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Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Elite Commercial REIT Review @ 2 March 2022

Basic Profile & Key Statistics

Elite Commercial REIT (Elite) is an office REIT that owns 155 properties in U.K.

Performance Highlight

Revenue, distributable income and DPU improved YoY due to contribution from properties which were acquired in February 2021. 

Lease Events
The East Street, Epsom has secured a new lease with 11% rental increase while Sidlaw House, Dundee tenant has exercised the lease break option. 

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT sponsor's shareholding is low at 6.329%
  • REIT manager's shareholding is high at 1.579%
  • Directors of REIT manager's shareholding is high at 11.605%

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy is high at 100%
  • WALE is long at 6 years
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years is low at 3.8% which falls in 2022
  • Almost all properties are freehold or longer than 99 years remaining land tenure

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio is high at 42.4%
  • Cost of debt is low at 2%
  • Fixed rate debt % is low at 63%
  • All debts are secured debts
  • WADM is short at 2.1 years
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years is high at 55.4% which falls in 2024
  • Interest coverage ratio is high at 6 times

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution is low at 13.3% 
  • Top property contribution is low at 9.3% 
  • Top 5 properties contribution is low at 26.2% 
  • Top tenant contribution is high at 91% 
  • Top 10 tenants contribution is high at 100%

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield is high at 6.7% 
  • Management fees over distribution is low at 10% in which unitholders receive £ 10 for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital is high at 4.7%
  • Distribution margin is high at 70.6%


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

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV - Below -1SD for 1y; Below average for 3y
  • Dividend Yield - Above +2SD for 1y and 3y

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
High REIT Manager's ShareholdingLow REIT Sponsor's Shareholding
High Directors of REIT Manager's ShareholdingConcentrated Lease Break Period
High OccupancyHigh Gearing Ratio
Long WALELow Fixed Rate Debt %
No Major Lease Expiry within 5 Years0% Unsecured Debt
Almost 100% Freehold PropertiesShort WADM
Low Cost of DebtConcentrated Debt Maturity
High Interest Coverage RatioHigh Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants Contributions
Low Top Geographical ContributionInterest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
Low Top Property & Top 10 Properties ContributionsProperty Yield Downtrend
High Property YieldDistribution on Capital Downtrend
Competitive Management Fees 
High Distribution on Capital 
High Distribution Margin 
DPU Uptrend

With the full half-yearly contribution from newly acquired properties, Elite performance has been improved. For the high lease break % of 63.3% is in 2023 (mainly March 2023), 100 of the 117 DWP-occupied assets has confirmed removal of this lease break option, so the leases will continue straight to March 2028.

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  1. already know tenant decision isnt it for 100 out of eh 117?
    only 17 left or ard 20% of lease that is still awaiting tenant decision up to Mar22.

    1. Hi Rokawa,

      My bad, miss out the notice on 28 Feb during the review. Thanks for informing. already updated the post.