National Savings Bank (NSB), the premier most savings bank in the country furthering its dominance, successfully issued yet another debt capital bond to raise Rs.5 Bn.
This time it was a perpetual capital bond issued to augment the additional Tier 1 capital base of the Bank. It carried the customary features required for a bond of this nature; unlisted, unsecured, rated, subordinated and perpetual in maturity. Further, in compliance with Basel III requirements carried non-viability write down features as approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
This is the first time in the history of a savings bank, that a hybrid debt instrument of this nature and in this magnitude was issued, in the Sri Lankan Capital Market. In compliance with the statutory requirements of the Bank, the bond was not listed and was confined to qualified investors. The Bank is at the liberty of exercising a call option at its will only after the expiry of a minimum period of 5 years.
The successful closure of the issue, despite not having a specific date of maturity for the investment is a testament to the confidence, the investors have placed with the Bank.
The investors had an option of opting to earn an interest income at a fixed rate or a floating rate which was priced at very attractive terms for this type of a hybrid instrument. The main objective of the issue was to strengthen the additional Tier 1 capital base of the Bank.
NSB carries the highest credit rating, a bank can have in the country. This issue is just an extension of a series of issues made in the past, namely the largest international sovereign bond issue of USD One Billion, unlisted debenture issue of Rs.20 Bn. and further issuance of Rs.6 Bn. from 2013 – 2019. All these issues were structured and managed by the Corporate Finance Division of the Bank.
NSB being a pioneer financier of Sri Lanka’s infrastructure projects, would utilize the proceeds of the issue to fund long term funding requirement of the economy as well as to address the needs of the retail borrowers. The Bank’s customer base consists of retail customers of all strata, premier corporates and government entities. The Bank’s portfolio of lending also includes overseas ventures. The Bank humbly takes pride of being a partner of the major development projects in the country.
NSB will be celebrating its 50 years of presence in the banking fraternity of the country in a few months’ time with a mark of unparalleled track record of being a driving force in the country’s economic development and improving the living standards of the Sri Lankan people.
NSB with this solid history is poised to further its horizons in the coming years.
SLT-MOBITEL AkazaLMS enables corporate employee capability development
As SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT solutions service provider, continues to play a pivotal role in driving Sri Lanka’s digital transformation through its Cloud-managed offering, SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS takes centre-stage as the nation’s leading Learning Management System (LMS). SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS offers a unique, locally developed, comprehensive enterprise learning solution designed to cater to diverse training needs without compromising on quality.
Commenting on the initiative Chief Enterprise & Wholesale Officer of SLT, Lakmal Jayasinghe said “Especially in today’s competitive environment where human capital is more important than ever, companies need to create a learning strategy that aligns to robust curricula, employing relevant and available learning methods and technology. Addressing this need, SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS Cloud is an enterprise e-learning solution hosted in Sri Lanka on the top of a private cloud, providing corporate and institutional customers the ability to deliver their own learning material to their users with zero cost infrastructure. With greater convenience and without additional IT resources, customers have access to their own training needs via a simple web browser”.
Empowering corporates and educational institutes, SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS is a comprehensive locally developed platform, containing a self-portal where the user develops their own e-learning and purchase it as a SaaS product. Especially during these challenging times, when classroom lectures are not possible and distance learning methods vital, the SLT-Mobitel AkazaLMS facilitates exams, assignments, quizzes, etc. tailor-made and customised for corporates and educational institutes targeting their own specific needs.
LIOC shows stability in earnings and margins compared to volatility during previous years
First Capital expects stability in LIOC earnings and margins ahead, compared to the significant volatility witnessed during the previous years.
“With the new pricing formula, we expect a stable outlook for LIOC which is currently trading at a TTM PER of 7.5x on FY22 earnings while also trading at a PBV of 1.5x”, they said.
“The government’s implementation of the new fuel pricing formula on 24th May 22 includes all costs incurred in importing, unloading, distributing to the stations and taxes. With that, fuel prices will be revised on a monthly basis, and if necessary, it will be reviewed every two weeks. Accordingly, the next price revision was scheduled for 24th Jun 22. Considering the price revision, In addition to that, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved a bill to impose a 2.5% tax on companies with an annual turnover of LKR 120.0Mn, which will only have a marginal effect on company margins.”
“With regards to investment in joint venture, LIOC has invested in Trinco Petroleum Terminal (Pvt) Ltd (TPT) in Jan-22 and acquired 49% of the stake with CPC which holds 51% of the ownership of TPT in order to develop 61 tanks at the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm and allied facilities in the Upper Tank Farm of the China Bay Oil Tank Farm. Also, LIOC has entered into a Lease of State Land with the Government of Sri Lanka for a term of fifty years to develop the Lower Tank Farm of the China Bay Oil Tank Farm,” First Capital said.
Apprenticeship programme in partnership with Hatch MakerStudio and Vocational Training Authority
The next generation of Sri Lanka’s industry workforce is currently studying at Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutes (TVET) all over the country. Since the manufacturing technology is under permanent development, the requirements for TVET graduates have also evolved. In order to address the industry’s needs for skilled and competent workers, the Vocational Training Authority and Hatch MakerStudio have joined forces to pilot an innovative apprenticeship programme.
The apprenticeship programme is designed for students in the field of mechatronics, robotics, automation and CNC-technologies and is focusing on the upskill, entrepreneurial mindset and problem solving capabilities. Together with industry partners, the selected apprentices will undergo a one month training programme at Hatch MakerStudio before being placed in the companies. The programme comprises of:
Product development training
Software and rapid prototyping training
Problem solving and design thinking exercises
During the course of the apprenticeship, Hatch MakerStudio will provide supervision and support for both the apprentices and companies, in order to ensure effective skills development and utilization of working power. Students with their own specific product ideas and business models can choose Hatch MakerStudio as their place of apprenticeship.
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