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hSenid to be first Enterprise Software Company to IPO on CSE

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Seated (L to R): Darshan Perera - CEO, NDB Investment Bank Zakir Mohamedally - Group COO and Head of Investment Banking, CT CLSA Holdings Dinesh Saparamadu - Chairman, hSenid Business Solutions Ltd. Sampath Jayasundara - CEO and Executive Director, hSenid Business Solutions Ltd. Nilendra Weerasinghe - Chief Corporate Advisory Officer, NDB Investment Bank.

Sri Lankan global HR software solutions provider, hSenid Business Solutions, successfully concluded its investor forum, ahead of its IPO, which is due to open on the 3rd of December 2021. The event showcased the great strides made by hSenidBiz having penetrated the global market for Human Capital Management (HCM) software while presenting the investment case to potential investors. The event attracted participation from a wide array of local and foreign investors representing both individual and institutional segments. The Q&A session that followed witnessed active engagement where participants clarified their questions directly with key decision makers and stakeholders at hSenidBiz.

Discussing the outcome of the investor forum, Dinesh Saparamadu – Director/Chairman at hSenid Business Solutions said, “The outcome of our investor forum is overwhelmingly positive. It was a pleasure to be able to directly interact with prospective investors and industry specialists. We were able to answer all their questions and address their concerns. Coming away from the event, we are confident of receiving broad-based interest in our IPO and look forward to the opening day. We thank all those who attended the event, and pledge to continue delivering exceptional value to all stakeholders as we seek to play an even bigger role in Sri Lanka’s growth story.”

Under the guidance of NDB Investment Bank, Lead Managers to the Issue, and CT CLSA Capital, Co-Managers to the Issue, hSenid Business Solutions Limited will offer 55,339,076 ordinary non-voting shares to the public at a price of LKR 12.50 per share, seeking to raise a total of approximately LKR 692 Million in equity capital. These funds are to be channelled toward product development and market development, along with strategic acquisitions in the APAC and East Africa regions. Over the past 5 years, hSenidBiz has demonstrated robust growth in PAT, combined with healthy margins and exceptional performance across all fundamental indicators.

Commenting on the company’s journey thus far, Saparamadu added, “We started hSenidBiz with just three people out of a small room at Ward Place. From day one, I was determined to build HR solutions for global markets. Today, as an indigenous multinational, we are committed to doing our part in developing the local tech industry. I wish to ensure that while our company grows, we also divert resources to upskill local tech professionals and help start-ups get off the ground. As a key player in Sri Lanka’s IT/BPM sector, we are proud to be able to support the nation’s growth trajectory through our net positive forex flows, while also helping to increase awareness about and access to foreign markets for Sri Lankan IT/BPM companies.”

Adding to this, Sampath Jayasundara, CEO/Director of hSenid Business Solutions, mentioned, “Heading in for the IPO is an exciting milestone for all stakeholders of hSenidBiz. This has not been a journey of just a few individuals but an entire network of dedicated employees, partners, customers, advisors and our shareholders. We were fortunate to have worked with big local and global corporations as it gave us unique insights into HR practices and helped us develop innovative solutions that can be scaled globally. From the team point of view, it has been a great strength to have the right people from consulting to engineering, to build a global solution. This has definitely been a stepping-stone to benchmark our products with leading international brands and added new features based on unique customer requirements and considering different industries and geographical contexts.”

Our global expansion across 40+ countries would have been mere to impossible without our global partner network. While, we thank all who have stood with us in this journey, we eagerly look forward to the new opportunities this IPO holds for the future of hSenidBiz. We strongly believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to build a global HR solutions brand that can tweak world-class solutions for different contexts and needs, and we believe we can take the lead in APAC and African regions.”

Founded in 1997, hSenidBiz is today a global Sri Lankan software solutions company, specializing in state-of-the-art HR solutions. hSenidBiz software is used by 1,000,000 users across 1,300 local and global giants among 20 diversified industries in over 40 countries and multiple business sectors, with a strong presence in Asia Pacific and Africa. hSenidBiz presently employs over 250 people and has contributed towards over 4,000 individual tech journeys during its 25-year history. hSenidBiz alumni have gone on to achieve great things and build successful careers in tech across Sri Lanka, Australia and the UK. Founded in 1997, hSenidBiz



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‘Rekindle Happiness with New Experiences’ this Season with Nations Trust Bank American Express

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The season of joy comes early for Nations Trust Bank American Express Cardmembers, with the ‘Rekindle Happiness with New Experiences’ campaign. Cardmembers will receive amazing benefits and savings from over 300 merchants island-wide, across all categories online and offline, all the way to 31st December 2021.

The time spent with loved ones during this season of togetherness and sharing will be a gift in itself. Nations Trust Bank American Express launched the seasonal campaign with the hope of bringing new life to the season of happiness and merriment. With the countless benefits and privileges, the campaign will allow loyal Cardmembers to celebrate this season in style with memories for the ages.

The offers for Cardmembers come from a wide range of categories including but not limited to Clothing, Gifting, Hampers, Dining, Hotel stays, Supermarkets, and Automobiles.  Niluka Gunatilake, Head of Cards at Nations Trust Bank stated, “It’s that time of the year when everybody looks forward to the year-end cheer and festivities. Particularly, after coming out of several lockdowns, we are all excited for the upcoming festive season. Nations Trust Bank American Express is delighted to present seasonal benefits and privileges for our Cardmembers to celebrate this season of giving, sharing and joy! They can look forward to a rewarding season with a plethora of offers as we partner with leading retail establishments, dining partners, hotels & resorts. We invite our Cardmembers make use of the benefits and privileges and have a wonderful season to rekindle happiness with new experiences.”

