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Amanda Lokugamage, Senior Research Analyst at First Capital Holdings, with the Market Review on Ada Derana – 27.09.2018

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First Capital’s Amanda Lokugamage with the Market Review on Ada Derana

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management, retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

First Capital is an investment bank providing a full range of financial advisory and services. The Company’s research deliver heightened perspective in fundamental research aiding Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka. The Company’s best-in-class research team provide dynamic reports including economic reviews and proprietary research, encompassing fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis. With fundamental research coverage of 62 listed securities (reflecting approximately 65% market capitalization) across 15 sectors in Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka.

Weekly Government Securities Market – 28-09-2018

Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka

First Capital Holdings PLC is an investment bank and is the pioneer non-bank affiliated Primary Dealer in Treasury Bills and Bonds in Sri Lanka. With a track record of over 25 years, the Company was the first licensed primary dealer appointed by the Central Bank, and is also the only listed and rated primary dealer in Treasury Bills and Bonds in Sri Lanka. First Capital delivers the only source for fixed income research in the local financial services industry. The Company’s best-in-class research team provide dynamic reports including economic reviews and proprietary research, encompassing fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis.

 

 

Bloomberg Comment – 27-09-2018

Bloomberg First Word (BFW) Date: Sep 27 2018  9:18:37

Bonds Seen Pressured by Higher Borrowing Costs: Inside Sri Lanka

By Anusha Ondaatjie

   (Bloomberg) — Sri Lanka’s bond prices may drop after the government’s costs of borrowing jumped at an auction Wednesday.

  * Central bank sold 1.8b rupees ($11m) of 91-day bills at 8.56%, up from 8.07% at previous auction, and 3.30b rupees of 364-day notes at 9.51% vs 9.05%

  * The bank offered a total 8b rupees of bills, with 5.1b rupees of bids accepted

  * “Liquidity is short and we think the yields have room to move up at least another 20 bps,” says Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital

  * The Fed’s rate hike Wednesday had already been priced in; that suggests foreign outflows from the bond market will slow, limiting the drop in prices and the rupee’s decline

  * Yield on 10.2% govt bonds due July 2023 rose 5bps Wednesday to 10.70%, data compiled by Bloomberg show

  * USD/LKR steady at 168.95 after rising to a record 169.10 on Wednesday

  * Overseas investors sold a  net $0.3m of local stocks on Wednesday, taking outflows for this month to $8.9m: exchange data

Nisansala Kuruppumudali, Research Analyst at First Capital Holdings, with the Market Review on Ada Derana – 26.09.2018

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First Capital’s Nisansala Kuruppumudali with the Market Review on Ada Derana

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management, retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

First Capital is an investment bank offering services as Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka. The Company acts as a conduit between retail and institutional clients and the secondary market of the Colombo Stock Exchange. First Capital’s best-in-class research team provide a series of actionable trade recommendations, daily and periodic market commentaries and publications for Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka.

Hiruni Perera, Senior Research Analyst at First Capital Holdings, with the Market Review on Ada Derana – 25.09.2018

Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka

First Capital’s Hiruni Perera with the Market Review on Ada Derana

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management, retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

Sri Lanka shares fall to near 5-year closing low on foreign selling

DIMANTHA MATHEW, HEAD OF RESEARCH AT FIRST CAPITAL HOLDINGS PLC, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

COLOMBO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares fell over 1 percent on Tuesday to their lowest close in nearly five years, as foreign investor selling, a weaker rupee and government plans to curb imports hurt investor sentiment.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said on Monday the government would take measures to impose taxes to curb imports by $500 million to $1 billion to face the currency crisis.

The rupee hit a record low for an eighth straight session on Friday despite the central bank’s intervention. It fell to an all-time low of 169.00 per dollar on Friday, weighed down by importer demand for the scarce U.S. currency.

The rupee has weakened 4.5 percent so far this month after a 1.2 percent drop last month, and has declined 9.97 percent so far this year.

Analysts said the acceleration in the rupee’s depreciation was creating panic among investors.

The Colombo stock index declined 1.21 percent to 5,833.58 on Tuesday, its lowest close since Dec. 18, 2013. This was also the sharpest single-day drop since late November 2017.

“It’s another disastrous day, lots of exits happened. It’s mainly because of panic selling, that’s why the market came down sharply in lower turnover,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at broker First Capital Holdings.

Turnover was 297.6 million rupees ($1.77 million), the lowest since Sept. 6, and less than half of this year’s daily average of 793.5 million rupees.

Foreign investors sold a net 60.9 million rupees worth of shares on Tuesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign outflow to 5.6 billion rupees worth of equities.

Analysts said the recent fuel price hike also hurt investor confidence as it could hit corporate earnings. Fuel retailers raised gasoline and diesel prices earlier this month for a third time in four months due to higher global oil prices and a weaker rupee.

Investors are awaiting cues from the national budget in November.

