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Sinhaputhra Finance gets chance to raise capital

Sinhaputhra Finance PLC, a non-bank lender in Sri Lanka, has been given time to raise capital, the Central Bank said.

This action was taken further to the regulatory actions taken against the Company, the Monetary Board of the Central Bank.

In view of the proposed capital augmentation plan submitted by the Sinhaputhra Finance PLC and in the interest of depositors, the Monetary Board decided to provide it with an opportunity to implement the proposed capital augmentation plan within the time frame stipulated.

Beleaguered finance company, Sinhaputhra Finance PLC’s licence was given notice of cancellation by the industry regulator, the Central Bank with the company objecting to the move.

In an announcement to the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)last month  the CB said that owing to the critical financial condition, and due to non compliance to the Finance Business Act directions issued by CB, this decision was taken. Sinhaputra has the right to object within 30 days, it said.

The company  announced to the CSE that the company has submitted an objection and that a comprehensive capital plan backed by an investor who has demonstrated financial credibility of meeting the regulatory capital requirement was submitted to the Monetary Board of the CB and the company's awaiting their response.

Last year the company said that it was talking to prospective investors to infuse much-needed capital.

The company in a stock market filing last November said that the Board of Directors was negotiating with a few potential investors through a professional investment bank.

Currently, the company’s focus is to find an investor who can actually move beyond the Rs. 2.5 billion capital requirement based on the deadline given,” it said, adding that it will be able to resolve this matter before January 31, 2019.

The CSE put the company on a 'Watch List' due to an emphasis of matter on going concern in the audit report for the year ended March 31, 2018.

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