Launch of Slip - less Banking for the 1st time in Sri Lanka
The new way to deposit/withdraw money without the hassle of filling slips by downloading the Slip – less Banking Mobile App.
Recognized as Sri Lanka’s Best Retail Bank and Best Commercial Bank
Recognized by the prestigious World Finance Banking Awards for the 5th consecutive year.
Launch of 10 Digital Products
10 Digital Products were launched on the 1st of January 2017.
- Sampath Mobile App
- Sampath Safety Locker App
- Sampath Pawning E- Pay
- Sampath Missed Call App
- Sampath e – enrol
- Sampath e – signature
- Sampath e – ID
- Sampath e- loan application
- Sampath Loan Card
- Sampath Pay Easy
Launch of the first ever Banking Robot in Sri Lanka
An automated teller in the form of a humanoid robot which uses artificial intelligence to understand vocal requests and perform the relevant transactions.
Opening of the Drive –Through ATM
Located within the premises of the Colombo Super branch, with a dedicated driveway and a host of other benefits.
Recognized as Sri Lanka’s Best Retail Bank and Best Commercial Bank
Recognized by the prestigious World Finance Banking Awards for the 4th consecutive year.
New Managing Director of the Bank
Mr. Nanda Fernando appointed as the Managing Director of the Bank.
Launch of Ladies 1st Account.
A unique savings account for the modern Sri Lankan woman.
Launch of Missed Call Banking for the 1st time in Sri Lanka
The customer receives an instant text to his/her mobile phone indicating the account balance.
Introduction of Instant Online Loan Facility for the 1st time in Sri Lanka
An instant cash margin loan facility that can be obtained against an existing Rupee Fixed Deposit, through Sampath Vishwa Online Banking.
1st Bank in Sri Lanka to launch Visa payWave enabled Cards.
Customers simply tap their Credit card at the POS machine at the counter instead of swiping or inserting it thus eliminating the need to actually sign on a paper(receipt).
Wins the award “Best Bank in Sri Lanka – 2016” by Euromoney
The prestigious Business Magazine ‘Euromoney’ selects Sampath Bank as the ‘Best Bank in Sri Lanka for the year 2016’.
The Bank celebrated the 30th anniversary of its successful journey.
Sri Lanka’s Bank of the Year 2015
Reclaimed the prestigious title of “Sri Lanka’s Bank of the Year for 2015” after winning the Globally recognized “Banker Award” conferred by the London-based “The Banker” magazine owned by the prestigious “Financial Times Group”.
Overall Best Corporate Citizen 2015
Adjudged as the “Overall Best Corporate Citizen 2015” at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2015, presented by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
Best Bank in Sri Lanka
Selected as the “Best Bank in Sri Lanka – 2014” by the prestigious, global Business Magazine “The Euromoney”, for the second consecutive year
Launch of Foreign Currency Exchange ATM
Sampath Bank launched Sri Lanka's first ATM with the facility to exchange Foreign Currency. The first of its kind in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Currency Exchange ATM, allows exchanging USD and Euro notes, to Sri Lankan Rupees
Soft Launch of Cardless Cash ATM
Sampath Bank launched its latest state-of-the-art banking facility “Cardless Cash ATM” for the first time in Sri Lanka. With this new facility the customer would be able to withdraw cash from ATMs without using an ATM- debit card. The soft launch of “Cardless Cash ATM” was held on 17th December at Sampath Bank headquarters.
Best Bank in Sri Lanka for the year 2013
The prestigious Business Magazine "Euromoney"has selected Sampath Bank as the "Best Bank in Sri Lanka for the year 2013".
6th Chairman of the Bank
Mr. Dhammika Perera assumed duties as the 6th chairman of the Bank
New Managing Director of the bank
Mr. Aravinda Perera appointed as the Managing Director of the Bank.
The Bank celebrated its silver jubilee
We celebrated our silver jubilee marking 25 great years of service to the nation.
Sampath Bank has earned an accolade.
Sampath Bank has earned an accolade by being awarded the Best Banking Group in Sri Lanka 2012, by the prestigious World Finance Magazine.
Opened 35 Branches
Opened 35 Branches during the year.
10-branch expansion in a single day
Completed a 10-branch expansion in a single day across the island on 29 April 2011 – a first in the banking industry.
