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First Capital Holdings PLC Announces Appointment of COO

First Capital Holdings PLC has announced the appointment of Tharusha Ekanayake as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from 09th November 2020. A banking and finance professional, he previously held the role of Vice President / Deputy Head of Treasury – Nations Trust Bank PLC. Tharusha brings 21 years of experience in financial services, spanning Fixed Income Securities, Treasury and Investment Banking activities.

Working across all subsidiaries of the Group, Tharusha will play a critical role in strengthening the Company’s Fixed Income Dealing, Structuring and Trading activities and also Capital Markets Advisory services.

Speaking about the appointment, Director / Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC, Dilshan Wirasekara said: “Tharusha Ekanayake joins us at a crucial juncture in order to drive the future growth of our group businesses. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on fixed income, further fortifying First Capital’s position as the leader in this space.

Tharusha holds a Bachelor of Science, Special Degree in Chemistry – Honours from the University of Peradeniya.

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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  • 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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