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Central Bank claims marked improvement in EPF equity portfolio

Sri Lanka‘s investments in listed equity portfolios have recorded considerable gain and financial returns for Employees Provident Fund (EPF) , Central Bank announced. 

Value of EPF’s Listed Equity Portfolio as at end 2021 records a market value of Rs. 112 billion, against cost of Rs. 84 billion: an increase of Rs. 28 billion, it said. 

The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) managed by the Monetary Board is Sri Lanka’s largest superannuation fund. 

It maintains its investment portfolio with the long-term objective of maximizing the returns to its members while preserving the value of the Fund. 

It operates within certain given risk parameters and has invested 94 per cent of its funds in Government securities and the balance in listed and unlisted equities, corporate debentures, trust certificates and other money market instruments. 

Funds are invested in a diversified portfolio, across eligible asset classes as given in the Monetary Board approved Strategic Asset Allocation subject to stipulated limits, the Central Bank claimed.  

The market value of the EPF investment portfolio as at 31.12.2020 stood at Rs. 3,243 billion.

As stated above, in accordance with its Investment Policy, the EPF has invested around 3 percent of its funds in listed and unlisted equities with a long-term perspective to generate adequate real rates of return, Central Bank claimed.  

The performance of individual equities  as well as the overall performance of the equity market and overall macroeconomic conditions of the country fluctuate and these changes impact the market value of the listed equity portfolio compared to the previous year. 

The valuation of the portfolio and the determination of its profitability is carried out as per the Sri Lanka Financial Reporting Standards.

In keeping with the above Financial Reporting Standards, the market value of the listed equity portfolio of the EPF as at end December 2021 recorded a value of Rs.112 billion against its cost ofRs.84 billion, thereby reflecting a substantial unrealized gain of Rs.28 billion in the portfolio. 

In Addition, the EPF also realized Rs. 4.7 billion during the year 2021 by way of scrip and cash dividends as well as capital gains. Further, the dividend income received during the 3-year period 2019 to 2021 was recorded at Rs. 2.5 billion on the unlisted equity investment portfolio of Rs. 9.6 billion.

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