Podcast: Using REITs for Retirement Planning

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The Financial Coconut Podcast: Using REITs for Retirement Planning 

REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) have always been a popular investment choice among many retail investors. How do we incorporate REITs in our retirement planning as well? Can REITs be part of our Covid-19 recovery play? What are some ways to evaluate REITs and what are some global REITs to look out for? Explore the world of REITs with Kenny Loh, REIT specialist and independent financial advisor in this week’s Chills with TFC!

Listen on to this Podcast on Spotify, or on Youtube (below).

If you have the following concerns over your Retirement Planning, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with me here.

  • Do not know how much I need for retirement?
  • Do not know whether you can retire at the age you plan?
  • How long do I need to work before I can retire?
  • I do not know whether I have sufficient retirement fund to last for my whole life?
  • I have done my retirement planning, I need a 3rd part independent review with no products selling.
  • I cannot afford to make mistake in my retirement planning as this is the only asset I have to last me for the next 30-40 years. I need someone to point out what are my weakness in my retirement planning.
  • I am very worried that my retirement funds eroded by inflation, how to make my retirement portfolio beats inflation?
  • I have not done my retirement plan yet, I need someone to provide me independent and unbiased advice on what actions should I take.

Kenny Loh is a Senior Consultant and REITs Specialist of Singapore’s top Independent Financial Advisor. He helps clients construct diversified portfolios consisting of different asset classes from REITs, Equities, Bonds, ETFs, Unit Trusts, Private Equity, Alternative Investments, Digital Assets and Fixed Maturity Funds to achieve an optimal risk adjusted return. Kenny is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, SGX Academy REIT Trainer, Certified IBF Trainer of Associate REIT Investment Advisor (ARIA) and also invited speaker of REITs Symposium and Invest Fair.  You can join my Telegram channel #REITirement – SREIT Singapore REIT Market Update and Retirement related news. https://t.me/REITirement

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Singapore REIT Monthly Update (Oct 05 – 2021)

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Technical Analysis of FTSE ST REIT Index (FSTAS351020)

FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts (FTSE ST REIT Index) decreased slightly from 876.88 to 842.13 (-3.96%) compared to the last month update. Currently the Singapore REIT index is still trading with a range between 816 and 890.

  • As for now, Short term direction: Sideway.
  • Immediate Support at 816, followed by 775.
  • Immediate Resistance at 890.

Previous chart on FTSE ST REIT index can be found in the last post: Singapore REIT Fundamental Comparison Table on September 4, 2021.

Fundamental Analysis of 38 Singapore REITs

The following is the compilation of 38 Singapore REITs with colour coding of the Distribution Yield, Gearing Ratio and Price to NAV Ratio.

  • Note 1: The Financial Ratio are based on past data and there are lagging indicators.
  • Note 2: This REIT table takes into account the dividend cuts due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Yield is calculated trailing twelve months (ttm), therefore REITs with delayed payouts might have lower displayed yields, thus yield displayed might be lower.
  • Note 3: All REITs have been updated with Q2 2021 business updates/earnings.

(Source: https://stocks.cafe/kenny/advanced)

  • Price/NAV decreased to 1.01
    • Increased from 1.06 in September 2021.
    • Singapore Overall REIT sector is at fair value now.
    • Take note that NAV is adjusted downward for most REITs due to drop in rental income during the pandemic (Property valuation is done using DCF model or comparative model)
  • TTM Distribution Yield increased to 5.79%
    • Increased from 5.55% in September 2021.
    • 10 of 38 (26.3%) Singapore REITs have distribution yields of above 7%.
    • Do take note that these yield numbers are based on current prices taking into account the delayed distribution/dividend cuts due to COVID-19, and post circuit breaker recovery.
  • Gearing Ratio remained at 37.41% 
    • Almost no change from 37.40% in September 2021.
    • Gearing Ratios are updated quarterly. Hence there is little change to the Gearing Ratio compared to September’s update.
    • In general, Singapore REITs sector gearing ratio is healthy but increased due to the reduction of the valuation of portfolios and an increase in borrowing due to Covid-19.
  • Most overvalued REITs (based on Price/NAV)
    • Parkway Life REIT (Price/NAV = 2.32)
    • Keppel DC REIT (Price/NAV = 2.02)
    • Mapletree Industrial Trust (Price/NAV = 1.58)
    • Mapletree Logistics Trust (Price/NAV = 1.52)
    • ARA LOGOS Logistics Trust (Price/NAV = 1.35)
    • Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust (Price/NAV = 1.32)
    • Ascendas REIT (Price/NAV = 1.31)
  • Most undervalued REITs (based on Price/NAV)
    • Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (Price/NAV = 0.53)
    • BHG Retail REIT (Price/NAV = 0.64)
    • Suntec REIT (Price/NAV = 0.68)
    • Frasers Hospitality Trust (Price/NAV = 0.69)
    • First REIT (Price/NAV = 0.73)
    • Far East Hospitality Trust (Price/NAV = 0.76)
  • Highest Distribution Yield REITs (ttm)
    • First REIT (12.35%)
    • United Hampshire REIT (9.07%)
    • Sabana REIT (8.77%)
    • Sasseur REIT (8.32%)
    • Keppel Pacific Oak US REIT (8.22%)
    • Prime US REIT (8.04%)
    • Reminder that these yield numbers are based on current prices taking into account delayed distribution/dividend cuts due to COVID-19.
    • Some REITs opted for semi-annual reporting and thus no quarterly DPU was announced.
  • Highest Gearing Ratio REITs
    • ARA Hospitality Trust (49.0%)
    • Suntec REIT (43.1%)
    • ESR REIT (42.9%)
    • Lippo Malls Retail Trust (42.5%)
    • Elite Commercial REIT (42.1%)
    • Frasers Hospitality Trust (42.1%)
    • Manulife US REIT (42.1%)
    • No change since September 2021 since Gearing Ratios are updated quarterly (All values are still Q2 2021 values)
  • Total Singapore REIT Market Capitalisation decreased by 3.75% to S$105.1 Billion.
    • Decreased from S$109.2 Billion in September 2021 2021.
  • Biggest Market Capitalisation REITs:
    • Capitaland Integrated Commercial Trust ($13.08B)
    • Ascendas REIT ($12.50B)
    • Mapletree Logistics Trust ($8.58B)
    • Mapletree Industrial Trust ($7.37B)
    • Mapletree Commercial Trust ($6.80B)
    • No change in Top 5 rankings since August 2021.
  • Smallest Market Capitalisation REITs:
    • BHG Retail REIT ($292M)
    • ARA Hospitality Trust ($374M)
    • Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust ($391M)
    • First REIT ($410M)
    • United Hampshire REIT ($454M)
  • Eagle Hospitality Trust has been removed

