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Teejay Lanka PLC bounces back in Q2 after its first quarter losses

Teejay Lanka PLC bounces back in Q2 after its first quarter losses

Daily FT: Top textile maker Teejay Lanka PLC has achieved a remarkable recovery from its first quarter losses to post strong top and bottom-line figures for the second quarter of 2023-24.
Sri Lanka’s first multinational textile manufacturer has reported profit before tax of Rs 1.2 billion for the three months ending 30th September 2023, reflecting a gain of Rs 1.9 billion over the pre-tax loss of Rs 701 million in the preceding quarter, recording quarter-on-quarter growth of 275%.
The Group’s net profit of Rs 943 million for the three months was a gain of Rs 1.8 billion over the net loss of Rs 853 million reported for the first quarter of 2023-24, and represented a quarter-on-quarter gain of 211%.
Revenue for the quarter reviewed, at Rs 15.5 billion, was up 11% over the preceding quarter’s figure of Rs 14 billion, Teejay Lanka PLC said in a filing with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).
Teejay Lanka Chairman Ajit Gunewardene said it was the result of a series of strategic initiatives implemented during the quarter as well as changing market conditions generating optimism for improved performances in the upcoming quarters, even though the second quarter’s and first half’s figures were lower than those of the corresponding periods of last year.
He attributed these decreases to a drop in sales volume driven by present market conditions, the appreciation of the Sri Lanka Rupee, and underutilization of capacity. “The on-going industry volatilities have posed persistent challenges,” Gunewardene said, “but our performance in the second quarter highlights the positive momentum and growth within the Group, demonstrating its resilience in a challenging economic backdrop.”
The Group expressed concern about the changes in taxation during the quarter under review, with the introduction of a new tax policy resulting in a 121% increase in taxes for the Group.
For the six months ending 30th September 2023, Teejay Lanka reported revenue of Rs 29.5 billion, profit before tax of Rs 522.9 million, and net profit of Rs 90 million, reflecting declines of 39%, 81% and 96% respectively over the first half of 2022-23.
However, the Teejay Group has presented a strong Balance Sheet, concluding the period under review with a noteworthy cash and cash equivalents balance of Rs 12.9 billion.
Elaborating on the second quarter recovery achieved by the Group, Teejay Lanka CEO Pubudu De Silva said strategies such as identifying new customers, introducing new product segments, capacity management and optimization and inventory management while investing in advanced infrastructure, and enhancing the necessary skills and expertise to adapt to evolving industry dynamics had contributed to the turnaround. “These efforts have positioned Teejay to effectively meet the changing needs of Sri Lanka, India, and our sales office in Bangladesh,” he added.

OSL take:
The performance of Teejay Lanka PLC shows the strength and resilience of Sri Lanka’s private sector. It is also indicative of the overall strength, growth and resilience of the country’s overall economy. Sri Lanka’s private sector managed to record profits even amidst challenging economic conditions faced by the country in the past few years. With the country once again on a growth path, Sri Lanka is working towards becoming an emerging business destination in the South Asian region. Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country also serve to boost the country’s position as a business/investment destination in the region. Given Sri Lanka’s growing business potential and expanding business/investment opportunities, foreign businesses/investors could confidently explore the expanding opportunities. Sri Lanka could be used by foreign businesses to set up base to engage with other countries in the region. Foreign businesses could also look at forming partnerships or joint ventures with local businesses with the aim of further expansion.

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