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Sri Lanka’s changing investment landscape set for analysis in 2017 report

Sri Lanka’s efforts to boost capital inflows through the gradual liberalisation of its trade and investment laws will be explored in a forthcoming report by the global publishing firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).

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The Report: Sri Lanka 2017 will look in detail at what the country’s capital markets sector is doing to prepare for an era of higher investment. Key developments set for analysis include a drive under way to modernise the industry and the emergence of new private equity groups on the scene.

OBG’s report will also consider the economic challenges that Sri Lanka currently faces, led by rising debt levels and balance of payment issues.

First Capital Holdings PLC has signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) with OBG for the publishing firm’s forthcoming report on the country. Under the MOU, the investment bank will team up with OBG once again to compile and produce the capital markets chapter of The Report: Sri Lanka 2017.

Dilshan Wirasekara, Group CEO, First Capital Holdings PLC, said he was confident that OBG’s 2017 report would play a pivotal part in highlighting the opportunities emerging across Sri Lanka’s economy to investors keen to tap into the country’s post-war economic expansion.

“Initiatives such as Oxford Business Group’s reports are helping to meet growing demand for up-to-date, accurate information on Sri Lanka at a time when efforts to attract new foreign investment for projects are gaining pace,” he said. “I look forward to partnering with the Group’s team and once again contributing to what is undoubtedly a valuable global research tool.”

Welcoming First Capital Holdings on board, Andrea Tsiachtsiri, OBG’s Country Director, agreed that the rolling out of big-ticket, capital projects, such as Colombo Port City and Megapolis, had heightened the need to keep business leaders updated on developments in Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lanka’s Government will be looking to its project pipeline to help ensure that future growth is broader and more inclusive,” she said. “First Capital has been a key player on Sri Lanka’s financial services industry for over 30 years, giving its experts an in-depth knowledge of the country’s capital markets and investment banking spectrum. I’m thrilled that our readers will once again benefit from its team’s input.”

The Report: Sri Lanka 2017 will be a vital guide to the many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments. The publication will also contain interviews with leading representatives, including President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It will be available in print and online.

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 end lower on rising rates

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

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Sri Lankan stocks closed lower on Monday as investors sold financials after rising yields in short-term government securities hit sentiment, brokers said.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.26 percent weaker at 6,201.65, slipping from its highest close since Dec. 30 hit on Friday.  Shares gained on Friday after the European Commission said that it had proposed increased market access or Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) for Sri Lanka as a reform incentive.

“Positive sentiment on the GSP-plus is short-lived. The rising rates are hitting the market,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 9-19 basis points at a weekly auction last week to a four-month high, after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the rupee currency.

The day’s turnover stood at 911.9 million rupees ($6.09 million).

Foreign investors net bought 78.7 million rupees worth of equities on Monday, but they have net sold 1.62 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

Shares in biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc fell 1.41 percent, while Asiri Hospitals Plc fell 2.59 percent.

($1 = 149.7500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

Sri Lankan shares end at 2-wk high on proposed EU trade concession

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

Sri Lankan stocks ended at their highest level in two weeks on Friday, led by beverage and manufacturing shares, as sentiment improved after a European Union executive proposed that the bloc reinstates a trade concession to Sri Lanka.

The European Commission on Wednesday said in a statement that it has proposed increased market access or Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) for Sri Lanka as a reform incentive. Markets were closed on Thursday on account of a religious holiday.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.54 percent firmer at 6,217.72, its highest close since Dec. 30.

“The regain of GSP plus boosted the market. Investors were positive over the news, but we wont think it will last long because of the rising market interest rates,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

The 6-7 percent concession earlier offered by the GSP Plus had brought substantial benefits to the garment industry, Sri Lanka’s second-biggest foreign exchange earner after remittances.

Sri Lanka lost the EU concession in 2010 after then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected demands from the international community to address human rights abuses allegedly committed during a 2009 offensive to crush a Tamil insurgency.

The day’s turnover stood at 519.9 million rupees ($3.47 million).

Foreign investors were net buyers of 2.6 million rupees worth of equities on Friday, but they have been net sellers of 1.7 billion rupees worth of shares so far this year.

Shares in Sri Lanka Telecom Plc rose 2 percent while Carson Cumberbatch Plc rose 1.8 percent.

($1 = 149.6500 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

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.

