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Combined market value of listed companies skyrockets by Rs. 1 trillion thus far in 2021

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

CSE’s local and foreign investor participation levels yesterday were notable despite the raging COVID pandemic and associated challenges, especially the country’s current economic woes. Investor interest pushed the market to an all-time high with its gain in value reaching the Rs. 1 trillion mark so far in 2021, market analysts said.

The combined market value of listed companies has skyrocketed by Rs. 1 trillion so far this year as CSE’s market capitalization amounted to Rs. 3.97 trillion, up 34 percent year-to-date (YTD). CSE ended 2020 with a market capitalization of Rs. 2.96 trillion, stock market analysts told The Island Financial Review yesterday.

Despite all odds, the stock market was able to establish three records; i.e. the highest retail turnover in history, highest number of trades and the All Share Price Index crossing 9000 (9008.22 in the early session for the first time in history), analysts said. Amid those developments both indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index went up by 58.81 points and the S and P SL20 rose by 28.01 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 16.5 billion with seven crossings.

Those crossings were reported in Dipped products, where 3.1 million share volumes changed hands at Rs. 202.1 million, its share price being Rs. 65, Hayleys 1.1 million shares crossed for Rs. 129 million, its share price being Rs. 120, Ambeon Holdings 1.5 million shares crossed for Rs. 73.5 million, its shares traded at Rs. 49, Browns Investments five million shares crossed for Rs.38.4 million, its shares trading at Rs. 61.30, Colombo Land Development 1.1 million shares crossed for Rs. 40 million, its shares trading at Rs. 8, Sanasa Development Bank 750,000 shares crossed for Rs. 37.4 million and HNB (Non Voting) 173,000 shares crossed for Rs. 21.6 mllion, its shares fetching Rs. 125.

In the retail market, five top companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Expolanka Rs. 5.05 billion (32.8 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 2.8 billion (325 million shares traded), Hayleys PLC Rs. 1.5 billion (13.8 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 1.4 billion (22.8 million shares traded) and LOLC Rs. 921 million (1. 5 million shares traded).

Yesterday the market rallied round Browns Group entities and those were; Browns Investments, Brown and Company and LOLC. Those companies witnessed fresh buying interest as well. Highest contributors to the All Share Price Index were, LOLC 64.2 points, Browns Investments 61.1 points and Hayleys 13. 8 points. Highest negative contributor to the All Share Index was Commercial Leasing and Finance, which contributed 62.9 negative points to the All Share Price Index. During the day 648.6 million share volumes changed hands in 78000 transactions.

It is said high net worth and institutional investor participation was noted in Lion Brewery Ceylon, Hayleys and HNB (non-voting). Mixed interest was observed in LOLC Holdings, Dipped Products and Sanasa Development Bank, while retail interest was noted in Browns Investments, Lanka Orix Finance and Expolanka Holdings.



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MN Group becomes the Best Business of the Year at Pinnacals Awards

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The MN Group won the Best Business of the Year Award at the Pinnacals Sri Lanka award ceremony at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. Managing Director of MN Group of Companies (www.mngroup.lk), Roshan Wewage accepted the award on behalf of the organization. MN Group of Companies has previously won many awards including Lanka Business Awards (LBA) and Shramabimani.

Customers can obtain any construction related service from MN Group at a reasonable price. The company is also willing to finish half completed houses and commercial buildings at agreeable terms. MN Group understands that the tough economic circumstances have placed great pressure on the people and the company is committed to understanding their needs and to provide a warm and professional service. Roshan Wewage invited those who need to renovate their buildings to reach out to them.

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Dilmah Adjudged Best Corporate Citizen for the Third Consecutive Year

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Dilmah was awarded ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability’ in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover, for the third consecutive year at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; recognizing that Dilmah has successfully achieved a sustainable balance between social, environmental, and economic performanc, a company news release said.

Evaluated by an independent & expert panel of judges, the awards are Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, scrutinizing and recognizing ethical and sustainable businesses. Dilmah was honoured as one of ten ‘Best Corporate Citizens’ of Sri Lanka, won the Award in the Environment Beyond Business Category, and was lauded for continuous commitment to the environment surpassing the realms of business.

