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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tambun Indah to buy 3.2ha in Penang

KUALA LUMPUR: Tambun Indah Land Bhd, a leading property developer in Penang, is planning to acquire 3.2ha of land next year.

Managing director Ir Teh Kiak Seng said the group had identified 1.6ha on the mainland and another 1.6ha on Penang island with a gross development value (GDV) of approximately RM36mil and RM170mil respectively.

According to an independent market researcher, the residential property market in Penang was valued at RM3.7bil last year, and the mainland accounted for approximately 30% of Penang's residential property market.

“Mainland Penang (Seberang Perai) is one of the fastest growing districts in Penang due largely to a growing working class population as a result of rapid industrialisation,” he said during the launch of the group's initial public offering (IPO) here yesteday.

Tambun Indah is scheduled for a main-market listing on Jan 18. “We are still eyeing for landbank in the Klang Valley like in Shah Alam and Kajang but are cautious about the cost; therefore, we have not finalised anything yet.

“As we all know, Klang Valley is a good market to do housing, but we want to build our name by building quality homes at an affordable price. We, however, have no plans to expand overseas at the moment,” Teh said.

Last year, the group garnered a 10% share of the Seberang Perai residential property market.

“We expect after the IPO, our market share will increase above 10%,” he added. To date, Tambun Indah has sold more than 2,800 residential units, mostly in mainland Penang with a GDV of more than RM800mil.” Teh said the group achieved commendable financial performance over the years and had maintained a low-borrowing financial model so as not to burden the balance sheet. As at Dec 31, 2009, the group was in net cash position.

“Tambun Indah has adopted a progressive dividend policy of paying between 40% and 60% of group net profit to shareholders.

“At an IPO price of 70 sen per share, the annualised net dividend yield is (about) 7% in financial year 2010,” he said.

By Bernama

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