CapitaLand Commercial Trust - OCBC Investment 2016-01-21: Proactive management of portfolio leases

CapitaLand Commercial Trust - OCBC Investment 2016-01-21: Proactive management of portfolio leases CAPITALAND COMMERCIAL TRUST CCT C61U.SI 

CapitaLand Commercial Trust: Proactive management of portfolio leases 

 Full year DPU of 8.62 cents 
 Proactive lease management 
 Grade A rents downtrend to persist 

4Q15 earnings within expectations 

  • CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) reported 4Q15 distributable income and net property income of S$64.1m and S$52.3m which increased 0.8% and 3.2% YoY, respectively. 
  • Distribution per unit (DPU) for the year rose 1.9% YoY to an estimated 8.62 S-cents. 
  • In terms of the topline, the trust’s 4Q15 revenues increased 1.9% YoY to S$67.6m mostly due to higher rents and portfolio occupancy. 
  • We judge this set of results to be within expectations, as FY15 distributable income and net property income forms 104.0% and 99.3% of our full year forecast, respectively. 

Proactive management of portfolio leasing profile 

  • The trust reported an uptick in overall occupancy rates, which increased QoQ from 96.4% to 97.1% as the occupancy at CapitaGreen rose to 91.3%. 
  • Capital Tower’s committed occupancy was 94.1% as at end FY15 and we understand that discussions are in progress for the remaining space at the asset. 
  • In addition, 25% of the total space to be vacated by RBS at One George Street has been pre-leased. 
  • While monthly average rents of CCT’s portfolio ticked up QoQ from S$8.89 psf to S$8.90 psf, we continue to see limited scope for meaningful rental reversions ahead due to a weak outlook for Grade A office rents, which fell 7.1% in 2015 and forecasted to dip 10% in 2016. 

Balance sheet remains healthy with ample debt headroom 

  • In anticipation of a large 4.3m sq ft of office space supply coming through the pipeline in 2016, CCT is proactively managing the lease expiry profile of its portfolio. 
  • Only 15% of the trust’s total office net lettable area is expiring in 2016, and management has already renewed one-third of this space. 
  • The trust’s balance sheet remains healthy with a relatively low gearing of 29.5%; with a debt headroom of S$1.3b (assuming a 40% gearing), CCT has the financial flexibility to execute on growth opportunities. 
  • Maintain HOLD with an unchanged fair value estimate of S$1.39. 

Eli Lee OCBC Securities | 2016-01-21
OCBC Securities Analyst Report HOLD Maintain HOLD 1.39 Same 1.39