Mapletree Industrial Trust - CIMB Research 2017-10-25: 2QFY3/18 Flat Organic Performance; First Overseas Acquisition Of 14 Data Centres In The US

Mapletree Industrial Trust - CIMB Research 2017-10-25: 2QFY3/18: Flat Organic Performance; First Overseas Acquisition Of 14 Data Centres In The US MAPLETREE INDUSTRIAL TRUST ME8U.SI

Mapletree Industrial Trust - 2QFY3/18: Flat Organic Performance; First Overseas Acquisition Of 14 Data Centres In The US

  • Mapletree Industrial Trust (MINT) and its sponsor have formed a 40:60 JV to acquire 14 data centres in the US for US$750m (S$1.02bn), or initial NPI yield of 7%, which we deem fairly attractive.
  • Apart from data centres being a growth sub-segment, we like the deal as it offers high income visibility and ticks all the right boxes.
  • 1HFY3/18 DPU of 5.92 Scts (+4.2% yoy) was in line with consensus/our forecasts at 52% of FY18F estimate, while 2QFY3/18 DPY of 3 Scts (+6% yoy) was at 26%.
  • Factoring in the acquisition and the placement of c.82m new units at S$1.90/unit, we increase our FY19F-20F DPU by 1.7-1.8%.
  • Maintain Hold with a higher target price (S$1.94) following our increase in estimates.



First overseas acquisition of 14 data centres in the US 

  • Initial NPI yield was c.7%, which we see as fairly attractive. This compares to KDCREIT’s acquisition of its European assets (shell & core basis) at initial NPI yields of 6.5-8.1% with WALEs of 11.3-14.7 years (vs. the target portfolio's WALE of 6.7 years). 
  • The sponsor has granted MINT a ROFR to acquire the remaining 60% interest in the JV. The vendor is Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT
  • From MINT’s perspective, the total consideration is US$304.8m, which would be funded via debt and equity in the ratio of 37:63.


Ticking the right boxes 

  • We like the acquisition as it offers income certainly and believe it ticks all the right boxes. They are:
    1. 90.6% of the portfolio (by GRI) is leased on a shell and core basis, which mitigates capex and operational headache;
    2. it has a blue-chip tenant base;
    3. 97.4% occupancy;
    4. WALE of 6.7 years, with minimal lease expiries of 1.3% over the next three years. 
  • Our only concern is the age of these data centres (average age of 40), which raises tail-end risks of structural vacancies should existing tenants not renew their leases.


2QFY3/18: flat performance, boosted by one-off compensation 

  • 2Q’s distributions included a pre-termination compensation of S$3.1m (S$0.17 Scts/unit) from J&J, excluding which, DPU would have been flat yoy. Higher contribution from the build-to-suit (BTS) for HP Singapore (HP) was offset by a 2.2% pt qoq drop in portfolio occupancy to 90.4% (due to the inclusion of Phase Two of HP’s BTS). 
  • Flatted factories’ occupancy fell 1.2% pt qoq to 90.5%; avg. portfolio passing rent decreased 1 Scts qoq to S$1.94 psf pm, excluding which, it would have been S$1.96 psf pm.


Increase FY19F-20F DPU by 1.7-1.8% 

  • Factoring in the acquisition and the placement of c.82m new units at S$1.90/unit, we increase our FY19F-20F DPU by 1.7-1.8%. We assume contributions from 4QFY18F onwards. 
  • Post-acquisition, we estimate that the US data centres will make up 9.9% of AUM (S$4.2bn). We expect gearing, on a look-through basis, to rise to 34% (2QFY18: 30%). 
  • We reduce our FY18F DPU by 0.3% to incorporate the divestment of 65 Tech Park Crescent.


Maintain Hold with a higher target price 

  • We raise our DDM-based target price to S$1.94 on the back of the DPU upgrades. We maintain Hold as valuations are rich, with the REIT trading at historical highs (5.8% FY18F yields and 1.40x current P/BV). 
  • For yield investors, the visible 6.4% 2-year DPU CAGR until FY20F makes Mapletree Industrial Trust (MINT) a compelling REIT to Hold
  • Upside risks could come from further acquisitions while downside risk is a poorer-than-expected SME market.




YEO Zhi Bin CIMB Research | LOCK Mun Yee CIMB Research | http://research.itradecimb.com/ 2017-10-25
CIMB Research SGX Stock Analyst Report HOLD Maintain HOLD 1.940 Up 1.910



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