overall, 19,706 shares traded for US$3,207 down from 755,182 units at US$24,741 on Friday. Trading averaged 3,284 units at US$535, versus 151,036 shares at US$4,948 on Friday, with a month to date average of 37,583 shares at US$3,185 compared to 39,601 units at US$3,341 on the previous trading day. June ended with an average of 71,901 units for US$8,793.
A total of six securities were traded, up from five on Friday, with two rising, two declining and two ending unchanged. The JSE US Denominated Equities Index rose 2.38 points to end at 208.73.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 8.5. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Margaritaville ended at 10 US cents with 3,200 shares traded, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rose 2 cents to close at US$1.40 with an exchange of 9 stock units, Proven Investments lost 0.49 of a cent in closing at 22.51 US cents while exchanging 4,443 stocks. Sygnus Credit Investments USD share shed 0.01 of a cent to end at 11.99 US cents in trading 11,437 units and Transjamaican Highway advanced 0.06 of a cent to 0.95 of one US cent in an exchange of 145 stock units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% finished at US$1.10 trading 472 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Winners & losers split JSE USD market

Trading pulled back on Friday, from Thursday levels with the volume of stocks traded declining 66 percent less and the value 70 percent lower at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market, resulting in an even number of stocks rising than declining.
A total of 10 securities traded, up from six on Thursday with four rising, four declining and two ending unchanged.
Overall, 85,406 shares traded, for US$14,539 versus 252,463 units at US$48,827 on Thursday. Trading averaged 8,541 units at US$1,454, down from 42,077 shares at US$8,138 on Thursday. June ended with an average of 71,901 units for US$8,793.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 2.44 points to end at 214.09.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.3. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending, up to August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than the last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share rallied 0.79 of a cent to 7.84 US cents in trading 210 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy remained at US$1.38, with 21 stock units crossing the market, Productive Business Solutions increased 1 cent to US$1.15 after just one stock crossed the exchange. Proven Investments shed 0.22 of a cent to close at 24.75 US cents in exchanging 58,539 units, Sterling Investments declined 0.02 of a cent to close at 2.1 US cents with 8,471 stock units clearing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share fell 0.5 of a cent in closing at 12 US cents with an exchange of 3,614 units. Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share ended at 12 US cents and 72 shares changed hands and Transjamaican Highway lost 0.04 of a cent to close at 0.96 of one US cent and closed, with 14,424 stocks trading.In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% advanced 5 cents to end at US$2.30 trading one unit and JMMB Group 6% rallied 5 cents to US$1.10 in an exchange of 53 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Gains for USD market as more stocks rise

The value stocks trading on Monday surged 232 percent on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market, but the volume was mildly higher and trading closed with eight active securities, the same as Friday, with three rising, one declining and four ending unchanged.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index rose 2.90 points and closed at 213.83.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 9.10. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending up to August 2023.
Overall, 335,526 shares traded, for US$46,352 versus 320,625 units at US$13,970 on Friday. Trading averaged 41,941 units at US$5,794, compared to 40,078 shares at US$1,746 on Friday, with a month to date average of 77,373 shares at US$4,158 versus 80,326 units at US$4,021 on the previous day. May ended with an average of 47,916 units for US$3,528.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with higher bids than the last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share ended at 7.49 US cents with an exchange of 37 shares, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy remained at US$1.38 while exchanging one stock unit, Proven Investments rose 0.5 of a cent to end at 26 US cents in an exchange of 48,190 stock units. Sterling Investments dropped 0.02 of one cent to close at 2.1 US cents, with 577 units changing hands, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share advanced 0.79 of a cent in closing at 12.99 US cents in switching ownership of 260,908 units, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share finished at 11.5 US cents after an exchange of 850 stocks and Transjamaican Highway climbed 0.03 of one cent to close at 0.84 of a US cent with 24,962 shares traded.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 6% remained at US$1.05 in exchanging one stock unit.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Abysmal reporting continues at MPC for Q1

MPC Caribbean Clean Energy’s financial wellbeing continues to be clouded in secrecy, with investors not being provided with a full set of financial reports showing the full financial status of the company and the group.

