Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust - OCBC Investment 2020-01-20: Worst Likely Over

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Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust - Worst Likely Over




3QFY20 results met our expectations

  • Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (SGX:RW0U) reported its 3QFY20 results which came in within our expectations. Gross revenue and NPI dipped 36.3% and 40.0% y-o-y to S$67.3m and S$50.8m, respectively. This was primarily attributed to the closure of Festival Walk (FW) mall from 13 Nov 2019 to 16 Jan 2020, which resulted in no rentals being collected while the mall was closed. There was also weaker contribution from Japan due to the expiry of a single tenancy and from Gateway Plaza (GP) as a result of higher vacancies. See Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust Announcements.
  • DPU fell by a smaller magnitude of 13.3% y-o-y to 1.671 S cents as there was a distribution top-up of S$25.8m (~0.809 S cents per unit) in relation to Festival Walk’s closure (office component was closed from 13 to 25 Nov 2019).
  • On a 9MFY20 basis, Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust’s NPI fell 10.0% to S$220.6m, while DPU was down 3.1% to 5.558 S cents and this formed 75.3% of our FY20 forecast.




Some challenges seen in China too

  • Operationally, Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust’s portfolio occupancy declined 2.6 ppt q-o-q to 96.3%.
  • Although Festival Walk’s occupancy remained full, that of Gateway Plaza fell 4.9 ppt to 91.6% due to the soft economic conditions and more intense competition. Average rental reversions were -3% for Gateway Plaza for 9MFY20 (1HFY20: -4%), but remained stable at +12% for Festival Walk’s retail component as there were not many leases renewed in 3QFY20 (% of expiring leases in FY20 which were renewed/re-let increased from 85% in 1HFY20 to 90%). Festival Walk’s footfall and tenants’ sales slipped 5.1% and 8.7% for 7MFY20 (1HFY20: -3.6% and -6.6%, respectively). Figures for Nov and Dec were not provided given the closure of the mall from 13 Nov.


FY21F distribution yield of 6.1%, as at 17 Jan close






OCBC Research Team OCBC Investment Research | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2020-01-20
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