Singapore Property - Maybank Kim Eng 2018-09-05: Subdued Bids Underscore Caution

Singapore Property - Maybank Kim Eng Research 2018-09-05: Subdued Bids Underscore Caution Singapore Property Market UOL GROUP LIMITED SGX:U14 CAPITALAND LIMITED SGX:C31 HO BEE LAND LIMITED SGX:H13

Singapore Property - Subdued Bids Underscore Caution

First land tender to close after tightening; NEUTRAL

  • Government land tenders for three residential sites - two private and one executive-condominium - closed yesterday. These are the first land tenders to close after further tightening property measures on 6 Jul.
  • The subdued bids received underscore developers’ caution on the Singapore market and our caution on their stocks. Despite undemanding valuations, we remain NEUTRAL given overhang from policy tightening.
  • For sector exposure, prefer UOL Group (SGX:U14)CapitaLand (SGX:C31) and Ho Bee Land (SGX:H13).

Absence of big players for private sites

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Return of United Engineers

  • Secondly, United Engineers (SGX:U04) emerged as the top bidder for the Dairy Farm Road site. Its top bid of SGD368.8m or SGD830 psf ppr was one of only five submitted. Adjusting for the newly implemented 5% non-remissible additional buyer’s stamp duty (ABSD) on developers, the SGD872 psf is an 18% discount to the SGD1,068 psf paid by unlisted Hong Leong Group for a nearby Hillview Rise GLS site on 3 Jul.
  • United Engineers’ last project completed in early 2016 was Eight Riversuites.

Decent interest in EC sites

  • Lastly, there were nine bids for the executive-condominium (EC) site at Canberra Link. We believe this reflects a short supply of EC stock in the market. There are only 21 unsold EC units for sale in the market today while another 820 units from City Developments’ EC site in Sumang Walk will only be launched next year.
  • As these projects cater to occupiers and not investors, we think it reflects developers’ expectations of the sources of demand today. Adjusting for the upfront 5% ABSD on residential sites, the SGD586 psf ppr top bid by the Hoi Hup-Sunway JV matches the SGD583 psf paid for Sumang Walk.

Unfavourable risk-reward under new regime

  • We reiterate that the risk-reward for developing a residential project has turned unfavourable after the most recent cooling measures. Upfront costs are higher as developers need to pay non-remissible stamp duties of 5% upfront. Their development risks are also higher as failure to sell all units within five years now attract a 25% ABSD penalty, higher than 15% before 6 Jul.

Derrick Heng CFA Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2018-09-05
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