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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Axis-REIT records RM16m profit in Q4

AXIS REIT Managers Bhd has reaped RM16.16 million profit in its fourth quarter ended December 2010 and plans to distribute 5.25 sen a unit to investors.

"Last year, we saw the highest gain in fair value of investment properties for a single year since the listing of the trust," said chief executive officer Stewart Labrooy. He said the company revalued 14 of its stable properties.

"It has led to an increase in the net asset value of the trust to close at RM2.009 a unit compared with RM1.842, a year ago," he told reporters at a briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, Axis-REIT bought three more properties, namely Tesco Hypermarket, Axis PDI Centre and Axis Technology Centre. It also concluded the purchase of two IDS warehouses in Seberang Prai, Penang.

Following these acquisitions, Axis-REIT now owns 26 properties. Its net asset value rose to RM1.18 billion in 2010 from RM884.96 million in 2009.

Two days ago, Axis-REIT said it will sell an industrial complex in Port Klang for RM14.5 million by June 2011.

"We need to maintain growth by culling smaller assets where the returns have stagnated. We will bring in assets that have capital gain potentials," said Labrooy.

"We'll gain RM764,000 from the sale of industrial complex in Port Klang and this will be chanelled back to unitholders," he added.

On outlook for 2011, he said Axis-REIT is looking to buy five more warehouses in Johor and the Klang Valley and two more office blocks in Cyberjaya. So far, the company has set aside RM365 million for these acquisitions.

By Business Times

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