Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust - UOB Kay Hian 2022-07-19: Preferential Offering A Mere Formality


Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust - Preferential Offering A Mere Formality

Final milestone before consummating the merger.

Not worthwhile to subscribe to preferential offering.

  • Most Mapletree Commercial Trust unitholders will balk at the lofty issue price of S$2.0039, which is 12% higher than the current market price of S$1.79. Sponsor Mapletree Investments has demonstrated commitment and support for the merger by providing an undertaking to subscribe for the entire preferential offering. It has also agreed to a voluntary six-month lock-up of its unitholding.

Sponsor sees merits and value in the merger.

  • We estimate that sponsor Mapletree Investments’ stake in the merged entity, Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust, could potentially increase from 32.7% to a maximum of 55.7%, assuming none of the minority unitholders took up the preferential offering.
  • Based on yesterday’s closing price of S$1.79, sponsor Mapletree Investments would have taken a paper loss of S$390m (consideration units: S$172m and preferential offering: S$218m).

Growing through the 4R strategy.

  • Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust will drive future growth by adopting the 4R asset and capital management strategy:
    1. Recharge – maximise operational performance,
    2. Reconstitute – optimise portfolio through divestment, asset enhancement and redevelopment,
    3. Refocus – pursue accretive acquisitions and developments, and
    4. Resilience – capital management strategy to maintain a strong balance sheet, maximise liquidity and minimise risk.

Scaling the league table.

  • Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust will become Asia’s seventh largest REIT with a market capitalisation of about US$5b. It will hold a diversified portfolio of 18 high quality commercial properties across Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan and South Korea. AUM will expand by 94% to a combined S$17.1b.

Enlarged scale with greater financial flexibility.

  • Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust will have better financial flexibility and greater debt headroom to pursue larger acquisitions and development projects. Debt headroom for acquisitions will increase from S$2,911m to S$3,785m based on the maximum permitted aggregate leverage of 50%. The headroom for development projects increases from S$878m to S$1,710m.

Sizeable increase to index weightage.

Merger provides geographical diversification.

  • Management sees VivoCity, Mapletree Business City and Festival Walk as core assets. Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust will focus on acquisitions of office and business park assets in key gateway cities in South Korea and Mainland China. It seeks to create value by recycling capital in Japan.

Hong Kong has relaxed social distancing measures.

  • Face-to-face classes at kindergartens, primary schools and international schools has resumed on 19 Apr 22. Gyms, beauty salons, religious places, libraries and sport venues have reopened with groups capped at four people starting 21 Apr 22. Operating hours for restaurants to offer dine-in service were extended from 6pm to 10pm. The onerous 14-day quarantine was lowered to seven days conditional on negative rapid test results on both the 6th and 7th days of hotel quarantine.
  • Festival Walk benefits from easing of social distancing measures. The authorities have further eased social distancing rules by allowing residents to be mask-free when exercising outdoor and doubling the number of diners per table to eight since 3 May 22. The Special Administrative Region has avoided lockdown and mass testing, blunt instruments of China’s zero tolerance strategy.
  • Festival Walk suffered two consecutive years of negative rental reversion (FY20: +8%, FY21: -21% and FY22: -27% (9MFY22: -32% and 4QFY22: -18%)) but outlook is gradually improving.

Merger between Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) and Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT) is yield accretive.

Jonathan KOH CFA UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2022-07-19
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