Sri Lanka knitting mill losses up on write-downs, lower revenues

Chandi Dharmaratne

May 15, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hayleys MGT Knitting Mills Plc, lost 3.0 million US dollars in the March 2012 quarter, up 45 percent from a year earlier amid revenue losses and asset write-downs, interim accounts showed. The troubled firm reported losses of 6 cents per share. The stock closed at 8.00 rupees down 10 cents Monday.

Revenues fell 37 percent to 7.7 million US dollars and cost of sales fell at a slower 23 percent to 8.6 million dollars, resulting in a gross negative margin on 866,856 dollars from 1.01 million dollar positive margin a year earlier.

Administration expenses rose 152 percent to 2.1 million US dollars. Its cash flow statement showed a 1.1 million US dollar write-down on property, plant and equipment.

The knitting mill is part of Sri Lanka’s listed Hayleys group.