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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunway REIT property income up 27.2pc

KUALA LUMPUR: Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust (Sunway REIT) recorded a 27.2 per cent jump in its net property income to RM70.3 million for the quarter ending Sept 30, 2011 over that of the previous corresponding period, said its manager Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd.

The company attributed the strong performance to the higher contributions from the initial portfolio of eight assets and Sunway Putra Place of RM9.7 million and RM5.3 million respectively.

Sunway REIT’s net realised income rose by 15.1 per cent to RM44.2 million in the same period from that of the previous corresponding period.

Overall, Sunway REIT has performed better by RM5.8 million after taking into account the net loss of RM1.8 million by Sunway Putra Place due to no income contribution from Sunway Putra Hotel in the first quarter of its current financial year.

Sunway REIT secured full control and possession of Sunway Putra Place including the hotel on Sept 28 2011, and the manager expects positive contribution for the financial year ending June 2012.

The manager announced distribution per unit of 1.75 sen for the first quarter of its current financial year, representing an increase of 15.9 per cent compared to the previous corresponding period. This translates into an annualised distribution yield of 6.3 per cent based on Sunway REIT’s closing price of RM1.11 on Sept 30, 2011.

Sunway REIT Management chief executive officer Datuk Jeffrey Ng said: “We are positive on the prospect of the portfolio for this financial year amidst headwinds in the external environment. With the full possession and control of Sunway Putra Place, the focus now is to turn around the property and reposition the property into a must-visit destination for local visitors and foreign tourists."

"We are confident that upon the completion of the refurbishment exercise, the asset will enjoy a quantum leap in income as well as capital appreciation in the asset value," he added.

By Bernama

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