Ayala Land net income up 17% to P20.8 billion
“We sustained our growth momentum in the third quarter as residential demand remained strong and our commercial assets registered double-digit increase in revenues,” said Bernard Vincent O. Dy, ALI President and CEO. “Our positive financial results are motivated by our vision to build communities that enrich the lives of more people, and we reaffirm this commitment as we celebrate Ayala Land’s 30th anniversary this year.”
ALI’s property development revenues amounted to P82.8 billion, 23% higher than the P67.2 billion it posted last year. Revenues from sales under ALI’s five residential brands, namely Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, Avida, Amaia, and Bellavita, and from the operations of MCT BHd in Malaysia, increased by 26% to P70.3 billion from P55.7 billion. Moreover, revenues from the sale of office spaces reached P6.9 billion, 2% higher than the previous year. Lot sales in Arca South, Taguig City fueled the sales of commercial and industrial lots which reached P5.6 billion, 16% higher than last year.
Due to the robust demand for property, ALI’s reservation sales jumped 15% to a total of P108.4 billion, translating to an average monthly take-up of P12 billion. The company also launched P81.8 billion worth of residential and office for sale projects from January to September 2018.
Meanwhile, the company’s commercial leasing business composed of shopping centers, offices, and hotels and resorts, generated total revenues of P25.3 billion, 14% higher than the previous year. The strong performance of Greenbelt in Makati and U.P. Town Center in Quezon City, the opening of Ayala Malls Circuit Makati, as well as higher contributions from newer malls such as Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, contributed to a 13% growth in shopping center revenues to P14.3 billion. In October 2018, the company opened One Bonifacio Highstreet in Bonifacio Global City, bringing ALI’s total shopping center portfolio to 1.83 million square meters of gross leasable space.
Revenues from office leasing reached P5.4 billion, 13% higher than last year, as occupancy stabilized in its newly opened corporate centers in Vertis North in Quezon City, Circuit Makati and The 30th in Pasig. Ayala Land opened Bacolod Capitol Corporate Center last September 2018, bringing the company’s total office leasable space to 1.03 million square meters.
The company’s hotels and resorts business continued to grow with 2,618 rooms in operation as of end of September 2018. Revenues from the ALI unit reached P5.7 billion, 17% higher than the previous year due to the higher occupancy and average room rate of Seda Vertis North in Quezon City and Seda Capitol Central in Bacolod, as well as the improved performance of El Nido Resorts. A total of 209 rooms were added into the portfolio in the third quarter — 114 rooms in Seda Ayala Center Cebu, 53 rooms in Seda Lio Palawan, and 42 rooms in Lio Dormitel. On October 10, ALI inaugurated the first direct commercial flight via AirSWIFT to Sicogon Island in Western Visayas where it is offering 45 bed and breakfast-type accommodations under two resorts, Balay Kogon and Huni.
The company spent a total of P77.9 billion in capital expenditures in the first nine months of the year as it continues to build on its residential and commercial leasing projects and sustainable mixed-use estates nationwide.