Express Catering Limited (ECL) has advised that the directors will be meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, to consider an interim dividend payment.
Proven Investments Limited JMD (ProvenJA) has advised that its Renounceable Rights Issue Offer of US$16,547,873.28 or an additional 68,949,472 ordinary shares to its Shareholders has been closed.
[Kingston, Jamaica July 7, 2017] GraceKennedy Limited today announced that it has agreed to acquire 100 percent ownership of Consumer Brands Limited, a large player in the Jamaican distribution market. The acquisition is expected to be finalized before the end of Q3 2017. Among the brands distributed by Consumer Brands is the Procter and Gamble (P&G) line of products which the company has distributed in Jamaica since 1992. Consumer Brands also distributes products for ten other international and local principals through chain and independent supermarkets, wholesalers, pharmacies, beauty supply outlets and convenience stores. With sales of over $2 billion annually, the company has consistently achieved significant annual revenue growth since its establishment. "This valuable portfolio of brands brings welcomed expansion to the range of products that we distribute in Jamaica. Our expertise in managing top tier brands and deep distribution channels make us a natural fit for this acquisition and we expect the products to continue to perform very well," said Don Wehby, Group CEO of GraceKennedy. Consumer Brands will become a subsidiary of the GraceKennedy Group under GraceKennedy Foods. Athol Smith, who has been Managing Director of Consumer Brands, will remain with the company as an advisor during the transition period. P&G brands are some of the most recognizable international fast moving consumer goods with household names such as Charmin, Bounty, Ariel, Downy, Tide, Always, Tampax, Pampers, Febreze, Crest and Olay among its products. “We are very excited about this acquisition and look forward to working with P&G and all other stakeholders,” Mr. Wehby said.
Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCC) has advised that the Company has received notice and now publishes that Mr. Colin Steele, B.B.A., CPA, MBA of 68 Hope Road, Kingston 6, has been nominated for election as a director at the Annual General meeting convened for July 13, 2017.
Productive Business Solutions (PBS), with the help of NCB Capital Markets Limited as lead broker, has its sights set on raising US$41.5M in funding via an IPO that would allow for the deepening of customer engagements, an expansion of its strategic partnerships with multinationals, and an increase in market share, revenue and profits.
The multibillion dollar deal involves US$21.5M in ordinary shares at a price of US$0.55 which translates to some 39,090,909 ordinary shares being issued to the public and reserved applicants. J$2.6B in preference shares will also be available at a price of J$100.00 per share, offering a tax free dividend of 9.75 per cent per annum. Plans are in place for PBS to apply to the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) for listing of its ordinary shares and its preference shares on the USD and JMD main markets respectively. An application will also be made to the Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE) for the shares to be listed on the International Securities Market but in a supplemental listing.
The company has indicated that it will use some of the funds raised to repay higher cost short-term USD debt that was initially incurred to fund the expansion of the company. This in conjunction with the equity injection from the IPO is expected to strengthen PBS’ balance sheet, therefore, allowing it to take further advantage of organic expansion opportunities.
PBS was incorporated in 2010 as the sole holding company of the Facey Group’s business solutions and technology distribution businesses throughout the Caribbean and Central America. It specialises in the regional distribution of printing, computing, networking, storage, imaging, security and point of sale equipment products. Graphic communication, software integration, outsourcing, as well as document, facilities and other management services are also offered.
Herbert Hall, Assistant Vice President at NCBCM, noted that the NCB Group subsidiary was chosen as a result of its unmatched ability to execute and to underwrite large deals in the capital market space. “NCBCM has shown a capacity to afford its clients the assurance and confidence that is required for execution certainty when seeking large financing. Our unparalleled balance sheet size positions us as the broker of choice for large equity and debt financing deals. That is, in addition to our extensive branch network across the island, which offers the widest distribution reach, resulting in a much larger pool of potential investors,” Mr. Hall said.
PBS, Hall continued, is an attractive offer as the company is strong with not only a diverse customer base of over 12,000 accounts, but also diverse product and service offerings. The company has exclusive distribution rights for Xerox in 14 countries making it the largest distributor of Xerox in the Western Hemisphere. PBS also maintains regional distribution relationships with other premier technology brands such as Cisco, Oracle, HP and NCR. The company’s distribution spans multiple industries, inclusive of banking, insurance, telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing, distribution, mining, graphic communications, business process outsourcing and education.
Revenue for the financial year ending December 2016 stood at US$171.1M and is expected to continue to grow on the back of acquiring a license to start distributing Xerox’s products and services in Colombia, which has a GDP of US$292B, approximately the size of all of PBS’s current territories. Additionally, PBS will seek to leverage its unique third line IT supported L3 distribution rights in Central America and the Caribbean and its regional experience gained through previous L3 implementations.
The Jamaica Stock Exchange Limited (JSE) has advised that at a meeting of the Company’s Board of Directors on June 22, 2017, Mr. Ian McNaughton and Mr. Gary Peart were re-elected Chairman and Deputy Chairman, respectively, of the board.
General Accident Insurance Company Limited (GENAC) has advised that their Board of Directors will be meeting on July 4, 2017, to consider the payment of dividends to stockholders.