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DLF Q2 debt up by 1,000 cr; aims to bring down to 19,000 cr

DLF Q2 debt up by 1,000 cr; aims to bring down to 19,000 cr

New Delhi: Realty major DLF on Friday said its net debt has risen by nearly 1,000 crore in the quarter ended 30 September to 22,519 crore mainly due to delay in receipt of payments from non-core asset sales.

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DLF 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, and the proceeds would be utilised in reducing debt.

The net debt of the country’s largest realty firm was 21,524 crore as on 30 June, 2011.

“Increase in net debt is largely due to deferment of divestment proceeds expected to be received in Q2 to Q3, that is Noida IT park and Pune IT SEZ," DLF said in a presentation.

That apart, the company has attributed the increase in debt to the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuation and mandatory payments such as taxes that normally falls due in the second quarter.

DLF availed fresh loans of 1,438 crore in the second quarter and the impact due to forex fluctuation stood at 142 crore, the presentation pointed out.

“We are fully committed to bringing down the debt level to 19,000-19,500 crore by end of this fiscal," DLF executive director (finance) Saurav Chawla told investors.

Giving details about the sale of non-core assets, he said that definitive agreement has been signed for the sale of Noida IT Park and documentation are at an advanced stage for the sale of the Pune IT SEZ.

On Amanresorts, Chawla said: “We have received four bids from the potential buyers and same are being evaluated. We are expecting to close the transaction by this quarter".

DLF has been selling its non-core assets in the last few years to reduce debt.

Till last fiscal, the company had raised 3,070 crore from sale of non-core assets. In the first half of this fiscal, it raised 410 crore, taking the total proceeds from sale of such assets to 3,480 crore.

Earlier this year, DLF had announced plans to raise 7,000 crore in the next 2-3 years to reduce its mounting debt.

DLF on Thursday reported 11% fall in net profit to 372.41 crore for the quarter ended 30 September, mainly due to higher tax expenses and interest charges.

Consolidated net sales during the second quarter, however, rose by 6.9% to 2,532.41 crore.

Shares of the company closed down 2.31% at 228.35 on the BSE on Friday.