4 Key Takeaways From The 3Q Results of Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust

Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust (FLCT) is a brand new REIT consisting of the merged Frasers Logistics Trust and Frasers Commercial Trust. The merger was pretty well received by shareholders and we can see that FLCT’s share price reflects that. They have just released the first set of results for the year so let’s take a quick look at the 4 key takeaways from the 3Q results of Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust.

Note: This is just a business update as they update their results semi-annually.

1. Gross Revenue and NPI

Year on Year Difference3rd Quarter 2020
Gross RevenueS$103.7 million
Net Property Income (NPI)S$78.0 million

Though the results are a great improvement from the year prior, there is not much to say because this is the first set of results after the merger so there is nothing to compare with. They did not release the results of the REITs separately so we cannot accurately measure if this quarter was an improvement.

2. Healthy Financials

 As at 30 June 2020
Aggregate Leverage37.4%
Interest Coverage6.7x
Average Cost of Debt2.1%

As for FLCT’s financials, we can see that they have a relatively healthy balance sheet. They have a very healthy interest cover ratio of 6.7x, allowing them to leverage up to 50% if they choose to. They have an aggregate leverage of about 37.4%, giving them a huge debt headroom of about S$1.55 billion before reaching 50%.

They also have a reasonably low cost of debt at 2.1%.

3. Occupancy

3Q results of Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust | Occupancy
Taken From FLCT’s 3Q Business Update

As we can see from the occupancy rates across their portfolio, we can see that the logistics and industrial assets achieved a high occupancy rate of 99.8%. As for their commercial assets, they achieved a slightly weaker occupancy rate of 93.6%, resulting in the overall REIT’s occupancy rate to drop to 97.2%.

They also managed to achieve a long WALE of 5.2 years thanks to their logistics and industrial assets.

It’s good to note that FLCT has managed to diversify its portfolio well, having Australia accounting for the highest weightage in terms of portfolio value at 48.4%. The rest of the portfolio is evenly spread out across Europe (30.5%) and Singapore (21.1%).

4. Proposed Acquisition and Divestment

Acquisition of 2 Freehold Properties in Australia and UK

3Q results of Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust | Acquisition
Taken From FLCT’s 3Q Business Update

The proposed acquisition is for 2 freehold properties which have a 100% occupancy rate. It is good to note that both properties were bought below their appraised value.

The Australia property was acquired for its long WALE (4.9 Years) and the fact that it is leased out to IVE Group Ltd, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, with a fixed annual rent increment of 3%.

The UK property was acquired for its long WALE (6.7 Years) and the fact that more than 60% of the tenants that are under this property are in the technology and telecommunication sectors with key tenants such as Panasonic UK, Allegis Group Ltd and Cadence Design Systems Ltd.

These 2 properties complement FLCT’s existing portfolio and will help further diversify its portfolio. This acquisition is targeted to be completed by September 2020, which means it will not be reflected in the upcoming results.

Divestment of Remaining 50% Interest in a Cold Storage Facility

3Q results of Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust | Divestment
Taken From FLCT’s 3Q Business Update

The proposed divestment of the remaining 50% interest in a cold storage facility is sold at a 12.2% premium to book value. This facility is the single largest in FLCT’s logistics portfolio, contributing to about 1.9% of their total portfolio’s GRI as at 30th June 2020.

This divestment is a pretty great one seeing as they sold 50% interest in it and managed to sell it at a decent premium to book value. This divestment is targeted to be completed by December 2020, which means it will still help contribute to FLCT’s revenue for the next coming quarter.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the 3Q results of Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust were not as great as expected. Before the merger, the post-merger occupancy rate was targeted to be around 97.6% but it dropped to 97.2% due to the lower occupancy rates of the commercial assets.

Nonetheless, I expect great things to happen for FLCT in the years to come with their huge pipeline of ROFR assets worth S$5 billion granted by their Sponsor. I personally do not have a position in FLCT as I deem its current valuation a tad too high for my liking. I still like the REIT as a whole and I foresee it growing fast with all the ROFR assets in their pipeline.

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