The Directors are pleased to present their report and the Audited Financial Statements of the Company, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and the Group, which includes its subsidiaries for the financial year 2016.
Sri Lanka Telecom (‘SLT’ ) was formed by an Incorporation Order made under Section 2 of the State Industrial Corporations Act No. 49 of 1957 and published in the Extraordinary Gazette No. 596/11 of 6 February 1990. Subsequently, in terms of an Order made by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (‘the Minister’) on 24 July 1991 under Section 23 of the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No. 25 of 1991 and published in the Gazette No. 675 of 9 August 1991 all properties, rights and liabilities (other than those excluded by the agreement entered into between the Minister and SLT as per subsection 2 of Section 23 of the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Act) to which the Department of Telecommunications (‘DOT’) was entitled or subject to immediately before the transfer date of 1 September 1991 were vested with SLT.
SLT was converted to a public limited company on 25 September 1996, under the Conversion of Public Corporations of Government owned Business Undertakings into Public Limited Companies Act No. 23 of 1987; vide Extraordinary Gazette No. 942/7 dated 25 September 1996.
SLT was re-registered under the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007 as Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT PLC) on 4 June 2007.
of the Business
The Group provides a broad portfolio of telecommunication services across Sri Lanka, the main activity being domestic and international fixed and mobile telephone services. In addition, the range of services provided by the Group include, inter alia, internet services, IPTV, wireless broadband, data services, domestic and international leased circuits, frame relay, satellite uplink and maritime transmission.
The Company’s interest in subsidiaries and the business activities of respective subsidiaries are as follows:
|Name of the Subsidiary||Business Activity|
|Mobitel (Private) Limited||Mobile telephone services|
|eChannelling PLC||Information infrastructure for the healthcare industry|
|Sri Lanka Telecom (Services) Limited||Total network solutions|
|SLT Publications (Private) Limited||Directory publication services|
| SLT Human Capital Solutions
|Human resources solutions|
|SLT VisionCom (Private) Limited||IPTV services|
|Sky Network (Private) Limited||Wireless broadband services|
| SLT Property Management
|SLT Campus (Private) Limited||Higher education|
A detailed review of the Company’s activities, the development of its businesses and an indication of likely future developments are given under Management Discussion and Analysis.
Board of Directors
In terms of Section 168 (1) (h) of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007, the names of persons who held the office as Directors of the Company as at 31 December 2016 are given below:
|Name of Director||Position|| Date of
| Date of
| Mr P G Kumarasinghe
|Mr Chan Chee Beng||Director||05.06.2008||12.05.2016|
|Mr Lawrence Paratz||Director||26.05.2010||12.05.2016|
|Ms Lai Choon Foong||Director||09.05.2014||13.05.2015|
|Ms Nilanthi Pieris||Director||03.02.2015||13.05.2015|
|Ms Chandra Ekanayake||Director||03.02.2015||13.05.2015|
|Mr W K H Wegapitiya||Director||02.12.2015||12.05.2016|
|Mr Rohan De Silva||Director||30.12.2015||12.05.2016|
Mr Jeffrey Jay Blatt, Independent Non-Executive Director tendered his resignation from the Directorate with effect from 31 August 2016.
Brief profiles of the Directors are contained in the Board of Directors’ section in the Annual Report
In terms of the Articles of Association of the Company, the Directors are authorised to appoint any person to be a Director either to fill a casual vacancy or as an additional Director, provided that the total number of Directors do not exceed the maximum No. of Directors specified in the Articles of Association of the Company. The Directors appointed during the year will hold office only until the
next Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) and will offer themselves for re-election by the shareholders.
In addition, one-third of the Directors (or the number nearest to one-third) retire by rotation at each AGM and offer themselves for reappointment by the shareholders.
Ms Lai Choong Foong and Ms Chandra Ekanayake, who have been longest in office since their last election, retire by rotation in terms of Articles 91 and 92 of the Articles of Association of the Company and being eligible offer themselves for re-election.
