CDL Hospitality Trust's Cambridge City Hotel (Photo: CDL Hospitality Trust)CDL Hospitality Trust's Cambridge City Hotel (Photo: CDL Hospitality Trust)

Singapore-listed CDL Hospitality Trust announced on 29 April that it has achieved a distribution per stapled security (DPS) of 2.22 Singapore cents for its 1Q 2016, a fall of 9.0% compared to the 2.44 cents paid in the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

Distributable income for the period saw a year-on-year decline of 8.5% to SGD21.94 million from SGD23.97 million in 1Q 2015. Gross revenue for 1Q 2016 increased by 5.8% to SGD44.66 million but net property income (NPI) for the period declined by 2.3% to SGD33.71 million.

“The weak global economy has given rise to a challenging operating environment”, said Vincent Yeo, CEO of the trust’s manager in a statement on the quarter’s results.

“Although there has been some improvement in visitor arrivals, corporate expenditure remains constrained which has affected our core Singapore portfolio performance. The performance has also been affected by our ongoing asset enhancement initiatives at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel and M Hotel which are slated for completion in 2016”, said Yeo.

“However, we believe that by augmenting our assets at this opportune time, it will enhance their competitive position and allow them to capitalise on the positive mid-to-long term outlook of Singapore tourism sector”, he added.

For 1Q 2016, average portfolio occupancy rate slipped to 83.9% from 87.7% year-on-year while average daily rate fell by 3% from SGD197 to SGD191. Correspondingly revenue per available room (RevPar) slipped by 6.9% to SGD161 from SGD173.

As at 31 March 2016, CDL Hospitality Trust’s total debt was SGD921 million with gearing at 36.7% and a weighted average cost of debt of 2.6% per annum.

“With debt headroom to further expand, we are still looking for acquisitions to enhance our returns to unitholders and diversify our income”, said Yeo on the trust’s plans in the quarters ahead.

Units of CDL Hospitality Trust were last done on the Singapore Exchange at SGD1.46.

By Ridzwan Rahmat

Ridzwan has been analysing REITs and business trusts since 2008, and personally manages a portfolio comprising mainly of SGX-listed REITs. He founded REITsWeek in 2013.