What To Invest Now?

Previously, I wrote about re-investing the money I gotten from the sale of Suntec REIT. This puts me in a dilemma as I do not know which REIT in my stock portfolio should I increase my position. Thus, the best way to find out is to compare their current dividend yield for better decision making.

The minimum criteria for my next REIT selection is that the current dividend yield should be better than Suntec REIT which currently yields 5.21% based on the current price of S$1.92.

From the below table that I have tabulated, ParkwayLife REIT is definitely out of the game as it current gives a dividend yield of 4.93%. I have also eliminated CapitaMall Trust as its dividend yield is 5.26% which is very much close to Suntec REIT’s dividend yield of 5.21%.

I have also eliminated OUE Hospitality Trust due to its poor 2Q2018 financial results. (Read more: OUE Hospitality Trust 2Q2018 Financial Results – Still Awaiting The Jewel) Read More

Goodbye Suntec REIT

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I do not know why but without much hesitation, I have sold off Suntec REIT today. Total profit was 54.3%. If I include the dividends collected over the years, total profit was 105%. I have sold off Suntec REIT not because of its slight decline in DPU in 2Q2018 but because it only makes up only 2% of my entire stock portfolio.

I invest in REITs mostly for their dividends and we all know that the more units we held, the more distribution we get every quarter from the REITs. Since the share price of Suntec REIT has appreciated much over the years since IPO, selling it seems to be the right decision. I can invest the money from the sale into other REITs. Yes, I am going to do that but I have yet to make up my mind which REIT to invest in using the capital gained from the sale.

Based on the historical distribution of 10.005 cents in FY17 and current price of S$1.92, the dividend yield is 5.21%. Personally, I felt the current dividend yield is low as compared to other REITs, so if you intend to invest into Suntec REIT, you should wait for the correct price to enter.

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Which REIT Can Grow Their DPU Over The Years?

Most of us invest in REITs for their dividend yield but what makes a REIT exceptional is the ability of the REIT manager to grow the distribution per unit (DPU) over the years.

Below are the REITs with their annual historical distribution (in cents) I have held in my stock portfolio. The historical distribution can be easily found from the individual REIT website.

As you can see from the line chart I plotted above using the historical distribution, Parkway Life REIT and Frasers Commercial Trust have been able to grow their DPU consistently over the years as the line shows a gradual incline slope. Mapletree Commercial Trust should be able to form an incline slope as well but the line shows a decline because the 4Q2017 results are not yet announced.

Distribution per unit (DPU)for CapitaMall Trust and Suntec REIT looks rather flat over the last few years which reflects the current outlook for shopping malls.

Distribution per unit (DPU)for OUE Hospitality Trust declines as compared to FY14.

As you can see, by plotting the chart, it gives us a high level overview which are the REITs that is capable of growing their DPUs 5 years or more.

FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 % Growth
ParkwayLife Reit 10.31 10.75 11.52 13.29 12.12 13.35 29.5%
CapitaMall Trust 9.46 10.27 10.84 11.25 11.13 11.16 18.0%
Mapletree Commercial Trust 6.487 7.372 8 8.13 8.62 6.77 ** 4.4%
OUE Hospitality Trust NA 2.9 6.74 6.55 4.61 5.14 (23.7)% ^
Frasers Commercial Trust 6.69 7.83 8.51 9.71 9.82 9.82 46.8%
Suntec Reit 9.49 9.328 9.4 10.002 10.003 10.005 5.4%

^ Based on FY14 to FY17 since IPO in FY17

** Not the full year results.