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Stationery & Office Supplies Records Best 6 Months In Company’s 58- Year History

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Allan McDaniel Managing Director of Stationery & Office Supplies Limited has released the following unaudited results for the company for the 2nd Quarter & 6 Months ended June 30th, 2023.

The second quarter of 2023 proved to be one of the busiest times in the history of SOS and during the second quarter the following is a list of major events that occurred:

1. In June, SOS shipped its initial container of office furniture to its newest distributor, The Apex Group in Cayman.

2. In June another container of office furniture was shipped to The Office Authority,
our distributor in Trinidad.

3. In June, production started on our newest 5,000sq foot warehouse located at 25
Beechwood Avenue. The new warehouse which is a starting point for SOS’s next expansion phase should be ready for use by the end of August.

4. On June 1, 2023, SOS declared a dividend of $.20 per ordinary share payable on July 10 to shareholders on record as of June 23, 2023.

5. On June 19th, SOS announced that the board of directors would meet on the 21st of June to discuss and consider whether or not it should recommend a stock split to its shareholders.

Along with the above, SOS is proud to announce that after having its best quarter in its 58- year history to start this year, the second quarter results have now surpassed them and are now the best in its history.

During the second quarter SOS had one of its largest individual projects in its history, installed a 200-seat call centre, delivered and installed its first significant project with the AIS furniture line. With the additional sales being generated during this record setting quarter SOS had to increase its delivery fleet and added an additional 5 tonne truck to the fleet with plans to further expand the fleet in the near future.

It was also in June that we signed an agreement to double warehousing capacity in our Montego Bay office. This additional space was severely needed as the revenues being generated from the Montego Bay location rose 25% for the first half of the year from $113.2M to $141M.

During the 2nd quarter SOS realized all-time highs in the following categories:
1. Highest revenues in a quarter – $525.2M
2. Highest revenues in a month (June) – $209.5M
3. Highest Pre-tax profit in a quarter – $121.2M
4. Highest Pre-tax profit in a month (June) – $51.5M
5. Highest Share price in the company’s history – $34.31

Please see below the comparative results for the 2nd quarter of 2022 compared to 2023 and the corresponding notes.

1 – Revenues rose 25% to an all-time high of $525.2M. This can be credited to continued increases in all areas of the business including EVOLVE which continues to grow with the addition of several new items to the product line. Evolve in the first 6 months of 2023 has already doubled its revenues compared to the 5 months it was available in 2022.

2 – Gross profit percentage rose with the continued reduction in the input costs of the various products, as well as better sourcing of material and parts used in manufacturing of the SEEK products.

3 – SEEK continues to excel with the manufacturing of additional products. The increased availability and accessibility of its books within the Jamaican market has seen the demand for the SEEK products increase leading to a 29% sales increase year on year.

4 – With the increase in revenues, gross profit percentage and a marginal increase in expenses (12%), this has all led to the growth in SOS’s pre-tax profit, rising substantially by 77% from $68.8M to $121.3M, the highest in the company’s history.

5 – With the tourism industry now back at near pre covid levels, the Montego Bay branch of SOS has now returned to a profitable stage. For the first 6 months of 2023, revenues from this branch have increased by 25%.

2nd Quarter          2022 & 2023

                                                                2022            2023            % INCREASE

REVENUES                                        $420.M        $525.2M       25%

GROSS PROFIT %                                51%             53%             4%

GROSS-PROFIT                                   $213M         $287.5M       35%

SEEK REVENUES                               $14.4M        $17.8M        24%

EXPENSES                                         $148.2M       $166.3M       12%

PRE-TAX-PROFIT                                $68.8M        $121.2M       77%

For the first 6 months of 2022, SOS has experienced continued growth over the same
period in 2023, crossing for the first-time revenues exceeding $1B in the first half of the year. All comparative numbers are up in 2023 including the most important, pre-tax profit.

The pre-tax profit has risen by 32% year on year from $173.6M to $229.3M.
SEEK sales are up 29% year over year and this number expects to continue to rise with a number of new dealers and the availability of inventory to meet market.

Revenues and the gross profit % rose by 23% and 4% respectively, with expenses rising marginally by 16% which has led to the previously mentioned pre-tax profit figure of $229.3M.

6 MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30TH, 2022 & 2023

                                             2022                      2023                      %INCREASE

REVENUES                      $847,704,240         $1,044,419,146      23%

EXPENSES                      $285,043,746         $329,395,729         16%

GROSS PROFIT %            50.9%                    53%                       4%

SEEK REVENUE              $32,938,157           $42,404,257           29%

PRE-TAX-PROFIT             $173,668,574         $229,343,093         32%

SOS has continued to adjust with the ever-changing market place and this is a significant reason why we have been able to continue to be profitable in an unpredictable and unstable economy.

