Sri Lanka’s Trans Asia Hotels Dec net halves

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Trans Asia Hotels Plc, which owns and operates Colombo’s five-star Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, said profit for the December 2017 quarter fell 52 percent to 98.8 million rupees from a year earlierwhile revenue also fell 4 percent in the peak December season.

The hotel reported earnings of 0.49 cents per share for the quarter in accounts filed with the Colombo Stock Exchange. In the nine months to December it reported earnings of 1.64 rupees per share on a profit of 320 million rupees, down 31 percent from a year ago.

The share last traded at 90 rupees on the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Gross revenue fell 4 percent to 859.3 million rupees, and cost of sales declined by three percent to 353.6 million rupees, shrinking gross profits eight percent to 505.7 million rupees.

Operating expenses was up one percent to 322.7 million rupees and finance cost increased 150 percent to nearly two million rupees.

Tax expenses increased 136 percent to 78 million rupees.

Trans Asia Hotels is a unit of John Keells Holdings which has interest in ports, consumer goods and finance. (COLOMBO, January 22, 2018)

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