DLF cuts debt to Rs 5,513 crore; aims to become debt-free by FY19
Realty major DLF’s net debt has come down substantially to Rs 5,513 crore at the end of October-December quarter on fund infusion by promoters as it targets to become a zero-debt company by the end of next fiscal. DLF, the country’s largest real estate developer, repaid loans of Rs 7,100 crore using fund infused by the promoters.
According to an investor presentation, DLF’s net debt stood at Rs 5,513 crore as on December 31, 2017, and this is primarily from development business of housing projects. The debt from commercial real estate business has now been reflected in DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), the company’s joint venture firm with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC. The net debt of DCCDL stood at Rs 16,074 crore at the end of third quarter of this fiscal. The JV holds the bulk of rent-yielding commercial assets of DLF group. DLF’s total debt stood at Rs 26,800 crore at June-end this financial year.
The promoters had in August last year sold entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for Rs 11,900 crore. This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in DCCDL to GIC for Rs 8,900 crore and buy-back of remaining shares worth Rs 3,000 crore by DCCDL. This deal got concluded in late December. As a result, DLF’s stake in DDCDL increased to 66.66 per cent stake from 60 per cent, while GIC has the balance 33.34 per cent stake in the joint venture firm. Post this transaction, DLF promoters K P Singh and family have infused Rs 9,000 crore in the company and would pump in Rs 2,250 crore more over the next 18 months. DLF has made preferential allotment of compulsorily convertible debentures (CCDs) and warrants to the promoters against infusion of funds.