SINGAPORE (Jan 23): Adrian Chui, CEO of ESR-REIT’s manager may have started a trend. In 2018, ESR-REIT merged with Viva Industrial Trust in a share and cash offer. VIT unitholders were paid 96 cents per unit of which 90% was with ESR-REIT units, and 10% in cash. In 2019, two mergers were completed, between OUE Commercial REIT and OUE Hospitality Trust, and Ascott Residence Trust and Ascendas Hospitality Trust.

“We saw the onset of this trend three years ago. I guess REITs with sponsors are in a better position to grow bigger. Independent REITs have to find a way to survive,” Chui says during a recent results briefing.

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