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Nawaloka Hospitals PLC records exemplary performance amidst tough economic backdrop

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Recording a year of commanding financial performance in a challenging economic backdrop, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC, a pioneering force in the private healthcare sector, posted a revenue of Rs. 8.5 billion for the fiscal year 2019/20. While performance in the first quarter of the year was severely hindered due the devastating Easter attacks, progress during the final quarter was impacted by the developing global health crisis.

Profit after tax (PAT) for the year in review was at Rs. 15.9 million, a noteworthy increase in comparison to a net loss of Rs. 587.1 million the previous year, a commendable performance amidst turbulent times. While assets grew 9% to Rs. 17,704 million, the Group recorded a substantial improvement in gross profit margin to 56% from 51% in 2018/19. 

Nawaloka Hospital’s remarkable improvement in performance is largely credited to cost-saving measures that were aggressively driven across the organization, expansion of the laboratory network under the strong Nawaloka brand and growth from regional hospitals located in Negombo and Gampaha. 

“As we continue to rebound from the adverse impacts brought about by two black swan incidents—the Easter attacks and the developing global health crisis, we are proud that the Group has remained resilient and recorded a commendable growth during an extremely challenging year. Our robust cost management initiatives and process re-engineering efforts backed by digital technologies have helped Nawaloka Hospitals outdo last year’s results and drive strong performance in 2020 while strengthening our position as a premier healthcare specialist in the country.” Nawaloka Hospitals Deputy Chairman Harshith Dharmadasa stated.

As the group celebrates its 35 year legacy at the pinnacle of the Sri Lankan healthcare sector, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, its highly-skilled medical talent and world class infrastructure has enabled it to deliver clinical outcomes that compare with the best institutions in the world at an affordable cost.

The state-of-the-art Nawaloka Specialty Centre, which absorbed a massive capital expenditure of Rs. 6.8 billion during the past two years, has proven to be an opportune investment during this period of contagion. The massive 400,000 square feet centre with a mega multi-storey carpark boasts a strategic combination of advanced medical technology and expert medical care.

Each medical specialty is allocated a designated channel module within the center, offering patients privacy, adequate space to practice social distancing and screening from infection by interacting with patients from other specialties. Pharmacy and laboratory facilities located on each floor restrict mobility within the hospital, further limiting the possibility of cross infection. This well thought out building plan has proven beneficial and a competitive advantage during the COVID-19 pandemic, guaranteeing patient safety in a secure environment.

Further affirming their commitment to quality healthcare and safety standards, Nawaloka Hospitals was recently awarded the Joint Commission International’s (JCI) gold seal of approval for its continued compliance to internationally-recognised healthcare standards. The Nawaloka chain of healthcare facilities continues to adhere to the stringent health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health, epidemiology unit and the World Health Organization.

“COVID-19 is reshaping industries including healthcare in ways that are likely to be permanent. Therefore, we will continue to adapt to create shared value for our entire spectrum of stakeholders by continuing to focus on our primary purpose of delivering advanced and sustainable patient-centric healthcare, responsibly in a secure environment. I believe the coming year will lay bare the significant potential in our investments in infrastructure, human resources and processes. Our commitment towards better healthcare in the country continues to grow from strength to strength, enriching the lives of our people as we explore ways to improve our product offering and streamline our services to cater to the evolving needs of our patients,” Dharmadasa continued to state.

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HNB promotes cashless transactions; joins CBSL’s ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign

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Chief Guest for the event Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal, CBSL Deputy Governor and National Payments Council chairperson Yvette Fernando, and CBSL Payments and Settlements Director D. Kumaratunge with HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo as he completes a transaction via HNB SOLO at a merchant stall

HNB PLC, partnered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote the Colombo-leg of ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign at Diyatha Uyana, to raise awareness and encourage the public towards cashless payments.

Having already linked LANKA QR to its digital payment app HNB SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QR-code based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

“We are entering a new era of financial technology, where almost all of our daily transactions will require no physical banknotes, but just a smartphone and internet connection with our bank account integrated to a digital payment app.

The Central Bank’s national directive for banks and financial institutions to adopt and integrate LANKA QR into their existing digital payment solutions has prompted an aggressive onboarding of merchants to the new payment solution across the country. With our extensive customer base, SOLO is no doubt a significant contributor to this innovative initiative,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

The Colombo-leg of the ‘Rata Purama LANKA QR’ campaign raised awareness regarding SOLO’s many facilities, including zero human interaction, efficiency, and eliminated risks that influenced many vendors to come on board.

 

(HNB)

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Sri Lanka Insurance posts a staggering revenue of Rs. 55.2 billion during 2020

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Amidst the turbulent and challenging year Sri Lanka Insurance has closed year 2020 on a positive note recording phenomenal revenue growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance the premier insurer to the nation recorded stellar performance in 2020 to record Rs. 55.2 billion revenue for the year, a marked improvement on the Rs.48.6 billion in the year 2019, a press release said.

It adds – In the year of 2020 Sri Lanka Insurance reported 30 % growth in life insurance premium increasing to Rs.19.2 billion whilst general insurance reported 7% growth in premium grew to Rs. 20.1 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 17 % during the year. General insurance contributed 51% towards the total GWP whilst Life Insurance contributed 49 %.

‘In continuing with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka Insurance in 2020 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs.8.2 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs.54 billion making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

‘As the national insurer we have witnessed yet another challenging year and the consequences brought out by pandemic outbreak urged us to conduct our business operations in a more empathetic manner. SLIC has always taken the lead to protect the nation and during this difficult time Sri Lanka Insurance launched many initiatives to sustain country’s health defenses while ensuring our customers receive uninterrupted insurance service.

‘As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders. We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions which cater to all Sri Lankans under the ‘Insurance for All” concept. Even though the times are defining we will continue protecting our nation turning obstacles into opportunities.’ noted .Jagath Wellawatta, chairman of SLIC.

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Bank of Ceylon empowering nation with Lanka Q

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The Bank of Ceylon in its mission to assist the government initiative to empower Sri Lanka through digital technology is joining the customer awareness campaign of Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s Lanka QR digital platform.

Bank of Ceylon had its most recent major awareness programs in Borella and Maharagama along with the other branches in Colombo District in line with the Central Bank’s main program held in “Diyatha Uyana” with the participation of all Lanka QR certified banks on the same day.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has organized a series of awareness and promotion campaigns for popularizing Lanka QR with the participation of all Lanka QR certified financial institutions throughout the country with the aim of speeding up the customer adaptation process towards digital banking.

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