Suntec REIT's Southgate Complex in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Dexus Property Group)Suntec REIT's Southgate Complex in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Dexus Property Group)

Suntec REIT has achieved a DPU of 2.535 Singapore cents for its 3Q 2016, 0.5% higher than the 2.522 cents recorded in the corresponding period of 2015.

Gross revenue of SGD82.4 million (USD59 million), and net property income of SGD57.2 million were 4.3% and 2.1% lower year-on-year respectively from 3Q 2015.

The retail and office REIT has attributed the declines mainly to the divestment of Park Mall, and lower contribution from Suntec Singapore.

Distributable income for the period came in at SGD64.3 million including a capital distribution of SGD4.0 million from the sale proceeds of Park Mall, 1.1% higher compared to what was recorded for the corresponding quarter in 2015.

“Despite the continuing headwinds facing the retail industry, we are pleased to deliver a stable, and sustainable DPU for the quarter and nine months ended 30 September 2016”, said Yeo See Kiat, CEO of Suntec REIT’s manager.

“We are pleased to report that despite the divestment of Park Mall, distributable income from operations improved by 2.2% due to the increase in contribution from One Raffles Quay, and 177 Pacific Highway, as well as interest savings”, he said.

Suntec REIT’s overall committed occupancy for the office and retail portfolio stood at 99.4%, and 97.3% respectively as at 30 September 2016.

The REIT’s gearing ratio stood at 36.6% as at 30 September 2016, with an all-in financing cost of 2.28% for the quarter.

Units of Suntec REIT finished the trading day about 0.8% lower from its previous close on the Singapore Exchange to end at SGD1.73.

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.