Viva Industrial Trust (VIT) is a SGX-listed REIT that invests in a portfolio of business parks and industrial properties in Singapore. On 4 November 2013, it was listed with an initial portfolio of 3 properties worth S$ 743.0 million. The trust has quickly enlarged its portfolio to 9 properties worth S$ 1.28 billion as at 31 December 2017. In this article, I’ll list down 9 main things that you need to know about VIT before you invest.
#1: Stock Symbol
Ticker Symbol: SGX: TB8
Market Capitalization: S$ 863.5 million (10 March 2018)
Share Price: S$ 0.885 (10 March 2018)
#2: The Business
VIT derives income mainly from these 5 properties:
- UE BizHub East
This property has two components: the Business Park and Hotel. The business park has 2 office towers and 1 retail podium. Meanwhile, the hotel component is made up of a 251-room hotel, 30 serviced offices, 5 retail units and a convention centre. Combined, UE BizHub East is worth S$ 518 million. In 2017, it has made S$ 44.2 billion in revenue, thus, is the main contributor of income to VIT. S$ 44.2 million in revenue, thus, is the main contributor of income to VIT. The sales generated is inclusive of S$ 9.47 million in rental support. As I write, this property is the only one that derives income from receiving rental support.
- Viva Business Park
Formerly known as Technopark @ Chai Chee, VIT has undertaken a 2-Year asset enhancement initiative (AEI) works to revamp, enhance, and revitalize the property into Viva Business Park. The management has completed the AEI works in 2017 and thus, bringing the value of Viva Business Park to S$ 350 million. In 2017, Viva Business Park has generated S$ 41.8 million in revenue, thus, is the second main income contributor to VIT.
- Jackson Square
On 21 November 2014, VIT has acquired Jackson Square for S$ 80.0 million from Jackson International Pte Ltd (JIPL). It consists of four blocks of 2 – 6 storeys of light industrial buildings in Toa Payoh. The property is leased back to JIPL under a 5-year rental guarantee which was worth S$ 58.0 million. However, on 23 April 2017, VIT received a liquidation notice from JIPL. This led to a settlement agreement that was dated on 21 May 2017 which entitled VIT to receive S$ 1 million in cash payments and another S$ 3.89 million in rental support bank guarantee. Inclusive of this amount, VIT has made S$ 14.1 million in revenue from Jackson Square in 2017. The value of this property had dropped to S$ 73.2 million in 2017.
- 6 Chin Bee Avenue
On 16 January 2017, VIT has acquired 6 Chin Bee Avenue for S$ 87.3 million. It is a 5-storey high-specification logistics development that was newly completed in 2016. It is leased to Sharikat Logistics under a 7-year triple-net master lease agreement at S$ 7.44 million per year. As at 31 December 2017, 6 Chin Bee Avenue is worth S$ 94.3 million and has contributed S$ 7.38 million in revenue for the year 2017.
- 11 Ubi Road 1
11 Ubi Road 1 consists of 2 blocks of 7-storey and 2-storey buildings. As at 31 December 2017, it is valued at S$ 85.0 million. In 2017, this property has contributed S$ 7.21 million in revenue, thus, making it the fifth largest income contributor to VIT.
In total, the 5 properties above had contributed S$ 114.6 million in revenue to VIT, thus, contributing 90.6% of its total revenue in 2017.
#3: The Financials
Since its listing, VIT has reported growth in revenue & distributable income. It is mainly due to its expansion of its property portfolio over the last 3 years.
Source: Quarterly Reports of VIT
#4: Lease Expiry
As at 31 December 2017, VIT has recorded weighted average occupancy rate of 90.6% for its property portfolio. It derives income from 155 tenants which mainly involved in the IT, e-Business, and data centre operations. The top 10 tenants have accounted for 43% of its total revenue in 2017. Moving forward, 52% of its leases would expire beginning in the financial year 2020 onwards.
Source: VIT’s Results Presentation for Year 2017 on 26 January 2018
#5: Major Announcement
On 28 January 2018, VIT has received a proposal for a merger between it and ESR REIT. The merger is intended to create:
- The Fourth Largest Industrial REIT listed on the SGX valued at S$ 3 billion.
- A diversified Pan-Asia Industrial REIT with a visible growth pipeline of regional assets sponsored by ESR, a logistics real estate developer, operator, and fund manager with presence in China, India, Australia, Singapore, Japan, and Korea.
Presently, the managers of both VIT and ESR REIT are in discussions on the merger. Both parties would make the necessary announcements on it should there be material developments on the merger in the near future.
#6: Major Risk
As at 31 December 2016, VIT has 3 properties where the remaining land lease is under 25 years. They are:
- Viva Business Park: 14.3 years
- Jackson Square: 12.4 years
- 30 Pioneer Road: 20.1 years
There is no materials provided by VIT in regards to the management’s intent or decisions to be made once these land leases expire.
As I write, VIT is trading at S$ 0.885 a unit.
As at 31 December 2017, VIT has reported having S$ 0.765 in net asset value a unit. Thus, its current P/NAV works out to be 1.16.
VIT adopts a distribution policy to declare and pays out at least 90% of its distributable income on a quarterly basis. The trust has declared and paid 7.47 cents in DPU for 2017. If VIT is able to maintain its DPU at 7.47 cents, its expected gross dividend yield is 8.4%.
#8: Debt Profile
As at 31 December 2017, VIT has S$ 525.0 million in borrowings. Its gearing ratio is 39.8%. Its weighted average debt maturity stands at 2.5 years, Its cost of borrowing averages at 3.9%.
#9: Investor Relations
For further enquiries or to request for additional investment information on VIT’s Investors Relation matters, you may contact:
Ms Lyn Ong
Investor Relations Manager
The major shareholders of VIT and their latest shareholdings are as followed:
– Leading Wealth Global Inc: 43.1%
– Ho Lee Group Trust: 6.8%
Leading Wealth Global Inc is 100%-owned by Longemont Real Estate Pte Ltd which is 100%-owned by Shanghai Summit (Group) Co. Ltd. The company is also 100%-owned by Tong Jinquan. In addition to his direct shareholdings of 5.64% and indirect shareholdings from his interest in other entities, in total, Tong Jinquan has 49.71% shareholdings, thus, making him the ultimate main shareholder of VIT.