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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mah Sing sees RM560m sales

KUALA LUMPUR: Mah Sing Group Bhd targets RM560mil sales out of RM706mil worth of properties to be launched this year, as it is “selectively bullish” about the property sector in 2008 and 2009, managing director Datuk Seri Leong Hoy Kum said.

Despite rising inflation and fuel prices, its sales and launch targets were on track, with the group raking RM116mil in sales and RM201mil in launches for the first quarter, he said.

“The group’s focus on customer-centric homes and value investments has resulted in strong sales for both the group’s residential and commercial projects,” he said after the company AGM yesterday.

Leong said the group had been closely monitoring the increase in building material prices over the past year and had been building ahead of schedule to lock in construction costs.

On rising fuel prices and inflation, he said good property companies with innovative products and the flexibility to adjust to current market needs should emerge stronger.

“Things may not be all that bad for the property sector. Not only are the banks in good shape, households are not over-extended. The ratio of household debt to gross domestic product in our country is very low compared with countries like Britain and the US,” he said, adding that the group would be able to maintain its performance.

Mah Sing reported a 24% year-on-year increase in net profit to RM81.13mil. For the first quarter ended March 31 its net profit jumped 25% to RM22.31mil.

It has 584 acres of land bank left with a total gross development value (GDV) of RM3bil and unbilled sales of RM1bil as at March 31.

On its Southgate Commercial Centre, Leong said it had seen a strong take-up of RM40mil during its private preview for the Vivo block.

The recent launch of the Vox block also saw about RM78mil sales or 70% of available retail units and office suites sold. It is talking with some foreign parties to sell en bloc two of the five blocks.

“We’ve nine months to build the car park. This would be a window period for the rising cost of construction materials to cool off,” he said. He however noted that if costs kept rising, future launches would inevitably be more expensive.

Mah Sing’s residential properties also saw strong sales. For example, the first phase of Hijauan Residence in Cheras is 99% sold while launched units in Kemuning Residence in Shah Alam is 75% sold. Launched units in Sierra Perdana in Johor Baru also saw take up of 71% in sales value.

By The Star

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