Group’s US$ 26 million expansion project in India progressing to planned timeline
Teejay Lanka PLC has built on its robust first quarter performance in Q2 of 2021-22, helped by strong demand for fabric from strategic customers due to the changing dynamics of the global market, increased capacities and the depreciation of the rupee.
Sri Lanka’s leading fabric manufacturer has reported revenue of Rs 23.1 billion at Group level for the six months ending 30th September 2021, reflecting topline growth of 71%. The second quarter contributed Rs 12.7 billion to the topline with an improvement of 44% over the corresponding quarter of last year.
The Group posted profit before tax of Rs 1.15 billion for the six months, up 44%. Pre-tax profit for the second quarter amounted to Rs 763.7 million, largely as a result of reduced due to predicted raw material and commodity price increases and higher distribution and marketing costs linked to the increased volumes.
Group profit after tax for the six months improved by a noteworthy 59% to Rs 954.1 million despite the second quarter’s net profit growing by only 2% to Rs 643.5 million, according to interim financial statements filed by Teejay Lanka with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).
Commenting on the Group’s performance, Teejay Lanka Chairman Bill Lam said: “While we continue to see growth opportunities, we also see challenges in this turbulent environment, notably increases in the prices of cotton, dyes, chemicals, auxiliaries and logistics. Considering these factors as well as the challenging operating conditions in the first half due to the Covid waves in India and Sri Lanka, our growth and improvement in profit are noteworthy.”
He said the Group is strategically approaching suppliers to secure yarns at a better price, and negotiations are in progress with customers to manage the margins at better pricing. “The teams are constantly collaborating with suppliers to minimise the impact of supply chain disruptions and higher freight rates,” Lam added.
Teejay Lanka CEO Pubudu De Silva noted that the Group’s US$ 26 million expansion project in India is progressing to planned timelines, with plant construction ongoing and orders for additional machines placed. “As part of our strategy of adapting to the changing environment we are progressing with an upgrade to the SAP-HANA relational database management system,” he disclosed, adding that “Teejay is navigating the journey to achieve the goal of US$ 300 million by 2023 amidst changing business dynamics and uncertainties, with cautiously-placed strategies that will achieve the targets set for our stakeholders.”
Global CEO Forum fetes one of most influential SL entrepreneurs
In tribute to the late Merril J. Fernando, the esteemed Founder of Dilmah Tea, the Global Brand Creator 2023 Award was bestowed at the Global CEO Forum held recently in Sri Lanka. This prestigious accolade was presented to Kirmali Fernando (the daughter-in-law of late Merril J. Fernando) by the Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, Kataro Katsuki, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka, Janaka Abeysinghe, CEO -SLT MOBITEL, Dr. DMA Kulasuriya, Director General-NIBM, Ahamed Ikram, Director-Emerald International , Dilanga Karunaratna- Director Otto Bathware and Anura Siriwardena, Chairman-Global CEO Forum.
Coca-Cola Sri Lanka extends its ‘Adopt A Beach’ program for a third year
Coca-Cola Sri Lanka Ltd. proudly continues its mission to safeguard Sri Lanka’s shorelines by extending the ‘Adopt A Beach’ initiative for a triumphant third year. This exciting announcement aligns with the celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 16, 2023, emphasizing the paramount significance of coastal preservation.
Commemorating the partnership with an exclusive beach cleanup and an enlightening session at Crow Island Beach, the day’s proceedings were honored by the presence of the Governor of the Western Province and Marshal of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Roshan Goonetileke and key government stakeholders representing the Ministry of Local Government, Colombo Municipal Council, Environmental Police Division, Coastal Conservation Department, Waste Management Authority and the Crow Island Beach Management Society.
Additionally, underlining the vital role that the youth of our nation play in forging cleaner and safer coastal regions, particularly through the realms of media and volunteerism, the occasion also brought together young talents from the media sector and a dedicated team of volunteers from the Clean Ocean Force, Clean Ocean Force Youth Club of the Ocean’s University, Clean Ocean Force Youth Club in Negombo, Rotaract Club Colombo Regent, Shri Vimukthi Youth Association, youth from International Schools and Adfactors Public Relations Lanka.
PLC’s profits surge 80.9% in Q1, amidst challenging environment
People’s Leasing & Finance PLC (PLC), a pillar of strength and stability in Sri Lanka’s financial sector, successfully concluded the 1st Quarter of the fiscal year 2023/24 with a year-on-year increase in Profit of 80.9% in the midst of a challenging economic landscape.
PLC’s top line interest income recorded an impressive 10.2%, reaching Rs. 7,465 million owing to the increased investment income during the quarter. However, the company’s net interest income showed a modest fall when compared to the first quarter of 2022/23. This was mostly the result of higher interest expenses brought on by the repricing of deposits to higher rates in line with higher policy rates. Despite the stated decrease in net interest income, PLC was able to end the first quarter with a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs. 331 million as opposed to Rs. 183 million recorded in Q1 2022/23 thanks to the significant year-on-year reduction in Impairment Charges as well as reduction in operating expenses, demonstrative of an intensified commitment to internal sustainability.
Similarly, PLC Group also recorded a PAT of Rs. 552 million during Q1 2023/24, reflecting a year-on-year increase of 21.5% mainly driven by the significant reduction in the Group’s impairment charges and other losses for loans and receivables.
Even in the face of a highly inflationary environment, PLC successfully reduced total operating expenses by 3.5% compared to the corresponding quarter in the year prior due to a determined effort to increase efficiency through digital initiatives, right-sizing of branches, and improvements in internal processes. PLC recognized the significance of recalibrating its balance sheet in a setting not favourable to business expansion and took strategic measures to ensure the right sizing of its balance sheet resulting a total asset base of Rs. 155,380 million as of 30 June 2023. Backed by these strategic moves, total asset base of the PLC Group also remained resilient at Rs. 179,948 million as of 30 June 2023.
In an extremely volatile and complex business setting PLC adopted a highly disciplined liquidity management approach to ensure financial stability whilst maintaining capital adequacy ratios well ahead of the statutory minimums at the end of Q1. The majority of PLC’s funding needs were met through improved collections enabling PLC to remain watchful in growing its deposit base in a high-interest environment. Despite these measures, the deposit base of PLC remained robust at Rs. 93,228 million as of 30 June 2023, showcasing strong customer confidence. The Group deposit base also remained strong at Rs. 100,439 million, as at 30 June 2023.
Meanwhile, PLC retained its No.1 position as Sri Lanka’s Most-Loved Brand in Leasing and Finance category, as ranked by Brand Finance in LMD Brands Annual. The company’s steadfast dedication to excellence was also evident in its ascent from 51 to 36 in the esteemed “Most Respected Entities” ranking by LMD within just one year, further cementing its position as one of Sri Lanka’s most respected and trusted financial services providers.
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