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First Capital forges ahead amidst a challenging economic environment

First Capital Holdings PLC (the Group) recorded a Profit after Tax of Rs. 823Mn for the six months ended 30th September 2022 compared to Loss after Tax of Rs. 303Mn in the corresponding period of the previous year.

The Primary Dealer division reported a Profit after Tax of Rs. 1.1Bn for the six months ended 30th September 2022 (2021/22 – Loss after Tax of Rs. 414Mn). The Results include net interest income of Rs. 919Mn and a trading gain on sale of government securities amounting to Rs. 281Mn (2021/22 – Net interest income of Rs. 242Mn and a trading loss of Rs. 470Mn were included).

As at 30th September 2022, the Business division’s Held to Maturity portfolio reflected a fair valuation loss of Rs. 945Mn which is not accounted for in the provisional financial statements since the amortised cost basis has been adopted in valuing the said investment as per the accounting standard on financial instruments (SLFRS 9).

The business operates in a challenging business environment due to the prevailing economic conditions. The impact of a potential local debt restructuring is also a significant concern.

The Corporate Finance division reported a Loss after Tax of Rs. 375Mn for the six months ended 30th September 2022 (2021/22 – Rs. 15Mn). Fair valuation loss on dealing securities amounting to Rs. 290Mn mainly resulted in the Loss for the period under review.

The Wealth Management division reported a Profit after Tax of Rs. 21Mn for the six months ended 30th September 2022 (2021/22 – Rs. 47Mn). The assets under management of the division stood at Rs. 36Bn as of 30th September 2022 (31st March 2022 – Rs. 41.2Bn).

The Stock Brokering division recorded a Profit after Tax of Rs. 67Mn for the six months ended 30th   September 2022 (2021/22 – Rs. 94Mn).

“Despite the ongoing challenges we have continued to show much strength and resilience this year, while continuing our commitment to serve our stakeholders and deliver our promise of ‘performance first.’ We digitalised processes, strengthened knowledge development and enhanced visibility and customer support to deliver service excellence to optimize on the demand for government securities. We have also looked at our business from many different angles, considering our purpose, processes, people, and brand, and striving to infuse new energy into each of these areas,” said Dilshan Wirasekara – Director / Chief Executive Officer, First Capital Holdings PLC.

Backed by the Janashakthi Group, First Capital looks ahead with the vision of improving lives of all Sri Lankans through financial solutions and a mission of leading the way in innovative solutions to manage risk and create wealth. The Company will continue building scale and relevance through an evolving digital platform with enhanced digital capabilities, enabling the business to transform client experiences and drive operational efficiency. 

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