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Softlogic Group drives CSE’s positive trajectory

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Market turnover turned positive, driven by the Softlogic Group of companies, stock market analysts said.

However, the stock market earlier ended a tumultuous week suffering the sharpest falls in recent months though a late rally on Friday lifted hopes of investors and with yesterday’s positive market performance it had fully recovered, analysts said.

Yesterday the market witnessed some positive gains driven by the retail market and the notable gains reported in the Softlogic Group of companies, although this development could not be accounted for. However, it gave some impetus to the entire market by touching both indices upwards, accompanied by healthy turnover. The All- Share Price Index rose by 138 points and S and P SL20 went up by 15.3 points. Turnover stood at Rs 6.9 billion without any crossings.

In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Softlogic Capital Rs 1 billion (63.2 million shares traded), Softlogic Life Insurance Rs 1 billion (5.1 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 792 million (2.2 million shares traded), Softlogic Holdings Rs 460 million (6.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 269 million (17.4 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs 209 million (174,000 shares traded) and Agstar PLC Rs 170 million (13.7 million shares traded). During the day 317 million share volumes changed hands in 39000 transactions.

Yesterday, the Softlogic Group of companies recorded gains. Those were; the Softlogic CapitaI PLC share price appreciated by Rs 5.30 or 38 per cent. Its share price shot up to Rs 19.40 from Rs 14.10, Softlogic Life Insurance share price appreciated by Rs 38.75 or 22 per cent. Its share price moved up to Rs 217.25 from Rs 178.50, Softlogic Holdings share price appreciated by Rs 14.30 or 20 per cent. Its share price increased to Rs 73.40 from Rs 59.10.

The CSE turned positive yesterday because December corporate quarterly results that were released to date have been positive. However, Asian markets, especially South Korea, led a rebound in Asia’s emerging market shares on Friday, but were set for their biggest weekly decline since the onset of the pandemic, as investors brace for a year of aggressive rate hikes from the US Federal Reserve.

Shares in Seoul rose 1.9 per cent to pare some of the heavy losses recorded over the last few days, but were still on course for a nearly 6% weekly drop. The won weakened 0.3 per cent. US stock futures rose in Asia trade, while equities in Mumbai, Bangkok and Shanghai traded 0.2 per cent to 1.3 per cent higher, recouping some losses made in Thursday’s aggressive share sell-off, Reuters reported.

Yesterday, the US dollar was quoted at Rs 201.56, which was the Central Bank controlled price to stop the dollar rate from going up in order to prevent escalation of prices of imported essential items for the country. The actual rate is Rs 250 and above, market sources said.



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Dialog Smart Home Enables Seamless Home Automation via Range of Intuitive Solutions 

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Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, introduced a range of convenient and integrated solutions via ‘Dialog Smart Home’ to enable intelligent automation and intuitive control of homes.

The newly introduced range of future-fit smart home solutions by Dialog Smart Home ranges from Home Automation, Home Security & Surveillance and Home Connectivity, and are designed to enable any home to work as one harmonious system where all elements work in tandem together to create a truly intelligent home.

The Home Automation solutions offer homeowners seamless and convenient control of their electronic appliances through their smartphones anytime, anywhere. With the Smart Touch Wall Switches, Smart Power Strips and Smart Fan Controllers, homeowners can take control of existing light bulbs, table fans, rice cookers, chargers, ceiling fans and more appliances. Additionally, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered TeDi Alexa Solution enables users to control connected smart devices including TVs, air conditioners, home security systems and more through voice commands.

Home Security & Surveillance solutions transform basic cameras into high-powered CCTV solutions. Baby and house monitoring smart cameras can be placed inside homes to keep a 360-degree eye on children and pets. The Indoor Security Camera has the ability to sound a siren and notify users if a stranger enters their home. Dialog Smart Home has also partnered with Singer to offer customers world-renowned Dahua CCTV solutions.

The Home Connectivity solutions offers consumers Wi-Fi extenders to facilitate uninterrupted internet connectivity across the house to fit the homeowner’s lifestyle and requirements.

