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JANASHAKTHI GROUP: FROM FAMILY BUSINESS TO CONGLOMERATE

THE WORD JANASHAKTHI MEANS ‘THE STRENGTH OF THE PEOPLE’ AND IT BEGAN WITH A FAMILY OVER TWO DECADES AGO

Janashakthi Group Chairman Chandana de Silva and Managing Director/ Group CEO Ramesh Schaffter discuss the company’s humble origins and transformation into a leading diversified conglomerate in the country. They also share insights on how different businesses and people across the group are aligned to a single vision to embark on the transformational journey envisioned for the group and explore new avenues of growth.

Tell us how Janashakthi Group is creating synergies between its different business units for growth?

Schaffter: Our group’s businesses are leaders in their respective industries, and we have now aligned ourselves to further strengthen our business operations. This business model allows the group companies to share services and leverage synergies and access expertise across a range of functions. Our strength has been our leadership, both at management and board level, who bring a variety of skills and experience from diverse backgrounds. We believe operational excellence and customer service are essential requirements for growth and for staying ahead of the competition.

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First Capital steps forward as Principal Sponsor of the SSC Open Tennis Championships 2021

Colombo 17th February 2021; Investment institution First Capital Holding PLC has come forward as the principal sponsor for the SSC Open Tennis Championships. The SSC Open 2021 is to be conducted from 19th February to 7th March 2021 at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) Tennis courts. The championships will be the first major open ranking tournament for the year 2021 having already attracted more than 650 entries and is one of the most anticipated events for the year.

“First Capital is pleased to sponsor the SSC Open Tennis Championships, as we see the impact of tournaments such as this in upholding high standards and enabling high performance.  The Championships have a strong synergy with our corporate values and our brand promise to deliver ‘performance first’. We are confident this partnership will further strengthen the association between our organizations and enable the upliftment of the sport across Sri Lanka”, stated Mr. Dilshan Wirasekara, Director / Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Holdings PLC, at the event to announce the Principal Sponsorship held recently.

The championships will be conducted under the purview of the governing body of the sport, the Sri Lanka Tennis Association and organized by the SSC Tennis House Committee. ‘All health and safety guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Health will be adhered to in conducting the championship, ensuring maximum safety to its participants and stakeholders at large’ said Mr Chammika De Silva the Tournament Director of the SSC Tennis Championships 2021.

The SSC Open Tennis Championships has had a long history and has gained prominence as a steppingstone for young talent, with most of its winners moving on to the national and international stage in the years ahead. This makes the championships one of the most sought-after fixture in the Sri Lankan Tournament calendar, also gaining the trust in its participant as a well-organized event. The championships will comprise of Girls and Boys events from under 12 to under 18 (Singles & Doubles), Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Veterans events for over 35, over 45 & over 55 age groups.

Long standing supporters of the SSC Open Tennis Championships, Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) and 3 G Sports (Head Tennis Balls) will continue as co-sponsor and the main ball sponsor respectively. Further co-sponsors include ABC Shipping and Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL), which will be the nutrition sponsor. The Peoples Bank has also come forward to support the SSC Open this year.

Mr. Mufaddal Hazari, an International Tennis Federation qualified official with long years of experience will serve as the tournament referee.

(Insert photo – with caption) ‘Mr.  Dilshan Wirasekara, Director / Chief Executive Officer, First Capital Holdings PLC (on the Right) handing over the Sponsorship Cheque to Mr. Vasantha Wijesekera, Honourary Secretary, Singhalese Sports Club’, also in the picture (L-R), Mr. Neshan Gunasekera, Honourary Chairman, SSC Tennis House Committee, Mr. Nilanka Peiris, Honourary Treasurer, SSC, Ms. Nisansala Munasinghe, Manager Branding and Marketing Services First Capital Holdings PLC and Mr. Chandana De Silva, Director, First Capital Holdings PLC’

Photo credit – Mr Kamal Wanniarachchi of The Island

 

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

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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.

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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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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 records Rs. 231 Mn PAT 2016/17

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Director / Group CEO, Dilshan Wirasekara

Colombo 19th June 2017: First Capital Holdings PLC, a full service investment bank providing a diverse range of advisory services and financial products through its subsidiaries, (First Capital Group) reported a consolidated profit after tax of Rs. 231Mn for the year 2016/17 compared to Rs. 47Mn in the previous year.

The Group’s primary dealer arm, First Capital Treasuries PLC, was the main contributor towards the financial results recording a profit after tax of Rs. 343Mn for the year 2016/17 (2015/16 – Rs. 11Mn) attributed to net interest income and fair valuation gains on government securities. First Capital Treasuries, is the pioneer non-bank Primary Dealer appointed by Central Bank in 1982 and is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. Further, the company’s credit rating was reaffirmed by ICRA Lanka as A- with stable outlook.

The capital markets advisory of the Group, First Capital Limited, which specialises in structuring and placement of corporate debt securities, successfully mobilised Rs. 12.4Bn through structuring and placement of corporate debt securities. Despite the above performance First Capital Limited was negatively affected as a result of higher funding cost and fair valuation losses on trading securities.

The performance of the Group’s subsidiaries were further impacted due to damped investor sentiments as a result of the proposed changes to taxation via the budget proposal – 2017.

“Despite the setback experienced in the preceding quarters, the Group is optimistic in its outlook and have planned several calculated improvements to its operations” said Director / Group CEO, Dilshan Wirasekara.

 

First Capital Holdings PLC (the Company or First Capital) is a full service investment bank providing a diverse range of advisory services and financial products.

We currently serve an array of companies, institutions, government agencies, high net worth individuals and retail clients both international and local, who seek truly objective advice, innovative solutions and execution expertise. We operate throughout Sri Lanka via offices in Colombo, Kandy, Matara and Kurunegala. Our global outreach continues to expand through institutional trading and investment product placement.

As a company listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) since 1994 (Ticker: CFVF), we exemplify requisite financial transparency and governance standards.

Reflecting credit fundamentals including a robust capital structure, liquidity, risk controls and earnings profile, we are rated A- by ICRA Lanka Limited.

First Capital CEO panelist at 5th Annual Capital Market Conference

Mr. Dilshan Wirasekara, CEO First Capital Holdings PLC will be sharing his insights and expertise at the 5th Annual Capital Market Conference.

This year’s conference marks the 3rd consecutive year in which our CEO has been invited as a guest panelist representing the capital market industry in Sri Lanka.

The 5th Annual Capital Market (CAPM) Conference, organised by UTO EduConsult in conjunction with KPMG and Adl Capital as the Key Knowledge Partners, will be held for the fifth consecutive year on 21 February.

The event will witness senior personnel of the industry, including CEOs, Partners of Accounting and Legal firms, Investment Bankers, Realtors, Regulators et al participating in various panel discussions on the significant changes and developments taking place in the capital markets industry.    Read Full Article >

 

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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 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.