Asiri Hospital Holdings  PLC rang the Opening Bell to commence trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) today. The Bell Ringing ceremony was organized by the CSE as part of a series featuring companies included in the S&P Sri Lanka 20 Index.

Group Chairman and Managing Director Ashok Pathirage, Group CEO Dr. Manjula Karunaratne and Chief Financial Officer Nipuna Mediwake from Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC were present at the ceremony while the CSE was represented by Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka, Directors Ray Abeywardena and Shanil Fernando, Chief Executive Officer Rajeeva Bandaranaike and the Senior Management. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of CSE  Vajira Kulatilaka stated, “As a leading establishment in the Healthcare sector in Sri Lanka, Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC adds imperative value to the CSE. The stock offers investors variety and a defensive option when engaging in the management of their investment portfolios.”

Commenting on the bell ringing ceremony initiative Kulatilaka added “Since introducing the initiative, bell ringing ceremonies have grown to be a symbolic and regular feature here at the CSE. These ceremonies have given us the opportunity to honour and showcase our listed companies, who are one of the most important stakeholders of the capital market.”

Group CEO Dr. Manjula Karunaratne speaking on behalf of Asiri Hospital Holdings PLC expressed the company’s continued  commitment to sharing its success with all stakeholders. He went on to state that the company is strongly focused on driving sustainable value creation with the objective of developing into the best healthcare provider in South Asia.

Commenting on the involvement of Asiri Hospital Holdings in the capital market, Dr. Karunaratne added that listing on the CSE has paved the way for shareholders to benefit from the performance and the value creation of the company. He also noted that although a listing appeared to be tedious at first, the company has accrued a host of benefits since, including achieving a broad-based shareholding, an enhanced brand and improving its efficiencies as a result of complying with high standards of corporate governance and transparency.