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Is Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust A Good Buy? [Fundamental Analysis]

In this article, we'll conduct a fundamental analysis and review of Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust and its suitability to achieve the following investment objective: To deliver a stable dividend yield of 5% to 6% per year while having high capital preservation ability.

Information Is Accurate Up To July 24

Business Description

Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust [MPACT] is an office and commercial REIT that was formed from the merger of Mapletree Commercial Trust and Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust back in 2022.

What I Like About MPACT:

  • The sponsor is well-established and strong

  • The lease profile is well diversified and the lease expiry profile is well spread out (Figure 12)

  • The majority of MPACT portfolio is Singapore properties (Figure 9)

What I Do Not Like About MPACT

  • Performances post-merger are unproven

  • I am not a fan of the merger as I believe it was a mistake that was done to package weaker, non-Singapore properties with the more established Singapore properties in hopes that it would boost the overall demand for the entirety of the portfolio.

Updates From Recent Performance (FY 2023/4)

General Comments:

  • 93% of expected distributable income is derived/hedged into SGD.

  • DPU from operations improved by 5% due to stronger performance in their Singapore properties. ·

  • Portfolio valuation experienced a slight decline (-0.5%) mainly due to FX losses and valuation deterioration from non-Singapore properties. This was partially offset by the valuation increase from Singapore properties.

  • At the close of FY23/24, MPACT initiated a divestment of Mapletree Anson at a premium of $95mil above the acquisition price. Funds are expected to be used for debt reduction which would bring the gearing ratio to 37.6%. This is expected to deliver a 1.5% yield accretion. In my opinion, this is a good move as the capitalization rate for Mapletree Anson is also one of the lowest within the portfolio itself and even comparable with the current cost of borrowing.

Positive Headwinds:

  • A slow but steady recovery in the Chinese consumer would provide some resilience in the performance of HK and China assets.

Negative Headwinds:

  • The cost of borrowing is expected to increase by around 25 to 50 basis points moving into the next 24 months as around 36% of their debt is due during the period when interest rates are just starting to come back down.

  • The trend of downsizing due to WFH and slower economic growth may pose some headwinds for the occupancy and hence performance of both the offices and business parks.

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Daniel is a Licensed Independent Financial Consultant with MAS and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

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