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Colombo 17 August 2020: First Capital Holdings PLC (the Group) the only listed investment institution in Sri Lanka, continued its growth momentum into the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2020) recording a Profit after Tax of LKR 1.46Bn for the quarter ended 30th June 2020, compared to Rs. 581.96Mn in the corresponding period of the previous year.
The results are reported on the back of a robust performance for year 2019/20, where the Group posted a Consolidated Profit after Tax of LKR 1.07Bn for the year. First Capital, with an impressive history of over 35 years, currently has total assets of LKR 32.5Bn and Equity of LKR 4.9Bn.
“Reflecting on the past 3 months, what stands out most is the Group’s record-breaking performance, making it without a doubt, the best year to date”, commented Chairman, First Capital Holdings PLC, Nishan Fernando.
The Group’s Primary Dealer operations were positively impacted by the CBSL’s efforts to revive the economy through monetary policy easing measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic impact, with the business reporting a Profit after Tax of LKR 1.36Bn for the quarter (2019/20 – LKR 562Mn).
The Corporate Finance division too recorded notable results, mobilising LKR 3Bn for its clients through structuring and placement of corporate debt securities, generating a fee income of LKR 25Mn for the quarter (2019/20 – LKR 31Mn).
The Wealth Management division of the Group delivered a strong performance reporting a fee income of LKR 17Mn for the quarter (2019/20 – LKR 11Mn) amidst challenges faced during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The division showed a growth in assets under management to end with LKR 27.9Bn as at 30th June 2020 (31st March 2020 – LKR 26.4Bn).
Despite the setback experienced in the first quarter of 2020, with the CSE remaining closed for 7 weeks, the Group’s Stock Brokering division recorded revenue of LKR 14Mn for the quarter (2019/20 – LKR 06Mn).
“Given that COVD-19 is still an ongoing situation, we expect the government would continue with its current accommodative monetary policy stance for the year 2020”, commented Director/Chief Executive Officer, First Capital Holdings PLC, Dilshan Wirasekara.
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In May of 2014 First Capital Treasuries, was the first primary dealer to offer repo investment option beyond one year backed by Government securities with maturity beyond one year.
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The investment is backed by Sri Lanka Government securities (Treasury bills/bonds), where the respective collateral will be logged in a Central Depositary System (CDS) account opened under the name of the investor.
Premature withdrawals and loan facilities are also available with this product in order to facilitate any urgent cash requirements of the investor, the company said.
First Capital Treasuries PLC, is a primary dealer regulated by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The Company is a subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC an investment bank with an impressive history of over 35 years, and is the only listed investment bank in Sri Lanka,
Colombo 12 August 2020: First Capital Holdings PLC (the Group) the only listed investment institution in Sri Lanka, recorded a Consolidated Profit after Tax of LKR 1.07Bn for the year 2019/20, amidst negative headwinds that saw Sri Lanka, reporting subpar economic growth for the third consecutive year. The results show a significant growth compared to LKR 8Mn in the previous year. First Capital, with an impressive history of over 35 years, has total assets of LKR 45.6Bn and Equity in excess of LKR 4Bn.
“Our ability to deliver impressive results even in tough times, is a testament to the Group’s robust operating model. I am convinced that the ongoing emphasis placed on strengthening each of our core businesses and firming up their positions within their immediate operating domain, has been a critical success factor for the Group”, commented Chairman, First Capital Holdings PLC, Nishan Fernando.
The Group’s Primary Dealer contributed LKR 1.2Bn (2018/19 – LKR 96Mn) Profit after Tax for the year, claiming a substantial volume-based market share in both the primary auctions as well as in the secondary market during the financial year.
Capitalising on the potential in the listed and unlisted debt market, the Corporate Finance division mobilised LKR 42Bn for its clients through structuring and placement of corporate debt securities, generating a fee income of LKR 175Mn (2018/19 – LKR 69Mn).
The Wealth Management division of the Group, made remarkable progress to deliver its best financial results to date, reporting a fee income of LKR 64Mn (2018/19 – LKR 33Mn). The division showed a significant growth in its assets under management to end with LKR 26.4Bn as at 31st March 2020 (31st March 2019 – LKR 5.9Bn).
Furthermore, the Company’s benchmark unit trust, the First Capital Money Market Fund was the best-performing unit trust fund in the country in 2019/20.
The Group’s Stock Brokering unit also recorded revenue of LKR 71Mn for the year 2019/20 (2018/19 – LKR 53Mn).
“While the last 12 months have been challenging for many local businesses, several aspects of our immediate operating environment worked in our favour; we are looking ahead and focusing our efforts on improving efficiency across all businesses to deliver enhanced results to our valued stakeholders’, commented Director/Chief Executive Officer, First Capital Holdings PLC, Dilshan Wirasekara.
The Group’s [SL]A- credit rating was reaffirmed by ICRA Lanka Limited, reconfirming the stability of the Group.
First Capital Holdings PLC paid a total dividend of LKR 9 per share for 2019/20 totaling to LKR 911Mn.