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OBG outlines reforms for growth

Published on Daily FT on  Tuesday, 20 June 2017

– By Charumini de Silva

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From left: Oxford Business Group Country Director Andrea Tsiachtsiri, Oxford Business Group Editor-in-Chief Oliver Cornock, BOI Chairman Upul Jayasuriya, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman Samantha Ranatunga, First Capital CEO Dilshan Wirasekara and Standard Chartered Commercial Banking Head Dushan Casie Chetty with the report – Pic by Ruwan Walpola

Sri Lanka needs to concentrate on a much-needed modernisation drive and structural reforms to improve growth, experts said yesterday, as the country attempts to break out of its low-middle income status.

Sri Lanka’s plans to boost economic growth, which places tourism development high on the agenda, towards a new era of optimism buoyed by strong growth, low unemployment and rising incomes were mapped out in a report by the Oxford Business Group.

Titled ‘The Report: Sri Lanka 2017’, it also highlighted Sri Lanka’s plans to capitalise on high levels of investor confidence and a $ 1.5 billion program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to implement a much-needed modernisation drive and structural reforms.

Speaking at the launch event, OBG Editor-in-Chief Oliver Cornock said the report this year has outlined that the reforms needed to help Sri Lanka reach its long-term goal of securing sustainable and inclusive economic growth were taking shape.

“The post-war years have brought impressive economic expansion and investor interest; pockets of poverty and inequalities remain an issue,” he added.

He said the finding suggests that Sri Lanka’s new administration is already moving to align its economic policy and address these weaknesses, while embarking on an infrastructural overhaul that will sit well with investors eyeing the country’s many opportunities.

Considering the global economic outlook, Cornock pointed out that growth in emerging markets is still very strong, adding that Sri Lanka is well located among huge growing engines like India and China.

OBG Managing Editor for Asia Paulius Kuncinas in a statement agreed that there was a tangible sense of optimism in Sri Lanka, with new trade deals in the pipeline and a shift in the economic landscape towards service-led industries.

“Sometimes overlooked, Sri Lanka has a fascinating story to tell, which most recently includes 15 years of continuous growth,” he said.

“With ambitious plans that include transforming the country into an international transport hub and driving new growth in the greater Colombo region, the Government’s bid to take Sri Lanka’s development to the next level looks to be well on track,” Kuncinas pointed out.

OBG analyses the part that improved transport infrastructure, including upgrades to ports and roads together with Customs reforms, will play in supporting Sri Lanka to strengthen trade and international relations, while building on its strategic location in the Indian Ocean.

It also explores the Government’s plans for developing the tourism sector further, while highlighting the activity already underway, which includes a raft of new hotel openings.

In addition, OBG looks in detail at the country’s fast-developing telecommunication and IT industry, which is being driven forward by rising demand for a wider range of services from a growing and increasingly tech savvy population. Other areas of Sri Lanka’s economy examined agricultural industry, which is earmarked for modernisation as a part of a national drive to boost both production and exports.

In addition to the launch event of the report, there was a discussion where experts shared their insights on the building blocks expected to drive growth across key sectors of the economy.

First Capital CEO Dilshan Wirasekara called for policy consistency as it had deterred the confidence and momentum of the economy with many investors waiting to see changes come into the system.

“No matter what policy, we need consistency. The latest example was the Budget 2017 which brought in a significant number of tax changes to the capital market which was implemented. This creates a ‘wait-and-see’ phase for foreign investors,” he added.

He said if the proposed Inland Revenue Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act would be put into place, it would help the building blocks which are critical to take Sri Lanka to the next level.

In addition, he said the implementation of the Central Counter Party (CCP) system at the Colombo Stock Exchange by the end of the year as well as digitalising the processes of financial services would bolster the investment climate in the country.

However, he said it was unfortunate that Sri Lanka was too dependent on banks and financial institutions, which “rip-off people.”

“It is important to acknowledge the importance of the capital market. The banks and financial institutes are ripping off the consumers. What we need is a financial disintermediation, which would allow investors to access the capital market directly for cheaper funding,” Wirasekara stressed.

Agreeing with Wirasekara, BOI Chairman Upul Jayasuriya also highlighted the need for regulations that allow investors to tap into private equity, which will also make their businesses more viable.

“We need to encourage private equity to come into the country,” he added.

He said that there are a number of factories that close down every month in the zones as the companies are unable to pay their bank loans.

