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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Crest Builder’s new strategy

PETALING JAYA: Crest Builder Holdings Bhd is looking to “monetise government assets” as its property development strategy.

“We hope to secure one or two more in the next 12 to 18 months,” executive director Eric Yong said at a press conference after the company’s EGM yesterday.

He added that since the company believed in a quick turnaround time, it was still looking for “pocket land” in matured areas to privatise. “In this case, this would mean existing buildings to be privatised or redeveloped,” he said.

The company is targeting to secure between RM200mil and RM400mil in contracts by year-end. The jobs are mainly for building jobs in the Klang Valley, although it has submitted bids for infrastructure projects as well.

Crest Builder’s current orderbook size in terms of its property development segment stands at a gross development value (GDV) of RM2.5bil, which includes its Dang Wangi project and Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) project.

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd had partnered with Crest Builder to redevelop the Dang Wangi light rapid transit (LRT) station.

The project will see Crest Builder and its 49% joint-venture (JV) partner Detik Utuh Sdn Bhd developing a single-block mixed development atop the station. The development has a GDV of RM1.04bil and will front Jalan Ampang.

The company said it would submit the development order to the authorities next month. If all went as planned, it said the full approvals would be received in April or May next year.

“We plan to start the physical work in the second quarter of 2013. Based on the agreement with Prasarana, the project is scheduled to be complete in 2018,” Yong said.

Meanwhile, in regards to the MRB project, Crest Builder had earlier received a letter of intent from MRB for a mixed property development in Ampang via its 51% subsidiary Landasan Bayu Sdn Bhd.

Landasan Bayu is a JV between Crest Builder and Tindakan Juara Sdn Bhd. The project has a GDV of RM1.33bil.

Yong said the MRB project was on a similar timeline to the Dang Wangi project. “We plan to start works in the third quarter of 2013 and finish in the later half of 2018,” he said.

He expects the two projects to start contributing to the company’s financials in 2014. “As with each year, we target double-digit percentage growth in profit and revenue. Last year, we grew by about 15%. So, we hope to maintain or increase the growth,” he said.

Crest Builder’s construction order book stands at RM1bil, with RM1.3bil in unbilled sales inclusive of the two projects.

“If we don’t account for the two projects, our order book can last till the end of next year. If we include it, the order book would last until 2017,” Yong said.

Moving forward, Yong said he expects the property development segment to contribute more towards the company’s revenue and profit. “Ideally, it would be a 60:40 revenue share between construction and property. We expect to reach those levels by 2013.

The catalyst for the growth in its property development segment would be the Dang Wangi project and the MRB project.

Yong also said the company expected to launch Phase 2, 4 and 5 of the Batu Tiga project in Shah Alam. The project comprises medium to high-end cost developments, with a total GDV of RM445mil.

By The Star

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