Dec 06, 2016

Lanka Sugar makes Rs. 1Bn turnaround

The state owned entity Lanka Sugar, which previously reported heavy losses, has now emerged with splendid financial performance as a result of Industry and Commerce Minister’s initiatives.

“Lanka Sugar Company (Private) Limited has earned Rs one billion profit for the first time,” stated Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

Minister Bathiudeen made this revelation when he was tabling his Committee Stage (budget) speech recently.

“The profits came this year and it’s even more important to inform that last year, the Company made a Rs one billion loss” said Minister Bathiudeen adding that this was a great success story among state owned business enterprises.

He welcomed Finance Minister’s proposals for sugar industry development in the budget by imposing a minimum price of Rs. 5,000 per Metric Tonne for sugarcane with effect from 1st January 2017, calling local and foreign investors to invest in Sugar Mills in Monaragala, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi and Ampara districts with a minimum plant size of 2,000 Tonnes etc.

Lanka Sugar reported a profit of Rs one billion by third quarter of 2016 in comparison to the loss Rs one billion in 2015. It plans to establish Sugar Cane Juice Extractor Factory and 2000 Hectare Sugar Cane Plantation in Vavuniya district Settikulam Division. The Company also intends to produce a sugar pricing formula based on incentive to be competitive with any commercial crop in Sri Lanka.

Upto third quarter (3Q) of 2016, Lanka Sugar’s Pelwatte and Sevanagala facilities cultivated 13164 hectares of sugar canes (an increase of 7.6% compared to the entire 2015), harvesting 561,067 MT of cane resulting in 44059 MT of sugar output (an increase of 2.5% from Y2015). According to Company financials, the Company reported a net loss before tax of Rs 1,030 Million in FY 2015 but reported a stunning turn-around “net profit before tax” of Rs 1018 Million, as of third quarter of FY 2016.