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Leaders were the Business Park and Warehouse segments which made QoQ improvement in occupancy, but Multi-User Factory occupancy continues to make a new low.
JTC reports 1.8 million sqm of space expected to come on-stream in 4Q2018 and 2019, compared to the historical 3-year average annual supply and demand of 1.6 million sqm and 1.2 million sqm respectively. Examples of trade sectors with sustained demand during the quarter came from Precision Engineering and Transport and Storage (supply chain management, third-party logistics and freight forwarding).
Sector Rental Index continue to trend lower and Business Park rent appears to have peaked. The silver lining is that Factory and Warehouse rents are bottoming.
Singapore occupancy at Ascendas REIT (A-REIT) was lower QoQ mainly due to non-renewals at logistics properties. However, total portfolio occupancy was stable QoQ, aided by the Australia portfolio and addition of the UK portfolio which is effectively fully occupied.
Singapore occupancy at Mapletree Industrial Trust (MINT) was lower QoQ mainly due to Flatted Factories (HGST departure in 1Q FY18/19 from Kaki Bukit Cluster, who was the ninth largest tenant in MINT’s portfolio) and Hi-Tech Buildings segments (effect of addition of Mapletree Sunview 1 (time lag between obtaining temporary occupancy permit and actual occupancy) and 7 Tai Seng Drive into the portfolio (completed speculative asset enhancement initiative and ramping up occupancy)).
Rental reversions reported by the various industrial REITs ranged between ‑10% and +4%. However, this is only an indicative range, which does not take into account the floor area of space being renewed at these reversions.