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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mah Sing to launch RM2.5bil projects

Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum with a model of Icon Residence@Mont’Kiara

PETALING JAYA: Mah Sing Group Bhd will launch RM2.5bil to RM3bil worth of projects in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor this year to meet its sales target of RM2bil for the current financial year ending Dec 31.

Group managing director and chief executive Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum said the projects would comprise an array of commercial, residential and industrial properties.

The two commercial projects are Icon City Petaling Jaya and Star Avenue@D'Sara, while the industrial project is iParc 3@Bukit Jelutong.

Residential projects lined up for launch in the Klang Valley include Hijauan Residence in Cheras, Kinrara Residence, Aman Perdana, Bayu Sekamat, M Suites@Jln Ampang, M City@Jln Ampang and Garden Plaza in Cyberjaya.

There are also three residential projects to be launched in Penang Legenda@Southbay, Icon Residence and Ferringhi Residence. The project in Johor Baru is Sierra Perdana.

Leong said Mah Sing's RM2bil sales target for this year was higher than the record sales of RM1.5bil achieved last year.

As at April 11, the developer recorded sales of RM738mil, which was about 37% of its sales target for this year. Mah Sing also has unbilled sales of RM1.3bil as at Dec 31, 2010 that will be realised over the next two to three years.

For the financial year ended Dec 31, 2010 (FY10), Mah Sing achieved profit after tax and minority interest of RM118mil, a 25.5% increase over RM94mil in 2009. Group revenue for FY10 was also higher at RM1.1bil against RM702mil previously.

Leong said Mah Sing would aggressively expand its land bank and was now looking for suitable prime land in greater Kuala Lumpur, Penang island and Johor Bahru.

Last year, the group undertook 10 land acquisition exercises. This year, it has so far signed one deal.

“These are prime land which can yield remaining gross development value (GDV) and unbilled sales of about RM14.1bil. It should keep the group busy for the next seven years,” he added.

Leong said Mah Sing aimed to buy land that could provide GDV of RM7bil to RM12bil this year. He said the group had the resources to fund the acquisitions.

Besides making outright land purchase, the group is also open to joint ventures with land owners.

“We are scouting for land near the proposed MRT stations, as the new transport infrastructure would create higher value for these land,” he added.

Mah Sing's upcoming projects that are located near the proposed MRT stations along the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line include Star Avenue@D'Sara (near Taman Industri Sungai Buloh station) and One Legenda and Hijauan Residence (near Taman Suntex station).

Projects along the proposed circle line include M Suites (near Great Eastern mall stop), M City (near Ampang point station) and Icon Residence Mont Kiara (near Matrade stop).

Star Avenue@D'Sara, the first night-guarded concept shop-office development, is one of the first new commercial projects coming up along Jalan Sungai Buloh. The RM402mil project comprises 3-storey shop offices and retail lots.

The RM980mil Kinrara Residence is a medium-high-end residential project on about 139 acres in Puchong. It comprises superlink residences, semi-detached units and bungalows.

M-City@Jalan Ampang will feature residential suites, designer small-office home-office (soho), sky villas and boutique retail units on five acres of freehold land.

The RM1.2bil project is targeted for preview in the second half of this year. Its first-phase preview will be designer soho and 3-storey boutique retail shops.

Icon Residence Mont' Kiara will feature 260 partially-furnished residences with a GDV of RM408mil. The development will offer about 200 different unit layouts in three iconic towers of 26, 28 and 36 storeys.

Dubbed garden terraces in the sky, the residences will have price tags from RM1.148mil.

By The Star

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