Damansara Realty Bhd’s net profit more than doubled to RM9.8 million for the nine months ended September 30 2019, from RM4.6 million for the same period last year.

KUALA LUMPUR: Damansara Realty Bhd’s net profit more than doubled to RM9.8 million for the nine months ended September 30 2019, from RM4.6 million for the same period last year.

DBhd recorded a 54 per cent increase in its pre-tax profit to RM12.6 million for the nine months despite a slight drop in revenue.

The profit growth was attributed to lower operating expenses, improved operational efficiency and contributions from its Central Park joint development project in Johor Bahru with Country Garden Group, the company said in a statement today.

“Our business focus moving forward will be on high-growth markets and higher-margin projects for continued profitability and to sustain our growth track record,” said managing director Brian Iskandar Zulkarim in the statement.

DBhd's property and land development segment saw higher contributions to revenue last year due to sales of the remaining shop lots in Aliff Square 2, Johor Bahru, which is fully sold.

“While we look to renew our existing Integrated facilities management (IFM) contracts, we’ve successfully secured new IFM contracts worth RM133.91 million as at November 2019 from our tender book value of nearly RM500 million,” Brian Iskandar added.

In September, DBhd secured a contract to supply skilled cleaning operatives worth RM21.2 million to one of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) subsidiaries.

“These secured contracts speak volumes for our committed efforts in expanding our services beyond the traditional facilities management engineering services,” he said.

In October, DBhd and its joint venture partner Country Garden, launched Phase Three of the Central Park development, which currently comprises 216 double-storey terrace units with an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM187 million.

The company is working on launching its Aliff Square 3 commercial project in Tampoi, Johor by the end of the year, comprising of 68 units of shop-lots.

DBhd’s joint development project with Menteri Besar Negri Sembilan Incorporation at the 50-acre commercial land in Sendayan is being slated to start next year.