Festival Walk, a property of Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust

Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT) has reported a distribution per unit (DPU) of 5.558 Singapore cents for its 3Q FY19/20.

This represents a fall of 13.3% year-on-year.

The REIT’s gross revenue for the quarter decreased by 36.3% to SGD67.3 million.

Net property income (NPI) declined by 40.0% to SGD50.8 million.

MNACT has attributed these largely to lower revenue from Festival Walk as a result of rent relief granted and the closure of the mall since 13 November 2019.

The REIT also reported lower revenue from one of its Japan properties due to expiry of the single tenancy for the building and conversion into multi-tenancies.

It also saw lower revenue from Gateway Plaza due to lower average occupancy.

There was also lower average rate of HKD and RMB, partially offset by higher average rate of JPY.

Festival Walk has since reopened and rent collection resumed on 16 January with total downtime of 64 days.

The office tower was also closed from 13 to 25 November 2019 with no rent collected.

Rental collection for the office tower resumed upon re-opening on 26 November 2019.

To mitigate the impact on the distributable income payable to unitholders, the REIT’s manager has implemented distribution top- ups.

The top-ups are funded from capital, and will be paid as capital income distribution to the unitholders.

When the insurance claims proceeds are received, any amount which exceeds the top-ups will be paid as distributable income from operations to the unitholders.

MNACT's property portfolio was at 96.3%.

Its weighted average lease expiry (WALE) by gross retail income was at 2.7 years.

The REIT’s aggregate leverage ratio as of 31 December 2019 was maintained at 37.1%.

Figures from the REIT’s latest results have been updated into the Singapore REITs table.

MNACT was last done on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) at SGD1.24.

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.