Sri Lanka’s Expolanka Holdings records sustained growth in the 1st quarter. - Opportunity Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Expolanka Holdings records sustained growth in the 1st quarter.

Sri Lanka’s Expolanka Holdings records sustained growth in the 1st quarter.

Daily FT: Expolanka Holdings PLC, has reported impressive financial performance in the 1Q of FY23 maintaining its growth momentum over the last several years.
Backed by strong strategy execution and focus on fundamentals, Expolanka Holdings was able to post a Revenue of Rs. 235.1 billion (YoY +146%), a Gross Profit of 36.9 billion (YoY +156%) and a Profit after tax of Rs. 20.1 billion (YoY +220%) for the quarter.
Expolanka Holdings Group CEO Hanif Yusoof stated: “Our asset-light business model, international network, balance sheet strength, our unified approach to business and our strong leadership team makes Expolanka Holdings PLC a unique value proposition to all our stakeholders.”
Leasing listed entity Expolanka has interests in logistics, leisure and Investments with a global presence in 34 countries and over 70 cities.
The group continued to generate strong returns, delivering an ROE of 96.16% on a trailing 12 month (TTM) basis, reflecting the enhanced operating leverage and the efficient asset utilisation strategies adopted by the group.
The depreciation of the rupee resulted in an exchange gain of Rs. 6.9 billion, whilst increasing the Net Asset Value of the company by Rs. 25 billion for the quarter. This is further evidence of the Group’s business profile and its balance sheet which has been built over the last several years.
In spite of the global market conditions and traditional off peak demand patterns, the Logistics sector was able to exhibit the potential of its operations, with focused execution of strategy enabling the sector to deliver consistent growth during the quarter under review, resulting in a revenue of Rs. 233.0 billion (YoY+146%), a gross profit of Rs. 36.2 billion (YoY +154% YoY) and a PAT of Rs. 18.8 billion (YoY +183%).
Further, Yusoof stated: “The multi-pronged approach to our business has been centred on generating volumes through customer centric approach, building capacity through sound procurement practices and supporting business through efficient operational excellence.”
He further noted that the customer expansion strategy has been well thought out, resulting in the company servicing several leading brands across key industry verticals.
The Air Freight product saw volumes tailing off during the quarter, a result of lower demand witnessed across its key markets. Whereas the Ocean Freight product continued to gain traction and delivered satisfactory growth during the quarter under review.
This steady growth is a result of the increased emphasis placed on this segment. A vibrant partner network, increased customer penetration, enhanced competencies helped the ocean freight product maintain its strong momentum.
Whilst focusing primarily on its international freight forwarding business, EFL has been able to enhance its capabilities across its domestic logistics portfolio in key locations particularly in the North America market.
The proactive procurement strategy implemented by the group built capacity and stabilised margins. Strengthening existing relationships and building on new carrier relationships took priority for the procurement function.
“Global market conditions remained volatile during the period under review. Consumer demand was tempered in our North America market, a result of potential Inflationary impacts, whilst the global energy crisis resulted in increased pressure on oil prices.
“Extended lockdowns in China resulted in reduced supply and further intensified supply chain pressure. Correction in freight rates were visible across both Air and Ocean Freight as capacity returned to the market, albeit still at elevated levels,” Yusoof added.
The Leisure Sector delivered a strong performance for the quarter despite the challenges experienced in the local market. The results reflect the efforts undertaken by the business to reorganise its portfolio, adopting a lean and efficient operating model and leveraging its capabilities as the leading travel brand in Sri Lanka.
The Sector delivered a Revenue of Rs. 727 million (YoY + 379%) and a Profit after Tax of Rs. 233 million (YoY +736%). Historically, this is the best performance by the sector, with the Corporate Travel portfolio driving the results.
The Investment Sector remained steadfast recording a revenue of Rs. 1.4 billion (YoY +100%) and a Profit after Tax of Rs. 17.3 billion (YoY +608%) with the main contribution from the export operations.
The sector profits include group dividends of Rs. 16.0 billion. The portfolio strategy of moving into high-margin products with less volatility is driving the growth of the sector. The IT business, too, is gaining ground with improved contributions to the overall performance of the group.
Reflecting its holistic approach to business, Expolanka continued to place emphasis on Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives (E.S.G), the Group has adopted several proactive practices which are aligned with its overall strategic objectives.

OSL take:

The sustained growth recorded by Sri Lanka’s Expolanka Holdings is indicative of the overall strength and growth of the country’s private sector. It is also indicative of the growing business potential in the country, which is expected to see a further growth with Sri Lanka working to position itself as an emerging business destination in the South Asian region. The country’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have also helped boost the business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka. With the pro-development agenda adopted by the government of Sri Lanka while introducing many programmes to attract foreign businesses/investors and working to further improve the country’s ease of doing business environment, foreign businesses/investors who invest in Sri Lanka can be assured of covering their return on investment in no time. The strong private sector in the country also enables foreign businesses to explore the possibility of forming partnerships or joint ventures with local businesses to expand operations.

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