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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Mapletree Commercial Trust Review @ 4 May 2022

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Office & Retail
  • Country(s) with Assets: Singapore
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 5

Performance Highlight

Gross revenue, NPI, income available for distribution and DPU declined yoy due to lower contribution by VivoCity, MBC and Anson, but offset by higher contribution from mTower and MLHF. The DPU in 2H FY21/22 included S$ 15.7 mil of retention while the DPU for 2H FY20/21 include S$ 13mil of retention.

Shopper Traffic & Tenant Sales
The tenant sales from Jan to Mar 2022 have recovered to pre-Covid level despite shopper traffic being only at around 50% of pre-Covid level.

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: ± 5% from median
  • WALE: Below median for more than 20%
  • Highest lease expiry within 5 years: ± 5% from median; Falls in FY26/27 & beyond, without breakdown
  • Weighted average land lease expiry: ± 10% from median

Debt Profile

  • Gearing ratio: Below median for more than 10%
  • Cost of debt: ± 10% from median
  • Fixed rate debt %: Above median for more than 10%
  • Unsecured debt %: Above median for more than 20%
  • WADM: Above median for more than 20%
  • Highest debt maturity within 5 years: Below median for more than 20%; Falls in FY24/25 and identical to FY26/27
  • Interest coverage ratio: Above median for more than 10%

Diversification Profile

  • Top geographical contribution: 100% from Singapore 
  • Top property contribution: Above median for more than 20%
  • Top 5 properties' contribution: Above median for more than 20%
  • Top tenant contribution: Below median for more than 10% 
  • Top 10 tenants' contribution: Below median for more than 20%

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property yield: Below median for more than 10%
  • Management fees over distribution: Below median for more than 20%; $8.40 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on capital: ± 10% from median
  • Distribution margin: Above median for more than 20%


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

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV: Below -1SD for 1y & 3y; Below average for 5y
  • Dividend Yield: Above +1SD for 1y & 3y; Average for 5y

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
Diversified SectorShort WALE
High REIT Sponsor's ShareholdingHigh Top Geographical Contribution
High REIT Manager's ShareholdingHigh Top Property & Top 5 Properties Contributions
High Directors of REIT Manager's ShareholdingLow Property Yield
Low Gearing RatioProperty Yield Downtrend
High Fixed Rate Debt %Distribution on Capital Downtrend
100% Unsecured Debt 
Long WADM 
Well Spread Debt Maturity 
High Interest Coverage Ratio 
Low Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants Contributions 
Competitive Management Fees 
High Distribution Margin 
NAV per Unit Uptrend

As compared to the previous 1H, the 2H performance has improved. With the recent relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions which allows the workforce to back to the office and border re-opening, MCT performance is expected to improve moving forward, albeit interest rate hikes remain a downside risk.

For the merger with Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust, the EGM is to be held on 23rd May at 10 AM. Should the resolutions pass through, MCT would exercise a preferential offer to fund the additional cash requirement arising from the cash-only consideration. Below is the indicative timeline.

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