Keppel DC REIT - DBS Research 2019-07-17: Soaring Up & Above


Keppel DC REIT - Soaring Up & Above

  • Raising Target Price to reflect refreshed discount rates and new acquisitions to be delivered in 2H19.
  • Potential index inclusion to keep investors vested in the stock.
  • Keppel DC REIT's 2Q19 results in line; operational metrics remain stable.
  • Low gearing of c.30% offers upside to deliver on opportunistic deals.

BUY, Target Price raised to S$1.90.

  • Trading at a yield of c.4.5% and low gearing of c.31%, KEPPEL DC REIT (SGX:AJBU) remains in a virtuous cycle. It is one of the few REITs in Singapore capable of making accretive acquisitions, supported by a conducive cost of capital. We believe that the REIT will deliver on market expectations of acquisitions which will keep valuations at a premium.
  • Keppel DC REIT is projected to deliver a robust 2-year CAGR of 6.0% growth in DPU in FY19-20. Maintain BUY!

Where we differ: Our Target Price is higher than consensus.

  • Our Target Price of S$1.90 is the highest on the street. Our numbers were raised further as we impute acquisitions in our estimates (S$400m @ 6.5% yield, funded 60% by equity).
  • Fuelled by a visible acquisition pipeline from the Sponsor and the manager scouting the globe for opportunities, we believe that the ability to deliver on acquisitions is high.

Potential catalyst: Potential indexation and strong operational results.

  • Keppel DC REIT's 2Q19 results were in c.93.0% and as up are likely to see medium.
  • In addition, given the strong market price performance YTD, we remain excited that its potential to be included in a major property index (EPRA Nareit developed Asia Index) could keep valuations at a premium going forward.

WHAT’S NEW - Soaring up and above

Strong half higher y-o-y.

  • Revenue and net 13.2% and 136% to S$47.5m and S$433m SGP 5 by variable from the Singapore more than compensated 9.0% y-o-y due to an expanded 1.93 Scts (estimated total quantum of S$26.1m), translating into a payout ratio of c.96%.

Singapore; selected properties.

  • Operational metrics generally remained 7.8% from 2H19.
  • In Keppel DC REIT’s overseas properties, ongoing upgrading works continue (power upgrading and fit-out works) at Keppel DC Dublin 1, where occupancy rates still hover around 61.8% (vs 61.1% in 4Q18) but are seeing a good level of interest from prospects. The manager believes that head upon completion.

Financial firepower bond issuances?

Imputing acquisitions in our forecasts; lowering discount rates to reflect the more dovish FED.

  • We believe that Keppel DC REIT is in a virtuous pipeline and ability to execute accretively, we have 40% debt.
  • Gearing should remain at cut our discount rates (-50bps in our risk-free rate and cost of debt). This has raised our DPU estimates by c.5% and our target price to S$1.90.
  • Indexation remains a stock.

Derek TAN DBS Group Research | Mervin SONG CFA DBS Research | 2019-07-17
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.9 UP 1.600