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Stocks close sharply lower, most sectors witness declines

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by Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Trading activities at the CSE was bearish yesterday as most of the investors had pursued profit taking from all time high share prices during the recent trading days.

“As US dollar rate moved up to Rs. 220 to 230 level, most of the export oriented companies’ share price appreciated considerably within those days. However, the Central Bank’s unofficial peg on the rupee rate to the dollar at a fixed rate of Rs 203 for commercial banks triggered concerns among investors”, stock market analysts said.

Local banks quoted rates of Rs197/203 to the US dollar on Tuesday, stronger from around 226/233 to the US dollar a day earlier, following an official request, financial sources said.

Sri Lanka has no interbank spot market to establish a rupee/dollar price and foreign exchange is matched within banks and in an over-the-counter market.

The rupee had fallen to around 238 to the US dollar Monday, in the OTC market, financial sources said despite attempts by a group of banks to stabilize it at around 230 to the US dollar.

Due to that, share prices especially in  export related companies witnessed a slight negative impact on those stock markets, analysts said.

Despite intermittent recovery the stock market closed sharply lower due to profit taking as well as concerns over currency instability amidst high turnover.

All Share Price Index was down by 263 points and S and P SL20 down by 79.4 points. Turnover stood at Rs 10.4 billion with a single crossing. The crossing was reported in HNB (Non Voting), which crossed 4.5 million shares to the tune of Rs 590 and its share price traded at Rs 130.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were Expolanka Holdings Rs 3.67 billion (21.1 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 2.1 billion (227 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs 619 million (1.1 million shares traded), Hayleys Rs 508 million (4.8 million shares traded) and Dipped Products Rs 339 million (5.7 million shares traded). During the day 489 million share volume changed hands in 61,510 transactions.

In the meantime, Acme Printing and Packaging Holdings’s second largest shareholder Richardson Holdings Limited sold their entire stake to E.B Creasy and company for a Rs 86 million consideration. Richardson Holdings held  19.4 percent stakes which sold eight million shares at a share price of Rs 12 to E.B Creasy company.  It is said that high net worth and institutional investor participation was noted in HNB nonvoting, ACME Printing and Packaging and Vallibel Power Erathna.

Mixed interest was observed in Expolanka Holdings, LOLC Holdings and Royal Ceramics, whilst retail interest was noted in Browns Investments, SMB Leasing – voting and nonvoting.



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Pacific Textiles chairman Masaru Okutomi appointed Director of Teejay Lanka

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Teejay Lanka PLC has announced the appointment of Masaru Okutomi, the Chairman and CEO of Pacific Textile Holdings Limited of Hong Kong, as a non-executive Director of the Company with immediate effect.

Okutomi replaces Wan Wai Loi on the Board of Teejay Lanka PLC, consequent to a change in the latter’s role on the Board of Pacific Textiles, which has a 28 per cent stake in Teejay Lanka, the Company said.

Okutomi has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Hitotsubashi University, one of Japan’s top universities, and held senior management positions including Managing Director of Toray Industries (South China) Co. Ltd. and of Toray Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd., Deputy Managing Director of Toray Industries (China) Co. Ltd. in the past.

He was re-designated from Vice-Chairman to Chairman and CEO of Pacific Textiles, a leading manufacturer of customised knitted fabric with an annual production capacity of approximately 87 million kg, on 1st October 2021, and leads the Group’s management team, overseeing overall production and operations, providing corporate direction and formulating business strategy.

Welcoming Okutomi to the Board of the Company, Teejay Lanka Chairman Bill Lam said his extensive experience in the management of a globally-significant textiles business would be an asset to Teejay’s own growth and expansion aspirations as it progresses towards its target of becoming a US$ 300 million business. “We also thank Wan Wai Loi, for his exemplary service as a Board member of Teejay Lanka PLC,” Lam said. “He has done yeoman service shaping the journey of Teejay Lanka for the past 11 years and his guidance and wealth of knowledge was greatly appreciated by all his peers on the Board.”

Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer and the first textile manufacturer in the country to receive membership of the US Cotton Trust Protocol, Teejay Lanka PLC is a public quoted company with 39 per cent public ownership. The company is backed by Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter Brandix Lanka which has a 33 per cent stake. Pacific Textiles of Hong Kong whose key shareholder is the Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Toray Industries Inc., owns 28 per cent of Teejay Lanka.

The Company has been adjudged the Best Textile Exporter in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Export Awards presented by the Export Development Board (EDB) and has been named among the 100 Most Respected Companies in Sri Lanka by LMD.

An ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 compliant company and the first in the industry to develop green fabric, Teejay has been listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) since 2011 and was included in the S&P Top 20 Index in Sri Lanka. The Company has also been named among the Forbes ‘200 Best under a Billion in Asia’ and been recognised as the ‘International Textile Firm of the Year’ and the ‘International Dyer and Finisher’ by World Textile Institute, London.

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Sri Lanka ranks 2nd at Allianz World Run, contributing towards countries in need

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Allianz Lanka once again partnered with other Allianz offices from around the world to raise much needed funds to mitigate critical issues facing countries ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, via the Allianz World Run, an initiative that seeks to inspire Allianz team members as well as their friends and family to undertake recreational physical activity that ultimately helps tackle pressing global issues.

The Allianz World Run, this time in its 6th edition, took place throughout both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, thus motivating participants to give of their best, embracing the true Olympic spirit. Held over 90 days, the program saw a total of 12,418 participants from 69 teams contribute 2,531,091 KMs, at an average of 203 KMs per participant, being active for a total of 55,080,546 minutes. Sri Lanka contributed with 975 participants running 201,423 KMs, an average distance of 207 KMs per participant for a total of 118,509 minutes, a feat that placed the island nation 2nd in terms of participants and 3rd in terms of contribution of KMs

Speaking at the conclusion of the event, Gany Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Insurance Lanka Limited said, “We are very proud to maintain our standing at the Allianz World Run this year, which is testament to the resilience and spirit of our Sri Lankan people to never back down and to keep fighting for the sake of our fellow man. Even as we grapple with our own issues and uncertainties caused by the global pandemic, I am truly amazed at the outpouring of support for this initiative and can only say thank you to everyone who participated. I humbly hope this serves as an inspiration to everyone, across the globe, that with courage and determination there is no obstacle humanity cannot defeat.”

In keeping with the Olympic & Paralympic Games and bearing in mind the deadly pandemic facing the world, this year the Allianz World Run introduced a Digital Workout Challenge to ensure participant safety, whereby all runners joined the Allianz World Run community and all their active minutes contributed to Allianz World Run Charity Milestones. Participants could join any activity they chose, so long as it was tracked in the ‘Well Together’ app.

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Tile sector counters in positive performance

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CSE trading witnessed some volatility because the market noted profit -taking on the previous day. But tile sector counters performed positively yesterday, stock market analysts said. Further, with the month end being reached, the profit takings were noted during the day.

The stock market remained buoyant with high turnover. Royal Ceramic share price appreciated by five percent or Rs.2.70. Its share price started at Rs 54.10 and at the end of the day it shot up to Rs 56.80.

The indices continued their record-breaking streak on the back of stronger-than-expected financial results reported by a string of companies in the ongoing earnings season.

“As successive record highs were recorded, the ASPI breached the 10,100 level for the first time and ended in green for the seventh consecutive session while the S&P SL20 index also closed higher to surpass its previous peak recorded on Monday, stock analysts said.

Amid those developments both indices moved upwards. All Share Price Index went up by 17.16 points and S and P SL20 rose by 36 points. Turnover stood at Rs five billion with a single crossing. The crossing was reported in Distilleries, which crossed 10 million shares to the tune of Rs 176 million and its shares traded at Rs 17.50.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Expolanka Holdings Rs 1.1 billion (4.9 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 752 million (6.6 million shares traded), Royal Ceramic Rs 315 million (5.6 million shares traded), ACL Cables Rs 275 million (four million shares traded) and HNB Rs 184 million (1.1 million shares traded). During the day 194 million share volumes changed hands in 36000 shares.

Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF) recently announced its Initial Public Offering (IPO) proposition and will be allowing potential investors the ability to submit applications for the IPO, which will open on November 23, 2021.

SDF is a dynamic financial services provider that aims to uplift and empower rural masses across the nation by facilitating development opportunities with the prime goal of securing equitable economic growth and driving national development.

Investors stand to gain a range of benefits related to the forecasted highly positive company performance levels in the near future, offering investors the chance to invest into empowering Sri Lanka’s village entrepreneurs, while securing consistent returns, observers said.

Managed by NDB Investment Bank, Sarvodaya Development Finance will offer up to 45,454,546 ordinary voting shares at a price of Rs 22.00 per share through its IPO, resulting in a projected market capitalization of Rs 3.29 billion assuming full subscription at the Issue Price. This translates into an estimated forward PER of 16.17 for FY22 and implied TTM PER (as at August 31, 2021) of 11.02x.

Yesterday the US dollar was quoted at Rs 202.20, which was the controlled price of the Central Bank to prevent price escalations in essential food items in the country.

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