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DLF aims to be zero-debt company by March 2019

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New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) Realty major DLFs net debt has come down to Rs 5,513 crore from around Rs 27,000 crore after it repaid some bank loans and transferred a substantial chunk to its joint venture with Singapores sovereign wealth fund GIC.

DLF has repaid loans of Rs 7,100 crore using fund infused by the promoters in late December. DLF now targets to become a zero-debt company by the end of next fiscal, a senior company official said today.

According to an investor presentation, DLF now has a net debt of Rs 5,513 crore. The net debt of its JV firm DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) stands at Rs 16,074 crore.

The debt from its commercial real estate business has been reflected in the books of DCCDL, which holds the bulk of rent-yielding commercial assets.

At the end of second quarter of this fiscal, DLFs net debt stood at Rs 26,800 crore.

In a conference call with analysts, DLFs group CFO Saurabh Chawla expressed confidence that company will be debt free by March 2019 with the help of proceeds from proposed qualified institutional placement (QIP), further infusion of funds by promoters and internal accruals.

"We do not see any issue in achieving this," Chawla said, while responding to a query on planned debt reduction.

In August last year, the promoters had in August last year sold entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for Rs 11,900 crore. This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in DCCDL to GIC for Rs 8,900 crore and buy-back of remaining shares worth Rs 3,000 crore by DCCDL.

This deal got concluded in late December. As a result, DLFs stake in DDCDL increased to 66.66 per cent stake from 60 per cent, while GIC has the balance 33.34 per cent stake in the joint venture firm.

Post this transaction, DLF promoters K P Singh and family have infused Rs 9,000 crore in the company and would pump in Rs 2,250 crore more over the next 18 months. DLF has made preferential allotment of compulsorily convertible debentures (CCDs) and warrants to the promoters against infusion of funds.

Yesterday, DLF reported a nearly 42-fold rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 4,091.27 crore for the December 2017 quarter, driven by deemed gain from the GIC deal. Its net profit stood at Rs 98.14 crore in the year-ago period.

Total income, however, fell to Rs 1,855.21 crore in the third quarter of 2017-18 fiscal from Rs 2,177.90 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year.

DLF explained in a statement that its profit has gone up due to one-time exceptional gain on account of restatement of its investment in DCCDL at fair market value based on Indian accounting standards (IndAS 110), as DCCDL is now being accounted as a joint venture instead of a subsidiary.

DLF is currently developing 11 million sq ft of projects and it has a land bank of 235 million sq ft. PTI MJH ABM

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