By Hiran H.Senewiratne
The CSE bounced back strongly yesterday with higher turnover as investors showed signs of renewed optimism, despite a worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.
Amid those developments most investors are now rallying round Expolanka stocks anticipating better profit results for the company as the Covid 19 pandemic has punctured many businesses in a big way, stock market analysts said,
Expolanka share prices moved up by 7 percent or Rs. 1.60. The company is in the sea and air cargo handling business and its shares started trading at Rs. 22.30 and at the end of the day they moved up to Rs. 23.90, which contributed approximately one third of the turnover, stock market analysts said.
Further, share prices of Piramal Glass Private Limited appreciated in the stock market by one percent or 15 cent with the entry of the new buyer of the company. Global private equity Bain Capital has joined the race to acquire a controlling stake in Ajay Piramal-promoted Piramal Glass Private Limited (PGPL).
Bain Capital’s offer which came over the weekend is higher than rival Blackstone Group’s binding bid of $790 million, sources said.
“Bain Capital is a late entrant but has made a higher offer which is close to $900 million for the company, said a source. “Piramal Group is seeking a valuation of around $1 billion in enterprise value.”analysts said. Its share price also started trading at Rs. 8.40 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs. 8.50.
Another company, Dipped Products PLC also witnessed foreign selling and its share price also moved up by Rs. 10 or 3 percent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 323 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs. 333.
The CSE was bullish and both indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index was up by 81.5 points and S and P SL20 up by 23.6 points. The turnover stood at Rs. 3.53 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Vallibel Power, which crossed 33.5 million shares to the tune of Rs. 268 million, its share price traded at Rs. 8, JKH 609,000 shares crossed for Rs. 80.7 million, its share price traded at Rs. 132.50, Cargills 400,000 shares crossed for Rs. 76 million and its share prices traded at Rs. 190 and Kelani Valley 300,000 shares crossed for Rs. 25.5 million, its shares trading at Rs. 85.
In the retail market top five contributors to the turnover were, Expolanka Rs. 909 million (38.4 million shares traded), Vallibel Power Rs. 251 million (34.8 million shares traded), Piramal Glass Rs. 241 million (27.8 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 182 million (556,000 shares traded) and RIL Properties Rs. 153 million (16.9 million shares traded). During the day 242 million share volumes changed hands in 27618 transactions.
It is said the bourse gained back momentum experiencing a Rs. 2 billion plus turnover after seven trading sessions, while recording a two-week high amid heavy retail buoyancy.
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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