The Super Branch concept
Introduced the Super Branch concept of 365-day banking at Dharmapala Mawatha and Kiribathgoda.
Online real time Cheque Deposit ATMs
Introduced the online real time Cheque Deposit ATMs - a first in South Asia.
The nation's largest ATM network
Powered the nation's largest ATM network – Access enabled to nearly 1,500 ATMs island wide.
Bank of the Year – 2010
Bank of the Year – 2010 was awarded for the second consecutive year by the highly acclaimed international magazine ‘The Banker' of Financial Times – London.
‘Scrip Dividend' was proposed
Forming a novel concept in the banking history in Sri Lanka, a ‘scrip dividend' was proposed as final dividend subsequent to the interim dividend paid in 2010.
40 branches and 39 ATMs during the year
Creating history in the banking industry of Sri Lanka, Bank opened 40 branches and 39 ATMs during the year, bringing total number of branches to 171 and total number of ATMs to 222 by end of 2010.
Became the third largest private sector Bank in Sri Lanka
Became the third largest private sector Bank in Sri Lanka in terms of total assets.
Eighteen Branches, One Extension Office and twenty nine ATM's
Eighteen Branches, One Extension Office and twenty nine ATM's were opened during the year, bringing total number of branches to 131 and total number of ATM's to 186 by end of 2009.
‘Bank of the Year – 2009'
Sampath Bank reached a greater height by clinching the global accolade ‘Bank of the Year – 2009' by the highly acclaimed international magazine ‘The Banker' of Financial Times - London.
Sampath Surekum Ltd was amalgamated
Sampath Surekum Ltd was amalgamated with the Bank.
Sampath Bank was selected within top 10 Companies in Sri Lanka
The prestigious Magazine ‘Business Today' selected Sampath Bank within top 10 Companies in Sri Lanka for the financial year 2008 - 2009.
5th Chairman of the bank
Mr. Arthur Senanayake assumed duties as the 5th Chairman of the Bank, while Mr. Harris Premaratne designated as the Chief Executive Officer.
Executive Directors to the Board
Mr. Harris Premaratne, Mr. Aravinda Perera and Mr. Ranjith Samaranayake were appointed as Executive Directors to the Board and became the first local Bank to appoint 3 Executive Directors to the Board of Directors to strengthen the Best Corporate Governance practices.
Eight Branches and one personal banking centre were opened
Eight Branches and one personal banking centre were opened during the year, bringing the total number of branches to 114.
Deposit base exceeded
Deposit base exceeded remarkable Rs. 100 Bn mark.
Appointed as a ‘Joint Lead Manager’
Appointed as a ‘Joint Lead Manager’ by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to promote Government Securities to Sri Lankan Diaspora and migrant workers.
ATM network reached 150 machines
ATM network reached 150 machines across the island.
Launched VISA Mini Debit Card
Created another first in South Asia with the launch of VISA Mini Debit Card.
Telecommunication technology was infused into banking technology
Telecommunication technology was infused into banking technology with the introduction of ‘Sampath Mobile Cash’, a money transfer process using mobile phones.
100th Branch was opened in Kandy
Rs. 209 Mn. was added to the stake
Rs. 209 Mn. was added to our stake in Sampath Centre Ltd., thus increasing our shareholding to 94.20%
Two fully owned subsidiaries were opened
Two fully owned subsidiaries were opened namely, Sampath Trade Services (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Sampath Information Technology Solutions Ltd.
The highest number of branches opened during 2006
The highest number of branches opened during 2006, consist of 3 Branches and 10 Personal Banking Centres.
Staff strength reached the 2,000 mark
Credit rating was enhanced to AA-
Credit rating was enhanced to AA- (lka) by Fitch Rating (Lanka) Ltd.
Sampath Leasing & Factoring Ltd
Sampath Leasing & Factoring Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Sampath Bank Limited engaged in the business of Leasing of Equipment and Factoring of Trade Receivables commenced its operations on 12th May 2005
Union Bank of Colombo Ltd become as Associate of Sampath Bank
Union Bank of Colombo Ltd become as Associate of Sampath Bank with another investment of Rs.105 Mn thus increasing our shareholding to 24.60%
The first ever (CIT) site in Sri Lanka was launched
The first ever Cheque Imaging & Truncating (CIT) site in Sri – Lanka was launched by us on 25th of October.
