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Teejay Lanka 3-month Group revenue up 119% to Rs. 10.4 bn

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Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer more than doubled revenue to Rs 10.4 billion at Group level for the three months posting growth of 119%, achieved a 27-fold improvement in its profit before tax of Rs 385 million, and converted last year’s Q1 net loss of Rs 31.5 million into a post-tax profit of Rs 310.5 million in Q1, 2021-22, the Group’s third consecutive quarter of profit growth.

Teejay Lanka Chairman Bill Lam welcomed the positive start to the new financial year but cautioned that raw material prices and the new dynamics brought about by the global pandemic would continue to pose challenges to the business.

“The turnaround in Q1 profits was achieved through increased volumes, a strong order book, strategic management of yarn price increases and stringent control of costs,” he said.

At Company level, Teejay Lanka reported profit before tax of Rs 347 million for the three months, reflecting growth of 40%, while net profit improved by 50% to Rs 315 million on revenue of Rs 6.2 billion, up 65% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Based on these results, Teejay Lanka PLC has proposed an interim dividend of Rs 1.15 per share in respect of the quarter reviewed. The Group has continued its strong debt-free balance sheet from the previous year with a net cash balance of Rs 4.8 billion.

Teejay Lanka CEO Pubudu De Silva said raw materials and cotton prices are at a peak level while the global market remains competitive with changing dynamics. “The Group foresaw these challenges during the last financial year and strategically approached its customers to minimise the impact on profits and margins.”

He disclosed that expansion of the Group’s India plant is within the planned timeline despite the turbulent environment and investments made are progressing well. Teejay has invested US$ 26 million to increase the India plant’s daily output to 20 tons, which would contribute to the Group’s target of becoming a US$ 300 million business.

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