Sunshine Holdings records 59% top-line growth | Sunday Observer

Sunshine Holdings records 59% top-line growth

14 August, 2022
Chairman Amal Cabraal
Chairman Amal Cabraal

Diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC continued to demonstrate resilience amid the prevailing macro-economic conditions, reporting a top-line growth of 59% YoY.

The Group recorded a consolidated revenue of Rs.11.7 billion during the first quarter of the current financial year (1QFY23) with Profit After Tax (PAT) growing 54% to Rs.1.6 billion. The revenue increase was mainly due to revenue growth in healthcare and agribusiness sectors and with the acquisition of a tea export business to strengthen its consumer sector.

The Group’s healthcare sector emerged as the largest contributor to Sunshine’s top-line, accounting for 50% of total revenue, with Consumer at 33%, and Agribusiness 16% of the total revenue.

Sunshine Holdings PLC Chairman Amal Cabraal said, “The challenging macroeconomic conditions have impacted the country’s economy in an unprecedented manner. For businesses in Sri Lanka, facing and overcoming the numerous challenges posed by the ongoing economic crisis has and will be an extreme test of resilience and readiness.”

The Group’s Healthcare sector posted revenue of Rs.5.8 billion during the first quarter, a significant increase of 46% YoY backed by the price increases to reflect the depreciation of the Rupee, despite volume contraction.Group’s Healthcare sector EBIT for the sector was Rs. 743 million.

Consumer Goods sector reported a 109% YoY increase in revenue to close at Rs. 3.9 billion in 1QFY23. In April 2022, Sunshine Tea (Pvt) Ltd, which is a tea export business, was acquired by the Group and its performance is consolidated under the Consumer Goods sector with effect from April 1, 2022.

Excluding the new addition, revenue growth stood at 8%. Gross margins were impacted by the rising cost of raw materials, but EBIT margin has improved by 404 bps compared to the same period last year.

The Agribusiness sector of the Group, represented by Watawala Plantations PLC (WATA), saw a revenue increase of 32% during the first quarter compared to the same period last year.

PAT of the Agri sector closed at Rs.734 million for 1QFY23, up by Rs. 10 million compared to the same period last year. However, EBIT decreased by Rs.27 million (3% contraction YoY) owing to increased cost of bought crop and reduction in crop volumes - a result of the unavailability of fertiliser for the past two years.

Sunshine Holdings PLC set up in 1967, has over 2,300 employees and posted a revenue of Rs. 32 billion in FY22.