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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Magna City project to be downsized

PETALING JAYA: Magna Prima Bhd has downsized its Magna City project in Kuala Lumpur to RM600mil from RM1.1bil in gross development value (GDV) due to slowing growth, according to chief executive officer Lim Ching Choy.

“In view of the slowing economy, we reposition our development to suit the market demands,” Lim told StarBiz. “We (downsized) the development because we anticipated that the retail mall business would be tough going forward.”

Lim said the decision would also “lighten up” the company’s cash position, adding that the project’s profit margin could be maintained at 25% to 30% of sales value.

“Magna Prima is able to retain a healthy profit margin because we may not keep any of the assets in the amended RM600mil (project),” he said, revealing that the company had planned to retain 45% to 55% of the original project.

As of end of October, the group had RM230mil in unbilled sales.

The Magna City will have over 1.6mil square feet of net floor area while the construction is targeted to commence in the middle of 2009.

It sits on 10.23 acres of freehold land comprising 67 units of lifestyle shop offices, two levels of retail lots, two levels of corporate offices and 800 units of service apartments.

By The Star (by Law Kai Chow)

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