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CSE total market turnover hits Rs. 600 billion within first eight months of 2021



By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Investor confidence in the Colombo Stock Exchange recorded an all-time high with the total market turnover touching Rs. 600 billion as at 24th August 2021 within the first 08 months of the year. Therefore, the investor sentiment has shown some significant improvement despite the country’s economic woes and the Covid 19 pandemic condition, CSE-Head of Marketing Niroshan Wijesundera said.

“Last year, the CSE’s total turnover reached Rs. 396.8 billion but this year we have surpassed last year’s total market turnover in less than eight months. Therefore, market trading activities have also increased by approximately 27.5 percent, Year-To-Date growth is seen in ASPI, Wijesundere told The Island Financial Review.

He said daily turnover marked the highest value for the quarter at Rs. 10.8 billion, recorded on the previous day. Yesterday the market turnover stood at Rs. 9.9 billion. The two days’ market turnover averaged Rs10 billion year to date; a 34 percent increase of active accounts compared to year 2020.

The CSE implemented the Delivery Versus Payment (DVP) Settlement mechanism on August 16, 2021. “The increased market participation and growth indicates how all the market participants have embraced the new trading systems and its operating infrastructure, Wijesundera explained.

“With the announcement of new policy rates, although a public reaction was exhibited soon after, the positive trajectory of the market indicates that the amended policy rates have not posed a negative effect on the market performance and activity, Wijesundere said.

CSE trading activates were bullish yesterday and a major contributor to the All Share Price Index was Commercial Leasing Finance, which contributed 124 points. Commercial Leasing Finance’s share price yesterday appreciated by 50 percent or Rs. 8.70. Its shares started trading at Rs. 17.50 and at the end of the day they shot up to Rs. 26.20.Expolanka Holdings, performed well on the previous day with noted profit taking but its share price depreciated by two percent or Rs. 2.75. It shares started trading at Rs. 122.75 but at the end of the day they came down to Rs. 120.

Amid those developments both indices moved upwards. All Share Price Index went up by 188.30 points to 8667.95 and S and P SL20 rose by 24.44 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 9.95 billion with three crossings. Those three crossings were reported in Cargills PLC where 730,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs. 171.5 million and its share price traded at Rs. 235, HNB (Non Voting) 880,000 shares crossed for Rs. 100.4 million, its shares traded at Rs. 114 and JKH 630,000 shares crossed for Rs. 83.2 million, its share price being Rs. 132.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Expolanka Holdings Rs. 1.59 billion (13 million shares traded),LOLC Finance Rs. 1.06 billion (86.3 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 1.04 billion (133 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs. 965 million (1.8 million shares traded), Hayleys PLC Rs. 956.8 million (10.8 million shares traded, Dipped Products Rs. 602 million (10 million shares traded) and Royal Ceramic Rs. 474 million (10.8 million shares traded). During the day 421.4 million share volumes changed hands in 62000 transactions.

LOLC Group now owns a 15 percent stake in SANASA Development Bank (SDB bank) following the conclusion of the bank’s Secondary Public Offering (SPO).SDB Bank said that when the issue closed last week, the SPO had drawn applications worth Rs. 3.69 billion; short of the desired Rs. 4.5 billion aimed at. The SPO received 111 applications requesting for 71.76 million shares.

It said Iconic Property Twenty Three Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of LOLC Investments, has been allocated 24.1 million shares or 15 percent. Kotagala Plantations PLC’s Rs. 790 million Rights Issue has seen demand worth Rs. 1 billion, reflecting a successful oversubscription.

The Issue involved 263,287,500 Ordinary Shares at Rs. 3 per share on the basis of seven new shares for two held. The aim was to raise Rs. 790 million. Kotagala said the Rights Issue had been oversubscribed with total subscription received amounting to Rs. 1.01 billion inclusive of additional shares applied for. It said the information was subject to the realisation of cheques, bank confirmation, elimination of duplications (if any) and other verifications.

Consolidated Tea Plantations Ltd. owns 45 percent in Kotagala and related parties Lankem Tea and Rubber Plantations own 21.76 percent. The percentage of shares held by the public in Kotagala as of 30 June was 32.77 percent with 13,439 public shareholders.

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Women led LPO services firm Velox Partners enters new office space in Colombo



Velox Partners is a 90% women led Legal Process Outsourcing firm now in Sri Lanka

Velox Partners, a tech-based legal process outsourcing (LPO) firm, expanded its presence into Colombo to augment its existing law firm. Velox commenced operations in January 2020 prior to the onset of the pandemic. Today, it has expanded its services across numerous verticals Commercial law, Litigation, Conveyancing and Company Secretarial Services, with Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Services being the core. It is geared as a fully-fledged legal service provider servicing clients across United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Velox is female-led with over 90% being women comprising versatile and experienced lawyers. Their expertise bridges multiple disciplines of law with a local and global clientele. The two powerhouses leading the firm are its founding partners Lihini Fernando and Dakshika Perera whose collective experience spans over three decades.

