Suntec REIT - RHB Invest 2020-12-16: Expecting A Better 2021; Keep BUY

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Suntec REIT - Expecting A Better 2021; Keep BUY

  • Suntec REIT (SGX:T82U) remains our preferred pick in the office/retail REIT space for its attractive valuation of 0.7x P/BV, and earnings recovery from its recently completed and acquired assets.
  • Suntec REIT’s office portfolio (66%), which accounts for the bulk of its income, is expected to remain resilient while retail mall earnings should rebound in 2021, given the absence of rental rebates.
  • Top Pick with S$1.79 target price, 18% upside and ~6% yield.



We expect Suntec REIT's distribution to rebound 25% y-o-y in 2021.

  • The distribution rebound was driven by full-year contributions from Suntec REIT’s recently completed development assets (21 Harris Street, Olderfleet, and 9 Penang Road), absence of rental rebates, and uplift from positive rent reversions signed.
  • We estimate Suntec REIT will resume its capital top-up with the stabilisation of COVID-19 and have assumed S$10m in capital top-ups for 2021.


Office portfolio remains resilient.

  • Overall, Singapore office occupancy remains high at 98.1% year-to-date (at nine months), while ~348,500 sqf of leases were signed of which ~30% are new leases. Demand for new leases was mainly from the tech, media & telecommunication and financial services sectors.
  • Rent reversions, though tapering off, remain at +9% year-to-date and +4.6% for 3Q.
  • Around 33% of office leases are due for 2021, with average rent expiry of S$8.78 psf. As the expiring rents are still ~10% below market rates, we expect flattish to slight positive rent reversions in 2021.


Retail performance improving, occupancy pressure expected.

  • Overall q-o-q retail occupancy dipped 3ppts to 93.4% on non-renewals and some pre-terminations. Most tenants were offered 4 months of rent rebates for 2020 (including Government grants) and ~10% of them (by NLA) were granted rent deferments. On the positive side, tenant sales rebounded to 70% of pre-COVID-19 levels from April’s ~35% lows.
  • Looking ahead, we expect pressure on occupancy to persist and overall occupancy to remain at ~90% levels. Rents are also expected to remain under pressure and we expect 5-15% negative rent reversions for upcoming leases.
  • For the convention wing (~6% of FY19 NPI), a recovery is only expected in 2022.

Nova Properties acquisition approved by unitholders.






Vijay Natarajan RHB Securities Research | https://www.rhbinvest.com.sg/ 2020-12-16
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 1.790 SAME 1.790



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