Eco World International Berhad (EcoWorld International) announced its results for 1Q 2022 today.
Key highlights for 1Q 2022 include the following:
Comments on EcoWorld International’s performance in 1Q 2022
“EcoWorld International had a good start to FY2022 as the attractive incentive packages being offered to customers led to a resurgence in buying interest particularly for our London City Island and Embassy Gardens projects. Local demand in Australia has also been recovering steadily which contributed to the RM685 million sales secured in the 1st four months of this financial year,” said Dato’ Teow Leong Seng, President & CEO of EcoWorld International.
Whilst the near-term market outlook continues to be challenging, with concerns regarding the potential escalation of the current conflict in Europe between Russia and Ukraine compounding supply chain constraints and fears of rising inflation rates, EcoWorld International has certain inherent advantages.
“Our projects in Australia are fully completed and our major projects in London under the EcoWorld-Ballymore joint venture are very close to achieving full completion. The impact of an inflationary environment could therefore favour us as our selling prices stand to benefit from rising property prices while our costs on the completed and near-completed projects are largely shielded from inflationary pressure,” said Teow.
“We do however acknowledge the uncertain market environment caused by rising geo-political tensions – against such a backdrop the strategic decision we made at the end of 2021 to accelerate cash recoupment via the sale of our completed units, remains very sound.
We are continuing to see good interest from investors, both institutional and retail, for our projects in both the UK and Australia. This includes several large offers which we are currently assessing. Should we decide to proceed with these offers, our plans to repatriate the capital which we have invested in our completed projects could be accelerated,” Teow continued.
Teow reiterated that it remains the Board’s intention to sell the remaining units in the EcoWorld-Ballymore and Australian projects in the next two to three years with a key goal of making further distributions to shareholders after setting aside a portion of the capital recouped from these completed projects to be reinvested for future growth.
He also mentioned that the Group’s other UK joint-venture, EcoWorld London, had successfully obtained the planning permission for its Woking site (“Woking”), located in Surrey, which has an estimated Gross Development Value of around £350 million. Management is targeting to finalise the development programme and launch the project by late calendar year 2022 if market conditions are conducive. The launch of Woking will mark the Group’s maiden expansion beyond the city of London in the UK. EcoWorld London is also working towards obtaining the planning permission for Oxbow Phase 4, which is targeted to be launched around the same time as Woking.