DLF Limited, Indiaâ€™s largest real estate company, recorded consolidated revenues of Rs 2,594 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, an increase of 21% from Rs 2,151 crore in the Q3FY10. EBIDTA stood at Rs 1,292 crore, an increase of 33% as compared to Rs 969 crore in the corresponding period last year. Net profit was at Rs 466 crore, as compared to Rs 468 crore in Q3FY0. The non-annualised EPS for the quarter was Rs 2.74
The Companyâ€™s focus on achieving stable growth, strong execution across all projects and cash flow maximization continued and strengthened in the quarter under review. With a host of new launches scheduled by the Company in the near future it is expected that the Companyâ€™s business plans shall remain largely on track and the Company shall benefit from the growth being witnessed in the Indian economy.
However, with inflation becoming a serious concern and due to the inadequate supply side measures, it is feared that overdependence on monetary policy alone to bring inflation to reasonable levels could result in a sharp deceleration in economic growth. The Company, therefore remains cautious in its near term outlook while maintaining its medium and longer term strategic intents.
The leasing segment continues to witness reasonable volumes albeit at moderate rental levels. A gradual upward trend has been witnessed in this segment of the Companyâ€™s business on a Q/Q basis and the Company remains hopeful that this momentum shall continue in the future as improving conditions in the Western Economies lead to better prospects for the Indian knowledge industries who are a key occupants and users of the Companyâ€™s commercial office spaces.
The residential business volumes shall continue to grow as more and more product offerings are introduced in the marketplace in the near term. The Companyâ€™s focus on margin protection shall continue and due moderation in volumes if so required will be undertaken. The Companyâ€™s execution capabilities are now strongly contributing to its business performance across the country.
On the divestments, recovery actions are proceeding as per plan. During the Quarter, the Company divested Rs. 403 crore of non-core assets and till date, the divestment amount stands at Rs. 2,900 crore against a target of Rs. 4,500 crore (ex-wind power).
With a Â view to further its business operations and with the opportunities available to consolidate land holdings in the Companyâ€™s existing projects, significant levels of investments in new land was undertaken in the quarter under review. Along with capex, the total amount exceeded approximately Rs 500 crore in the quarter. Consequently, in the near term due to the aforementioned investments and the delay in new launches, net debt has witnessed a marginal rise in the quarter. However, the Company expects that with the slew of new launches planned and its operations providing for ongoing investments on a steady basis, debt would steadily reduce to moderate levels in the medium term.