Exit Plan

Aug 13, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hatton National Bank said it will exit from Delma Exchange, a remittance house in the United Arab Emirates which expatriate workers use to send money home. In the five months to May remittances rose 28 percent to 2.1 billion US dollars.

“[The] Board of Directors have decided to dispose the Bank’s investment in Delma Exchange,” HNB said in interim accounts filed with the Colombo Stock Exchange.

“Negotiations are under way to dispose this investment.”

The statement did not give a reason for the sale.

HNB said it had 20 percent stake in Delma Exchange valued at 83.6 million rupees.

Many Sri Lankan banks have arrangements with foreign exchange houses to remit money. Millions of Sri Lankans work abroad in the Middle East, East Asia and some European countries.