First REIT's property in Singapore, Pacific Healthcare nursing home in Bukit Merah (Photo: REITsWeek)

Despite a strong start to the year, Singapore-listed healthcare landlord First REIT has been downgraded by OCBC Investment Research to ‘Sell’ amid concerns of a possible sponsor’s divestment.

First REIT has registered 18.2% in total returns for 2019 on a year-to-date basis, beating the FTSE Straits Times REIT Index by 9.0%.

However the REIT’s sponsor, PT Lippo Karawaci, has been in the spotlight recently, given credit rating downgrades by Moody’s and S&P Global.

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By Shariffa Al-Habshee

Shariffa joined REITsWeek in 2017, and monitors Asia-Pacific REITs for the publication.