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First Capital Equity Forum 2021 – Life Insurance and Port City

View our live discussion on the Sri Lanka Life Insurance Sector with industry veterans on 15th July 2021.
Followed by dialogue around the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act.
Expert panelists include :
• Iftikar Ahamed – Managing Director Softlogic Life Insurance PLC
• Prakash Schaffter – Executive Chairman Janashakthi Insurance PLC
• Harshanee Deshapriya – Group Chief Legal Officer Janashakthi Limited
• Dilshan Wirasekara – Director/ Chief Executive Officer First Capital Holdings PLC (Moderator)

 

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Introducing e-onboarding for Unit Trusts Clients

For the first time in Sri Lanka, First Capital is proud to introduce e-onboarding for our Unit Trust clients. Start your investment journey with the First Capital Money Market Fund from anywhere!
Simply download the Account Opening form from www.firstcapital.lk and get started.
For more information, call us on 0771 535 465/0771 764 799 or SMS FC<space>Name to 8866

Announcing the First Capital Equity Forum – ‘Life Insurance and Port City’

First Capital Holdings PLC has organized an investor forum titled “First Capital Equity Forum – Life Insurance and Port City to be held on Thursday 15th July 2021, from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. The forum will be presented as a virtual form, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The event is geared to provide participants with an overview of our expectations on the Life Insurance Sector, followed by a panel discussion on the Life Insurance Sector and a dialogue on the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act.

Register now >> https://tiikm.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dNaqmxC8QqKZqf_Ez4ojjA

Read the full report >> https://firstcapital.lk/reports/life-insurance-sector-22-jun-2021/ 

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First Capital Partners with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka to Build Homes and Transform Communities

First Capital Holdings PLC launches a three-year CSR programme by partnering with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka to build homes for families in need. Through this partnership, First Capital will pledge LKR 15 million to implement the ‘First Capital Housing Project’ in the Galle District; providing deserving low-income families with safe and stable homes.

Caption – The First Capital Housing Project was launched through an MOU signing ceremony held virtually between First Capital Holdings PLC and Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka.

First Capital, a member of the Janashakthi Group, provides capital market solutions, through its operations as a primary dealer, stockbroker, corporate advisory, debt structuring, and wealth management, delivering on its brand promise ‘Performance First’.

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, an international housing and shelter non-profit is a member of the Habitat for Humanity International network and has been in operation in Sri Lanka for over 27 years. Having implemented numerous large-scale housing projects such as the Indian Housing Project and the Homes, not Houses Project funded by the European Union, Habitat Sri Lanka has assisted more than 27,000+ families across the country to build homes and improve their shelter conditions.

Moving beyond the typical CSR initiative, the First Capital Housing Project will focus on constructing homes that are not only durable and safe, but also environmentally sustainable. Promoting eco-friendly and climate-appropriate construction practices, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka will construct the homes of the First Capital Housing Project using Compressed Stabilized Engineered Blocks (CSEB).

Experts claim earth-based construction materials such as CSEB, surpass conventional construction methods as they are more energy-efficient due its low carbon footprint and use of locally sourced materials, providing an alternative to mining river sand. These earth-based blocks also have the ability to absorb atmospheric moisture allowing the walls to be much cooler and more thermally efficient when compared with conventional brick and mortar homes. Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka has currently constructed nearly 1,000 homes using earth-based construction materials for resettled families in the North and East of Sri Lanka, funded by the European Union.

Commenting on the significance of this new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, First Capital Holdings PLC Director / CEO Dilshan Wirasekara said, “As a group, we have taken the route of community building as an extension to our long-standing legacy and reputation of contributing to nation-building initiatives. We are delighted to partner with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, as we believe this partnership holds strong synergies with our corporate values and brand promise. The three-year collaboration enables us to witness far-reaching impacts of this initiative considering the long-term benefits of supporting low-income families with safe housing.”

Echoing Wirasekara’s sentiments, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka National Director, Yu Hwa Li said, “We are grateful to First Capital Holdings for its commitment to building homes and transforming communities through the First Capital Housing Project. Habitat Sri Lanka has constructed affordable homes for more than 110,000 individuals across the country. These efforts have been possible through the generous donations we have received from institutional and corporate donors like First Capital. We look forward to enriching the lives of the low-income families who will benefit from this project by providing them with decent, stable, and safe places to call home.”

