+ 10% of leases by GRI were renewed in 1H18, with 12.2% positive reversions and 100% portfolio occupancy. What this tells us is that there is demand for the space, and it is currently under-rented. The WALE has also been lengthened QoQ from 4.01 years to 4.07 years. While the 17.9% of leases (by GRI) that are due for renewal in 2H18 poses some concern, the Manager has proven its ability to execute. As such, we expect positive rental reversions to maintain in 2H18.
– Gearing increased to 31.5% in 2Q18 from 30.4% as at end 1Q18. This was mainly due to the decline in valuation of investment properties, which relates to the lease renewals of anchor tenants at Xiaolan Metro Mall and Shiqi Metro Mall, where the newer rents were lower than those of smaller, non-anchor tenants.
Current gearing of 31.5% affords Dasin S$138.6mn of headroom (assuming 40% gearing) to pursue inorganic growth, which will be through its ready pipeline of 20 properties – 12 of which have been completed.
Downgrade to ACCUMULATE with unchanged target price of S$0.97
Fundamentals remain intact, and our target price remains unchanged. Our rating downgrade is purely due to the recent positive price moment.