By Hiran H.Senewiratne
The CSE recorded its highest ever turnover yesterday amounting to more than Rs. 23 billion, with crossings and retail tradings in Brown Investments shares contributing approximately 73 percent to the turnover. Companies belonging to Ishara Nanayakkara, namely Oxford Capital Pvt Limited and Churchill Capital Pvt Limited sold their shares in Browns Investments to Brown and Company, stock market analysts said.
It is said that Oxford Capital held 1.1 billion and Churchill Capital 985 million of Browns Investments shares and together they sold 2.6 billion shares to the tune of Rs. 16.85 billion, with each share being traded at Rs. 5.40. With the crossings Brown and Company which held a 46.06 percent stake in Browns Investments increased its shareholding to 60.64 percent, stock analysts said.
Amid those developments, in the early session of the day the CSE witnessed some selling pressure. However with the Browns Investments crossings or internal transactions, the market became normal, but both indices indicated a downward trend. All Share Price Index went down by 101 points and S and P SL20 went down by 77.57 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 23.75 billion with the crossing in Browns Investments.
In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, LOLC Holdings Rs. 1.37 billion (2.6 million shares traded), Sampath Bank Rs. 590 million (2.94 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 515.5 million (9.8 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 514 million (76.4 million shares traded) and Vallibel One Rs. 513 million (6.2 million shares traded). During the day 86 billion share volumes changed hands in 42246 transactions.
In terms of volume of shares and number of trades, the performance in January was unprecedented. Over 10 billion shares changed hands via 960,300 trades. In comparison just 84 million shares in January last year and 163 million in 2019. The number of trades in January of 2020 and 2019 were 19,790 and 22,854 respectively.
CSE saw rapid net foreign selling though analysts opined they can’t be blamed as they are making rightful capital gains exiting when the market was on the rise. This was evident by the fact that Sampath Bank, which rose on the share sub division move, saw Rs. 1.9 billion in net selling. JKH saw Rs. 891 million worth of exits.
Friday’s net foreign selling was Rs. 2.3 billion, highest in nine months and took the year to date figure to Rs. 8.5 billion. Foreign investors sold Rs. 4.57 billion net last week as opposed to Rs. 2.36 billion a week earlier.
Sri Lanka rupee quoted stronger at 191/192 levels in the spot market yesterday, while bond yields were flat in dull market trade, dealers said. The rupee closed around 191.25/192 to the US dollar on Friday.
Dilmah voted Best Corporate Citizen in Ceylon Chamber Sustainability Awards 2020
Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah was honoured in Sri Lanka’s apex corporate sustainability awards, as one of two recipients of the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award for Sri Lanka in 2020, a company news release said.
“Dilmah won in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover based on complex criteria linked to social, environmental and economic value, compliance, resilience, stakeholder management and crisis response. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce award is judged annually – now in its 17th year – in an exhaustive process steered by a panel of eminent judges. The Best Corporate Citizen in the category of Businesses with greater than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover was won by Ceylon Biscuits Ltd, also a Sri Lankan family business,” it said.
In addition to the coveted top award, Dilmah won category awards for Customer Relations, Environment Beyond the Business and was chosen as one of the Top 10 Corporate Citizens of Sri Lanka. The company stands out in its achievement as a family owned business with a singular focus on tea, among conglomerates and finance houses that form the top 10.
“Dilmah was formed by Founder, Merrill J. Fernando, on an unequivocal commitment to human service. The context was the colonial economic system that persisted in the tea industry in the 1950s, vestiges of which are evident even today in inadequate value addition to Sri Lanka’s high-quality tea and spices. The award scrutinised each finalists’ performance in areas including sustainability and business resilience in the wake of COVID-19, packaging sustainability, customer relations, commitment to environment and social development initiatives,” the release said.
Merrill J. Fernando, who recently celebrated his 70th year in tea is recognized as the face of fine Ceylon Tea in several countries where he started his business inviting tea drinkers to, ‘do try it!’ He commented on hearing of the accolade, ‘Mine was a simple wish – to present the finest tea with quality and integrity. What people call sustainability is a way of life for my sons and I. This award is a humbling accolade, because my journey in tea was marked more by criticism than appreciation.’
A minimum 15% of the company’s pre-tax profits directly benefit humanity through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation, both formed to fulfill the company’s commitment to community and environment. The Dilmah philosophy has touched the lives of thousands through programmes for disabled children, empowerment initiatives for women, youth and communities. The company became carbon neutral in 2019 and plans to be carbon negative by 2030.
Vision Care opens 60th branch at Medihelp Hospital in Homagama
Vision Care, Sri Lanka’s premier eye care solutions provider, opened its 60th branch at Medihelp Hospital located at High-level road, Homagama. Present at the momentous opening were Chief Guest Dr. Prasad Pathirana – Eye Surgeon, Horana Base Hospital and Chandika Wijesiriwardana – Executive Director, Medihelp Hospitals, who graced the event.
“Vision Care has entered into a strategic partnership with Medihelp Hospitals to enhance the hospital’s eye care offering. Vision Care is focused on expanding its optical services to selected Medihelp Hospitals’ locations, thereby eventually covering all major districts in the country,” a news release issued in connection with the event said.
It said the new location offers a wide collection of affordable eyewear and specialized services such as primary eye examination, refraction, contact lens assessment, eye pressure diagnostics, hearing aids and other related services.
Kangaroo Cabs adopt strict measures to safeguard customers against Covid-19
Kangaroo Cabs (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading cab service provider trusted by customers for the past 33 years, has adopted many stringent measures to ensure customer safety against Covid-19.
This includes providing hand sanitizers, touchless thermometers and face masks to all drivers registered under Kangaroo Cabs. They are advised strictly to follow health guidelines and pay attention to safeguard their valued customers. Customers’ body temperature is checked and hand sanitization provided before every trip.
The car is sanitized at the end of every journey to ensure the safety of the next customer and the drivers. Drivers are advised to wear face masks and follow health guidelines right throughout the journey. Precautions and safety measures are a top priority at Kangaroo Cabs.
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