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Commercial Leasing & Finance delivers robust 1H 2021/22 performance

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PBT of Rs. 2.4 Bn & PAT of Rs. 1.8 Bn

Total Asset Base of Rs. 85 Bn; Loan portfolio amounted to Rs. 73 Bn

NPL at 5.7% against industry average of 12.9%

Further consolidating its achievements from the previous year of navigating the pandemic prudently while delivering a stellar year-end performance, Commercial Leasing & Finance PLC (CLC) posted strong results for 1H 2021/22. During the period, CLC recorded a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 2.4 Bn and a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 1.8 Bn. This resounding performance can be attributed to exceptional portfolio management, with Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) maintained at 5.7% in contrast with an industry average of 12.99%. The Company also sustained its rapid growth momentum during the 6 months under review, evidenced by a growth in the gross portfolio by 12% for 6 months and 24% for the last 12 months. Interest Income also rose by 12% over the corresponding period in the previous year.

The Company’s Tier 1 Capital reached 20.22% and Tier 2 achieved 20.61%, well above regulatory requirements of 7% and 11% respectively. CLC’s overall equity rose to Rs. 23 Bn during the period. The Company possesses a diversified funding base consisting of deposits, capital market products, foreign funding lines, bank credit lines and a substantial level of equity. Reaffirming the strength and stability of CLC, ICRA Lanka Limited once again rated the company as SL (A), with a stable outlook in 2021.

CLC continued to expand its geographic footprint during the year, opening 3 new branches in 1H 2021/22, bringing the total branch network to 70. Another 7 are scheduled to be opened by the financial year-end. As one of Sri Lanka’s leading non-banking financial service providers, CLC offers many financial services ranging from leasing, loans, factoring, flexi cash, personal loans, Islamic finance, gold loans, credit cards, fixed deposits, savings and more – demonstrating market leadership across most of these product segments.

Commenting on the impressive 1H 2021/22 results, Krishan Thilakaratne, Executive Director/CEO of CLC said, “The true mettle of an organization can be seen in tough times and CLC has proved itself yet again by delivering a forceful financial performance in the first half of the 2021/22 financial year against a backdrop of many challenges in the market. CLC adopted a strategy of careful management of the credit portfolio while ensuring close monitoring of overheads and NPLs, making CLC one of the strongest financial institutions in the country.”

Over the years, CLC’s strong financial performance has attracted many awards and accolades. In the year 2021 as well, the LMD Brands Annual listed CLC in the Top 50 Brands, which highlighted the stability of the brand. CLC was also included amongst the Top 100 Listed Companies and the Top 100 Most Respected companies by LMD.



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ESOFT Metro Campus holds Graduation Ceremony 2021

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Dr. Dayan Rajapakse – Chairman and Managing Director of the ESOFT Group (Right) presenting a certificate to a graduate

The Annual Graduation Ceremony of ESOFT Metro Campus was held at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall (BMICH) on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021. A total of 1,800 students graduated at this year’s event. Successful students received their Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas, Pearson Level 7 Qualifications, London Metropolitan University (UK) Degrees and MBA’s, Kingston University (UK) Degrees and MSc’s.

It was held across two days and split into 9 sessions, to be in full compliance with health guidelines. In addition to the conferring of degrees, batch tops were awarded gold medals and special awards were made to the top achievers of the programmes.

Keynote addresses were by an eminent group of academics and industry leaders including Mr. Conard Dias CEO, LOLC Finance PLC, Mr. Thushera Kawdawatta – CEO, Axiata Digital Labs, Dr. Dayan Rajapakse – Chairman and Managing Director of the ESOFT Group, Dr. Sampath Wahala – Chairman, Sri Lanka Accreditation Board, Mr. Tishan Subasinghe – Managing Director and joint Managing Partner Moore Stephens Consulting (Pvt) Ltd and Moore Stephens Aiyar, Prof. A.A.C Abeysinghe – M.Phil. PhD Programme Coordinator, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo.

