+ Strong recovery in the lodging segment. Lodging management fee-related income grew 38.2% to S$76mn due to higher room rates as well as improved occupancy across the portfolio. Portfolio RevPAU grew 42% YoY to S$81 and is 103% of 1Q19 pre-COVID levels. The real estate investment business also benefitted from the recovery in the lodging segment, with revenue growing 10.9% YoY to S$447mn. With the FY23 target of 160k lodging units in the portfolio hit in 1Q23 after signing >4k units in 1Q23, the new target is to double its fee revenue from lodging management to >S$500mn in 5 years.
– 1Q23 revenue growth of 5.6% was below our estimate of 14% for FY23e, due to lower event-driven fees from fund management (-S$33m or -68.8% YoY) with the lull in property transaction activities. However, recurring fees held stable for private funds at S$23mn, while fees from listed funds grew 4.9% to S$64mn. As a result, fee related earnings from fund management fell 22.7% to S$102mn.
– Cash flow from operations fell 24.6% to S$101m, or FFO/share of 2cts. As a result, net debt/equity has risen to 0.53x, and interest coverage is lower at 4.5x. The cost of debt saw an increase of 50bp to 3.6% from end 2022, as only 62% of its debt is on fixed rate.