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Monday, April 12, 2010

REIT market to swing upwards in value

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s real estate investment trust (REIT) market is expected to swing upwards closer to their net asset value (NAV) in the next six months, with the entry of new players that can attract foreign investors, said Hall Chadwick Asia Sdn Bhd chairman Kumar Tharmalingam.

Besides YTL Corp Bhd’s Starhill REIT, he said the bigger ones that could cross the RM4bil threshold include Sunway REIT, which has a stable brand name including Sunway Resort and Monash University.

“The moment an individual REIT achieves a value of RM4bil, it will attract foreign investments.

“Foreigners may put in US$100,000 into the REIT, or maybe buy 5% or 10% of it,” he told reporters after speaking at The Edge Investment Forum on Real Estate 2010 on Saturday.

He said with a bigger local REIT market, foreign investors may even opt to put a large sum in one of the larger REITs and spread the rest of the investments into smaller REITs.

“Right now, with the exception of Axis REIT, most are trading at about 15%-18% below NAV, compared with property stocks, which are trading at 30% below NAV,” he said.

Among those that are expected to trade closer to NAV are Quill Capita Trust, Axis REIT, Starhill REIT and UOA REIT as they have plans to attract foreign investors, he said.

Tharmalingam said the NAV would also rise due to the revaluation of undervalued properties such as those under UOA REIT.

By Bernama

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