Nations Trust Bank American Express invites cardmembers to enjoy the festivities and find out more about the benefits and privileges offered this season by visiting www.americanexpress.lk. The Bank strongly advises Cardmembers to adhere to all health and safety guidelines issued by the Government whilst they enjoy their seasonal shopping, dining and lodging.

Nations Trust Bank PLC is among the top 15 business establishments in Sri Lanka as ranked by Business Today. Stemming from its vision of “helping people and businesses by providing financial services and information to achieve their goals and aspirations in a sustainable way”, the Bank serves a diverse range of customers across both individual and corporate, with an enviable portfolio of banking and financial products and services. Strongly focused on digital empowerment through cutting-edge digital banking technologies, the Bank is a pioneer in many innovative customer centric banking solutions such as extended banking hours, and FriMi – Sri Lanka’s first digital banking experience. Delivering premium value, service and connecting its Card Members to rewarding experiences and opportunities Nations Trust Bank PLC is an issuer and sole acquirer of American Express Cards in Sri Lanka. The Bank operates 96 branches across the country and has an ATM network covering 127 locations and 48 Cash Deposit & Withdrawal Machines, plus more than 3,700 ATMs on the Lanka Pay Network.

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Airtel’s network expansion to amplify island-wide 4G coverage

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Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of international telecom giant Bharti Airtel Limited, recently revealed its plans to strategically expand its new 4G network across the island.

As such, over 400 new 4G sites are being commissioned across the country, which is in addition to the 2,000 plus 4G sites Airtel added during the launch of its 4G.

The new 4G sites are mapped out to ensure enhanced capacity in highly populated areas and coverage penetration into rural regions. Airtel’s 4G network is built on a triple layer network, which gives it a solid combination of coverage and capacity to deliver a superior experience with drastically improved indoor coverage with stronger signal penetration.

Having already completed over a third of the newly planned 4G sites, the finished sites are estimated to cover over an additional one million of the population. A prominent cause for the company to expedite its expansion drive was the two-fold increase in data usage since the pandemic brought along a new normal.

“I am certain that our rapid expansion strategy will directly benefit our consumers across the island, giving them a refreshed and enhanced network experience through our world-class 4G capabilities. Until adequate or even excess coverage is obtained, we will continue our 4G expansion drive, with every location also being 5G-ready to seamlessly accommodate the next generation of network when the time comes,” commented Airtel Lanka CEO/MD Ashish Chandra.

Through this drive, Airtel users will be given the opportunity to enjoy a network experience unlike ever before. As Airtel is also equipped with a refreshed prepaid and postpaid model with the recent launch of ‘Freedom Packs’, the launch of Airtel 4G is the telco’s single largest investment in Sri Lanka since its entry into the island in 2009. The purpose-built 4G network promises users a superior user experience including 99% buffer-free streaming, noticeably quicker loading times and improved indoor coverage with 4G signals that never fail.

From online learning to work-from-home to virtual socialising, every user from children to adults will be able to benefit from not having to face any more call drops, interruptions or coverage issues.

In addition to the company led expansion of amplifying coverage island wide, Airtel’s joint venture with the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka’s (TRCSL) Gamata Sanniwedanaya aims to achieve 100% island wide coverage by 2022 by bridging the digital gap in rural districts with poor network coverage, by providing equal access to mobile connectivity for all Sri Lankans.

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HNB hails Sri Lanka Paralympic heroes as an inspiration to new generation of athletes

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(front row) HNB DGM –Retail & SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne (third from left), HNB MD/CEO, Jonathan Alles (fifth from left), HNB Chief Transformation Officer /DGM, L. Chiranthi Cooray (fifth from right) and HNB AGM and HNB Sports Club President Hisham Ally (second from right) with Paralympic Bronze medallist, Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku (second from right) and Paralympic Gold medallist, Dinesh Herath (fourth from left) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sri Lanka Honorary President, Lieutenant Colonel Deepal Herath (fourth from right) together with the Sri Lankan Paralympic team, coaches and officials.

Sri Lanka’s very first Olympic Gold Medallist together with the Bronze medallist and participant delegation to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, resonated a vibrant and inspirational example to new generation athletes and youth of the country, at a felicitation ceremony organized by the country’s leading private bank, HNB.

Recognising their outstanding performances – which included securing Gold and Bronze medals and establishing a new world record – HNB’s Sustainability Foundation presented plaques and cash rewards to the award winning athletes, coaches and officials who were part of the delegation.

The felicitation ceremony, held at HNB Towers, the Bank’s head office was attended by HNB Managing Director /CEO – Jonathan Alles, Chief Transformation Officer/DGM – L Chiranthi Cooray, Deputy General Manager –Retail & SME Banking – Sanjay Wijemanne and HNB Sports Club President/AGM Hisham Ally, as well as National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sri Lanka Honorary President, Lieutenant Colonel Deepal Herath and other officials.

“You have scaled mountains that others only dream of conquering,” HNB Managing Director/CEO, Jonathan Alles said, congratulating the members of the delegation. “We, at HNB draw inspiration from your achievements and hope that the country’s youth and new generation of athletes too will do the same. Sports can help develop qualities which are essential for organizations, particularly teamwork and the country will benefit from youth taking a greater interest in sports activities.”

The highlight of the event was the felicitation of Dinesh Herath – who won Gold in Men’s Javelin Throw F46 – and Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku – the Bronze medallist in the Men’s Javelin Throw F64. Herath is also the first Sri Lankan to win an Olympic or Paralympic Gold and set a new world record in his event.

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