Ascott Residence Trust - OCBC Investment 2019-04-15: Take A Breather

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Ascott Residence Trust - Take A Breather

  • Rallied since our upgrade.
  • We favour Ascott Residence Trust’s defensive portfolio.
  • Fair Value remains at S$1.25.



Total returns of 12.8% since our upgrade to Buy



Concerns regarding SG’s 1Q19 RevPAR, but Ascott Residence Trsut’s exposure to SG remains small

  • We note that RevPAR figures for Jan and Feb from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) suggest a weak start to the year for Upscale and Mid-tier hotels – likely due to the absence of events (like the biennial Airshow) that were held in 2018.
  • While we continue to keep an eye on the situation, we note that Ascott Residence Trust’s exposure to assets locally remains relatively small: Singapore made up 20.3% of ART’s portfolio in terms of asset valuation.


As at 12 Apr’s close, unit price not as compelling as before

  • Our fair value remains at S$1.25. We continue to like Ascott Residence Trust for its highly geographically diversified portfolio of high quality assets amidst the ongoing macroeconomic uncertainties.
  • Ascott Residence Trust continues to expand its global footprint with the manager recently announcing the acquisition of prime freehold hotel in Sydney for S$58.8m. In this vein, post the divestment of Ascott Raffles Place, gearing is expected to drop to ~33+%. This translates into a debt headroom of close to S$1b, and offers Ascott Residence Trust greater flexibility to pursue DPU accretive acquisitions.
  • Out of all the hospitality REITs under our coverage, we see the most upside for Ascott Residence Trust as at 12 Apr’s closing prices. However, as valuations at this unit price are not as compelling as before, we downgrade the REIT from Buy to HOLD.





Deborah Ong OCBC Investment Research | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2019-04-15
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.250 SAME 1.250



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