Speaking at its Saturday evening service, the church’s executive pastor, Aries Zulkarnain, told the delighted 6,000-strong congregation that “to put it simply, we are co-owners of this property together with Suntec REIT.”
However, he reminded he congregation, “We are not into building buildings, we are into building lives. All we have done these 23 years has been in obedience to God and his call.” He explained that in 2010, CHC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Urban Property Investments Limited acquired a 20 per cent effective shareholding in Suntec Singapore for a total of $43.8 million.
Last year, it then acquired an additional 19.2 percent for a purchase price of $54 million. To date, the church has spent $97.8 million on purchasing its current 39.2 stake in the property. – Yahoo Singapore 2012
While I am intrigued by the rate of return and the downside protection structured, what goes through my head is
Why can’t Galaxy Capital go to a financer like the 3 big banks, Hong Leong to get this loan? Couldn’t they get a cheaper financing?
While the terms is short, the amount of coupon paid seems to suggest that there are some risks that I have not account for. What could that be?
The unleveraged ROA for most REITs, Infrastructures and similar have fluctuate around 5-7%. The fact that this wasn’t part of a REIT lets us know that the ROA for this convention is much higher than that.
Assuming Galaxy Capital is the only loan source and they are geared 50%, investment returns will have to be 6.5% upwards
Certainly I think the returns are very handicapped by such high upfront sales charges and interest.
If ROA is 10% their leveraged return will be 7%, the equivalent of an industrial REIT.