Softlogic Finance PLC received Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) approval for its rights issue of Rs 1.9 billion and the extraordinary General Meeting of the company is fixed for November 9, 2020, with the funds expected to be received by the company by end November. The rights issue is fully underwritten by its immediate parent Softlogic Capital PLC and the entire equity infusion is hence guaranteed.
The Softlogic Group has also announced purchasing the shares of Abans Finance PLC consequent to which Abans Finance PLC will be amalgamated with Softlogic Finance PLC with the latter being the surviving entity. The transaction is currently pending approval of the regulator, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The combined entity, post-merger, will create a stronger and bigger company that is estimated to have total assets of Rs 32 billion, customer deposits of Rs 22 billion and customer advances of Rs 26 billion, whilst complying with all of the regulatory requirements of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka including the capital adequacy of the company. The capital position of the amalgamated entity is expected to be Rs 4.9 billion by 31st March 2021.
Softlogic Finance is therefore upbeat on its future prospects that will deliver a robust business strategy enhanced by digitalization and delivered by the new management team of the company that is in place since May of this year. Unparalleled customer convenience and ease of doing business are expected to bring about synergies within the Softlogic Group’s large customer base and will follow the tremendous success delivered by its sister company Softlogic Life Insurance PLC that is the country’s fastest growing life insurer having recorded a five-year growth of 30% versus industry growth of 12%.
The Softlogic Group has long viewed Financial Services as an industry with substantial opportunities for growth. This proposed merger compliments Softlogic Finance in its ambition to increase its footprint in the NBFI sector, particularly in the dynamic leasing category, which represents an area of strategic focus for the company.
The Company is currently re-evaluating its product mix and service offering, and work is in progress to streamline its systems and processes to suit a digitized environment, in order to prepare the company to confidently face the constantly changing external landscape and sustainably deliver a distinctive and easily accessible value proposition to its customers.
The Softlogic Group is regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s most dynamic and progressive conglomerates, with industry leadership in key business verticals; with its presence visible across the Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services, ICT, Automobiles and Leisure sectors. Softlogic Finance is a registered finance company under Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 as well as a Specialised Leasing Company licensed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka under Finance Leasing Act No. 56 of 2000.
HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy
HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.
HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.
“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.
“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.
ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season
The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.
In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.
Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.
The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.
‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent
Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.
“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.
The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.
Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.
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