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Spur Tree Spices Jamaica Banking On Strategic Investments As It Transitions From A Sauces And Seasonings Provider To A Fully Equipped Food Company.

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Albert Bailey Chief Executive Officer Of Spur Tree Spices Jamaica Limited Has Released The Following Report To Shareholders For First Quarter Ended March 31, 2023.

The Company’s performance in the first quarter is very positive and sets the tone for a successful year ahead as we continue with our strategic plan of transitioning from a sauces and seasonings provider to a fully equipped food company.

Revenue
While the environment continues to be challenging in several ways, we had a remarkable performance for the period under consideration and are pleased to report a 62% increase in revenue over the previous year’s quarter which had also grown by an impressive 40% – a clear demonstration of the success of our aggressive and agile revenue growth strategy.

Another key element of our core strategy continues to be increasing our footprint by creating new customer segments and to capitalise on new and emerging opportunities in both the local and international markets which has also contributed to the additional revenue for the period.

In addition to revenue from our acquisition investments, we continue to build out our footprint into new territories and establish partnerships in key markets.

Cost of Sales
Cost of Sales for the period increased from 62.45% of sales for the similar period of 2022 to 67.6% of sales for the current period. The increase in Cost of Sales was driven by the consolidation of newly acquired subsidiaries and cost increases primarily in raw material inputs in the holding company.

While there has been a gradual reduction in freight rates on a global scale, we have continued to prioritize the sourcing of at least 90% of our raw materials from local suppliers. Due to the high inflationary climate, there has been an increase in costs of up to 30% of some local raw materials. As such we continue to strategize with our local partners to find ways to gain efficiencies and reduce costs over the medium-long term while leveraging economies of scale gained from business growth. We also continue to build capacity to store and process raw materials to be able to take advantage of any market excesses.

Gross Profit
Gross Profit increased from $89.9M Q1 of 2022 to $124.9M Q1 of 2023 which represents a 39% increase year on year. While our overall gross profit improved, the margins were lower than those achieved for the similar period 2022 due to the cost challenges highlighted above. We anticipate that our gross margins will gradually recover as cost gains are achieved through the
initiatives discussed above and the expansion of our product lines.

Net Profit Attributed to shareholders
The Company recorded a 62% increase in overall revenue. However, due to increased cost of sales and expenses, highlighted above, Net Profit dipped slightly to J$42m. Further context of these results should also consider that the performance in March 2022 yielded an outstanding net profit increase from J$17.5M to J$50.8M – a 194% improvement year on year.

Outlook
Based on all the strategic investments made, 2023 is poised to be a very successful year for Spur Tree Spices Jamaica. The first quarter provides a good indication of the foundation laid which we will build on for the solid growth and value creation for our valued shareholders.

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Spur Tree Spices Projected Revenue Growth Negatively Impacted By Raw Material Shortages

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Albert Bailey CEO of Spur Tree Spices Jamaica Limited has released the following report for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, including the presentation of unaudited financial statements, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Performance Review

Revenue for the quarter moved from $383.6M to $394.5M, an increase of 2.8% over the same quarter for 2023. Projected revenue growth was negatively impacted by raw material shortages experienced in the Agro processing sector since the 2nd quarter of 2023. These shortages impacted the Company’s ability to fulfil customer orders during the quarter.

The Company sustained far higher raw material input costs this quarter, relative to the similar quarter of the previous year due to the impact of raw material shortages. Therefore, Cost of Sales for the quarter rose from $259.5M to $287.6M, an increase of 10.8%.

There are positive signs that raw material supplies are gradually returning to normal levels, and associated costs are also coming down. We expect to see a continued movement in this direction, and a full return to normal raw material prices in the coming months.

The rollout of a wide range of new products to market, that do not use these primary raw material inputs, is a part of the company’s strategic initiatives to reduce the risk and vulnerability associated with this area of our business. The Company’s venture into farming also aligns with our strategy to achieve greater raw material stability and therefore lessen any future negative impact on performance.

Gross Profit for the period was $106.9M, down from $124.2M for the same period in 2024. This represents a 13.9 % decline year over year for the same period. The fall in gross profit resulted from the increase in raw material input costs sustained during the period.

With the initiatives being implemented to reduce costs, and the general downward trend in the price of raw materials inputs, the Company anticipates a full recovery of gross profit margins in the coming quarters.

Administrative Expenses for the 1st quarter was 71.4M, up from $66.8M for the corresponding period in 2023. This is an increase of 6.9%, which is commendable given the current circumstances. This means, administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue ticked up slightly from 17.4 % of sales in the first quarter of 2023, to 18.09% for the similar quarter in 2024.

