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Monday, August 24, 2009

Glomac to sell off block B at Kelana Business Centre

Property developer Glomac Bhd wants to sell off block B of its building at the Kelana Business Centre in Selangor for RM30 million.

This year alone, Glomac has sold two buildings for RM72.6 million, namely the 13-storey Wisma Glomac 3 in Kelana Centre Point and a building at Wisma Glomac.

Glomac is also in the later stages of finalising by the end of the month, a sale of a 25-storey building at its Glomac Damansara project to a government agency for RM200 million.

"We are selling the buildings so we can use the money and develop bigger projects. The proceeds from the sale of the properties will form part of our war chest," executive vice-chairman Datuk Richard Fong Loong Tuck told Business Times.
Glomac slashed its gearing from 0.5 to 0.12 times since a year ago via the sale of assets, he said.

Glomac Tower, located near the Petronas Twin Towers was sold to a Bumiputera firm for RM577 million in December 2007 and proceeds from the sale are being recognised now as construction progresses, Fong said.

Elsewhere, Glomac Galleria in Sri Hartamas featuring 20 units of four-and-a-half-storey shop offices was sold en bloc last year for RM100 million.

On the fresh asset sale, Fong said that despite block B of the building being put up for sale in the market recently, the company has received numerous offers.

Fong said Glomac will do better this year, with net profit and revenue increasing by 10-20 per cent.

For the fiscal year ended April 2009, it posted a net profit of RM32.3 million on a revenue of RM351 million.

"We have had better sales this year, thanks to financial packages that we had launched earlier in the year. We are also getting income from Glomac Tower and Glomac Galleria, and from our Seri Bangi project," Fong said.

Seri Bangi comprises double-storey terraced houses and shoplots worth RM121 million, and half of the residential properties were launched in April and August this year.

"We launched 94 units and 76 units of double-storey terraced houses in April and August respectively and almost 70 per cent were sold within two weeks after the launch. We were caught by surprise.

"We are going to launch the final 88 units early next year, each priced from RM360,000. We are expecting a similar take up," Fong said.

By Business Times (by Sharen Kaur)

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