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Friday, March 04, 2022

EC World REIT Review @ 4 March 2022

Basic Profile & Key Statistics

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

Performance Highlight

Gross revenue and NPI have increased due to positive straight-line adjustments and strengthening of RMB. However, amount available for distribution declined slightly. Despite that, DPU increased YoY due to distribution of 100% distributable income as compared to 90% in 4Q 2020.

ECW has received a formal notice for compulsory expropriation of Fu Zhuo Industrial, which contributed to 1.4% of FY21 gross revenue. The target date for vacating is 31 March. Manager would release compensation detail once it has further update.

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT sponsor's shareholding is high at 43.434%
  • REIT manager's shareholding is slightly high at 1.188%
  • Directors of REIT manager's shareholding is high at 43.932%

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy is high at 99.2%
  • All income is received in RMB
  • WALE is short at 2.7 years
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years is high at 76.6% which falls in 2024
  • Weighted average land lease expiry is short at 36 years

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio is moderate at 38.2%
  • Cost of debt is high at 4.1%
  • Fixed rate debt % is low at 58.7%
  • All debts are secured debts
  • WADM is short at 0.63 years
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years is high at 80.8% which falls in this year
  • Interest coverage ratio is low at 2.9 times

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution is high at 98.2% 
  • Top property contribution is high at 27% 
  • 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 6.8% 
  • Management fees over distribution is low at 12% in which unitholders receive S$ 8.33 for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital is moderate at 3.5%
  • Distribution margin is low at 40.3%


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

Relative Valuation

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

Author's Opinion

FavorableLess 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

ECW has benefit from the appreciation of RMB, which is reflected in gross revenue and NPI. For the short WADM of 0.63 year, in the financial statement, manager is confident that the outcome of negotiations with the financial institutions to refinance the borrowings will be favourable.

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