How Did CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust (SGX: C38U) Perform in 2020?
CICT just released its earnings for the full year ended 31 December 2020.
Let’s take a look at how the REIT performed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Results Affected By Rental Waivers Distributed to Tenants
CICT owns 11 retail properties, eight office assets, and five integrated developments in Singapore and Germany.
Here are some highlights from CICT’s 2020 financial results:
- Gross revenue tumbled 5.3% year-on-year to S$745.2 million largely due to poorer performance at its retail assets
- Net property income (NPI) fell 8.1% to S$512.7 million
- Distributable income decreased by 16.4% to S$369.4 million
- With that, distribution per unit (DPU) declined by 27.4%, from 11.97 Singapore cents to 8.69 Singapore cents
CICT’s retail properties saw their gross revenue and NPI fall mainly due to rental waivers dished out to its tenants.
Retail Shopper Traffic on the Mend
Singapore entered Phase 2 of re-opening on 19 June 2020 and went into Phase 3 from 28 December.
That led to a gradual recovery in shopper traffic to over 75% (comparing last week of December 2020 to first week of January 2020) for CICT, amid the safe management measures.
Specifically for the 2020 fourth-quarter, CICT’s shopper traffic and tenants’ sales per square foot recovered to about 67.9% and 94.5% of 2019 fourth-quarter levels, respectively.
Despite the horror stories we hear in the media about retail shops closing down, CICT’s retail occupancy was a healthy 98%. It was above Singapore’s average retail occupancy rate of 90.4% as well.
Office Occupancy Is Healthy
As for CICT’s office segment, occupancy stood at 94.9%, well above the average occupancy in Singapore and Germany.
For the week ended 15 January 2021, about 43% of CICT’s Singapore office community have returned.
More people have been allowed to return to the workplace from 28 September 2020 by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, but no more than half of the employees are permitted in the workplace at any point in time.
Balance Sheet Remains Robust
The REIT’s weighted average debt maturity is also well-spaced out at 4.1 years, ensuring that a large amount of debt doesn’t come due all of a sudden.
Plans Going Forward
Looking ahead, CICT has plans to complete asset enhancement initiatives (AEIs) for some of its assets, as seen below:
CapitaSpring, the REIT’s latest development, is also on track for completion in the second half of this year.
The property is jointly owned by CapitaLand Limited (SGX: C31), CICT (45% ownership), and Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd.
CapitaSpring will be the only premium Grade A office development in Singapore’s central business district completing this year.
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