The Hayleys Group delivered the highest revenue and profit in its 143-year history during FY 2020/21with revenue increasing to Rs 241.28 billion whilst net profit stood at Rs. 14.05 billion – six percent of revenue, a company news release issued last week said.
“Profit attributable to shareholders recorded a healthy growth to Rs. 7.64 billion, compared to Rs. 372.42 million the previous year with the performance underpinned by significant growth in the core performance of the Group’s export-oriented businesses, ongoing focus on resource optimisation and cost management through the ‘Haysmart’ program and the Group’s strategic agility in navigating the numerous complexities presented by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic during the year” it said.
“The Group’s revenue increased to Rs.241.28 billion reflecting strong growth in export-oriented business including Hand Protection, Purification and Textiles. With foreign currency earnings exceeding USD 600 million, Hayleys emerged as the largest value-added-exporter among public listed entities.”
The release said gross profit increased by 22% supported by improvements in core profitability-primarily in export-oriented businesses. Concerted efforts at driving organisation-wide cost rationalisation have generated significant savings, with the increase in Administrative and Distribution expenses contained at five percent and two percent respectively, despite a considerable increase in activity levels.
Meanwhile, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) recorded a strong growth of 42% to Rs. 33.21 billion and the Group’s Consolidated Earnings before Interest and Tax (EBIT) increased by 58% to Rs.25.95 billion during the year. Net finance cost declined by 38% reflecting the Group’s efforts to rationalise borrowings and the continued decline in market interest rates during the year, the release said.
“The Hand Protection, Purification and Textile sectors delivered remarkable growth supported by robust demand, proactive efforts to increase capacity utilisation, effective supply chain management and increased contributions from value-added products.
“The Agriculture and Construction Materials Sectors also recorded good profit growth, demonstrating strong resilience amidst the innumerable challenges that prevailed. The Transportation sector recorded strong rebound in the second half of the year delivering commendable earnings growth.
“Meanwhile, the Consumer & Retail Sector delivered its highest ever profitability, reflecting robust demand for IT products and the Singer Group’s strategic focus on optimising distribution channels to increase customer penetration.
“Understandably the Leisure Sector continued to generate losses” the release said.
“Despite the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in recent weeks, we remain optimistic regarding a medium-term economic revival, given the conducive policy environment and Government efforts to ensure continued business activity” said Mr. Mohan Pandithage, Chairman of Hayleys PLC. “Our team has embraced the realities of a post-pandemic world, through adapting to new ways of working. I have a special word of thanks to Mr Dhammika Perera, the Board of Directors and the Group Management Committee who steered the Group to deliver this exceptional results.
“I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to Hayleys Team, who have once again proven that they are the Group’s most valuable asset. We expect our export-oriented businesses to maintain their growth momentum while the strong rebound of our domestic businesses seen in the second half of the year is expected to continue in 2021/22.
“Our optimism is demonstrated by continued investments in expanding our operations and driving increased economic value, as evidenced by the Group’s recent acquisition of South Asia Textiles Limited which is expected to further strengthen our proposition in the textiles sector.”
The Board of Directors of Hayleys PLC comprises Messrs. Mohan Pandithage (Chairman and Chief Executive), Dhammika Perera (Co-Chairman), Sarath Ganegoda, Rajitha Kariyawasan, Dr. Harsha Cabral PC, Ruwan Waidyaratne, Hisham Jamaldeen, Aravinda Perera, Jayanthi Dharmasena, Rohan Karr, Gamini Gunaratne and Kawshi Amarasinghe (Alternate to Dhammika Perera).
U.S. confident SL would ensure required facilitation for U.S. investors
Sri Lankan government has pledged to address the pending policy issues and I am confident that once the pandemic subsides, concrete efforts will begin to improve ease of doing business and ensure the required facilitation for US investors, Martin Kelly, Charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of the United States of America in Sri Lanka said recently speaking at the Sri Lanka Invest Forum 2021 held virtually through June 7-9, 2021
“Sri Lanka was among the first countries in the region to open its economy and offers the highest standards of living among other advanced indicators in South Asia. Over the last seventeen years, the country continued to transition from an agriculture commodity based economy to become world leader in textile and apparel, a major exporter of IT and communication related services and of course a world class destination for international tourists,” he said.
“Promoting trade and investment opportunities is one of the embassy’s top priorities, and a vital component of our efforts to encourage private sector led development and toward stronger ties between the two countries,” he said.
Kelly said that the government of Sri Lanka has promoted pro-business policies including tax benefits, to attract the U.S. and other foreign direct investments.
ComBank donates ICU beds to Kegalle Teaching Hospital
Commercial Bank Chairman Justice K. Sripavan and Managing Director S. Renganathan with representatives of the Bank and the Kegalle Hospital
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has donated three Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds to the Teaching Hospital Kegalle, which receives over 80,000 admissions and 350,000 clinic visits, annually. The donation was made following a request from the hospital and will help it to provide seamless healthcare services to prevent non-pandemic related morbidities and mortalities while also treating patients who are COVID-19 positive.
The CSR Trust of the Bank has already gifted medical equipment and gear including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits, face masks, surgical masks, hand sanitisers, Slit lamps, pulse oximeters, multipara monitors and oxygen concentrators to over 16 government hospitals. Commercial Bank also made a monetary donation to the National COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund set up by the government last year.
Trading activity gets slower among retail investors
Lankem Ceylon Rights Issue undersubscribed.
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
Stock trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was marginally positive yesterday and the number of retail investor participation was lower compared to previous trading days. Index heavy LOLC group which accounted for more than 30 percent of the turnover, contributed 20 points to the All Share Price Index, stock market analysts said.
Both indices moved upwards. All Share Price Index was up by 35.75 points and S&P SL20 up by 2.01 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.74 billion sans a single crossing. In the retail market top six companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were LOLC Rs 510 million (1.28 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 197 million (4.1 million shares traded), Melstacorp Rs 137 million (2.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 71.5 million (11.3 million shares traded), Windforce Rs 68.2 million (3.5 million shares traded) and Hayleys Holdings Rs 54.8 million (730,000 shares traded).
Index heavy LOLC, which contributed 20 points to the All Share Price Index, appreciated its share price by Rs 18.75 or 4.85 percent. Its share price started trading at Rs 386.25 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs 405.
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Lankem Ceylon Plc, Rs. 677 million worth Rights Issue has been undersubscribed. When the issue closed the Company managed to draw only subscriptions for 17.6 million shares worth Rs. 352.3 million. The original plan was to issue 33.85 million shares at Rs. 20 each aiming at raising Rs. 677 million. The basis was one new ordinary share for every one share held. Funds were to be raised to augment working capital requirements.
During the day 67.9 million share volumes changed hands in 17564 share transactions.
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