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The First Capital Housing Project was launched through an MOU signing ceremony held virtually between First Capital Holdings PLC and Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka.

Pictured Left to Right:

Dilshan Wirasekara – Director/CEO, First Capital Holdings PLC; Yu Hwa Li – National Director, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka; Melissa Jayasuriya – Senior Manager, Corporate Relations and Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, and Nisansala Munasinghe – Senior Manager, Branding and Marketing Services, First Capital Holdings PLC.

Lets Talk Delivery vs Payment (DVP)

Delivery vs Payment (DVP) System is an important change to the Sri Lankan Equity Market and will uplift the CSE to be on-par with regional Markets and also, elevate Sri Lanka to an Emerging Market status.
DVP is an efficient system that will not impact investors’ credit, day trading, and cost of trading, settlement will still be on T+3.
Additionally, this globally accepted practice will minimize settlement risk and strengthen the overall credibility and integrity of the CSE, making the Sri Lankan Equity market attractive to Foreign Investors.
The change will mainly be between the Stockbroker Backoffice system and the CSE and, will hopefully be implemented by end of July 2021.
Watch Jaliya Wijeratne CEO of First Capital Equities and President Colombo Stock Brokers Association together with officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the Colombo Stock Exchange answer questions sent by the investor community.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the implementation of DVP, please email equities@firstcapital.lk

Potential of Corporate Debt Capital – Sri Lanka Investment Forum 2021

Sri Lanka Investment Forum Livestream, in which our Director, CEO, Dilshan Wirasekara moderated a discussion on the Potential of Corporate Debt Capital with Senaka Kakiriwaragodage – Director, Chief Executive Officer for NDB Capital Holdings Limited and Vishnu Balachandran – Executive Vice President for CAL.

View the session: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xmQCT4nyVjQ

 

TRADE THE RIGHT WAY – Online Trading

First Capital is home to one of the largest financial research capabilities of its kind.

When you are trading from home, make sure to choose First Capital as your stockbroker, so that you have access to plenty of insights and experts who’ll share with you the trends and analytics to make the right trading decisions in a snap of time.

Call us on +94112639888 or email info@firstcapital.lk and we will have our team reach out to you with more information.

First Capital Records Highest Ever PAT of Rs. 2.09 Billion

First Capital Holdings PLC recorded a Consolidated Profit after Tax of LKR 2.09Bn for the financial year 2020/21. The results show a significant growth compared to Consolidated Profit after Tax of LKR 1.07Bn recorded in the previous year.  The Total Comprehensive Income recorded for year 2020/21 is LKR 2.01Bn  compared to LKR 1.04Bn reported in the previous year. Meanwhile, the Company’s financial position remains strong with total assets of LKR 36.7Bn and Equity in excess of LKR 4.8Bn. First Capital is a member of the Janashakthi Group.

Commenting on the Company’s performance Nishan Fernando, Chairman, First Capital Holdings PLC, said, “Our progress during the year is a testament to our strength as a trusted institution with a history of over 35 years.”

First Capital’s Primary Dealer division contributed LKR 1.83Bn in Profit after Tax for the year 2020/21, strengthening its position as market leader.

The Company’s Corporate Finance division contributed Profit after Tax of LKR 265Mn for the financial year.  Moreover, the division mobilized over LKR 10.5Bn in listed and unlisted debentures during the period.

The Company’s Wealth Management division recorded a Profit after Tax of LKR 83Mn for the year, delivering its best financial results to date.  The division showed significant growth in its assets under management from LKR 26.4Bn (31st March 2020) to end at LKR 45.2Bn as at 31st March 2021.

The Company’s benchmark unit trust, the First Capital Money Market Fund has been the fastest growing fund in its category (Open-Ended Money Market Fund) to surpass LKR 20Bn in Assets.

The Company’s Stock Brokering division recorded a substantial increase in Profit after Tax of LKR 75Mn for the year 2020/21.

Commenting on the Company’s progress Dilshan Wirasekara, Director/ Chief Executive Officer, First Capital Holdings PLC, said, “this year we have delivered our best financial performance in history. As we embark on a new strategic plan, designed to steer our future growth, we remain optimistic about our ability to deliver value to all our stakeholders.”

