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Pan Asia Bank records best ever – Profit before Tax

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Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC reported the best ever financial results in the 9 month period ended 30th September 2020 to report a Pre-tax profit of Rs.1,864.84 million and a Post tax profit of Rs.1,250.33 million, recording an impressive growths of 47% and 22% respectively demonstrating resilience amidst challenging conditions.

Meanwhile, the Bank’s operating profit before taxes on financial services increased by 19% reflecting excellence in core banking performance and cost containment measures, although the bank’s fee based income dropped due reduced business volumes due to disruptions caused by COVID 19 pandemic and waiver of fees and charges.

The Bank’s Earnings per Share (EPS) for 9 month period rose to Rs.2.83 from Rs.2.31 in the comparative period. The Bank’s Net Asset Value per Share increased by 10% during 9 month period to reach Rs. 33/- as at 30th September 2020.

The Bank continues to build extra provision buffers for probable deterioration in credit quality, through use of higher probability weights for worst-case scenarios, management overlay adjustments and use of macroeconomic factor projections published by credible sources for collective impairment modelling. As a result, total impairment charges for the quarter increased by 65% to record Rs. 553.52 million compared to Rs 335.64 million during the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, the Bank’s total impairment buffer on advance book increased by Rs.1.08 billion or by 17% during the 9 month period.

The Bank’s growth in both profit before income tax and profit for the period was also supported by the low financial services taxes regime prevailed throughout the current quarter. Meanwhile, the Bank continued to compute income tax and deferred tax liabilities at the rate of 28% as the proposed new rate of 24% is yet to be legislated.

The Bank’s net interest margins improved from 4.36% to 4.42% during past 9 months which is a commendable feat given the income loss due to loan moratorium, the industry wide deterioration in credit quality and steps taken by the government to bring down market interest rates. Meanwhile, the Bank’s pre tax Return on Assets remained intact at 1.51% in 2020. Further the Bank maintained a healthy Return on Equity of 11.95% during the period under review, after taking a sizable hit due to increased prudential impairment provisioning, income loss due to loan moratorium and waiver of fees and charges.

The Bank strived for revenue optimisation through portfolio re-alignment and cost management despite sector vulnerabilities that prevailed during 2020. The Bank’s cost to income ratio improved from 52% to 48% during the period under review owing to the excellent core banking performance which reflected in the noteworthy growth in net interest income and measures taken to contain overhead costs. In fact, the Bank managed to bring down total operating expenses in absolute terms during 2020 compared to comparative period.

The Bank’s total asset base stood at Rs.173.13 billion as at 30th September 2020 after posting a growth of over 13% supported by the expansion in gross loans and advances and other financial instruments at amortized cost. Meanwhile, the Bank’s gross loans and advances book recorded a strong growth of over 9% to reach Rs.121 billion. Term loans continued to drive the bank’s loan quantum growth of over Rs.12.5 billion during 9 month period.

 



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Next Meats, Purveyor of the World’s First Plant-based Yakiniku Meats, Is Now in Singapore

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The Tokyo-based startup makes its debut in the alt-protein hotspot of Singapore Next Meats has collaborated with Aburi-EN to deliver two new meal sets Made with soybean proteins, the Kalbi contains no chemical additives or animal ingredients

SINGAPORE –

 Media OutReach – 14 April 2021 – Next Meats, a purveyor of the world’s first plant-based yakiniku meats, is making its debut in the alternative protein hotspot, Singapore! The Japanese alternative meat company has collaborated this time with popular Japanese restaurant Aburi-EN, which will offer two types of set meals using the NEXT Kalbi (boneless short rib) for the very first time. Made largely from soy proteins, the NEXT Kalbi contains double the amount of protein and half the fats than that of regular meat and even more, it does not contain any chemical additives or cholesterol due to its lack of animal ingredients. Now, Singaporeans can enjoy yakiniku without the guilt! 

The two new menus available at Aburi-EN are the Kalbi Don Set (S$13.80) and the Stamina Teishoku (S$15.80) — which are available for a limited time only. Next Meats has specifically chosen to work with Aburi-EN as they are a Japanese grilled-meat specialist. The two menus are the culmination of many months of research and development, and they will also be Aburi-EN’s first-ever plant-based dishes.

For the Kalbi Don Set, Next Meat’s Kalbi is grilled and served atop a bowl of fragrant Japanese steamed rice. Equally indulgent, the Stamina Teishoku features the Kalbi stir-fried with cabbage along with egg imported from Okinawa. The meat is then served with fragrant Japanese steamed rice, salad, pickles and miso soup. For both dishes, the meats are glazed with a special homemade sauce that packs an irresistible umami punch.   

