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DLF debt up 4 per cent at Rs 19,944 cr, to raise Rs 3,600 cr

PTI     November 14, 2014

DLF's net debt rose by Rs 817 crore during the second quarter of this financial year to Rs 19,944 crore while it plans to raise Rs 3,600 crore through an issue of securities backed by commercial assets to replace costlier debt.

The company had on Thursday reported 9 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 109.06 crore for the quarter ended September on account of higher sales and lower expenses.

According to an analyst presentation, DLF's net debt stood at Rs 19,944 crore as on September 30, against Rs 19,127 crore at the end of June quarter. Still, DLF said: "Despite difficult business conditions, the company is fully committed to meet its obligations to all its stakeholders."

In the presentation, the realty major said it is getting ready for a large Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) offering of Rs 3,600 crore approximately.

In May, DLF had launched the country's first CMBS to raise Rs 525 crore against a shopping mall 'DLF Emporio' in the national capital. Later in June, it raised another Rs 375 crore through CMBS backed by 'DLF Promenade' mall in Delhi, taking the total proceeds to Rs 900 crore.

On the debt situation, DLF said that of the total debt, development (housing) business contributed about Rs 6,000 crore and rental business Rs 14,000 crore.

DLF further said indicative ratings by two rating agencies are in place and it is awaiting final rating evaluation letters to further improve the quality of debt.

It said the company intends to keep the net debt of the development arm (DevCo) range bound (+/-) Rs 1,000 crore across medium-term through tactical divestments to or JVs with strategic or financial investors.

In August, DLF Executive Director (Finance) Saurabh Chawla had said that the company would raise Rs 3,000-3,500 crore through CMBS backed by a large IT special economic zone.

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