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Thursday, February 17, 2022

CDL Hospitality Trusts Review @ 17 February 2022

Basic Profile & Key Statistics

CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT) is a stapled group that invests mainly in hospitality properties and currently owns 18 properties across 8 countries.

Performance Highlight

Gross revenue and NPI have improved YoY by a big % but income available to for distribution before capital distribution only improve slightly. The management explain that is due to: 
i) Low base effect attributed to losses in NPI recorded in 2H 2020 (S$2.3 million impairment recognized in relation to rental receivables)
ii) The accounting rents recorded for the Germany and Italy Hotels (due to the straight-lining effect per SFRS(I) 16/FRS116) was higher than the actual rents received

Revenue per Available Unit
Besides Australia, REVPAR improved YoY for all countries.

Besides Australia, the REVPAU for 2H has improved as compared to 1H 2021.

The maiden build-to-rent residential project has commenced and is targeted to complete by 2024.

Asset Enhancement Initiatives

AEIs for The Lowry Hotel and Studio M Hotel are ongoing and targeted to complete by early 2022 and May 2022 respectively. For Copthorne King’s Hotel, CDLHT has installed a Guest Solution Management System which enables the efficient management of power, lighting and airconditioning.

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT sponsor's shareholding is high at 38.21%
  • REIT manager's shareholding is high at 8.027%
  • Directors of REIT manager's shareholding is low at 0.011%

Lease Profile

  • WALE is long at 4.76 years
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years is moderate at 26% which falls in 2022
  • Weighted average land lease expiry is slightly long at 79.85 years

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio is moderate at 39.1%
  • Cost of debt is low at 2%
  • Fixed rate debt % is low at 61.3%
  • Unsecured debt % is slightly high at 83.6% 
  • WADM is short at 2.1 years
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years is high at 38.3% which falls in 2022
  • Interest coverage ratio is low at 3.3 times

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution is low at 43.4% 
  • Top property contribution is low at 14% 
  • Top 5 properties contribution is low at 50.6% 
  • Top tenant contribution is high at 20.7% 
  • Top 10 tenants contribution is high at 93.4%
  • Top 3 countries contribution is from Singapore, England and New Zealand which contribute more than 70% of GRI

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield is low at 3.2% 
  • Management fees over distribution is high at 18.9% in which unitholders receive S$ 5.29 for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital is low at 1.9%
  • Distribution margin is low at 25.4%
  • 23.8% of the past 12 months DPU is from distribution from asset disposal


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

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV - Average for 1y, 3y and 5y
  • Dividend Yield - Below -1SD for 1y, 3y and 5y

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
High REIT Sponsor's Shareholding Low Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding
High REIT Manager's Shareholding Low Fixed Rate Debt %
Low Cost of DebtConcentrated Debt Maturity
Low Top Geographical ContributionLow Interest Coverage Ratio
Low Top Property & Top 5 Properties ContributionsHigh Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants Contributions
 Low Property Yield
 Non-Competitive Management Fees
 Low Distribution on Capital
 Low Distribution Margin
 High Distribution from Asset Disposal
 DPU Downtrend
 NAV per Unit Downtrend
 Interest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
 Property Yield Downtrend
 Distribution on Capital Downtrend
 Distribution Margin Downtrend

Generally, the performance and REVPAU have improved in 4Q. However, due to Omicron, some countries have implemented temporary restrictions starting December 2021. Do note that CDLT has distributed S$ 12.5 mils of divestment gain in FY 21, which amounts to 23.8% of FY21 distribution.

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