Singapore’s industrial property market remains challenging as industrial space supply is expected to peak in 2017, before tapering off in the next few years.
Green shoots in manufacturing activity data, and the Singapore government’s economic shift, coupled with its focus on higher value-added businesses, bode well for industrial property demand.
SGX lists 11 REITs & Property Trusts which have industrial properties within their asset portfolios. These 11 trusts have generated an average year-to-date total return of 19.0%.
Real Estate Sector Sub-Segment: Industrial Property Market
Industrial Segment Still Challenging but Supply Peaking in 2017
URA data shows that Singapore’s industrial space supply will likely peak in 2017, before tapering off in the next few years. According to JTC Corporation, with more industrial supply coming on-stream in the coming quarters, prices and rentals will come under pressure (click here for more). DBS Vickers Securities believes Singapore’s Industrial sector will likely remain soft in the immediate term and will only start to bottom out from end 2017 on the back of abating supply risk. Specifically, the brokerage expects new industrial supply to decline by close to 50% in 2017 and further in 2019, allowing market rents to stabilise and rise marginally in 2018.
Source: JTC Corporation. Data as of end 1Q17.
Green Shoots in Manufacturing Activity Bodes Well for Demand
Singapore’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was at 50.9 in June 2017, an improvement of 0.1 point MoM (click here), according to data from Singapore Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management (SIPMM). Singapore’s manufacturing sector has now recorded its 10th month of consecutive expansion. A PMI reading above 50 typically indicates that the manufacturing economy is expanding.
Additionally, the Singapore government’s economic shift and focus on higher value-added businesses will likely help boost demand for hi-tech factories and business parks. The green shoots emerging in the city-state’s manufacturing activity bodes well for Singapore’s industrial properties.
Singapore Purchasing Manager Index (Manufacturing)
Source: Bloomberg. As of July 2017
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SGX’s Industrial REITs & Property Trusts
SGX lists 11 REITs & Property Trusts which have industrial properties within their asset portfolios. These 11 trusts have generated an average year-to-date total return of 19.0%, with an average dividend yield of 7%, and average gearing of 34.9%.
The five best performers in the year-to-date are Sabana Shari'ah Compliant Industrial REIT (+24.9%), Viva Industrial Trust (+24.3%), Soilbuild Business Space REIT (+21.1%), Cache Logistics Trust (+20.6%) and Mapletree Logistics Trust (+20.2%).
The table below details the Industrial REITs & Property Trusts sorted by market capitalisation:
|Mapletree Industrial Trust||ME8U||3,344||1.855||16.6||13.1||1.3||1.2||29.1||6.1|
|Mapletree Logistics Trust||M44U||2,964||1.185||20.2||21.0||1.1||1.0||38.4||6.3|
|Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust||BUOU||1,592||1.055||20.1||19.2||1.1||N/A||27.8||N/A|
|AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT||O5RU||948||1.485||18.0||12.0||1.1||0.9||36.0||7.4|
|Viva Industrial Trust 1, 2||T8B||876||0.905||24.3||36.0||1.1||0.9||38.8||7.9|
|Cache Logistics Trust||K2LU||843||0.935||20.6||18.0||1.2||1.0||42.9||8.0|
|Soilbuild Business Space REIT 1||SV3U||775||0.740||21.1||16.4||1.0||0.9||37.0||8.1|
|EC World REIT||BWCU||629||0.805||10.2||N/A||0.9||N/A||26.9||3.1|
|Sabana Shari'ah Compliant Industrial REIT||M1GU||479||0.455||24.9||6.3||0.8||0.7||35.8||9.2|
Source: SGX, Bloomberg & SGX StockFacts (data as of 13 July 2017)
Note 1: Soilbuild Business Space REIT and Viva Industrial Trust are not classified within the Industrial REITs GICS® Sub-industry but majority of their assets are industrial properties.
Note 2: Viva Industrial Trust is a Stapled Trust which is a stapled security comprising of a REIT and a Business Trust.
Previous Market Updates on the Real Estate Sector
- 6 July 2017: SGX Real Estate Index Returned 19.5% YTD on Positive Indicators
- 13 July 2017: Singapore Private Property Market Shows Signs of Stabilising