CDL profits up 60% in Q3 on strong property sales

Artist's impression of Forest Woods in Serangoon Central. The newly launched project has sold more than 70 per cent of its 519 units, with an average selling price of about $1,400 per sq ft. Growth in group revenue was driven by contributions from th
Artist's impression of Forest Woods in Serangoon Central. The newly launched project has sold more than 70 per cent of its 519 units, with an average selling price of about $1,400 per sq ft. Growth in group revenue was driven by contributions from the property development arm, both here and abroad.PHOTO: CITY DEVELOPMENTS

Bottom line boosted by sale of stake in Hong Kong-listed firm as group moves to diversify

Local developer City Developments (CDL) yesterday reported a 60.1 per cent jump in third-quarter net profit to $170.3 million.
 

CDL credited the sparkling results to strong property sales and gains from the divestment of its entire 52.5 per cent interest in Hong Kong-listed City e-Solutions.

The divestment was the big contributor to the jump in other operating income by $49.6 million to $50.2 million for the quarter.

Revenue rose 14 per cent to $922.8 million, driven by the property development segment, including maiden contributions from the Gramercy Park project here and the Hanover House project in Reading, Britain, as well as contributions from Coco Palms, D'Nest, and The Venue Residences and Shoppes here.

CDL said over 70 per cent of the total 519 units at its newly launched Forest Woods condo project had been sold, with an average selling price of about $1,400 per sq ft.

  • AT A GLANCE

    NET PROFIT: $170.3 million (+60.1%)

    REVENUE: $922.8 million (+14%)

It said that, notwithstanding the challenging market conditions, it had achieved steady sales for its other Singapore projects.

The 174-unit Gramercy Park along Grange Road has sold 38 of the 40 units released for sale, while the 616-unit Jewel @ Buangkok is fully sold. As for the group's joint venture projects, the 944-unit Coco Palms in Pasir Ris is over 91 per cent sold and The Brownstone, a 638-unit executive condominium next to the upcoming Canberra MRT station, is almost 80 per cent sold.

Executive chairman Kwek Leng Beng said the group is reviewing its asset portfolio and business model to boost shareholder returns.

"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 fund 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."

CDL said that, as at Sept 30, its net gearing was 27 per cent, excluding any fair value surpluses on investment properties, with cash and cash equivalents at $3 billion.

Quarterly earnings per share came to 18.7 cents, up from 11.7 cents a year earlier. Net asset value per share was $9.91 as at Sept 30, up from $9.89 as as Dec 31 last year.

Chief executive Grant Kelley said the group has stepped up growth of its international property and fund management businesses as part of its diversification strategy.

"Following the successful execution of our third profit participation securities platform in October, we now have over $3.5 billion in funds under management - on track to achieving our target of $5 billion," he said. "Moving forward, we will continue to explore initiatives to enhance recurring income streams, and hone in on our existing development projects."

CDL shares yesterday ended 10 cents higher at $8.60.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2016, with the headline 'CDL profits up 60% in Q3 on strong property sales'. Print Edition | Subscribe