Software firm TCS and realty major DLF have sought government nod to set up special economic zones (SEZ) for IT sector in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
These proposals will be taken up by the Board of Approval, the highest decision-making body for SEZ, in its meeting on February 26 here. The inter-ministerial body is chaired by the commerce secretary.
Realty major DLF on Thursday reported 55 per cent year-on-year growth in profit before tax in the third quarter of FY20 at Rs 368.6 crore, compared to Rs 237.5 crore posted in the corresponding period last year.
Its net profit stood at Rs 335.15 crore in the year-ago period. The total income fell 36 per cent to Rs 1,533.34 crore in the third quarter of 2019-20 from Rs 2,405.89 crore in the corresponding period previous year, DLF said.
Shares of real estate companies advanced at the bourses on Thursday, gaining up to 6 per cent on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), after the State Bank of India (SBI) launched a Residential Builder Finance with Buyer Guarantee (RBBG) scheme to safeguard home buyers financially.
Sunteck Realty, Indiabulls Real Estate, DLF and Oberoi Realty were up more than 2 per cent each on the NSE in the intra-day trade today. Meanwhile, Sobha, Mahindra Lifespace Developers, and Godrej Properties gained in the range of 1 to 2 per cent.
Real estate major DLF reported a 19.8 per cent year-on-year drop in consolidated operating revenue for the July-September quarter, to Rs 1,716 crore. Expenses towards cost of land, plots, constructed properties and developmental rights dropped 28 per cent, to Rs 885 crore.
During the quarter, it utilised Rs 1,036 crore (of the Rs 2,250 crore it had got against exercise of warrants in June) towards repayment of bank loans. And, another Rs 149.5 crore for working capital requirement, including loans to subsidiaries.
Gurgaon-based luxury malls developer, DLF is planning to focus more on food and beverages and allocate around 20 per cent of space to the dining options across its project offerings, a senior company official said.
DLF, which has malls across Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and Chandigarh, has been allotting nearly 12 per cent of the total space to F&B.
DLF Ltd’s sale of a nine-acre land parcel in Gurugram to multinational bank American Express (India) Pvt. Ltd (Amex) is positive for its commercial property business. The timing of the ₹300 crore deal is right too as the stage was set for DLF’s next phase of growth after it resurrected itself from the huge debt stranglehold.
DLF shares tumbled 20 per cent to Rs 137.75 apiece, also its fresh 52-week low, in early morning trade on the BSE on Thursday after the Supreme Court (SC) issued the company a notice based on a plea that alleged the company of hiding information on pending cases regarding Haryana land-bank from its shareholders.
According to a report in Business Line, the petition highlighted how DLF had suppressed key information regarding judicial proceedings against the company's largest chunk of land-bank in Haryana.
DLF’s CEO Rajeev Talwar has welcomed the National Housing Bank’s recent circular that asked the housing finance companies to desist from offering loan products for subvention schemes offered by builders. It is widely speculated that the new norms could have an adverse impact it may have on the industry, which is weighed down by a slowdown due to lack of demand and a liquidity crunch caused by the NBFC crisis.
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