Monthly Economic Watch – Jan 2017

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“Rupee liquidity in the domestic money market returned to surplus levels in December, while market interest rates, which increased in response to monetary tightening, appear to have broadly stabilized during the month”

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  • Monetary Policy Review
  • Inflation
  • M2B & Sector Credit
  • Reserves & Liquidity
  • Currency Movement
  • Government Securities
  • Finance Sector Rate Movement
  • External Sector
  • Tourist Arrivals
  • Global Markets

“Sri Lanka’s private sector credit growth surged in October 2016 to LKR 79Bn (2nd highest credit disbursement for the year) from LKR 88Bn in March 2016, but credit to the government and state enterprises continued to remain low.”

 

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.

PLANTATION SECTOR – ‘BUSINESS TODAY’ – CHANNEL EYE 11-01-2017

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SNAPSHOT OF THE PLANTATION SECTOR ;

There are 19 companies listed under the plantations sector on the Colombo Stock Exchange generating a total market capitalization of LKR 22Bn. The industry is mainly export oriented revolving around Tea, Rubber and Palm Oil cultivation, however the segment is currently going through changes.

Ceylon Tea commands $ 1.2Bn  of the Export Market while Rubber  has an Export Economy of $24 Mn.

BRIEF ON THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTORS IN THE PLANTAINS SECTOR ;

The largest contributor according to market capitalization is Watawala Plantation with a market cap of LKR 4.5Bn, it is the largest palm oil cultivator in the island.

In the financial year 2016 palm oil generated LKR 1.6Mn profit and in a global context it is in high demand with an expected growth of 7.3% over the next 5 years.

WOULD AN INVESTOR BENEFIT FROM ADDING PLANTATION STOCKS TO HIS PORTFOLIO?

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Analysis of the Plantation Sector and the dynamics involved, on Channel Eye’s “Business Today” 11-01-2017 – Senior Research Analyst Hansinee Beddage.

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Sri Lankan shares end marginally lower; T-bill yields hit 4-mth high

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

Sri Lankan shares erased early gains to end marginally lower on Tuesday as yields on short-term government securities rose in a weekly auction amid uncertainty over government’s monetary and budget policies.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 9-19 basis points at a weekly auction on Tuesday to its four-month high, rising for the second straight session after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the currency.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.05 percent down at 6,152.59, slightly above its lowest closing since April 4, hit on Thursday. Last week, the index fell 0.64 percent and was down 9.7 percent for 2016, its second straight annual decline.

The day’s turnover was at 344.5 million rupees.

“Interest in the market was very low as the current uncertainty is keeping investors away from equities,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

“There was no huge selling pressure. Because of rising market interest rates, new buyers won’t be coming in while the existing investors will hold on.”

Foreign investors bought a net 18.5 million rupees ($123,333) worth of equities on Tuesday. However, foreign investors have been net sellers to the tune of 798.5 million rupees so far this year.

They were net buyers for a third straight session on Tuesday, after offloading shares for five sessions through Thursday.

Shares in biggest listed lender, Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc, fell 1.34 percent while DFCC Bank Plc fell 1.90 percent and Teejay Lanka Plc fell 3.11 percent.

Conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc fell 0.64 percent.

($1 = 150.0000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

INSIDE SRI LANKA: First Capital Sees Volatile Rates During 1H

Wire: Bloomberg First Word (BFW) Date: Jan 10 2017 8:40:25

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By Anusha Ondaatjie
(Bloomberg) — “Dangerously low” foreign reserves around $6b, foreign debt payments of over $4.7b, along with maturing rupee bonds and Sri Lanka Development Bonds may lead to volatile rate conditions, says Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital.

* LKR477b of rupee bond mature during Jan–Jul 2017, $1.8b Sri Lanka Development Bond mature from Jan-Aug 2017, he wrote in e-mail Monday
* Rupee little changed at 149.90/dollar; USD/LKR’s MACD, signal line both above zero
* Yield on 11% govt bonds due August 2021 rose 1bp to 12.1% Jan. 9, data compiled by Bloomberg show, after government sold LKR55b of treasury bonds
* Central bank plans to auction LKR24b of treasury bills Tuesday
To contact the reporter on this story:
Anusha Ondaatjie in Colombo at anushao@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Tan Hwee Ann at hatan@bloomberg.net

 

Sri Lankan shares end flat as policy uncertainty continues to weigh

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

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Sri Lankan shares were little changed on Monday after hitting a nine-month low last week as uncertainty over the government’s monetary and budget policies continued to weigh on the market.

But foreign investors were net buyers on Monday for a second session after five straight sessions of net-selling through Thursday.

They bought a net 152.7 million rupees ($1.02 million) worth of equities on Monday, the highest since Dec. 8. However, foreign investors have been net sellers to the tune of 817.03 million rupees so far this year.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.04 percent up at 6,155.52, slightly above the lowest since April hit on Thursday. Last week the index fell 0.64 percent and was down 9.7 percent for 2016, its second straight annual decline.   The day’s turnover was at 843.6 million rupees.

