CAIRO, May 31 (Reuters) – A consortium including Egypt’s Sixth of October Development Co (SODIC) (OCDI.CA) is developing a $37 million mall and entertainment centre in Mansoura on the Nile Delta.
The high-end property real estate company said on Monday it expected an increase in housing unit deliveries in its Allegria project near Cairo would enable it to return to profit later this year.
The consortium, comprising SODIC, Juhayna and a number of businessmen, won a Trade Ministry tender to lease 63,000 metres of land in Mansoura, 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Cairo, for up to 50 years, a SODIC official said.
“This project will be a platform into other secondary cities, a pioneering project,” SODIC Chief Business Development Officer Ahmed Demerdash Badrawi told Reuters.
“We saw Mansoura as the strongest candidate to be the first entrance, and we plan to replicate the project in other secondary cities across Egypt.”
The project, in which SODIC holds a 35 percent stake, will have a built-up area of around 6,000 square metres, he added. Total investment is expected to reach 210 million Egyptian pounds ($37 million).
“We’ve done a lot of studies and saw that Mansoura is hugely under-retailed and that there is a lot of demand there,” Badrawi said.
Earlier in May SODIC reported a loss of 10.9 million Egyptians pounds for the first quarter of 2010 and 112.5 million Egyptian pounds for 2009. It earned a net profit of 26.8 million pounds in 2008.
“We expect Allegria units to be delivered and those numbers to be shown on our income statements by the fourth quarter of this year,” Badrawi said.
Shares in the firm, which sells mostly high-end commercial and residential property on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, were little changed by 1123 GMT. The main index .EGX30 was 0.4 percent higher. ($1=5.660 Egyptian Pound) (Writing by Patrick Werr, editing by Will Waterman)