Disclaimer: The above table is best used for “screening and shortlisting only”. It is NOT for investing (Buy / Sell) decision. If you need help to start building your own investment portfolio, or want a portfolio review, book a consultation with Kenny now! First consultation is free.

Top 20 Worst Performers of the Month (Sept 2021)

 (Source: https://stocks.cafe/kenny/advanced)

SG 10 Year & US 10 Year Government Bond Yield

  • SG 10 Year: 1.57% (increased from 1.39%)
  • US 10 Year: 1.47% (increased from 1.23%)

Summary

Fundamentally, the whole Singapore REITs landscape is currently at fair value due to the recent correction based on the average Price/NAV value of the S-REITs. Below is the market cap heat map for the past 1 month. Generally, most S-REITs in the past month have dropped in market cap. There are 2 outperformers though, Cromwell European Reit (+4.02%) and OUE Commercial REIT (+10.98%).

(Source: https://stocks.cafe/kenny/overview)

Yield spread (in reference to the 10 year Singapore government bond of 1.57% as of 2nd October 2021) widened slightly from 4.17% to 4.21%. The risk premium is attractive to accumulate Singapore REITs in stages to lock in the current price and to benefit from long-term yield after the recovery. Moving forward, it is expected that DPU will increase due to the recovery of global economy, as seen in the previous few earning updates. NAV is expected to be adjusted upward due to revaluation of the portfolio.

Technically the REIT Index is currently going through correction after failing to break the resistance zone at 875-890. Presently the market sentiment is slightly due to a few reasons (1) China Evergrande debt issue; (2) The potential rate hike by US Fed (3) Sept is a statistically volatile month (4) The continuous increasing trend of COVID19 cases in Singapore. 

You can listen to my monthly REIT radio interview on MoneyFM89.3 here.

However, current macro factors such as a low-interest rate environment, aggressive M&A for future DPU growth, wider roll out of the vaccination and recovery of global economic still support a potential bullish breakout. Despite tightened restrictions due to rising COVID-19 cases in Singapore which will affect the short term, global and local economic recovery is still expected in the long term.

Note: This above analysis is for my own personal research and it is NOT a buy or sell recommendation. Investors who would like to leverage my extensive research and years of Singapore REIT investing experience can approach me separately for a REIT Portfolio Consultation.

Kenny Loh is a Senior Consultant and REITs Specialist of Singapore’s top Independent Financial Advisor. He helps clients construct diversified portfolios consisting of different asset classes from REITs, Equities, Bonds, ETFs, Unit Trusts, Private Equity, Alternative Investments, Digital Assets and Fixed Maturity Funds to achieve an optimal risk adjusted return. Kenny is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, SGX Academy REIT Trainer, Certified IBF Trainer of Associate REIT Investment Advisor (ARIA) and also invited speaker of REITs Symposium and Invest Fair.  You can join my Telegram channel #REITirement – SREIT Singapore REIT Market Update and Retirement related news. https://t.me/REITirement

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Free Upcoming Webinars on Investing in REITs

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I have a coming up Mandarin webinar with Tiger Brokers presenting to a group of China investors on Monday (Sep 27, 2021).

I will be sharing the New Economy REIT which benefited from the Digitalisation of the economy. This will be the new growth area in the REIT space. Click on the image to watch it live! Event starts at 8pm.

I am also conducting a free SGX Webinar on Nov 11, 2021 – How to Build a REIT Portfolio into a Retirement Plan at 7.30pm. Click on the image to find out more!

Can’t make it for the above? Join the Telegram channel now for the latest REIT news and future events.

Want to start your own investment portfolio, or a portfolio review? Schedule a one-to-one consultation with me! First consultation is free.

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