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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SP Setia: Foreign ops to play a key role

SP SETIA Bhd, the country's largest property developer, expects half of its sales to come from overseas projects in five years as it becomes an international property developer.

The company anticipates overseas projects to contribute less than afifth to its total sales for the current fiscal year.

"We are on track to hit our RM4 billion sales mark by end of our 2012 financial year. From the amount, RM700 million will come from overseas operations," said SP Setia president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin on the sidelines of Invest Malaysia 2012 yesterday.

"In five years, we expect 50:50 contribution from our local and overseas property projects. There's only so much growth you can generate from Malaysia. In order to expand the business further, we have no choice but to expand to the overseas market."

Liew also confirmed that the company is one of the three shortlisted firms for the Battersea Power Station site in London.

"That's all we know for now. If we secure the project, we will be very happy. But if we do not, we would not be going home empty pocket, as we have learnt so much along the way," he said.

Among the things the company "learnt" in its journey to be an international player include placing the importance of greenery in a property and the significance of maintaining an iconic structure.

SP Setia, which currently has over 1,720ha of landbank, said it is enough to keep the company busy for the next 10 to 15 years. About 88 per cent of the land is located in Malaysia.

By Business Times

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