The company will continue to tightly monitor this area of expenditure while working to get our revenue and gross margin back to targeted levels.

Finance Costs for the 1st quarter were $9.5M, down from $10.4M in 2023. This represents an 8.2% reduction for the quarter.

Net Profit attributable to the owners of the company for the quarter was $31M, down from $47.8M for the same quarter in 2023. While net profit is down compared to the same quarter last year, the company’s profit has improved over the last quarter (4th quarter), in which similar raw material challenges were faced.

The performance for the quarter, while not at the level projected, was commendable given the many challenges faced.

Outlook

The Company’s outlook remains very bright and positive. Spur Tree Spice is strategically positioned for substantial growth and expansion in 2024. The leadership has undertaken several important initiatives to ensure the continued success of the Company as we expand the reach and strength of the brand across all markets.

Some of the initiatives are:

  • Spur Tree Spices Farming Initiative: Raw Materials supplies sourced directly from the farm made a significant contribution to the Company’s ability to fulfil orders during the first quarter. There are currently 13 acres of Scotch Bonnet Pepper under cultivation and 12 acres of West Red Pepper. In addition, there are enough seedlings at our nursery to plant another 18 acres of Scotch Bonnet Pepper in the coming weeks. This will bring the total acreage of pepper under cultivation to 43, with an expected output of over 650,000 lbs. This level of output, supplemented by supplies from our farming partners, will guarantee adequate quantities of pepper for the remainder of 2024. The next phase of the plan is to put into production, other raw material inputs to supplement current supplies from our farming partners.
  • Launch of New Products: Spur Tree Spices has just launched 37 new SKUs across several product lines to include, Dry Seasonings, Fried Chicken Mix, BBQ Sauces, and a range of condiments including dips. Many of these formulations are first to market and based on market research and customer engagement, it is expected that these new items will gain significant traction in all current markets, locally and internationally. Along with these launches, the Company used the opportunity to refresh our brand’s aesthetic to reflect our creativity and to create a compelling brand identity that resonates with both local and global audiences.
  • Additional Upcoming Launches: The company is working to bring to market even more new products by July 2024. These are high demand/high usage items that should have a very positive impact on revenue and profit and generate strong brand response.
  • Improved Ackee Production: Capacity at both Ackee factories is being upgraded to drive production and output of ackee during the next crop which is expected to begin in June 2024. Both entities will be in a much-improved position to maximize its production of ackee moving forward.
  • Diversification of Linstead Market Brand: We are currently working on several new products to be launched under the Linstead Market brand. These items will be introduced to market by August 2024. This will be the first rollout of many items being considered to diversify the offerings under this brand.

We are confident that with these initiatives and others to come, the Company is well on its way to becoming an internationally recognized food brand known for creativity, quality and being ironically Jamaican. The Board of Directors and the Executive Management Team are committed to ensuring the Company remains on track to maximize shareholders’ value while building a strong, sustainable, and profitable brand.

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Strategic Implications of A.S. Bryden & Sons Holdings Limited’s Acquisition of a Stake in Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited

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A.S. Bryden & Sons Holdings Limited (ASBH), a prominent Trinidad and Tobago-based conglomerate, has recently acquired a 44.8% stake in Caribbean Producers (Jamaica) Limited (CPJ). This strategic move carries significant implications for both companies and the wider Caribbean market.

Expansion and Synergy

ASBH’s acquisition of CPJ represents a strategic expansion of its footprint in the Caribbean. By entering the Jamaican market, ASBH is set to leverage CPJ’s established distribution networks and customer base in Jamaica and St. Lucia, augmenting its regional presence beyond its existing operations in Trinidad, Barbados, and Guyana​​.

Nicholas A. Scott, Director of ASBH, emphasized that this investment aligns with the company’s regional expansion strategy. He noted that ASBH plans to increase its holdings in CPJ with the ultimate goal of gaining control, subject to regulatory disclosures​. This approach suggests a long-term commitment to integrating and scaling CPJ’s operations within ASBH’s broader business model.

Operational and Financial Benefits

For CPJ, this partnership promises enhanced operational capabilities and financial strength. ASBH’s extensive resources and expertise in food and beverage distribution will likely drive efficiencies and innovation within CPJ. The acquisition also provides CPJ with increased access to hard currency earnings, which is crucial for import-driven businesses in the Caribbean region​.

