Dubai’s Nakheel says will post 2011 profit

Debt-hit developer unveils plan to build 103 beachfront townhouses on Palm Jumeirah
Nakheel
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Tue 27 Sep 2011 01:36 PM

State-backed
developer Nakheel will see its 2011 profit exceed the $234.1m posted last year
and expects to issue the final tranche of its $1.63bn Islamic bond by the
year-end, its chairman said.

The developer,
which split from parent firm Dubai World in August to become a government
entity, said profit would come from its leasing and retail business which is
yielding 20 percent above expectations.

“We have
our collections from customers, from retail, from leasing,” Ali Rashid Lootah
told reporters at Cityscape Global on Tuesday. “Leasing and retail, we’re doing
about 20 percent higher than planned. Sure [we’ll make a profit]. It will not
be less than 2010,” he said.

“Before
the end of the year [we’ll issue the remaining sukuk].”

The state-owned
firm does not plan to issue any further sukuks, but will go to the market for
future financing if required, he said.

Nakheel
was one of the biggest casualties of Dubai’s real estate crash, suspending at
least 100 projects in the wake of a property collapse that more than halved
house prices in the emirate.

The developer said this month it wrote down AED78.6bn
($21.4bn) from the value of its real estate during the Dubai debt crisis.

Nakheel also unveiled plans to build 102 beachfront
townhouses on the Palm Jumeirah, where villa prices have begun showing signs of
recovery
, according to consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.

“Oversupply
depends on which area and what type of product,” said Lootah. “We see stability
and we see an increase in certain products; rentals on villas, for example, are
increasing. On Palm Jumeirah and Palm Island the property prices are increasing
so this is a sign of recovery. Always the good products get moving first,” he
said.

The
developer said in August it also plans to build a community mall on the
offshore island.

Revenue
for 2011 has increased amid a 10-15 percent increase in the management and
leasing of fully-owned assets and a rise in residential unit occupancy, Lootah
said.

Dubai’s
property prices are expected to drop further as 54,000 homes will come onto the
market between 2011 to 2015, Jones Lang LaSalle estimates. That’s about 15
percent to 20 percent of the existing supply, according to the real-estate
broker.

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