ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka shares closed up on Wednesday, with interest in an acquisition from Softlogic, an analyst said.
The main All Share Price Index was up 0.23 percent or 25.83 points to 11,274.33, while the S&P SL20 was up 0.16 percent or 5.16 points to 3,172.81.
“Though volumes were thin, the market did bounce back to a high of three days. There still is some uncertainty among investors waiting on clarity from the government on the IMF review and the upcoming budget,” an analyst said.
Gainers were Commercial Bank, Ceylon Beverage Holdings and Sampath Bank.
The market generated a turnover of 1 billion rupees, the majority of the revenue came in from the Food, Beverage & Tobacco sector bringing in 408 million rupees and the Banks Industry Group sector brought in 179 million rupees, while the yearly average stands at 2 billion rupees.
The top active shares traded was Softlogic, due to the announcement that the company had acquired footwear manufacturer Bata.
Softlogic Holdings Plc said it had bought Footwear Retailer Ltd which has the franchise and a factory to make Bata branded shoes in the island.
Softlogic said it intended to “revive and re-position ‘Bata’” to make it the number one footwear brand in Sri Lanka.
It will launch “seasonal designs” concurrently with Bata’s international launches.
Softlogic paid 293 million rupees to buy Footwear Retailer Limited/Bata Shoe Company Ceylon Ltd, the firm said in a stock exchange filing.
The market saw a net foreign outflow of 67 million rupees, while the yearly net foreign inflow was 251 million rupees. (Colombo/Sep20/2023)