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The last year’s interim reports for the first three quarters and the first quarter this year, defiles logic. Those reports show the group operating at a break even for four quarters, three in 2021 and one in 2022. The fourth quarter results ends up with a profit from unrealized investment gains of US$1.347 million. The same situation occurred in 2020. How is this possible, when the directors’ report shows varying levels of  EBITDA per quarter?
The directors reported to shareholders that “In the first quarter of the year, the commercial and technical development of the Company’s underlying assets were within the expected range. The weather conditions have had a negative impact on revenues due to lower electrical energy production than initially forecasted, which has been reflected in the financial results. Technically, there was a high system availability.”
The report also shows that in the quarter EBITDA was US$2,206,018. In 2021 first quarter EBITDA was US$1.81 million. The first quarter statements show no income but from its three projects, it is invested in similar to 2021.
There are questions that need answering. Is the valuation that results in a fourth quarter surplus done quarterly or not for the subsidiary that holds the direct investments in the energy projects and if not why not?  Regardless, what is the net position for each quarter and why is it not included in the quarterly report to the Jamaica Stock Exchange so that shareholders can see what is happening to their investment?
Investors in publicly listed companies should expect full disclosure as to what is happening to their investments. This is not the case with MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund LLC and there is no good reason for it.
Some investors may recall the story of Enron that went busted but shareholders were unaware of the true status of the group as financial statements of some subsidiaries were not included in the group report. Unfortunately, MPC reporting is akin to Enron as the quarterly results fail to meet the minimum standards for continued listing. When will the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Financial Services Commission take action to protect investors in this company?

 

MPC Caribbean’s awful reporting

Disclosure of relevant information by listed companies provides information for proper investment decision making and reduces concerns and mistrust if all materially important information is disclosed, thus improving investor confidence in those companies.
In order to deliver pertinent information to investors, management including directors of listed companies will have to go beyond providing the minimum information stipulated by law or accounting regulations.
Against that background, it is instructive to examine MPC Caribbean Energy a company with its shares listed on the Jamaica and Trinidad stock exchanges.  In looking at this company and its extremely poor reporting it is worth noting that the state-owned Development Bank of Jamaica invested US$1 million in the company’s shares. It has become the norm that companies that hold subsidiaries must consolidate the financial results of the subsidies with that of the parent company so that investors can get a full picture of the financial performance and standing of the group as a whole.
The company has been an excellent example of how not to communicate with investors as they destroy credibility with investors. That is pitiful when it is considered that it has a need to go back to the market for fresh capital to continue expansion.
The company made two public share offers to raise funds from the public with both coming up short of the target, due to poor communication and the management’s lack of understanding investors and how to communicate with them effectively.
MPC recently reported comprehensive income of US$1.14 million for the year to December 2021, flowing from the net change in unrealized gain on investment amounting to $1.136 million less expenses of US$205 million. Both the auditors and directors failed to inform investors as to the true nature of the gain. At the end of the year, the above mentioned gains, pushed shareholders’ equity to US$20.8 million with total funds invested at US$30.9 million.
The auditors’ report states, “as required by IFRS 10.31, the Company has reflected the 85.69 percent ownership in MPC CCEF at fair value through profit or loss.”
Of course, the above method of providing financial Statements to investors is clearly not acceptable for a publicly listed company as investors are not getting a clear picture of what is happening within the group. The question that arises is whether the fair value gain is equal to normal profit from operations or not? Investors should not have to guess about this. This is important due to the most important method that investors use to value companies.
In addition, shareholders should know what is the income, expenses and profit that are generated by the group and what the full financial status is. The current approach does not disclose this information which is critical, but awfully sad. There is no other company on the JSE that reports in the above manner.

