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* Sri Lanka's Hayleys first quarter turnover increases 21% YoY up to Rs. 29.2 billion
Wed, Aug 9, 2017, 06:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 09, Colombo: Backed by stronger performance of the transportation & logistics sector, the leading Sri Lankan conglomerate Hayleys Group recorded a 21% Year-on-Year (YoY) improvement in topline up to Rs. 29.2 billion during the three months to 30 June 2017 (1QFY18).

Despite the improved revenue, it was a challenging quarter for the Group, during which Profits Before Tax (PBT) contracted 61% YoY down to Rs. 407.7 million.

"Despite lower profits during the first quarter, we remain confident that group profits will rebound over the coming quarters as multiple strategic investments made over the recent past begin to generate returns and contribute positively towards group profitability".

"In particular, we note with satisfaction the consistently positive growth displayed by our transportation and logistics segment, represented by Hayleys Advantis, and the positive turn-around recorded within the plantations sector as a result of favorable market conditions," Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan Pandithage stated.

The group's transportation and logistics segment generated revenue of Rs. 7.24 billion during the quarter. Operating Profits during the quarter rose to Rs. 430.9 million.

Turnover in the plantation sector increased to Rs. 3.49 billion in 1Q18 while operating profits improved up to Rs. 99.4 million on the back of stronger tea prices at the Colombo Tea Auction during the period under review.

Notably, following the completion of one of Sri Lanka's largest solar power plants in Welikande, the group's power and energy sector also recorded notable improvements in top and bottom line performance, generating Rs. 404.9 million in revenue, while operating profits within the segment rose to Rs. 229.5 million.

Adverse weather conditions negatively impacted the performance of the group's agriculture segment, which recorded contraction in revenue to Rs. 2.54 billion in 1Q18. This notable drop in production resulted in operating profits dropping to Rs. 83.3 million.

The Group's Hand Protection and Purification sectors' profitability were affected by steep increase in raw material prices as operating profits declined to Rs 38.9 million and Rs 160.9 million respectively.

The Group's leisure sector was able to maintain relatively stable revenues to close the quarter at Rs. 1.1 billion, however, the sector's ability to generate profits was hampered due to the substantial refurbishments being carried out at Kudarah Island Resort in Maldives. The segment completed the quarter with an operating loss of Rs. 106.9 million. However, with refurbishments having since been completed just prior to the end of 1Q18, the group anticipates significant improvements in profitability moving forward.

Profit has also been impacted by an increase in Group's net finance cost, which rose by 37% YoY up to Rs. 875.6 million in 1Q18, mainly due to increase in market rates and the higher level of investment from the group into key business segments with a view to enhancing growth potential over the medium to long term.

Established in 1878, Hayleys PLC is one of Sri Lanka's largest multinational business conglomerates driving a globally competitive business portfolio cutting across manufacturing, agriculture and services. The Group is internationally recognized as a leader in innovation and currently operates manufacturing facilities in Indonesia and Thailand, and marketing operations in Australia, India, Bangladesh, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, UK and USA.

The Group accounts for approximately 3.53% of Sri Lanka's export income, and 3.4% of tea and 3.8% of rubber production.


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