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Seylan posts Rs 2.3b PAT

Seylan Bank's Profit after Tax reached Rs. 2,315 million compared to the Rs. 2,064 million reported in 2012, an impressive 12% growth in PAT for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Profit after Tax for Q-4 2013 (final quarter) was Rs. 780 million compared to the Rs. 466 million for the corresponding period last year a growth of 67%.


General Manager and CEO, Seylan Bank, Kapila Ariyaratne

Despite slow credit growth and industrywide pressure on interest margins, Net Interest income increased from Rs. 9,014 million to Rs. 9,830 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013.

Fee and Commission income increased 25.5% from Rs. 1,695 million to Rs. 2,127 million showing a consolidation of the solid growth in core banking activities achieved by Seylan Bank over the past few years.

The bank also focused considerably on cost containment. As a result of many effective cost containment initiatives, Other expenses were reduced by 6% from Rs. 3,299 million in 2012 to Rs. 3,091 million in 2013. Personnel expenses increased by 13%, due to a salary revision to all staff at the beginning of the year.

The Bank also implemented a core banking system upgrade in February 2013. This will have significant cost efficiencies through process improvements to the Bank in the future.

The upgrade will also facilitate many additional functionalities enabling better product and service delivery to its customers.

The Bank grew its deposits base by 14% from Rs. 146.7 billion to Rs. 167.3 billion during 2013 and its Net Advances portfolio by 9.5% from Rs. 124.7 billion to Rs. 136.6 billion.

Seylan is one of the few banks that improved its asset quality through effective recovery and rehabilitating efforts which resulted in a significant reduction in its Gross NPA (net of IIS) from 12.99% in December 2012 to 10.58% as at end December 2013.

In September 2013, Fitch affirmed the Banks rating at A-lka, with a 'stable' outlook.

The Bank also concluded a review, update and extension of its strategic plan to 2016. The areas of focus include advance and deposit growth, branch expansion, customer service improvement, staff development, NPA reduction, cost control, new product development, IT infrastructure and shareholder value.

The strategic plan also earmarks the opening of 100 libraries in underprivileged schools over four years. In the latter half of 2013, 11 school libraries were opened by the Bank.

During 2013, the Bank opened four branches, refurbished 16 branches and relocated six branches to more customer friendly locations.

As at December 31, 2013, the Bank network comprised 151 branches, 158 ATMs and 86 Student Savings Centres.

The Bank's Capital Adequacy ratio stood at 15.75% as at December 31, 2013.Earnings per share stood at Rs 6.74 (Group Rs. 6.78), while Return (profit before tax) on Assets and Return on Equity stood at to 1.72% and 11.4%. The Bank's Net Asset Value per Share as at December 31, 2013, was Rs. 63.08 (Group Rs. 65.69).

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