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CapitaLand’s earnings up on higher home sales

Posted by Kaeden Ong on 29th November 2016 in Blog

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Stronger home sales in Singapore and China and contributions from serviced residences and commercial properties lifted CapitaLand’s third-quarter earnings.

Net profit for the three months to Sept 30 rose 28.4 per cent to $247.5 million from $192.7 million a year earlier.

Revenue was up 27.7 per cent to $1.37 billion, thanks to increased contributions from development projects here and in China.

The developer said yesterday that higher rental income from its commercial properties here and its serviced residences business also boosted turnover.

China and Singapore remained CapitaLand’s core markets, accounting for about 83 per cent of its revenue.

“CapitaLand’s operating performance has remained robust thanks to our optimal asset mix that provides us with stability and a strong recurring income stream despite a volatile market,” said president and group chief executive Lim Ming Yan.

Its development projects The Nassim and Cairnhill Nine in Singapore, Riverfront in Hangzhou, New Horizon in Shanghai and Vermont Hills in Beijing all contributed to higher revenue in the quarter.

CapitaLand sold 206 homes here between July and September, bringing the total units sold in the first nine months of the year to 510, with a total sales value of $1.24 billion.

Sales hit 2,903 units in China in the quarter, taking the nine-month total to 9,176, with a value of 14.8 billion yuan (S$3.04 billion).

CapitaLand gave an update of the extension fees payable in this half of the year for unsold units at The Interlace and d’Leedon as at the “sell-by date” in its third-quarter earnings report.

These fees relate to Qualifying Certificate (QC) rules applying to foreign developers – including Singapore developers listed here but with foreign shareholders.

It estimated an extension fee of $2.36 million for The Interlace, which had 56 unsold units as at Sept 13, and $2.72 million for d’Leedon, assuming the 87 units still available at the end of September remained unsold by the Oct 21 deadline. The developer noted that these fees will have limited financial impact.

Quarterly earnings per share was 5.8 cents, up from 4.5 cents in the third quarter a year ago. Net asset value per share came in at $4.01 as at Sept 30, lower than the $4.21 at Dec 31, 2015.

Net profit for the nine months to Sept 30 dipped 7.1 per cent to $759.8 million, largely due to lower fair value gains from revaluation of properties and portfolio gains. Revenue was up by 12.5 per cent from the previous year to $3.4 billion.

CapitaLand expects property cooling measures to continue to weigh on the residential market here while the outlook for office occupancy and rents remains muted. Its portfolio of malls here is expected to continue to offer stable recurring income.

The counter closed three cents lower to $3.03 yesterday, after the earnings were announced.

Credits: St Property

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Developers report mixed results in Q3

Posted by Kaeden Ong on 18th November 2016 in Blog

Singapore developers posted mixed results in the third quarter of 2016, with City Developments Limited (CDL) reporting a profit increase and UOL Group registering a decline.

CDL saw its net profit for Q3 soar 60.1 percent to $170.3 million, from $106.4 million over the same period last year.

The group attributed the increase to robust sales in the property development segment, as well as gains from the divestment of its entire 52.52 percent stake in Hong Kong-listed City e-Solutions Limited.

Revenue climbed 14 percent to $922.8 million, driven by the property development segment, including maiden contributions from the Gramercy Park project in Singapore and Hanover House in the UK, as well as contributions from Coco PalmsD’Nest and The Venue Residences and Shoppes projects in Singapore.

As at 30 September 2016, CDL’s net gearing stood at 27 percent, excluding any fair value surpluses on investment properties, with $3 billion of cash and cash equivalents.

To enhance shareholder returns, CDL Executive Chairman Kwek Leng Beng revealed that the company is reviewing its asset portfolio and business model.

“We are accelerating our diversification initiatives and will continue to focus on improving the group’s performance wherever possible, across all segments – property development, hotel operations, investment properties and funds management,” he said.

“We have an exceptionally robust balance sheet and are building our war chest to capture attractive opportunities during this period of market dislocation.”

Meanwhile, UOL posted a 14 percent drop in net attributable profit to $87.1 million in Q3, due mainly to lower gross profit margin and contributions from joint venture companies.

The share of profit from associated and joint venture companies declined 35 percent to $29.1 million on the back of lower contribution from Archipelago and Thomson Three, which were completed in September 2015 and May 2016, respectively.

Group revenue, however, rose 11 percent to $393.4 million with the property development segment witnessing an increase of 19 percent to $206.6 million due to higher progressive revenue recognition from Botanique at Bartley, Principal Garden and Riverbank@Fernvale.

“Although new loans were secured to fund the group’s acquisition of 110 High Holborn in London and for advances to a joint venture company to fund The Clement Canopy at Clementi Avenue 1, these were largely offset by repayments with funds from operations,” the company said in an SGX filing.

Credits: Propertyguru

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CapitaLand Q3 net profit up 28% to $247.5 million

Posted by Kaeden Ong on 11th November 2016 in Blog

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Property developer CapitaLand posted a total net profit of $247.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, up 28.4 percent from $192.7 million in the previous year, on the back of better operating performance.

