In a closely contested auction, DLFBSE 1.19 % has emerged as the highest bidder for a land parcel put by Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) spread over 11.76 acres in Gurgaon for a record Rs 1496 crore, said three persons familiar with the development.
The company is expected to pay an additional Rs 143 crore for Transit-Oriented-Development rights. DLF will also have to pay Rs 120 crore for registration of the land parcel, taking the total deal value to Rs 1,759 crore, against the reserve price for the land parcel that was set at around Rs 686 crore.
This is an unprecedented price for a land parcel in the National Capital Region. The deal concluded through an e-auction on Monday night, at a base price of over Rs 127 crore per acre, has surpassed all earlier benchmarks.
DLF and Bharti Realty had emerged as the contenders in the final round out of more than half a dozen developers, including Indiabulls Real Estate, Experion Developers, Emaar Group, Embassy Group and RMZ showing interest in this land parcel.
The second highest bid made by Bharti Realty stood at Rs 1,446 crore.
An HSIIDC official, who requested anonymity, confirmed that a subsidiary company of DLF has emerged as the highest bidder with Rs 1,496 crore. An email sent to DLF remained unanswered till the time of going to press on Tuesday.
As per the bid terms, the allotment letter for the said land parcel will be issued to Aadarshini Real Estate Developers, subsidiary of DLF Home Developers upon payment of 10% of the quoted amount. The balance amount can be paid in installments as per the terms of bid document, DLF said in a regulatory filing. In November, global home furnishing company Ikea had bought a 10-acre land parcel in Gurgaon for Rs 842 crore through an e-auction conducted by HUDA, the Haryana government’s development agency.
The land parcel is located on NH8 behind Oberoi Hotel in Guragaon, and has the potential to develop both commercial and retail spaces. “This is an extension of the established DLF Cyber City micro market and the deal reconfirms DLF’s long–term commitment to retain control over this NH8 cyber city micro market in terms of pricing, supply and occupier profile,” said Ankur Srivastava, chairman, GenReal Property Advisors. “It allows DLF to revalue its undeveloped FSI in this micro market while using this auction as a benchmark.”
“This is an extension of the established DLF Cyber City micro market and the deal reconfirms DLF’s long–term commitment to retain control over this NH8 cyber city micro market in terms of pricing, supply and occupier profile,” said Ankur Srivastava, chairman, GenReal Property Advisors.
“It allows DLF to revalue its undeveloped FSI in this micro market while using this auction as a benchmark.” The said 11.76 acre land parcel has a leasable potential of around 2.3 million sq ft. The plot has base floor space index of 1.75 times, which would get double to 3.5 times after factoring the benefit of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) rights.
DLF is expected to push this development into DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), its joint venture with Singapore sovereign fund GIC. Promoters of DLF have sold their 33.34% stake in its rental arm DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) to GIC for Rs 8,956 crore. The transaction was concluded on December 26, and the company now holds the balance 66.66% in DCCDL.
Currently, the rental arm's portfolio includes leased space of 27 million sq ft and nearly 4 million sq ft under construction. The joint entity also has access to land bank that has additional development potential of 19 million sq ft.
According to industry experts, the successful bidder will have to lease spaces in proposed development on this plot in the range of Rs 150 to Rs 160 per sq ft a month to achieve a breakeven, given the high amount of bid. Currently, office space lease rentals in this vicinity are around Rs 110 per sq ft and a right mix of retail and commercial development may help the company fetch the expected average lease rentals.
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