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Fitch maintains negative outlook on Sri Lankan banking sector

Says difficult operating conditions place continued pressure on banks' financial profiles

Fitch maintains a negative outlook on the Sri Lankan banking sector as difficult operating conditions persist, placing continued pressure on banks' financial profiles, particularly asset quality and profitability. The operating environment is of high importance to the ratings of Sri Lankan banks.

Reproduced below are Fitch's rating action on Seylan Bank, Sampath Bank, Hatton National Bank and Commercial Bank.


The Finance plunges deeper into the abyss with another Rs.1bn loss

The Finance Company (TFC), once one of Sri Lanka’s largest non-bank financial institutions, reported a loss of Rs1bn for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. This brings total losses since inception of the company to a staggering Rs27bn (US$150mn).

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SAPPTA says it should be consulted on minimum cinnamon export price


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Kandy Fresh Fruits' 30-year journey from pavement to export market


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Alpha forges global partnership to offer innovative office and security solutions


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