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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fajar Baru submits plans for condo projects

KUALA LUMPUR: Fajar Baru Builder Group Bhd is believed to have submitted plans to the local authorities in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur in a move to venture into the property development sector, people familiar with the matter said yesterday.

It is understood that the construction company had submitted the plans over the past three months to build residential condominium units in Puchong and Jalan Ipoh.

A company official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the matter, but noted that the company has yet to receive the full suite of approvals yet. "We are targeting for a launch in the early part of next year," said the official.

Fajar Baru, which has about some RM1 billion worth of ongoing construction jobs at hand, bought the land in Puchong for about RM39.94 million late last year.

It also bought 0.92ha land in the Jalan Ipoh-Sentul area last year for RM23.6 million. The land is said to be a gold mine as it is one of the nearest entry point to the city.

"The land in that area should easily fetch more than RM500 per sq ft," said the source.

RHB Research recently noted that for the year ending June 2012, Fajar Baru had secured five key contracts, boosting its year-to-date new contracts to RM668 million from RM368 million and outstanding order book by 46 per cent to RM925 million from RM625 million.

"... We gathered from Fajar Baru during a recent visit that it expects to put onto the market by the first quarter of next year a high-rise serviced apartment project in the Sentul/Jalan Ipoh area," RHB Research said in a report last month.

Business Times was told that the high-rise project in Jalan Ipoh will have a gross development value of about RM280 million.

For the year ended June 30 2011, Fajar Baru registered a net profit of RM13.6 million, but Kenanga Research expects its profit to rise to RM15.8 million this year and RM27.1 million by 2013.

The research house has an outperform call on the stock with a RM1.27 target price.

By Business Times

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