By Hiran H.Senewiratne
The CSE’s overall performance yesterday was positive with the active participation of retail investors, who contributed approximately Rs 3 billion against seven crossings The crossings accounted for 12 percent of the turnover, stock market analysts said.
Amid those developments, Laugfs Gas PLC and Laugfs Power PLC, in the Laugfs Group, saw their voting and non voting share prices appreciate without, apparently, a proper reason, stock market analysts said. Laugfs Gas voting share prices appreciated by 22 percent. Its voting price moved up from Rs 20.90 to Rs 25, which was a Rs 4.60 appreciation and the non voting share price moved up by 25 percent. It shares moved up from Rs 15.20 to Rs 19.
Both indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index went up by 37.6 points and S and P SL20 by 16 points. Turnover stood at Rs 3.3 billion with seven crossings. Those crossings were reported in Renuka Hotel, which crossed two million shares to the tune of Rs 160 million and its share price traded at Rs 80, NDB 1.3 million shares crossed for Rs 97.5 million, its share price trading at Rs 75, Commercial Bank 500,000 shares crossed for Rs 40.9 million; its share price trading at Rs 81.80, Hemas Holdings 468,000 shares crossed for Rs 40 million, its share price standing at Rs 85.60. Sanasa Development Bank 562.000 shares crossed for Rs 29.8 million; its shares traded at Rs 53, JKH 140,000 shares crossed for Rs 21 million and its share price traded at Rs 150, while Access Engineering 800,000 shares crossed for Rs 20.6 million.
In the retail market top five contributors to the turnover were; Piramal Glass Rs 317 million (35.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs 239 million (1.6 million shares traded), Hemas Holdings Rs 176.6 million (2.1 million shares traded), Access Engineering Rs 167.6 million (6.5 million shares traded), and Expolanka Rs. 137.6 million (5.3 million shares traded).During the day 236 million share volumes changed hands in 29750 transactions.
Sri Lanka rupee quoted firmer at 185.75/25 to the US dollar in the spot next market on Friday while gilt yields remained steady in the overall market, dealers said.
The rupee closed at 186.10/40 in the spot next to the US dollar on Thursday.
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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