SINGAPORE (May 16): RHB Research is maintaining its “overweight” on S-REITs despite market worries over higher interest rates, preferring the hospitality and industrial sub-sectors which are poised to tap into demand growth.

Key to the improving market outlook for S-REITs is a pickup in broad-based demand and supply tapering across most sub-segments. When it comes to balance sheet strength, S-REITs are generally well prepared with 80% of debts are hedged to mitigate rising interest costs. Many have also started exploring new markets in their quest to deliver inorganic growth and diversify their presence.

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