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SGX S-REIT 20 Index Registered Total Returns of 6.2% in YTD


09 February 2017

  • Benchmark SGX S-REIT 20 Index returned 6.2% in the YTD. Retail and Industrial REITs were the outperforming sub-segments.

  • Key metrics from Oct-Dec quarter earnings suggest weaknesses in office property, while the Industrials and Retail segments remain relatively resilient.

  • Within the Index, Retail REITs were the best-performing sub-segment with a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 7.1%, followed by Industrials (+6.6%), Hospitality (+6.0%), Healthcare (+5.6%), Diversified (+5.2%) and Office (+4.6%).

Total Returns of SGX S-REIT 20 Index

The benchmark SGX S-REIT 20 Index registered total returns of 6.2% in the year-to-date. This compares with the S&P Pan Asia Ex-Japan REIT Index, which generated a total return of 1.9% in Singapore dollar terms in the same period. Within the SGX S-REIT 20 Index, Retail REITs were the best-performing sub-segment, posting a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 7.1%, followed by Industrials (+6.6%), Hospitality (+6.0%), Healthcare (+5.6%), Diversified (+5.2%) and Office (+4.6%).

Designed to provide a performance measure of Singapore’s biggest and most actively traded REITs, the SGX S-REIT 20 Index was established in 2015. The Index is a free-float, market capitalisation-weighted index that measures the performance of stocks operating within the REIT Sector.

Key Reported Metrics for S-REITs

S-REITs have completed their earnings reports for the October-December 2016 quarter. Some key reported metrics commentary are listed below.

Occupancy rates – Most Industrials REITs within the Index saw occupancy rates increasing slightly, with the exception of Mapletree Industrial Trust. Retail REITs mostly sustained their occupancy rates, while Office REITs mostly saw declining trends.

Rental reversions – Industrial and Retail REITs mostly enjoyed positive rental reversions while Office REITs saw the opposite.

Rental rates – Rental rates for Industrial REITs were mixed as Business parks rentals increased by low-single digit on a YoY basis while factories and warehouses rentals declined. Retail rentals were also mostly down on both a QoQ and YoY basis. Grade A Office rentals declined double-digit YoY while Grade B rentals also fell.

Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) – Hospitality REITs saw declining RevPAR, which were mostly attributed to new hotel supply and softening corporate travel due to global economic weakness.

Outlook – The common theme from outlook commentaries in the earnings releases was that the business environment in Singapore remains challenging due to global uncertainties. Increased supply in Industrials, Office and hotel rooms were also cited as potential headwinds for occupancy and rental rates.

For a detailed summary of the December quarter earnings of five Industrial REITs published 25 January, click here.

The table below details the constituents of the SGX S-REIT 20 Index, sorted by market capitalisation. Note that clicking on a trust name will bring you to its profile page on StockFacts.

Name SGX
Market Cap
1 Yr
Dvd Ind
Yld %
P/B GICS SubInd Name
CapitaLand Mall Trust C38U 6,980 6.1 -0.5 14.9 5.8 1.0 Retail REITs
Ascendas REIT A17U 6,975 9.2 9.0 17.4 6.4 1.2 Industrial REITs
CapitaLand Commercial Trust C61U 4,564 7.3 21.0 17.5 6.0 0.9 Office REITs
Suntec REIT T82U 4,402 6.4 17.2 17.8 6.0 0.8 Diversified REITs
Mapletree Commercial Trust N2IU 4,362 10.6 19.5 10.7 5.5 1.1 Retail REITs
Keppel REIT K71U 3,377 1.5 17.1 15.9 5.8 0.7 Office REITs
Mapletree Industrial Trust ME8U 3,001 3.0 15.5 10.7 6.8 1.2 Industrial REITs
Mapletree GCC Trust RW0U 2,731 3.2 24.1 6.9 7.3 0.8 Diversified REITs
Mapletree Logistics Trust M44U 2,638 5.3 18.6 14.6 7.1 1.0 Industrial REITs
SPH REIT SK6U 2,489 4.0 11.0 19.2 5.5 1.0 Retail REITs
Ascott Residence Trust A68U 1,893 5.2 8.5 15.1 7.7 0.9 Residential REITs
Frasers Centrepoint Trust J69U 1,867 8.4 11.0 15.3 5.7 1.1 Retail REITs
Starhill Global REIT P40U 1,636 3.1 6.7 10.3 6.8 0.8 Retail REITs
Parkway Life REIT C2PU 1,488 5.6 19.6 16.2 5.0 1.4 Health Care REITs
Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust BUOU 1,370 3.8 N/A N/A 1.9 1.0 Industrial REITs
CDL Hospitality Trusts J85 1,365 6.7 16.1 27.5 8.1 0.9 Hotel & Resort REITs
CapitaLand Retail China Trust AU8U 1,287 11.7 14.8 11.9 6.4 0.9 Retail REITs
OUE Hospitality Trust SK7 1,224 5.1 7.1 51.5 8.1 0.9 Hotel & Resort REITs
Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust D5IU 1,094 5.4 40.8 37.9 8.7 1.0 Retail REITs
Frasers Commercial Trust ND8U 1,014 2.8 16.0 13.9 7.9 0.8 Office REITs
Average 5.7 15.4 18.2 6.4 1.0

Source: SGX, Bloomberg & SGX StockFacts (data as of 8 February 2017)

Sub-segments in SGX S-REIT 20 Index

The SGX S-REIT 20 Index is diversified across types of property assets. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) is applied by SGX StockFacts to help define the different sectoral focus within the REIT sector. Retail REITs were the best-performing sub-segments with a market capitalisation-weighted total return of 7.1%, followed by Industrials (+6.6%), Hospitality (+6.0%), Healthcare (+5.6%), Diversified (+5.2%) and Office (+4.6%). Highlighted in the table below are some key drivers of the main sub-segments:

Sub-segment Sub-sector Weight % Total Return YTD % Key Drivers
Retail REITs 29.2 7.1% Tourist arrival, population growth and national average wage.
Retail property price, rental and occupancy indicators can found on the URA website (link)
Industrial REITs 25.8 6.6% Country economy performance (largely GDP), business sentiment.
Industrial property price, rental, vacancy and supply pipeline indicators can be found on JTC website (link)
Office REITs 18.0 4.6% Grade-A office building PSF, GDP, employment figures.
Office Rental Index, occupancy and supply indicators can be found on URA website (link)
Hospitality REITs 4.2 6.0% Tourist arrival, hotel rooms supply and vacancy, revenue per room, MICE trends.
Statistics on the tourism sector can be found on STB’s website (link)

Source: SGX & Bloomberg (data as of 8 February 2017)

Constituents of the SGX S-REIT 20 Index are also diversified geographically in terms of their assets. More than half the trusts have property assets located outside Singapore, mostly around Asia. This includes countries such as China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines and Malaysia.

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