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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.”

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.

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.

The First Capital Team – Town Hall Meeting

The First Capital Team have had a great year, marking many milestones while working remotely since October to ensure that our customers’ financial aspirations are achieved, while we protect our staff, our families and our community.

Today we are excited to share some screenshots of our Town Hall meeting where the whole team was logged in together!

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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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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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First Capital Wealth Fund announces dividend of Rs. 100 per unit for FY 2019/20

First Capital Asset Management Ltd., the managers of the First Capital Wealth Fund, has announced a dividend of Rs. 100 per unit for the year 2019/20.

The fund has delivered a return of 11.14% (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) since inception as at 5 October.                                                                                                                       
‘Astute assessment of market opportunities, leveraging on interest rate fluctuations and prudent management is attributed to the successful growth of the unit trust funds under our management,” said First Capital Asset Management Ltd. AGM – Asset Management Kavin Karunamoorthy.

“Utilising our expertise as a specialised knowledge and industry expert, in debt market services and prominent non-bank primary dealer in Sri Lanka, we are confident that the unit trusts managed by First Capital Asset Management Ltd. will continue to reap the rewards of timely, well-informed investments,” he added.

First Capital Asset Management, a subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC, is licensed and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) while Bank of Ceylon (BOC) acts as the trustee and custodian for the fund.

The company specialises in managing investments for high net-worth individuals, trusts and companies. First Capital Asset Management Ltd. is a subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC which offers investment solutions in fixed income, equities, wealth management and capital markets advisory.

 

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 POSTS PAT OF LKR 1.46BN FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 20/21 ON THE BACK OF STRONG RESULTS FOR FY 19/20

 

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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.

First Capital Holdings PLC is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange and is rated [SL]A- with stable outlook by ICRA Lanka.