Ascendas REIT - Phillip Securities 2018-07-31: Operationally Stable

Ascendas REIT - Phillip Securities Research 2018-07-31: Operationally Stable ASCENDAS REAL ESTATE INV TRUST SGX:A17U

Ascendas REIT - Operationally Stable

  • Gross revenue and DPU were within expectation.
  • Overall portfolio remains operationally stable.
  • Lower y-o-y DPU due to one-off distribution last year.
  • Maintain Accumulate; unchanged target price of $2.96.

The Positives

Positive rental reversion of +10.5% for the portfolio.

  • All segments in Singapore experienced positive reversions except for Logistics & Distribution Centres (-6.1%). The highest reversion came from High-Specifications Industrial and Data Centres (+24.8%). There were no renewals in Australia during the quarter.

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Healthy WALE of 4.1 years that is above sector average of 3.7 years (as at March 31).

  • However, the portfolio weighted average lease expiry (WALE) is slightly lower q-o-q from 4.2 years. Singapore WALE stands at 4.0 years, while Australia WALE is 5.0 years.

Higher proportion of borrowings are on fixed rate, thus mitigating interest rate risk.

  • 72.4% of borrowings are on fixed rate, compared to 71.9% in the previous quarter. At the same time, average debt maturity has improved q-o-q from 3.2 years to 3.4 years. Debt maturity profile is staggered, with a policy of no more than 20% of total debt maturing in any given year.

The Negatives

Lower portfolio occupancy, led by lower Singapore occupancy.

  • Total portfolio occupancy is lower q-o-q from 91.5% to 90.5%. The Singapore portfolio occupancy was lower q-o-q from 89.5% to 88.1%. 
  • Meanwhile, Australia occupancy improved q-o-q from 98.5% to 98.6% due to the acquisition of 169-177 Australis Drive and 1314 Ferntree Gully Drive.

QoQ higher leverage of 35.7% from 34.4%.

  • Debt headroom is correspondingly lower q-o-q from S$1.0 bn to S$0.7 bn. The current debt headroom can potentially grow the AUM by 6.8%.


The outlook is stable.

  • The portfolio is sufficiently diversified to cushion any short-term localised impact. The portfolio is seeing organic growth from positive rental reversions, and there is inorganic growth to look forward to from acquisitions such as the recently announced proposed acquisition of a portfolio of 12 logistics properties in the UK.

Maintain Accumulate; unchanged target price of $2.96

  • We expect the yield of ~6% to remain stable and our target price gives an implied 1.40 times FY18/19e forward P/NAV multiple.

Relative valuation

  • A-REIT is trading above the peer average P/NAV multiple and at a lower 12M-trailing yield than the peer average.

Richard Leow CFA Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2018-07-31
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