Ascendas REIT - Maybank Kim Eng 2021-02-03: Rising Resiliency; Still Our Top Pick

ASCENDAS REAL ESTATE INV TRUST (SGX:A17U) | SGinvestors.io ASCENDAS REAL ESTATE INV TRUST (SGX:A17U)

Ascendas REIT - Rising Resiliency


Still our Top Pick

  • Ascendas REIT (SGX:A17U)’s 2H20 DPU fell 0.9% y-o-y, as its units rose 10.7% y-o-y following the Nov 2019 rights issue, and placement and preferential offering in Nov-Dec 2020. Its S$1.0b of portfolio deals in FY20 helped deliver stable portfolio occupancy of 91.7%, and cushion revenue and NPI growth against rent-relief support, mostly in Singapore.
  • Management has stayed with the rental reversion guidance into FY21.
  • Ascendas REIT's fundamentals remain strong, backed by its scale, rising DPU visibility, growth levers from a strong balance sheet, and further overseas diversification. Maintain BUY, with DDM-based S$4.00 target price (COE: 5.8%, LTG: 2.0%).



Stable occupancy, slight dip in Singapore

  • Ascendas REIT's revenue and NPI rose 12.5% y-o-y and 7.8% y-o-y in 2H20, with contribution from the portfolio of 28 US and 2 Singapore business park properties acquired in Dec 2019, a suburban office in Australia (254 Wellington Road) and two office properties in San Francisco from Nov 2020. See Ascendas REIT's announcements. This was partly offset by rent-relief extended to its tenants, and lower occupancies mostly in Singapore, which dipped q-o-q from 88.8% to 88.4%, due to a non-renewal (at 11 Changi North Way).
  • Tenants from the biomedical, energy and lifestyle trade segments accounted for the highest proportion of new demand in 4Q20 by gross rental income at ~31%, 21% and 16% respectively.


Guiding for low single-digit rental reversion for 2021

  • Ascendas REIT's portfolio delivered a +2.5% rental reversion in 4Q20 (vs -2.3% in 3Q20), and achieved a +3.8% reversion for FY20, in line with guidance. Reversions in 4Q20 were weaker in Singapore except for its integrated development, amenities and retail (+11.5%), and stronger in the US at +18.8% (vs -11.5% in 3Q20).
  • Management expects leasing volumes to soften amid macro uncertainties. Incentives should rise as a result in order to maintain retention rates at 60-70%.
  • Management is guiding for a low single-digit positive reversion for 2021. We maintain an optimistic outlook for its rental growth, which is likely to be led by its business parks, suburban office and logistics space (73% of its AUM).

Growth levers from AEIs, redevelopment, deals






Chua Su Tye Maybank Kim Eng Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2021-02-03
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 4.000 SAME 4.000



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