With investors not holding their breath on the likelihood of any comprehensive trade deal being struck between the US and China at this weekend’s G-20 summit and signs of easing by the US Federal Reserve, defensive and income-producing stocks have found favour. In Singapore, this has meant a spate of REITs seeing strong gains this week. And one, in particular, has caught headlines; commercial REIT Frasers Commercial Trust (SGX: ND8U), or FCOT.
It announced on 25 June that its trustee, British and Malayan Trustees Limited, had entered into a lease agreement with Google Asia Pacific that would see the tech giant lease space at FCOT’s Alexandra Technopark property. Taking up 344,100 square feet of space, Google will occupy 33.3% of the total net lettable area of the property. This was a massive boon for FCOT given it has been looking to fill space at Alexandra – its unit price popped by over 5% on Wednesday 26 June while trading volumes surged (see chart below). At its current unit price of $1.67, FCOT’s trailing 12-month distribution yield is 5.7%.
Source: CapIQ as of 28 June 2019
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