“The annual BCCS Awards is the premier corporate citizenship award, highlights sustainability champions in the national corporate arena. The awards promote corporate citizen sustainability ownership and initiatives that deliver social and environmental benefits while pursuing profits. This recognition validates Dilmah’s emphasis on delivering social and environmental impact by sharing earnings through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation,” the release said.

“In 1988, Merrill J. Fernando founded Dilmah, a family business, to serve humanity with kindness to people and nature, while sharing his passion for taste and goodness in tea. Over the years Dilmah has delivered over Rs. 7 billion for humanitarian benefit through the work of its charitable arm MJF Foundation and environmental arm Dilmah Conservation.

“Ensuring economic, social, and environmental sustainability exists at the heart of its operations and is integrated to every operational aspect of the business, Dilmah’s purpose is further extended through the work of the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJF Foundation) and Dilmah Conservation (DC) by driving life-impacting initiatives.

“The MJF Foundation works directly with estate workers and underprivileged communities to uplift lives and empower them to pay-it-forward to their communities. Some of its core initiatives are the countrywide MJF centres, small-medium enterprises with over 2,000 small entrepreneurs, ‘Empower’ Culinary & Hospitality School, and ‘disABILITY’ teletherapy app.

“The sustainable development of people goes hand-in-hand with the planet. Dilmah Tea is a carbon neutral product manufactured at a carbon neutral facility. Further, Dilmah has pledged to achieve zero-emissions for its manufacturing process by 2030 through science-based targets. Dilmah Conservation functions under three main categories: environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and education and awareness. As such, Dilmah Conservation initiatives range from butterfly to elephant conservation, climate research, adaptation and mitigation, rewilding tea gardens, conserving mangrove forests, and promoting nature-based entrepreneurship through seaweed cultivation and empowering agro-entrepreneurs.”

Winning the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 is considered a top honour in the Sri Lankan corporate field. Each year, submissions are evaluated by an eminent panel of local experts, thought leaders, and academics. Dilmah considers receiving the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 an important milestone in its journey as a truly sustainable brand with a purpose beyond profit.

Across the shores, Dilmah has been recognized for its attempt to take Ayurvedic wellness and goodness to the world with the help of tea. The Arana Range of Herbal Infusion Teas was voted the Product of the Year 2022 in Australia. Meanwhile, Dilmah on its 7th Consecutive Year was awarded Most Trusted Brand in New Zealand in 2022.

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DSI Tyres bags two awards at SLIM Brand Excellence 2022

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Sri Lanka’s premium tyre brand, DSI Tyres won two prestigious awards at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2022, held recently in Colombo. DSI Tyres, who has already made a mark in the international markets too, won the Silver Award under the Product Brand of the Year category and the Bronze Award under the Local Brand of the Year category. These mark another important milestone in the company’s journey spanning three decades. DSI Tyres has also remained within the top three brands in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years, a significant achievement in a very competitive arena.

DSI Tyres’ role as a leading local tyre manufacturing company that continues to promote its brand in an eco-friendly manner through the use of state-of-the-art technology and continuous research and development which enables them to identify customer needs in a timely manner is the key reason behind its continuous achievements. DSI Tyres has been able to place its products optimally among the local and international customers using the latest marketing strategies. The company also places great emphasis on sustainability and has been able to expand its local and international market share maintaining continuous customer loyalty even at the most difficult periods. DSI tyres are becoming increasingly popular in the online sphere as well, due to the facilitation of online orders at the convenience of customers as well as the use of attractive digital marketing. “DSI Tyres has a special place in the people’s hearts.

We have won the people’s trust and it is the highest award we can receive. It is a great privilege for us to receive these awards, which a mark of appreciation for the work we do to maintain customer loyalty,” Managing Director of DSI Tyres Kavinda Rajapaksa said. SLIM Brand Excellence Awards is the Sri Lanka’s premier celebration of Sri Lankan brands that rewards the outstanding efforts of marketers. This gala event for this year was held at Grand Monarch Hotel, Colombo. The Chairman of DSI Tyres, Ranatunga Rajapaksa received the two awards on behalf of the company. Previously, DSI Tyres had won SLIM Turnaround Brand of the Year, Product Brand of the Year, Local Brand of the Year and many SLIM DIGIs awards.

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