Colombian Stock Movers: Petrominerales, Grupo Nutresa Are Active

The following companies are having unusual price changes in Bogota trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of 10:23 a.m. local time.

The IGBC Index (IGBC) gained 0.3 percent to 15,005.70, while the Colcap Index was little changed at 1,718.11.

Grupo Nutresa SA (NUTRESA) (NUTRESA CB), Colombia’s biggest food producer, fell for a second day, slipping 1.3 percent to 22,100 pesos. Net income declined 3.7 percent last year from a year ago to 254 billion pesos ($143 million), according to a Feb. 24 regulatory filing.

The results failed to meet the market’s expectations as higher raw material prices and increases in administrative and sales expenses cut into profits, according to a Feb. 24 report by Interbolsa analysts including Jorge Zuniga.

The incorporation of payroll expenses from the integration of Helados Bon SA, the Dominican Republic’s largest ice cream maker, led to the increase in administrative and sales expenses, according to an e-mailed report today from Interbolsa. Nutresa purchased a 73 percent stake in Bon last year for $38.7 million.

Petrominerales Ltd. (PMGC) (PMGC CB), a Calgary-based company that explores for and produces oil in Colombia, plunged the most in nearly three months after 2011 reserves dropped 14 percent from the year before.

Shares fell 12 percent, the most intraday since Dec. 6, to 37,300 pesos. The company said proved and probable reserves for 2011 totaled 51.5 million barrels, a 14 percent decrease from the year before, according to a regulatory filing today.

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