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First Capital Holdings PLC issuer rating upgraded to [SL]A by ICRA Lanka Limited

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ICRA Lanka, has upgraded the issuer rating of First Capital Holdings PLC to [SL]A with Stable outlook from [SL]A- with Stable outlook.

ICRA Lanka has taken a consolidated view of the First Capital group, comprising of First Capital Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries, which is involved in a range of financial services such as primary dealership, equity trading, corporate advisory, debt structuring and asset management. There is a strong interlink between the entities through sharing of a common brand, management team, systems and group treasury functions.

The ratings upgrade factors in the status of the company as the holding company of First Capital Treasuries PLC, the leading standalone primary dealer currently in Sri Lanka with an issuer rating of [SL]A with Stable outlook. The ratings upgrade also factors in the improvement in the capital and gearing profiles, good market position offering diverse financial services, a strong senior management team, risk management processes to reduce market and operational risks, as well as improvement in the capitalization profile through healthy internal generation.

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In photos –

  • Nishan Fernando – Chairman, First Capital Holdings PLC
  • Dilshan Wirasekara – Director/Chief Executive Officer, First Capital Holdings PLC

ICRA Lanka upgrades the ratings of First Capital Treasuries PLC to [SL]A

Rating action

ICRA Lanka Limited, has upgraded the issuer rating of First Capital Treasuries PLC (FCT or “the Company”) to [SL]A (pronounced SL A) from [SL]A- (pronounced SL A minus).

ICRA Lanka has also upgraded the issue rating of the LKR 750 Mn Subordinated, Unsecured, Redeemable Debenture programme of FCT to [SL]A- (pronounced SL A minus) from [SL]BBB+ (pronounced SL triple B plus).

The issue rating of [SL] BBB+ (pronounced SL triple B plus) with stable outlook for the LKR 500 Mn Subordinated, Unsecured, Redeemable Debenture programme of the company has been withdrawn as the said debentures have matured and there is no amount outstanding against the rated instrument. The outlook on the long term ratings remains Stable.

Rationale

ICRA Lanka has taken a consolidated view of the First Capital group (comprising of First Capital Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries), which is involved in a range of financial services such as primary dealership, equity trading, corporate advisory, debt structuring and asset management. There is a strong interlink between the entities through sharing of a common brand, management team, systems and group treasury functions.

The ratings upgrade considers the healthy performance of FCT (a subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC rated [SL]A), following the robust earnings of LKR 1,208 Mn and LKR 1,356 Mn in FY2020 and Q1 of FY2021, respectively, in comparison to LKR 96 Mn in FY2019 (LKR 1,671 Mn in FY2018).

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Mid-year Outlook – 3rd Research Conference

First Capital presents “Mid-year Outlook – 3rd Research Conference” a follow-up to the hugely successful “Investment Strategy 2020 – 2nd Research Conference” held in February 2020, at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand.

The event is geared to provide participants of the investment community, an overview of our expectations on the economic front mainly on interest rates, AWPLR, exchange rate, bond expectations, GDP forecast etc.

Mid-year Outlook 2020 webinar will be held on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 at 3.00 pm.

Presenters, Dimantha Mathew and Atchuthan Srirangan from our Research Team will take you through a recap of recommendations of Jan 2020 and post covid-19 revisions, in addition to discussing “Why W-Shaped Recovery?”.

Register today by clicking https://tiikm.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J5980arwT5GU3R4yJIPwLA

New Location – Negombo Branch

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.