“Net foreign inflow is a good sign and it will help regain the lost confidence,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 5-6 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday, a day after the central bank governor signalled reduced intervention to defend the currency.

Shares in Hemas Holdings Plc rose 1.9 percent, while Teejay Lanka Plc gained 3.69 percent and Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc added 0.33 percent.

($1 = 149.6000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

Sri Lankan shares rise on bargain hunting, snap 5-day losing streak

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

Sri Lankan shares edged higher on Friday, ending a five-day losing streak and recovering from a nine-month low hit in the prior session as investors picked up battered down shares.

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Foreign investors turned net buyers on Friday after offloading shares for five straight sessions.

The bourse hit a nine-month low on Thursday as foreign investors sold close to one billion rupees worth of stocks in the first four sessions of 2017 amid worries over a weakening rupee and rising interest rates hurt sentiment.

Foreign investors bought a net 26.95 million rupees ($180,026.72) worth of equities on Friday. They have been net sellers to the tune of 969.69 million rupees so far this year.

The Colombo stock index ended 0.09 percent up at 6,153.02, edging up from its lowest close since April 4 hit on Thursday. It fell 0.64 percent for the week and was down 9.7 percent in 2016, its second straight annual decline.

The index has been trading in the oversold territory since Tuesday with the 14-day relative strength index breaking below 30, Thomson Reuters data showed. A level between 30 and 70 indicates the market is neutral.  The day’s turnover was at 273.7 million rupees.

“Market edged up in thin volumes despite continued selling pressure,” said Dimantha Mathew, head of research, First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd.

Analysts said interest rate volatility and policy uncertainties are also hurting investor sentiment.

Yields on treasury bill auctions rose 5-6 basis points at a weekly auction on Wednesday, a day after the central bank governor signalled less intervention to defend the currency as market has braced for a depreciation.

Shares in Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc rose 1.17 percent while Colombo Cold Stores Plc rose 1.26 percent and Dialog Axiata Plc rose 0.95 percent.

Shares in biggest listed lender Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc rose 0.42 percent while Conglomerate John Keells ended 0.43 percent up.  Talks of a high net worth foreign investor exiting from Keells has triggered panic selling, dealers said.

($1 = 149.7000 Sri Lankan rupees)

(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

Strong growth predicted for Lankan oil palm industry

FC Research quoted by Mirror Business 

By Chandeepa Wettasinghe

Sri Lanka’s oil palm plantation operators can expect strong growth in the industry for the foreseeable future due to the global palm oil demand, the research arm of a Colombo-based equity brokerage said in a report.

“This growth is on the back of global palm oil prices moving upward due to the expectations of global shortages in supply matching demand,” First Capital Research (FC Research) said.

It noted that due to the El-Nino weather conditions, the reducing rain fall in the major oil palm cultivating countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in 2015, the supply from those markets are expected to drop by six million tonnes.

“It is expected that the supply of palm oil will not meet the demand in coming years, pushing up the price as forecasted. Global price increase will push up the local palm oil price in correlation,” FC Research said.

It added that within three months, the palm oil prices, which were US $ 583.19 per tonne increased to US $ 692.41 per tonne last September and that the prices would move up to US $ 713 per tonne by 2020, according to the World Bank estimates.

Palm oil is used as a raw material in making vegetable oil and biodiesel—which is gaining demand due to the world moving towards less crude oil consumption—and the combined manufacturing of both are expected to grow by 7.9 percent annually until 2025, according to FC Research.

In Sri Lanka, Watawala Plantations PLC was the country’s first and currently the largest oil palm cultivator with around 3,157 hectares under cultivation under a diversification effort that began over a decade ago, which allowed it to remain profitable during hard times for tea and rubber recently.

Namunukula Plantations PLC had an extent of 2,020 hectares of oil palm under cultivation, followed by Elpitiya Plantations PLC with 1,447 hectares and Agalawatte Plantations PLC with 1,294 hectares at the start of the current financial year.

Kegalle Plantations PLC is planning to plant 1,125 acres of oil palm in its current rubber fields, while Bogawantalawa Tea Estates PLC has also announced its intentions to plant 700 hectares of oil palm over the past year.

FC Research said that oil palm cultivation requires less labour, with just 0.1 workers required per hectare, compared to four workers for tea and one worker for rubber required for the same land extent under cultivation. Oil palm workers have also been noted to earn three times as much as a tea plucker.

Labour wage payment is a major issue in the tea and rubber-dominated plantation industry, which was only recently able to come to a compromise with the trade unions in increasing wages.