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Friday, July 23, 2021

Suntec REIT Review @ 23 July 2021

Basic Profile & Key Statistics

Suntec REIT invests in Office, Retail and Convention Centre properties and owns 10 properties across Singapore, Australia and England.

Performance Highlight

Gross revenue and NPI increase due to contribution from Oldersleet, 21 Harris Street, stronger AUD, and higher revenue from Suntec City. Income from JV increases due to contribution from Nova properties, one-off compensation from ORQ & MBFC, higher contribution from Southgate and strong AUD.

Excluding the retained distribution, the distribution income and DPU increased by 27.4% and 26.1% respectively.

1H 21 rental reversion is +1% for Suntec City Office and -15.3% for Suntec City Retail.

Tenant Sales and footfall (compared to 2019) drop in May and June due to dining restriction during phase 2 and phase 3 heightened alerts. Tenant sales (whole mall) in 1H decrease by 20% despite -42% drop in footfall.   

On 16 Jun 21, Suntec announced for divestment of 9 Penang Road with a gain of S$ 66.5 million.

Within 2 weeks from the previous divestment, Suntec announced for divestment of Suntec City Office Strata Units and the acquisition of The Minster Building in London on 29 Jun 21. The expected completion for divestment is in 3Q 2021 with a gain of S$ 13.9 million. 

This is the second acquisition for U.K. property which is funded by a combination of divestment proceeds, loan and perpetual securities. It is expected to be 3.6% DPU accretion and expected to complete in July 2021. 

Related Parties Shareholding

  • There is no official sponsor mentioned in Annual Report
  • REIT manager's shareholding is high at 1.45%
  • Directors of REIT manager's shareholding is high at 8.23%

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy is moderate at 94.7%
  • WALE is moderate at 4.09 years
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years is slightly low at 23.9% which falls in 2023
  • Weighted average land lease expiry is slightly long at 75.25 years

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio is high at 43.1%
  • Cost of debt is moderate at 2.41%
  • Fixed rate debt % is low at 64%
  • Unsecured debt % is low at 61.3%
  • WADM is moderate at 2.99 years
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years is low at 20% which falls in 2023
  • Interest coverage ratio is low at 2.8 times
  • Preferred/perpetual securities over debt is moderate at 6.7%

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution is high at 70.4%
  • Top property contribution is high at 44.8%
  • Top 5 properties contribution is high at 87%
  • Top tenant contribution is low at 6.4% 
  • Top 10 tenants contribution is low at 30.6%

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield is low at 2.8% 
  • Management fees over distribution is high at 23.4% in which unitholders receive S$ 4.27 for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital is low at 2.2%
  • Distribution margin is slightly high at 52.9%
  • 5.9% of TTM distribution is from income support


  • Flat - NAV per Unit
  • Slight Downtrend - Distribution Margin
  • Downtrend - DPU, Interest Coverage Ratio, Property Yield, Distribution on Capital

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV is at the average level for 1y, lower than the average for 3y; lower than -1SD for 5y
  • Dividend yield is at the average level for 5y; higher than average for 3y; higher than +1SD for 1y 

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
Diversified SectorHigh Gearing Ratio
High REIT manager's ShareholdingLow Fixed Rate Debt %
High Directors of REIT manager's ShareholdingLow Unsecured Debt %
Well Spread Debt MaturityLow Interest Coverage Ratio
Low Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants ContributionsHigh Top Geographical Contribution
 High Top Property & Top 10 Properties Contributions
 Low Property Yield
 Non-Competitive Management Fees
 Low Distribution on Capital
 DPU Downtrend
 Interest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
 Property Yield Downtrend
 Distribution on Capital Downtrend

Suntec has progressively diversified away from Singapore by acquiring Australia and U.K. properties. All these acquisitions have cushioned the recent income drop in Suntec City. However, as Singapore is moving back to phase 2 heightened alert from 20 July until 18 August, the upcoming performance of Suntec City is expected to be affected again. Hopefully, it would not be extended. 

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