Foreign delegates from the University Partners were present virtually and delivered their speeches and wishes for the graduates via video. The Virtusa careers team were also present on both days in order to provide career opportunities to the young and successful graduates. ESOFT prides itself in producing graduates who are work-ready and able to take on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new economy.

ESOFT has a rich history of 21 years and is the largest private sector higher education network in Sri Lanka, and offers a variety of programmes through an extensive island-wide network of over 40 branches and serves over 40,000 learners each year in a range of programmes from school leaver courses to postgraduate programmes.

ESOFT partnered with Kingston University London in 2012 to offer undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering and soon established a dedicated College of Engineering in Katubedda. In 2013, they partnered with London Metropolitan University to offer a range of programmes leading to undergraduate and postgraduate awards in Computing, Business, Hospitality, and Travel & Tourism. A range of MSc programmes in IT and an International Doctoral programme for IT, Science and Engineering research areas, has also been introduced via Kingston University.

The ESOFT Group has won local and international awards from Pearson (UK), BCS (UK), NBQSA, National Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Sri Lanka in recognition of their academic excellence and business performance. Their pinnacle accomplishment was to be recognized by the Sri Lankan Government as a Non-state Degree Awarding Institution in 2019.

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Coconut industry products raking in forex to the tune of $ 7000 yearly – State Minister

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By Steve A. Morrell

Earnings from exporting coconut products amounted to $ 7000 annually. Such exports include jaggery and treacle, which are key products relating to the coconut industry, State Minister of Coconut, Kithul and Palmyrah Cultivation Promotion Arundika Fernando said.

Although coconut, as part of the plantation industry, was not given due recognition, it was now a distinct contributor to forex earnings and was of significant importance to the economy of the country, Fernando said.

The State Minister added: “Development of the coconut plantations includes value addition promotion to its various products, which are now key to sustaining the coconut plantations.

“Such development included propagation of 600,000 nursery plants for distribution among smallholders and large-scale plantations to add further progress to the industry. As a result, the coconut industry is part of the mainstream economy.

“The coconut industry made a substantial financial contribution to the economy of the country. Value addition in all products was key to development. Coconut products, used extensively in allied local industries, were contributors to value addition. This is efficiently handled by the private sector.

“Collaboration with the Jaffna University was on-going to develop kitul and palmyrah.

“Soil testing and further inputs were envisaged for development.

“Export markets would include Europe, Canada and the US. This is particularly true of kitul treacle and jaggery. Value of these exports would reach approximately $ 2 million.”

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INSEE Cement’s 360-Degree Approach Eases Cement Shortage in Sri Lanka

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Operating at maximum production capacity with optimized distribution channels for a number of weeks, INSEE Cement has successfully helped to mitigate the cement shortage that was prevailing in the local market. INSEE Cement’s concentrated and immediate contingency measures across its entire operation at the onset of the shortage ensured an uninterrupted market supply of cement, while also logging a record-high 700,000 MT production output during the third quarter of 2021 for the company.

“As Sri Lanka’s leading cement manufacturer, INSEE Cement took on the responsibility to ensure the local construction industry’s post-COVID-19 revival remained on its trajectory,” stated Gustavo Navarro, Chief Executive Officer at INSEE Cement Sri Lanka. “We continued to fully support government regulations and industrial policies to first stabilize the market, and were able to deploy our island-wide distribution and dealership network to ensure an uninterrupted supply across the island. The loyalty and patience of our customers gave us that extra encouragement we needed to overcome the challenge.”

INSEE Cement operates at a 3.6MT maximum capacity, with a 1.5MT production at the Galle plant, a 1.3MT output from the Puttalam facility and a 0.8MT import capacity at the Colombo Cement Terminal. To mitigate the shortage the company introduced two more additional import vessels to its logistics operation to accelerate production and distribution cycles.

 

 

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