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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

First REIT Review @ 31 May 2022

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Healthcare & Hospitality 
  • Country(s) with Assets: Indonesia, Singapore & Japan
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 31

Performance Highlight

The higher rental income and NPI are mainly due to straight-line rental adjustment and 1 month contribution from the newly acquired Japan nursing homes. Distributable income has improved yoy with DPU increased slightly due to enlarged unitholder base. 

On 1st March, First REIT completed the acquisition of 12 Japan nursing homes through the issuance of consideration units.

On 18th May, First REIT announced the divestment of Siloam Hospitals Surabaya at close to the appraised value. The pro-forma DPU would be 2.28 cents (a drop from 2.61 cents based on FY2021), NAV per unit would be declined from 36.65 cents to 36.48 cents and the gearing ratio would be reduced from 33.6% to 32.6%, assuming Relevant Settlement Amount will be used to pare DOWN S$ 19 mil loan.

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT sponsor's shareholding: Above median for more than 20%
  • REIT manager's shareholding: Above median for more than 20%
  • Directors of REIT manager's shareholding: Above median for more than 20%

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy: 100% 
  • Income in SGD/Major Currencies: Below median for more than 20%
  • WALE: Above median for more than 20%
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years: Below median for more than 20%; Falls in 2025
  • Weighted average land lease expiry: Below median for more than 20%

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio: ± 10% from median
  • Gearing ratio including perps: ± 10% from median
  • Cost of debt: Above median for more than 20%
  • Fixed rate debt %: Below median for more than 20%
  • Unsecured debt %: 0%
  • WADM: Below median for more than 20% (± 10% from median for post-issuance of bond, 2.44 years)
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years: Above median for more than 20%; Falls in 2023
  • Interest coverage ratio: Above median for more than 20%

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution: Below median for more than 20%
  • Top property contribution: Below median for more than 10%
  • Top 5 properties' contribution: Below median for more than 10%
  • Top tenant contribution: Above median for more than 20%
  • Top 10 tenants' contribution: Above median for more than 20%

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield: Above median for more than 20%
  • Management fees over distribution: Above median for more than 20%; $4.46 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital: Above median for more than 10%
  • Distribution margin: Below median for more than 10%


The 2021 trends for property yield, distribution on capital and distribution margin have been amortized with the straight-line rent which was recognized in 4Q 2021.
  • Uptrend: Property Yield
  • Downtrend: DPU, NAV per Unit, Interest Coverage Ratio, Distribution on Capital, Distribution Margin

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV: Average for 1y & 3y; Below average for 5y
  • Dividend Yield: Average for 1y, 3y & 5y

Author's Opinion

 Favorable  Less Favorable
Diversified SectorLow Income in SGD/Major Currencies
High REIT Sponsor's ShareholdingShort Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry
High REIT Manager's ShareholdingHigh Cost of Debt
High Directors of REIT Manager's ShareholdingLow Fixed Rate Debt %
100% Occupancy0% Unsecured Debt
Long WALEConcentrated Debt Maturity
No Major Lease Expiry within 5 YearsHigh Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants Contributions
High Interest Coverage RatioNon-Competitive Management Fees
Low Top Geographical ContributionDPU Downtrend
Low Top Property & Top 5 Properties ContributionsNAV per Unit Downtrend
High Property YieldInterest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
High Distribution on CapitalDistribution on Capital Downtrend
Property Yield UptrendDistribution Margin Downtrend

In December 2021, First REIT announced the "2.0 Growth Strategy" which FIRST REIT has executed a few of it namely, acquisition of Japan nursing homes, entered into settlement agreements for Terminated Development Works Agreement with PT Saputra Karya, and issuance of social bond guaranteed by Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF).

For the settlement agreements, First REIT is expected to receive S$ 30.6 million by 30 June.

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SREITs Dashboard - Detailed information on individual Singapore REIT

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