Dasin Retail Trust - Phillip Securities 2020-08-24: Recover To Lend Support To Leasing


Dasin Retail Trust - Recover To Lend Support To Leasing

  • Dasin Retail Trust (SGX:CEDU)'s 1H20 NPI and DPU beat our estimates, coming in 5.2% and 9.2% above our estimates, due to the higher NPI margins of and post-AEI rental income of Xiaolan Metro Mall.
  • Turnover rent recovered to 90.4% of 4Q19’s average, lends confidence for the remaining 13.5% in expiring leases (by GRI).
  • Maintain ACCUMULATE with an unchanged Target Price of S$0.91.

The Positives

June 2020 turnover rent recovered to 90.4% of 4Q19 average.

  • Dasin Retail Trust's June 2020 turnover rent recovered to 90.4% of 4Q19 average, lifted by the easing of lockdown measures. 4% of leases are on pure turnover basis, a proxy for tenant sale, which have exhibited a similar recovery.

Portfolio occupancy inched by 0.2ppts q-o-q to 97.0% (4Q19: 98.8%).

  • 9,085sqm (13.2%) of NLA in Ocean underwent AEI in 4Q19. Due to COVID-19 disruptions, completion was delayed from 1Q to 2Q. Since then, occupancy at Ocean improved by 2.5% q-o-q, securing rental reversion of 47% over previous rents. Separately, rents signed in 2Q were flattish, likely to remain flat for 2H20.
  • Occupancy at Dasin E-Colour fell 5.6ppts to 90.7% since 4Q19. Tenant trading at Dasin E-Colour was affected by the closure of schools (universities), which are the mall’s primary catchment. Dasin E-Colour is the smallest mall in the portfolio, accounting for 3.3% of 1H20’s revenue.

NPI margin improved to 81.6% in 1H20, from 80.7% in 1H19.

  • NPI margin improved to 81.6% in 1H20, from 80.7% in 1H19, mainly due to lower operating expenses from lower electricity charges and property tax, as well as property tax rebates provided by the government. Dasin Retail Trust has provided c.S$8mn in out-of-pocket rental rebated for tenants, which translated to c.1month in rental waivers.
  • The management does not foresee offering any additional rebates, given the recovery in tenant trading, which is has recovered to near pre-COVID levels.

The Negatives

Portfolio valuation fell by 4.6% in RMB terms.

  • Dasin Retail Trust's portfolio valuation fell by 4.6% in RMB terms, due to lower expected rental growth rate, higher discount rate and terminal cap rate assumptions assumed by valuers. In SGD terms, valuations fell by a lower 2.5% due to the strengthening of RMB against SGD.

13.8% of leases by GRI expiring in FY20 to be renewed.

  • 13.8% of leases by GRI expiring in FY20 to be renewed, majority coming from Xiaolan (17.8%), Ocean (17.7%) Shiqi (15.6%). Historically, these three assets are strong performers have maintained high occupancies of 98% to 99%. As such, we are optimistic on the leasing demand for these malls.
  • A noteworthy 13.8% of leases by GRI (3.5% by NLA) has yet to be renewed, likely due to the uncertainty and softer leasing sentiment in 1H20. The steady recovery in tenant sales is encouraging and may return confidence to tenants who were delaying renewal decisions.


Income visibility from lease structure

  • Assets maintain high occupancy of 97% and WALE by GRI of 4.0 years. Only 4% of leases by GRI are on pure turnover terms, 20% of leases are structured as higher of base rent or turnover rent, 12% of leases are fixed while 64% of leases are fixed with build-in escalation ranging 3% to 10% per annum.

AEIs and refreshing of the malls tenant mix have borne fruit

  • Xiaolan Metro Mall underwent and AEI on 5% of NLA in 1Q19, which yielded reversions of 44% over previous rents. Similarly, the most recent AEI for 9,085sqm (13.2%) of space at Ocean Metro Mall over the 4Q19 to 2Q20 period has secured rental reversion of 47%.

Acquisition update

  • The acquisition of Shunde and Tanbei Metro Mall was completed on 8 July 2020 and will contribute c.12% to revenue. Dasin Retail Trust will relook at acquisitions plans in FY21.

Positioned to benefit of transformation of the Great Bay Area

  • China’s plans to transform the Greater Bay Area (GBA) into a booming financial hub was announced in the 13th 5-year plan in December 2016. The up-and-coming exchanges are located in Guangzhou (for carbon emission futures trading) and Macau (NASDAQ-like market that helps start-ups). With this transformation, the population for Greater Bay Area is forecast to grow by 43% over the next 15 years to around 100 million.
  • All 7 of Dasin Retail Trust’s malls are located within the GBA - 5 in Zhongshan, 1 in Foshan and 1 in Zhuhai, and are within a 1-hour traffic circle of GBA cities. As Tier 2 cities, they provide affordable housing alternatives for the surrounding Tier 1.5 cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Zhongshan is primed to benefit from its location in the midpoint of the GBA, as well as the Shenzhen- Zhongshan bridge which is under construction (est. completion 2021), and will slash traveling time between these two cities from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

Maintain ACCUMULATE with unchanged target price of S$0.91.

Singapore Research Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2020-08-24