Sri Lanka gets US$437mn in FDI up to May: Central Bank

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

July 25, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is estimated to have received about 437 million US dollars in foreign direct investments up to May 2012, while 187 million US dollars have flowed into stocks in the first half of the year, the Central Bank said. FDI is equity, loans from parents and re-investment by foreign owned companies.

Sri Lanka’s stocks have fallen during 2012 with interest rates rising. Foreign investors who sold out in 2011 during a credit driven bubble are now returning the market.

Foreign investors have bought 186.5 million US dollars worth stock in the six months to June with price to earnings valuations now in the low double digits of most companies.

Last year foreign investors had sold 66.8 million dollars with stocks. In 2011 the rupee was at around 110 to the US dollar. Now it is around 130 rupees.

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