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Hemas posts another strong quarter with Group operating profit at Rs.1.3 billion



Hemas Holdings PLC (HHL) placed on record a resilient performance by delivering another strong quarter. Home and Personal Care (HPC) and Learning segment represented by Atlas along with Healthcare were the significant contributors to the robust performance.

HHL recorded a Group revenue of Rs.16.6 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, an increase of 18.3 per cent over corresponding period last year. Group operating profit for the quarter under review at Rs.1.3 billion is a growth of 58.8 per cent over Rs.829.7 million recorded last year whilst the Group earnings of Rs.859.8 million is an increase of 79.2 per cent over last year.

Despite the challenges encountered in the macro economic environment and the intensity of the competitive landscape, the Group recorded a cumulative underlying revenue of Rs.64.5 billion for the FY 2020/21, a 11.3 per cent growth against FY 2019/20, after adjusting for the disposal of Serendib Hotels PLC, Travel and Aviation segment and N*able. Similarly, the cumulative underlying Group operating profit of Rs.6.0 billion for the year was a year-on-year increase of 56.2 per cent over Rs.3.8 billion recorded last year. As the Group rationalised its portfolio and focused on re-energising the core, the Group stepped up and delivered a cumulative underlying performance for the year surpassed results of FY 2018/19, the most recent year in which normalcy prevailed.

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“Our efforts on working capital management and cost rationalisation measures were proven effective in strengthening the Group’s liquidity position, which was also endorsed by Fitch ratings with the reaffirmation of “AAA (lka)- Outlook Stable” rating criteria for the Group.”

” The Consumer Brands sector revenue for the quarter was Rs.5.8 billion, an increase of 43.1 per cent over corresponding quarter last year.”

“Healthcare sector recorded a revenue of Rs.10.0 billion during the quarter against Rs.8.9 billion over the corresponding period last year, an increase of 12.3 per cent. The growth in the sector was collectively driven by Pharmaceutical Distribution and Manufacturing businesses.”

“Pharmaceutical Manufacturing business, Morison and Pharmaceutical Distribution business delivered a healthy financial performance during the quarter leading to a cumulative double-digit year-on-year earnings growth of 40.6 per cent.”

“Hospitals business witnessed a positive quarter on quarter momentum in patient footfall. Additional revenue streams such as mobile lab services, home care services and Kaya Intermediary care centre supported revenues for the quarter.”

“Mobility sector reported a revenue for the quarter of Rs.734.1 million, a growth of 27.1% per cent over the corresponding quarter last year, and the operating profit for the quarter of Rs.255.1 million was an increase of 12.0 per cent against the previous year.”

“During the year under review, the Port of Colombo handled 6.8 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) with a year-on-year decline of 6.1 per cent. Similarly, transhipment volumes also witnessed a year-on-year decline of 4.8 per cent. In this backdrop, the Maritime Business continued to face challenges in the quarter,  with  global ports being congested and vessels opting to bypass the port of Colombo to recover the schedules, resulting in a drop-in throughput,” she said.


Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+




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Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.

Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.

Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.

Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.


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Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector



Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services receives the award

Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’

Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.

Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services ( has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.

“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.

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Ports Minister invites Singaporean investors to develop Colombo North Port



Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva meets with the head of PSA International Private Company which carries out the operations and development of the Singapore port.

The Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva was on an observation tour on 3rd of June to witness the operations and development of Singapore’s main port. During the tour, he had a special discussion with the head of PSA International Private Company which carries out the operations and development of the Singapore port.

Won Chee Fung, CEO of the company’s Middle East and South Asia arm said if there are investment opportunities for development and operations in the ports of Sri Lanka, they would like to apply for them.

The Minister told him that since the government has planned to start the development of the North Colombo Port, a suitable investment plan and proposal could be made for it. He also requested the heads of PSA International Private Company to provide a suitable proposal for the development of Trincomalee Port.

PSA International is one of the few largest companies operating in ports in the world, and 37,000 million containers are handled per year in Singapore’s main port alone.Officials including Assistant Vice President of PSA Company Lim Wei Chang, Chairman of JCT Oil Bank Company, Lakmal Ratnayake and representatives of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Singapore also participated in this discussion.

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