In terms of Section 186 of the Companies Act, the Articles of Association of the Company and the Listing Rules the following mandatory and voluntary subcommittees have been appointed by the Board so that a small group of committee members may focus in detail on a particular issue and to ensure that sufficient attention is being paid to the detail of specific issues.
- Audit Committee
- Remuneration and Nomination Committee
- Senior Tender Board
- Technology Subcommittee
- Related Party Transactions Review Committee
The Risk Management Committee was folded into the Audit Committee to enhance the effectiveness of risk management and governance.
Information on the Subcommittees is given under ‘Corporate Governance’.
Directors’ Indemnities and Insurance
The Company maintains Directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, which gives appropriate cover for any legal action brought against its Directors and officers.
in Contracts with the Company
An Interest Register is maintained by the Company as per the requirement of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007. The Directors have made necessary declarations as provided in Section 192 (2) of the aforesaid Companies Act. The Interest Registers are available for inspection by shareholders or their authorised representatives as required by Section 119 (1) (d) of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007.
The Company carries out transactions in the ordinary course of business at commercial rates with entities in which a Director of the Company is the Chairman or Director of such entities or holds substantial interest in such entities.
The Directors have no direct or indirect interest in any contract or proposed contact with the Company for the year ended 31 December 2016, other than those disclosed in Note 33.2 to the Financial Statements.
The Directors have declared all material interest in contacts involving the Company and have refrained from voting on matters in which they have a material interest in.
Related Party Transactions
Transactions if any that could be classified as Related Party Transactions in terms of LKAS 24 – ‘Related Party Disclosures’ are given in Note 33 to the Financial Statements.
The Board in terms of the Listing Rules has appointed a Related Party Transactions Review Committee (‘RPT – RC’) to review transactions carried out between related entities except those set out in Rule 9.5 of the Listing Rules.
The Directors and the Chief Executive Officer did not hold shares in the Company or its subsidiaries during the financial year under review.
The remuneration and other benefits received by the Directors are given in Note 7 to the Financial Statements as required by Section 168 (1) (f) of the Companies Act.
The Stated Capital of the Company, as at 31 December 2016, was Rs. 18,048,600,000/-, divided into 1,804,860,000 ordinary shares. There were no changes to the issued capital of the Company during the year under review.
Details of the Company’s Stated Capital are set out in Note 29 to the Financial Statements.
The following shareholders held more than 5% of the issued shares as at 31 December 2016.
|Secretary to the Treasury (Government of Sri Lanka)||49.50%|
|Global Telecommunications Holdings N.V. of the Netherlands||44.98%|
Ordinary shareholders are entitled to receive notice and to attend and speak at any general meeting of the Company. A shareholder entitled to attend and vote at a general meeting may appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of him. A proxy need not be a shareholder of the Company.
On a show of hands, every shareholder present in person or by proxy (or being a corporation present by a duly authorised representative) shall have one vote and on a poll every shareholder who is present in person or by proxy (or being a corporation present by a duly authorised representative) shall have one vote for every share held by him.
The Financial Statements of the Group and the Company have been prepared in accordance with Sri Lanka Accounting Standards (SLFRSs/LKASs), laid down by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and comply with the requirements of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007.
The significant accounting policies adopted by the Group and the Company in preparing the Financial Statements are set out on Note 3 to the Financial Statements. These policies, and applicable estimation techniques, have been reviewed by the Directors, who have confirmed them to be appropriate for the preparation of the 2016 Consolidated Financial Statements. The policies adopted are consistent with those adopted in the previous financial year.
The aforementioned Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016, certified by the Chief Financial Officer and signed by two Directors are given on page 121 of this Report.
A Statement by the Directors of their responsibilities for preparing the Financial Statements is included in the Statement of Directors’ Responsibilities on page 115, while the Independent Auditors’ Report is set out in page 119 of this Report.
Financial Results and Appropriations
Results of the Company and of the Group are given in the Income Statement. The movement of the reserves are given in the Statement of Changes in Equity in the Annual Report.
