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Rs 12,000 crore deal: Singapore’s GIC leads race to buy 40% stake in DLF’s rental arm

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Rs 12,000 crore deal: Singapore's GIC leads race to buy 40% stake in DLF's rental arm

The promoters plan to use most of these funds in subscribing to a Rs 10,000-crore preferential issue of DLF Limited, which in turn will use this money to retire a portion of its debt.

NEW DELHI: GIC of Singapore is set to enter into exclusive bilateral negotiations with KP Singh and his family, the promoters of India’s largest real estate firm DLF Limited, to acquire their 40% stake in DLF Cyber City Developers Limited (DCCDL), the company that owns a portfolio of leased commercial assets, including the entire Cyber City complex in Gurgaon.

The deal will help the promoters raise about Rs 12,000 crore, valuing the rental arm at nearly Rs 40,000 crore, inclusive of its Rs 10,000-11,000 crore debt, said two persons familiar with the negotiations.

The promoters plan to use most of these funds in subscribing to a Rs 10,000-crore preferential issue of DLF Limited, which in turn will use this money to retire a portion of its debt.

“The agreement is likely to be signed soon,” said one of the persons quoted above. The balance 60% in DCCDL is owned by DLF Limited.

A DLF spokesperson declined to comment. “We do not wish to comment on speculation. We are in our silent period as our quarterly results are scheduled for February 14,” said the spokesperson.

GIC did not respond to queries. Last year, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan were mandated by DLF to help monetise their stake in an effort to deleverage their balance sheet.

GIC, which already has close relationship with DLF, trumped Blackstone and a consortium of sovereign wealth funds from Abu Dhabi and Qatar, added officials in the know. Close to 15 suitors had expressed initial interests to partner DLF.

DCCDL operates 27 million square feet of commercial property assets that are already leased and earning rent of Rs 2,250 crore as of March 31, 2016. It also has 20 million sq ft of future development potential.

The proposed transaction will reduce DLF Ltd’s debt in a two-step transaction. The promoters will pump Rs 10,000 crore into India’s largest real estate developer by purchasing shares in a preferential issue with funds raised from the sale of their stake in the company’s rental unit.

In addition, the real estate firm plans to raise about Rs 3,000 crore from institutional investors. From these two transactions, the company will raise about Rs 13,000 crore, and this money will be used to retire a portion of DLF Ltd’s standalone debt. In addition, DCCDL owes Rs 11,000 crore to its lenders. As it will continue to be 60% owned by DLF Ltd, its debt will remain in the parent company’s books.

“DLF has been running operational cash flow deficit of Rs 5-6 billion (Rs 500-600 crore) per quarter due to slowdown in sales and continued construction spend (Rs 6.5-7 billion per quarter).

With sales expected to remain muted, the company does not expect the gap to close in coming quarters. Closure of DCCDL transaction would help close that gap,” wrote analysts from Axis Securities in a report in December. DLF shares fell 0.07%, or 10 paise, to close at Rs 147.7 50 on the BSE on Monday.

Source:  economictimes.

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NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

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NTR Housing Scheme In Full Swing: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

On Thursday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said with the estimated expense of Rs. 5,556.74 crore, the construction of more than 2,44,164 houses, out of the proposed 3,03,044, has been commenced under the NTR Housing Scheme 2017.

While addressing the second day of the Collectors’ Conference he also said the construction of the remaining houses will begin soon. He mentioned that Prakasam and the Kurnool districts are ahead of the schedule in the urban housing scheme. Also, the works are in full swing in the Nellore and the Guntur districts under the rural housing scheme.

According to Naidu, the government will complete 2.5 lakh houses by January next year and another lot of two lakh houses by June.

By October 2, 2018, the state government intends to finish the construction of all the houses and plans to celebrate with massive house warming ceremony with local public representatives. This will help them set an example for housing schemes in other states.

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A Mumbai Suburbs’ Swift Transformation From Industrial To A Residential Zone: Wadala

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A Mumbai Suburbs’ swift transformation from industrial to a residential zone: Wadala

An industrial zone primarily, Wadala has undergone a drastic transformation in the past decade. Now an upcoming residential area, this Mumbai suburb is one of the seven islands to form the modern Mumbai. It is located on the Harbour line of Mumbai’s railway network.

