The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has showcased a strong growth trajectory in Capital Raising by Sri Lankan corporates of all scales during the first 7 months of 2021.
Sri Lankan corporates are increasingly recognizing the exchange as a platformto achieve greater financial freedom, improved access to capital, enhanced global profile, access to liquidityand an attractive proposition to tap into global capital.
To date, the CSE has facilitated 12 new listings, including 07 debt IPOs with a value of LKR 47.29Bn, 04 equity IPOs with a value of LKR 7.49Bn and 01 SPO with a value of LKR 3.5 Bn. It should be noted that this is the highest number of equity IPOs that the CSE has facilitated since 2014 and the largest in cumulative value since 2011. In total, the stock market has facilitated the raising of LKR 77.30 Bn. This includes LKR 10.99Bn raised by Equity IPOs and the SPO, LKR 47.29 Bn raised by Debt IPOs, LKR 16.56 Bn raised by Rights Issues and LKR 2.46 Bn raised by Private Placements.
The 05 equity Initial and Secondary public issues held during the year so far includeWindforce PLC, Chrissworld Ltd, Prime Lands Residencies PLC, JAT Holdings Limitedand Sanasa Development Bank all of which were launched with successful Public Issues. The first Empower Board listing, Chrissworld Limited, debuted trading successfully, which is an encouraging start for further Small and Medium Enterprise (SME)listings.
With state institutions such as Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) opting to finance their capital requirements through the Sri Lankan stock market, the CSE has established the confidence of both private and state institutions as an effective and efficient source for capital raising.
Commenting on the positive development, the CEO of CSE Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike added, “As businesses adopt and expand in the current environment, facilitating funding avenues is a primary priority in building a resilient economy in Sri Lanka. In fulfilling this requirement, the stock exchange has established itself as a viable option that can be leveraged by corporates as an alternate to traditional capital raising methods.
Together with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka, the Stock Broker Community,Investment banks, other market intermediaries and technology providers we have actively engaged to drive both investor participation and issuer participation by introducing new rules and processes and improving accessibility and market infrastructure.