2 REITS That Have Delivered Growth Recently
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It’s earnings season again.


Real estate investment trust (REITs) have always been one of the favourite investment choices for risk adverse investors due to its stable earnings qualities.


In this article, I will look at two REITs that have lived up to their investors’ expectation by delivering positive performances in their latest earnings updates.


The first REIT on the list is First Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: AW9U), or First REIT.As a quick introduction, First REIT is a healthcare-focused real estate investment trust. It currently has a portfolio of 20 properties (16 in Indonesia, three in Singapore, and one in South Korea) that are mostly healthcare-related facilities.


For the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2018, First REIT’s gross revenue increased by 2.7% while its net property income (NPI) improved 1.9% as compared to the same period last year. The improvement was primarily due to contributions from the newly-acquired hospitals, as well as increased rental income from existing properties. Distribution per unit (DPU) came in flat at 2.15 cents.


As of 31 December 2018, First REIT’s gearing and committed occupancy rate stood at 35.0% and 100% respectively.


Victor Tan, chief executive of First REIT’s manager, said the following in the earnings release (OUE refers to OUE Ltd (SGX: LJ3) and OUELH refers toOUE Lippo Healthcare Ltd (SGX: 5WA) in the comments below)):


“We are pleased to close the year with stable and credible results underpinned by steady performance from our existing portfolio of 20 properties in Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. With OUE and OUELH on board, First REIT and Bowsprit are well-positioned to tap on the growing opportunities in the Asia Pacific region to capitalise on the tremendous growth in demand for quality and affordable healthcare. In addition to the right-of-first-refusal to Lippo Karawaci’s pipeline of properties for acquisition in Indonesia, we now also have a first-right-of-refusal from OUELH. Our roadmap for the next three to five years is to look at asset rebalancing, diversifying our income streams by expanding into other geographical regions, as well as exploring opportunities to unlock the value of our existing assets.”


The next REIT on the list is Mapletree Logistics Trust (SGX: M44U).As a quick introduction, Mapletree Logistics Trust, or MLT, is a REIT that owns 140 logistics properties around Asia-Pacific region that includes Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China, South Korea and Australia.


In the latest quarter ended 31 December 2018, MLT reported that gross revenue grew 23.0% to S$120.8 million while NPI jumped 25.9% to S$104.5 million.


Also, DPU was up by 5.0% year-on-year to 2.002 cents, mainly due to the higher net property income.The growth in DPU was achieved despite an increase in units from 3.1 billion a year ago to 3.6 billion in the reporting quarter. The stronger performance was mainly driven by growth from the existing portfolio as well as contributions from new acquisitions.


Ng Kiat, chief executive of MLT’s manager, commented:


“Amidst the volatile economic environment, we remain vigilant and focused on working closely with our tenants to maintain a stable portfolio performance. During the quarter, we have strengthened MLT’s portfolio with the acquisitions of three quality logistics facilities in Australia, South Korea and Vietnam and the divestment of a warehouse with older specifications in Singapore. We will continue to keep the momentum on portfolio rejuvenation through quality acquisitions and selective divestments.”


As of 31 December 2018, the REIT’s gearing stood at 38.8% while its occupancy rate was 97.7%.


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First REIT’s stocks are currently out of favor among investors. At its current price of S$1.00 (at the time of writing), First REIT’s shares are down by 30% from its high in the last 12 months.


Yet, despite the decline in share price, there are many reasons why the REIT might be a good investment for investors. We discussed the first two reasons in an article here. As a quick recap, those reasons were:



  1. Strong financial track record

  2. Positive result for 2018


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Valuation


No investment analysis is ever complete unless we consider the valuation of the REIT. Here, even REIT with solid track record and good prospects might turn out to be a “bad” investment if investors overpay for it.


The good news is that First REIT seems to be trading at an attractive valuation now. This is especially true given the decline in its share price for the past year. Let’s consider the following:



Source: Stock Facts on SGX.com


The table above shows First REIT’s PB ratio and distribution yield. It also shows the respective averages for the two valuation metrics for the 41 REITs that are in Singapore’s stock market.


What we can see from the above is that the First REIT stock price trades at a significant discount to the market average’s distribution yield. On the other hand, its price to book ratio is comparable to the market average.


Clearly, the market is not overly optimistic about the First REIT now, rendering it a low valuation as compared to its peers.


Conclusion:


In summary, the market is rather pessimistic with First REIT for now. Yet, long term investors might find the REIT a good investment idea now due to its strong financial track record, a positive result for 2018 and low valuation.


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First Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: AW9U) has a portfolio of 20 properties (16 in Indonesia, three in Singapore, and one in South Korea) that are mostly healthcare-related facilities. The REIT’s sponsors are PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk and OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited.


First REIT’s stock is currently out of favor among investors. At its current price of S$1.00 (at the time of writing), First REIT’s shares are down by 30% from its high in the last 12 months.


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Strong financial track record


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Here, First REIT has shown that it has the capability to grow its asset base over the long term. See chart below:



Source: First REIT’s earnings presentation


As a result of the growth in asset under management, First REIT’s distributable income has grown over the years. See the next chart below:



Source: First REIT’s earnings presentation


From the above, we can see that First REIT has delivered steady growth over the years, both in term of asset under management and distributable income.


Positive result for 2018


Not only did First REIT do well in growing its assets and income over the years, it continued to perform well in the latest financial year ended 31 December 2018.


Here are some numbers: Gross revenue increased 4.7% while its net property income (NPI) improved 4.5%, respectively, as compared to the same period last year. The improvement was primarily due to contributions from the newly-acquired Siloam Hospitals Buton & Lippo Plaza Buton and Siloam Hospitals Yogyakarta, as well as increased rental income from existing properties. Distributable income was 1.5% higher as compared to last year. Consequently, distribution per unit (DPU) came in higher by 0.4% year-on-year to 8.60 cents.


In other words, First REIT managed to sustain its good performance for another year.


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In summary, the market is rather pessimistic with First REIT. Yet, long term investors might find the REIT a good investment idea now due to the reasons mentioned above.


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3. Based on MLT’s annualised DPU of 7.89 Singapore cents and its closing unit price of S$1.34 (as of the time of writing), the REIT has a trailing distribution yield of 5.9%.


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5. The REIT’s portfolio had an occupancy rate of 97.7% at end of the quarter.


6. The weighted average lease expiry (by net lettable area) was at 3.8 years as of 31 December 2018. 69.3% of the leases will expire within the next four years while the rest will expire after that.


7. MLT’s portfolio achieved an average rental reversion of 4.5% for the quarter,mainly from Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Vietnam.


8. Single-User Asset and Multi-Tenanted Buildings accounted for 39.5% and 60.5%, respectively, of MLT’s revenue as at 31 December 2018.


9. MLT completed the divestment of its property at 531 Bukit Batok Street 23 in Singapore. Also, it announced the acquisitions of three quality logistics facilities in Australia, South Korea and Vietnam.


10. Here are the comments from the REIT on its outlook:


“The global economic outlook has weakened in recent months amidst tightening financial conditions and continuing trade tensions between the United States and China. Against this backdrop, leasing demand for MLT’s logistics facilities has held steady to date, supporting stable rental and occupancy rates.


The Manager remains vigilant of the evolving environment and maintains its focus on enhancing portfolio resilience. Where appropriate, the Manager will pursue acquisitions, asset enhancements or divestments to enhance portfolio quality and competitiveness. In addition, the Manager proactively manages the financing risks from interest rate and foreign exchange volatility. About 85% of MLT’s total debt has been hedged into fixed rates, while approximately 88% of income stream for FY18/19 has been hedged.”


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