Mapletree Commercial Trust 3QFY19/20 Financial Results After MBC II Acquisition

Mapletree Commercial Trust has announced their 3QFY19/20 financial results on 22nd January 2020. There are no surprises as all financial results are positive. Income available for distribution increased by 18.0% while Distribution Per Unit (DPU) increased by 5.6%.

It was mentioned that the strong financial performance was driven by the newly acquired Mapletree Business City II (MBC II).

Here are the 3QFY19/20 financial results compared with 3QFY18/19.

Gross Revenue 131,336 112,543 16.7%
Net Property Income 103,298 87,868 17.6%
Distributable Income 79,049 66,992 18.0%
Distribution Per Unit (“DPU”) (cents) 2.46 2.33 5.6%


As of 31st December 2019, the gearing ratio stood at 33.4%. The average term to maturity of debt is 4.4 years.


Overall portfolio committed occupancy stood at 98.9%.

One of the things that worry me is the decline of shopper traffic. As you can see, shopper traffic declined by 2.2% while tenant sales decreased by 0.5%.

Mapletree Business City II (MBC II)

The acquisition of MBC II seems positive. Below are the increase in DPU, NPI yield and NAV per Unit after the acquisition.


Overall, Mapletree Commercial Trust has delivered a set of decent results after the acquisition of MBC II. However, I think it is still too early to make a judgement whether the acquisition can continue to be DPU accretive or slow down the growth of the DPU.

Mapletree Commercial Trust currently makes up 11% of my stock portfolio.

CapitaLand Mall Trust and CapitaLand Commercial Trust Proposed Merger

Following the proposed merger between Frasers Logistics and Industrial Trust and Frasers Commercial Trust, another REIT announced their merger. On 22nd January 2020, CapitaLand Mall Trust and CapitaLand Commercial Trust announced their proposed merger.

CapitaMall Trust currently has 15 properties in its portfolio while Capita Commercial Trust has 10 properties. With the proposed merger, the merged REIT will have a total of 24 properties. (Capita Commercial Trust has 60.0% of Raffles City while CapitaMall Trust owns the other 40%)

With the merger, the properties are valued at S$22.9 billion.

With the proposed merger, CapitaLand Commercial Trust holders will receive

  • 0.72 CapitaMall Trust Units per CapitaLand Commercial Trust unit
  • S$0.2590 in cash per CapitaLand Commercial Trust unit

Pro Forma DPU Accretion

CapitaMall Trust currently makes up 9% of my stock portfolio. I currently do not hold any CapitaLand Commercial Trust units thus I will not receive any new CapitaMall Trust units or receive any cash distribution.

However, as a CapitaMall Trust unit holder, I will be keen to know what is the increase in Distribution Per Unit (DPU) after the merger.

According to the presentation slides, Pro forma DPU accretion is expected to increase 1.6% from 11.97 cents to 12.17 cents.

With every announced proposed merger, I noticed the share price has always gone up the next day. The share price of CapitaMall Trust has jumped from S$2.58 to S$2.64.

The share price of CapitaLand Commercial Trust has jumped from S$2.12 to S$2.18.

Past Merger of REITs

Here are the news on the merger of other REITs.

Which is the next REIT that will announce a merger?

Screening For Dividend Stocks In January 2020

Happy Chinese New Year!

The last time I screen for dividend stocks was back in November 2019. Since its a brand new year and the first month of the year 2020, I am interested to find which stocks currently provide the highest dividend yield.

How do I find stocks to analyse and decide if it is worth investing? Every month, I will always start by running the stock screener that I have saved on Stocks Café. There are several websites that offer such a tool to screen for stocks using conditions that you can set such as dividend yield, P/E ratio, P/B ratio and Market Capitalization etc. Some website that offers such a tool are Singapore Exchange, FSMOne and StocksCafe.

The stock screener offered by Stocks Café allows me to save the conditions that I can pre-set. You can check out my review here on the Stocks Café Dividend Stocks Screener (Read more: Screening For Dividend Stocks Using Stocks Cafe Stock Screener).

Below are the top dividend yielding stocks as of 25th January 2020.

Name Current Yield % P/E P/B Market Cap
Sasseur REIT 9.651 5.25 1.03 1B
Haw Par 9.055 14.79 0.927 2.8B
OUE 8.784 7.11 0.329 1.3B
Capita Retail China Trust 6.822 10.2 1.052 2B
Frasers Logistics and Industrial Trust AUD 6.802 10.11 1.059 2.5B
Cromwell REIT SGD 6.786 11.85 1.074 2.1B
SPH REIT 6.404 17.36 1.155 3B
OUE Commercial REIT 6.268 12.58 0.923 3B
Mapletree NAC Trust 6.06 6.4 0.88 4B
Ascendas-iTrust 5.794 8.15 1.635 1.9B
Frasers Commercial Trust 5.783 10.1 1.014 1.5B
SPH 5.742 16.69 0.979 3.4B
Frasers Logistics and Industrial Trust 5.738 11.86 1.271 2.8B
DBS 5.725 10.79 1.382 66.7B

The above results look pretty interesting as there are some stocks that are unfamiliar to me such as Ascendas-iTrust.

Ascendas India Trust is a property trust which owns seven IT parks and one logistics park in India with total floor area of 13.1 million sq ft spread across Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai. Ascendas India Trust is focused on capitalising on the fast growing IT and logistics industries in India.

Mapletree NAC Trust also appear in the above list as the top dividend yielding stocks but we should be careful here as Mapletree NAC Trust has yet to walk out of the impact of the Hong Kong riots. (Read more: Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust DPU Fell 13.3% )

Last, I just want to mention again that the above list is for reference only and we should do our homework before buying into the stock simply for the dividend yield.