Singapore’s CapitaLand FY 2016 net profit increases 11.7% to S$1.19 billion

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CapitaLand Limited achieved total PATMI(Profit After Tax and Minority Interests) in FY 2016 of S$1,190.3 million, 11.7% higher than the previous year on the back of improved operating performance.

The Group recorded a higher operating PATMI for FY 2016 of S$865.3 million (FY 2015: S$823.6 million). Excluding gains from the change in use, operating PATMI improved 27.8% to S$834.8 million compared to the S$653.0 million in FY 2015, driven by higher handover of residential units in China and higher recurring income from CapitaGreen in Singapore and its shopping mall business in China.

For 4Q 2016, the Group achieved total PATMI of S$430.5 million, 73.8% higher than 4Q 2015, driven by better operating performance, higher fair value gains on revaluation of investment properties and lower impairments. Operating PATMI grew 16% to S$289.1 million supported by higher contributions from the Group’s trading properties and shopping malls in China.

Group revenue in 4Q 2016 increased 6.5% to S$1,852.8 million mainly due to higher handover of development projects in China and rental income from the serviced residence business. The development projects which contributed to higher revenue in China in the quarter under review included One iPark in Shenzhen, Riverfront in Hangzhou, The Metropolis in Kunshan and Vista Garden in Guangzhou.

FY 2016 revenue rose 10.3% to S$5,252.3 million compared to S$4,761.9 million in FY 2015, driven by development projects in Singapore and China, the commercial portfolio in Singapore and the serviced residence business. FY 2016 EBIT was S$2,359.5 million compared to S$2,316.0 million in FY 2015, driven by better operating performance, lower impairment charges and higher portfolio gains. Singapore and China remain the key contributors to EBIT, accounting for 83.5% of total EBIT (FY 2015: 79.0%).

Mr Ng Kee Choe, Chairman of CapitaLand Limited, said: “CapitaLand has remained resilient and delivered a good set of results for the financial year. Nonetheless, we face an uncertain and unpredictable operating environment and economic headwinds in Singapore and China, our core markets. In line with our 2016 performance, the Board is pleased to propose a dividend of 10 Singapore cents a share for FY 2016.”

Mr Lim Ming Yan, President & Group CEO of CapitaLand Limited, said: “CapitaLand achieved creditable financial performance in 2016 despite a challenging environment. Our ongoing focus to strengthen our operating PATMI and balance sheet has further increased the Group’s financial strength. Notably, operating PATMI for FY 2016 was S$865.3 million, the highest achieved since CapitaLand was listed in 2000, contributing 73% of total PATMI – nearly double the 40% just five years ago. Our optimal asset mix has enabled us to deliver a steady stream of recurring income from our investment properties and management contracts, whilst we continue to realise gains from our trading properties.”

For FY 2016, CapitaLand sold a record total of 12,789 homes. In Singapore, the Group sold 571 residential units (FY 2015: 244 units) with a sales value of S$1,415 million (FY 2015: S$559 million). The Group also achieved a second consecutive year of record residential sales in China, with 10,738 units sold at a value of RMB18.1 billion or about S$3.7 billion (FY 2015: 9,402 units; RMB15.4 billion). These represent year-on-year increases of 14% and 17% respectively in terms of units and value. The significant contributors were Dolce Vita in Guangzhou, Century Park in Chengdu, The Metropolis in Kunshan, Vermont Hills in Beijing, International Trade Centre in Tianjin, La Botanica in Xian, One iPark in Shenzhen, Riverfront in Hangzhou and Summit Era in Ningbo. In Vietnam, 1,480 residential units (FY 2015: 1,321 units) were sold with a sales value of S$282.1 million (FY 2015: S$226.5 million), mainly from Feliz en Vista in Ho Chi Minh City, and Season Avenue and Mulberry Lane in Hanoi. Mr Lim said: “Singapore and China continue to be CapitaLand’s core markets, while we scale up in markets such as Vietnam.

In China, we have over 8,000 launch-ready units and expect to hand over 6,000 units in FY 2017. For our integrated developments in China, the four operating Raffles City projects continue to generate steady leasing income, while the three Raffles City projects opening in 2017 have achieved good leasing progress of more than 80% for the respective retail components. Raffles City Chongqing is also on track for completion in phases starting from 2018.”

The Group will complete and commence operations of a record 1 million square metres of retail gross floor area in 2017, comprising five shopping malls and the retail components of the three Raffles City developments in China. To complement the Group’s existing retail network, leverage the CapitaLand brand and further build scale, the Group has begun to manage shopping malls on behalf of third party owners. On top of being a new source of revenue, growing assets through proactive management and value creation for partners, this also allows the Group to build a pipeline of quality malls for potential future acquisitions.

Source: CapitaLand Limited

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