Velox Partners saw Covid-19 restrictions and remote working as an opportunity to position the firm as a tech-based entity and launched its LPO arm. Providing back office legal services to law firms across continents was seen as a viable business model that is both functional and lucrative. Furthermore, the partners of Velox realized the potential of positioning Sri Lanka as a LPO Hub, where the LPO sector enables foreign remittance to the island nation to rebuild its economy. This also provided an opportunity particularly as LPO services can be offered remotely, without a physical office presence.

Velox has serviced clients in over 14 jurisdictions worldwide providing solutions on the ethos, ‘Beyond Legal’. Velox believes in combining business efficiency and tech enabled processes to differentiate itself from the conventional law firms.

Lawyers at Velox are solution providers guided by industry expertise. The team comprises professionals based in Australia, the United States of America, Singapore, and Sri Lanka which enables them to draw cross country perspectives in providing services. Velox is now poised to use their multiple years of experience across continents to provide smart legal solutions.

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Estonian TV crew gets a taste of Sri Lanka for the first time



Meeting with SLTPB officials

Sri Lanka Tourism, under its Scandinavian market promotions hosted a Media FAM with 4 Media personnel from Kanal2 TV from Estonia. The tour started off on February 28 and ended on March 8. The purpose of hosting this tour was to receive more high-end tourist arrivals from Estonia, as well as the other Scandinavian markets including Lithuania and Latvia.

Subsequently, this tour was hosted in collaboration with the Sri Lanka embassy in Sweden which contributed to make this tour a success. The FAM Tour covered all the main tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, including wild life, Ayurveda, Boutique hotels, and also cultural attractions.

All these attractions were filmed and the destination will be promoted on air via Kanal2 TV, through the TV show ‘’ Kaugele Siit’’ (far from here). The first episode of this programme is scheduled to be telecast for 45 minutes. This travel programme has 420,000 followers as their audience. Kanal2 TV was also the official Media partner for the Winter Olympics 2018, a Sri Lanka Tourism press release said.

The release adds: ‘The visitors were quite impressed with the 8-day tour which they had, enjoying every moment of their tour. They were equally mesmerized with the warm hospitality which they received from the Sri Lankans, which they are mostly renowned for. They enjoyed the traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and the variety of dishes which they tasted. Nevertheless, they had the opportunity of exploring every attraction of the paradise island to convey the message to their fellow Estonians, that Sri Lanka is a unique travel destination which has everything in store for the enthusiastic traveler.

‘They also had a cooking demonstration by courtesy of Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resorts & Spas Wadduwa, and also a Yoga treat at the same venue. Visiting the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda , the Elephant orphanage at Pinnawala, going through a safari at Eco park was also another amazing experience which they had during their stay.’


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The Academy of International Business signs Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Pacific



More than 50 students graduated this year from AIB

Academy of International Business Sri Lanka (AIB) held its second graduation at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall with over fifty graduates successfully passing out. At the recent graduation, the business academy signed its MOU with the University of the Pacific.

The signing of the MOU is a major milestone for the business academy. The courses offered are DBA, MBA, and BBA top-up programs through AIB. Prof Liam, Rector – of the University of Pacific, expressed confidence that the program delivered by AIB will be very beneficial.

The event was graced by passed graduates, teachers, and lecturers, the ceremony was hosted by the chief guest and the regional director of ABE(UK) Dr Praveen Mahendran. “The ABE(UK) is one of the long-standing professional awarding bodies from the UK and AIB is proud to be associated with ABE and approved by the awarding body.

Hard work, competency and capability are the values that produce results, through the AIB and its programs these are achievable. Every student is encouraged to show their full potential”.

The distinguished guests were the Vice President of the BNI Pioneer Chapter, Dilan Fonseka. He emphasized, the importance of students gaining experience in entrepreneurial skills and business development by enrolling at BNI. AIB is a member of BNI, which creates multiple opportunities.

About the Academy of International Business: AIB is recognized for its management programs, digital marketing, marketing, and English language programs such as IELTS, and PTE. It’s widely popular among students in search of pursuing business and management courses.The Director of AIB Sri Lanka, Chrishankar Janathanan, expressed the institute’s commitment to providing the best quality education. It’s not only a center that is simply cornered to the education sector but also has focused its efforts on recruitment services and digital agency services.

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