Table of Contents

  1. Background
  2. Management of Suntec REIT
  3. Suntec REIT Share Price And Other Key Data (T82U.SI)
  4. Suntec REIT Annual Report Highlights
  5. Suntec REIT Key Statistics for 2021
  6. Current Asset Under Management (“AUM”): Countries and Assets
        a. Singapore
        b. Australia
        c. United Kingdom
  7. REITs vs Co-Investment Opportunities

Background

Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust (Suntec REIT) was founded in 2004 and subsequently became listed on the SGX-ST on the 9th of December in the same year. Suntec REIT owns income-generating properties in the office and retail sectors, making it Singapore’s first composite REIT. Suntec REIT’s property portfolio largely consists of real estate assets in Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom, totalling up to S$11.5 billion.

Management of Suntec REIT

Suntec REIT is managed by ARA Trust Management Limited, a subsidiary of ARA Asset Management Limited. ARA manages both listed and unlisted REITs, private equity funds and credit funds across 28 countries and operates real estate management teams across each of its markets to manage its real estate portfolio.

ARA Trust Management Limited seeks to deliver consistent returns to its shareholders and achieve long-term capital growth to provide desirable return rates for investors. ARA plans to achieve these goals through:

  • Proactive Asset Management
    ARA leverages on the strong areas of their existing property portfolio to optimise property performance and increase property value.
  • Strategic Accretive Acquisition
    ARA sources and selects high-quality income-generating office and retail properties located in strategic areas.
  • Prudent Capital Management
    ARA takes steps to make the most out of their capital through efficient capital allocation by tracking changes in interest rates and exchange rates, maximising returns on their investments.

Suntec REIT Share Price and Other Key Data (T82U.SI)

Suntec REIT Share Price and Other Key Data (T82U.SI)
Source: Yahoo! Finance (as of 11th January 2021)

Suntec REIT Annual Report Highlights

Financial Highlights for Suntec REIT’s 2019 Financial Year

Consolidated Statement of Total Return for the Financial Year for Suntec REIT
Source: Suntec REIT
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position of Suntec REIT
Source: Suntec REIT
Strong Performance Track Record of Suntec REIT since Listing
Source: Suntec REIT

Suntec REIT Key Statistics for 2021

Key Statistics
Book Value Per Share 2.09
Price to Book Ratio 0.72
Market Cap Value/M 4,250
Shares Outstanding/M 2,820
Occupancy Rate 98.7% (Office)
99.1% (Retail)
WALE (by NLA) 3.94
Weighted Average Debt Maturity (years) 3.1
Beta (5Yr Monthly) 0.77
Source: Yahoo! Finance, Suntec REIT (as of 11th January 2021)
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Current Asset Under Management ("AUM") Countries and Assets

Singapore

Suntec REIT - Singapore Property Statistics
Source: Suntec REIT

Suntec City

Suntec REIT - Singapore Property, Suntec City
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Temasek Boulevard, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore

Description: Suntec City is a composite office and retail property located in the Marina Centre in the CBD area of Singapore.

Suntec City is currently valued at S$5.6 billion, made up of 1.3 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail space and 0.3 million square feet of convention space. The property has a high occupancy rate of 97.0% in their retail space and 93.3% in their office space, generating up to S$30.2 million annually.

One Raffles Quay

Suntec REIT - Singapore Property, One Raffles Quay
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 1 Raffles Quay, Singapore

Description: One Raffles Quay is a landmark commercial development located between Marina Bay and Raffles Place, in the heart of the Singapore CBD. The property is made up of two office towers - the 50-storey North Tower and the 29-storey South Tower. Suntec REIT owns One Raffles Quay as a 99-year leasehold property, expiring in 2100.

One Raffles Quay is valued at S$1.3 billion as of 30th September 2020. It’s total net lettable area of 0.4 million square feet has a committed occupancy rate of 98.4%, generating S$6.9 million annually. The property was purchased at S$941.5 million and Suntec REIT currently holds a 33.3% ownership stake of the property, shared with Hongkong Land and Keppel REIT.

Read also: Keppel REIT Overview

Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Properties

Suntec REIT - Singapore Property, Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore

Description: MBFC Properties is a large office property, with a small proportion of retail space, located at the heart of Marina Bay in Singapore. The property was purchased at S$1.4958 billion and Suntec REIT currently holds a 33.3% ownership stake of the property, shared with Hongkong Land and Keppel REIT.

Based on the most recent valuation in 2019, MBFC Properties is valued at S$1.7 billion, with 0.5 million square feet of office space and 0.03 square feet of retail space generating S$13 million in net income contribution each year. Because of the large companies occupying the office space, it has a 100% occupancy rate, with a slightly lower retail occupancy rate of 97.4%.

9 Penang Road

Suntec REIT - Singapore Property, 9 Penang Road
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 9 Penang Road, Singapore

Description: 9 Penang Road is a newly developed Grade A commercial property located near Orchard Road, consisting of eight floors of office space and one storey of retail space, spread across its two ten-storey towers.

