Keppel DC REIT - Phillip Securities 2017-04-18: Acquisition-driven Growth, Core Results In Line

Keppel DC REIT - Phillip Securities 2017-04-18: Acquisition-driven growth; core results in line KEPPEL DC REIT AJBU.SI

Keppel DC REIT - Acquisition-driven growth; core results in line

  • 1Q gross revenue and core recurring DPU (adjusted) were in line with our forecasts.
  • Actual DPU exceeded our forecast by 11%, due to one-off capital distribution.

Outlook for new demand remains encouraging until 2021 

  • BroadGroup Consulting forecasts up to 2021 that new demand across the ten locations where Keppel DC REIT (KDCREIT) has a presence in to experience growth. The highest growth regions are Singapore, Australia and Malaysia, where the new demand compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) is expected to range from mid-teens to low-twenties.
  • New demand at the European locations (London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Cardiff) is expected to be slower, ranging from high-single-digit to high-teens. 
  • Of particular relevance are the locations where KDCREIT's data centres operate as colocation or with impending lease expiry: 
    1. Singapore (23.6% CAGR), 
    2. Cyberjaya, Malaysia (15.8% CAGR), 
    3. Sydney, Australia (14.4% CAGR) and 
    4. Dublin (15.2% CAGR). 
  • KDCREIT's biggest single-country exposure is to Singapore, where new supply is expected to put pressure on utilisation in 2017, but long term improvement in utilisation remains intact.

Three major leases expiring (<10% of total lease) in 2017 still in negotiations

  • Portfolio weighted average lease expiry (WALE) by leased lettable area stands at 9.2 years with 10% expiring in 2017. 
  • Occupancy at KDC SGP 1 improved quarter-on-quarter to 87.3% from 84.7%, as vacant space was leased out to a new tenant. 
  • Of the four major expiries in 2017, one colocation lease in a SGP DC was renewed at a marginally higher rate than previous. The three remaining expiries are located overseas, and renewal negotiations are ongoing. These expiries are likely to be at Gore Hill, Basis Bay and Dublin 1.

Maintain "Neutral" rating with unchanged target price of S$1.15

  • Our gross rental income assumptions have been tweaked as we refresh foreign currency exchange rate assumptions after FY18e. 
  • We have also updated our non-controlling interest estimates in relation to KDC SGP 3. The relatively low gearing of 27.9% warrants KDCREIT to trade at a premium to NAV, in our view. 
  • Our target price represents an implied forward 1.2x FY17e P/NAV. 
  • We have a "Neutral" rating on the stock as we believe that the attractiveness of the asset class (data centre) has been adequately priced-in. 

Relative valuation 

  • KDCREIT is relatively over-valued in terms of trailing P/NAV, in comparison to its Australia Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed peer, Asia Pacific Data Centre.

Richard Leow cFTE Phillip Securities | http://www.poems.com.sg/ 2017-04-18
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