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Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Phillip Securities 2022-09-19: Retail Recovery Offset By Macroeconomic Headwinds

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Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Retail Recovery Offset By Macroeconomic Headwinds

  • Occupancy and tenant sales have recovered above pre-pandemic levels.
  • Frasers Centrepoint Trust is moderately protected from rising interest rates, with 69% of total borrowings hedged to a fixed rate. Every 50bps increase in SOR/SORA is estimated to impact DPU by ~1.3%.
  • Maintain ACCUMULATE rating on Frasers Centrepoint Trust (SGX:J69U), DDM-based target price (COE 7.08%) lowered from S$2.64 to S$2.38. No change in DPU estimates. Cost of equity increased from 6.41% to 7.08% on higher risk-free rate assumption.
  • The current Frasers Centrepoint Trust's share price implies a FY22e DPU yield of 5.7%. However, the yield spread has narrowed significantly since the start of the year from 4.36% to 2.65%.



Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Investment Thesis

  • Slight positive rental reversions expected. Frasers Centrepoint Trust's 1H22 reversions came in at +1.7% (FY21 - 0.6%) and expected to be similar for the rest of the year. Portfolio tenant retention rate is still healthy at 70-80% of the total portfolio.
  • Frasers Centrepoint Trust’s retail portfolio has a well-spread lease maturity profile with a WALE of 1.85 years (by NLA) or 1.78 years (by GRI) and only 5.3% of expiring leases (by GRI) remain in 4Q22 for FY22. Shorter tenancies allow for faster repricing in rent to cope with surging interest rates.
  • Occupancy and tenant sales above pre-pandemic levels. Occupancy dipped slightly from 97.8% in 2Q22 to 97.1% in 3Q22, but still above pre-pandemic levels of 96.5%. Frasers Centrepoint Trust are in advanced negotiations with replacement tenants to fill the space left by Filmgarde at Century Square, which caused the slight dip in occupancy.
  • Tenant sales in 3Q22 were up 23% y-o-y, and ~10% above pre-COVID levels. Shopper traffic in 3Q22 was up 32% y-o-y, and ~80% of pre-COVID levels.
  • We expect the impact from the further easing of community measures, especially the one where mask-wearing is no longer required in indoor settings except for certain situations, to further increase shopper traffic going forward.
  • Prudent hedging strategies in place to mitigate risks from interest rate volatilities. 69% of Frasers Centrepoint Trust's borrowings are hedged to fixed interest rate and the tenor of the hedge is usually matched with the debt maturity profile. All in, the cost of debt is 2.4%, and green loans account for ~31.6% of total borrowings.
  • Frasers Centrepoint Trust has an aggregate leverage of 33.9%. Every 50bps increase in SOR/SORA is estimated to impact DPU by ~1.3%.


Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Outlook


On good footing to command rental growth.

  • Hybrid work arrangements should benefit Frasers Centrepoint Trust's malls, which are located near transportation nodes. Commute-driven footfall and incidental spending should see an uptick, lifting tenant sales and Gross Turnover Rent (GTO) revenue for Frasers Centrepoint Trust. Occupancy cost, at ~16-17%, is at the 5-year pre-pandemic average. Improving tenant sales should lower occupancy cost further, which may support Frasers Centrepoint Trust's ability to raise rents.
  • Utilities represent ~7% of property operating expense and are fully hedged for FY22. Energy contracts will expire in end-FY22 and mid-FY23.

Frasers Centrepoint Trust - Maintain ACCUMULATE with lower target price.






Darren Chan Phillip Securities Research | https://www.stocksbnb.com/ 2022-09-19
SGX Stock Analyst Report ACCUMULATE MAINTAIN ACCUMULATE 2.38 DOWN 2.710



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