The property was purchased at S$245.1 million as a 99-year freehold property, of which Suntec REIT has a 30% ownership share, shared with Haiyi Holdings and SingHaiYi Group. The property is currently valued at S$276 million with a total net lettable area of 0.2 million square feet and a 98.2% occupancy rate.

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Australia

Suntec REIT - Australia Property Statistics
Source: Suntec REIT

Read also: Investing in Australian Residential Real Estate

177 Pacific Highway

Suntec REIT - Australia Property, 177 Pacific Highway
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060, Australia

Description: 177 Pacific Highway is a Grade A commercial property located in Sydney’s CBD. It is a freehold property wholly owned by Suntec REIT, purchased at S$457.5 million. The 31-storey building has a total net lettable area of 0.4 million square feet with a 100% occupancy rate. The property generates S$8.8 million in net property income annually and is currently valued at S$621.5 million.

21 Harris Street

Suntec REIT - Australia Property, 21 Harris Street
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 21 Harris Street, Pymont NSW 2009, Australia

Description: 21 Harris Street is a Grade A office property located 2 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD. The newly developed 9-storey building has a total net lettable area of 0.2 million square feet, which has a committed occupancy rate of 68.7%.

The property was purchased at S$257.4 million as a freehold property, in which Suntec REIT has a 100% ownership interest, and is currently worth S$302.4 million after 18 months. The property generates an annual net property income of S$2.3 million.

Southgate Complex

Suntec REIT - Australia Property, Southgate Complex
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 40 and 60 City Road, 3 Southbank Avenue, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC 3006, Australia

Description: Southgate Complex is an integrated development property located along the Yarra River in Melbourne.

It consists of two Grade A office towers, the 25-storey HWT Centre and the 30-storey IBM Tower, as well as a 3-storey retail area and a 1,026 lot car park. The 0.35 million square feet of office space has a 100% occupancy rate, while the 0.05 million square feet of retail space has a 91.7% occupancy rate.

Suntec REIT purchased a 50% ownership interest in the freehold property for S$299.8 million. Southgate Complex is currently worth S$391.5 million as of the latest valuation on 31st December 2019, and makes an annual net income contribution of S$2.7 million.

Olderfleet, 477 Collins Street

Suntec REIT - Australia Property, Olderfleet 477 Collins Street
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 477 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

Description: Olderfleet is a 39-storey premium-grade office building located in the Melbourne CBD with key transportation connections to the rest of the city, with development completing in July 2020.

Suntec REIT purchased a 50% ownership stake in the freehold property in 2017 for A$414.2 million, with Mirvac holding the other half of the ownership. The property is currently valued at S$420.8 million. The 0.3 million square feet of office space has a 97.2% occupancy rate, producing S$3.0 million in net property income annually.

55 Currie Street

Suntec REIT - Australia Property, 55 Currie Street
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: 55 Currie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia

Description: 55 Currie Street is a 12-storey Grade A office property in Adelaide’s CBD, just 5 minutes from Adelaide railway station. 55 Currie Street is made up of 0.3 million square feet of office space, which has a 91.7% committed occupancy rate, generating S$3.0 million in net property income annually.

Suntec REIT purchased the freehold property in 2019 at a purchase price of S$138.9 million. They currently hold 100% ownership of the property, which is valued at S$145.8 million.

United Kingdom

Nova Properties

Suntec REIT - United Kingdom Property, Nova Properties
Source: Suntec REIT

Location: Nova Estate, Buckingham Palace Road and Bressenden Place, London SW1

Description: Nova Properties is an office and retail property located in London’s West End, near important landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. The property is made up of two Grade A office buildings with ancillary retail spaces within.

Nova Properties’ 0.3 million square feet of combined retail and office space has a 100% committed occupancy rate. First purchased at £430.6 million, the asset is a leasehold property, with its lease expiring in 3062. Nova Properties is currently valued at S$776.1 million, with Suntec REIT holding 50% ownership of the property, making this their first property investment in the UK, with Landsec holding the other 50% ownership.

Read also: Investing in the UK Real Estate Market

REITs vs Co-Investment Opportunities

Large assets are often less accessible for investing in as an individual investor. Therefore, REITs and co-investment options both provide an opportunity for investors to invest in larger properties, making such investments more accessible. Both REITs and co-investments can provide returns in the form of dividends, paid out at specified times throughout the investment.

Read also: REITs or Real Estate Co-Investments?

However, REITs are a form of indirect investment since these investors invest in the REIT rather than directly investing in the property. As a result, they have little control over which properties their investments are going towards in a REIT. REITs investors also do not have much influence over the management or performance of the property.

Read also: An Overview of Investing in REITs

With co-investments as a form of direct investment, Accredited Investors are given the opportunity to invest in larger real estate assets by pooling their funds with other investors, often through a co-investment platform. Each investor selects which individual properties to invest in  and have full flexibility on risk decisioning and investment quantums when constructing their real estate portfolio through the co-investment platform.

As such, investors are more directly involved in the decision making process for their own investments and can get access to institutional real estate assets which are not as accessible to individual investors. Through diversification, an investor is able to reduce the risk on his overall real estate investment portfolio.

Read also: Real Estate Co-Investment – The New Alternative

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