By Hiran H.Senewiratne
Piramal Glass Ceylon, the only glass bottle manufacturing company in Sri Lanka, witnessed exceptional second quarter results which boosted its share price by 25 percent at the CSE yesterday. The company’s second quarter profits recorded a 394 percent increase as against the corresponding year, stock market analysts said.
The company’s second quarterly results reported a profit of Rs. 360 million, against a profit of Rs. 70 million for the 2019 second quarter. Its shares started trading at Rs. 7 and at the end of the day it suddenly shot up to Rs. 8.80, which was a Rs. 1.80 increase, market sources said.
Meanwhile, turnover and trade at the CSE soared to new heights as investors, especially retailers and high net-worth individuals, remained upbeat on listed equities, despite a fresh COVID-19 scare in the country.
Turnover rose to Rs. 5.5 billion, the highest since January 9 this year and 33 percent above Monday while the number of trades was 40046, the highest since September 5, 2011. Both indices moved upwards yesterday; the All Share Price Index went up by 87.16 points and S and P SL20 rose by 56.19 points.
During the day four crossings took place. Vallibal Power Erathna 30 million shares crossed for Rs. 240 million, its share price traded at Rs. 8, Sierra Cables 15 million shares crossed for Rs. 90 million, per share value Rs. 6, Royal Ceramic 200,000 shares crossed for Rs. 23.2 million, per share value being Rs. 116 and Tokyo Cement 315,000 shares crossed for Rs. 20.2 million; its share price trading at Rs. 64.
In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, JKH Rs. 713 million (5.4 million shares traded), Piramal Glass Rs. 570 million (66.4 million shares traded), Pan Asia Power Rs. 474 million (606 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 434 million (25.8 million shares traded) and Sierra Cables Rs. 237 million (38.2 million shares traded). During the day 465 million share volumes changed hands in 40048 transactions.
It is said that indices closed in red as a result of price losses in counters such as Carson Cumberbatch, JKH and Ceylon Cold Stores.It said mixed interest was observed mainly in Expolanka Holdings, RIL Property and Piramal Glass. Foreign participation in the market remained at subdued levels with foreigners closing as net buyers. Similarly, institutional investor participation remained subdued for the day.The Materials sector was the top contributor to the market turnover (due to Piramal Glass and Tokyo Cement Company non-voting), while the sector index gained 6.59 percent.
Sri Lanka rupee was quoted weaker at 184.45/60 to the US dollar on Wednesday while bond yields were steady, dealers said. The rupee closed at 184.30/40 against the greenback on Tuesday.
New look Chagall opens at Park Street
Chagall opened its doors at Parkland on Park Street Colombo 2 , with Gerald Solomons, personally welcoming all his clients and the media to the brand new Chagall.
Gerald who established Chagall as Sri Lanka’s most elite and fashionable salon, despite the prevailing situation with the pandemic and the existing restrictions, displayed his usual flair and panache, greeting everyone with the socially correct ‘ayubowan’ and ensuring that each and everyone present was made to feel special and welcome.Continuing the bold colour scheme of red, black and white, Gerald like his muse Marc Chagall, has a wide range of styles that can cater to an eclectic clientele.
The artist Chagall saw his work as “not the dream of one people but of all humanity”; similarly Gerald through his salon Chagall would like to transform each and every person who walks in through his door, so that they leave transformed, with a new confidence in themselves and their appearance.
Mrs World Caroline Jurie, clients and well wishers, keeping in mind health guidelines made their way to Chagall at Parkland on October 20 where Gerald and his team reaffirmed their commitment to their clients and the beauty industry, to continue upholding the highest standards and maintain all safety measures and health protocols.
Having established himself and Chagall as the hairdresser / stylist and salon of the elite, Gerald’s doors are open to anyone who wants to look good and different to those around them. ” Our doors are open to everyone who wants to look good, who wants to make a statement and who dares to bedifferent” said Gerald .Manicures, pedicures, long and short hair cuts and styles, make up, facials,bridal dressing, sari drapes and the whole gamut of services will beavailable, all in brand new surroundings.All staff have undergone intensive refresher courses with Gerald beinginvolved in their training himself.
Known for his cool demeanor and eclectic style, Gerald started hairdressing at the age of 15 having left school, determined to make an impression in the world of hair, beauty and style! He joined Moira Muthukrishna where hiscareer in hair dressing began and today he is a living legend. Chagall was set up in New Zealand where Gerald lived for over 20 years and then moved back to Sydney where Chagall continued. Gerald has also worked in Hawaii, Australia and London.Chagall.
CSE indices pick up as trading yields Rs. 1.09 billion
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
The stock market on Monday suffered a near 2 percent decline as investors reacted negatively to the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in the second wave. Moreover, current investor favourite counters, Tokyo Cement and Expolanka shares, also slightly declined in trading due to the current situation, market analysts said Amid those developments, both indices moved upwards yesterday. The the All Share Price Index rose by 15.74 points and the S&P SL 20 Index was up by 8.73 points. The market managed to post Rs. 1.09 billion, safeguarding its track record of over a billion plus turnover for more than a month. But no crossings were reported during the day.
In the retail market, top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were: Tokyo Cement (Non Voting) Rs. 160 million (3.2 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 187.6 million (7.8 million shares traded), HNB Rs. 99.8 million (881,000 shares traded), Tokyo (Voting) Rs. 86.7 million (1.47 million shares traded) and Dialog Rs. 69.5 million (6.34 million shares traded). During the day 55.3 million share volumes changed hands in 12620 transactions yesterday.
The market also lost Rs. 44 billion in value with blue chips JKH, Carsons, Ceylon Tobacco, Bukit and Distilleries as major contributors to the ASPI’s dip on the previous day. Some analysts linked the lacklustre trading and sentiment to the quarantine curfew imposed in Fort and Pettah which caused a shutdown of offices and businesses in the area.
Initiative to support startups in Sri Lanka
Microsoft for Startups recently launched the Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where only 56 startups were selected to the Emerge X program from six states, which have over 15000+ startups. The Emerge X winners have greatly benefited with global market access support, a 3-day founder bootcamp with world class mentors, access to funding, ongoing mentorship, and guidance on Azure, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more.
Innovation is critical to unlocking inclusive economic growth in Asia Pacific; high income economies in the region invest three times more in research and development as compared to their peers. To spur innovative entrepreneurship, Microsoft will work closely with governments and industry partners to discover and nurture technology startups with a high potential to become truly global enterprises in the future.
“At Microsoft, we are working to build up a more supportive ecosystem for startups in Sri Lanka,” said Hasitha Abeywardena, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives. “Startups play a vital role in our economy as innovators, disruptors and first-movers. Sri Lanka needs more entrepreneurial development to fuel economic growth. Through Highway to a 100 Unicorns, we will enable startups in Sri Lanka to drive digital innovation in the region. We look forward to walking with founders along their growth journey and supporting them to scale and achieve more.”
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