CapitaLand Commercial Trust - Phillip Securities 2019-04-22: Fundamentals Remain Intact

CAPITALAND COMMERCIAL TRUST (SGX:C61U) | SGinvestors.io CAPITALAND COMMERCIAL TRUST (SGX:C61U)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust - Fundamentals Remain Intact

  • CapitaLand Commercial Trust's 1Q19 NPI and DPU in line with our estimates.
  • Higher occupancy at AST2 (acquired in 4Q17) continued to support y-o-y topline improvement. Slight dip in portfolio occupancy triggered by a non-renewal at Six Battery Road.
  • Outlook positive with expiring rents on the downtrend in 2019-2020. Macro catalysts from the CBD Incentive Scheme introduced in the URA’s Draft Master Plan 2019.
  • Downgrade to NEUTRAL due to the recent positive price movement, with unchanged Target Price of S$1.93.



The Positives


Healthier margins at AST2, CapitaLand Commercial Trust’s largest contributing asset.

  • Huge ramp-up in occupancy levels for AST2 in 1Q19 (90.5% when acquired in 4Q17 to 98.1% in 3Q18) is delivering the topline improvement.
  • NPI margins at this property have also seen a sizeable uptick. NPI Margin stood at 77.5% for 1Q19 compared to 76.7% in 1Q18.
  • AST2 accounts for 27% of net property income.


The Negatives


Slight dip in occupancy, mainly due to Six Battery Road.

  • Occupancy at Six Battery Road took a hit, from 100% in 4Q18 to 97.6% in 1Q19, due to non-renewal of a single tenant. Upgrading works are also underway for this asset.


Outlook

  • Outlook remains positive for CAPITALAND COMMERCIAL TRUST (SGX:C61U), with expiring rents on the downtrend for the rest of 2019 and 2020.
  • Macro catalysts include the CBD Incentive Scheme introduced in the URA’s Draft Master Plan 2019, which offers higher plot ratios for older buildings for certain areas within the CBD. Office landlords such as CapitaLand Commercial Trust could benefit from the potential tightening of an already-tight Grade A CBD supply.


Downgrade to NEUTRAL with Target Price of S$1.93.

  • We downgrade our rating to NEUTRAL due to the recent positive price movement, which has exceeded our target price level. The broad-based run-up in REIT prices year to date can mainly be attributed to the dovish stance communicated by the Federal Reserve as well as the lifting of the sunset clause on tax incentives for S-REITs.
  • Our target price remains unchanged at S$1.93, which translates to a distribution yield of 4.8% and a P/NAV of 1.05x.





Tara WONG Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2019-04-22
SGX Stock Analyst Report NEUTRAL DOWNGRADE ACCUMULATE 1.930 SAME 1.930



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