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Sri Lanka Construction Sector Boom Seen Reviving

SRI LANKA CONSTRUCTION SECTOR “Construction back with a BOOM” – First Capital Research Report

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s construction industry is expected to do well in the next few years given increasing homeownership affordability, big government infrastructure projects and rising demand for high-rises, stock brokers First Capital Equities said.

Growth in the sector slowed down in 2015 after the new government halted some big infrastructure projects, pending reviews of their costs and environmental impact.

“Infrastructure being one the main driving forces of the construction sector, suffered a hefty blow amidst slowdown in the infrastructure drive during 2015,” the brokers said in a research report on the construction sector.

But the brokers said they expect “a booming construction sector over next 2-3 years supported by rising affordability for housing, demand for skyscrapers and the government’s mega infrastructure drive.”

The report said the listed Construction & Building Material Sector on the Colombo bourse is expected to provide 46% average return (annualized 29%) over an 18-month period, well above the expected market return.

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Sri Lankan Shares Post 3-wk Closing High as Banks Gain on Rate Decision

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Wed Sep 28, 2016

COLOMBO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks closed higher on Wednesday, hitting a more than three-week closing high, led by gains in banking stocks after the central bank held the key monetary policy rates steady.

The central bank’s widely expected decision earlier on Wednesday to hold the rates steady suggested that policy makers were keen to support a slowing economy even as they kept a tight leash on rampant credit growth.

Treasury bill yields fell for the second session at Wednesday’s auction. They fell between 16-33 basis points.

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Sri Lankan shares end flat amid foreign outflows

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Mon Sep 26, 2016

COLOMBO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks ended steady on Monday, as gains in financial shares were offset by losses in consumer staples, amid foreign outflows and tax hike concerns.

Foreign investors sold a net 183 million rupees worth of shares on Monday extending the year-to-date net forging outflow to 3.01 billion rupees worth of equities.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday said Sri Lanka’s government, which has failed to raise taxes as promised when it received a $1.5 billion loan from the lender in June, needs to implement a tax reform package without further delay.

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Sri Lankan shares rise on blue chips; foreign outflow hits 7-mth high

First Capital’s Head of Research, Dimantha Mathew speaks to Reuters Thu Sep 22, 2016

“Index turned green today with sudden buying interest in blue chip counters”
“Buying interest is there mainly in diversified shares.”

COLOMBO, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks hit a one-week closing high on Thursday, led by blue chips as investors picked up beaten-down counters, even as foreign investor outflow touched a seven-month high, mainly due to selling in shares of National Development Bank.

The benchmark index of the Colombo Stock Exchange ended 0.21 percent higher at 6,464.94, its highest close since Sept.15.

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The Report Sri Lanka 2016: Signaling Opportunities Emerging for Global Investors

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In a pursuit of much desired international investor attention to Sri Lanka, ‘The Report: Sri Lanka 2016,’ the first independently produced economic analysis of the Sri Lankan economy providing a vital guide to many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking, capital markets and other sectoral developments was launched on 01st August 2016.

The Publication was developed by global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) in association with the Board of Investments Sri Lanka (BOI).

Capital Markets Partner for The Report Sri Lanka 2016, First Capital Holdings PLC shared valuable insights and expertise to support the landmark publication, set to position Sri Lanka as a recognised high growth frontier market.

First Capital’s research unit was the key entity contributing an unbiased and comprehensive review to the Capital Markets Analysis presenting case studies on six top counters traded at the Colombo Stock Exchange.

“We are pleased to have supported the OBG team in producing what I’m sure will be received as a valuable research tool for those keen to learn more about what Sri Lanka has to offer” said Dilshan Wirasekara, Group CEO of First Capital Holdings PLC. “We believe the publication would play a pivotal part in bringing the international investment community up to date on Sri Lanka’s post-war economic development”.

“The heightened activity that has been a hallmark of the Colombo Stock Exchange reflects the changing face of Sri Lanka’s economy, while also signaling the opportunities that are emerging for investors across the sectors,” he said.

OBG’s Senior Country Director, Brooke Butler, said she was delighted to have First Capital Holdings PLC on board for its first report on Sri Lanka. “As a longstanding industry player, First Capital Holdings PLC has an in-depth understanding of Sri Lanka’s markets and how they are evolving,” she said. “The team’s input has given our coverage of this important emerging economy an edge.”

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About First Capital Holdings PLC

First Capital Holdings PLC is a full service investment bank providing a diverse range of advisory services and financial products. Our integrated business platform comprises four specialised areas – Capital Markets Advisory, Wealth Management, Fixed Income and Equities.

As a company listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) since 1994 (Ticker: CFVF), we exemplify requisite financial transparency and governance standards.

Reflecting credit fundamentals including a robust capital structure, liquidity, risk controls and an earnings profile, we are rated A- by ICRA Lanka.

We operate throughout Sri Lanka via offices in Colombo, Kandy, Matara and Kurunegala. Our global outreach continues to expand through institutional trading and investment product placement.

About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on 37 markets across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and The Americas. Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms. The Report: Sri Lanka 2016 was produced in partnership with First Capital Holdings and Board of Investment (BOI) Sri Lanka.

