Friday, October 26, 2007

MACARTHURCOOK Industrial Reit (MI-Reit) said yesterday that its distributable income for the second quarter ended Sept 30 came in at $4.85 million

MACARTHURCOOK Industrial Reit (MI-Reit) said yesterday that its distributable income for the second quarter ended Sept 30 came in at $4.85 million, with distribution per unit (DPU) at 1.86 cents, both in line with its forecast.

This worked out to an annualised DPU of 7.38 cents, said MI-Reit. The annualised yield is 6.05 per cent based on the closing price of $1.22 per unit on Sept 30.

Its net property income of $5.91 million for the quarter was higher than the $4.7 million seen in the preceding quarter but was a 0.6 per cent dip from its own estimate.

Thanks to a revaluation of the initial 12 properties in MI-Reit’s portfolio, its net asset value per unit rose by 13.3 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $1.28, and raised its book value from $316.2 million to $354 million at the end of the fiscal second quarter.

‘In the short time since listing on April 19, we have successfully executed the acquisition of three properties; two of which are pending completion with an aggregate value of $109.3 million and the third, which has been completed for $16.8 million,’ said Chris Calvert, chief executive of the MI-Reit manager.

‘We continue to be focused on achieving our target of $500 million in acquisitions per annum,’ he added.

He noted that these acquisitions will enhance income stability and diversification as a result of the reduced reliance on any single asset for income.

Over the next 12-18 months, a majority of MI-Reit’s acquisitions will be made in Singapore but investment grade industrial property in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Malaysia will also be considered.

Given the bullish outlook on the rents and capital values of industrial space, which are poised for a further rise of up to 10 per cent in the final quarter of 2007, MI-Reit manager said it expects to deliver an annualised distribution of 7.58 cents for the current financial year ending March 31, 2008, in line with forecasts.

MI-Reit also announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement to buy a logistics and warehouse building at 11 Changi South Street 3 from Prologis Singapore Pte Ltd for $20.8 million. The property will then be sub-leased to its current tenant, Builders Shop Pte Ltd, for the remainder of the existing 10- year lease term that commenced on Dec 16, 2004.

At an initial yield of 7.23 per cent, the acquisition is accretive to MI-Reit’s DPU, it said, and is estimated to raise its fiscal 2008 DPU by 0.23 cent to 7.64 cents per unit and fiscal 2009 DPU by 0.22 cents to 7.81 cents per unit.

Source : Business Times - 25 Oct 2007

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