“While attracting new investments to the country, it is also our duty to retain existing investors in the 12 zones we have at present. There are a number of companies closing down their factories every month as they are unable to repay bank loans.”

Noting that 15 new licensed zones will be launched under the BOI, Jayasuriya asserted that the Government has outlined special allowances in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

Monetary Policy Review – Monthly Economic Watch – May 2017

Policy rates unchanged
Private sector credit growth decelerated gradually to 21.0% in February 2017 and 20.4% in March 2017. The Earlier tightening of monetary policy by central bank and resultant increase in interest rates impacted the credit growth.
Combined impact of the decline in export earning and increased expenditure on imports as a result of the drought conditions expanded Trade deficit to USD 1.7Bn till February 2017.
Gross official reserves dipped to USD 5.1Bn by end April 2017 from USD 6.0Bn by end 2016. Both the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange experienced foreign inflows in recent months.

Accordingly policy rates were increased,

  • Standing Deposit Facility Rate – 7.25%
  • Standing Lending Facility Rate – 8.75%
  • Statutory Reserve Ratio (SRR) – 7.50%
Read the full report –

https://www.firstcapital.lk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Monthly-Economic-Watch-May-2017.pdf

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 proving services to invest in Sri Lanka through fixed income securities such as investments 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.

MARKET UPDATE ON ADA DERANA ENGLISH NEWS – 2017.04.27

First Capital’s Atchuthan Srirangan with the market update – between 14.33 mins to 15.20 mins

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.

MARKET UPDATE ON ADA DERANA ENGLISH NEWS – 2017.03.20

 

 

 

 

FC Head of Research Dimantha Mathew with the market update – between 20.23 mins to 20.57 mins

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 Lankan shares fall for third straight session; John Keells down

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares fell for a third straight session on Thursday, posting their lowest close in a month, dragged down by diversified stocks such as John Keells Holdings Plc as investor sentiment continued to remain low on concerns about rising interest rates.

The Colombo stock index ended down 0.1 percent at 6,088.80, its lowest since Feb. 6. It shed 0.6 percent last week in its second straight weekly decline.

Foreign investors were net buyers for the seventh straight session on Thursday, purchasing shares worth 63.6 million rupees ($420,495.87), and extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 1.95 billion rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 875.6 million rupees, more than this year’s daily average turnover of 689.7 million rupees.

“The market is mainly down because of John Keells. It is slowly coming down with rising rates and economic uncertainty,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Foreigners seem to be the only buyers at the moment.”

Traders said there were concerns after the International Monetary Fund urged Sri Lanka’s central bank to be ready to tighten monetary policy if credit growth or inflation does not abate.

Shares of John Keells Holdings fell 1.06 percent while Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc, the country’s biggest listed lender, declined 1.29 percent and Carson Cumberbatch Plc dropped 2.91 percent.

Sri Lanka Telecom Plc dropped 1.41 percent and Hatton National Bank Plc ended 1.16 percent weaker.

Yields on treasury bills have risen to a more than four-year high since October, while the central bank has kept key policy rates on hold.

($1 = 151.2500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

Sri Lankan shares ease; interest rate concerns weigh

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares ended slightly weaker on Tuesday, with financial and manufacturing stocks dragging down the index as investor sentiment continued to remain low on concerns about rising interest rates.

The Colombo stock index ended down 0.15 percent at 6,108.11, On Friday the bourse hit its lowest close since Feb. 9. It shed 0.6 percent last week in its second straight weekly decline.

Foreign investors were net buyers of shares worth 379.6 million rupees ($2.51 million) on Tuesday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 1.73 billion rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 539 million rupees, less than this year’s daily average of 676.9 million rupees.

“Retail and institutional segment is on silent (mode) with the high interest rates and economic uncertainty,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka’s central bank to rebuild international reserves, while maintaining exchange rate flexibility, and to be ready to tighten monetary policy if credit growth or inflation do not abate.

Shares in Ceylon Cold Stores Plc fell 2.51 percent while Commercial Leasing & Finance Plc lost 6.67 percent.

Yields on treasury bills have risen to a more-than-four-year high since October, while the central bank has kept key policy rates on hold.

 

($1 = 151.1500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sunil Nair)

 

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 Lankan shares edge up; beverage, telecoms lead

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares closed slightly firmer on Monday, after posting a more than three-week closing low in the previous session, with beverage and telecom stocks driving the gains.

However, investor sentiment continued to remain low amid concerns about rising interest rates.

