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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Cromwell European REIT Review @ 25 February 2021

Basic Profile & Key Statistics

Cromwell European REIT (CEREIT) is a diversified REIT that invests mainly in office, industrial and logistics sectors. CEREIT owns 96 properties across 7 countries in Europe.

Performance Review

Gross revenue and NPI decreased YoY by 1.4% and 3.9% respectively. Distributable income and DPU decreased YoY by 14.4% and 14.6% respectively due to both management base management fee and property management fee received in cash for 2H 2020.
Rental revision is at -1.4% for industrial; 1.6% for office and 0% for overall portfolio in 2H 2020.
1 day after the financial result is released, CEREIT announced the launch of the private placement (at 0.43 to raise  100 million) to partially replenish working capital for recently acquired logistics park located in Italy and to partially fund the acquisition of properties in the Czech Republic and Slovakia which is targeted to complete by March 2021. 

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy is slightly high at 95.1%
  • WALE is long at 4.9 years
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years is high at 58.6% which falls in 2025 and beyond, without breakdown.
  • Weighted average land lease expiry is long at 93.6 years

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio is moderate at 38.1%
  • Cost of debt is low at 1.7%
  • Fixed rate debt % is high at 100%
  • Unsecured debt % is high at 91%
  • WADE is long at 3.8 years 
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years is high at 36.2% which falls in 2022
  • Interest coverage ratio is high at 6.4 times

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution is low at 9.1% (from 2019 Annual Report)
  • Top property contribution is low at 8.4% (from 2019 Annual Report)
  • Top tenant contribution is high at 13.2%
  • Top 10 tenants contribution is low at 33.8%
  • Top 3 countries contributed around 68% of GRI

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield is slightly high at 5.6%
  • Management fees over distribution is competitive at 5.9% in which unitholders receive 16.95 for every dollar paid
  • Distribution on capital is high at 4.1%
  • Distribution margin is slightly low at 46.2%
  • 3.2% of the past 4 quarters' distribution is from asset disposal.


  • Slight Uptrend - Interest Coverage Ratio
  • Downtrend - DPU, NAV per Unit, Property Yield, Distribution on Capital, Distribution Margin
Interest coverage ratios from IPO to 3Q 2019 are estimated values that reflect closer to MAS definition.

Relative Valuation

  • Dividend Yield - Past 4 quarters DPU @ 3.484 cents / average yield @ 8.14% =  0.43
  • Price/NAV - NAV @ $ 0.509 x average P/NAV @ 0.95 = € 0.485

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
Diversified SectorConcentrated Debt Maturity
Long WALEHigh Top Tenant Contribution
Long Weighted Average Land Lease ExpiryDPU Downtrend
Low Cost of DebtNAV per Unit Downtrend
High Unsecured DebtProperty Yield Downtrend
Long WADEDistribution on Capital Downtrend
High Interest Coverage RatioDistribution Margin Downtrend
Low Top Geographical Contribution 
Low Top Property Contribution 
Low Top 10 Tenants Contribution 
Competitive Management Fee 
High Distribution on Capital

The main reason for DPU decrease is due to both base management fees and property management fees had been paid 100% in cash for FY 2020. Overall, CEREIT fundamentals remain healthy at this moment. As for the private placement, it is at 0.21% DPU accretive (pro forma) based on the issued price of 0.44. And since the final issued price is fixed lower at 0.43, the DPU accretion (or dilution) would be insignificant. 

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*Disclaimer: Materials in this blog are based on my research and opinion which I don't guarantee accuracy, completeness, and reliability. It should not be taken as financial advice or a statement of fact. I shall not be held liable for errors, omissions as well as loss or damage as a result of the use of the material in this blog. Under no circumstances does the information presented on this blog represent a buy, sell, or hold recommendation on any security, please always do your own due diligence before any decision is made.

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