Awarded A+(sri) National rating
We are awarded A+(sri) National rating by Fitch Rating (Lanka) Limited.
“ Sampath Vishwa “ opened its 1000th account
The Bank’s virtual Banking Solution, “ Sampath Vishwa “ opened its 1000th account, while total “ Sampath Net” users reached 10,000 during the year.
Ten new branches were opened
Ten new branches were opened during the year, which is the highest number of branches opened during a calendar year in the history of the bank.
The Bank invested in Vanik Bangladesh Limited
As the first step towards expanding in the South East Asian Region, the Bank invested in Vanik Bangladesh Limited, which is introducing a leasing and credit card company in Bangladesh.
The Bank celebrated fifteen years in introducing of ATMs
The Bank celebrated fifteen years in introducing of Automated Teller Machines to the people of Sri – Lanka.
The Bank became the first in Sri-Lanka to introduce "One day clearing"
The Bank became the first in Sri-Lanka to introduce "One day clearing" for all cheques drawn on any Sampath Bank branch, collected by any Commercial Bank in the island & presented through Sri Lanka Automated Clearing House (SLACH).
First Visa Platinum Credit Cards in Sri Lanka
Sampath Bank launched the first Visa Platinum Credit Cards in Sri – Lanka, which is considered as one of the most prestigious Credit Card in the world.
Appointed as the settlement bank for US Dollar cheque clearing system
Sampath Bank was appointed as the settlement bank for US Dollar cheque clearing system in Sri – Lanka.
Quality Approved Status for our Bank
Sampath Bank became the first Sri Lankan organisation to achieve the "Quality Approved Status" of best practice, which is presented by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. We were awarded this certificate by CIMA on 9th February 2001.
Settlement Bank for the CDs
Our Bank was appointed as the new settlement bank for the Central Depository System (Pvt) Ltd. All inter-party participatory settlements are now handled by our Bank.
From the break of dawn to the twilight hours
Banking hours were extended by half an hour. All our branches are now open from 8.30 am. It is yet another benchmark of excellence in the Banking industry. We opened our first Dedicated Savings Unit at our City Branch. It is open for savings operations till 6.00 pm.
Dedicated Savings Units
The first ever Sampath Savings Centre for Wariyapola We opened an independent Savings Unit at Wariyapola on 16th November 2001, which functions under our Kurunegala Branch.
Mobitel, joined hands with Sampath Bank to offer its customers the facility to log into our Website and make online payments.
The Banker bestows the Bank of the year 2000
The Banker bestows the Bank of the year 2000 award on Sampath Bank. This is the first occasion that The Banker owned and managed by the Financial Times Group of London presents an award to a Sri Lankan bank.
Easy Cash Facility was introduced
Easy Cash Facility was introduced for greater convenience of our customers in February.
The bank introduced Sampath Udana Savings certificate in April.
A special fixed deposit account for senior citizens was introduced
A special fixed deposit account for senior citizens was introduced "Sampath Sanhinda" in April.
Sampath Thilina gift vouchers were introduced in May.
Bank introduced Concept Centres
Using modern technology, enhancing our creativeness and innovation the Bank introduced Concept Centres to our customers.
Bank launched an Internet banking facility
Sampath Bank launched an Internet banking facility "Sampathnet" in July.
Sampath Bank launched a mobile banking service
Sampath Bank launched a mobile banking service, branded Call Bank in partnership with pioneering digital cellular service provider Dialog GSM in October.
Sampath Bank launched XSET
Sampath Bank launched XSET which is tailor made for youth.
Mr. Anil Amarasooriya assumed duties as GM/CEO
The bank successfully migrated to a more versatile banking package
The bank successfully migrated to a more versatile banking package, Bancs2000 which will provide a competitive edge considering the variety of services and products it offers.
The bank also invested in a new state of the art ATM switch
The bank also invested in a new state of the art ATM switch. That too assisted in the continued efforts of improving products and services offered by the bank
The bank was listed under the 300 Best small Companies in the world
The bank was listed under the 300 Best small Companies in the world by the Forbes Global magazine.
