Top Banks in Sri Lanka

An overview of Sri Lanka's leading financial institutions

Overview of Banks in Sri Lanka

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka serves as the country’s central bank and exercises supervisory powers over its financial system. Established in 1950, it is responsible for the conduct of monetary policy and oversight of banks in Sri Lanka. As a member of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, the central bank is engaged in developing policies to promote financial inclusion.

 

Top Banks in Sri Lanka

 

The different types of banks in Sri Lanka include:

  • Licensed commercial banks
  • Registered finance companies
  • Licensed specialized banks

 

The Moody’s Investor Service’s outlook for the Sri Lankan banking system remains negative, as both asset quality and profitability remain under pressure.

For anyone considering a banking career in Sri Lanka, this list is a helpful guide on where to start. To learn more, see our lists of financial institutions.

 

The top banks in Sri Lanka are:

 

Commercial Bank of Ceylon

Established in 1920, Commercial Bank of Ceylon provides various banking products and services in Sri Lanka and Mumbai. It operates through five segments: Personal Banking, Corporate Banking, International Operations, Investment Banking, and Dealing and Treasury. Based out of Colombo, the bank employs around 5,000 employees.

As of December 31, 2016, it operated 255 branches and 657 ATMs in Sri Lanka, and 19 branches and 20 ATMs in Bangladesh.

As of 2016, total assets of the bank were US$6.4 billion and net profit was US$93.03 million.

 

Sampath Bank Plc

Based out of Colombo, Sampath Bank Plc provides various banking and financial products and services in Sri Lanka and other countries. Incorporated in 1986, it manages a network of approximately 229 branches and 381 ATMs.

As of December 31, 2016, the bank operated 475 conventional banking branches, including 18 sub-branches, 10 overseas branches, 153 Islamic banking branches, and an offshore banking unit.

As of 2016, the bank’s total assets amounted to US$4.2 billion and net profit reached US$58.49 million.

 

National Savings Bank

Founded in 1832, National Savings Bank serves its customers through 250 branches, 2,858 school bank units, and 279 ATMs, as well as an agency network, including 651 post offices and 3,410 sub-post offices in Sri Lanka. Headquartered in Colombo, it employs around 4,300 staff.

As of 2016, the bank reported total assets of US$5.84 billion and a net profit of US$60.88 million.

 

People’s Bank

Established in 1961, People’s Bank is a state-owned bank. It provides personal banking products and services, corporate banking services, treasury services and development banking services; and overseas customer services. It operates out of Colombo and employs around 11,200 individuals.

The bank comprises banking, leasing, and travels and others segments. It manages a network of 737 branches and approximately 506 ATMs.

As of 2016, the bank’s total assets were US$1.02 billion and net profit was US$28.89 million.

 

Hatton National Bank

Hatton National Bank offers banking and related services in Sri Lanka and other countries. Incorporated in 1888, it operates through five segments: Banking, Leasing/Hire Purchase, Property, Insurance, and Others. With around 4,190 employees, it is headquartered in Colombo. It oversees 251 branches in Sri Lanka and 485 ATMs.

As of 2016, the bank’s assets totaled US$5.50 billion and net profit amounted to US$90.66 million.

 

Seylan Bank Plc

Established in 1987, Seylan Bank Plc provides commercial banking and related financial services in Sri Lanka. It operates through its Banking, Treasury, and Property/Investment segments.

As of December 31, 2016, the bank managed a network of 166 branches, 202 ATMs, and 100 student savings centers. With around 3,165 employees, it is headquartered in Colombo City.

As of 2016, the bank posted total assets of US$2.28 billion and a net profit of US$25.70 million.

 

National Development Bank Plc

Headquartered in Colombo, the National Development Bank Plc was incorporated in 1979. The bank operates in four segments: Banking, Capital Markets, Property Investment, and Others. It employs around 4,000 employees and manages a network of 105 branches and 117 ATMs.

As of 2016, total assets of the bank were US$8.74 million and net loss was US$0.14 million.

 

Amana Bank

Founded in 2009, Amana Bank provides commercial banking services in Sri Lanka. It operates through Consumer Banking, Business Banking, and Treasury segments. It operates through a network of 28 branches and 31 ATMs. With around 742 employees, it is based out of Colombo.

As of 2016, total assets of the bank amounted to US$348 million and net profit reached US$0.26 million.

 

Nations Trust Bank Plc

Based out of Colombo, Nations Trust Bank Plc was established in 1999. The bank offers banking products and services to individuals, corporate and institutional customers, and small and medium enterprises in Sri Lanka. It operates through Corporate Banking, Consumer Banking, SME Banking, Leasing, Treasury Function, Investment Banking, Insurance Broking, and Property Management segments.

The bank employs around 2,300 employees and manages a network of 93 branches and 136 ATMs, as well as serves around 609,276 customers.

As of 2016, the bank reported total assets of US$1.35 billion and net profit reached US$18.39 million.

 

DFCC Bank

Founded in 1955, DFCC Bank provides financial products and services in Sri Lanka. The bank operates through a network of 88 branches and 50 service points, as well as approximately 3,600 ATMs. With around 1,409 employees, it is based out of Colombo.

As of 2016, the bank’s total assets were US$1.87 billion and net profit was US$21.89 million.

 

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