Further Consolidated Business Presence in Greater Bay Area Successfully Entered Hong Kong Market

Total Revenue and Profit Attributable to Owners of the Company Notably Increased

Financing and Capital Market Management Achieved Significant Results


2019 Annual Results Highlight:

  • Total revenue for the year increased by 24.1% to approximately RMB48,021.7 million from 2018
  • Gross profit for the year increased by 24.3% to approximately RMB13,830.1 million and gross profit margin for the year remained unchanged at 28.8%
  • Profit for the year increased by 26.4% to approximately RMB4,164.0 million
  • Profit for the year attributable to owners of the Company increased by 67.1% to approximately RMB4,594.3 million
  • Contracted sales increased by 25.8% to approximately RMB88,120 million
  • Cash and bank deposits increased by 61.3% to approximately RMB36,978.0 million as at 31 December 2019
  • The Board recommended payment of a final dividend of HK10 cents per share
  • Obtained approvals from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange to issue more than RMB11 billion worth of asset-backed securities ("ABS")
  • Granted "B1", "B" and "B" issuer rating with a "Stable" outlook by Moody's Investor Services, Standard and Poor's Rating Services and Fitch Ratings, respectively
  • The transaction of the Group's US$400 million senior notes due 2022 issued in October 2019 under Securities Act Rule 144A was awarded "Best High-Yield Bond in 2019" by The Asset, an internationally renowned magazine
  • Won the bid for a parcel of land for residential use in Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong at the beginning of this year, making the Group's first venture into Hong Kong's residential market


HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 31 March 2020 - Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. ("Kaisa" or the "Company", SEHK stock code: 1638, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), a property developer established in Shenzhen with a countrywide foothold in China, is pleased to announce its annual results for year (The Year) ended 31 December 2019.

 


Mr KWOK Ying Shing (middle), Chairman; Mr LL TAM, Senior Advisor (right); and Mr Edward LAU (left), Chief Financial Officer, attending the webcast briefing of Kaisa Group's Annual Results 2019.


As of 31 December 2019, the Group's turnover rose by approximately 24.1% year on year to approximately RMB48,021.7 million and gross profit increased by 24.3% to approximately RMB 13,830.1 million whereas the gross profit margin for the year remained unchanged at 28.8%. Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the Company was approximately RMB4,594.3 million and basic earnings per share was RMB 75.6 cents, representing an increase of 67.1% and 66.9%, respectively. The Board recommended payment of a final dividend of 10 HK cents per share.

 

During the Year, contracted sales attributable to the Group was approximately RMB88.120 billion, representing an increase of 25.8% year on year, which met the annual sales target and hit the record high. Aggregated GFA sold for the year was 4,642,075 sq.m., representing an increase of 21.0% from 2018. The average selling price increased by 4.0% year-on-year to RMB 18,983.

 

Benefiting from the central government's policies in respect of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area (the "Greater Bay Area") and the pilot demonstration area of Shenzhen, the Greater Bay Area market remained as the major contributor to the Group's sales during the Year, accounting for more than 60% of contracted sales. As a leading enterprise in the urban renewal market in the Greater Bay Area, Kaisa capitalised on its premium resources in urban renewal and supplied the Group with quality urban renewal projects, which has laid a solid foundation for the growth of its sales volume. During the Year, Kaisa's urban renewal projects such as Shenzhen Yantian City Plaza, Shenzhen Pinghu Kaisa Plaza, Shenzhen Kaisa Future City, Shenzhen Kaisa Dongmen New World and Shenzhen Bantian Kaisa City Plaza achieved satisfactory sales performance.


As of 31 December 2019, the Group had 176 real estate projects in 48 cities nationwide. The Group's land bank totaled 26.8 million sq.m., of which 13.6 million sq.m are in the Greater Bay Area, accounting for 51% of the Group's overall land bank. The Group's land bank in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, which are the core markets that the Group has intensively developed over the years, accounted for 35% of its land bank in the Greater Bay Area.

 

It is worth noting that the Group won the bid for a parcel of land for residential use in Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong at the beginning of this year, making the Group's first venture into Hong Kong's residential market. The land, adjacent to Hong Kong Gold Coast and Harrow International School Hong Kong with bright development prospect of infrastructure, is the first land sale launched by the HKSAR Government in 2020. The project occupied a site area of approximately 146,000 sq.ft., with a maximum permissible gross floor area of approximately 583,000 sq.ft., Currently, it takes a 20-minute drive from the project site to Shenzhen Bay, and a 30-minute drive to Central. After the opening of the Tuen Mun- Chek Lap Kok Link, driving from the project site to Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will only take 15 minutes. Upgrading of transportation infrastructure in the region will enhance the interactions and synergies between the Group's businesses in different cities, further fortifying the Group's foothold in the Greater Bay Area.