The Colombo stock index ended up 0.26 percent at 6,117.19, after posting its lowest close since Feb. 9 on Friday. It shed 0.6 percent last week in its second straight weekly decline.

Foreign investors were net buyers of shares worth 384.7 million rupees ($2.55 million) on Monday, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 1.35 billion rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 711.9 million rupees, more than this year’s daily average of 680.1 million rupees.

“Some crossings boosted the turnover. The good sign is we are seeing continued foreign buying these days,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Local investors are on the sidelines, mainly because of the high interest rates and economic uncertainty.”

Shares in Ceylon Cold Stores Plc jumped 6.12 percent, Lion brewery (Ceylon) Plc rose 6.27 percent, Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc gained 0.71 percent, and Sri Lanka Telecom Plc climbed 2.41 percent.

Yields on treasury bills have risen to a more than four-year high since October, while the central bank has kept key policy rates on hold.

($1 = 151.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

 

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 Lankan shares close at over 3-week low; turnover up on block deals

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares on Friday hit their lowest close in more than three weeks, as investors sold telecom shares and on concerns over rising interest rates.

The Colombo stock index ended down 0.42 percent at 6,101.51, its lowest close since Feb. 9. The bourse dropped 0.6 percent on the week, in its second straight weekly decline.

Foreign investors were net buyers of 70.8 million Sri Lankan rupees ($468,563.86) worth of shares, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 963.03 million rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 1.21 billion rupees, the highest since Feb. 28 and nearly double this year’s daily average of 679.4 million rupees.

“Even today the crossings pushed the turnover. The foreign inflow is continuing, which is a good thing,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Foreign participation is high and local investors are completely staying out of the market.”

Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc, which accounted for 72.5 percent of the day’s turnover on block trade, ended steady.

Sri Lanka Telecom Plc slid 5.44 percent, while Dialog Axiata Plc declined 3.48 percent.

Yields on treasury bills have risen to a more-than-four-year high since October, while the central bank has kept key policy rates on hold.

($1 = 151.1000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

 

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 Lankan shares edge up on foreign investor buying

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares closed marginally higher on Thursday after posting a near three-week closing low in the previous session, as foreign investors bought recently battered stocks while concerns about rising interest rates continued to hurt investor sentiment.

The Colombo stock index ended up 0.09 percent at 6,127.11, after closing at its lowest since Feb. 9 on Wednesday.

Foreign investors were net buyers of 292.6 million rupees ($1.94 million) worth of shares, extending the year-to-date net foreign inflow to 892.2 million rupees worth of equities.

Turnover was 783.9 million rupees, more than this year’s daily average of 666.6 million rupees.

“Market continues to move sideways but today we have seen some institutional and foreign buying,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Sri Lanka Telecom Plc ended 3.87 percent higher after reporting a group net profit of 289 million rupees for the December quarter, compared with a net loss of 157 million rupees a year earlier.

Trans Asia Hotels Plc jumped 8.12 percent, while Commercial Leasing & Finance Plc rose 3.45 percent.

Yields on treasury bills have risen to a more than four-year high since October, while the central bank has kept key policy rates on hold.

($1 = 151.1000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

Sri Lankan shares hit 2-1/2-week closing low; block deals boost turnover

FIRST CAPITAL’S HEAD OF RESEARCH, DIMANTHA MATHEW, SPEAKS TO REUTERS

Sri Lankan shares fell on Monday to hit their lowest close in more than two weeks as investors were worried over rising interest rates, but foreign buying and block deals in Expolanka Holdings boosted the turnover.

Foreign investors net bought 716.2 million rupees worth of equities on Monday, reversing the year-to-date net foreign outflow to an inflow of 580.7 million rupees worth of equities so far this year.

The Colombo stock index ended down 0.24 percent at 6,122.04, its lowest close since Feb. 9.

“Selling pressure on John Keells brought the market down,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“Investor sentiment is negative due to the rising interest rates and most of the investors are on a wait-and-see approach,” he added.

Shares in conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc slid 1.20 percent, while Hatton National Bank Plc slipped 2.04 percent.

Expolanka Holdings Plc, which accounted almost half the day’s turnover, climbed 1.72 percent on foreign buying.

Turnover stood at 1.35 billion rupees ($8.90 million), well more than this year’s daily average of 625.2 million rupees.

Yields on treasury bills have risen to a more-than-four-year high since October, while the central bank has kept key policy rates on hold.

($1 = 151.7500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

 

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.