In terms of market capitalisation, John Keells Holdings PLC is one of the largest listed conglomerate on the Colombo Stock Exchange. Other measures tell a similar tale; our group companies manage the largest number of hotel rooms in Sri Lanka, own the country's largest privately-owned transportation business and hold leading positions in Sri Lanka's key industries: tea, food and beverage manufacture and distribution, logistics, real estate, banking and information technology. Our investment in Sri Lanka is so deep and widely diversified that our stock price is sometimes used by international financial analysts as a benchmark of the country's economy.
For 140 years, we have remained proudly independent, forcefully committed to private ownership and private dividends, and relying on foresight, expertise and integrity for success and growth. Having a significant portion of our shares held by foreign investors, our Group has also partnered with some of the world's finest business establishments, from DHL to American Airlines to Toshiba, and from Thomas Cook to Kuoni. For emerging-market investors and those seeking a business partner in Sri Lanka, John Keells is an option that simply cannot be ignored.