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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

First REIT Review @ 21 February 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Healthcare & Hospitality 
  • Country(s) with Assets: Indonesia, Singapore & Japan
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 32

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight
Gross revenue, NPI and distributable income improved yoy mainly due to the Contribution from 14 Japan Nursing Homes which were acquired in 2022. DPU has improved slightly as compared to distributable income despite an enlarged unitholder base.


IAHCC is being marketed for divestment.

Distribution Breakdown
  • Distributable Income Breakdown:
    • 91% from Operation
    • 9% from Fees Payable/Paid in Units
  • Distribution = 99.9% of Distributable Income
  • Distribution to Perpetual Securities Holder = 5.7% of Distributable Income

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 10%
  • Fixed Rate Debt %: Below median for more than 20%
  • Unsecured Debt %: Below median for more than 20%
  • WADM: Above median for more than 20%
  • Highest Debt Maturity within 5 Years: Above median for more than 20%; Falls in 2026
  • 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: ± 10% from median
  • 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%; $5.52 distribution for every dollar paid
  • Distribution on Capital: Above median for more than 20%
  • Distribution Margin: ± 10% from median


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

Relative Valuation

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

Author's Opinion

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

Despite an increase in finance costs, First REIT has been able to maintain its DPU payout. However, the NAV per unit has declined due to a reduction in property valuations. Going forward, the management is aiming to have more than 50% of AUM in developed markets by 2027, therefore, capital recycling and acquisition would be expected.

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  1. Please la. Acquisition and recycling is common all reits. No standard article

    1. Wow, such as straight forward comment. Thanks for reading my post. I am still learning though. Definitely I agree my post still got big room for improvement, especially on the conclusion part.