Prime US REIT pays 13.5% dividend yield – Investor Relations responds to Financial Horse!

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article on Prime US REIT.

Back then, Prime US REIT was trading at $0.61, which works out to a 11.5% dividend yield, and 0.71x Price/Book.

But I said that I’m not a buyer of Prime US REIT because of the dismal macro conditions (central banks in inflation fighting mode means interest rates will go up rapidly).

And on the REIT level, there were 3 points that stood out for me:

  1. Mapletree selling down Prime REIT after purchase of SPH
  2. Track record of Sponsor is quite 50/50
  3. Possible refinancing risk

 

Prime US REIT since my article

Since my article on 11 Sept, Prime US REIT has continued to drop.

As of 30 Sept, Prime US REIT has dropped to $0.515.

It now trades at a 13.5% dividend yield, and 0.60x book value.

This is very close to COVID lows in March 2020:

Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations responds to Financial Horse

Well, after the article, Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations team reached out for a friendly chat.

They also emailed across some of their comments on the points that I raised.

For full transparency, I’m going to publish their replies below, as it provides an alternative perspective to my article.

If you’re keen to buy, I do suggest reading my original article. Then read the response from Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations team.

And decide for yourself!

 

Response from Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations Team set out below, pictures are added by me for more colour:

 

Mapletree selling down Prime REIT after purchase of SPH

Response from Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations Team:

  • There are ownership limit rules (per the trust deed).
  • The sell-down as we understand it (after takeover of SPH by Cuscaden), was to ensure that the ownership was within those limits.

Large ownership by Private Wealth

Response from Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations Team:

  • Similar to other listed companies and REITs, annual report disclosures on top 20 largest shareholders/unitholders are typically registered holders and taken from CDP list. It is common that this list shows a number of depository agents/nominee banks, and it may not represent the underlying ultimate beneficiaries.
  • Depository agents and nominee banks do not only hold units for private wealth. Many institutional investors and global investment firms’ units are often held under various depository agents and nominee banks.
  • PRIME was also included into FTSE EPRA Nareit Global Real Estate Index (Global Developed Index) with effect from 20 September 2021 and is a constituent in a number of other indices, according to Bloomberg data. Many institutional funds, especially index funds, track these indices and invest in its stocks.  

We would also like to add, that

  • PRIME have had 2 equity raises since IPO (US$120m raise in Feb 2020 and a US$80m raise in June 2021). Both events were oversubscribed in multiples, with strong demand particularly from institutional investors. We continue to see new institutional ownership as we track our shareholder register periodically.

Possible refinancing risk

Response from Prime US REIT’s Investor Relations Team:

Financing

  • We have about US$222mil of undrawn credit facility available as at 30 June 2022.
  • We have had great support from our lending banks since IPO, having upsize our main credit facility twice (once in Feb 2020 and again in June 2021) to the current level as at June 2022.
  • Our leverage ratios are well managed, and we will look for opportune market windows to refinance this debt – for which we have till July 2024 to refinance. 

Interest Rates

  • 86% of PRIME’s debt is fixed rate or swapped from floating to fixed rates.
  • 18% of the June 2022 debt is hedged through to 2024, 51% has hedges in place through to 2026, and a further 17% is fixed through to 2029. This means that, notwithstanding the partial debt maturity in 2024, out of the 86% fixed/hedged, close to 70% of total debt stretches to 2026 and beyond.
  • Swaps in place (for the 51%) that will hedge PRIME’s exposure to LIBOR benchmark fluctuations beyond the debt maturity in 2024 through to till 2026.
  • Additionally, 17% of the debt remains fixed through to 2029.

(Refer: PRIME’s 1H2022 presentation slides, slide 7)

PRIME’s underlying fundamentals remained robust (Below recap as at 30 June 2022).

  • 1H2022 DPU increased 5.7% year-on-year
  • Occupancy held steady about 90%
  • Consecutive 8th quarter of positive rental reversion (2Q2022: 10.9%)
  • Consistent healthy rent collections above 99%
  • Healthy average lease (WALE) of 4 years
  • High portion of debt (86%) fixed or hedged

 

As always, this article is written on 30 Sep 2022 and will not be updated going forward.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Seems like only the Angmo reits disclose when their interest rate swaps expire. Leandlease REIT did intheir 2021 AR, though that was before the Jem acquisition. I could not find it for Frasers Centerpoint and Ascendas India Trust. For Frasers Logistics & Commercial I found only gave some vague information that they all expire within 5 years.

    Theres a reason why US stocks trade at a premium to the sgx-listed crap.

  2. I applaud the Prime REIT IR team for actually responding in detail, and gives clarity and re-iterate their stance. I may actually re-look into them, because the willingness to engage with the public when clearly times are bad now, speaks volume about them.

    Unlike the typical arrogant temasek links companies ( as you can see now, most of them are very quiet now when marco events took a worse , who dont respond only when you call them up. Even then when they respond, they give general motherhood statements like marco events very bad, they cant control external shocks, these type of things Normal retail also know, no need them to say.

    FH u been writing Singapore Reits/stocks for so long, did any temasek linked companies IR respond to you before ? Or all bo chap attitude ?

  • Haha to be honest, some of the TLC IR teams do reach out as well. 😉

    Sometimes the comments do tend to be quite general, but other times it could be quite constructuctive. I would say it really depends on the individual IR teams.

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