Teejay adapts to ‘new normal’, posts Rs 631 mn net profit in Q2 | Daily News

Teejay adapts to ‘new normal’, posts Rs 631 mn net profit in Q2

Chairman Bill Lam, CEO Pubudu De Silva
Chairman Bill Lam, CEO Pubudu De Silva

As the world continues to focus on flattening the curve in the COVID-19 pandemic, Teejay Lanka PLC has adapted to the new normal to post an improved performance in the three months ending 30th September 30, 2020.

Sri Lanka’s only multinational textile producer has converted the first quarter’s net loss of Rs 31.5 million to net profit of Rs 631.3 million for the second quarter of the current financial year and reported profit before tax of Rs 782.3 million for the three months reviewed.

Revenue grew by 86% over the three months to Rs 8.8 billion from Rs 4.7 billion as at June 30, 2020, the Company reported in a filing with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).The extreme adversity of the first quarter of the year has, however, taken some of the starch out of the Group’s six-month figures, with revenue down 22% to Rs 13.5 billion, gross profit down 42% to Rs 1.3 billion, and pre and post-tax profit down 48% and 52% respectively over the corresponding six months of 2019-20 to Rs 796.3 million and Rs 599.8 million for the six months ending 30th September 2020.

Nevertheless, Teejay Chairman Bill Lam has said the Group remains cautiously optimistic as the situation in Sri Lanka continues to evolve, and that with the Group’s presence felt throughout the region, Teejay is poised on the cusp of realising its target of becoming a US$ 300 million company in the foreseeable future.“With the help of the Operational Excellence initiatives launched, the Group continues to focus on cost-control mechanisms. The Group has also invested substantially on added health and safety related measures to protect our employees from the pandemic.”Teejay Lanka CEO Pubudu De Silva disclosed that Teejay’s operations in India are gathering momentum and had increased their loading capacity during the second quarter.

“The Group has also taken deliberate steps to unfreeze the restrictions on capital expenditure to continue with the modernisation of the plants”, he said.

“This 180-degree turnaround in performance would not have been possible if not for the commitment and ingenuity of Team Teejay, which should receive all the credit for the second quarter’s performance,” De Silva said. Teejay Lanka has continued with a strong balance sheet and a cash balance of Rs 5.8 billion at the end of the period reviewed, keeping the Company net debt free.