SLT shares down after privatization statement

Shares in Sri Lanka’s state run top landline phone company, Sri Lanka telecom fell 7.8 percent on Friday during the trade after a statement from the government legislator against its proposed privatization.

Profit – making Sri Lanka telecom is one of the key state owned enterprises listed to be privatized under the reforms in line with international Monetary Fund’s conditions.

Shares in Sri Lanka telecom were down 7.8 percent as at 13.23 hours, the date showed.

“The prices went down only after the statement reached the investors. Earlier Sri Lanka telecom was expected to be more profitable if privatized as planned.” A stock broker told EconomyNext asking not to be named.

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