Jun 7, 2023

Cory Diary : Portfolio Updates


In the current high-interest-rate environment, various Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have begun raising funds. While the reasons behind these actions vary, one potential factor is the possibility of earning fees from these transactions for REITs. However, it's important to note that the exact motivations of the REITs and investors may differ, and a comprehensive understanding requires further analysis. Considering this situation, it may be worth exploring whether regulatory measures, such as requiring a significant shareholder consensus (similar to an en-bloc sale), could be implemented. Additionally, it is crucial to ensure that any deals undertaken by REITs are truly accretive.

Strategic Deals

One notable example is the recent deal executed by Mapletree Industrial Trust, which leveraged low-cost funding from Japan to acquire local properties. This approach appears to be a sensible strategy, allowing the REIT to make the most of favorable borrowing conditions while expanding its portfolio. Another REIT worth mentioning is Aims Apac Reit, which maintains transparency by openly communicating its intentions and strategies. It is worth noting that a significant portion of the funds raised by REITs is allocated for future Asset Enhancement Initiatives (AEIs), which is a valid allocation given the chairman's personal investment in the REIT when the share price dropped. These recent market conditions have displayed considerable volatility. As for iReit, the right issue seems straight forward accretive deal based on proforma detail. This will help reduces concentration in Germany.

Evaluating Accretive Deals and Dilution Concerns

Interestingly, some REITs provide explanations for the dilution of their distribution per unit (DPU) resulting from share dilution. This raises questions about the necessity of such explanations, as accretive deals should ideally enhance overall value for unitholders. 

Portfolio Adjustments

In terms of my own portfolio adjustments, I have initiated the process of increasing back Ascendas, Sheng Siong, Mapletree Industrial Trust, and Aims Apac, alongside diversified investments such as Microsoft (MSFT), and Banks. Conversely, I have decided to release my holdings in CDG back to the market.

As always, readers are advised to seek professional assistance and take responsibility for their financial decisions.


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Disclaimer: The articles presented in this blog reflect personal opinions and are intended for informational and sharing purposes only. Readers are advised to seek professional guidance when making financial decisions and should take full responsibility for their choices.

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