Group revenue during the period also jumped 27.7 percent to $1.374 billion.

In an SGX filing, the group attributed the increase to higher contributions from CapitaLand’s residential business in China and Singapore, shopping malls in Malaysia and China, its commercial portfolio in Singapore, and newly acquired serviced residences.

The residential projects which contributed to higher revenue in Q3 included The Nassim and Cairnhill Nine in Singapore, New Horizon in Shanghai, Vermont Hills in Beijing and Riverfront in Hangzhou.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) also rose 7.7 percent year-on-year to $494.4 million in Q3, with Singapore and China remaining as key contributors.

Looking ahead, Lim said the group will continue to grow its assets under management through capital recycling, portfolio optimisation, fund management and management contracts.

Credits: Propertyguru

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Parc Riviera rolls out one-tier prices for early buyers

Posted by Kaeden Ong on 4th November 2016 in Blog

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Property developer EL Development will offer a one-tier pricing scheme for its Parc Riviera condominium during the project’s soft launch this Saturday (5 November), reported The Straits Times.

The scheme will see units of the same type from the second floor to the 15th floor carrying the same prices.

A 603 sq ft two-bedroom unit, for instance, will be priced at $725,000, regardless of whether it is located on the second floor, the 15th floor, or anywhere in between. Units located higher up in the two 36-storey towers will have higher prices.

EL Development Managing Director Lim Yew Soon revealed that he came up with the novel strategy to give early buyers ‘maximum benefits’.

Typical early bird promotions that advertise units going for ‘$5xx,000’ usually leave buyers guessing a unit’s price as well as its level. He describes this approach as clichéd and ‘a bit old-fashioned’.

“We are telling people that the price starts from $550,000 for the one-bedroom (unit). We feel that $550,000 is an attractive price, even at the lower levels. But now that we have extended the price to 15 floors, it will be even more attractive,” he said.

Located near Pandan Reservoir, Parc Riviera comprises two 36-storey towers and a four-storey carpark. Sizes for the units range between 463 sq ft for a one-bedder and 1,711 sq ft for the biggest four-bedder. Around 64 percent of the development contains one- and two-bedroom units, said EL Development.

Lim noted that the price difference for units on the 15th and 16th levels will be ‘substantial’, by around five percent.

Meanwhile, property experts are optimistic about the scheme. In fact, PropNex Realty CEO Mohamed Ismail expects the strategy to be effective.

“This is one of the first times when a developer has dangled this type of carrot. This strategy will likely get greater interest from consumers as they have an incentive to come early to make up their minds, to get discounted prices for higher floors. There are real savings for the buyer,” he said.

Ong Kah Seng, Director of R’ST Research, on the other hand, said the strategy’s main purpose is to encourage buyers to ‘snap up’ units on the higher floors.

He added that units located on the higher floors of a 20-storey condominium are typically more expensive by up to 15 percent, compared to those located within the middle levels.

Although the scheme could mean that lower floor units may remain unsold for a while, this is immaterial since “the project would already have achieved a fairly good sales rate, resulting in the project achieving good break-even sales or even marginal profits”, said Ong.

Credits: Propertyguru

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Sim Lian profit slumps 71% on lower development

Posted by Kaeden Ong on 30th August 2016 in Blog

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Property developer Sim Lian Group has reported a 71 percent year-on-year slump in net profit to $68.8 million for the financial year ended 30 June 2016.

The group’s revenue during the period also fell by 52 percent to $570.9 million, from $1.193 billion previously.

Its property development division accounted for $86.6 million of total revenue for FY2016, down by 91 percent from the $914.3 million reported in FY2015. The group attributed the decline to lower contributions from its development property that was completed in February last year.

However, contributions from Sim Lian’s construction division soared by 88 percent to $430 million, due to an increase in percentage of work done in FY2016.

Contract costs incurred by the group declined by 52 percent to $434 million from $906.1 million previously. The drop in contract costs was in tandem with the revenue fall.

During the period under review, the group posted a foreign exchange loss of $8.2 million, due primarily to the revaluation of intercompany balances that are not denominated in the functional currency of the respective subsidiaries.

With this, Sim Lian has proposed a first and final dividend of 1.5 Singapore cents, down from the 7.28 Singapore cents it declared last year.

“With the property cooling and loan restriction measures still in effect since June 2013, and the expected global slow growth, the group expects the operating environment for the property market to continue to be challenging,” said the group in an SGX filing.

Credits: Propertyguru

(Check out condominium developments by Sim Lian Group: Wandervale EC Choa Chu Kang Homepage & Treasure Crest EC Sengkang Homepage)

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11 TOP projects to watch out for in 2016

Posted by Kaeden Ong on 26th August 2016 in Blog

As part of our special report on TOP projects, we’ve profiled a number of new developments across Singapore that are set to be completed soon, and which have available units for sale. Click the map to see the larger version. Happy house hunting!

Credits: Proeprtyguru

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Check Out –

  1. Bellewoods EC Woodlands Homepage
  2. Bellewaters EC Sengkang Homepage
  3. Leedon Residences Farrer Road Homepage
  4. Ecopolitan EC Punggol Homepage
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