Ascott Residence Trust - OCBC Investment 2020-03-16: Diversification The Key

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Ascott Residence Trust - Diversification The Key

  • Serviced residences performed better than hotels.
  • < 20% exposure per country.
  • Lower Fair Value estimate of S$1.11.



COVID-19 spread across the globe

  • COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the globe. It now seems to be spreading much more rapidly outside China than within. As of 13 Mar, COVID-19 has spread to over 120 countries with more than 140,000 reported cases. Apart from China, the three countries with the highest number of confirmed cases are: Korea (8,086 cases), Italy (17,660 cases) and Iran (11,364 cases).
  • At a media briefing last week, WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the coronavirus continued to spread rapidly worldwide, with Europe now becoming another epicentre of the pandemic.


SRs could provide some buffer to decline in travel demand

  • Our channel checks relayed that hotel industry’s occupancy rate in Singapore has dropped to ~30% in MTD March vs. February’s occupancy rate of ~40%. Serviced residences (SRs)’s performance was better than hotels (occupancy rate ~ 60-70% in MTD March) due to its focus on corporate, long-staying guests. Ascott Residence Trust (SGX:HMN)’s occupancy rate in China dropped to ~50% in February vs. the average rate of ~80% before the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • However, the situation in China is showing some signs of stabilising in terms of cancellation rate and occupancy rate, with better performances from first-tier cities than second-tier cities. While Australian market is still holding up well, partly boosted by domestic travelers, Ascott Residence Trust’s properties in Japan saw some decline in occupancy rate due to the cancellations from leisure travelers.


Diversified portfolio with reduced concentration risk post-merger






Chu Peng OCBC Investment Research | https://www.iocbc.com/ 2020-03-16
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.11 DOWN 1.410



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