Due to its proximity to BKC, large scale land development was inevitable, thus fueling the real estate market. Wadala is bordered by Dadar on the West, Matunga on the Northwest and Sewri on the South. Nestled between south Mumbai and the suburbs, Wadala enjoys strong connectivity by road and rail to most parts of Mumbai.

It has a number of flyovers like the Anik Panjrapol Link Road, Elevated road and Santacruz flyover. Thane, CST and Chembur are connected via the Eastern Highway while the Western Highway connects the locality to Bandra and Borivali. Wadala has the biggest bus depot in Mumbai. Furthermore, the multiple infrastructure initiatives like the monorail, Truck Terminal and the expansion of Highway are in various stages of development.

All this has given rise to residential demand and pushed the property value over the last few years. One of the most populated areas in Mumbai, Wadala has a large number of old temples, churches and dargahs, university campuses, schools, reputed hospitals and is also home to a former world’s largest IMAX dome theater. There are many stores, showrooms and malls around Wadala like the R Mall, High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall.

Ramesh Nair, COO – business and international director, JLL India says, “A decade ago, property prices at Wadala were as low as Rs 2,800 per sq. ft. and it rose to Rs 14,000 a few years ago.”  As the infrastructure plans are on their way, so are the renowned developers like Ajmera, Dosti Group and Lodha Group among others.

Wadala at present offers one of the highest returns on real estate investments in the region. All the above-mentioned developers have their luxury projects in the area.

Ajmera I-Land introduces Aeon, Zeon and Treon towers with 2, 3 and 4 BHK plush homes. Conceptualized by renowned Singapore based Architects Space Matrix, these spaces with top-of-the-line lifestyle amenities exude exemplary class and finesse. The first residential floor begins at 110 feet from the ground level and offers several modern lifestyle amenities like kid’s pool, swimming pool, gymnasium, club house, open space and landscaped gardens, yoga room, kid’s play area and senior citizen corner.

Dosti Ambrosia is a 36-storey tower nestled in the 18 Acre Township of Dosti Acres. The architecture of the project was undertaken by renowned Hafeez Contractor in the 2 and 3 BHK apartments. It offers an exclusive rooftop swimming pool with 40,000 sq. ft. of landscaped gardens. You will find all modern conveniences like Gymnasium, Tennis Court, Indoor Badminton Court, Yoga and Meditation Room, Elderly Corner, Banquet Hall, Indoor Games, Indoor Badminton Court, Guest Rooms, Restaurant, Grand Entrance Lobby, Kids Play Area, 2 Club Houses and an Amphitheatre.

New Cuffe Parade by Lodha Group offers its residents all the comforts of a world-class lifestyle. The 2 and 3 BHK homes are spread in over 23 acres of land with 15 acres of stunning landscape and 75,000 sq. ft. of the club house. It includes 11 swimming pools, an organic farm, cricket pitch and multiple themed gardens. The buildings are designed by the world renowned WOHA in Singapore and the landscape was planned by Sitetectonix in Singapore.

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Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

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Rajasthan Government May Hike The Affordable Housing Prices

The prices of homes under the ambitious Mukhyamantri Jan Awas Yojana are expected to be increased by the state government.

According to the sources in the empowered committee meeting to be held on Monday, a proposal to increase the cost of a low-income group (LIG) and economic weaker section (EWS) houses will be proposed. Urban development and housing (UDH) minister Srichand Kriplani will chair the meeting. The LIG and EWS houses, presently are being constructed on government lands by private builders. These homes are sold at a fixed rate of Rs 1,250 per sq feet; out of which 1000 rupees per sq ft is given by Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), development authorities and local bodies to the builders.

According to provision 4(A) and 4(B), the developers are supposed to build EWS and LIG houses on government land. Seventy-five percent of such government land can be used in building EWS and LIG houses, while the remaining 25% can be sold by the developers. However, since the rates provided by the government are less the developers are not showing interest to construct houses under these categories. Sources said, “In Jaipur, not a single developer has shown interest in constructing houses under this model. The JDA has invited expression of interest (EOI) several times.”

The UDH is leaving no stone unturned to attract the builders in order to achieve the target of constructing 10 lakh houses by 2019. The sources mentioned, “As per the new proposal, the department has proposed to provide Rs 1,600 per sq feet rate to the developers. The land rates have increased subsequently over the period of time; this is why increasing rates has become a need of the hour.”

Sources further added, “The developers are constructing G+3 buildings at present. However, it is not cost-effective. It has been proposed to construct G+2 buildings for LIG and EWS category.”

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