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Mapletree Commercial Trust - Maybank Research 2022-04-21: Placed For Recovery

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Mapletree Commercial Trust - Placed For Recovery


DPU in line with street; growth catalysts

  • Mapletree Commercial Trust (SGX:N2IU)'s 2H22 DPU rose ~6% h-o-h, or ~17% h-o-h if including capital distributions, with growth underpinned by higher occupancy and positive rental reversions. We see leasing strengthening in FY23E with rising demand for office space and improving retail sentiment.
  • Mapletree Commercial Trust's DPU was in line with our estimate and the street, and we maintain our forecasts and DDM-based target price (COE: 5.8%, 2.0%).
  • Mapletree Commercial Trust's valuations at 5% dividend yield and ~3% 2-year DPU CAGR are undemanding vs history.
  • We see catalysts from stronger growth in tenant sales, rental recovery and financial accretion from its proposed merger with Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (SGX:RW0U).


Higher occupancy, improvements likely

  • Mapletree Commercial Trust's portfolio occupancy rose to 94.3% in 4Q22 (from 92.5% in 3Q22), and improvements were broad-based. At VivoCity, it rose from 98.4% to 98.6%, MBC (92.8% to 94.0%), mTower (75.5% to 84.7%) and Mapletree Anson (92.8% to 95.0%), as MLHF stayed fully occupied.
  • Committed occupancy was higher at 97.0% with successful backfilling at VivoCity (to 99.2%), MBC (97.3%), mTower (88.0%) and Mapletree Anson (100.0%).
  • At MBC, management shared that Google (11% of gross rental income) has renewed leases with positive reversions (on average), but guided for potentially weaker reversions for the asset’s older more aggressively-priced leases.


Recovery at VivoCity to strengthen

  • Mapletree Commercial Trust's 2H22 revenue/ NPI at VivoCity jumped to the office.
  • Retail rental reversions were +2.1% in FY22 (vs +3.5% in 1H22 and -9.6% in FY21), and management is targeting positive reversions in FY23.


Strong balance sheet, awaiting completion of merger






Chua Su Tye Maybank Research | https://www.maybank-ke.com.sg/ 2022-04-21
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 2.350 SAME 2.350



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