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United Hampshire US REIT - UOB Kay Hian 2022-08-15: 1H22 Resiliency & Stability From Provisions Of Essential Services

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United Hampshire US REIT - 1H22 Resiliency & Stability From Provisions Of Essential Services

  • United Hampshire US REIT's 1H22 NPI grew 10.6% y-o-y with full contributions from newly-acquired Colonial Square and Penrose Plaza. Occupancy for grocery & necessity retail properties was stable at 96.2% in 2Q22.
  • United Hampshire US REIT has completed the acquisition of Upland Square Shopping Center in Pennsylvania for US$85.7m on 28 Jul 22. Management is on the lookout for more yield-accretive acquisitions along the East Coast.
  • United Hampshire US REIT provides 2023 distribution yield of 9.3% and trades at 18% discount to NAV per unit. Maintain BUY. Target price: US$0.83.



United Hampshire US REIT's 1H22 Results

  • United Hampshire US REIT (SGX:ODBU) reported 1H22 DPU of US$0.0291 (-4.6% y-o-y), which is in line with our expectations. Adjusting for top-ups and stimulated damages received in 1H21, 1H22 would have increased 13.4% y-o-y. The Distribution Reinvestment Plan is applicable to the 1H22 DPU.
  • Maiden acquisition started to contribute. Gross revenue and NPI grew 18.5% and 10.6% y-o-y respectively for 1H22 with full six-month contributions from its inaugural acquisition of Colonial Square and Penrose Plaza, which was completed in Nov 21.
  • Grocery & necessity retail properties: Providing income stability. Occupancy of grocery & necessity retail properties was stable at 96.2% as of Jun 22. United Hampshire US REIT executed a total of 13 new and renewal leases covering 150,012sf of retail space in 1H22. It has maintained long weighted average lease expiry of 8.0 years.
  • Self-storage properties: Rents on an upward trajectory. Occupancies at self-storage properties Carteret and Millburn were 94.7% and 97.5% respectively as of Jun 22. Average quarterly net rent rate for Carteret and Millburn increased 31% and 35% y-o-y respectively to US$22.60 and US$24.40. The divestment of Elizabeth and Perth Amboy Self Storage Properties to Storage Post for US$45.5m was completed on 22 Jun 22.
  • Sheltered from rising cost of utilities. Majority of United Hampshire US REIT’s leases for grocery & necessity retail properties are triple net, whereby tenants are responsible for their pro-rata share of operating expenses. Thus, United Hampshire US REIT is not unduly affected by higher cost of utilities.


Prudent capital management.

  • United Hampshire US REIT has a conservative aggregate leverage of 38.0% as of Jun 22. Its weighted average debt maturity is 2.0 years. Cost of debt edged higher by 0.1ppt q-o-q to 3.0% in 2Q22. 80.5% of United Hampshire US REIT's borrowings are hedged with fixed interest rates. Management estimated that every 50bp increase in LIBOR/SOFR reduces DPU by US$0.00048.


Consumers prioritising consumption of necessities.

  • Consumers are expected to pull back from discretionary spending but will devote a larger share of their wallets on day-to-day necessities at strip centres in their neighbourhood. According to US Census Bureau, retail & food services (excluding motor vehicles and parts) grew 10.6% y-o-y and 1.0% m-o-m in Jun 22. Grocery sales increased 8.3% y-o-y and 0.6% m-o-m. Consumption continues to be supported by a strong labour market and growth in wages. Spending on essentials is expected to be maintained despite erosion of purchasing power caused by higher inflation.
  • Tenants providing essential services accounted for 67.5% of United Hampshire US REIT’s base rental income as of Jun 22.


Building scale brick by brick.

  • United Hampshire US REIT has completed the acquisition of Upland Square Shopping Center in Pottstown, Montgomery County (third highest populous county), Pennsylvania for US$85.7m on 28 Jul 22. The acquisition increased the size of United Hampshire US REIT's portfolio by 6% and expanded United Hampshire US REIT's exposure to the state of Pennsylvania from 7.3% to 17.7% of base rental income. The anchor tenant is Giant by Ahold Delhaize and three dominant national off-price retailers, namely Burlington, Ross and TJ Maxx.
  • Upland Square Shopping Center provides NPI yield of 6.5%. The acquisition is accretive to United Hampshire US REIT's pro forma 2021 DPU by 2.1%.
  • Maintain focus on the East Coast. According to management, cap rates for grocery-anchored neighbourhood and community strip centres were stable at 5.5-6.0%. Management is on the lookout for acquisitions of grocery & necessity retail properties strategically located in neighbourhoods with limited competition. United Hampshire US REIT will continue to focus on expansion along the East Coast.
  • Supporting tenants’ omni-channel strategy. The role of physical stores is enhanced as they also serve as a hub for fulfilment of online orders. United Hampshire US REIT will support tenants’ omni-channel strategy by providing multiple methods for shoppers to pick up their online purchases, including curbside pick-up for online orders, buy online pick-up in store (BOPIS) and micro-fulfilment of online orders. Fundamentals for strip centres are positive due to limited supply.

United Hampshire US REIT - Earnings forecast revision and recommendation






Jonathan KOH CFA UOB Kay Hian Research | https://research.uobkayhian.com/ 2022-08-15
SGX Stock Analyst Report BUY MAINTAIN BUY 0.83 DOWN 0.910



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