ALI earnings down 36% to P2.8 billion

Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Ayala Land Inc. reported a net income of P2.8 billion in the first quarter, down 36 percent from the previous year as revenues declined.

ALI said revenues fell by 13 percent to P24.6 billion during the period.

Residential and commercial leasing revenues improved, but difficulties remained because of the pandemic, ALI president and CEO Bernard Vincent Dy.

“We continue to work through the difficulties of the pandemic with an eye toward full recovery in the next two to three years. Our residential business registered higher sales in the first quarter versus a year ago, with new product launches gaining favorable market acceptance. Our commercial leasing businesses improved quarter-on-quarter, but these are not expected to fully recover until mobility restrictions are eased. Looking at our total portfolio, we expect our capital expenditures, product launches and completions to drive our performance this year amidst the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic,” Dy said.

In terms of revenue, ALI’s residential revenues were virtually unchanged year-on-year, ending the quarter at P13.6 billion compared to P13.8 billion last year. Sales reservations increased by 15 percent to P28.5 billion as local demand remained robust amid the community quarantines. This marked an increase of 35 percent from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Revenues from the sale of office units jumped by 85 percent to P1.8 billion as a result of solid bookings from developments such as ALVEO’s Park Triangle at Bonifacio Global City and Ayala Land Premier’s One Vertis Plaza at Vertis North. Revenues from the sale of commercial and industrial lots on the other hand, decelerated by 67 percent to P818.4 million from P2.5 billion on slower take up at Vermosa and Alviera estates.

Commercial leasing revenues, meanwhile, contracted by 41 percent to P5.1 billion as operations of malls, hotels, and resorts remained restricted.

Shopping mall revenues dropped 58 percent to P2 billion year-on-year on account of limited operations, discounted rental rates to support tenants, and low foot traffic.

Hotels and resorts revenues were 60 percent lower at P640 million as hotel occupancy remained low while resorts were closed since the reimposition of the enhanced community quarantine in the end of March.

On the other hand, sustained BPO and HQ operations drove office leasing revenues to P2.5 billion, up two percent from the previous year.

ALI launched six projects with a total value of P17.4 billion. It has budgeted P100 billion worth of project launches for 2021.

Capital expenditures amounted to P15.3 billion for the period, equivalent to 17 percent of the P88 billion full year budget. Of the amount, 59 percent was spent on residential projects, 12 percent on commercial projects, 10 percent for land acquisitions, 17 percent for the development of estates and two percent for other purposes. ###

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