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Monday, October 1, 2012

PKNS to build 12,242 affordable houses

The Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) will be developing 12,242 units of affordable houses soon throughout Selangor with a new concept, KASIH PKNS.

PKNS will be spending RM1.1 billion in the form of subsidy to build these homes under the concept, KASIH, which carries the meaning "a peaceful, comfortable, beautiful and harmonious life" and will stress on a holistic environment for the householders.

In a statement here today, the General Manager of PKNS, Othman Omar, said the affordable homes will be priced below RM150,000 per unit.

Also within the concept, there are plans to build tuition centres, community centres and other public facilities in the area.

Apart from that, the statement said there will be also special facilities built for physically handicapped people while senior citizens would be provided ground floor units with special areas allocated for them to have recreational activities.

"PKNS is committed to build 12,242 units of these affordable homes within five years with the locations to be in Bandar Baru Bangi, Antara Gapi, Kota Puteri, Gombak, Seksyen U12, Taman Sains Selangor II and Bandar Baru Sultan Suleiman," said Othman.

The units will be priced from RM85,000 to RM150,000. PKNS has todate built 124,515 homes including low cost units, medium cost houses and luxury units.

By Bernama

Glomac optimistic about hitting another year of record sales at RM800mil

PETALING JAYA: Glomac Bhd is optimistic about achieving another financial year of record-breaking new property sales.

For its financial year ended April 30, 2012, the property developer had chalked up record sales of RM663mil.

FD Iskandar says Glomac is on track to achieve its target of record sales.

Glomac has a pipeline of future projects with a total gross development value (GDV) of RM7bil, out of which RM1.13bil is targeted to be launched in financial year 2013.

“Usually, we hit 80%-85% (sales of the new property launches). So, I think we should have at least RM800mil of sales in financial year 2013,” said Glomac group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk FD Iskandar.

He told StarBiz that Glomac was on track to achieve its target as it had achieved new sales of RM212mil for its first quarter ended July 31, 2012.

Key drivers for the group's sales in financial year 2013 will be Lakeside Residences in Puchong, Phase 4 of Plaza Kelana Jaya, and the townships of Bandar Saujana Utama and Saujana Rawang.

It should be noted that for 2012, Glomac had posted record revenue of RM652.4mil (increase of 9.2% year-on-year) and net profit of RM85.2mil (increase of 35.2% year-on-year), which was mainly due to key projects such as Glomac Damansara and Glomac Cyberjaya 2 as well as the final billings from the completed Glomac Tower.

For its first quarter ended July 31, 2012, Glomac had posted a a 17.3% year-on-year increase in net profit to RM21mil, while revenue rose 26.1% to RM161.1mil.

In a statement, Glomac group executive chairman Tan Sri FD Mansor said, “The record sales we have achieved continue to drive our earnings growth, with key contributions from our broad portfolio of ongoing projects such as Glomac Damansara, Glomac Cyberjaya and our key townships of Bandar Saujana Utama and Saujana Rawang.”

“Our unbilled sales as at end-July 2012 are at another record high of RM763mil. We expect this strong sales momentum to continue.”

He also said launches of the group's townships had enjoyed positive responses mainly due to the good mix of affordable and mid-market landed properties.

There are also plans for residential development over 200 acres in Sungai Buloh, which is next to the group's Bandar Saujana Utama development, and 191 acres in Dengkil, Sepang to tap demand from middle-income home buyers.

Both parcels are expected to have a GDV of RM800mil each.

It was also noted that the recent launch of 105 units of two-storey terrace houses with GDV of RM75mil at the group's Lakeside Residences development in Puchong, Selangor was fully sold through balloting.

Lakeside Residences is a mixed development with a GDV of RM2bil, and plans for about 6,000 residential units to be launched within the next six years.

About 20% of the units will be landed homes, with the balance being high-rise units.

By The Star

IOI Corp moves closer towards China property plan

KUALA LUMPUR: IOI Corporation Bhd has moved closer towards its plan to venture into property development in China after getting the government's approval to set up a unit in Xiamen.

IOI Corp said its 99.8% owned Palmy Max Ltd had on Sept 30 received a certificate of approval to set up a unit IOI (Xiamen) Properties Co. Ltd in Xiamen.

IOI (Xiamen) Properties was incorporated on Sept 27 with a total registered capital of US$250mil and is currently dormant.

"IOI (Xiamen) Properties is intended to undertake a mixed-use development in Jimei District, Xiamen, Fujian Province in China," it said.

By The Star