Maltapost shares climb 24%

Weekly Round-Up — 21st — 25th January 2008

Maltapost shares climb 24%

The local bourse shed 0.83% over the week as nine of the twelve active equities registered share price decreases. Maltapost was in fact the only positive equity performer, limiting the Malta Stock Exchange Index’s weekly drop to 41 points to close at the 4,911.90 level.

A total of 361 deals were registered on the stock exchange for a turnover above €8.23 million. In the equity market 278 deals were executed for a traded value of nearly €1.17 million, while 78 transactions were performed in local corporate bonds and government stocks for a turnover just below €5.33 million. In addition, 5 deals were executed in Treasury Bills for a value of €1.735 million.

Maltapost shares were available for trading as from Friday’s session, and immediately dominated the activity on the stock exchange. The equity had 131 deals executed in the session for a total turnover close to €300,000, to see its share price soar 24% and close at €0.62. Its high and low prices traded at were €0.651 and €0.60, well above the €0.50 level they were offered to the public in the previous week.

On the other hand, the local banking sector suffered a decline as Bank of Valletta (BOV), FIMBank and HSBC Bank Malta (HSBC) closed in negative territory on the week, even though the latter equity closed slightly lower. HSBC’s share price in fact dropped €0.002 to €4.849 as 45,922 shares changed hands across thirty-three deals.

BOV saw its share price drop nearly 3% on a week-on-week basis to close at €6.55 on a volume of 43,483 shares which were transacted over fifty-four trades. Friday afternoon, BOV also announced that during the financial period commencing on 1st October 2007 up to date, no material events or transactions have taken place that would have an impact on the financial position of the Bank or Group. It was also noted in the announcement that the Group continued to maintain strong capital adequacy and liquidity positions, and the credit quality of loans registered a further improvement. The international credit market conditions however remained extremely volatile, leading to further markdowns in the Group’s investment portfolio, which nevertheless, it was pointed out remained very high in quality.


FIMBank shed 0.6% or US$0.01 to close at US$1.749 on a volume of 64,489 shares which were negotiated across eight transactions. Lombard Bank shares were not traded during the week, thus closing unchanged at €13.60.

GO shares were also active having a total of nearly 55,700 shares traded across twenty-five deals at weekly high and low prices of €3.04 and €3.01 respectively. The equity however closed 0.3% or €0.01 lower from the previous week at the price of €3.03. Malta International Airport edged 0.6% lower to the €3.20 level on a mere volume of 1,200 shares which were transacted over two deals.

The worst equity performer of the week was San Tumas Holdings which slumped by 13% to close at €2.562. This was attained on a volume of 1,640 shares which were negotiated across three transactions. Global Capital was the second worst performer declining by 8% on a single mere transaction of 100 shares executed at €5.15.

Other equities to close in negative territory were Plaza Centres and Grand Harbour Marina which lost 0.2% and 0.06% respectively. The former traded a volume of 4,218 shares to close at €1.56, while the latter traded 4,500 shares across four deals to end the week at €1.746.

International Hotel Investments (IHI) and Crimsonwing shares were also active however both of these closed unchanged on a week-on-week basis. IHI closed at the €1.00 level as over 65,000 shares were traded across three transactions. Crimsonwing maintained the €0.55 level on a volume of 37,561 shares, with the weekly highest price traded at being €0.551.

Turning onto the local bonds market, activity was strongest in Malta Government Stocks (even though lower than last week) with the traded value amounting to over €4.62 million. Twelve stocks were in fact traded, most of which, registered price increases and with the 4.8% MGS 2016 accounting for the majority of the traded volume recorded on the exchange. With regard to the local corporate bonds sector, seventeen bonds were also traded with the turnover amounting to €704,389.

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