Further reinforcing the Company’s stable financial position, ICRA Ratings upgraded First Capital Holdings PLC to [SL]A with a Stable outlook.

First Capital Holdings PLC declared an interim dividend of LKR 5/- per share amounting to LKR  506.25Mn for the year 2020/21 in March 2021.

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About First Capital Holdings PLC

First Capital is a member of the Janashakthi Group, focused on delivering ‘Performance First’ through its operations as primary dealer, stockbroker, corporate advisory, debt structuring, and wealth management. With over three decades of expertise in providing capital market solutions. First Capital Holdings PLC is rated [SL]A with a Stable outlook by ICRA Lanka Ltd. The First Capital Holdings PLC Board of Directors comprises of Nishan Fernando (Chairman), Dinesh Schaffter (Managing Director), Dilshan Wirasekara (Director / Chief Executive Officer), Prakash Schaffter, Ramesh Schaffter, Eardley Perera, Minette Perera, Chandana de Silva and Nishan de Mel.

First Capital Covid-19 Response – April 2021

Dear Valued Clients and Partners,

Our office premises will be closed for walk-in-visits until further notice due to the increased risk of the ongoing pandemic.

However, we have taken all necessary measures to remotely provide an uninterrupted service, and are otherwise, fully operational.

We will be available via phone, mobile, email and our digital platforms to facilitate your investment needs.

We have implemented a few temporary changes as detailed below:

For clients of First Capital Asset Management – Unit Trusts
Cut off times to facilitate Unit Redemptions and Unit Issuances.

Requests for redemptions should be forwarded the day before the redemption.
Requests on unit issuances (investments) should be forwarded before 11.00am on the date of purchase.
Investments made via cheques will be allocated only if realised prior to 11.00am. Cheques realized subsequently will be issued units on the following working day.
For further clarifications please contact Sayuri 0771 535465 sayuri@firstcapital.lk or Imali 0771 764799 imali@firstcapital.lk

For clients of First Capital Equities – Stockbroker
Payments are expected to be settled via bank transfer and the proof of payment shared with your respective Investment Advisor. For further clarifications please contact Rohana 0773 122997 rohanaw@firstcapital.lk
For account related inquires please contact Shehanka 0772925753, Rashmi 0771576349 and Asha 0772925794  and your Investment Advisor for other inquiries.

For clients of all other Business Units
Our regular operating schedule will continue.

For any urgent matters, please contact Anushi Ranawaka on 0773 876819 or email anushi@firstcapital.lk. You can also log in to our customer portal online.firstcapital.lk

 

Warm regards,
The First Capital Management Team

First Capital Money Market Fund – Fastest to Reach LKR 20bn in Assets Under Management

The First Capital Money Market Fund has been the fastest fund in its category (Open-Ended Money Market Fund) to surpassed LKR 20 billion in Assets Under Management. The fund is managed by First Capital Asset Management Limited the wealth management arm and subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC (the Group).

The Fund is the best performing Unit Trust in its category, delivering a return of 11.98%, the highest Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for the past 5 years, as of February 2021. The fund is licensed and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka with Bank of Ceylon acting as the Trustee.

“The fund is used as a de facto savings account yielding a higher rate compared to a one year FD ceiling rate of a Licensed Finance Company and over 250 basis points above a typical savings account,” said Kavin Karunamoorthy, AGM – Asset Management, First Capital Asset Management Limited.  “Leveraging on market opportunities, interest rate fluctuations and our industry expertise in fixed income securities we have been able to compete with the Bank based Savings segment with our Money Market Fund, offering clients an alternative investment product that offer better interest rates, flexibility to conveniently withdraw funds, and peace of mind,” concluded Karunamoorthy.

First Capital is a member of the Janashakthi Group focused on delivering ‘Performance First’ through its operations as primary dealer, stockbroker, corporate advisory, debt structuring and wealth management. With over three decades of expertise in providing capital market solutions, First Capital Holdings PLC is the only listed full-service investment institution in Sri Lanka. First Capital Holdings PLC is rated [SL]A with Stable outlook by ICRA Lanka Ltd.

 

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Caption – In Photo Kavin Karunamoorthy, AGM – Asset Management, First Capital Asset Management Limited