Lok Housing on a 5% upper circuit today at Rs 47.75 on BSE…will it revive to Rs 400 + !?

On July 7,2008 I had blogged on Lok Housing that had collapsed from Rs 400 + to Rs 44 inside the first six months of 2008

Lok Housing at Rs 44!…down from Rs 400 in just six months!

Monday, July 7th, 2008

I followed this up on October 20,2008 with another blog on Lok Housing facing a Rs 100 crs Tax liability for undisclosed income

Lok Housing now faces Rs 100 crs Income Tax Liability on undisclosed Income

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I have been asked by a blog reader Shankar whether I yet follow Lok Housing…Actually I don’t…but I did have a quick look today at it and how it has fared…..I have responded to Shankar on the earlier Lok Housing Blog but thought it would reach a wider vierwership if I put this response as a seperate blog

Hey Shankar….Lok Housing looks interesting..its locked on upper circuit of @5% today at Rs 47.75 on BSE….this is around it’s book value too….checked it out briefly…Networth is over Rs 200 crs after Promoters converted warrants in May this year….Debt position of Rs 54 crs at March end looks manageable with settlement with State Bank of India under way….but where will revenues come from?…it has a 49% stake in a company that has a bid submitted for C Ward Dev of 30 acres,to raze 362 old buildings and 8000 tenements and construct high rises in their place in Kalbadevi/Chira Bazaar area in Mumbai….and has land of nearly 3.3 lakh sq metres in Ambernath ,a Mumbai distant suburb which is now available for developement after the annulment of the Urban land Ceiling Act recently

….It’s much maligned and criticised Promoter,Lalit Gandhi expired earlier this year in March…his son Darshan is in the Drivers seat now as MD

….It’s carrying a hell of a lot of Inventory of Rs 337 crs at March end 2010…How much of this is really realisable/saleable and worth is the question…

If memory serves me right,it owned huge tracts of land on which saltpans existed….the law did not allow development of such land….the government was approached to change this stand and there was a lot of controversy,flip flopping over this…one needs to check that this Ambernath land they are talking of developing can really be developed read more