MaxVIL Back to strong profits in Q2; Q2 EBIDTA up 5.3x to develop another Grade A plus Office Complex on Noida Expressway
New Delhi [India] Nov 08 (ANI/NewsVoir): Max Ventures and Industries Limited (MaxVIL), a part of the US$ 3.2 billion Max Group, operates across two core businesses of Real Estate in NCR and Specialty Packaging Films.
MaxVIL has announced its results for the quarter ended 30th September 2019.
"We are pleased to announce strong performance across our businesses in Q2 FY20 thus continuing the positive momentum from Q1FY20. We have taken significant steps in the Real Estate vertical with a land parcel acquisition in Sector 129 in Noida. The investments for the next phase of Real Estate growth will be funded through a frugal capital model which deploys internal accruals along with the platform level investments from global institutional funders," said Sahil Vachani, MD and CEO of MaxVIL.
"The leasing momentum at our flagship commercial project, Max Towers has picked up significantly with 34,152 sq. ft. space leased in the current quarter. We are extremely pleased with the tenant base we have acquired which comprises a balanced mix of MNCs, US-based technology firms, large domestic services firms etc. Given the Grade A+ specifications of Max Towers as well as a progressive environment built on our WorkWell philosophy that provides its occupants an energy-efficient and green work environment, a technology-enabled smart workspace designed to boost productivity while they are working and a vibrant food and recreation hub when they want to socialize or take a break. Our recent leases are at a 40 per cent premium to the micro market rates."
Of the 5 lakh sq ft available at Max Towers, it has sold 1.45 lakh sq ft at a value of approx Rs 2,000 Mn. The proceeds will be utilized to build a robust, differentiated high quality office assets portfolio with potential to deliver a mid to high teen IRR profile. With the sale and leasing, Max Towers has established its credentials in premium office space in NCR.
An agreement for purchase of a distressed commercial use land parcel at a prime location on Noida Expressway (Sector 129) by a wholly owned subsidiary of Max Estates Limited has also been executed. Construction is expected to commence in Q1FY21, which coincides with the completion timeline of Max House, Okhla. This would help sustain a steady project construction pipeline for Max Estates.
Max Towers continues to scout for more such attractive office space development opportunities in Delhi-NCR through a combination of platform and project level partnerships as this geography continues to show high absorption and low vacancy levels of Grade A+ office space. It has shown the capability to create differentiated assets within time and budget while navigating the regulatory landscape. Max Towers' proven, highly capable and motivated real estate team is now looking to capitalize on the vast opportunities in Real Estate in the NCR.
The specialty films business, after coping with a cyclical industry downturn has emerged stronger and witnessed a sustained improvement in H1FY20. The oversupply in the industry due to additional capacity creation is normalizing and in turn is helping improve profitability. The strategy of increasing the contribution of specialty grade films will lead to outperformance.
Highlights of Q2 and H1 FY20 Consolidated Financials
* Agreement signed to purchase a distressed commercial land parcel on Noida Expressway
* A wholly owned subsidiary of Max Estates has entered into an agreement for purchase of a distressed commercial use land parcel at a prime location on Noida Expressway (Sector 129) at a cost of approximately Rs 110 cr.
* The development potential of this land is approximately 7 lakh sq ft. We expect to commence construction in Q1FY21.
* The project is slated to be a Grade A+ leasable Commercial Office space.
* The project will be funded through a combination of internal accruals, platform level partnership with international institutional funder and project level debt
* Due to the financial uncertainties surrounding the Potential Lessee, we are no longer committed to leasing the first phase of Max House to WeWork India.
* Max House, Okhla is garnering strong Lessee interest due to its central location in the affluent South Delhi market and the quality of our offering - Max Towers.
* South Delhi has a high density of offices working in old and fragmented floor plates. We are in active discussion with multiple prospective tenants.
* Max House is expected to commercialize in Q1FY21.
* Lease Rental Income for Max Towers stood at Rs 28 mn in Q2FY20. We continue to enjoy premium rentals compared to the micro market due to our superior quality infrastructure and differentiated services.
* Leased 34,152 sq ft in Max Towers in Q2FY20; the average rentals stand at Rs 99.50 per sq ft.
* We have sold 1.45 lakhs sq ft in Max Towers for Rs 2,000 mn. We will engage with buyer for leasing this space to maintain a high-quality tenant profile for the overall project.
* The capital released will be utilized to develop more projects in the coming quarters in an Asset Light model
* Max Towers Project was awarded 'Most Environment-Friendly Commercial Space' by Realty+, one of the leading Real Estate publications in India. This recognition is awarded to the best within the ranks of Indian Real Estate across six major cities in India
* Max Asset Services (MAS) complements the Real Estate arm of MaxVIL to complete its objective of offering a differentiated solution in the Leased Commercial Office market in Delhi-NCR and focusing on real estate as a service opportunity
* MAS is supporting and furthering the WorkWell philosophy in the Commercial Office segment in the Delhi-NCR market by curating superior live experiences such as cultural performances, cinema screenings, food pop-ups and has hosted conversations with celebrated authors like Devdutt Patnaik, Shovana Narayan and Shashi Tharoor.
* The current Max Towers tenants have given a very encouraging Net Promoter Score of 9 out of 10 in its second tenant engagement survey.
* With the experience of managing Max Towers, the company has gained significant expertise and is now pursuing multiple opportunities to deepen its presence in the Managed Office services market in the Delhi-NCR.
* The first Managed Office offering will be completed for a technology company in Dec'19 and an active sales pipeline is being developed for scaling up this business
* We continue to evaluate promising companies in the RE enabled space while tracking performance of current investments
* Government's focus to reduce usage of single use plastic to benefit Max Speciality Films (MSF) as BOPP Films is a multi-layered product which is easier to recycle. MSF supports the idea of sustainability and recyclability in packaging materials
* In Q2FY20, the company has started witnessing the return of pricing power gradually to the suppliers as profitability margin (EBIT) has improved sequentially to 6.4 per cent in Q2FY20 as compared to 5.7 per cent in Q1FY20.
* Value added speciality films (BOPP + Coating) contributed 32 per cent in Q2FY20 vs 28 per cent in Q1FY20. We aim to continue improving this more profitable contribution gradually over time.
* Our supplies to packaging major Toppan Group have commenced and we expect scale up to continue over the next few quarters.
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