Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Phillip Securities 2021-01-25: Portfolio Optimisation & Reconstitution To Drive Growth


Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Portfolio Optimisation & Reconstitution To Drive Growth

  • Frasers Centrepoint Trust (SGX:J69U) delivered a positive surprise in 1QFY21 (Oct 2020 to Dec 2020) business updates - some malls outperformed our occupancy forecasts. Lease renewals on track despite industry leasing weakness. See Frasers Centrepoint Trust's announcements. No financials disclosed in this operational update.
  • Maintain BUY, with DDM-based target price raised from S$2.79 to S$2.93 for lower beta and cost-of-equity assumptions. Beta lowered from 0.7 to 0.65 to reflect stability of assets. As a result, cost of equity drops from 6.75% to 6.38%.
  • Stock catalysts expected from growth in catchments surrounding Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s malls and synergies after ARF acquisition.

The Positives

Occupancy improved 0.1ppt to 3.7ppts q-o-q in 8 out of 11 malls.

  • Frasers Centrepoint Trust's 1QFY21 retail portfolio occupancy improved q-o-q from 94.9% to 96.4% (1QFY20: 97.3%). Most of Frasers Centrepoint Trust malls are out of the woods, having recovered from the lows in 2020. The exceptions were Changi City Point (CCP) and Yew Tee Point.
  • Occupancies were 5.1ppts and 3.0ppts lower y-o-y. Leasing at CCP remained challenging as not all employees in the business parks surrounding the mall had returned to the office. An absence of sales events at the Expo also cut footfall and vibrancy at CCP.
  • Occupancy in the rest of the malls ranged from 94.1% to 98.7%. Over at Central Plaza, Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s only office asset, occupancy improved from 94.3% in June to 95.3% in 1QFY21.

25% of FY21 leases renewed in 1QFY21.

  • Despite a weaker leasing environment, Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s lease renewals were on track. While Frasers Centrepoint Trust did not disclose rental reversions for leases signed in the quarter, it did say the reversions were a mixed bag, coming in flat on a portfolio basis.
  • About 29.6% of leases by GRI remain for FY21. Expiries will mostly fall in 3Q/4QFY21, which should give consumer spending and tenant confidence some time to recover.

The Negative

No timeline for lifting of restrictions on atrium space.

  • While atrium revenue accounts for a small fraction of Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s revenue, sales and promotions that are held there help to boost participating tenants’ sales, which have a bearing on gross turnover rents.


Dominant malls likely will be prioritised.

  • Portfolio occupancy had recovered to 96.4%, close to pre-COVID levels. We believe that the worst is over for Frasers Centrepoint Trust. Suburban retail remains in demand, supported by increased weekday catchments from hybrid work arrangements. Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s malls, which are located near household catchments and within 1-3 minutes from transportation nodes, are expected to benefit from both stay-home-workers’ shopping and the transient office crowd. We believe they will be among retailers’ top priorities when the latter review their consolidation plans. As such, we remain optimistic on Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s leasing.
  • Small businesses will be able to enjoy a 6-week “Notice of Negotiation” period with landlords under Singapore’s newly-introduced ReAlign Framework. The six weeks will run from 15 January to 26 February 2021. Tenants who wish to renegotiate their leases will have to submit notice of negotiation on their landlords. Long-term viability of tenants will be a key consideration.
  • We think that Frasers Centrepoint Trust will try to retain tenants that complement its malls’ trade mix, while negotiating swift exits for struggling tenants. Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s manager shared that some tenants are still cautious, preferring to delay renewing until the last minute or preferring shorter leases. We understand that although lease terms are largely unchanged, the manager has offered short renewals to about 5% of mall tenants.

Focus on efficiency and unlocking value.

  • Frasers Centrepoint Trust intends to:
    1. optimise performance through economies of scale;
    2. increase its malls’ value proposition by raising the utilisation of its eStore and food-ordering platform;
    3. improve profitability by lowering cost of debt and increasing financial flexibility by unencumbering portfolio assets;
    4. divest smaller malls; and
    5. unlock value through AEI. It will look at acquisitions opportunistically, keeping its portfolio focused on Singapore and suburban retailing.

Maintain BUY, DDM-based target price raised from S$2.79 to S$2.93

Natalie Ong Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2021-01-25
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