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Softlogic Life insurance face Danger of Bankruptcy due to Share BuyBack that compensate Softlogic Capital

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MalakaDesmond


Stock Analytic
Stock Analytic

Softlogic Holdings PLC (SHL), is faced with a critical decision regarding the upcoming rights issue. This report comprehensively analyzes the financial situation of SHL and its subsidiary, Softlogic Life Insurance (SLI), in light of the recent announcements and financial performance. The objective is to provide a well-founded recommendation on whether to invest further in SHL or the rights issue and how to safeguard Softlogic Life.

Financial Overview of Softlogic Holdings PLC

Total Debt Analysis


As per the financial statements for the period ending 31 March 2024, Softlogic Holdings PLC has a significant debt burden. The key debt figures include:

  • Short-term borrowings and current portion of long/medium-term loans: Rs. 63,144 million (approximate unaudited)​.
  • Bank overdrafts: Rs. 9,382 million​.
  • Trade and other payables: Rs. 20,411 million​.
  • Total interest-bearing borrowings, including debentures, subordinated debt, and securitizations, amount to Rs. 12,029.90 million​.

This substantial debt load places considerable pressure on SHL's financial stability and liquidity.

Softlogic Life Insurance: Share Buyback Program

Details of the Buyback

SLI has announced a share buyback program to purchase up to 58,593,750 shares at Rs. 102.40 per share, with a total value of up to LKR 6 billion. This buyback represents a premium of over 50% to the current market price of Rs. 68​.

Financial Implications

  • Net Asset Value (NAV) per Share: Rs. 34.04.
  • Earnings Per Share (EPS): Rs. 7.57​.
  • Public Shareholding: 10%.


The buyback will significantly benefit participating shareholders due to the high premium. However, it will deplete SLI's cash reserves and potentially impact its capital adequacy ratio.

Strategic Implications for Softlogic Holdings


The primary motivation behind SLI's buyback program appears to be facilitating the transfer of funds to Softlogic Capital, the largest shareholder of SLI, which could then be used to support SHL's rights issue. The rights issue aims to raise funds primarily to service SHL's debt, which poses a substantial risk to both the insurance company and its policyholders.

Impact on Retained Earnings and Capital Adequacy


The proposed share buyback will utilize retained earnings from SLI, reducing the funds available for future growth and stability. The reduction in outstanding shares may boost EPS in the short term, but this financial maneuver strains SLI's balance sheet.

Risk Analysis


Financial Risk to Softlogic Life Insurance


Using SLI's retained earnings to finance SHL's debt creates an undue risk for the insurance company. The insurance regulator must assess the potential implications on policyholder security and the overall financial health of SLI. Financing SHL's debt through SLI’s buyback strategy could undermine the insurer's financial stability, affecting its ability to meet future obligations.


Potential Regulatory Intervention


Given the strategic use of insurance funds to support the holding company's debt obligations, it is imperative for Sri Lanka's insurance regulator to intervene. This intervention is necessary to ensure the protection of policyholders and maintain the integrity of the insurance sector.

Conclusion

Based on the comprehensive analysis of SHL's financial position and the strategic implications of SLI's share buyback program, it is advisable for investors to refrain from participating in the rights issue or further investment in SHL at this juncture. The following reasons underpin this recommendation:

  1. High Debt Burden: SHL's significant debt levels pose a substantial financial risk.
  2. Risk to SLI's Financial Stability: Utilizing SLI’s retained earnings to finance SHL’s debt could jeopardize the insurance company’s financial health and policyholder security.
  3. Regulatory Concerns: The insurance regulator may need to intervene to prevent potential adverse impacts on the insurance sector.

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