DLF targets new sales booking of more than 50% in FY'14
Realty major DLF LtdBSE -5.41 % today said it is targeting more than 50 per cent jump in new sales booking to Rs 6,000 crore in the 2013-14 fiscal.
Jun 01, 2013
Source : The Times of India


DELHI: Realty major DLF LtdBSE -5.41 % today said it is targeting more than 50 per cent jump in new sales booking to Rs 6,000 crore in the 2013-14 fiscal.


The company said it will invest Rs 3,000-3,200 crore on construction of various projects this year.


DLF Ltd, the country's largest listed developer, said it aims to bring down net debt to Rs 19,000 crore by June, and reduce it further to Rs 17,000 crore by end of this fiscal.


"We are targeting sales of about 8-10 million square feet (msf) this fiscal, at Rs 6,000 crore. Last year, we sold 7.23 msf, at Rs 3,900 crore," DLF Ltd Chief Financial Officer Ashok Tyagi told PTI.


Asked how it plans to bring down the company's net debt, Tyagi said: "We are aiming to reduce our debt to Rs 19,000 crore by June with the help of funds raised from the recently concluded Institutional Placement Programme (IPP)."


DLF has raised Rs 1,863 crore through the issue of over 8.1 crore fresh shares to institutional investors, enabling it to dilute promoters stake to 75 per cent in line with market regulator Sebi's minimum public shareholding norms.


The company said it will focus on bringing down the debt level by 50 per cent in the next three years and see free-cash flow remains positive by 2014-15 fiscal.


Its net debt as on March 31, 2013 was Rs 21,731 crore and average cost of debt has reached 12.8 per cent, it said.


On progress made on sale of its luxury hotel chain Amanresorts to reduce its debt level, Tyagi said: "We hope that the deal will be concluded by June."


In December 2012, DLF had signed an agreement for effecting sale of Amanresorts to the hospitality property's founder and Chairman Adrian Zecha for over Rs 1,600 crore. The deadline for the closure of the deal was February but it has been extended to June this year.


"We will speak to them (Adrian Zecha) and find out if they have arranged funds. If they are in the process, we could think of giving more time. If they are not, then we will take decision at that point of time," Tyagi said.


On the Punjab and Haryana high court last week stayed the construction, sale and marketing of DLF's Crest project in Gurgaon, the company said: "We are trying to present the facts and hope to resolve this issue at the earliest."


DLF said its new residential project 'Camellia' in Gurgoan will be formally launched in the next two months.

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