The Directors recommend the payment of a first and final dividend of Rs. 0.89 per share (2015 – Rs. 0.89 per share) for the financial year ended 31 December 2016 payable on 2 June 2017 to the shareholders registered as at 24 May 2017, subject to the approval of the shareholders.
As required by Section 56 (2) of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007, the Directors have signed a Certificate stating that in their opinion, the Company based on the information available, satisfies the Solvency Test immediately after the dividend distribution is made and have obtained a Certificate from the Auditors in terms of Section 57 of the Companies Act.
Property, Plant & Equipment
The movements in property, plant & equipment during the year are set out in Note 13 to the Financial Statements. Current status of value of properties is disclosed in this Annual Report.
KPMG, Chartered Accountants served as the External Auditors of the Company during the year under review. The Audit fees payable and fees payable for non-audit services rendered are as follows:
|Fees for Audit and Related services||Rs. 11 million (2015 – Rs. 9 million)|
|Fees for Non-Audit services||Rs. 5 million (2015 – Rs. 7 million)|
Based on the written representation made by the Auditors, the Directors are satisfied that the Auditors have had no interest or relationship with the Company or its subsidiaries other than that of External Auditors.
Keeping in line with the Audit Committee recommendation to rotate the Auditors, a resolution will be placed before
the shareholders to appoint Messrs Ernst & Young, Chartered Accountant as Auditors of the Company for the financial year ending 31 December 2017 in place of the retiring Auditors.
Messrs Ernst & Young have expressed their willingness to be appointed as Auditors of the Company. A resolution to appoint them and to authorise the Directors to determine their remuneration will be proposed at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.
with Laws and Regulations
The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge, all taxes, duties and levies payable by the Company and subsidiaries, all contributions, levies and taxes payable on behalf of and in respect of the employees of the Company and its subsidiaries and all other known statutory dues as were due and payable by the Company and its subsidiaries as at the reporting date have been paid or where relevant provided for in the Financial Statements.
The Company has also ensured that it complied with the applicable laws and regulations, including the Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange.
After making adequate enquiries from management, the Directors are satisfied that the Company and its subsidiaries operate in a manner that minimises the detrimental effects on the environment and provides products and services that have a beneficial effect on the customers and the communities within which the Group operates.
The Directors have approved donations amounting to Rs. 2 million for charitable purposes for the year 2016. (2015 – Rs. 2 million). This amount includes contributions on account of Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) initiatives as well.
The employment policies of SLT cover issues such as diversity, employee well-being and equal opportunities. The Company takes its responsibility towards the physically disabled seriously and does not discriminate any employee
or prospective employee, based on physical disability. Employees who become disabled during their service at SLT will be retained in employment wherever possible
and will be given rehabilitation and training.
The Group companies operate within a framework of Human Resource policies, practices and regulations appropriate to their market sector. Policies and procedures for recruitment, training, career development and the Code of Ethics for Employees promote equality of opportunity regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, race, religion or other beliefs and ethnic or national origin. The aim is to encourage a culture in which all employees have the opportunity to develop fully, according to their individual abilities and the needs of the Group.
The number of persons employed by SLT is given in Note 7.1.
The Group is conscious of the direct and indirect impact on the environment due to its business activities. Every endeavour is made to minimise the adverse effects on the environment to ensure sustainable continuity of our natural resources. The activities undertaken by the Group in recognition of its responsibility as a corporate citizen are disclosed more fully in this Report.
Post Balance Sheet Events
No events had occurred since the reporting date and the approval of these Consolidated Financial Statements, which would require adjustments to or disclosure in, these Consolidated Financial Statements.
The Directors have reviewed the Company’s business plans and is satisfied that the Company has adequate resources to continue its operations in the foreseeable future to justify adopting the going concern basis in preparing the Financial Statements.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The AGM will be held at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 24 May 7 at the King’s Court, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2. Details of the meeting and the resolutions to be proposed are set out in a separate Notice of Meeting which accompanies this Annual Report.
By Order of the Board,
Sri Lanka Telecom PLC
P G Kumarasinghe Sirisena
Ms Chandra Ekanayake
17 April 2017