ODEL declares first dividend, six months after IPO
Fashion retail brand ODEL has declared an interim dividend of 25
cents per share in respect of the company’s performance in the nine
months ending December 31.
This is the first dividend announced by the company, and comes at the
end of two quarters as a listed entity.
ODEL’s initial public offer of 16.7 million ordinary shares closed in
July 2010, and the share commenced trading on the Colombo Stock Exchange
on August 4. The share was trading at Rs. 49.50 as at January 12, up 230
percent from its issue price of Rs. 15.
“The first three quarters of the year have been good for us and got a
boost during the festive season; hence we would like to share the
benefits with our shareholders,” ODEL Chief Financial Officer Nishan
The company’s interim financial statements for the third quarter of
2010-11 are expected to be filed with the CSE shortly.
ODEL achieved a pre-tax profit of Rs. 165 million for the half year,
an increase of 65 percent over the corresponding six months of 2009-10.
Profit after tax improved by a robust 50 percent to Rs. 100.6 million
for the period, on a turnover of Rs. 1.53 billion, which was up 55