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Sri Lankan stx hit 9-wk high as blue chips gain

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

OCTOBER 6, 2017

COLOMBO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan shares rose for a sixth straight session on Friday and closed at their highest in nine weeks as blue chips gained.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.34 percent higher at 6,529.05, its highest close since Aug. 4. The bourse rose 1.4 percent for the week, recording its fourth straight weekly gain.

Turnover stood at 922 million Sri Lankan rupees ($6.02 million), in line with this year’s daily average of 923.4 million rupees.

“The market is moving up steadily after breaching the psychological barrier of 6,500,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Holdings.

“There was some profit-taking but the market is moving up on continued buying.”

Shares of Asiri Hospitals Plc gained 5.2 percent while Hatton National Bank Plc ended 1.1 percent higher and conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc rose 0.2 percent.

Foreign investors, who bought a net 19.9 billion rupees worth of equities so far this year, were net sellers of 82.3 million rupees worth of shares on Friday.

Sri Lanka’s markets were closed on Thursday for a Buddhist holiday. ($1 = 153.2000 Sri Lankan rupees) (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

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 Holdings PLC reports Rs. 406Mn consolidated PAT for the first half of 2016/2017

First Capital Holdings PLC, reported significant growth in the first half of 2016/17 recording a consolidated turnover of Rs. 1.78Bn.  The investment bank’s consolidated profit after tax increased to Rs. 406Mn compared to Rs. 4Mn in the corresponding period of the previous year.

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The group’s primary dealer arm, First Capital Treasuries PLC, was the leading contributor towards the financial results for the period under review.  The company reported a profit after tax of Rs. 371Mn for the 1st half of 2016/17 (2015/16 – loss after tax of Rs. 97Mn).

First Capital Treasuries, is the pioneer non-bank Primary Dealer appointed by Central Bank and is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange.  Further, the company’s credit rating was reaffirmed by ICRA Lanka at “A-” with a stable outlook in September 2016.

The Capital Markets Advisory of the Group, First Capital Limited, which specialises in structuring and placement of corporate debt securities, successfully mobilised Rs. 6.8bn through listed debentures, asset backed securitisations and other corporate debt securities.

Research driven investment recommendations published by First Capital Equities (Private) Limited  the Group’s stockbroker business have collectively outperformed the broad market index ASPI and the liquid counter index S&P SL20 in the past 2 years.

“We are pleased with our performance to date and expect to navigate the unsettled market conditions with caution during the second half of the financial year.  The Group will continue to build on the current growth momentum across all its subsidiary businesses while expanding on research and equity advisory services” said Dilshan Wirasekara, CEO of First Capital Holdings PLC.

Company information –

First Capital Holdings PLC (First Capital Group) is an investment bank comprising of First Capital Treasuries PLC, First Capital Limited, First Capital Asset Management Limited, First Capital Equities (Private) Limited, First Capital Markets Limited and First Capital Trustee Services (Private) Limited.  The company’s Board of Directors comprises of Ms. Manjula Mathews – Executive Chairperson, Dinesh Schaffter – Managing Director, Eardley Perera, Ms. Minette Perera, Nishan Fernando and Chandana de Silva as Independent Directors.

The company is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange and is rated “A-” with a stable outlook by ICRA Lanka.

First Capital’s A- rating was reaffirmed by ICRA Lanka

The issuer rating of SL[A-] with stable outlook was reaffirmed for First Capital Holdings PLC (FC) by ICRA Lanka Limited, subsidiary of ICRA Limited, a group company of Moody’s Investors Service.

ICRA Lanka also reaffirmed the issuer rating [SL]A- with stable outlook for First Capital’s standalone primary dealer First Capital Treasuries PLC (FCT).

The rating report noted potential improvement in the business and financial performances of FCH’s other business entities, which are engaged in corporate debt structuring, corporate finance, asset management, stock broking, extending margin trading facilities and trustee services.

FCH, being a holding company derives its income from the dividends from the group entities and income from its investments, which includes interest income and profit from investments. Total standalone income for FY2016 was adversely affected (LKR 350 Mn total income in FY2016 vis a vis LKR 590 Mn in FY2015) due to non-availability of dividend income (LKR 212 Mn in FY2015), which is linked to performance of the principal subsidiary, FCT. The expected improvement in the performance of FCT in FY2017 vis a vis FY2016, is likely to support the overall performance of FCH.