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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Keppel REIT Review @ 19 October 2023

Basic Profile & Key Statistics
  • Main Sector(s): Office
  • Country(s) with Assets: Singapore, Australia, South Korea & Japan
  • No. of Properties (exclude development/associate/fund): 12

Key Indicators

Performance Highlight

Property income has improved YoY however NPI remains similar due to higher property expenses. The interest income has decreased YoY mainly due to the repayment of advances by an associate in 1H2023 while borrowing costs have increased significantly. The share of results of associates and JVs is less meaningful here. The distribution to unitholders declined slightly YoY due to the anniversary distribution of S$ 15 million, despite a 10.1% decline in distributable income from operation.

Rental Reversion
The average signing rent in 9m 23 was S$ 12.43 psf, which is higher than those expiring in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Asset Enhancement Initiative
3 new EV Chargers have been installed at 8 Chifley Square, which are 100% powered by renewable electricity.

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: 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:  ± 10% from median; Falls in 2026
  • Weighted Average Land Lease Expiry: Above median by 20% or more

Debt Profile

  • Gearing Ratio: ± 10% from median
  • Gearing including Perps: Above median by 10% or more
  • Cost of Debt: Below median by 20% or more
  • Fixed Rate Debt %: ± 10% from median
  • Unsecured Debt %: Below median by 10% or more
  • WADM: ± 10% from median
  • Highest Debt Maturity within 5 Years: Below median by 20% or more; Falls in 2024
  • Interest Coverage Ratio: Below median by 10% or more

Diversification Profile

  • Top Geographical Contribution: Above median by 20% or more
  • 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 10% or more
  • Top 10 Tenants' Contribution: ± 10% from median

Key Financial Metrics

  • Property Yield: Below median by 20% or more
  • Management Fees over Operating Distributable Income: Above median by 20% or more; $2.60 distribution for every dollar paid 
  • Operating Distributable Income on Capital: Below median by 20% or more
  • Operating Distributable Income Margin: ± 10% from median
  • Operating Distribution Proportion: Below median by 10% or more

DPU Breakdown

  • TTM DPU Breakdown
    • 63.7% from Operation 
    • 24.5% from Management Fees Paid in Units
    • 2.7% from Income Support
    • 9.1% from Divestment Proceeds


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

Relative Valuation

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

Author's Opinion

 FavorableLess Favorable
High REIT Sponsor's ShareholdingLow Directors of REIT Manager's Shareholding
High REIT Manager's ShareholdingHigh Perpetual Securities %
Long WALELow Unsecured Debt %
Long Weighted Average Land Lease ExpiryLow Interest Coverage Ratio
Low Cost of DebtHigh Top Geographical Contribution
Well Spread Debt MaturityHigh Top Property & Top 5 Properties' Contributions
Low Top Tenant ContributionLow Property Yield
Interest Coverage Ratio UptrendNon Competitive Management Fees
 Low Operating Distributable Income on Capital
 Low Operating Distribution Proportion

Property income and NPI are similar to the previous quarter while the distributable income from operations has improved slightly. For debt maturity, there is a remaining 2% maturing this year and 22% expiring in 2024 with the majority in 2Q 2024. The fixed-rate borrowing proportion is moderate at 76%, however, borrowing costs are expected to increase from 2Q 2024 due to the maturity.

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