With projects being on track and nil debt will boost results in the coming quarters, believes Oberoi Realty's Vikas Oberoi. He told CNBC-TV18 that the fundamentals of the company continue to remain strong.
To maintain my profits, I genuinely do not even need any sales, not for this quarter or for maybe couple of quarters.
Oberoi Realty is confident of performing better in the coming quarters. To maintain profits, the company has sold enough and just needs to build and book profits in the next two quarters, says Vikas Oberoi, chairman and managing director of Oberoi Realty. All projects are going as per plan, he told CNBC-TV18.
In terms of financials, the company is debt-free and has ample cash in the bank too, he says. The margins for the firm have also increased as fundamentals of the company continue to remain strong, Oberoi adds.
Below is the edited transcript of his interview to CNBC-TV18.
Q: The stock has been hitting lows for a couple of days. Today the stock is down about 10 percent odd or so. Is there anything happening?
A: I am personally also surprised. All I can say is our fundamentals continue to be good. All projects are doing well. Worli continues to be under construction. We are on currently in the process of constructing the 24th floor. There were certain permissions pending for Esquire, even they have come in. So per se fundamentals of the company continue to be same. We have zero debt.
We have cash in bank and maybe just a market sentiment probably for the sector has not been favourable. However, this sort of market scenario is a plus for us, which is sitting on cash. This will throw up opportunities for us. We are also surprised, but that is it. There is really not much that I can add to what I already know.
Q: There were some disappointments in your operational performance this quarter. Given the way the macro situation is panning out, how do you see your earnings shape up? Do you expect to see more pressure on your profitability going ahead?
A: If you see the margins, they have in fact increased. So there is no pressure on margin as such. We already have an order book where we are continuing to build. To maintain my profits, I genuinely do not even need any sales, not for this quarter or for maybe couple of quarters. We have already sold enough. We just have to build and book profit. So that also is not at all a concern.
We continue to be prudent with our buying and we are the only ones who are probably sitting with so much of cash, with zero debt. So from a strategy point of view nothing has really changed.
Oberoi Realty stock price
On July 31, 2014, Oberoi Realty closed at Rs 258.00, down Rs 2.3, or 0.88 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 275.50 and the 52-week low was Rs 154.00.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 8.07 per share as per the quarter ended June 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 31.97. The latest book value of the company is Rs 85.35 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 3.02.
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