KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 21): KLCCP Stapled Group, comprising KLCC Property Holdings Bhd and KLCC Real Estate Investment Trust (KLCC REIT), recorded a relatively flat net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 (2QFY19) of RM180.38 million, compared with RM179.15 million a year earlier, amid stable earnings from its hotel and retail segments.

Quarterly revenue rose a marginal 1.8% to RM351.09 million from RM345.00 million in 2QFY18, its filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday showed.

This brings its net profit for the first half of 2019 (1HFY19) to RM364.33 million, up 1.3% from RM359.82 million in the previous year, while revenue grew 2.1% to RM704.54 million from RM690.11 million.

In a separate statement, KLCCP Stapled Group proposed a distribution per stapled security of 8.8 sen — comprising 6.23 sen for KLCC REIT and 2.57 sen for KLCC Property — to be paid on Oct 4.

This brings the distribution per stapled security to 17.60 sen for 1HFY19, representing 1.1%.

KLCCP Stapled Group said the office segment, comprising Petronas Twin Towers, Menara 3 Petronas, Menara Dayabumi and Menara ExxonMobil continued to provide a stable income stream to the group.

“The growth in PBT (profit before tax) by 1.5% is mainly due to higher recovery of utility charges coupled with lower operating expenditure,” it said.

Meanwhile, the retail segment, represented by Suria KLCC and the retail podium of Menara 3 Petronas, recorded a year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in revenue of 3.8% and an increase in footfall of 6.3% y-o-y in spite of 12% of its net lettable area going through an anchor-to-specialty space reconfiguration.

Higher rental rates from new and renewed leases, together with increased revenue from internal digital advertising contributed to the top-line growth, but this was offset marginally by maintenance works and security upgrades.

KLCCP Stapled Group said it expects the group’s overall performance for the year to remain relatively stable, underpinned by long-term lease arrangements in their office segment.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on Aug 21, 2019.

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