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Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Digital Core REIT Review @ 2 May 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Industrial
  • Country(s) with Assets: United States & Canada
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 11

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight
Gross revenue has improved slightly YoY, however, NPI and distributable income declined YoY mainly due to higher property expenses, finance expenses as well as tax expenses.

Related Parties Shareholding

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

Lease Profile

  • Occupancy: ± 5% from median
  • WALE: ± 10% from median
  • Highest Lease Expiry within 5 Years: Above median by 20% or more; Falls in 2025
  • Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry: 100% Freehold Properties

Debt Profile

  • Gearing Ratio: Below median by 10% or more
  • Cost of Debt: Above median by 10% or more 
  • Fixed Rate Debt %: ± 10% from median
  • Unsecured Debt %: 100%
  • WADM: Above median by 20% or more
  • Highest Debt Maturity within 5 Years: Above median by 20% or more; Falls in 2026
  • Interest Coverage Ratio: Above median for more than 20%

Diversification Profile

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

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property Yield: ± 10% from median
  • Management Fees over Operating Distributable Income: Above median by 20% or more; $4.22 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Operating Distributable Income on Capital: Below median by 10% or more
  • Operating Distributable Income Margin: Below median by 20% or more
  • Operating Distribution Proportion: Below median by 10% or more

DPU Breakdown

  • TTM DPU Breakdown
    • 80.9% from Operation
    • 19.1% from Management Fees Paid in Units


* DPU in 4Q 2021 is adjusted to 3 months DPU.
  • Slight Downtrend: NAV per Unit, Occupancy, Property Yield
  • Downtrend - DPU from Operation, Interest Coverage Ratio, Operating Distributable Income on Capital, Operating Distributable Income Margin

Relative Valuation

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

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
High REIT Sponsor's ShareholdingLow REIT Manager's Shareholding
100% Freehold PropertiesLow Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding
Low Gearing RatioConcentrated Lease Expiry
100% Unsecured DebtHigh Cost of Debt
Long WADMConcentrated Debt Maturity
High Interest Coverage RatioHigh Top 5 Properties' Contribution
Low Top Geographical ContributionHigh Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants' Contributions
 Non-Competitive Management Fees
 Low Operating Distributable Income on Capital
 Low Operating Distributable Income Margin
 Low Operating Distribution Proportion
 DPU from Operation Downtrend
 Interest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
 Operating Distributable Income on Capital Downtrend
 Operating Distributable Income Margin Downtrend

Performance has improved slightly as compared to the previous quarter. With regard to the vacancy in Toronto resulting from Sungard's bankruptcy, the manager has successfully extended 14 short-term colocation contracts and has replaced two-thirds of Sungard’s rental obligation for 2023. There is no significant update regarding Cyxtera's credit rating downgrading event, which is the second largest tenant that accounted for 22.4% of annualized rent.

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