This morning we got news that First REIT will acquire two more properties from parent Lippo Group.
You can see the announcement here. Details here.
The details of the acquisition are as follows
- Acquired at 12.5 – 13.3% discounts to last valuation
- Initial NPI Yield of 9%
- It will be funded by debt facility and issuing new units to parent sponsor Lippo Group
- New NAV at 90 cents thus new Price to NAV is 1.36 times
We will not know the new DPU but the annualized Q3 2012 Net Distribution Income (NDI) is 42.2 mil (This is the most untainted NDI as no Adam Road distribution and no Sept 2012 acquisition distribution)
September acquisition NDI = 5.1mil
Bali and Simatupang NDI = 7.6 mil
Estimate new NDI = 42.2 + 5.1 + 7.6 = 54.9mil
New outstanding number of shares = 710 mil
Estimate distribution = 7.7 cents.
Current share price = $1.23
Prevailing yield = 6.2%
This should boost debt from 210 mil to 350 mil.
Based on asset value of 1 bil it will reached the 35% gearing limit for an unrated fund.
This acquisition comes six months after the last acquisition and looks to be larger than the last one.
In 6 short months the asset value expanded from 660 mil to 1000 mil.
I did sound out the CFO on this and First REIT seem to think there is value.
I just find it interesting that a company who have largely stayed low leveraged for most part of the financial crisis and the initial recovery would choose to buy so much property from their sponsor now.
The issuance to their parent sponsor looks to me as if no one wants to take the placement at this price.
No matter how yield accretive, I hope they really have a good long term financing plan if not they will get into a situation they didn’t encounter in the last crisis.
Incidentally, WSJ published an article titled Big Players Cash Out of Hong Kong Property. In it there is this paragraph:
In Singapore, where the government has also tried to reign in property prices, some big investors are selling as well.
Indonesia’s billionaire Riady family is planning to raise $800 million in Singapore through a property arm for a portfolio of hotels in that city later this year. The family, which controls the Lippo Group, and has business interests in real estate, publishing and banking, earlier this month spent $367.5 million buying the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the tallest building on the west coast.
A spokeswoman for the property arm declined to comment.