Prime US REIT - Maybank Kim Eng 2020-11-06: Delivering Ahead Again

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Prime US REIT - Delivering Ahead Again


Leasing gains traction despite slow market

  • Prime US REIT (SGX:OXMU) continued to deliver ahead of its IPO projection in 3Q20, on the back of stable occupancy, and strong leasing momentum at +8.9% rental reversion against softening market demand.
  • Prime US REIT's DPU visibility into FY21 remains high, supported by a 4.6-year WALE, strong tenancies, and +2.0% pa growth from its well-placed assets, currently under-rented by 6.7%.
  • We maintain our forecasts and DDM-based Target Price (COE: 7.4%, LTG: 2.0%).
  • Prime US REIT's valuations are compelling at 8+% FY20 DPU yield with improving operational performance and potential acquisitions, as re-rating catalysts. BUY.



Stable occupancy, rent collection at 99%

  • Prime US REIT's 3Q20 revenue, NPI and distributable income exceeded IPO projections by +9.1%, +9.8% and +15.4% respectively, while 9M20 estimates were ahead by +6.8%, +8.3%, and +15.2%. See Prime US REIT Announcements.
  • Rental collections remained high in 3Q20 at 99%, with minimal lease deferrals at 0.5% of cash rental income (CRI).
  • Portfolio occupancy was stable at 92.9% (vs 93.0% in 2Q20) while there was a dip with non-renewals at Tower 909 (from 94.7% to 90.3%).
  • Prime US REIT's properties are well-placed, with demand from financial and technology sector tenancies expected to support backfilling in the coming quarters.


Reversion stronger at +8.9%

  • Leasing momentum has picked up with ~83.2k sf added in 3Q20, up 56.8% q-o-q, bringing 9M20 to ~165.8k sf or 4.3% of NLA. A +8.9% rental reversion was achieved on long-term leases (vs +8.5% in 2Q20) with over 60% of leases attributed to renewals or expansion by its existing tenants in established and technology industries.
  • Prime US REIT's DPU visibility is high, with 99.8% of leases by CRI backed by embedded rental escalations averaging +2.0% pa, and supported by a 4.6-year WALE (5.4 years for its top ten tenants) with 10.7% of its leases (by CRI) expiring by 2021.

Strong balance sheet, stacks well against peers






Chua Su Tye Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2020-11-06
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.100 SAME 1.100



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