During the year the company’s income rose to Rs. 2.08 billion from Rs. 1.67 billion. The growth in income can be attributed to the growth in interest income to Rs. 1.87 billion from Rs. 1.49 billion last year and a healthy growth in net interest income to Rs. 1.06 billion from Rs. 991.6 million reported last year. The growth in net interest income is commendable in the light of the sharp rise in market interest rates in the latter part of the financial year.
The total asset base of the company also grew steadily to Rs. 11.25 billion for the year compared to Rs. 6.85 billion as at 31st March 2011, a growth of 64.2 percent. Total equity of the company grew to Rs. 1.51 billion from Rs. 1.08 billion, reflecting a growth of 39.27 percent. The total capital ratio of the company was 15.2 percent compared to the minimum requirement of 10 percent and the sector average of 14 percent.
Loans and advances too recorded a healthy growth increasing from Rs. 5.4 billion at the end of the previous financial year to Rs. 8.9 billion as at 31st March 2012, an increase of 66 percent.
Commenting on these results the Additional CEO of Senkadagala Finance PLC Lalith de Alwis said, "The growth of our business was facilitated by the expansion of our outreach with the addition of 15 new service centres during the year. We now have a network of 45 locations in operation with plans to open a fully fledged branch in Jaffna, including pawn broking and foreign currency bureau services, and five more service centres during the financial year ending 31st March 2013."
In other related results the earnings per share of the company also showed steady growth increasing to Rs. 9.49 from Rs. 4.17, while the dividend per share rose to Rs. 2.38 from Rs. 1.19. Net assets per share also increased to Rs. 28.29 from Rs. 20.31 recorded in the previous financial year.
Taxation for the year, comprising value added tax on financial services and income tax totalled Rs. 195.9 million. This is marginally less than in the previous year which was Rs. 213 million. Return on equity for the year grew to 34 percent which is a significant improvement on the figure of the previous year of 21 percent and is ahead of the average for the industry in the year under review which is 25 percent.
The company directors paid an interim dividend of 11.3 percent amounting to Rs. 60,305,840 out of the profits during the year and now propose to pay a third interim dividend of 7 percent amounting Rs. 37,357,600 and a final dividend of 5.5. percent amounting to Rs. 29,352,400, making the total dividend paid out to 23.8. percent for the year.
The ratio of capital funds to total deposits increased from 45.3 percent at the beginning of the year to 55.2 percent at the end while the industry average was 20 percent and the minimum requirement is fixed at 10 percent.
"Continuing with its advances in risk management, Senkadagala Finance recorded significant gains during the year in its efforts at controlling credit risk. The gross non-performing assets ratio (as a percentage of total receivables) was 1.15 percent, compared to 2.28 percent in the previous year. This is the lowest recorded in the history of the company and is very much lower than the rest of the sector which has recorded a ratio of around 5.1 percent at the end of the year. The Company’s net non performing assets ratio after allowing for provisions was 0.44 percent, compared to 0.8 percent in the previous year and 1.9 percent in the industry," the company said in a statement.
Senkadagala Finance was established in Kandy in 1968 and has since become one of the largest licensed deposit taking institutions registered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. From its inception in Kandy, the company now spread islandwide having a total of 30 branches and 15 service centres.