 Both the Kalbi Don Set and Stamina Teishoku will be available at all Aburi-EN stores from April to July 2021.

 An advocate of sustainable food production and better food security

 The NEXT Kalbi is one of Next Meats’ innovative offerings, which includes other plant-based delicacies such as the NEXT burger and NEXT gyudon (beef bowl). The company champions the importance of saving the planet and humanity through reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (which is produced from meat consumption and animal agriculture) and utilizing biotechnology to combat protein deficiency.

 Through extensive research and development, Next Meats has culminated the knowhow on using molecular binding to mould vegetable proteins from powder. Buoyed by state-of-the-art, proprietary technologies, the company has successfully created vegan substitutes that replicate the texture of real meat.

 

 

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Lanka Hospitals tops healthcare sector in LMD’s Most Awarded Entities

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Lanka hospitals, the internationally accredited multiple award-winning healthcare provider, topped the healthcare sector in the Most Awarded list compiled by LMD magazine for 2019/20.

Designed to rank the most awarded entities in Sri Lanka, LMD conducted the research, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, involving 204 corporate entities, based on the cumulative tally of awards received from 52 awarding bodies between January 2019 to September 2020.

With a total of five awards, securing the overall rank of 67, Lanka Hospitals came first in the healthcare sector.

Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Group CEO, Lanka Hospitals, said three factors contributed towards Lanka Hospitals’ award winning process; profound commitment to quality, service standard in healthcare and the accreditation of Joint Commission International (JCI).

“Our stringent standards for quality have earned accolades and accreditations from numerous national and international agencies. Lanka Hospitals has been in the forefront of healthcare providers since 2009 and, particularly, between 2019 and 2020, we were able to win seven national and international awards including one for environmental management systems”, he said.

As a result of superior facilities, customer care and quality of service Lanka Hospitals offers, a growth was experienced in terms of medical tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic even though the inbound international population was restricted. JCI, a US-based accreditation agency, rates healthcare services based on several criteria related to medical as well as non medical services”, he noted.

In terms of corporate responsibility, Lanka Hospitals focuses on skills development, medical care and donations. Every year, Lanka Hospitals’ nursing school enrolls batches from outside the Western province and upon the successful completion of the course they are offered employment, he added.

 

 

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Sino Lanka Power Gen to install 2MW solar power at Taprobane Seafood Dankotuwa plant

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Sino Lanka Power Gen announced its partnership with Taprobane Seafood to supply and install a one-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system at their plant in Dankotuwa. This is the first of a two-phased project with the second megawatt to be installed in two years. The collaboration will result in a 19,000 tonne reduction in Taprobane’s carbon footprint over 20 years, a company news release said.

“Combating climate change has become critical and we are delighted to team up with Taprobane Seafood to be a part of their solar expansion strategy,” said Dhiren Kundanmal, Director of Sino Lanka Power Gen. “We are honoured that Taprobane Seafood, being a conscientious brand aiming to reduce its carbon footprint, is looking towards us as a working partner in this area. Our approach is fivefold i.e., improve yields and plant performance, reduce downtime, holistic monitoring, skill transfer, and finally minimising their liability and risk.”

Commenting on the partnership, Taprobane’s Managing Director Timothy O’Reilly said Taprobane Seafood has always been at the forefront of ethical labour practices, sustainable development, and earth friendly practices. “Shifting to solar energy is an important step in our sustainability journey and we believe Sino Lanka is the right partner for us given their expertise in the renewable energy industry,” he said.

Established in 2010, the Taprobane Seafood Group is Sri Lanka’s leading seafood company with over 1,500 direct employees in 11 processing facilities throughout the north-western and northern province. With high quality standards, social responsibility, and sustainability values, Taprobane’s vision is to be the global leader in sustainable and socially responsible seafood.

Sino Lanka Power Gen provides state-of-the-art equipment, capable of withstanding harsh tropical environments, utilising the latest technology from Canadian Solar and SunPower, alongside Tier 1 purpose-built inverters. The company adopts the latest industry trends -namely IoT, big data, and AI- to ensure their systems perform optimally for well over 20 years.

Sino Lanka Power Gen’s vision is to support the government’s initiatives on the “Soorya Bala Sangramaya” policy statement that sets a target of meeting 70% of the country’s total electricity demand from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Sino Lanka Power Gen is a joint venture between the Sino Lanka Group – an Asian enterprise with investments in real estate, hospitality, chemicals, healthcare, financial services, and rooftop solar, among others-, and the Atman Group, an investment holding company with investments in renewable energy, hospitality, real estate, and agriculture.

Sino Lanka Power Gen provides reliable and modern renewable and sustainable sources of energy for businesses, with a dedicated engineering and operations team that counts over 25 years of collective experience in implementing rooftop solar projects across Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

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