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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Malton plans RM2.2b launches over next 3 years

PETALING JAYA: Malton Bhd plans to launch eight property development projects worth some RM2.2 billion over the next three years, as well as beef up its construction division.

Executive director Hong Lay Chuan said Malton's construction unit has about RM200 million-odd worth of jobs in hand and that the division currently contributes some 30 per cent to group revenue.

Hong told reporters after the company's shareholder meeting here yesterday that Malton is bidding for design and build projects from the private sector.

He did not rule out tendering for government projects, especially those that come under the Economic Transformation Programme.

"We are bullish on both sectors and hope to do better this year. We do anticipate high cost in land and raw materials but if market sentiments hold up, we should do okay," he said.

For the nine months to March 31 2011, Malton's net profit increased threefold to RM45.7 million on a revenue of RM294.5 million.

On property development business, Hong said Malton foresees the market to be strong this year as demand for new houses is increasing.

Malton's eight new projects comprise medium to high-end residential and mixed property developments, the majority of which are located in the Klang Valley and some in Penang.

Hong said Malton is poised to benefit from the new launches, based on the success of its existing projects in the marketplace since mid-2010.

Malton has five on-going residential and mixed development projects worth some RM1 billion in the Klang Valley.

Hong said the projects in Bukit Rimau and Mutiara Indah in Puchong, which consist of 101 units of shop units and terraced houses respectively, were sold out even before the launch.

"We are looking for landbank to expand our property development division hence the need to raise funds," he said.

Yesterday, shareholders approved Malton's plan for a rights issue to raise between RM139.3 million and RM156.6 million.

Malton will use part of the money to buy land and undertake property development projects. Some RM60 million will be used to pare debt.

By Business Times

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