Keppel DC REIT - Phillip Securities 2021-07-28: First Beachhead In China, Acquisition Of Guangdong Data Centre


Keppel DC REIT - First Beachhead In China

  • Keppel DC REIT (SGX:AJBU)'s 1H21 DPU of S$0.04924, up 12.5% y-o-y, was in line, at 50% of our estimate. Earnings improved following acquisition of Amsterdam DC and completed AEI at KDC SG5, DC1 and KDC Dub 2.
  • Acquisition of Guangdong Data Centre at 9% NPI yields expected to add 1.9% and 1.7% to DPU and NAV.
  • Upgrade Keppel DC REIT to BUY from Accumulate on the resilient data centre demand and new data centre pipeline. DDM-based target price for Keppel DC REIT unchanged at S$3.20 (COE 5.75%). Includes S$500mn of acquisition assumptions for FY21e.

The Positives

First beachhead in China, second-largest data-centre market globally

  • Keppel DC REIT announced a sale and leaseback of Guangdong Data Centre from Guangdong Bluesea Data Development. This is a 46-year-leasehold, 7-storey, 221,689 sq ft facility in Jiangnan, Guangdong Province, which is part of the Greater Bay Area. Purchase consideration of RMB132.0mn or S$143.2mn represents a 7.8% discount to the property’s 1 July 2021 valuation. The asset carries an NPI yield of about 9% and will be leased to the vendor on a triple-net lease of 15 years, with an option to renew for another five.
  • Guangdong Data Centre is the first of six data centres to be completed in the Bluesea Intelligence Valley Mega Data Centre Campus. Keppel DC REIT has an ROFR on the remaining five data centres, which are at varying stages of fitting out. The acquisition is expected to add 1.9% and 1.7% to its DPU and NAV on a 55% LTV pro-forma basis.
  • Keppel DC REIT will issue equity to fund its acquisition, with completion expected in 3Q21. The acquisition will increase its WALE from 6.5 to 7.3 years.

Leases de-risked; potential divestment of iSeek Data Centre in Brisbane.

  • Keppel DC REIT also signed leases for 5.3% of NLA during the quarter at positive reversions. This has reduced its FY21 expiries to 1.7% of NLA. Including leases signed in July, 0.8% remain for FY21. With the completion of Intellicentre 3 in Sydney, a 20-year lease with Macquarie Data Centres and the adjoining Intellicentre 2 has also commenced.
  • Separately, Keppel DC REIT has granted its underlying tenant, iSeek Pty Ltd, the option to purchase iSeek Data Centre in Brisbane for A$34.5mn or S$35.3m. This is 21.5% above the property’s valuation during Keppel DC REIT’s IPO. The option is valid for five years and can be exercised from 1 August 2021. Final consideration will include the net book value of all capex required for the asset from January 2020.

The Negative

Further compression of cap rates.

  • Competition for assets remained stiff. Cap rates have been compressed by 50-75bps from a year ago to 4-6%. Thankfully, low cost of debt of 1.5% still leaves Keppel DC REIT room for accretive acquisitions.


  • There are market rumours that Singapore’s moratorium on data centres may be lifted this year. Should it happen, supply could increase over the next 2-4 years. However, stickiness of data-centre tenants and Keppel’s track record as a data-centre operator should help it retain tenants.
  • Soon after its investment mandate was expanded on 28 April 2021, Keppel DC REIT announced a non-binding MOU with M1 to invest S$87mn in the debt securities and preference shares of an M1-established SPV. This SPV, which will hold M1’s network assets, has a net book value of S$580mn. More details will be released when the MOU is inked.

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Natalie Ong Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2021-07-28
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