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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sunway REIT sets new industry benchmark

PETALING JAYA: Sunway REIT, which made its debut on Bursa Malaysia on July 8, has set a new industry benchmark in the local real estate investment trust (REIT) market (M-REIT) by adopting best practices in its business model, market disclosure and corporate governance practices.

Sunway REIT is the largest in the country in terms of asset value at RM3.4bil. It has a total gross floor area of 8.1 million sq ft and a market capitalisation of RM2.4bil, which represents about 28% of the total market capitalisation of M-REIT.

The trust’s eight assets comprise Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Sunway Carnival Shopping Mall, SunCity Ipoh Hypermarket, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Pyramid Tower Hotel, Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya, Menara Sunway and Sunway Tower.

"There is no limit as to how high the rental can go" says SUNWAY REIT MANAGEMENT SDN BHD CEO DATUK JEFFREY NG

According to Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Jeffrey Ng, with three hotels in its portfolio, the management company has signed hotel master lease agreements with Sunway City Bhd’s subsidiaries, Sunway Resort Hotel Sdn Bhd and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya Sdn Bhd, to mitigate fluctuations in the hotel’s cyclical business.

“The rental-guarantee floor will ensure the minimum rental for Sunway REIT’s 1,190 hotel rooms. Meanwhile, there is no limit as to how high the rental can go when the hotel market turns for the better, which will on the overall benefit the REIT’s income streams,” Ng told StarBiz.

He said Sunway REIT was also the first local REIT to subject its IPO offer to a market price mechanism as well as allowed its asset valuation to be determined by the REIT’s prevailing unit price.

Before the international roadshow for Sunway REIT commenced last month, the REIT manager signed up reputable cornerstone investors including the Government Investment Corp of Singapore, The Employees Provident Fund, Permodalan Nasional Bhd, and Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, which collectively have confirmed allocation of about 14% stake in the REIT.

It also adopted an over allotment or green-shoe option that came up to 87 million units that will function as a stabilisation mechanism during the one month “stabilising” period until Aug 8.

“We have also proposed for up to 50% of the management fees to be paid in Sunway REIT units and this practice shows that the management company is confident in the REIT’s performance. This should translate to about 10 million units a year,” Ng said.

To attract more global investors, Sunway REIT is working towards being included as an indexed REIT by the Brussels-based European Public Real Estate Association (Epra) and the National Assocation of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit) of the United States.

According to Ng, institutional REIT investors including pension and insurance funds, track these global standard index and use it as a benchmark to guide their investment decisions.

“With RM1.56bil worth of free-float units, big global investors will be attracted to invest in Sunway REIT because of its liquidity. Once accepted as the benchmark indexed REIT for Malaysia, Sunway REIT will be in the global investors’ radar screen,” Ng pointed out.

Based on the institutional offer price of 90 sen a unit, Sunway REIT offers a yield of about 7.5% for institutional investors for the financial year ending June 30, 2011.

Retail investors can look forward to a distribution yield of 7.66%, which is higher than the 6.9% yield disclosed in the prospectus.

The IPO raised RM1.56bil (including the over allotment of 87 million units at RM78mil), of which 44% or RM680mil were subscribed by foreign institutional funds.

Ng said although Sunway REIT had a diversified asset portfolio, some 70% of its asset value and 67% of revenue would be from retail assets, which showed that Sunway REIT was a retail-focused REIT.

The three retail assets have total net lettable area of 2.4 million sq ft and asset value of RM2.4mil, making it the largest retail-focused REIT locally.

“Both the retail and institutional investors are looking at broader and longer-term investment horizon. Being a defensive REIT, unit-holders can look forward to a longer-term growth catalyst as well as low risk and stable yields.

As long as its cashflow remains strong, the dividend payout will be 100% of total net distribution income,” Ng added.

By The Star

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