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Monday, February 20, 2023

Manulife US REIT Review @ 20 February 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Office
  • Country(s) with Assets: United States
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 12

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight
Gross revenue and NPI improved yoy mainly due to contributions from Tanasbourne, Park Place and Diablo which were acquired in Dec 2021, higher car park income and lower rent abatements. Distributable income declined slightly mainly due to higher finance costs. The manager has retained $3.8 mil for general corporate and working capital purposes, resulting in a drop in distribution amount; where DPU is more significant because of the retention and enlarged unitholders base.

Rental Reversion

Rental reversion is at +0.7% for FY2022.

Sensitivity to Interest Rate

For every 1% increase in interest rate, DPU is impacted by 0.132 cents, which is around 2.8%.

Distribution Breakdown
  • Distributable Income Breakdown:
    • 84.1% from Operation
    • 15.9% from Fees Payable/Paid in Units
  • Distribution = 95.7% of Distributable Income

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT Sponsor's Shareholding: Below median for more than 20%
  • REIT Manager's Shareholding: Below median for more than 20%
  • Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding: Below median for more than 20%

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy: Below median for more than 5% 
  • WALE: Above median for more than 10%
  • Highest Lease Expiry within 5 Years: Below median for more than 20%; Falls in FY2025
  • Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry: 100% freehold properties

Debt Profile

  • Gearing Ratio: Above median for more than 20%
  • Cost of Debt: Above median for more than 10%
  • Fixed Rate Debt %: ± 10% from median
  • Unsecured Debt %: ± 10% from median
  • WADM: ± 10% from median
  • Highest Debt Maturity within 5 Years: Below median for more than 10%; Falls in 2027
  • Interest Coverage Ratio: Below median for more than 10%

Diversification Profile

  • Top Geographical Contribution: Below median for more than 20%
  • Top Property Contribution: Below median for more than 20%
  • Top 5 Properties' Contribution: Above median for more than 10%
  • Top Tenant Contribution: Below median for more than 20%
  • Top 10 Tenants' Contribution: Below median for more than 10%

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property Yield: ± 10% from median
  • Management Fees over Distribution: Below median for more than 20%; $9.52 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Distribution on Capital: Above median for more than 10%
  • Distribution Margin: Below median for more than 10%


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

Relative Valuation

  • P/NAV: Below -1SD for 1y; Below -2SD for 3y & 5y
  • Dividend Yield: Above +1SD for 1y, 3y & 5y

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
Long WALELow REIT Sponsor's Shareholding
Well Spread Lease ExpiryLow REIT Manager's Shareholding
100% Freehold PropertiesLow Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding
Well Spread Debt MaturityLow Occupancy
Low Top Geographical ContributionHigh Gearing Ratio
Low Top Property ContributionHigh Cost of Debt
Low Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants' ContributionsLow Interest Coverage Ratio
Competitive Management FeesHigh Top 5 Properties' Contribution
High Distribution on CapitalLow Distribution Margin
 DPU Downtrend
 NAV per Unit Downtrend
 Occupancy Downtrend
 Interest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
 Distribution on Capital Downtrend
 Distribution Margin Downtrend

As compared to 1H performance, the NPI and distributable income have declined due to higher property expenses and finance expenses. The gearing ratio has increased to 48.8% due to the declined in valuation, especially for Figueroa, Los Angeles. 

To improve the current situation, MUST has appointed a financial advisor in November 2022 to conduct a strategic review and is expected to receive proposals by the end of March. Furthermore, MUST is in negotiations with the Sponsor regarding a potential disposition. In addition to disposition, MUST is exploring other options as well such as a distribution reinvestment plan, equity fundraising, or partnering with capital partners.

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