The critically acclaimed economic and business reports have become the leading source of business intelligence on developing countries in the regions they cover. OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis on the issues that matter for tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms currently operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

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Unit Trust Solutions

First Capital Holdings PLC is a full-service investment bank with a 30-year history, which offers an array of investment solutions to its clients including services in capital markets advisory, fixed income, equities and wealth management.

The company’s wealth management suite serves individual and institutional investors through unit trusts, financial planning and discretionary portfolio management.

Currently, the company is focusing on promoting its unit trust products to the market, which offers a low-risk investment option. Unit trusts are well suited for both corporates and individuals, as it allows for capital to be invested and managed professionally. The unit trusts funds act as a pooling vehicle in which funds from multiple investors are accumulated, allowing for larger investment in certain instruments with negotiated terms.

First Capital unit trusts products cater to a large base of high-net-worth and institutional clientele including SME and mid-level corporates.

The funds are managed by professional fund managers, who ensure that risks are diversified over a multitude of assets, while the largest state bank, the Bank of Ceylon acts as an independent trustee. Investors are given further peace of mind through the stringent monitoring and regulatory control of the unit trust industry by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Globally, the unit trust sector asset  base exceeds that of the banking sector. According to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka the bank deposits at LKR 4.7 trillion as at year end 2014, is leaps ahead of industry assets under management LKR 133 billion. Considering the tax exemptions given to unit trusts investments and that retail investors are seeking higher-yield alternative investments away from conventional bank-deposits, the company sees potential for growth in this segment.

Striving to excel in its customer centricity, First Capital encourages potential investors to consider their risk appetite, objectives, and purpose for investing prior to getting involved, ensuring that customers choose the most fitting investment option. “We profile the client, looking at age, responsibilities and commitments, and help them understand what sort of risk they should be taking, to fulfil their goals in life,” explains CEO, Dilshan Wirasekara. The company conducts financial planning on behalf of its clients to help them assess where they stand in relation to achieving their goals.

First Capital has a range of unit trust products targeting varying investor requirements. For the passive investor, it provides a gilt-edged fund, which invests purely in government securities, while providing a money-market fund for moderate risk-takers giving a return of 7-8% per annum, giving a higher rate than short-term bank deposits.   For the more aggressive risk-takers who want high returns, the company offers an equity fund, maintained on ethical grounds.

The company’s flagship unit trust fund – First Capital Wealth Fund was the best-performing fund in its category in 2013 and 2014, and has outperformed the unit trust industry in terms of Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) for the five years ended December 2015.

First Capital even offers customised portfolio management for investors with larger funds, and provides investment advice covering many business sectors.

Wirasekara comments: “The Company differentiates itself by the ability to navigate varying market cycles in multiple asset classes. Its superior performance in unit trust is a result of the ability to identify advantageous trends coupled with exemplary risk management.”

First Capital’s asset management business is only one aspect of its total offering. “We are a fully-fledged investment bank, having many other business lines,” avers Wirasekara adding that “being a primary dealer, we have insights into the bond market and interest-rate direction.” As testimony, First Capital claims to have been the largest manager of debt issuance in the market last year, raising LKR 25 billion of debt.

The company enjoys an unparalleled advantage with its research-backed market insights and expertise, which enables its fund managers to make notable capital gains by capitalising on movement, through risk mitigation and locking-in long-term rates at high yields.

First Capital has extended its local footprint through branches in Colombo, Kandy, Matara and Kurunegala. The company is geared for its journey towards growth in unit trust investments and customer-centric wealth management.

 

Published in May 2016 on the LMD Magazine – Digest Segment on Wealth Management

CDB announces LKR 1 Billion Debenture Issue

CDB Debenture 2016 - Managed by First Capital Limited

Colombo, 17 May 2016 : Citizens Development Business Finance PLC (CDB), one of the leading Licensed Finance Companies in Sri Lanka announced its intention to issue Listed Rated Subordinated Guaranteed Redeemable Debentures worth LKR 1 billion.

The debenture issue has received [SL] ‘A-‘(SO) with Stable Outlook by ICRA Lanka Ltd., and the Rated 5 year debentures are guaranteed by Seylan Bank PLC. The issue opens for subscription on 27th May 2016 and will close in 14 days of its opening date unless oversubscribed before the closing date.

With a 10 million debentures at a face value of LKR. 100/- each. The issue will offer two types of 5-year debentures, Type A with a fixed rate of 12.75%p.a paid semi-annually and Type B with a floating rate of, the 6-month net Treasury Bill plus 1.5% paid semi-annually (the floating rate has a cap of 15% and a floor of 10%). Further enhancing the investors’ return is the tax concessions applicable to listed debentures.

CDB is a company rated [SL] ‘BBB’ with a stable outlook by ICRA Lanka Limited and is a licensed finance Company registered under the Finance Business Act No. 42 of 2011 and a Company registered under the Finance Leasing Act No. 56 of 2000. Also a Public Limited Company registered under the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982 and re-registered under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007.

The main objective of the debenture issue is to raise funds for CDB to strengthen its Tier II Capital and grow its lending book.

First Capital Limited and Citizens Development Business Finance PLC will act as joint Mangers to the issue and is geared to handle queries regarding the debenture. The Prospectus and Application Form can be downloaded from www.cdb.lk | www.­firstcapital.lk | www.cse.lk.