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2 Things Investors Should Know About SPH REIT Right Now

SPH REIT (SGX: SK6U) is an owner of two retail malls in Singapore, namely, Paragon and The Clementi Mall. It also owns a leasehold interest in The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT owns an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre. Newspaper publisher Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SGX: T39) is the sponsor, manager, and a large unitholder of SPH REIT.

There are two things to know about the REIT right now: its latest financial performance and valuation.

Financial performance

Here is a table showing important items from SPH REIT’s financial performance for the second quarter of financial year ending 31 August 2019 (FY19).

Source: SPH REIT Result Presentation

From the above, we can see that SPH REIT delivered a positive quarter with all metrics coming in ahead of those in the previous year.

The stronger performance was due to acquisitions of The Rail Mall and Figtree Grove Shopping Centre (acquired on 21 December 2018). Moreover, the overall portfolio registered a positive rental reversion of 8.4% for the quarter. As of 28 February 2019, SPH  REIT clocked in a gearing ratio of 30.1% while its occupancy rate stood at 99.2%.

Valuation

There are two useful valuation metrics for assessing REITs. They are the price-to-book (PB) ratio, and the distribution yield.

The table below shows SPH REIT’s PB ratio and distribution yield. It also shows the respective averages for the two valuation metrics for the 41 REITs that are in Singapore’s stock market.

Source: Stock Facts on SGX.com

We can see that SPH REIT’s valuation is at a premium to the market average, both in terms of PB ratio and distribution yield.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Lawrence Nga doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.