Singapore REITs - DBS Research 2019-02-11: Riding On Macro Tailwinds

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Singapore REITs - Riding On Macro Tailwinds

  • Robust response to dovish FED an impetus to further S-REIT share price outperformance.
  • Investors should remain watchful over the impact of slowing global growth.
  • Prefer the more resilient subsectors of suburban retail and industrial sectors.



Robust S-REIT price response post “dovish” FED comments to extend into the immediate term.

  • With investors now expecting a more dovish FED compared to earlier expectations of 2-4 rate hikes, the Singapore REITs (FSTREI Index) share prices have rebounded strongly, rising c.7.3% (total returns of 8.0%) year-to-date (YTD). This is ahead of the 4.9% rise in the Straits Times Index (STI). (See S-REITs share price performance)
  • Looking ahead, with market pricing in prospects of a “pause in FED hikes” in 2019, we believe that the coast remains clear for S-REITs to deliver further outperformance.
  • With DBS economist now projecting the Singapore 10-year bond yields to rise by only 25bps by end-2020 to 2.35% (vs 2.70% previously), we see prospects for further compression in the current forward yield spreads of 3.65%. Maintain overweight on the S-REITs.


Rotational interest among S-REITs to continue; investors should remain watchful over the slowing global growth environment.



Channel checks validate our upward DPU growth trajectory.

  • Our conversations with S-REIT managers and channel checks during the recent reporting season indicate that it is a “landlords' market”. Brighter prospects are expected across most sectors, and coupled with earnings uplift from past acquisitions, should underpin DPU growth momentum.
  • We sense that the managers of Office REITs appear most upbeat while Retail REITs, industrial and Hotel & Resort REITs managers are turning positive about growth prospects. This gives us confidence that our FY19F-20F c.2- 3% CAGR growth in DPU is intact with upside from acquisitions.





Derek TAN DBS Group Research | Mervin SONG CFA DBS Research | Carmen TAY DBS Research | https://www.dbsvickers.com/ 2019-02-11
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.500 SAME 1.500
BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.200 SAME 1.200
BUY MAINTAIN BUY 2.000 SAME 2.000
BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.450 SAME 1.450
BUY MAINTAIN BUY 2.440 SAME 2.440



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