Financial Position
At the end of the 2nd Quarter, SOS increased its total assets year on year by 42% ($980M – $1.38B). The bulk of this increase was due to SOS’s revaluation of the 4 properties that it currently owns in the Kingston 5 area.

Total current assets also rose led by inventory increasing significantly by 23% to $350M and Bank and Cash rising by 151%, to $304M

Earnings per share at the end of the 2nd Quarter for 2023 was $.79, an increase of $.09 compared to $.70 the end of the 2nd Quarter of 2022. For the quarter, earnings per share was at $.36 up from $.09 for the same period in 2022. It should be noted that during the first half of 2022, Stationery & Office Supplies Ltd was still benefiting from the tax-free incentive received from joining the JSE in 2017. All profit figures so far in 2023 have attracted a 12.5% tax rate that has been used in these comparative figures.

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ANSA McAL Group Announces Formation Of Joint Venture Company, Globus ANSA Private Limited, With Globus Spirits Limited In India.

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A. Norman Sabga Executive Chairman of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies has announced the formation of the joint venture company, Globus ANSA Private Limited, with Globus Spirits Limited in India.

In a release posted on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange ANSA McAL confirmed that with effect from 4th April 2024, ANSA McAL Limited (“ANSA McAL”) entered into a joint venture agreement with Globus Spirits Limited (“GSL”) to establish Globus ANSA Private Limited (“GAPL”).

Each party will hold fifty percent (50%) of the issued and allotted ordinary share capital of GAPL.

“This collaboration signifies a new era in the Indian alcoholic beverages industry, driving innovation and growth, ‘

“Globus ANSA Private Limited will specialise in manufacturing and distributing alcoholic beverages across the Indian subcontinent, leveraging the strength of both ANSA McAL and Globus Spirits Limited,” said Mr. Shekhar Swarup, Managing Director for Globus Spirits Limited. “This collaboration signifies a new era in the Indian alcoholic beverages industry, driving innovation and growth, ‘he stated

 

 

 

Globus Spirits Ltd is one of the leading players in the Alcohol industry in North India distributing brands in the Consumer Segment including:
• GR8 Times.
• Rajputana.
• Globus Spirits Dry Gin.
• White. Lace.
• Governors’ Reserve Red.
• Governors’ Reserve Blue.
• Oakton.
• Laffaire. Napoleon.

Trinidad and Tobago conglomerate ANSA McAL Group has over 142 years of rich history representing many world-renowned brands, including some of their own home-grown successes. The partnership marks a significant milestone in ANSA McAL Group’s journey, merging cultures and expertise to revolutionise the beer industry in India, with their icon Carib brand and leading the charge.

Norman Sabga Executive Chairman of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, highlighted the immense opportunities in India and their commitment to delivering unparalleled value through this partnership.

“We are confident that our collaboration will allow us to seize the growing demand for high quality beverages by captivating palates with our distinctive products” he said

ANSA McAL is now poised to be an equal Shareholder of GAPL, an Indian company which
would produce, market, sell, distribute and retail beer and other beverages.

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Jamaica Broilers Group Reporting Strong Top and Bottom Line Performance for January 2024 Quarter

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Christopher E. Levy Group President & CEO of Jamaica Broilers Group Limited now release the following unaudited financial results for the quarter ended January 27, 2024, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

The Group produced a net profit attributable to shareholders of $1.3 billion, for the quarter ended January 27, 2024. The operations of the Group continue to be strong, and our gross margins are consistent with expectations.

Quarterly Group revenues amounted to $23.6 billion, a 4% increase above the $22.7 billion achieved in the corresponding quarter.

Our gross profit for the quarter was $5.9 billion, a 7% increase above the $5.5 billion achieved in the corresponding quarter in the prior year.

Jamaica Operations reported a segment result of $5.9 billion which was $448 million or 8% above last year’s segment result. Total revenue for our Jamaica Operations showed an increase of 2% over the prior year nine-month period. This increase was primarily driven by the growth in the sale and export of poultry and implementation of cost containment efforts.

Our US Operations reported a segment result of $3 billion which was $226 million or 8% above last year’s segment result. This increase was driven by increased volumes of poultry meat and eggs, as well as the implementation of cost management initiatives.
Total revenue for the US Operations increased by 3% over the prior year nine-month period.

We have begun to realise additional volumes through the US operations, which has resulted in increased financing requirements primarily around working capital.

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Main Event Reporting Net Profit Of JA$100M For Quarter Ended January 2024

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Solomon Sharpe Chief Executive Officer of Main Event Entertainment Group Limited has released the following unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended January 31, 2024 (Q1).

The company continues to have solid results in an increasingly competitive and largely difficult environment. The company’s performance was anchored by diversifying our client base through strategic targeting and efficient management of our operations.

The company reported net profit of $100.254M for the quarter ended January 31, 2024, representing a decline of 15% or $17.695M relative to the corresponding period of 2023. Consequently, earnings per share decreased by 15% to $0.33 per share.

