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Monday, October 31, 2011

Glomac eyes land in Greater KL for integrated mixed projects

PETALING JAYA: Armed with a net cash position of RM361.6mil as at July 31, 2011, Glomac Bhd is on the lookout to buy small land parcels with fast turnaround and high gross development value potential in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area.

Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Fateh Iskandar Mohamed Mansor said negotiations were under way for some suitable sites to be developed into integrated mixed projects.

Iskandar: ‘This strategy will contribute to a solid balance sheet.’

He said there were some “under-rated” sites where Glomac could use its expertise to enhance the land value through innovative infrastructure, branding, marketing and design.

“At the same time, this strategy will contribute to a solid balance sheet while keeping down the company's debt position,” he noted.

Glomac is also keen to participate in government land privatisation and is looking at some of the projects.

Based on a consistent growth in profit over the past three years, the company is confident of posting a double-digit growth in its earnings for its financial year ending April 30, 2012 (FY2012).

Glomac recorded a profit after tax of RM32mil for FY2009; RM41mil for FY2010; and RM63mil for FY2011.

“For FY2012, Glomac is looking to launch up to RM1.2bil in new projects comprising affordable housing units, medium to medium upper range of properties and commercial projects.

The developments slated for launch this year include projects in Glomac Damansara (RM250mil), Mutiara Damansara Residences (RM250mil), Glomac Utama Phase 1 (RM250mil), Glomac Cyberjaya 2 (RM100mil) and townships in Rawang, Sungai Buloh and Johor (worth a combined RM295mil).

“Having achieved RM100mil in sales for the first quarter ended July 31, Glomac is on track to achieve its sales target of RM500mil for FY2012,” he added.

The company raked in sales of RM418mil in FY11. As at July 31, it has unbilled sales of RM550mil.

Iskandar said Glomac's landbank of close to 404.68ha had an estimated GDV of RM3.8bil. The landbank will keep it busy for the next six to seven years, and he expects Glomac to undertake projects worth some RM600mil a year.

Glomac assistant general manager, group corporate communication and corporate marketing, Fara Eliza FD Mansor said the company would be unveiling its latest property projects at The Star Property Fair 2011 to be held from Nov 25 to 27 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The projects to be exhibited include Glomac Damansara, the company's flagship mixed development on 2.75ha fronting Jalan Damansara.

Fara said the project with a GDV of RM898mil, offered a hybrid mix of business and leisure property.

“Glomac Damansara Residences comprise two blocks of service apartments. The 356 apartments with built up of 876 sq ft to 2, 529 sq ft are priced from RM581,660, or around RM650 per sq ft. So far, 75% of the units have been sold,” she added.

Also sold are the five and eight-storey shop offices (GDV of RM54mil), and the 25-storey corporate tower office suites (GDV of RM171mil) which was sold en-bloc last year.

Glomac Damansara will also have a 16-storey office block and a boutique retail mall (with a total GDV of RM388mil) that will be launched later.

Fara added that the other projects to be showcased at the property fair will be Glomac Utama's double-storey shop offices and service apartments; Mutiara Damansara Residences, consisting of 299 units of 1,200 sq ft to 1,600 sq ft of freehold service apartment project; Sinaran@Suria Residen a gated and guarded development in Cheras and three to 41/2-storey shop offices at the RM250mil Glomac Cyberjaya 2 project.

By The Star

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