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Should You Invest In Paragon REIT [Fundamental Analysis]

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

In this article, we'll be conducting a fundamental analysis of Paragon REIT and its suitability to achieve the following investment objective: To deliver a stable dividend yield of 5% to 6% per year while having a high degree of capital preservation ability.


Information Is Accurate Up To Sept 2023


Business Description

Paragon REIT (previously known as SPH REIT) is a Retail REIT that was listed in 2014 and owns 5 retail properties (3 are in Singapore and 2 are in Australia).

What I Like About Paragon REIT

  • Very stable distribution since listing (Fig 8)

  • Flagship properties (Paragon & Clementi Mall), which form the majority of the portfolio (78%), are of quality, stable and have a long remaining land lease (Paragon: 2112 & Clementi Mall: 2109)

  • Good debt management record and relatively lower gearing ratio as compared to industry peers


What I Do Not Like About Paragon REIT

  • No clear strategic direction on how the REIT is managed

  • Acquisition of The Rail Mall (in 2018), though negligible, is questionable

  • Diversification into Australia exposes the portfolio to foreign exchange risk

  • Portfolio is not diversified and is concentrated in Paragon Mall (Fig 10)


Updates From Recent Performance (1H 2023)

General Comments:

  • Nil


Positive Headwinds:

  • Higher tourist traffic had boosted the performance of flagship mall - Paragon Mall’s performances and its ability to command a high portfolio rental reversion of 6.9% in H1 2023 from 4.1% in FY 2022.


Negative Headwinds:

  • Significant increase in the cost of debt (from 2.05% in EOY 2022 to 4.05% in HY 2023) will erode the net income and dividend distribution. We’ve seen this happening from the 2023 Half Year statements where distribution per unit decreased by 15.7%.

  • Majority of the debt will be due for renewal during 2023 and 2025, of which the interest rate environment is expected to remain relatively high. This will result in a “new normal” for the cost of debt for Paragon REIT which will result in a lower dividend distribution over a longer duration of time. (Fig 6)


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Disclaimer:

This article is meant to be the opinion of the author

This article is for information purposes only

This article should not be seen as financial advice

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