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

In response to questions from REITsWeek, First REIT has provided a further explanation behind the move to buy back perpetual securities it issued in 2016.

First REIT announced on 22 August that it has launched a tender offer to buy back SGD60 million in Series 002 subordinated perpetual securities in cash at 70% of the principal amount.

The 5.68% perps were issued on 8 July 2016 to refinance the REIT’s existing borrowings, and fund its operating expenses then.

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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.