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Cargo Handlers board approves 10-to-1 stock split

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMSteven Jackson

The board of Cargo Handlers Limited (CHL) has approved a tenfold increase of the company's ordinary shares via a stock split.

CHL's shares, which trade on the junior market, are tightly held by the Hart family. CEO Mark Hart and Chairman Antony Hart together hold 60 per cent of the company.

The company's ordinary shares in issue total 37.46 million units, which would multiply to 374.6 million if shareholders approve the split. The board also approved an increase in the company's authorised capital to 466.2 million shares.

CHL said it would advise the date of the extraordinary general meeting for shareholders to vote their approval.

Cargo Handlers' activity involves stevedoring services and petroleum haulage. The company operates from the Montego Freeport.




In its newly released third-quarter financials, CHL said the ongoing liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Montego Bay resulted in increased business activity at the ports.

"In particular the buildout of the LNG plant in Freeport brought with it increased throughput across the port of Montego Bay. This presented the opportunity for our stevedoring business coming off a record 2015/16 cruise ship season that ended in April," CHL said in its June 2016 results.

"It is anticipated, however, that this activity will wind down upon the commissioning of the plant in the next quarter."

Power utility, Jamaica Public Service Company has upgraded its Bogue plant to operate on LNG. The first shipment of gas for the plant, supplied by American company New Fortress Energy, arrived in Jamaica last week.

Cargo Handlers made net profit of $46 million in the third quarter, compared to $29 million in the comparative period a year ago. Revenue topped $81 million, up from $54 million.