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Sarvodaya Development Finance IPO tomorrow

Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF) is set to enhance the standing of over 5,000 Sarvodaya societies islandwide with its Rs. 1 billion Initial Public Offering (IPO) opening tomorrow (23).

Managed by NDB Investment Bank, Sarvodaya Development Finance will offer up to 45,454,546 ordinary voting shares at a price of Rs. 22.00 per share, resulting in a projected market capitalisation of Rs. 3.29 billion assuming full subscription at the issue price. Offering the IPO enables potentially interested investors in society to contribute to SDF’s ongoing work on developing rural villages, echoing the age-old Sarvodaya goal of working together to achieve societal economic benefits.

Sarvodaya’s reach enables SDF to expand its coverage by utilising the over 5,000 legally independent village societies which also includes 26 district centres, 500 community centres, 10 development education centres, 1,200 preschools, three peace resource centres, and 12 Suwasetha children and adult care homes.

SDF empowers underserved village entrepreneurs through a product range that has continuously evolved in line with changing customer needs to support the growth and development of its clientele. The portfolio currently includes micro loans, society loans, leasing, SME loans, asset-backed loans, and deposit products. The client portfolio currently includes 57% female and 43% male entrepreneurs while 78% of the loan portfolio originates from outside the Western Province. SDF currently has total assets of over Rs. 9 billion and operates through a wide network of 51 customer service centres/branches with nearly 500 employees servicing over 135,000 customers in total.