JKH Services (IFC-42596)

  • Maldives
  • Sri Lanka
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
May 19, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
John Keells Holdings PLC
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Construction
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 125.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 175.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 14, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jul 9, 2020

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Project Description
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According to the bank's website, "The proposed facility of US$175 million USD Senior Secured Loan to JKH (the Project”) is to fund the following investments in an optimum manner: (i) the expansion of its supermarket chain, (ii) the completion/expansion/refurbishment/ expansion of hotel properties in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and (iii) general corporate uses associated with JKH’s retail and leisure businesses.

At the time of the appraisal, the refurbishment was ongoing at the following resorts and thus they were covered in the scope:

  • Hakurra Hurra, Maldives (80 rooms to 100 rooms): construction of 20 rooms on the neighboring islands (now total 100 rooms), new over-water villas, changes in the beach facing rooms, addition of new guest facilities (i.e. pool bar, swimming pool and restaurant). Also, seagrass removal and maintenance dredging of channel and mooring area was undertaken. During the appraisal, the furnishing-finishing operations for the rooms/other facilities and equipment installation was ongoing.
  • Cinnamon Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka (… to 151 rooms): Construction of the three new buildings for guest rooms and a new restaurant, and refurbishment of the main building (leading to reduction in number of rooms). During the appraisal, the finishing operations were ongoing.
  • Cinnamon Dhonveli, Maldives (148 rooms to 152 rooms): This hotel was only partially closed for refurbishment. Overall, 4-5 new rooms, new arrival jetty and pavilion, new restaurant and bars have been added. During the appraisal, the finishing operations were ongoing.

The refurbishment of Bentota Beach and Maldives resorts and is completed and refurbished hotels are operational since Dec 2019. The other hotels covered in the appraisal were Trinco Blu and Cinnamon Citadel in Sri Lanka."

Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
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According to IFC, "JKH has over 70 subsidiaries of which eight subsidiaries, namely Asian Hotels and Properties PLC, Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Keells Food Products PLC, John Keells PLC, John Keells Hotels PLC, Tea Smallholder Factories PLC (management control), Trans Asia Hotels PLC and Union Assurance PLC, are also listed on the Colombo stock exchange. JKH has a broad shareholding, of which 99.2 % is free float."

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Contact Information
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John Keells Holdings PLC
Ms Nisreen Remanjee, Executive Vice President
+94 718 440117
117, Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner, Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka


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