Aravinda Perera, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC (Middle) with
Michael Buerk, BBC Correspondent (Left) and Stefania Palma, Asia Editor of The Banker (Right)
The London based Financial Times honoured Sampath Bank with the prestigious ‘The Banker Award’ for the fourth time in recognition of the Bank’s steady performance during the past year amidst challenging circumstances.
Celebrated as the ‘Oscars’ of the banking industry, The Banker Award rewards prudent risk approach, strong management and excellence in banking practices. The recognition criteria for this award cover a comprehensive range of banking practices while the evaluation process has always
“We dedicate this prestigious award to our staff and customers who deliver weighty support to our success. As a truly Sri Lankan bank we will continue to aim for excellence in our growth and performance while maintaining the balance between stakeholder expectations and our responsibility to the community,” said Aravinda Perera, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC commenting on this achievement. Sampath Bank is one of the largest private commercial banks in Sri Lanka, which has been in operation for more than 25 years. The Bank has an asset base of more than Rs 450 billion that generates high returns to its shareholders and is renowned in the Sri Lankan banking industry as the initiator of various innovative trends in terms of Information Technology related to banking services.
Sampath is the frist bank to introduce Debit Cards and the first Master Credit Card to the market. With its strong customer base as one of its key strengths, Sampath Bank delivers its services through 224 service outlets that operate island wide and the well-spread ATMs network. Further, the bank’s “Sampath vishwa” – online banking (via internet and mobile app) and other mobile based virtual banking products have been gaining immense popularity due to their innovative nature and
user friendliness.Sampath Bank is also focusing on expanding its service outlets in regional locations and as the first step in this direction, opened its representative office in Myanmar recently in 2015.“This is the fourth time that we’ve been honoured with The Banker Award. This time we have more cause for celebration than ever before since this honour followed what was a challenging period for the industry,” added Aravinda Perera. Sampath Bank achieved a strong profit growth in 2014 compared to the year 2013 and the same momentum can be seen in 2015. In addition, Sampath Bank also achieved a considerable asset, advances and deposit growth in the year 2014 and during the nine months up to September 2015.