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Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Grain Elevators profits grow in June with exports

ECONOMYNEXT-Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Grain Elevators, a feed milling and poultry firm, said profits rose 8.2 percent in the June 2019 quarter to 187.8 million rupees from a year ago with better export demand, amid falling local sales for processed meat and broiler chicks following the Easter Sunday attack.

Earnings per share for the quarter were 3.13 rupees. Earnings per share for the six months to June were 7.10 rupees. The firm’s share last traded at 61.90 rupees on Friday, closing 4.90 rupees higher.
Revenue grew 10 percent in the June quarter from a year earlier to 4.3 billion rupees, while cost of sales rose 10 percent to 3.9 billion rupees, leading to gross profits rising 11 percent 441.9 million rupees.
“The consistent feed quality and improved demand for day old chicks (DOCs) strengthened the Group revenue,” Chief Executive Cheng Chih Kwong, Primus told shareholders in an earnings release statement.
“Export market revenue from parent stock DOC’s also led to an increase in the revenue during the quarter," he said.
"However, the demand for processed chicken and broiler DOCs were adversely affected during the second quarter due to the aftermath of the April 2019 terror attack."
He said that lower demand for meat from hotels, restaurants and cafes following the attack led to lower demand for broiler DOCs from farmers. 
He said that cost of production grew due to short supply of maize, which narrowed margins.
"It was noted that the issue of permits to import maize at the right time with the right quantitiy would be a definite relief to the industry at this juncture."
Net finance cost for the firm grew 47 percent to 24 million rupees in the June quarter after adopting the new SLFRS 16 standard on operating leases.
Lease liabilities for the quarter grew to 761.5 million rupees as at end June from the start of the financial year in January for a warehouse complex leased from the state under the new standard, balanced by a rise in right of use assets.#
For the six months to June, profits after tax from the milling and farming segment fell to 239 million rupees from 311.5 million rupees a year earlier due to rising operating costs despite a growth in revenue.
Profits from the poultry breeding and commercial meat segment grew to 377.7 million rupees from 316 million rupees with higher interest income.
(COLOMBO, Aug 12, 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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