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Three listed companies adopting share split strategy to boost liquidity & share price

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Each existing EB Creasy share to be split into 100

Three companies listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange have announced decisions to subdivide their existing issued shares with no change in their stated capital in what is considered a measure intended, in the view of brokers and analysts, to increase the market liquidity of their shares with prospects to increase their price post-subdivision.

Among those companies that has announced subdivision of shares is old-established EB Creasy and Co. PLC, a member of the Colombo Fort Land and Buildings group, where a subdivision of each existing share into 100 new shares is pending.

The other two companies where subdivisions are pending are CIC Holdings PLC where a subdivision of each existing share into four has been announced and Lanka Aluminium Industries PLC where each existing share would be split into five.

Although there have been share splits since the new Company law came into effect on 2007, brokers and analysts could not recall a share split as big as what is proposed by EB Creasy which concluded its last Annual General Meeting for the year ended Mar. 31, 2020, on Dec. 30. A dividend of Rs. 18 per share (pre-share split) was adopted.

“Given that the company’s issued capital (stated capital is what now applies) was small, the Creasy share which is seldom traded has commanded a very high price on the trading floor of the CSE,” a broker said.

It last traded a few days ago between Rs. 3,150 and Rs. 3,070 with 506 shares changing hands in 34 trades. Its par value per share was Rs. 10 when par values applied. That concept went out with the introduction of state capital under the new company law.

Brokers and analysts said that there is a push-up factor possible in share splits but this has not always worked out.

“Consider an example of a company whose share is trading at Rs. 50 when a split of two new shares for each existing share is announced. Theoretically each new share should then be worth Rs. 25 but it doesn’t always work out that way, depending on market conditions. Shareholders always hope for a favourable movement from such measures,” a broker said.

CIC Holdings which has two classes of shares, voting and non-voting, will divide each existing share into four. An Extraordinary General Meeting has been called for Jan. 5 to secure shareholder approval for the proposed measure. The subdivision will apply to both voting and non-voting shares.

The CIC voting share last traded on the CSE between Rs. 184.90 and Rs. 182 closing at Rs. 182.30 with 57,601 shares transacted in 53 trades. The company paid two interim dividends of one rupee each for the financial year ended Mar. 31, 2020.

At Lanka Aluminium, each existing share will be split into five. Its share last traded at a range of Rs. 112.70 to Rs. 113.30 closing at Rs. 112.70 with 71,059 shares transacted in 119 trades. The company paid a first and final dividend of one rupee for the last financial year.

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Sampath Bank continues to partner Central Bank on promoting QR payments

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Sampath Bank PLC joined hands with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) yet again to raise awareness and increase acceptance and usage of LANKAQR, the common Quick Response (QR) code standard for the country that was introduced in 2020.

Encouraging consumers to adopt LANKAQR for their day to day transactions, Sampath Bank held a 2-day promotional drive at one of Colombo’s latest outdoor dining destinations, Dining Capsule at Baladaksha Mawatha, near Galle Face Green on the 23rd and 24th of January.

Dharmasri Kumaratunga, Director – Payments and Settlements, Central Bank of Sri Lanka; Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC; and Tharaka Ranwala, Head of Operations and Group Chief Marketing Officer, Sampath Bank PLC, took part in the ceremonial launch of this initiative together with other senior representatives.

The Bank offered 25% cash back on payments made with the LANKAQR-enabled Sampath WePay digital payments mobile application at Dunhinda Colombo, Roots, Grand Monarch, Street Wok, Lavinia, Spice Junction, Giovanni’s Pizza al Taglio and BoxBar outlets at the Dining Capsule during this period.

“Offering greater convenience and security, technology continues to transform the way we conduct our day to day transactions. This is becoming increasingly true in Sri Lanka too, where consumers and businesses are actively adopting digital payments,” said Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC. “At Sampath Bank we have always focused on leveraging emerging technologies and delivering market relevant solutions that add value to our customers around the island. In line with this, we are delighted to partner with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on driving the acceptance and usage of LANKAQR.”

“Across Sri Lanka, a growing number of merchants and consumers are getting on board the LANKAQR ecosystem and beginning to appreciate the value offered by QR based payments. We are witnessing this phenomenon with Sampath WePay, the secure, one stop digital wallet from Sampath Bank that allows users to store all types of financial instruments from any bank and carry out a wide range of real-time online transactions.

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Taking cashless transactions across the country

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka in coordination with leading financial institutions and telcos in the country set in motion the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ promotional campaign with a monumental event on January, 23. The ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ initiative represents the second phase of an island-wide campaign commenced late last year to introduce LANKAQR as the standard for mobile phone and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy society plus greater financial inclusion across Sri Lanka.

Held at Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla, the event was graced by the Chief Guest, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms, Ms. Yvette Fernando, Deputy Governor CBSL and the chairperson of the National Payments Council, D. Kumaratunge, Director Payments and Settlements – CBSL, and Thilak Piyadigama, chairman – CBSL appointed LANKAQR Committee/CEO SDB bank, among other distinguished guests.

The Colombo-leg of the LANKAQR national campaign, drawing on the participation of numerous high-profile guests plus the island’s top banks and financial institutions, aimed to advance the program’s overall vision of promoting digital transactions as the new norm and included city-wide promotions, covering major commercial locations in and around the city.

Developed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, LANKAQR is a common Quick Response (QR) code standard, and its adoption by most major financial institutions in Sri Lanka is a progressive step on the path to Sri Lankans fully embracing a future that is inevitably digital, gradually leading to an entirely cashless mode of transaction.

The LANKAQR system will allow banks, financial institutions and telcos, through their digital payment apps and platforms, to facilitate fast, secure and low cost digital payments to any merchant or service provider. LANKAQR provides customers with a mechanism for payment for all their needs ranging from groceries, healthcare to utilities, and even the purchase of goods from street-side vendors, directly from their bank account through the use of any LANKAQR-compliant mobile payment app.

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SLT-MOBITEL gives ‘Power to Your Dreams’ with special connectivity offers

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SLT-MOBITEL is all set to launch the ‘Power to Your Dreams – සිහිනයට සවියක්’ campaign to provide the latest connectivity solutions to microbusinesses on the of January, 25 the company announced recently. This program will provide ICT solutions packages encompassing products and services essential for microbusinesses, at maximum affordability.

Understanding the connectivity needs of the microbusiness segment, the promotion provides them solutions that fulfil their requirements. Accordingly, communication, business networking, cloud technology, entertainment & IoT, communications devices and business infrastructure services for various market segments within the microbusiness ecosystem is provided utilising SLT-MOBITEL products and services such as voice & mobile telephony, 4G LTE, SLT Broadband, SLT Fibre and Peo TV services.

Speaking on the planned promotion, Sanjeewa Jayamaha, General Manager – SME Business Development, Sri Lanka Telecom stated, “Microbusinesses are the bedrock of Sri Lanka’s economic activity, supporting day to day transactions for millions of people. It is vitally important that they receive the full benefit of the connectivity solutions offered by the national ICT solutions provider, Sri Lankan Telecom. The brand unification of SLT-MOBITEL means now we can offer a full bouquet of products and services to our clients. This promotion will ensure that microbusinesses from various segments can now access the connectivity solutions most important for their businesses to thrive.”

Microbusinesses operating in entertainment and leisure, fashion and beauty, daily essentials, medical and health care, education, special occasion services, financial services, e-commerce and software development, professional services, construction support and transportation and delivery services will be able to benefit from bespoke packages crafted by SLT-MOBITEL with their specific industry needs taken into consideration.

 

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