P.B. Scott, Chairman of ASBH, highlighted that this strategic stake would enable ASBH to serve new markets, particularly in the hospitality and restaurant sectors, leveraging CPJ’s strong presence in these industries. The collaboration is expected to generate significant synergies, boosting growth and competitiveness for both companies​​.

“Over the last 30 years, CPJ has become the pre-eminent distributor of food and beverage products to hotels and resorts in Jamaica and beyond because of the talent and dedication of our team and the support of our loyal suppliers and customers. AS Byrden shares our values and culture and has a track record of building and supporting high-performing management teams.” Mark Hart

Market Impact

The acquisition has broader implications for the Caribbean market. By consolidating its position as the largest shareholder of CPJ, ASBH is poised to influence market dynamics, fostering increased competition and potentially driving innovation within the sector. Additionally, ASBH’s listing on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) underscores its commitment to transparency and regional integration, providing greater opportunities for investors and stakeholders across the Caribbean​.

Leadership

Nicholas Hospedales, who previously led the food and grocery, premium beverage and operations units at ASBH, will be appointed CEO of CPJ. CEO of ASBH Richard Pandohie will be appointed chairman and co-founder of CPJ Tom Tyler will be appointed deputy chairman. He will also serve as a consultant to the company.

Directors Mark Hart and Candace Hart will also retain their roles.

ASBH directors Nicholas Scott, Michael Conyers and David Franco will be appointed as new directors, replacing Christopher Berry, Konrad Berry, Camille Shields, Frank O’Dowd and Mark Hall.

Hart said the two companies will grow significantly through their collaboration. He expected that working together, the two companies would be able to expand their geographic footprint throughout the region.

Seprod Ltd

In 2023, Seprod Ltd, a regional manufacturing and distribution company headquartered in Jamaica, acquired ASBH at $312.7 million, scooping up a 60 per cent share in the company. Seprod said the acquisition would result in a company with combined annual revenues of more than $3.37 billion. ASBH was valued at $267.9 million in 2022 when Seprod sought to acquire it. To fund the transaction, the company used a combination of a loan of $172.4 million and issued preference shares to the tune of TT$140.3 million.

Seprod has been in regional food manufacturing, distribution and agribusiness since the 1940s. Its manufacturing base includes oils and margarine, wheat and corn milling, integrated dairy, biscuits and snacks. It is also a part of the Musson Group of Companies, which is involved in manufacturing, insurance, information technology, logistics and real estate.

In summary, ASBH’s acquisition of a significant stake in CPJ is a strategic maneuver that promises to enhance the operational capabilities, market reach, and financial stability of both companies. This move not only reflects ASBH’s growth ambitions but also signals a transformative shift in the Caribbean’s food and beverage distribution landscape.

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Kevin Gordon Led Simply Secure Limited Acquires 49.1% Stake in tTech Limited

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Edward “Teddy” Alexander

The Directors of tTech Limited announced that two (2) major shareholders, Edward “Teddy” Alexander and G. Christopher Reckord, have sold 52,012,834 tTech shares, representing 49.1% of tTech Limited’s issued shares. The acquiring entity, Simply Secure Limited, is owned by Kevin Gordon and Rob Mayo-Smith. Messrs. Gordon and Mayo-Smith are also the owners of Simply Secure LLC, a Managed Security Services Provider based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

tTech Limited is a leading IT services provider offering a wide range of services to help businesses manage their IT infrastructure efficiently and securely. Our mission is to deliver exceptional IT services and solutions that empower businesses to thrive in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Simply Secure LLC is a Managed Security Services Provider based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The company specializes in providing comprehensive security solutions to protect businesses from cyber threats and ensure the safety and integrity of their IT environments.

In light of the fact that the acquisition is beyond the 20% threshold of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of the company, tTech has duly notified the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Financial Services Commission pursuant to the applicable JSE Junior Market Rules (Appendix 2) and the applicable Regulations promulgated under the Securities Act that relate to Takeovers and Mergers.

Simply Secure has indicated that upon the acquisition of 50% or more of tTech’s shares, it will extend an offer to all remaining tTech shareholders to purchase their shares. This intended offer to the remaining shareholders will be contingent on the completion of additional due diligence, finalization of the terms of the offer, review by the tTech board and approval by the regulators. Simply Secure and tTech have committed to adhering to the Securities TOM Regulations and the JSE Rules.

The Directors of tTech anticipate that the synergies between tTech and Simply Secure will enhance the services provided by tTech, particularly in the area of Cybersecurity.