Shareholders deserve better from MPC

The structure between the listed company and its subsidiary is confusing with each having similar names making it much more difficult to understand which one does what. The company’s management is German, which adds uncertainty to it. The directors by and large are not well known and the manner of communicating with the public makes it abundantly clear that they are not in sync with investors.
Another issue that exists with the company, is that directors tend to use industry jargon in their commentary. The December report starts with – “In the fourth quarter of the year, the commercial and technical performance of the underlying assets of the Company’s investment in the Investment Company were within the expected range. Necessary technical measures were carried out, thereby, stabilizing the production of the underlying assets. ”That is great but they go on to spoil it by talking about OpEx value in the next paragraph. What is OpEx value? They know but few others do.
The bright spot is to be found in the Outlook released at the time of the interim report. “After implementing all the technical measures to resolve limitations that took place in the course of 2021, we are looking forward to 2022. In addition to the expected performance improvement of the underlying assets, the Investment Company expects to further diversify its portfolio with the operational asset Monte Plata Phase 1 Solar Park (33.4 MWp) in the Dominican Republic. The expansion of the Monte Plate Asset with Phase 2 (40.5 MWp) is progressing well and financial closing with the senior lenders FMO and DEG is expected to take place in Q2 2022. The completion of the acquisition remains subject to CNE approval, which is expected to be obtained in the course of Q1 2022. The start of operations of the expanded solar park with a total capacity of 74 MWp is targeted for Q2 2023. The PPA was signed on 15th October 2021 for a period of 15 years starting from the Commercial Operation Date. It will become the largest asset in the portfolio expanding the geographic footprint to a total of four countries incl. Jamaica, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.”
Here again, investors are left in the dark as none except the directors have any indication as to what is to be expected. Investors cannot be asked to invest in companies with such poor reporting. The Jamaica Stock Exchange owe the investing public to bring this terrible reporting and lack of information on the finances of the group to an end. The least that can be done is for investors to be presented with the audited accounts of the subsidiary along with those of the listed company for the annual as well as quarterly, that way the full picture will be disclosed.

JSE USD market ekes out some gains

Trading ended on Tuesday, with the number of securities changing hands rising Monday’s levels and leading to more shares changing hands than at the close of the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market on Monday as eight securities changed hands, compared to four on Monday with prices of three rising, two declining and three ending unchanged.
The JSE US Denominated Equities Index gained 3.56 points to end at 204.23.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.5. The PE ratio calculations use earnings forecasts ICInsider.com of companies with the financial years, ending up to August 2022.
A total of 31,355 shares traded for US$3,063 down from 23,647 units at US$5,377 on Monday. Trading averages 3,919 units at US$383 versus 5,912 shares at US$1,344 on Monday and month to date an average of 4,584 shares at US$703. December ended with an average of 439,975 units for US$68,382.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and one with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital USD share gained 0.95 of a cent to end at 6.95 US cents in an exchange of 58 shares, Margaritaville ended unchanged at 9.5 US cents, trading 17,200 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy rallied 16.2 cents to close at US$1.242 in trading 673 units. Proven Investments fell 0.27 of a cent to 22.5 US cents with an exchange of 849 stock units, Sterling Investments remained at 2.1 US cents after exchanging 432 shares, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share shed 0.3 of a cent to land at 12.6 US cents with 82 stock units crossing the market. Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share increased 0.1 of a cent to 14 US cents with the swapping of 2,061 stocks and Transjamaican Highway finished unchanged at 0.9 US cents, with 10,000 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading plummets on JSE USD Market

Trading plummeted on Tuesday and ended with the volume of shares changing hands declining by 31 percent, with 72 percent less value than in trading on Monday, on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market that resulted in slightly more stocks falling than rising.
Similar to trading on Monday, Tuesday ended with eight securities changing hands, with prices of two rising, three declining and three ending unchanged, leaving the JSE US Denominated Equities Index with a loss of 2.10 points to end at 195.63.
A total of 228,601 shares changed hands for US$9,366 virsus 331,087 units at US$33,143 on Monday.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.1. The PE ratio uses earnings forecasts done by ICInsider.com for each company, with the financial year ending during the current year up to August 2022.
Trading averaged 28,575 units at US$1,171, compared to 41,386 shares at US$4,143 on Monday and month to date averages 71,686 at US$7,963 versus 80,762 units at US$9,393 on Monday. October ended with an average of 48,646 units for US$4,160.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than their last selling prices and a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Capital US share remained unchanged at 7 US cents while exchanging 1,370 units, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy shed 12 cents to end at US$1.08 after two stock units crossed the market, Productive Business Solutions climbed 14.7 cents to US$1.127 with the swapping of 239 units. Proven Investments fell 1.43 cents to 22.56 US cents with an exchange of 29,105 stocks, Sygnus Credit Investments US$ share dropped 0.89 cents in closing at 12.08 US cents, with 2,508 stocks changing hands, Transjamaican Highway rose 0.02 of a cent to 0.81 of a US cent in switching ownership of 195,000 shares.
In the preference segmentEquityline Mortgage Investment preference shares remained at US$1.90 after trading 199 stock units and JMMB Group 6% remained at US$1.05, with 178 units changing hands.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.