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Sunday, August 22, 2021

EC World REIT Review @ 22 August 2021

Basic Profile & Key Statistics

EC World REIT (ECW) is a logistics REIT that owns 8 properties in China.

Performance Highlight

Gross revenue and NPI increased mainly due to positive straight-line adjustment and strengthening of RMB, however, the actual quarter distributable income has decreased YoY. ECW has released part of the retention in this quarter. 

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT sponsor's shareholding is high at 43.53%
  • REIT manager's shareholding is moderate at 0.98%
  • Directors of REIT manager's shareholding is high at 43.81%

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy is high at 99.1%
  • All income is received in RMB
  • WALE is short at 3 years
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years is high at 74.9% which falls in 2024
  • Weighted average land lease expiry is short at 36.5 years

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio is moderate at 37.6%
  • Cost of debt is high at 4.2%
  • Fixed rate debt % is low at 58.9%
  • All debts are secured debts
  • WADM is short at 1.13 years
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years is high at 83.2% which falls in 2022
  • Interest coverage ratio is low at 2.9 times

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution is high at 98.3% 
  • Top property contribution is high at 27.1% 
  • Top 5 properties contribution is high at 87.5% 
  • Top tenant contribution is high at 36.4% 
  • Top 10 tenants contribution is high at 98.3%

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield is high at 6.6% 
  • Management fees over distribution is low at 11.2% in which unitholders receive S$ 8.93 for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital is slightly low at 3.3%
  • Distribution margin is low at 39.5%


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

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV - Above +1SD for 1y and 5y; Above average for 3y
  • Dividend Yield - Below -1SD for 1y, 3y and 5y

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
High REIT Sponsor's ShareholdingAll Income in RMB
High Directors of REIT Manager's ShareholdingShort WALE
High OccupancyConcentrated Lease Expiry
High Property YieldShort Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry
Competitive Management FeesHigh Cost of Debt
 Low Fixed Rate Debt %
 0% Unsecured Debt
 Short WADM
 Concentrated Debt Maturity
 Low Interest Coverage Ratio
 High Top Geographical Contribution
 High Top Property & Top 5 Properties Contributions
 High Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants Contributions
 Low Distribution Margin
 Interest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
 Distribution on Capital Downtrend
 Distribution Margin Downtrend
Compared to the previous quarter, the actual distributable income has decreased, but the DPU is the same as the previous quarter due to the release of partial retention. As ECW previously indicated that retention is for working capital use, it is unclear what the retention amount is left. As for the potential transaction (which may or may not lead to the divestment of properties) with Forchn International Pte. Ltd., there is no update at this moment. 

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