Starhill Global REIT Weak 3QFY19/20 Financial Results

Starhill Global REIT Lot 10

Starhill Global REIT had announced their 3QFY19/20 financial results on 28th April 2020. In my opinion, the financial results are weak but not all is lost as I observe a few catalysts that can boost its earnings in the future.

Starhill Global REIT currently has assets in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Japan. We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world and not solely Singapore.

As heightened social distancing measures were implemented in Australia, tenants such as Myer and UNIQLO had to temporarily close their stores.

Movement Control Order (MCO) kicked in Malaysia on 18 March 2020 caused Starhill Gallery and Lot 10 Property to be largely closed.

In Singapore, the “circuit breaker” measures announced by the government on 3 April 2020 will be extended to 1st June 2020 and only essential services within Ngee Ann City and Wisma Atria are allowed to operate.

In 3QFY19/20, Gross Revenue fell 8.9% to S$46.7 million. Net Property Income (“NPI”) fell 11.1% to S$35.2 million. The decline in revenue and Net Property Income (“NPI”) for 3Q FY19/20 was mainly attributed to the rental assistance extended to tenants in Singapore, Malaysia and China to assist tenants in cushioning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as depreciation of A$ against S$.

3QFY19/20 Financial Results

Gross Revenue 46.7 51.3 (8.9%)
Net Property Income 35.2 39.6 (11.1%)
Distributable Amount  24.0 25.0 (4.1)%

No Distribution Per Unit (“DPU”) was declared as Starhill Global REIT had changed its distribution frequency to semi-annual distribution. Approximately S$1.0 million of income available for distribution for 3Q FY18/19 has been retained for working capital requirements.


As of 31st March 2020, the occupancy for Singapore retail portfolio stood at 99.5%. Ngee Ann City Property (retail) remains fully occupied. The Singapore office portfolio occupancy stood at 87.4%.

Starhill Global REIT’s Australian office portfolio occupancy stood at 94.8% while its retail portfolio stood at 94.3%.

Starhill Global REIT Occupancy


As of 31st March 2020, gearing ratio stood at 36.7% which is at healthy levels.

Starhill Global REIT Weak 3QFY19/20 Financial Results

Current Dividend Yield

Based on the current share price of S$0.48 and 4.48 cents paid out in FY18/19, this translate to a current dividend yield of 9.33%. The reason for high dividend yield is because the share price is depressed but do take note that the annualized dividends are also declining year on year.

Starhill Global REIT Weak 3QFY19/20 Financial Results


Starhill Global REIT currently makes up 9% of my wife’s stock portfolio. I can see that the manager is making some effort to improve the overall performance of Starhill Global REIT.

For example, the manager had baked in long-term leases with periodic rental step-ups under renewed master lease agreements for Starhill Gallery and Lot 10 Property. This is similar to its China property whereby the next rent step-up is actually in this month April 2020 for its sole tenant Markor International Home Furnishings Co., Ltd. Chengdu Zongbei Store.

While the retail market remains weak, it might pose a good opportunity for Starhill Global REIT to rejuvenate its assets across different countries for the future.

Screening For Dividend Stocks In March 2020

Screening For Dividend Stocks In March 2020

The stock market crashed this week on further news of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Due to the continued bad news, the Straits Times Index (STI) fell as much as 6.03% on Monday, 9th March 2020. As you can see from the chart below, the Straits Times Index (STI) crashed further on Friday, 13th Mar 2020 before rebounding slightly at the end of the day.

During such crisis, there is an opportunity to start picking up quality stocks that can climb back and continue its growth when the stock market normalize in 1 or 2 years time (I guess).

If you had followed my blog, you know that I always have my stock screener ready to identify stocks that gives me a good dividend yield. When stock price goes down, the current dividend yield goes up.

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).

Screening For Dividend Stocks In March 2020

Below are the top dividend yielding stocks as of 14th March 2020.

Name Current Yield % P/E P/B Market Cap
Cromwell REIT SGD 9.494 9.32 0.848 1.7B
Mapletree NAC Trust 8.651 5.11 0.703 3.2B
OUE Commercial REIT 8.487 13.73 0.633 2.1B
Ascendas-iTrust 8.361 5.47 1.121 1.4B
CapitaRetail China Trust 8.25 7.75 0.774 1.5B
CDL Hospitality Trust 8.054 12.04 0.735 1.4B
Starhill Global REIT 7.757 19.36 0.651 1.3B
Far East Hospitality Trust 7.189 16.77 0.613 1B
Frasers Commercial Trust 6.809 8.58 0.861 1.3B
Yanlord Land 6.733 2.97 0.358 2B
Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust 6.667 10.27 1.106 2.4B
Ascendas REIT 6.524 19.1 1.392 10.9B
UOB 6.455 7.73 0.848 33.4B
SPH 6.383 15.02 0.88 3B
DBS 6.357 7.74 1.009 49.2B
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding SGD 6.289 5.1 0.519 3.1B
Suntec REIT 6.255 10.85 0.712 4.3B
Hong Leong Finance 6.25 10.4 0.561 1.1B
SPH REIT 6.164 14.57 0.97 2.5B
TCIL HK$ 6.117 10.78 0.34 3.8B
OCBC Bank 5.843 8.02 0.874 39.9B
ComfortDelgro 5.725 13.97 1.427 3.7B
SIA Engineering 5.556 11.61 1.435 2.2B
CapitaMall Trust 5.491 11.53 1.035 8B
Jardine Cycle & Carriage 5.409 7.45 0.971 9B
Bukit Sembawang 5.379 13.45 0.791 1.1B
Olam International 5.298 9.45 0.893 4.8B
SATS 5.278 17.89 2.487 4B
Genting Singapore 5.147 11.91 1.018 8.2B

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.