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Orient Finance maintains steady growth momentum

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Good performance for the third quarter of 2021 with PBT growth of 97%

Orient Finance PLC recorded a profit before income tax of LKR 139 Mn as of December 31st, 2021 for the third quarter of the financial year 2021, demonstrating a growth of 97% in comparison to the corresponding period in the previous financial year. The Company’s net operating income for the period was at 465 Mn indicating an increase of 35% when compared to the previous financial year. Orient Finance’s total assets for the period stood at Rs 17.1 Bn from Rs 14.9 Bn recorded as of 31st March 2021 signalling a robust position.

“Our consistent customer-centric approach that took into account the specific challenges of the pandemic economy enabled us to continue to remain profitable and look after the interest of all our stakeholders. This falls in line with our sustainable approach to business. We operate based on well-researched market data and insights to achieve steady growth and build wealth on behalf of our customers. While the continuing economic challenges stemming from the pandemic-driven economic environment will create hindrances to our growth plans, we are confident of our ability to maintain the growth momentum and adopt prudent strategies in a timely manner. Furthermore, we enjoy an advantageous position as part of the trusted Janashakthi Group, a fact that bodes well for our future prospects,” commented Anil Tittawella, chairman of Orient Finance PLC.

Orient Finance has been a trusted and robust player in the financial arena in the country for the past 40 years, gaining customer confidence with increasing certainty.

In spite of the overwhelming and complex challenges of the past couple of years, we have been able to achieve steady growth. Our performance in the third quarter of the financial year 2021 is indicative of our innate ability to navigate troubled waters skillfully and with foresight. We will continue to seek viable growth on behalf of our stakeholders in the same vein in the years to come,” said K. M. M. Jabir, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Finance PLC.

Incorporated in 1981, Orient Finance has carved a name for itself as an eclectic facilitator of cutting-edge financial solutions to a diverse and growing clientele. With 31 branches representing 31,000 deposit holders and 10,000 lending customers across Sri Lanka, the company provides an array of tailored financial services which includes mobilization of Deposits, Savings Accounts, Leasing, Hire Purchase, Pledge Loans, Factoring, Gold Loan, Working Capital, Corporate Financing and more.

The finance company is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Board comprises Anil Tittawella PC (Chairman), K.M.M Jabir (Chief Executive Officer), Prakash Schaffter, Minette Perera, Indrani Goonesekera, Sriyan Cooray, Darshana Ratnayake, and Nalin Karunaratne.

Orient Finance PLC is a member of the Janashakthi Group that operates in the Insurance, Finance, Investment, and Real Estate sectors.



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Sri Lanka’s economic confidence index plummets

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‘No one has rated Sri Lanka’s economic condition as excellent. 1.8 % rated it as good and 1.3 % rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022, a wide ranging Verite Research public opinion survey reveals.

Key findings of the survey:

Government approval rating drops from 10% to 3%

The second round of the Gallup Style “Mood of the Nation” poll was conducted in June by Verité Research. It assessed the approval, satisfaction, and confidence of the nation in relation to the government, the country, and the economy.

The poll was conducted as a part of the syndicated survey instrument by Verité Research. This instrument also provides other organisations the opportunity to survey the sentiments of Sri Lanka.

1. Government approval rating | 3% | To the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the current government is working?” only 3% said they approve. In January 2022 this rating was at 10%.

2. Sri Lanka satisfaction | 2% | To the question, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in Sri Lanka?” only 2% said they were satisfied. This rating was at 6% in January 2022.

3. Economic confidence | negative (-) 96 | Multiple choice questions on the condition and trajectory of the economy are used to generate an economic confidence score. The score can range from negative (-) 100 to positive (+) 100. A score above zero means more people see the economic conditions positively rather than negatively. If everyone thinks the economy is in either excellent or good condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting better, the score will be (+) 10. If everyone thinks that the economy is in a poor condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting worse, the score will be a (-) 100. No one rated the economic condition as excellent. 1.8% rated it as good; and 1.3% rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022.

Implementation of “Mood of

the Nation”

The poll is based on an island wide nationally representative sample of responses from 1,052 Sri Lankan adults, conducted in June 2022. The sample and methodology was designed to ensure a maximum error margin of under 3% at a 95% confidence interval. The polling partner was Vanguard Survey (Pvt) Ltd.

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Decline in share market in the wake of rate hike reports

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

CSE trading activities began on a positive note yesterday but during the latter part of the day the market experienced a dip on account of the overall supply chain economy being subjected to a contraction, stemming from the fuel crisis. Consequently, CSE activities were relatively low keyed, market analysts said.

“We are reverting to the negative. There is uncertainty on all fronts, from the political to the economic. Therefore, we are expecting a rate hike on Thursday. This is creating a bit of a cloud and we may see this continuing further, a top market analyst said.

Even if top level decision- making is happening in Sri Lanka the impact is not felt at the grassroots level. This has resulted in unrest in the country, the analyst said.

Amid those developments, both indices moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 97.9 points and S and P SL20 declined by 34.3 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.3 billion with one crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 600,000 shares to the tune of Rs 73.2 million, its shares traded at Rs 122.

In the retail market, the top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Lanka IOC Rs 611 million (7.3 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 173.9 million (one million shares traded). LOLC Holdings Rs 47.4 million (120,000 sha4es traded), Hayleys PLC Rs 46.5 million (697.000 shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 46.3 million (6.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs 21 million (173,000 shares traded) and Softlogic Holdings Rs 20.5 million (794,000 shares traded). During the day 109 million share volumes changed hands in 15000 transactions.

The International Monetary Fund said last Thursday its talks with crisis-hit Sri Lanka had been “constructive”, thereby raising hopes it would soon grant preliminary approval for a desperately needed financial support package, observers said.

Meanwhile, the Colombo Consumer Price index rose 54.6 per cent year-on-year in June against a 39.1 per cent rise in May, according to the Statistics Department.

Yesterday the US dollar rate was Rs 360.73, which is now being controlled due to the prudent fiscal and monetary policies of the Central Bank.

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Dialog Club vision members receive access to an exclusive screening of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

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In a bold and breath-taking new global adventure, the epic conclusion to the Jurassic film franchise ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ hit theatres across the world on June 10. Just a day after its global premiere, Dialog Club Vision Red members and their loved ones received special access to an exclusive screening of the film at the Kandy City Centre Multiplex on June 11.

The explosive end to the Jurassic era sees two generations of the film’s franchise unite for the first time with Hollywood’s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard joined by Oscar winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. Dialog Club Vision members were some of the first to witness the utopian world where Dinosaurs and humans co-exist.

With the best interests of its members and their loved ones at heart, Dialog Club Vision continues to deliver a world of exclusivity and privileges such as personalized care, exclusive discounts and offers, lifestyle and entertainment events and more. To explore more exciting offers available for Dialog Club Vision members, and to learn more about Sri Lanka’s premier loyalty programme, customers can visit the MyDialog App or visit dialog.lk/club-vision

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