The bank re-launched its Children's Savings Account
The bank re-launched its Children's Savings Account under the brand name Pubudu with many added features.
A novel advance scheme was introduced
A novel advance scheme was introduced under the brand Sahan Eliya.
Mr. Edgar Gunatunge, veteran Banker was appointed Chairman of the Bank
The bank was honoured with the award BEST COMMERCIAL BANK OF THE YEAR 1998
The bank was honoured with the award BEST COMMERCIAL BANK OF THE YEAR 1998 by Asiamoney for the third year in succession.
bank was honoured with award of OUTSTANDING NEW BUSINESS VENTURE PROJECT
In appreciation of the innovative steps taken, the bank was honoured with award of OUTSTANDING NEW BUSINESS VENTURE PROJECT IN 1998 by Asian Banking Digest Magazine.
The bank ventured into re-engineering of its IT induced banking technology
The bank ventured into re-engineering of its IT induced banking technology, a massive revamping project designed to strengthening its product development and diversification capabilities.
Head Quarters moved to a new building
The bank's Head Quarters moved to the new building at number 110, Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 02.
The new product RANDIRIYA pawn brokering scheme was launched.
The bank introduced the DEBIT CARD
The bank introduced the DEBIT CARD, another first in South Asia, in association with CIRRUS and MAESTRO.
The bank was awarded THE BEST SMALL- CAP BANK IN SOUTH ASIA
The bank was awarded THE BEST SMALL- CAP BANK IN SOUTH ASIA by the prestigious Asia Banking Digest in 1997.
The bank was honoured with the BEST COMMERCIAL BANK OF THE YEAR
The bank was honoured with the BEST COMMERCIAL BANK OF THE YEAR 1997 by 'Asiamoney' for the second year in succession.
Taking full advantage of the IT capabilities, TELEBANKING facility was introduced.
Asiamoney the prestigious financial magazine in Asia voted the bank as the BEST COMMERCIAL BANK of the year
Asiamoney the prestigious financial magazine in Asia voted the bank as the BEST COMMERCIAL BANK of the year 1996 in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Kumar Abeynayaka assumed duties as General Manager / Chief Executive Officer
The bank purchased the controlling interest in the Sampath Centre Ltd
The bank purchased the controlling interest in the Sampath Centre Ltd., a property development company owning the Head Quarters building of the bank.
The bank was among the first to join the SWIFT network
Mr. Dunstan de Alwis became the Chairman
Mr. Stanley William became the Chairman
Mr. Stanley William became the Chairman of the Bank in November.
Mr.Edgar Gunatunga joined the board
Mr.Edgar Gunatunga joined the board as Deputy Chairman/Managing Director in December.
Mastercard was introduced to Sri Lanka
Mastercard was introduced to Sri Lanka (under license from Mastercard International Incorporated in USA)
The new concept of Personal Banking Unit (PBU) was introduced
The new concept of Personal Banking Unit (PBU) was introduced and units were opened in the busy areas of the capital.
- Chatham Street
Uni-Banking System was introduced.
Uni-Banking System was introduced to the country for the first time in Sri Lanka.
First standalone ATM was installed.
First standalone ATM was installed at Liberty Plaza shopping complex.
ATM (SET) facility was introduced.
ATM (SET) facility was introduced.
- The first Bank in Sri Lanka to operate a multi-point network of automated teller machines
Bank changed its name to Sampath Bank Ltd
Mr. N U Jayawardena became the Chairman
Whilst Mr. N U Jayawardena became the Chairman of the Bank, Mr. Janaka De Silva was appointed the General Manager.
The Bank was ceremonially opened for business
The registered office was at No 55, D R Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.The Bank was ceremonially opened for business, supported by High Technology, on 15th May 1987 following the soft opening on 25th March 1987.
Bank employed 94 staff members comprising all executives
By the end of the 1st year, the Bank employed 94 staff members comprising all executives.
A net profit of Rs. 4.863 Mn.
A net profit of Rs. 4.863 Mn. was recorded in 1987.
products/innovations were introduced
Following are some of the products/innovations that were introduced to the Industry by the Bank.
- A cheque guarantee card.
- A saving account with checking facilities.
- Extended banking hours till 3.00 p.m. for the first time in the country.