 

With regards to urban renewal, Kaisa achieved great progress in converting urban renewal projects into land supply during the Year, including 6 projects in Shenzhen, 1 project in Shanghai and 1 project in Huizhou into the Group's land bank. Urban renewal has become an important means of the Group to secure quality land resources in the first-tier and major second-tier cities. In appreciation of Kaisa's efforts and contributions in the urban renewal sector over the years, the Group was granted "1st of TOP 10 Leading Brands of Chinese Comprehensive Real Estate Companies -- Urban Renewal" by the Development Research Center of the State Council, Real Estate Research Institute of Tsinghua University and China Index Academy. The award is also a recognition to Kaisa's active participation in China's urbanisation through urban renewal business as well as its efforts in promoting urban industrial upgrading and enhancing the urban value.

 

The Group continued to replenish its land bank through diversified channels. During the Year, the Group acquired a total of 30 parcels of land, with approximately 4,117,680 sq.m. of attributable gross floor area to the Group, for an aggregate consideration of approximately RMB27,214 million. In terms of the attributable gross floor area of such newly acquired lands, those in the Greater Bay Area, Central China and Yangtze River Delta accounted for 53%, 22% and 13% of the total newly acquired land bank of the Group, respectively. Of the newly acquired lands, those in first-tier cities accounted for 41% in terms of attributable consideration.

 

In view of the initially loosened but subsequently tightened financing environment in 2019, the Group on one hand accelerated the collection of sales proceeds from property sales, and on the other hand, remained committed to its goal of lowering leverage that set at the beginning of the year.

 

In terms of onshore financing, the Group continued to expand the cooperation with regionally renowned joint-stock banks while deepening the cooperation with the existing banking partners. It also continued to explore new financing channels to improve debt structure, lower financing cost and reinforce its cashflow management. During the Year, the Group obtained approvals from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange to issue more than RMB11 billion worth of asset-backed securities ("ABS") and successfully issued ABS backed by income of shipping business, ABS secured by mortgage balloon payments and ABS linked to supply chain financing in an aggregate amount of RMB2.6 billion. The coupon rate of the aforesaid products ranged from 5.4% to 7.5% with a maturity of 1 to 4 years.


Regarding offshore financing, the Group was granted "B1", "B" and "B" issuer rating with a "Stable" outlook by Moody's Investor Services, Standard and Poor's Rating Services and Fitch Ratings, respectively. With its international credit ratings, the Group took advantage of the market conditions by swapping short-term bonds for long-term bonds in order to reduce its exposure to risks associated with short-term debts, rendering support to the rapid development of the Group. In particular, the transaction of the Group's US$400 million senior notes due 2022 issued in October 2019 under Securities Act Rule 144A was awarded "Best High-Yield Bond in 2019" by The Asset, an internationally renowned magazine. This issuance is not only the Group's first issuance of senior notes under Rule 144A since 2014, but also the first issuance of senior notes by a Chinese real estate enterprise under Rule 144A since 2015. The overwhelming response of this issuance also reflected the market's strong confidence in Kaisa.

 

In February 2020, leveraging on the Group's prudential financial management and determination in reducing its financing cost, the Company successfully issued US$400 million 6.75% senior notes due 2021 to strengthen its capability to withstand adversity. Other than this, the Group has also established good business relations with offshore commercial banks. The Group successfully obtained financial support for its newly acquired project in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, which further strengthened the foundation for its offshore funding channels. During the Year, the Group repurchased short-term senior notes in an aggregate amount of US$736 million through tender offer and buy back, in order to manage its debts in a proactive manner.

 

Looking ahead, Mr. Kwok Ying Shing, Chairman and Executive Director of Kaisa Group, said, "While the impacts brought by the coronavirus epidemic and volatile US-China trade relations could undermine the steady growth of China's economy, it is believed that the Chinese government will overcome the challenges facing society through a series of systematic reform as well as financial and monetary policies in the long run, and ultimately, will stabilise employment, finance, foreign trade, foreign capital, investment and expectations. At the same time, local governments will optimise their regulatory policies on certain districts, in order to stabilise the local economy and boost market confidence.

 

The outbreak of novel coronavirus is expected to exert pressure on the growth of the real estate market in the short run, the Group has made proactive preparations for adversity in light of the current conditions. Pursuant to the government policy, the Group has adjusted its project launch strategy, shifting away from centralized sales launch model. At the same time, the Group organized multiple forms of online marketing, including live streaming, proprietary sales platform wechat mini program, mobile app, and major third-party platforms to facilitate its consumers' online purchasing."

 

"In view of the current market conditions, the Group will capture opportunities in land replenishment by prudently participating in bidding, auction and listing as well as acquisition and merger, in order to maintain solid cash flow. In the meantime, the Group will continue to strengthen its capital and budget management, optimise cost and expense management, and explore low-cost and diversified financing channels."


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