3 Things Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust’s Management Wants You To Know About Its Business

In early May, Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (SGX: D5IU) released its 2018 first quarter earnings update. As a quick introduction, Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust is a REIT that invests in retail properties in Indonesia. Its portfolio currently consists of 23 retail malls and seven retail spaces.

As I was going through all the materials that the REIT released as part of its earnings update, I saw three pieces of information that I think investors should pay attention to.

The first piece is a high-level summary of Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust’s income statement for the first quarter of 2018:

Source: Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust 2018 first quarter earnings press release

We can see that the REIT did not enjoy a good quarter. Although gross revenue was up, net property income, distributable income to unitholders, and DPU (distribution per unit) were all down. This was mainly driven by a decline in the rupiah against the Singapore dollar (a 9.1% year-on-year fall), as well as higher property expenses and an increase in income taxes as a result of a new regulation that was passed recently. The new regulation levied a 10% tax on outsourced service charges and utilities recovery charges.

The next piece of information I want to discuss involves the REIT’s portfolio occupancy rate and lease expiry profile:

Source: Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust 2018 first quarter earnings presentation

There are two things worth mentioning. Firstly, Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust’s portfolio occupancy has hovered around the 94% mark in the last few years, and more importantly, has been higher than the industry-average. Secondly, the REIT has a fairly well-distributed lease-expiry profile, which provides the REIT with good rental income visibility over the next few years.

The last piece of information I want to talk about concerns the REIT’s outlook.

Here are a few relevant data points from Lippo Malls Indonesia Trust’s latest earnings update:

1. The World Bank projects Indonesia’s GDP (gross domestic product) to grow at 5.3% in 2018.
2. Indonesia’s inflation rate edged up slightly to 3.4% in March from 3.2% in February.
3. Retail sales in Indonesia inched up by 1.5% year-on-year in February. It is projected that retail sales in March in the country would increase by 1.7% on an annual basis.

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