Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust - OCBC Investment 2019-08-14: Don’t Let Sentiment Get Ahead Of Fundamentals

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Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust - Don’t Let Sentiment Get Ahead Of Fundamentals

  • Festival Walk has been resilient.
  • Weaker RMB mitigated by HKD strength.
  • Opportunity to bargain hunt.



Dip in share price largely sentiment driven, in our view

  • Despite reporting a set of sturdy 1QFY20 results on 29 Jul (DPU +3.7% y-o-y), Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust’s (MNACT) share price has tumbled 7.3% since (total returns: -5.9%). We believe this has been largely sentiment driven, given the ongoing violent protests in Hong Kong, which shows no signs of abating at the moment.
  • Festival Walk (FW), which is located in a prime location in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, contributed 61.9% of Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust’s 1QFY20 NPI, and 65.3% of its portfolio AUM.


Festival Walk has historically weathered uncertainties

  • While Festival Walk would not be immune to the political instability and economic slowdown in Hong Kong, we highlight that the mall has traditionally been very resilient. During the Global Financial Crisis, Festival Walk recorded a 4.0% increase in its gross revenue in 2008, followed by a further 3.2% growth in 2009.
  • In terms of retail sales at Festival Walk, it rose 4.9% in 2008 and saw only a marginal dip of 0.6% in 2009. We also note that average retail passing rents at Festival Walk rose more than 5% in FY09. Looking back even further in 2003 during the SARS epidemic, Festival Walk managed to grow its gross revenue and retail sales by 0.9% and 1.6%, respectively.
  • During the Occupy Movement which largely took place over 4QCY14, Festival Walk’s occupancy remained full at 100%, while tenants’ sales and footfall saw an improvement of 5.1% and 4.4% y-o-y, respectively. More recently, although retail sales and footfall declined 3.2% and 1.8% y-o-y in 1QFY20, respectively, rental reversions remained firm at +12% (retail component), while we believe gross turnover rents forms less than 5% of Festival Walk’s overall retail rental income.
  • Furthermore, Festival Walk largely caters largely to the residential catchment within the Kowloon Tong District and less dependent on tourists.


RMB weakness offset by HKD strength






OCBC Research Team OCBC Investment Research | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2019-08-14
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY UPGRADE HOLD 1.430 SAME 1.430



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