Highest ever top line for Sobha in Q3 FY15
High interest rates, approval delays and increasing input material prices that have plagued the real estate fraternity will not impact as severely as it did in the past and this will pave way for real growth in the sector, Mr. J.C. Sharma, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Sobha Limited said
Feb 12, 2015
Source : fortunapr
Mr. J.C. Sharma, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Sobha Limited

 

Mumbai:

Key Highlights – 9M FY 15

  • Revenues at Rs.19.46 billion on a consolidated basis, up 25% YoY
  • PBT at Rs.2.76 billion, up 7% YoY
  • PAT at Rs.1.76 billion, up 7% YoY
  • Debt-Equity Ratio at 0.71 on a consolidated basis
  • Launched 6 new projects: 2.85 million square feet of developable area and 2.25 million square feet of saleable area
  • Completed and handed-over 6 real estate projects of 2.78 million square feet of developable area and 11 contractual projects of 2.26 million square feet of developable area
  • Registered new sales value of Rs.14.68 billion
  • Registered new sales volume of 2.25 million square feet
  • Achieved average price realisation of Rs.6,525 per square feet

Key Highlights – Q3 FY 15

  • Revenues at Rs.6.87 billion on a consolidated basis, up 26% YoY
  • PBT at Rs.909 million, up 3% YoY
  • PAT at Rs.600 million, up 3% YoY
  • Launched 2 new projects: 0.80 million square feet of developable area and 0.67 million square feet of saleable area
  • Completed and handed-over 3 real estate projects of 1.18 million square feet of developable area and 5 contractual projects of 0.96 million square feet of developable area
  • Registered new sales value of Rs.4.27 billion
  • Registered new sales volume of 0.66 million square feet
  • Achieved average price realisation of Rs.6,456 per square feet

 

On a consolidated basis, Sobha Limited registered a turnover of Rs.19.46 billion during 9M of FY 2014-15. The Profit before Tax (PBT) stood at Rs.2.76 billion, and the Profit after Tax (PAT) was Rs.1.76 billion. On a year-on-year basis, Revenues have increased by 25%, PBT by 7% and PAT by 7%. During Q3 of FY15, the Company registered a turnover of Rs.6.87 billion on a consolidated basis, up by 26% YoY. PBT increased by 3% YoY toRs.909 million, and PAT by 3% to Rs.600 million. The Company has also completed and handed over 6 projects in real estate having total developable area of 2.78 million square feet and 11 contractual projects with a total area of 2.26 million square feet in 9M FY15.

 

During Q3 of FY 15, the Company achieved new sales of 661,451 square feet valued at Rs.4.27 billion with an average realisation of Rs.6,456 per square feet. The Company also collected `6.58 billion and generated operational cash flow of Rs.726 million. The current debt-equity ratio is 0.71 with a net debt of Rs.17.60 billion. The increase in the debt is mainly on account of investment in new opportunities and capex.  

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. J.C. Sharma, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Sobha Limitedsaid, “Our financial performance has been satisfactory but our operational performance did not live up to our expectations. We anticipated the economy to show improvement and the demand to revive post formation of the new government, but in reality, the market conditions were not as favourable as we had expected. For Sobha, Bangalore continues to hold the fort, exhibiting resilience and accounting for majority of the new sales. Delayed project approvals have affected the saleability of our projects in the other regions.”

 

“The economy is gradually treading the growth path and development initiatives in the real estate sector will reap sustainable benefits from this momentum. High interest rates, approval delays and increasing input material prices that have plagued the real estate fraternity will not impact as severely as it did in the past and this will pave way for real growth in the sector. RBI has already reduced the repo rate this year and made its intentions clear with regards to further rate cuts going forward. We hope the forthcoming Union Budget will introduce real estate friendly initiatives, thereby driving the demand further for residential properties,” added Mr. Sharma. 

 

Talking about the project launches in the quarter, Mr. J.C. Sharma said, “In the third quarter of this fiscal, we launched 2 projects having a total developable area of 0.80 million square feet and total saleable area of 0.67 million square feet. We launched Sobha Halcyon in Whitefield, Bengaluru and Sobha Elanza in Korthud, Pune. The response has been good so far and as the economic growth picks up pace, we expect the demand to also grow appropriately.” 

 

Sobha Aspirational Homes

The Company has initiated the launch of ‘Sobha Aspirational Homes’ in Balagere, Bengaluru in the fourth quarter of this fiscal. The Project is located in the midst of the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ defined by four major roads in the city – the Outer Ring Road (ORR), Marathahalli road, Varthur road and Sarjapur road.

 

With a total developable area of 10.26 million square feet and super built-up area of 7.63 million square feet, the project will comprise of approximately 7,000 units set on a total land area of 81 acres. Of these, over 6,000 units will be 1 and 2 BHK units ranging between 650 and 1,200 square feet.

 

Mr. J. C. Sharma elucidated, “This is one of the largest developments we are undertaking in a prime location. This project is designed to be the best in its category and coming from the house of SOBHA, international quality is assured. For the aspiring yet quality conscious and value discerning customers, the project offers optimally designed functional units with numerous best-in-class amenities.”

 

Further, Mr. Sharma said, “The project will be developed with the help of pre-cast technology using state-of-the-art machinery imported from Germany and Italy and installed at the project site. While pre-cast technology allows for modular structures to be built and assembled with ease, the process of mechanisation helps us reduce our delivery timelines. The project fulfils the residential aspirations of nuclear families, first time home buyers and salaried professionals, specifically from the services sector industries surrounding the property. The project is also ideal for retired professionals seeking to lead a peaceful and serene life in the lap of luxury.”

 

“We expect that the launch of ‘Sobha Aspirational Homes’ project will boost our operational performance as well as our cash flows from this quarter onwards. We are confident that the Company will get back its growth momentum with the launch of this project,” concluded Mr. Sharma.

 

Exceptional Execution

 

Sobha’s superior execution capability is its core strength. Since inception, Sobha has completed 98 real estate projects and 258 contractual projects covering about 67.97 million square feet of area. The Company currently has 49 ongoing residential projects aggregating to 31.24 million square feet of developable area and 22.45 million square feet of saleable area, and 28 ongoing contractual projects aggregating to 8.62 million square feet under various stages of construction. The Company has a real estate presence in nine cities, viz. Bangalore, Gurgaon, Chennai, Pune, Coimbatore, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kochi and Mysore. Overall, Sobha has a footprint in 24 cities and 13 states across India.

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