4 Key Takeaways From The 1H Results of Far East Hospitality Trust

Far East Hospitality Trust has managed to outperform its hospitality peers, having its gross revenue and NPI fall the least due to their master lease agreement. I’ve written an article on FEHT prior to this and made a forecast on their FY2020’s DPU performance. Let’s take a quick look at the 1H results of Far East Hospitality Trust to see how they did.

Read Also : 4 Local Hospitality REITs! What About Far East Hospitality Trust?

1. Gross Revenue and NPI Cushioned By Master Leases

Year on Year Difference1st Half 20201st Half 2019
Gross RevenueS$44.27 million (-20.6%)S$55.725 million
Net Property Income (NPI)S$38.604 million (-23.1%)S$50.186 million

Thanks to Far East Hospitality Trust’s master leases, the gross revenue and NPI fell the least amongst its peers. What is a master lease agreement? Essentially, it is an agreement whereby the rental will comprise of a fixed rent and a variable rent. As per their Q1 FY2020 business update, the fixed rent portion makes up 58% of their FY2019 gross revenue. Thanks to the master lease agreement, FEHT has managed to protect its downside and outperform its peers.

2. Distributable Income and DPU Followed Suit

Year on Year Difference1st Half 20201st Half 2019
Distributable IncomeS$25.689 million (-26.5%)S$34.966 million
Distribution Per Unit (DPU)1.03 cents (-43.4%)1.82 cents

Far East Hospitality Trust’s distributable income and DPU followed suit, falling by about 26%. FEHT did retain 20% of their distributable income which is why the DPU fell by 43.4% when compared to the year prior. If they distributed the DPU fully, the DPU would stand at 1.29 cents, representing a 29.1% drop from the year prior.

3. Worrying Financials

 As at 30 June 2020
Aggregate Leverage39.2%
Interest Coverage2.7x
Average Cost of Debt2.5%

Far East Hospitality Trust’s balance sheet looks worrying at the moment with their high gearing of 39.2% and interest coverage ratio of 2.7x. If their interest coverage ratio falls below 2.5x, they can only gear up to 45% rather than the new 50% ceiling that MAS has put in place. This puts FEHT in a very worrying position because this severely limits their growth potential.

1H Results of Far East Hospitality Trust | Debt Maturity
Taken From Far East Hospitality Trust’s 1H2020 Presentation Slides

The silver lining to this is that there is little debt maturing in FY2020 which gives them some buffer time to prepare for the debts maturing in FY2021.

4. Asset Enhancement Initiatives

Far East Hospitality Trust shared in their 1H2020 results that they have 3 AEIs planned. I personally like the fact that FEHT has taken a step forward in growing their assets through AEI in these tough times. When there is a lack in tourism demand, hospitality REITs should maximize this time and do as many AEIs as possible so that when the tourism demand returns, customers can expect a new and improved hotel to stay in. I’ve shared the scope of the AEIs below.

1. Renovation of The Elizabeth Hotel

The proposed scope of the AEI is as such :

▪ Lobby and reception area
▪ Main lift lobby and circulation areas
▪ All-day dining outlet
▪ Function rooms
▪ 156 Superior & Deluxe rooms
▪ 100 Premier rooms
▪ Guestroom floor lift lobbies and corridors

1H Results of Far East Hospitality Trust | Asset Enhancement Initiatives (AEIs)
Taken From Far East Hospitality Trust’s 1H2020 Presentation Slides

2. Upgrading of the outdoor refreshment area at The Orchard Rendezvous Hotel

The proposed scope of the AEI is as such :

▪ Floor and wall finishes
▪ New canopy system
▪ Landscape enhancement
▪ New finishes to the forecourt

1H Results of Far East Hospitality Trust | Asset Enhancement Initiatives (AEIs)
Taken From Far East Hospitality Trust’s 1H2020 Presentation Slides

3. Building repainting of Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

The proposed scope of the AEI is as such :

▪ Podium block – different paint colours for the walls, pillars and decorative corbels
▪ Tower block – single paint colours and darker tone for grooves

1H Results of Far East Hospitality Trust | Asset Enhancement Initiatives (AEIs)
Taken From Far East Hospitality Trust’s 1H2020 Presentation Slides

Final Thoughts

Overall, the 1H results of Far East Hospitality Trust is in line with my expectations. In my previous article covering FEHT, I made forecast on their FY20 DPU. My forecast was that the DPU would fall by a conservative 35%. We’ll need to wait for the 2H2020 to see if my forecast holds true. Nonetheless, I’m satisfied with FEHT’s performance so far in FY2020. They even took it a step further by cutting the REIT manager’s fees by about 14.2%.

Though FEHT’s low ICR and high gearing does worry me because this will hinder their growth potential by a huge margin. If they want to do any meaningful acquisitions, they will most likely have to do a huge equity fundraising (EFR) via a rights issue instead of a preferential offering This is because rights issues are done at a larger discount to current price as compared to preferential offerings. As such, they will need to make it attractive enough for shareholders to invest more capital in the REIT.

As always, you can take a look at my portfolio updates to see my current positions! P.S. I’m running a telegram chat group for you guys to share and discuss investment-related topics so come on in! I’ll be there too! You can join the chat here: https://t.me/joinchat/D4iHeEVapnGC1lWcFEupVw

Are you new to the stock market and don’t know what you should do to avoid losing half your portfolio through bad picks? Or perhaps you are an experienced investor/trader looking for fantastic opportunities and picks in the market that you might have missed out on?

If so, look no further because I am running a Premium Subscription that offers services such as:

  1. Access to both my Singapore and US Tech Watchlist with Preferred Entry Prices
  2. Telegram Group Invitation Where I Share Market Updates and My Personal Views
  3. Monthly Tradable Opportunities with Trade Setups
  4. On-Demand In-Depth Fundamental and Technical Analysis on Any Stock of Your Choosing
  5. Coverage on Several Basic and Advanced Options Strategies

Affiliate Links and Reviews

Brokerage

uSMART: Referral code nylw5n or (https://m.usmartsg.com/promo/overseas/sg-register.html?langType=3&HCode=nylw5n#/marketing-register)

Crypto

Crypto.com: Crypto.com Review: Here Is Everything You Need To Know in 2021
Celsius: Referral code 184707c5f5 or (https://celsiusnetwork.app.link/184707c5f5)
Hodlnaut: Referral code PGSvAMc3h or (https://hodlnaut.com/join/PGSvAMc3h)

Investment Tools

StocksCafe: Looking For An Online Portfolio Tracker? Use StocksCafe!
TIKR: TIKR, The 1 Stop Platform To Do All Your Stock Market Research On

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.