First Capital Treasuries Announces Rs. 500Mn Debenture Issue



First Capital Treasuries Limited, a Primary Dealer licensed and appointed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and a subsidiary of First Capital Holdings PLC, has announced that it intends to issue Subordinated, Unsecured, Redeemable Debentures with a principal value of LKR. 500 million maturing in Five Years and bearing an interest rate of 9.5% per annum payable annually. The issue will open on Tuesday the 27th of January 2015.


Debentures are priced at a face value of 100 each and will be listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. The debenture issue is rated BBB+ while the issuer, First Capital Treasuries Limited, is rated A- by Lanka Rating Agency. First Capital Limited, the Corporate Debt Structuring and Placement arm of the group, will be managing the issue and Bank of Ceylon will act as Trustee to the issue.


Dilshan Wirasekara, Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Group, said the Company plans to utilize the funds raised through the debenture issue to achieve the following objectives;


- Enhance the long term funding base of the company by way of tier two capital and increase capital adequacy, which will allow the company to grow its core business and allow further leverage on government securities whilst being well above the regulatory directives by Central Bank of Sri Lanka.


- To minimize interest rate risk and liquidity risk by issuing fixed rate debentures for a period of five years, thereby reducing the maturity mismatch on the balance sheet.


First Capital Treasuries is licensed and appointed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to deal exclusively in Government Securities and currently stands at a commanding position as the leading non-bank Primary Dealer in the country. The company was incorporated in August 1982 and is the primary dealer arm of First Capital Holdings PLC, an investment bank pioneer in debt and equity markets.


Over the first half of the financial year 2014/15, First Capital Treasuries reported an increase in profits after tax from Rs. 673Mn to Rs. 843Mn. While the company declared dividends of Rs. 41 per share (Rs. 19 per share 2013/14) totalling Rs.631Mn to the shareholders during the period under review.


Over the first half of the financial year 2014/2015 First Capital Holdings PLC reported a consolidated turnover of Rs. 1.7Bn and consolidated profit after tax of Rs. 868Mn.


"We have done remarkably well during the current financial year and as the pioneer and leading non-bank Primary Dealer, we are extremely proud that we are the first Primary Dealer to offer a listed debenture to all our valued investors," concluded Wirasekara.


For more details and to download the prospectus please visit: www.firstcapital.lk


About First Capital Holdings PLC


First Capital Holdings PLC, an entity listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, is the holding company of the First Capital Group offering a full range of investment banking products and services, through subsidiaries operating in Debt & Equity markets including First Capital Treasuries, a Primary Dealer licensed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, First Capital Asset Management, an Investment Manager licensed by the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka which also manages several dedicated fixed income Unit Trusts, First Capital Equities a licensed Stockbroker and Member of the Colombo Stock Exchange, First Capital Markets, a licensed Margin Provider and First Capital Limited, a structuring and placement agent for debt and equity, and provider of corporate finance and advisory services.


For nearly 30 years, the First Capital Group has been a leading non-bank financial institution in Sri Lanka. A pioneer Primary Dealer in government securities, First Capital has steadily grown to become a leader in this field, buoyed by a loyal and continuously growing customer base. The company operates in Colombo and several major cities in Sri Lanka.


First Capital Holdings PLC is currently rated A- by Lanka Rating Agency Limited.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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