(Oct 16): SPH REIT is distributing 1.42 cents per unit for 4QFY2017 ended Aug 31, bringing its FY2017 payout to 5.53 cents. At its closing price on Oct 10 of $1.01, just one cent below its 52-week-high hit on Oct 4, this translates into a full-year yield of 5.48%. The REIT traded ex-dividend on Oct 13, after this publication went to print. Unitholders may want to hang around for the acquisition of The Seletar Mall, which is valued at around $500 million. This suburban mall, which serves the young and growing housing estate of Sengkang, opened in November 2014. That means it is now in its first renewal cycle, which typically happens every three years.
“[SPH REIT’s] manager is keen to acquire the property and believes that it is in unitholders’ interest to consider acquiring the property as it has achieved a more stabilised tenant base and occupancy level,” DBS Group Research analysts Derek Tan and Mervin Song say in an Oct 10 report.
SPH REIT is 68.49% owned by its sponsor, property and media company Singapore Press Holdings, whereas The Seletar Mall is a 70-30 joint venture between SPH and property and engineering firm United Engineers.