is that the Free Lanka Capital Holdings was heading in different directions in the aftermath of the demise of the founder Kattar Aloysius and with the second and the third generations pulling the group in different directions and the staggering overnight drop in the post tax profits in a single year, they said.
Of the key shareholders of the company are Free Lanka Joint Venture Company (Pvt) Ltd which owns 54.68% of 767.6 million shares while Browns Investments PLC and Perpetual Holdings (Pvt) Ltd own 43 million shares each. One of the further salient points of the group's performance is that the turnover for the year ended 31 March, 2014 was increased to 4.6 billion from the Rs 4.2 billion a year ago, but the post tax profits between the years had nosedived from a billion rupees to Rs 25.6 million.
One of the key attractions of the Free Lanka Group is that it owns Maturata Plantations and partly owns Pussellawa Plantations and it is one of the largest wine importers in the country. They also said that the deal was going to be sealed by Ernst and Young, Chartered Accountants.
However, Dhammika and Free Lanka Capital Holdings PLC CEO Goddfrey Aloysius was not available for comment despite repeated attempts to contact them and all the call back messages. Dhammika's business partner Nimal Perera denied any knowledge of the proposed acquisition.