ESR-REIT - CGS-CIMB Research 2021-09-30: A Laggard Play

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ESR-REIT - A Laggard Play

  • Operating metrics generally surpassed 2019’s levels despite the pandemic.
  • Made accretive acquisitions and AEIs, demonstrating its commitment to grow.
  • Reiterate ADD. Lower cost of funding to pave way for accretive acquisitions.

Reiterate ADD on ESR-REIT with a higher DDM-based target price

  • ESR-REIT's share price has appreciated by ~18% year-to-date, driven by accretive acquisitions, divestments, and inclusion into FTSE EPRA Nareit Index. However, we think there is more upside driven by improvements in operating metrics, income contributions from acquisitions/AEIs and narrowing valuation gap with its peers.
  • ESR-REIT (SGX:J91U)’s FY22 DPU yield of > 6% remains attractive. We reduce our FY21-23 by 0.4% to 3.2% mainly factoring divestment and delay in AEI. Our target price for ESR-REIT is however raised to S$0.538 (COE from 7.3% to 7.1%), still implies an attractive DPU yield of 5.8% to factor in a premium for its inclusion into FTSE EPRA Nareit Index. Weaker rental reversion would serve as a downside risk.

Healthy operating and financial performance despite pandemic

  • Despite the pandemic, ESR-REIT’s 1H21 occupancy rate, lease secured (sf) and tenant retention income for the rest of 2021 given its diversified portfolio.

Acquisitions and AEIs to boost income

  • Despite ESR-REIT’s relatively higher Tai Seng Street and 7000 AMK. 19 Tai Seng which is under conversion from a general industrial to a high-specs property will be completed around 3Q21 and has seen good 63% committed occupancy. These AEIs are expected to generate a good 7% yield (S$6.2m/3.8% of FY20 NPI) on cost on a stabilised basis.

Lower cost of funding to pave way for more accretive acquisitions

EING Kar Mei CFA CGS-CIMB Research | LOCK Mun Yee CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2021-09-29
SGX Stock Analyst Report ADD MAINTAIN ADD 0.538 UP 0.521