DLF plans to raise Rs 2,000 crore via sale of commercial land to existing JV or new partners

Realty major DLF is looking to raise Rs 2,000 crore through monetisation of certain commercial land parcels to its existing joint venture partners or new partners.

The monetisation of land parcels would help the company in reducing its net debt, which stood at Rs 4,866 crore at the end of December quarter.

In its investor presentation, DLF said the company is committed to further deleveraging in the near future.

The company intends to monetise select commercial land parcels through its existing joint venture arrangements and/or new alliances.

DLF already has a joint venture with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC for rental business.

“Exploring further monetization of certain identified land parcels for rental development by way of its existing JV arrangements and/or new alliances; potential raise of around Rs 1,750-2,000 crore,” DLF told investors.

Apart from that, the company said that “certain identified recoveries including from certain land entitlements of Rs 700-800 crore to be transferred to existing JV arrangements will further help in deleveraging”.

The operating cash flow surplus will help in reduction of the remaining debt by around 50 per cent, while the residual debt would be serviced through financing against rental assets at an attractive interest rates.

To monetise its commercial assets, DLF in December 2017 entered into a joint venture with GIC when DLF promoters sold their entire 40 per cent stake in DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) for nearly Rs 12,000 crore.

The deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore, and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by DCCDL.

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DLF has a rental portfolio of about 36 million sq ft, of which around 32 million sq ft is office space and rest is retail properties. It earns an annual rental income of over Rs 3,000 crore from these leased assets.

Earlier this month, DLF reported a 24 per cent increase in consolidated net profit at Rs 414.01 crore for the quarter ended December as against Rs 335.15 crore in the year-ago period.

Total income fell 36 per cent to Rs 1,533.34 crore in the third quarter of 2019-20 from Rs 2,405.89 crore in the corresponding period of previous year.


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