CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust 2H21 - UOB Kay Hian 2022-02-03: Triple-Play On Reopening In Singapore


CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust 2H21 - Triple-Play On Reopening In Singapore

  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust’s retail portfolio was resilient with occupancy improving 0.4ppt q-o-q to 96.8% in 4Q21. Occupancies at Capital Tower and Six Battery Road are expected to recover back above 90% after securing new tenants in 1Q22.
  • Besides contributing to higher physical occupancy at its office buildings, CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust’s downtown malls and integrated developments also benefit as more employees return to work in their offices.
  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust's distribution yield is attractive at 6.1% for 2023F. Maintain BUY. Target price: S$2.45.

CICT's 2H21 Results

  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust (CICT, SGX:C38U)’s reported DPU of S$0.0522 for 2H22, which comprises advance distribution of S$0.0485 for 1 Jul 21 to 15 Dec 21 and S$0.0037 for 16-31 Dec 21. The results were in line with our expectations.
  • Suburban malls stay resilient. Retail occupancy improved by 0.4ppt q-o-q to 96.8% in 4Q21. Management estimated negative rental reversion at 7.3% in 2021 (9M21: 8.0%)based on rents in the first year versus outgoing final rents (suburban malls: -2.4% (9M21: -3.8%), downtown malls: -13.8% (9M21: -14.3%)). Food & Beverage accounted for 38% of new leases secured, followed by Home Furnishing at 21% and Beauty & Health at 11%. Retention rate was healthy at 82.3%.
  • Recovery in shopper traffic and tenant sales. Shopper traffic has recovered since dinning in at F&B establishments for groups of up to five persons were permitted since 22 Nov 21. Tenant sales have surged above pre-pandemic levels for suburban mall and reached 85% of pre-pandemic levels at downtown malls in Dec 21. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust granted less rental waivers of S$8.4m to retail tenants in 2H22.
  • Transitory vacancies progressively backfilled. Occupancy for Singapore office eased 2.2ppt q-o-q to 90.4% in 4Q21. Occupancy at Capital Tower slipped 20.4ppt q-o-q to 76.8% after JPMorgan relocated to CapitaSpring. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust is in advance negotiations with a new tenant, which could potentially bring occupancy back up to 94% in 1Q22. Occupancy for Asia Square Tower 2 improved 12.8ppt q-o-q to 95.6% in 4Q21 after securing a consultancy ix Battery Road, CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust has secured a new tenant in 1Q22, which would restore occupancy from 80% to 90%.
  • Appreciation in capital values. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust recognised gains in fair value of investment properties of S$270.5m. The appreciation in capital values came mainly from office properties, such as 21 Collyer Quay (+S$162m), Asia Square Tower Two (+S$97m) and Capital Tower (+S$60m). Its 45% interest in CapitaSpring is now valued on completed basis instead of development basis, which lifted valuation by S$406m. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust marked down the valuation for Clark Quay by S$52m and Galileo in Germany by S$72m. NAV per unit increased 3% y-o-y to S$2.06.

Deleveraged through divestment of OGS.

  • Aggregate leverage moderated 3.7ppt q-o-q to 37.2% after completing divestment of One George Street (OGS) and private placement to raise S$250m in Dec 21. Aggregate leverage is expected to increase to 40% after completing acquisition of three properties in Sydney, Australia.
  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust has committed facilities in place to refinance debts of S$1,099m maturing in 2022. Average cost of debt was stable at 2.3%. 83% of its borrowings are hedged to fixed interest rates. Average term to maturity is healthy at 3.9 years.

Triple-play on reopening in Singapore.

  • Working from home is no longer the default and 50% of employees have been allowed back to their offices since 1 Jan 22. Physical occupancy at office buildings has improved to 50% in January. The return of the office crowd will enhance shopper traffic and tenant sales at CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust’s downtown malls and integrated developments.
  • Value creation from asset recycling. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust has entered into agreement to acquire two trusts that hold 66 Goulburn Street and 100 Arthur Street located in Sydney, Australia with agreed property value at A$672m (S$672m). The acquisition is estimated to be accretive to pro form 1H21 DPU by 3.1%.
  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust has also entered into agreement to acquire 50% interest in 101-103 Miller Street & Greenwood Plaza in Sydney for A$422m (S$409.3m). The acquisition is estimated to be accretive to pro form 1H21 DPU by 1%. These acquisitions are expected to be completed in 1Q22.
  • CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust completed the divestment of OGS for S$640.7m or S$2,875psf in Dec 21. It has also entered into agreement to divest JCube, a leisure and edutainment mall located in Jurong Lake District, for S$340m.
  • CapitaSpring to contribute more significantly in 2H22. CapitaSpring received temporary occupation permits (TOP) in Nov 21. It has secured JPMorgan Chase and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation as anchor tenants. Other tenants include Square Point, The Work Project, Saxo Markets and Red Hat. CapitaSpring has achieved committed occupancy of 91.5% and another 5% is under advanced negotiation. 10 tenants have commenced operations. Committed leases start contributing progressively from 1H22 and more significantly from 2H22.
  • AEIs for RCS. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust will commence asset enhancement for the three floors of retail space at Raffles City Singapore (RCS) previously occupied by Robinsons. CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust plans to reconfigure the 111,000sf of retail space into smaller units for specialty retail and large format stores. New offerings include Calvin Klein, Acqua di Parma, Elemis and House of Wei. Management targets completion by 4Q22.
  • Enhancing flow of shopper traffic to Funan. The 100m underground pedestrian link between City Hall MRT interchange station and Funan Basement 2 has opened in Dec 21, which facilitates traffic flow during the festive shopping season.

CICT's Valuation

Jonathan KOH CFA UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2022-02-03
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 2.45 UP 2.390