Ms. Naparat Sriwanvit, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Finance, Accounting and Risk Management for Central Pattana plc, said: "The overall company performance for this quarter shows continued recovery, in particular hotels, food courts and housing due to the positive factors from economic recovery in the country. People have resumed their normal lives due to the easing of COVID-19 prevention measures. The re-opening of the country to welcome tourists and tourism stimulus measures from the government have pushed the number of foreign tourists upward to almost triple - from 500,000 visitors in the first quarter to 1.5 million in the second quarter. Customer traffic at our shopping centers has returned to more than 80% of normal (for this period). In addition, the company has applied cost and expense control measures to maintain its profitability.
As for the highlights in the second quarter, the company opened Central Chanthaburi, the ultimate largest mixed-use project in the East, in May 2022 as planned. The feedback on the opening was better than expected as the customer traffic during the launch was 40,000 people per day. In addition, the company will continue to move forward with a five-year investment plan worth 120 billion baht under the strategy of retail-led mixed-use development, with the shopping center business as the core, supported by residential projects, office buildings and hotels. The company aims to develop more than 180 projects covering more than 30 provinces across the country within five years (2022-2026) as follows:
50 shopping centers in total: expand shopping centers to every neighborhood, city, and location nationwide and announce the opening of 'Central Westville', with investment value of more than 6.2 billion baht, penetrating the Ratchapruek area, which connects directly to Bangkok CBD on an area of 40 rai of land and GFA of 93,000 sqm, aiming to enhance the west of Bangkok to an upper-class lifestyle district - opening in Q4/2023.
17 community malls: expand more thoroughly to cover high-potential locations and the CBD area. The 'Marche Thonglor' (formerly known as Market Place Thonglor) to be opened in Q4 2022, which will complement Thonglor as the ultimate neighborhood.
70 residential projects: highlight the strength of Central housing: the projects are located next to Central shopping centers and in the leading mixed-use projects and we also join hands with other projects under the Central Group to become a top developer of quality housing projects covering both horizontal and vertical housing. Recently launched projects include the condominium: 'PHYLL Phuket', which is available for reservation today, and six new projects to be launched in 2022: four ESCENT condominiums, one is adjacent to Central Surat Thani and the other three are adjacent to Robinson Lifestyle in three provinces i.e., Suphan Buri, Chachoengsao and Trang, as well as two detached house projects: Ninya Ratchapruek and Nirati Chiangmai.
37 hotels with a total of 4,000 rooms: covering all segments under three brands: Centara (upscale), Centara One (lifestyle midscale) and Go! Hotel (premium budget). The first hotel 'Centara Korat' will be opened in September 2022 to highlight the success of 'Central Korat', the most comprehensive mixed-use project of Northeast Thailand.
13 office buildings: develop 'The Most Preferred Workplace' for both tenant companies and workers. This year, the main focus is on the renovation of 'centralwOrld Offices' and future projects such as Central Park Office (located within the Dusit Central Park project) in order to transform this project into a world-class professional hub in addition to other projects under GLAND in the high potential Rama 9 CBD.
In addition, Central Pattana also co-invested with JWD Store It Co., Ltd. (JWD Store it!), taking a 30% share in an investment of 93.86 million baht to expand into storage rental services to facilitate and meet the increasing demand from both shop owners and tenants, and general customers. Currently, there are six branches with a total service area of 13,000 sqm. This investment is in line with the company's strategy to expand the business to other industries that help strengthen the core business by co-investing with partners with expertise and experience, and industry leaders. This also supports the company's goal of becoming a 'net zero' company by 2050 by becoming the first company in Thailand's real estate and retail industry to raise funds through the green bond project, with a three-year green bond equal to the amount of 1 billion baht. This is to reinforce our vision of 'Imagining Better Futures for All' and driving towards the future by creating and developing quality spaces while caring for people, communities and the environment to ensure sustainable growth for every party."
Central Pattana currently operates 38 shopping centers, with a total net leasable area of 2.3 million sqm (16 projects in Bangkok, 21 provincial projects and 1 project in Malaysia), 1 large-scale shopping center under a joint venture and 17 community malls. It also operates 33 food courts, 10 office buildings, 2 hotels, 22 residential projects, which comprise condominiums under the brands: ESCENT, ESCENT VILLE, ESCENT PARK VILLE, PHYLL and BELLE GRAND RAMA 9 and housing projects under the brands: ESCENT TOWN (townhomes), ESCENT AVENUE (home-office), Ninya Kanlapaphruek (semi-detached houses), Niyam Borommaratchachonnani (luxury detached houses) and a variety of housing projects under the brands: 'Nirati' in Chiangrai, Bangna and Don Mueang. There is also a large project co-developed with Dusit Thani plc called 'Dusit Central Park', which will be opened in stages in 2023 and 2024.
The company's five-year (2022-2026) business direction is to continue investing in the development of those new projects that have been announced and those yet to be announced. These include mixed-use development, residential projects and the renovation of existing assets to add value as well as managing expenses by reducing costs effectively to maintain financial liquidity, and to prepare for uncertain situations. The company will continue to study investment opportunities in other forms of business, acquisition and overseas investments in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as studying opportunities in new types of business with high growth potential in order to expand new revenue streams and to be aligned with targeted growth for a stable and sustainable future.
Source: Central Pattana