Total revenues for the quarter ended January 31, 2024 declined by $59.235M to $567.752M, reflecting a decrease of 9% over the corresponding period. This was mainly due to a one-off event for one of our major clients which is not likely to reoccur in subsequent periods.

The company was strategic in its efforts to protect the margins and the gross profit for the quarter was $315.822M compared to the $312.611M earned in 2023. This demonstrates the company’s ability to be alert and responsive to market conditions. Gross margins improved to 56%, up from 50% in the corresponding period.

The company continues to generate revenues from activities requiring reduced external support.

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The LAB Reporting Higher Net Profits Based On Strong Focus On Agency Segment

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Kimala Bennett Chief Executive Officer for Limners and Bards Limited (The LAB) has released the following unaudited financial statements for the three months ended January 31, 2024, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The consolidated results include the subsidiary Scope Caribbean Limited (Scope) whose principal business is the scouting, placement and management of talent while expanding and maintaining a database of quality talent.

The LAB achieved higher net profits when compared to the corresponding period last year. This was based on the strong focus on the Agency Segment of the business for this quarter, as the company continued to build brands. The Agency Segment provides the highest profit margin and as such bolstered the results for the period. The company also implemented cost containment measures, which resulted in a 19.2% reduction in administrative expenses when compared to prior period. We continue to maintain a strong balance sheet and our cash position grew stronger over the period. Our asset base increased, as we reinvested in the business through further upgrading film studio facilities.

Revenue for the three months ended January 31, 2023, was $219.4 million, down 11.4% relative to the prior period. This decline was primarily attributable to a reduction in production during the period due to its cyclical nature. Notwithstanding this, the Agency segment outperformed the comparable period. The revenue achieved was derived from the company’s core business lines: Media totalling $118.3 million, followed by Production with $29.3 million and Agency with $71.6 million.

The company remains fully focused on executing its strategy of diversifying its income, through engaging new clients and the introduction of new service lines. These strategic endeavours are aligned with our company’s expansion strategy into emerging markets, all aimed at fostering sustainable growth, increased revenues, enhanced profitability; while proactively anticipating the evolving needs of our valued clients and enhancing shareholders’ value.

Gross Profit for the three months was $88.9 million, down 3.3% when compared to the corresponding period. Net Profit achieved was $26.2 million, up 295.7% relative to the comparable period. due to higher gross profits from the agency segment and lower administrative expenses. Administrative expenses decreased by $16.3 million or 19.2% in comparison to the corresponding period last year. These decreases are primarily due to reduction in contractor and staff cost.

The consolidated Balance Sheet saw total assets increasing by $119 million or 15.1% to $909.3 million compared to $790.2 million in the corresponding period. This increase in assets is driven by building and film studio facilities improvement and purchases of new production equipment to facilitate future growth.

Current Assets amounted to $731.7 million, increasing by $107.6 million over the prior year, primarily due to a 43.6% increase in cash and cash equivalent. Management continues to maintain tight monitoring and control over receivables. Cash and cash equivalent increased by $142.4 million over the corresponding period last year. Shareholders’ equity grew to $624 million, up from $548.1 million or 13.9% over the corresponding period last year.

The LAB is pleased to report significant progress in our strategic initiatives. We have successfully completed the pilots for two TV/web series, “SEEN” and “Jenna In Law,” as outlined at our last Annual General Meeting (AGM). Additionally, Pre-production for our first feature film, “Love Offside,” is currently underway, with production scheduled to commence in June 2024.

In line with our strategic objectives, we are actively engaging with international networks and digital streaming platforms to secure distribution opportunities for our content upon production completion. This proactive approach ensures that our creative endeavours have a suitable platform to reach global audiences.

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Maximum Participating Voting Share Capital Of Companies Listed On The Junior Stock Exchange Moving From JA$500 Million To JA$750 Million

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“Utilizing equity capital is an effective avenue to stimulate innovation and reduce operating costs thereby allowing companies to drive growth, improve productivity and increase their chances of sustainability. We commend the Government for this decision and encourage small and medium sized companies to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has announced that they have increased the participating share capital limit from $500 million to $750 million for companies on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

“This is very exciting news for the Exchange,” commented Dr. Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. “This is an exceptionally good move by the Government as this will allow small and medium sized companies to come to market to raise additional capital for business expansion and assist new companies to raise capital and to consider this capital raising option as viable. She stated that “Utilizing equity capital is an effective avenue to stimulate innovation and reduce operating costs thereby allowing companies to drive growth, improve productivity and increase their chances of sustainability. We commend the Government for this decision and encourage small and medium sized companies to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The Junior Market was established in 2009 to allow small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to raise a maximum of $500 million dollars during an initial public offering (IPO). The Government’s new initiative towards companies listed on the Junior Market now allows them to raise up to $750 million dollars, an increase of $250 million dollars.

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