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Friday, August 6, 2010

Hektar REIT: Buy, fair value price RM1.23

AMRESEARCH Sdn Bhd has maintained a "buy" call on Hektar REIT Bhd's due to its future earnings potential which are in line with expectations despite a weak occupancy.

In its research note, AmResearch said Hektar has attractive yield and defensive assets under its portfolio with a fair value of RM1.23 a unit under review pending a meeting with the management.

Hektar reported a net income of RM9 million for second quarter 2010, taking its first half earnings in 2010 to RM19 million.

Net income grew by 7 per cent on the back of 4 per cent increase in rental income. This is mostly driven by stronger occupancy in Mahkota Parade following its asset enhancement exercise.
Similarly, Wetex Parade showed stronger occupancy to 92 per cent, from 90 per cent as at end of last year.

However, Subang Parade's tenancy dropped to 95 per cent (from 100 per cent) as some of its tenants moved out, most notably Toys R US.

While this is a slight setback to the portfolio, AmResearch said this gives an opportunity for Hektar to redesign its mall concept at certain floors, thus enhancing its mall.

At current price, the REIT is trading at par to its net asset value of RM1.28 per unit and its current yield of 9 per cent remains attractive comparing against 10-year government bonds (4.2 per cent) and fixed deposit of 2.8 per cent.

By Business Times

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