DLF hopes to reduce debt to 10,000 cr in two years

DLF hopes to reduce debt to 10,000 cr in two years

New Delhi: The country’s largest realty firm DLF expects to pare its debt burden of over 22,500 crore to less than half in the next two years.

As part of the strategy to bring down its total debt to about 10,000 crore by 2013, the firm is closing in on a few deals of to sell non-core assets, including Aman Resorts.

“The plans are in place to reduce the debt by 6,000 crore- 7,000 crore in the next 18 months by selling non-core assets," a source said.

In the recent years, DLF has been selling its non-core assets to bring down its gradually mounting debt.

Along with sale of non-core assets, the company is also banking on increased revenues to help cut the debt.

When asked about its debt reduction plans, DLF vice chairman Rajiv Singh had last week said: “Our plans are on track. We are in the process of closing a couple of deals to sell our non-core assets. I am sure, our efforts will pay off very soon."

According to the source, DLF is likely to generate 1,800 crore- 2,000 crore revenue in 2011-12 from rentals business that is growing 15% every year.

The company’s net debt rose by nearly 1,000 crore in the quarter ended 30 September to 22,519 crore from 21,524 crore as on 30 June, 2011. It went up mainly due to delay in receipt of payments from non-core asset sales.

Earlier, the company had said it was targeting to bring the borrowings down to about 19,000 crore by March 2012.

The company expects to raise about 3,000 crore by March 2012 through sale of non-core assets such as IT Park in Noida, IT SEZ at Pune and hospitality business Amanresorts.

On selling its hospitality venture Amanresorts, Singh had said: “We are likely to close the deal by next quarter. We have got bids from many players and all of them are international firms."

He did not comment on the valuation of the deal that would include 29 properties of the hospitality chain that DLF had acquired in in 2007 for $400 million. Sources, however, had said the company is expecting about 2,000 crore- 2,500 crore from the deal.

Tt is also understood that DLF will retain the Delhi property of the Amanresorts.

DLF has been selling its non-core assets such as hotels and plots in the last few years to cut debt.

So far, the company had raised 3,480 crore from sale of non-core assets. Earlier this year, DLF had announced plans to raise 7,000 crore in the next 2-3 years.