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CBSL implements extraordinary measures to support banking sector

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, considering the prevailing macroeconomic conditions and its impact on the banking sector, has decided to implement the following regulatory measures to support the banking sector to facilitate effective financial intermediation and the flow of credit to the economy, whilst ensuring the soundness of the banking sector.

• Sri Lankan banking sector maintains a Capital Conservation Buffer (CCB) of 2.5% to ensure that banks have an additional layer of usable capital that can be drawn down during stress times. An industry wide flexibility is granted for banks to drawdown the CCB (up to 2.5%), if needed, subject to restrictions on distribution to shareholders/ repatriation of profits and submission of a capital augmentation plan to rebuild CCB during a period up to three years.

• The current deadline for licensed banks to meet the enhanced minimum capital requirement (31.12.2022) is extended up to 31.12.2023. Licensed banks which are unable to meet the minimum capital requirement by 31.12.2022, need to submit their capital augmentation plan, including plans to consolidate or merge with suitable financial institutions, by 31.12.2022 and these licensed banks too shall refrain from distribution of dividends/ repatriation of profits until the minimum capital requirement is met.

• Licensed banks are encouraged to move to approaches such as The Standardised Approach (TSA) or alternative TSA for computation of risk weighted assets for operational risk for the purposes of computing the Capital Adequacy Ratio, subject to supervisory review.

• Licensed banks are given the flexibility to stagger the unrealised mark to market loss on Government Securities denominated in LKR on account of the recent interest rate hike for Capital Adequacy purposes until Q2 of 2024, subject to conditions.

• Licensed banks are granted flexibility on the treatment for Other Comprehensive Income (OCI) for Capital Adequacy purpose in line with the International Standards.

• The deadline for licensed banks to submit the document on Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) for 2022, to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is extended by one month, until 30.06.2022.

• As a short-term measure to support licensed banks to adjust their liquidity profiles, licensed banks are provided with the flexibility to operate maintaining the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) and Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) not lower than 90% up to 30.09.2022. Furthermore, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, on 06 May 2022 decided to restrict certain discretionary payments of licensed banks, such as declaring cash dividends and repatriation of profits, until the financial statements for the year 2022 are audited by its External Auditor, engaging in share buy backs, increasing management allowances and payments to the Board of Directors until 31 December 2022 with a view to strengthening the liquidity and capital positions of licensed banks under these exceptional circumstances.

The above measures were introduced with the aim of providing the licensed banks with more flexibility and opportunities to operate in these challenging conditions and support economic recovery, while taking measures to improve their safety and soundness. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will periodically review the implementation of these policy measures and expects licensed banks to avail these measures in the best interest of the customers and the economy at large, while supporting the banking sector to remain resilient.

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CEAT official tyre supplier for locally assembled Tata Ace HT 

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CEAT Kelani Holdings has been appointed as the official tyre supplier for Tata Ace HT series compact trucks which are assembled in Sri Lanka by DIMO in collaboration with India’s largest automobile manufacturer TATA Motors.

 CEAT RHINO PLUS TL tyres in the size of 155R12 8PR, manufactured at the CEAT Kelani plant in Kelaniya are used for the TATA Ace HT series vehicles, popularly known in Sri Lanka as “DIMO Batta” under this project. The locally manufactured CEAT RHINO PLUS TL tyre features a zig zag pattern on its circumference and ribs with lateral notches that contribute towards uniformity and better wear and tear on local roads.

 Commenting on this latest OEM agreement of the company, CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Mr. Ravi Dadlani said: “As a brand that has been at the forefront of local value addition in Sri Lanka, CEAT is excited to contribute further to the process through its association with this assembly operation. This is particularly relevant in the prevailing situation in the domestic market. We are able to provide high-quality tyres engineered for local conditions at competitive prices and ensure uninterrupted supply, while at the same time helping to conserve foreign exchange.”

In January this year, CEAT was appointed as an OEM for a range of heavy-duty trucks, tippers and light commercial vehicles assembled in Sri Lanka by Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC (LAL), a joint venture company of Ashok Leyland India. In November 2021 the brand was chosen as the OEM for Bolero City Pik-up vehicles assembled in Sri Lanka by Mahindra & Mahindra India in collaboration with Ideal Motors.

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