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Sri Lanka’s Hemas Holdings makes Rs426mn loss in June quarter

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hemas Holdings made a loss of 426 million rupees in the June 2019 quarter compared with profits of 554 million rupees a year ago as consumer demand fell after April’s suicide bombings and subsequent communal violence.

But a recovery in group businesses was under way, Hemas Holdings chief executive Steven Enderby told shareholders in a note accompanying interim accounts filed with the Colombo stock exchange.

Hemas Holdings posted a 71 cents loss per share for the June quarter. The share was trading at 77.50 rupees, down 40 cents or 0.5 percent in early trade Friday.

Group sales fell 2.3 percent to 13.2 billion rupees in the June 2019 quarter from a year ago.

Enderby said the fall in June quarter sales was mainly a result of the terrorist attacks of 21st April, “with the aftermath causing economic slowdown and difficult trading conditions.”

More than 250 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels by Islamist extremists and subsequent violence against minority Muslims also affected business.

Enderby said the Hemas group leisure and travel business incurred a loss of 129 million rupees with the generally depressed economic environment also weakening performance across the group in particular at Morisons and N*able subsidiaries.

“We were also impacted by a number of one-offs totaling 130 million rupees including a charge from the adoption of SLFRS 16,” Enderby said, referring to a new accounting rule that brings leases hitherto held off-balance sheet, on-balance sheet.

Hemas group consumer sales were also affected by “baseless ethnically divisive attacks on our business and brands,” Enderby said, referring to a campaign by extremists to boycott Muslim-owned businesses.

“Many of these attacks appear designed to mislead the public and exacerbate already strained communal relationships,” he said.

“We continue our efforts to ensure everyone understands that building great Sri Lankan consumer and healthcare brands and services is an important component of the national economy generating employment and taxes, developing great suppliers and sales and distribution teams across the country, and ultimately driving the livelihoods of thousands of families.

”As our teams across the group work to ensure this message is understood, we are seeing a steady recovery in the performance of our consumer businesses from the lows of May,” Enderby said.

“There is ongoing improvement into Q2 as we push hard to return to normal business levels as quickly as possible.”
(COLOMBO, 09 August, 2019)


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Sri Lanka to ramp up weekend fuel deliveries after petrol price cut

More deaths reported at Sri Lanka fuel queues

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will be operating on the weekend to complete all fuel deliveries to end vehicle queues forming outside fuel stations after the price revision earlier in the week, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said.

“Instructions have been given to CPC and Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals to continue fuel deliveries on Saturday and Sunday this week to supply sufficient stocks to all fuel stations,” Minister Wijesekera said in a TWITTER.COM MESSAGE

“To reduce expenses on overtime, CPC and CPSTL have not been operating on Sundays and public holidays in the last 4 months,” Wijesekera said.

“Non-placement of orders by fuel stations from last Saturday, anticipating a price reduction, not maintaining minimum stocks, immediate increase in demand by consumers after the price revision, and quota increase have created shortages in the fuel stations.”

The Minister in April 2023 said all fuel stations would be required to maintain a minimum of 50 percent of stock tank capacity.

“I have asked CPC to review and suspend the license of fuel stations that had not maintained minimum stocks.” (Colombo/ June 02/ 2023)

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Sri Lanka bonds yield up at close, rupee at 291.75/292.50 against the US dollar

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s bonds closed steady on Friday, dealers said, following the central bank’s decision to cut its main policy rate by 250 basis points.

The Spot US dollar closed at 291.75/292.50 rupees, dealers said.

The rupee opened at 290.25/75 to the US dollar Thursday and closed at 292.50/295.50 to the US dollar.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2027 closed at 24.70/90 percent up from 24.50/90 percent a day earlier, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2026 closed at 25.75/26.25 percent up from 25.00/26.00 percent a day earlier.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2025 closed at 27.00/30 percent, up from 26.30/27.00 per cent at last close.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2032 closed at 20.25/21.00 percent, up from 20.00/40 per cent at last close.
(Colombo/ June 02/2023)

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Sri Lanka’s shares edge up on positive macroeconomic sentiments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s shares closed higher in trade on Friday, over positive macro-sentiments encouraging investors to redeem their interest towards buying, an analyst said.

The main All Share Price Index was up 0.72 percent or 62.19 points to 8,753.80,  while the most liquid index S&P SL20 was up 0.68 percent or 16.87 points to 2,487.29.

Sri Lanka’s inflation in the 12-months to May 2023 has eased to 25.2 percent from 35.3 percent a month earlier according to a revised Colombo Consumer Price Index calculated by the state statistics office.

Prior to the Monetary Policy investors were quite optimistic that inflation is to lower and interest rates will decrease and since exp, an analyst said.

Sri Lanka Central Bank is waiting for the government proposal on the domestic debt restructuring (DDR), the central bank governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said amid uncertainty over DDR and speculations over instability in the banking sector.

“On debt restructuring, the borrower is the ministry of finance’s treasury. Certainly we will announce what the strategy will be. We are waiting for a government proposal,” Weerasinghe said.

Sri Lanka’s investors are waiting on assurances to be made on debt restructuring and optimization, Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said, “It is up to the government to clear the uncertainty, because from our side we have done that part.”

The central bank cut the key policy rates by 250 basis points to spur a faltering economic growth as inflation was decelerating faster than it projected.

The speculation of DDR has hit the market and the risk premium has kept the market lending rates well above the central bank’s policy rates. The government has yet to present its plans on DDR.

Weerasinghe said the central bank has done its best to reduce the risk premium through bringing down the market lending rates while keeping the policy rates unchanged.

Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe has discussed progress of International Monetary Fund program and debt restructuring during a visit of Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura, statement said.

“The discussion primarily focused on the progress of the IMF program between Sri Lanka and the IMF,” a statement from President’s office said.

“Attention was also paid to the on-going debt restructuring negotiations.”

However Officials from IMF have said Sri Lanka has to focus on expanding taxes.

“We discussed the importance of fiscal measures, in particular revenue measures, for a return to macroeconomic stability,” Deputy Managing Director Kenji Okamura said in a statement.

The finance ministry this week issued rules requiring everyone above 18 year of age to register to pay income tax.

“I was encouraged by the authorities’ commitment to negotiate a debt strategy in a timely and transparent manner.

The market generated a revenue of 738 million rupees, while the daily average was 1 billion rupees.

Top gainers in trade were Vallibel One, LOLC Finance and Browns Investment. (Colombo/June02/2023)

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