Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT)

FCT preferred for its resilient malls, strategic diversification and index inclusion plans

SINGAPORE (July 29): Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) delivered a strong set of results in 3Q19, despite seeing a dip in DPU due to an enlarged unit base.

See: Frasers Centrepoint Trust 3Q19 DPU falls 1.7% to 3 cents

The 3Q19 results were supported by strong operational metrics, reflecting broad-based occupancy improvements and tenants’ sales growth.

Frasers Centrepoint Trust 3Q19 DPU falls 1.7% to 3 cents

SINGAPORE (July 23): The manager of Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) has declared a distribution per unit (DPU) of 3.00 cents for 3Q ended June 30, down 1.7% from the same period last year.

Income available for distribution rose 12.4% to $31.8 million but DPU fell due mainly to an enlarged unit base following the completion of the private placement in May and preferential offering in June to 1.1 billion from 926 million last year.

Who's the best friend of REITs?

SINGAPORE (June 28): Singapore REITs raised $1.35 billion through placements in the first half of this year, that was used mainly for acquisitions.

In general, these acquisitions have been accretive to distribution per unit (DPU).

Among them, Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) and ESR-REIT announced placements and preferential equity offerings in Singapore dollars to acquire Singapore assets.

REITs make placements and accretive acquisitions aplenty but investor fatigue has set in

SINGAPORE (July 1): Real estate investment trusts are still bankers’ best friends. In the first half of this year, Singapore REITs raised $1.35 billion (see Table 1) through placements that was used mainly for acquisitions. In general, these acquisitions have been accretive to distribution per unit (DPU).

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Frasers Centrepoint Trust kept at 'buy' by DBS on strategic transformation

SINGAPORE (June 24): DBS Group Research is reiterating its “buy” call on Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) with a higher target price of $2.85, from $2.60 previously.

Currently, all of FCT’s properties are suburban malls, which have shown to be resilient across market cycles.

However, DBS is positive on FCT’s acquisition of stakes in PGIM’s AsiaRetail fund and Waterway Point as this should transform the group’s growth profile entirely.

With its DPU expected to grow at a 2.8% CAGR over FY18-21, FCT will now count among the fastest-growing REITs.

Frasers Centrepoint Trust poised to ride on popularity of suburban retail malls, analysts say

SINGAPORE (May 27): Suburban retail malls are quickly gaining favour in Singapore, stealing local visitors away from the famed Orchard Road shopping belt. And Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT), which currently owns a portfolio of six suburban malls, looks poised to capitalise on this trend.

Already in FCT’s suburban mall portfolio are Causeway Point, Northpoint City North Wing, Changi City Point, YewTee Point, Anchorpoint, and Bedok Point.

Frasers Centrepoint Trust remains in favour amid equity fund raising on Waterway Point stake acquisition

SINGAPORE (May 21): Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FTC) is expected to add 19.8% to its share base from the issue of 184 million new units to raise funds amid its proposed acquisition of a 33.3% stake in Waterway Point.

But analysts say the move will strengthen FCT’s distribution per unit (DPU) growth profile.

Why investors love Singapore's struggling malls

SINGAPORE (May 7): Singaporeans aren’t spending like they used to, at least not in shopping malls. There are too many already and more are being built. But investors still have good reasons to back mall owners.

The city-state has 6.1 million sqm of retail space, of which 8.7% is vacant. Yet companies are forecast to add a further 364,000 sqm, with the biggest chunk hitting the market this year. This is when online shopping is catching on, retailers such as Crabtree and Evelyn are closing physical stores, and rents are scraping the bottom.

Fraser Centrepoint Trust kept at 'buy' by DBS, Maybank and OCBC

SINGAPORE (Apr 26): Maybank Kim Eng, DBS Group Research and OCBC Investment Research -- are maintaining Fraser Centrepoint Trust (FCT) at “buy” with target prices of $2.60, $2.60 and $2.61 respectively.

Maybank says FCT is its preferred retail REIT, thanks to its strengthening suburban-mall footprint, visible growth drivers, strong balance sheet and potential acquisition catalysts.

Frasers Property kept at 'buy' by DBS with higher $2.30 target on PGIM stake purchase

SINGAPORE (Apr 11): Frasers Property Limited is set to become the second largest owner of retail properties in Singapore.

This comes after Frasers Property and Frasers Centrepoint Trust jointly acquired a controlling stake of 66.6% in PGIM Real Estate AsiaRetail Fund.

See: Frasers Property and FCT raise stakes in PGIM Asia retail property fund for $635 mil

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