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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Keppel DC REIT Review @ 17 October 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Industrial
  • Country(s) with Assets: Singapore, Australia, Ireland, China, Germany, Netherlands, England, Italy, Wales & Malaysia
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 23

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight
Gross revenue and NPI remain similar YoY. However, distributable income and DPU have declined YoY due to higher finance costs. The decline is lower for DPU as compared to distributable income could be due to lower capex reserves being set aside or higher management fees payable in units, we will know the details in the next quarter.

Related Parties Shareholding

  • REIT Sponsor's Shareholding: Below 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

  • Committed Occupancy: ± 5% from median
  • WALE: Above median by 20% or more
  • Highest Lease Expiry within 5 Years: Above median by 10% or more; Falls in 2024
  • Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry: Below median by 20% or more

Debt Profile

  • Gearing Ratio: ± 10% from median
  • Cost of Debt: ± 10% from median
  • 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 2027
  • Interest Coverage Ratio: Above median by 20% or more

Diversification Profile

  • Top Geographical Contribution: ± 10% from median
  • Top Property Contribution: Below median by 20% or more
  • Top 5 Properties' Contribution: Below median by 10% 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: Above median by 20% or more
  • Management Fees over Operating Distributable Income: ± 10% from median; $ 6.54 distribution for every dollar paid
  • Operating Distributable Income on Capital: Above median by 20% or more
  • Operating Distributable income Margin: Above median by 20% or more
  • Operating Distribution Proportion: Above median by 5% or more

DPU Breakdown

  • TTM DPU Breakdown
    • 96.6% from Operation
    • 3.2% from Management Fees Paid in Units
    • 0.2% from Income Support
  • TTM DPU = 95.7% of Distributable Income


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

Relative Valuation

  • Dividend Yield: Average for 1y, 3y & 5y
  • P/NAV: Average for 1y, 3y & 5y

Author's Opinion

 FavorableLess Favorable
High Committed OccupancyLow REIT Sponsor's Shareholding
Long WALELow REIT Manager's Shareholding
100% Unsecured DebtLow Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding
Long WADMConcentrated Lease Expiry
High Interest Coverage RatioShort Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry
Low Top Property & Top 5 Properties' ContributionsConcentrated Debt Maturity
High Property YieldHigh Top Tenant & Top 10 Tenants' Contributions
High Operating Distributable Income on CapitalInterest Coverage Ratio Downtrend
High Operating Distributable Income MarginProperty Yield Downtrend
High Operating Distribution Proportion 
DPU from Operation Uptrend 
NAV per Unit Uptrend 
Committed Occupancy Uptrend 
Operating Distributable Income Margin Uptrend

Performance is similar to the previous quarter. For debt, there is only a 4.1% maturity in the coming 1 year. Together with a 72% fixed rate debt, further increase in interest costs is expected to be minimal. In addition, the manager has substantially hedged the forecasted foreign-sourced distributions till the end of June 2024 and progressively hedged part of foreign-sourced distributions till the end of December 2024. 

As for Guangdong Data Centre 3, it is expected to be fully fitted by the end of this year, which has been delayed from 3Q 2023. After which, it would be leased to a master lease client on a fully-fitted, triple-net basis for 15 years.

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