Singapore REITs - Phillip Securities 2020-04-27: Master Lease Exposures

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Singapore REITs - Master Lease Exposures

  • Sponsor of Eagle Hospitality Trust (SGX:LIW) failed to make timely rental payments of its master lease.
  • Healthcare and Hospitality REITs are most reliant on master leases.



Background

  • After defaulting on a US$314mn loan, trading of Eagle Hospitality Trust (SGX:LIW) was voluntarily suspended on 24 March 2020. It followed the failure of its sponsor and master lessee, Urban Commons LLC to place the full sum of the security deposit under the master lease agreements and make timely rental payments since December 2019. Eventually, dividends due for distribution on 30 March 2020 were not paid out to unitholders.
  • The master lease agreements have an initial term of 20 years from the Listing Date and the stipulated security deposit is equivalent to nine months of the monthly fixed rent. The fixed rent was 66% of the total rent projected for the year 2020.


S-REITs with master leases.

  • We compiled a list of REITs with master leases. Our findings are as follows:
  • Based on standard industry practice, one month’s worth of gross rental is usually held as security deposit for each year’s lease. For example, a 5-year lease would require 5 months of committed security deposit. However, a larger sum of security deposit may be held for long-term leases in single-tenanted properties.

See Figure1 in attached PDF report for complete list of master leases of S-REITs.






Tan Jie Hui Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2020-04-27
SGX Stock Analyst Report NOT RATED MAINTAIN NOT RATED 99998 SAME 99998



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