There will be some changes at the director and management levels. However, Edward Alexander, who continues as the Board Chair, stated, “I am confident that Simply Secure’s involvement will bring new resources and expertise to tTech Limited. Their focus on Managed Security Services aligns perfectly with our strategic goals.”

 “Under this new arrangement, Simply Secure and tTech are committed to leveraging greater resources to meet the growing demand for Managed Security Services. The primary focus will remain the delivery of exceptional value to our customers and optimal growth opportunities for our employees.” Kevin Gordon, CEO of Simply Secure LLC

 

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RedPlate Group Limited: Corporate Profile

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About RedPlate Group

RedPlate Group Limited is a distinguished Caribbean-based investment holding company, specializing in equity investments across various sectors. Our diversified portfolio includes stakes in both established businesses and promising start-ups, with a focus on:

  • Business-to-Business (B2B)
  • Technology
  • Data-Driven Solutions
  • Integrated Fulfillment Logistics
  • Transportation Solutions
  • E-commerce
  • Mobile Payments

Our Companies

RedPlate Group encompasses a range of dynamic companies, each contributing to our overarching mission:

  • InterMetro Transit Jamaica
  • RedPlate Logistics and Fulfilment Group
  • RedPlate MarketPlace
  • RedPlate Technologies Jamaica Limited
  • RedPlate Financial Group

Innovative Business Model

RedPlate Group’s pioneering business model is poised to revolutionize the transportation and logistics sectors in Jamaica and the broader Caribbean. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, we address current inefficiencies, enhancing productivity and profitability across the value chain. Our holistic, horizontal integration of business units fosters seamless collaboration, creating a robust, technology-driven ecosystem.

Market Opportunity

Jamaica’s transportation and logistics landscape is currently fragmented and inefficient, posing significant challenges for businesses and commuters alike. RedPlate Group aims to resolve these issues by developing a cohesive and interconnected platform. This platform optimizes operations, maximizes resource utilization, and delivers an unparalleled experience for both corporate clients and end consumers.

Strategic Vision

RedPlate Group’s strategic vision is centered around building synergistic relationships and fostering a collaborative environment. Our approach not only fortifies the value chain but also enhances productivity and increases income for all stakeholders. By addressing the fundamental challenges within Jamaica’s transportation and logistics sector, we are paving the way for a more efficient and profitable future.

Conclusion

RedPlate Group Limited invites high net worth investors to join us in transforming the Caribbean’s transportation and logistics industry. Our innovative, technology-driven approach and commitment to excellence position us as a leader in the sector, offering substantial growth and investment opportunities. Together, we can achieve remarkable advancements and drive significant value for our stakeholders.

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Indies Pharma Jamaica Reporting 51% Or J$45M Jump In Net Income For Six-Month Ending 30 April 2024

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Vishnu V. Muppuri (Mrs.) Co-Founder, Executive Director & COO for Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited has released the following Executive Summary For the Six-Months (Q2) Unaudited Financial Results Period Ending 30 April 2024 (FY 2023-24 Quarter 2)

For the second quarter, three months ending Apr 30, 2024, Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited earned gross sales of J$ 301 million, versus J$ 231 million in the prior year, an increment of 30.19%.

❖ Gross Profit for the period was recorded at J$ 208 million in comparison to J$ 163 million, which represents a 27.29% increase (J$ 45 million) in comparison to the prior year.
❖ Net Income recorded is a 147.59% increase (J$ 42 million) in the current 2nd Quarter Period, compared to the prior year.
❖ Earnings per share recorded an increase of 147.59% in the current 2nd Quarter Period, in comparison to the prior year.

For the six months ending Apr 30, 2024, Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited earned gross sales of J$570 million, versus J$ 487 million in the prior year (six months) for the period 2022-23, an increment of 17.17%.

❖ Gross Profit for the period recorded J$398 million in comparison to J$ 339 million, which represents a 17.38% increase (J$59 million) in comparison to the prior year.
❖ Net Income recorded is a 51.31% increase (J$45 million) in the current six-month period, compared to the prior year.
❖ Earnings per share recorded an increase of 51.31% in the current six-month period, in comparison to the prior year.

Total assets valued as of 30th April 2024 were J$ 2.35 billion compared to J$ 2.24 billion as of Q2 for the period 2022-23, an increase in value of 4.64% recorded.

Shareholder equity was recorded at a value of J$ 1.35 billion in the Q2 2023-24 period compared to the J$1.095 billion as at Q2 2022-23, an increase of 23.52%.

Total liabilities were recorded in the current year Q2 2023-24 with a value of J$ 0.997 billion compared to Q2 2022-23 of J$ 1.15 billion.

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