Business Times – 26 Apr 2008
DPU of 2.59 cents is 12.1% above forecast
By CHOW PENN NEE
CAPITACOMMERCIAL Trust (CCT) has announced a first-quarter distributable income of $35.9 million, or 12 per cent higher than forecast. Distribution per unit (DPU) for the three months ended March 31 came to 2.59 cents, better than the 2.11 cents a year ago and 12.1 per cent above forecast.
Net property income totalled $49.6 million or 8.8 per cent above forecast. ‘CapitaCommercial Trust achieved higher rental income as Singapore experienced considerable rental growth in the office market over the past 12 months,’ said Richard Hale, chairman of CapitaCommercial Trust Management, which manages the trust. ‘This growth, together with our strategy of pro-active asset and prudent capital management, increased the first-quarter 2008 distribution per unit significantly by 22.7 per cent over the same quarter in 2007.’
Mr Hale said that if the acquisition of 1 George Street at a purchase price of $1.165 billion is approved and completed, CCT’s total asset size will grow to $6.5 billion, ahead of the target of $6 billion by next year.
‘Given Singapore’s still-strong economic fundamentals and continued healthy office leasing demand, we are confident of exceeding the forecast distribution per unit of 10.04 cents to unitholders in 2008,’ he said.
Lynette Leong, chief executive of the manager of the trust, said that there is continuing keen demand by banks and financial institutions for greater space in CCT’s quality buildings. CCT’s portfolio includes Capital Tower, 6 Battery Road, HSBC Building, Starhub Centre, Robinson Point, Bugis Village, Golden Shoe Car Park and Market Street Car Park.
Grade A and prime office rents averaged $18.65 per square foot (psf) per month and $16 psf per month respectively in Q1 2008, representing increases of 8.7 and 6.7 per cent from the preceding quarter.
‘Given the prime quality of CCT’s portfolio, we have signed leases above $20 psf per month in Q1 2008,’ Ms Leong said. ‘Our well-balanced lease expiry profile, together with our pro-active asset management, will enable us to benefit from the tight office market . . . and gain continued rental upside.’