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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Keppel Pacific Oak US REIT Review @ 19 April 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Office
  • Country(s) with Assets: United States
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 13

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight
Gross revenue improved slightly but NPI declined due to higher property expenses. Income available for distribution and DPU declined by more than 20% mainly due to a combination of higher interest cost and manager elected to receive 100% of its base fee in cash. The adjusted income available for distribution is for a like-for-like comparison should the manager receive the base fees in cash for 1Q 2022.

Rental Reversion

Rental revision for 1Q is at negative 6.5%.

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT Sponsor's Shareholding: Below median by 20% or more
  • REIT Manager's Shareholding: Above median by 10% or more
  • Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding: Above median by 20% or more

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy: ± 5% from median
  • WALE: Below median by 10% or more
  • Highest Lease Expiry within 5 Years: Below median by 10% of more; Falls in 2027
  • Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry: 100% Freehold Properties

Debt Profile

  • Gearing Ratio: ± 10% from median
  • Cost of Debt: Above median by 20% or more
  • Fixed Rate Debt %: ± 10% from median
  • Unsecured Debt %: 100%
  • WADM: Above median by 10% or more
  • Highest Debt Maturity within 5 Years: Below median by 20% or more; Falls in 2025
  • Interest Coverage Ratio: ± 10% from median

Diversification Profile

  • Top Geographical Contribution: Below median by 20% or more
  • Top Property Contribution: Below median by 10% or more
  • Top 5 Properties' Contribution: ± 10% from median
  • Top Tenant Contribution: Below median by 20% or more
  • Top 10 Tenants' Contribution: Below median by 20% or more

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property Yield: Above median by 10% or more
  • Management Fees over Operating Distributable Income: Below median by 20% or more; $ 9.09 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Operating Distributable Income on Capital: Above median by 20% or more
  • Operating Distributable Income Margin: Below median by 10% or more
  • Operating Distribution Proportion: 100%

DPU Breakdown

  • TTM DPU Breakdown
    • 100% from Operation


  • Slight Uptrend: Operating Distributable Income Margin
  • Flat: DPU from Operation, NAV per Unit, Occupancy, Operating Distributable Income on Capital
  • Slight Downtrend: Property Yield
  • Downtrend: Interest Coverage Ratio

Relative Valuation

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

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
High Directors of REIT Manager's ShareholdingLow REIT Sponsor's Shareholding
Well Spread Lease ExpiryShort WALE
100% Freehold PropertiesHigh Cost of Debt
100% Unsecured DebtLow Operating Distributable Income Margin
Long WADMInterest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
Well Spread Debt Maturity 
Low Top Geographical Contribution 
Low Top Property Contribution 
Low Top Tenant & Low Top 10 Tenants' Contributions 
High Property Yield  
Competitive Management Fees 
High Operating Distributable Income on Capital 
100% Operating Distribution Proportion

Despite a slight improvement in gross revenue, distributable income for the quarter decreased by 21.2% YoY. For a like-for-like comparison where assuming manager received 100% fees in cash for 1Q 2022, the decline is stand at $1.8 mil. Out of this $1.8 mil, $0.5 million was due to a decrease in NPI, while the remainder was caused by higher interest costs. 

From the extracts, the all-in average cost of debt for the 1Q 2023 increased by 0.76 percentage points from the previous quarter, representing a 23.8% increase relative to the cost of debt in 4Q 2022, which stood at 3.2%. Nonetheless, the all-in average cost of debt is expected to stabilize as only 1.8% of debt maturity is expected in 2023 and 77.9% of the debt is fixed-rate.

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