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‘DFCC Bank stands firm amidst challenges’

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In the backdrop of an extremely challenging environment supporting the efforts by the Government to uplift and stabilize the economy,

continued its committed service to customers across the country providing essential banking services without interruption during these challenging times. DFCC Bank concluded the quarter ended 31March 2021 with sound performance and growth.

DFCC Bank really swung into full gear as a full-service Commercial Bank marking 65 years of being a pioneer in Sri Lanka’s banking sector. The Bank has made great strides recently to capture market share by demonstrating agility to embrace its goal of becoming a customer centric digitally enabled bank. The Bank introduced several concessionary schemes to its clientele in accordance with the Directions/ Guidelines of Central Bank of Sri Lanka extending financial and advisory support to all segments of customers.

The following commentary relates to the unaudited Financial Statements for the quarter ended 31 March 2021, presented in accordance with Sri Lanka Accounting Standard 34 (LKAS 34) on “Interim Financial Statements”.

 

Financial Performance Profitability

The DFCC Group comprises of DFCC Bank PLC (DFCC), and its subsidiaries – Lanka Industrial Estates Limited (LINDEL), DFCC Consulting (Pvt) Limited (DCPL) and Synapsys Limited (SL), the joint venture company – Acuity Partners (Pvt) Limited (APL) and associate company – National Asset Management Limited (NAMAL).

DFCC Bank PLC, the largest entity within the Group, reported a profit before tax (PBT) of LKR 1,915Mn and a profit after tax (PAT) of LKR 1,479 Mn for the quarter ended 31 March 2021. This compares with a PBT of LKR 1,295 Mn and a PAT of LKR 925 Mn in the comparative period.

The Group recorded a PBT of LKR 2,036 Mn and PAT of LKR 1,583 Mn for the quarter ended 31 March 2021 as compared to LKR 1,408 Mn and LKR 1,014 Mn respectively in the comparative period of year 2020. All the member entities of the Group made positive contributions to this performance.

The basic earnings per ordinary share (EPS) of the Bank improved to LKR 4.80 for the quarter ended 31 March 2021 from LKR 3.04 for the comparative period in year 2020 recording an increase of 58%. The Bank’s Return on Equity (ROE) improved to 6% during the quarter ended 31 March 2021 from 4.93% recorded for the year ended 31 December 2020. The Bank’s Return on Assets (ROA) before tax also improved to 0.91% during the quarter ended 31 March 2021 compared to 0.78% recorded for the year ended 31 December 2020.

 

Net Interest Income

The Bank recorded a LKR 2,679 Mn in net interest income (NII) which is a 10% decline year on year primarily due to the drop in AWPLR more than 370 bps over the past 12 months and due to the business implications that arose with the pandemic situation. In line with this trend and due to the time taken to re price the existing deposits to reflect market trends the interest margin also has slightly decreased from 2.53% in December 2020 to 2.35% in March 2021. (DFCC Bank)



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ICC’s Oceanfront Galle completed on time amidst Covid-19 restrictions

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Oceanfront Galle structure constructions have been completed on time, amidst the restrictions imposed by the authorities to contain COVID 19 pandemic. Nevertheless, ICC has taken initiatives to apply for COC in the beginning of June 2021.

The home owners and potential investors were invited to inspect on the construction progress of Oceanfront condominiums in Galle while experiencing the beautiful sunset by the Galle coast. ICC has conceptualized OFC Galle to have a view of the clear ocean from all possible angles featuring a fully equipped gym, a double floored spa and “Sunset” restaurant with beautiful views of the ocean.

Allowing investors to seamlessly enjoy the returns of OFC, ICC has introduced an all-inclusive rental management system which offers end-to-end solutions.

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Major-value stocks decline,three companies prop up ASPI

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Stock trading activities in the Colombo Stock Exchange(CSE) was subdued throughout yesterday as all major value-stocks declined in prices. Three companies; namely LOLC Development Finance (NIFL) Carsons and Bukit Darah kept the All Share Price Index positive, stock market analysts said.

Hence both indices showed mixed reactions. All Share Price Index was up by 16.98 points up and S&P SL20 down by 40.86 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.94 billion with a single crossing. The crossing took place in HNB (Non Voting), which crossed 330,000 shares to the tune of Rs 36.3 million and its share price traded at Rs 110.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were Expolanka Rs 247 million (4.9 million shares traded), Bukit Darah Rs 156.7 million (450,500 shares traded), LOLC Rs 145.5 million (365,000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 128.5 million (21 million shares traded) and HNB (Non Voting) Rs 109.3 million (993,000 shares traded).

When Bukit Darah share price appreciated by 25 percent or Rs 51.25 from its initial trading price of Rs 279.50 to Rs 355, its holding company Carson Plc  share price also appreciated in parallel to its. Carsons Plc share price appreciated by 18 percent or Rs 52. Its share price started trading at Rs 293 and at the end of the day it shot upto Rs 345.

Further, NIFL being a low float company its share price increased by 25 percent or Rs 51.25. Its share price started trading at Rs 205 and at the end of the day it moved to Rs 256.25. These companies positively contributed 75 points to the All Share Price Index. Carsons contributed 28 points, Bukit Darah 28 points and NIFL 19 points to the All Share Price Index.

NIFL or LOLC Development Finance Company  has emerged as the most valuable finance company in terms of market capitalization. During the last seven sessions it’s share price appreciated by 261 percent or 3.6 times. The share price staryed trading at Rs 71 seven days ago and today it has moved up to Rs 256.25.

 

 

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People’s Bank Dankotuwa branch moves to new premises

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Opening of the People’s Bank Dankotuwa Branch at the new location which offers added convenience to its customers

 

People’s Bank Dankotuwa Branch moved to a new location recently. The opening ceremony of the new premises was attended by People’s Bank Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku.

The new spacious premises offers added convenience to customers along with a full range of services backed by the latest digital banking technology.

People’s Bank Deputy General Manager (Recoveries) Lionel Galagedara, Regional Manager(Puttalam) K.A.A.S Peiris, Assistant Regional Manager S.A.M.L Sirimanne, Dankotuwa Branch Manager D.M Liyanage, customers, also participated at the event.

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