Ascendas REIT - Acquiring Cold Storage Logistics Facility
- Ascendas REIT (SGX:A17U) plans to acquire a cold storage logistics facility in Singapore for S$191.9m, marking the REIT’s entry into cold storage facility investment in Singapore. The purchase price is 1.6% below the May 2022 independent valuation of S$195m. See Ascendas REIT's announcement dated 2022-09-14 for details of the property.
- This latest acquisition follows the proposed purchase of the Philips APAC Centre in Singapore for S$104.8m, announced in Aug 2022. Together, we estimate these properties could increase Ascendas REIT’s AUM to S$16.9bn, while expanding its exposure to the logistics property sector to ~26% of portfolio value.
- Not only will the diversification into the cold storage sector expand Ascendas REIT’s customer base, the cold storage property has a weighted average lease expiry of 7 years and its leases have in-built rental escalations of 2-3% every 3 years, thus improving Ascendas REIT’s income stability.
- Ascendas REIT intends to fund the total purchase consideration of S$196.2m via internal resources and existing debt facilities. We estimate the acquisition will lift Ascendas REIT’s gearing to ~39%. Based on the stated net income yield of 7% (6.9% post transaction cost) for the cold storage property vs Ascendas REIT’s average all-in funding cost of 2.1%, the acquisition is expected to be DPU accretive, in our view.
- We tweak our FY22-24F DPU estimates for Ascendas REIT up by 0.13-1.41% to factor in contributions from these two new properties. Accordingly, our DDM-based target price for Ascendas REIT is lifted slightly to S$3.21.
- Ascendas REIT's Share Price is currently trading at 5.7% FY22F yield.
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LOCK Mun Yee CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2022-09-14 2022-09-14
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