Shares of Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc fell 1.5 percent, Hemas Holdings Plc lost 4.3 percent, Sri Lanka Telecom Plc ended 5.7 percent down and conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc closed 1.1 percent lower. ($1 = 168.5500 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

First Capital is an investment bank providing a full range of financial advisory and services. The Company’s research deliver heightened perspective in fundamental research aiding Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka. The Company’s best-in-class research team provide dynamic reports including economic reviews and proprietary research, encompassing fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis. With fundamental research coverage of 62 listed securities (reflecting approximately 65% market capitalization) across 15 sectors in Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka shares hit over 30-month closing low on rupee woes

DIMANTHA MATHEW, HEAD OF RESEARCH AT FIRST CAPITAL HOLDINGS PLC, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

COLOMBO, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares dropped to their lowest close in more than 30 months on Friday as foreign investors sold banking stocks, while a weaker rupee dented investor sentiment as well.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.29 percent weaker at 5,904.90, its lowest close since March 9, 2016. It lost 2.1 percent this week, its second straight weekly drop.

“Today, the market came down on foreign selling in banking shares,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at broker First Capital Holdings, adding that the acceleration in the rupee’s depreciation was creating panic among investors.

The rupee hit a record low for an eighth straight session despite the central bank’s intervention. It fell to an all-time low of 169.00 per dollar, weighed down by importer demand for the scarce U.S. currency.

The rupee has weakened 4.5 percent so far this month after a 1.2 percent drop last month, and has declined 9.9 percent so far this year.

Analysts said they expected a minor support for the stock market at 5,900 levels and a stronger support at 5,800 levels.

Turnover was 977.7 million rupees ($5.80 million) on Friday, more than this year’s daily average of 796.3 million rupees.

Foreign investors sold a net 359.9 million rupees worth of shares, extending the year-to-date net foreign outflow to 5.6 billion rupees worth of equities.

Analysts said the fuel price hike also hurt investor confidence as it could hit corporate earnings. Fuel retailers raised gasoline and diesel prices in September for a third time in four months due to higher global oil prices and a weaker rupee.

Investors are awaiting cues from the national budget in November.

Shares of Sampath Bank Plc ended 2.5 percent weaker, Good Hope Plc fell 23 percent, Ceylon Tea Services Plc closed down 8 percent, and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc declined 1 percent. ($1 = 168.6000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

First Capital is an investment bank offering independent advice and transaction execution relating to capital raising and other strategic needs including mergers and acquisitions for investment in Sri Lanka. The Company’s industry leading transactions are reflective of the ingenuity in enabling the most opportune financing processes for our clients. First Capital’s services for investment in Sri Lanka include a total service for public offers of corporate debt, acting in the capacity of managers/ financial advisors and placement agents, in addition to due diligence, pre-offer preparation, offer management, distribution strategy and after-market advisory services, initial public offerings, secondary offerings such as rights issues, corporate actions including mandatory and voluntary offers, private placements and at-market placements of listed securities.

Atchuthan Srirangan, Assistant Manager – Research at First Capital Holdings, with the Market Forecast on Ada Derana – 23.09.2018

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First Capital’s Atchuthan Srirangan with the Market Forecast on Ada Derana

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management, retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

First Capital is an investment bank offering services as Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka. The Company acts as a conduit between retail and institutional clients and the secondary market of the Colombo Stock Exchange. First Capital’s best-in-class research team provide a series of actionable trade recommendations, daily and periodic market commentaries and publications for Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka.

First Capital is an investment bank offering services as Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka. The Company acts as a conduit between retail and institutional clients and the secondary market of the Colombo Stock Exchange. First Capital’s best-in-class research team provide a series of actionable trade recommendations, daily and periodic market commentaries and publications for Stock Brokers in Sri Lanka.

Weekly Government Securities Market – 21-09-2018

Stock Market Sri Lanka

First Capital Holdings PLC is an investment bank and is the pioneer non-bank affiliated Primary Dealer in Treasury Bills and Bonds in Sri Lanka. With a track record of over 25 years, the Company was the first licensed primary dealer appointed by the Central Bank, and is also the only listed and rated primary dealer in Treasury Bills and Bonds in Sri Lanka. First Capital delivers the only source for fixed income research in the local financial services industry. The Company’s best-in-class research team provide dynamic reports including economic reviews and proprietary research, encompassing fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis.

Nisansala Kuruppumudali, Research Analyst at First Capital Holdings, with the Market Review on Ada Derana – 20.09.2018

Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka

First Capital’s Nisansala Kuruppumudali with the Market Review on Ada Derana

The comments on this report are provided by the Capital Markets Research Unit of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank in Sri Lanka.

The company operates in the capital markets of Sri Lanka in government securities – treasury bills and bonds, stock brokering and share market investments, asset management, private wealth management, retirement planning, personal financial planning, unit trust, margin trading, capital market research, trustee services, corporate finance advisory services including corporate debt structuring (debentures, trust certificates, commercial papers), valuations, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and project advisory.

The First Capital Group consists of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Markets Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited and First Capital Equities (Private) Limited covering Colombo, Negombo, Matara, Kandy and Kurunegala.

First Capital is an investment bank providing a full range of financial advisory and services. The Company’s research deliver heightened perspective in fundamental research aiding Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka. The Company’s best-in-class research team provide dynamic reports including economic reviews and proprietary research, encompassing fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis. With fundamental research coverage of 62 listed securities (reflecting approximately 65% market capitalization) across 15 sectors in Share Market Investment in Sri Lanka.