Lend Lease gains on Barangaroo sale

Developer and contractor Lend Lease has benefited from residential sales at Barangaroo South and its $17.2 billion construction backlog to report a 10 per cent rise in profit.

Developer and contractor Lend Lease has benefited from residential sales at Barangaroo South and its $17.2 billion construction backlog to report a 10 per cent rise in profit.

While the construction division's results were impacted by weakening market conditions and costs associated with restructuring, the group posted a $551.6 million net profit for the year to June 30, up from $501.4 million in the previous year.

Lend Lease did not issue earnings guidance but said the market consensus for next year was about $544 million.

The group warned in June that this year's earnings would be hit by lower construction earnings.

The final distribution was 20¢ a share, taking the full year pay out to 42¢, up 11 per cent.

On August 1, the group finalised the integration of the construction operations around its three core areas of building, engineering and services. That is likely to result in redundancies of between 250 and 300 people in coming months.

It said it would work with staff to explore every opportunity for redeployment as it consolidated its Abigroup and Baulderstone businesses.

Lend Lease chief executive Steve McCann, who renewed his managing directorship this week, said the engines for growth would be the residential communities and infrastructure development business.

He said the investment funds under management rose 17 per cent to $10.3 billion, helped by the Asian retail malls projects.

But Mr McCann said, while all assets on the balance sheet were for sale at the right price, the stake in Bluewater shopping centre in the UK was not close to being sold.

"There's still a number of projects that we've got our eye on in Australia and offshore. But the amount of embedded earnings in our pipeline means we don't need to pursue projects aggressively from here."

Lend Lease's planned developments globally have an end value of $37 billion, the largest in its history.

It has $17.2 billion in expected construction revenue and will boost that with the staged developments at Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and at the site of the 2012 London Olympics athletes' village.

In Australia, Mr McCann said the group was in discussions with a number of possible tenants to anchor the planned third office tower at Barangaroo.

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