Singapore REIT Fundamental Analysis Comparison Table – 3 June 2019

Technical Analysis of FTSE ST REIT Index (FSTAS8670)

FTSE ST Real Estate Investment Trusts (FTSE ST REIT Index) changed from 869.49  to 858.67 (-1.24%) as compared to last post on Singapore REIT Fundamental Comparison Table on May 5, 2019.

The REIT index is currently facing immediate resistance of 875 (the previous high in 2018) and trading within a falling wedge consolidation range between 848 to 870.  Based on the current chart pattern and and momentum,  the sentiment is BULLISH and the trend for Singapore REIT direction is still UP with a pause. All eyes will be focusing on whether the REIT index can break the 2018 high (875) and 2013 high (892) back in May 2013. Another scenario would be a break down of the 848 immediate support and we will see a larger correction of REIT index, heading towards the 200D SMA support of about 820.


Fundamental Analysis of 39 Singapore REITs

The following is the compilation of 39 REITs in Singapore with colour coding of the Distribution Yield, Gearing Ratio and Price to NAV Ratio. This gives investors a quick glance of which REITs are attractive enough to have an in-depth analysis. The 2 new IPO ARA US Hospitality Trust and Eagle Hospitality Trust are not included in this table due to insufficient data points.

  • Price/NAV decreases from 1.03 to 1.02 (Singapore Overall REIT sector is slightly over value now).
  • Distribution Yield increases from 6.40% to 6.51% (take note that this is lagging number). About 38.5% of Singapore REITs (15 out of 39) have Distribution Yield > 7%.
  • Gearing Ratio increases from 34.7% to 34.9%. 22 out of 39 have Gearing Ratio more than 35%. In general, Singapore REITs sector gearing ratio is healthy. Note: The limit of gearing ratio for REITs listed in Singapore Stock Exchange is 45%.
  • The most overvalue REIT is Parkway Life (Price/NAV = 1.62), followed by Ascendas REIT (Price/NAV = 1.42), Keppel DC REIT (Price/NAV = 1.49) and Mapletree Industrial Trust (Price/NAV = 1.40).
  • The most undervalue (base on NAV) is Fortune REIT (Price/NAV = 0.64), followed by OUE Comm REIT (Price/NAV = 0.68), Lippo Mall Indonesia Retail Trust (Price/NAV = 0.71), Sabana REIT (Price/NAV = 0.75) and Far East Hospitality Trust (Price/NAV = 0.73).
  • The Highest Distribution Yield (TTM) is Lippo Mall Indonesia Retail Trust (9.19%), followed by First REIT (8.60%), SoilBuild BizREIT (8.67%),  Sasseur REIT (8.75%)  and Cromwell European REIT (8.20%).
  • The Highest Gearing Ratio are ESR REIT (42.0%), Far East HTrust (39.9%) and OUE Comm REIT (39.4%) and SoilBuild BizREIT  (39.3%)
  • Top 5 REITs with biggest market capitalisation are Ascendas REIT ($9.0B), CapitaMall Trust ($8.9B), Capitaland Commercial Trust ($7.2B), Mapletree Commercial Trust ($5.5B) and Mapletree Logistic Trust ($5.3B)
  • The bottom 3 REITs with smallest market capitalisation are BHG Retail REIT ($359M), Sabana REIT ($442M) and iREIT Global REIT ($473M)

Disclaimer: The above table is best used for “screening and shortlisting only”. It is NOT for investing (Buy / Sell) decision. To learn how to use the table and make investing decision, Sign up next REIT Investing Seminar here to learn how to choose a fundamentally strong REIT for long term investing for passive income generation

  • 1 month increases from 1.82283% to 1.88538%
  • 3 month increases from 1.94507% to 2.00338%
  • 6 month increases from 2.00014% to 2.06215%
  • 12 month increases from 2.12550% to 2.18675%

Based on current probability of Fed Rate Monitor, the US Fed Reserve reduce the interest rate by 50bps to  2.00% in 2019. Probability of keeping the interest rate at 2.25-2.50% is only 3.2%! This means US Fed Reserve will cut the interest rate by end of this year! This is a big change from last month.


Fundamentally the whole Singapore REITs is slightly over value now. The big cap REITs are getting expensive and the distribution yield are not so attractive currently. Most of the DPU yield for big cap REIT is below 5% now. The yield spread between big cap and small cap REIT remains wide. This indicates value picks only in small and medium cap REITs.  For reference, 10-years risk free yield rate for latest Singapore Saving Bonds is 2.16%.

Yield spread (reference to 10 year Singapore government bond of 2.062%) has widened from 4.15% to 4.448%. DPU yield for a number of small and mid-cap REITs are still very attractive  (>8%) at the moment.  It is expected the next move would be on small and medium size REITs due to higher risk premium compared to big cap REITs.

Technically, the REIT index is still trading in a bullish territory and have been very defensive compared to STI. With the potential rate cut in 2019, don’t be surprise REIT index to break the resistance (875 and 892) to move higher.



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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jenies

    Hi Kenny,

    May i ask why the stock codes are different . All the stock codes listed above, are they SG stock codes? or elsewhere? Thanks

  2. Marubozu

    Jenies, they are SG stock codes.

  3. share khan

    Hello, when will you be publishing the July 2019 updates?

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