May 17, 2010 03:29 pm
Seylan Bank has posted an encouraging Rs. 185.9 Mn profit in the first quarter of 2010 recording a sharp 323% increase compared with the Rs. 43.9 Mn in the corresponding period the previous year.
The Bank’s pre-tax profit was a staggering Rs. 291.7 Mn, up by nearly 419% from the Rs. 56.2 Mn in the corresponding period the previous year.
Among the major contributory features was the Bank’s ability to retain its deposit base during Q1 2010 with savings deposits recording a 5.8% increase.
An elated Chairman of the Seylan Bank, Eastman Narangoda
said that this achievement was once again an overwhelming endorsement of the
faith and confidence the people of
Seylan Bank also recently reported a Rs. 543.301Mn Profit after Tax for 2009 representing an increase of 250% over the previous financial year. During the same period, the Bank’s cost-to-income ratio showed a marked improvement decreasing from 75.79% to 67.82%, while the total capital adequacy ratio – under severe pressure during the end 2008 crisis – rose from 8.06% to 11.74% in 2009.
Seylan Bank now meets or exceeds the liquidity targets stipulated by the CBSL. These positive indicators have brought a corresponding rise in confidence both in the shareholder and depositors. The share price which returned to pre-crisis levels following the appointment of the new Board of Directors headed by veteran banker Eastman Narangoda, has continued to gain strength as the management implements, at all levels, the wide ranging initiatives set out in the Bank’s new strategic plan.
The Directors of Seylan Bank are Eastman Narangoda (Chairman), R. Nadarajah (Executive Director) and Directors Nihal Jayamanne PC, Lalith Vithana, Retd. Rear Admiral B.A.J.G. Peiris, Pradeep Kariyawasam, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Ajith Devasurendra, Ishara Nanayakkara and Samantha Ranatunga.