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Monday, January 31, 2011

Glomac rides on niche projects

Some of the completed units at Suria Residen, a low-density, gated housing developed by Glomac in Cheras.

PETALING JAYA: Glomac Bhd, a medium-sized property outfit, is on an exciting growth path as it undertakes more niche developments with fast turnaround time in Greater Kuala Lumpur.

The company has a broad range of affordable to higher-end projects. Its 13 ongoing projects include townships in Sungai Buloh and Rawang in Selangor and in Kota Tinggi, Johor, as well as some niche residential and commercial projects in Greater Kuala Lumpur.

For the six months ended Oct 31, 2010, its revenue surged 98.5% to RM267.2mil while pre-tax profit rose 87.5% to RM61.5mil. Net profit attributable to shareholders grew 78.4% to RM31.4mil.

In a recent note, ECM Libra Research said Glomac was on the brink of higher earnings and land bank.

An analyst with a local brokerage concurred, saying the company could look forward to strong double-digit growth of at least 30% over the next three years.

As at end-October 2010, Glomac has unbilled sales of RM572mil, which will be one of its key earnings growth drivers, going forward.

For the financial year ending April 30, 2011, Glomac has set a sales target of about RM500mil.

Going forward, the company can look forward to growing contribution from some of its key ongoing projects like Glomac Tower, Glomac Damansara, Glomac Cyberjaya and Bandar Saujana Utama.

Glomac Damansara Residences, a 2-tower serviced apartment project with an estimated GDV of RM240mil, is set for soft launch in the middle of next month.

Other projects earmarked for launch over the next 12 months will have a combined GDV in excess of RM1bil.

These include a boutique mall in Glomac Damansara with an estimated GDV of RM145mil, Glomac Al Batha Mutiara serviced apartments (RM250mil) and Glomac Utama, a mixed development within the vicinity of Bandar Utama (RM400mil).

One of Glomac's core strategies is to acquire land bank that offers potential for prime and sizeable greenfield developments in Greater KL.

Its recent acquisitions include a 200-acre parcel in Puchong and seven acres in Cyberjaya.

The Puchong land, purchased at RM8.84 per sq ft, has a potential GDV of RM800mil. Glomac will start developing it in about 12 months and the project will comprise terrace and semi-detached houses as well as villa apartments.

The seven acres of commercial land in Cyberjaya were purchased at RM90 per sq ft.

The mixed commercial project planned for this year will have an estimated GDV of RM250mil. It will be an extension of the ongoing Glomac Cyberjaya project launched about two years ago.

Glomac was founded in 1988 by two entrepreneurs, Tan Sri FD Mansor and Datuk Richard Fong.

The company was listed on Bursa Malaysia main board on June 13, 2000. In 2003, it received ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Glomac has completed about 15,000 residential and commercial units with sales totalling RM4bil. It has also completed 5.4 million sq ft of commercial space.

The completed high-end residential developments include gated-and-guarded communities of Aman Suria Damansara in Petaling Jaya, Lakeside Residences in Puchong and Suria Residen, Cheras.

Suria Stonor being developed by Glomac in Kuala Lumpur.

Suria Stonor, a luxury condominium in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, is Glomac's jewel in the crown.

In late 2007, Glomac acquired a 1.3-acre site opposite Petronas Twin Towers and developed it into Glomac Tower, the company's first commercial high-rise project in Kuala Lumpur.

Artist’s impressions of Glomac Tower.

Glomac Tower, a grade A commercial building, has been sold en-bloc at a record price of RM1,120 per sq ft. The project will be completed in the middle of this year.

In 2006, Glomac made two overseas investments. They comprised an office building with car parking lots in Melbourne and a “built-to-suit” warehouse in Bangkok. Both are contributing steady rental yields to the group.

Glomac is now helmed by Datuk FD Iskandar, who is group managing director-cum-chief excutive officer.

The group comprises about 40 subsidiaries involved in every facet of real estate business including property development, property investment, construction, property management and car park management.

By The Star

1 comment:

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