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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Sasseur REIT Review @ 31 August 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Retail
  • Country(s) with Assets: China
  • No. of Properties (exclude associate/fund): 4

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight
EMA rental income in RMB increased YoY, however, in terms of SGD, both EMA rental income and distributable income have declined slightly due to a weaker exchange of RMB against SGD. DPU has declined mainly due to the higher amount retained. 


Sales for all 4 outlets have improved YoY due to the re-opening of the economy in December 2022.

Asset Enhancement Initiative

The AEI for Kunming Outlet which aims to revitalize low-traffic zone and improve occupancy through 2 new F&B brands is ongoing. KFC is expected to open at the end of August while Erlanggang Chongqing Hotpot has opened on 5 August.

Related Parties Shareholding

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

Lease Profile

  • Committed Occupancy: ± 5% from median
  • Income in SGD/Major Currencies: All income is received in RMB
  • WALE: Below median by 20% or more
  • Highest Lease Expiry within 5 Years: Above median by 20% or more; Falls in this year
  • Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry: Below median by 20% or more

Debt Profile

  • Gearing Ratio: Below median by 20% or more
  • Cost of Debt: Above median by 20% or more
  • Fixed Rate Debt %: ± 10% from median
  • Unsecured Debt %: 0%
  • 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 by 10% or more

Diversification Profile

  • Top Geographical Contribution: ± 10% from median
  • Top Property Contribution: Above median by 20% or more
  • Top 5 Properties' Contribution: Above median by 20% or more
  • 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 20% or more
  • Management Fees over Distributable Operating Income: Below median by 20% or more; $9.01 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Distributable Operating Income on Capital: Above median by 20% or more
  • Distributable Operating Income Margin: Above median by 20% or more
  • Operating Distribution Proportion: ± 5% from median

DPU Breakdown
  • TTM DPU Breakdown:
    • 89% from Operation
    • 11% from Fees Payable/Paid in Units
  • TTM DPU = 91.1% of Distributable Income


*The interest coverage ratio for the periods 1Q 2021 and before is estimated to reflect a closer figure in accordance with the Property Funds Appendix of the Code on Collective Investment Schemes.
  • Uptrend: Interest Coverage Ratio, Operating Distributable Income on Capital, Operating Distributable Income Margin
  • Slight Uptrend: NAV per Unit
  • Flat: DPU from Operation, Committed Occupancy
  • Downtrend: Property Yield

Relative Valuation

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

Author's Opinion

 Favorable Less Favorable
High REIT Sponsor's ShareholdingAll income is received in RMB
High REIT Manager's ShareholdingShort WALE
High Directors of REIT Manager's ShareholdingConcentrated Lease Expiry
Low Gearing RatioShort Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry
Long WADMHigh Cost of Debt
High Interest Coverage Ratio0% Unsecured Debt
Low Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants' ContributionsConcentrated Debt Maturity
High Property YieldHigh Top Property & Top 5 Properties' Contributions
Competitive Management FeesProperty Yield Downtrend
High Distributable Operating Income on Capital 
High Distributable Operating Income Margin 
Interest Coverage Ratio Uptrend 
Operating Distributable Income on Capital Uptrend 
Operating Distributable Income Margin Uptrend

EMA's rental income decreased in the current quarter compared to the previous one, primarily due to reduced variable components influenced by the seasonal retail patterns (1Q 2023 sales boosted by larger-scale sales events such as Chinese New Year’s promotions). As a result, distributable income has declined. In terms of debt, there's no refinancing requirement for the current year, while 12.9% of the debt is set to mature in the next year. With a moderate proportion of fixed-rate debt and a slight reduction in the 5-year Loan Prime Rate, finance costs for Sasseur REIT should remain stable.

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