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Author: simonsg   |   Latest post: Fri, 24 Jan 2020, 4:43 PM


Far East Hospitality Trust - A Slow 1HFY19

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  • Far East Hospitality Trust's 1HFY19 DPU of 1.82 Scts came in below at 45% of our full-year forecast.
  • Hotel segment saw weak RevPAR due to poor corporate demand while the serviced residence segment was stable due to higher leisure demand.
  • Downgrade to HOLD from Add with lower Target Price of S$0.68. Lacks strong catalyst.

1HFY19 Results Highlights

  • FAR EAST HOSPITALITY TRUST (SGX:Q5T)’s 1H19 DPU of 1.82 Scts, -6.7% y-o-y was below our expectations at 45% of our FY19F forecast. Distributable income fell 4.8% y-o-y to S$34.8m, despite 2.7%/3.0% y-o-y improvements in gross revenue/net property income due to higher finance costs post acquisition of Oasia Hotel Downtown.

Weaker Performance From Hotel

  • Hotel RevPAR declined 2.1% to S$138 due to
    1. lower occupancy rate of 88.7% in 1HFY19 versus 89.7% in 1HFY18, and
    2. lower average daily rate of 0.9% y-o-y to S$156.
  • While there was an increase in visitor arrivals to Singapore, the weaker corporate segment due to fewer major events dragged the take-up rate. Unlike last year, when some Far East Hospitality Trust's hotels benefited from events such as the Singapore Airshow, Food&Hotel Asia and the Trump-Kim Summit, there were no major city-wide events in 1H19.
  • In addition, economic uncertainties led to lower volume of business travel. Revenue contribution from the corporate segment slipped from 38.5% in 2Q18 to 33.4% in 2Q19.

Serviced residence performance was more encouraging

  • Serviced residence RevPAU improved 1.4% y-o-y to S$174. Serviced residence did well in 2Q2019 with RevPAU improving 3% y-o-y to S$174, aided by higher daily rate (+5% y-o-y to S$212) which offset the lower occupancy (-1.6% pts y-o-y to 81.9%).
  • Serviced residence has been receiving higher volumes from the leisure segment which usually has shorter stays but higher daily rates when compared to the corporate segment.


Hoping for a better 2H

  • Management remains cautiously optimistic on the outlook for its hotel business for the remainder of this year due to limited new supply. It is hoping to achieve low single-digit RevPAR growth in 2H versus -2.1% in 1H19 by improving room rates. It expects the serviced residence segment to remain stable as it focuses on improving occupancy rates.

Downgrade to HOLD from Add

  • We cut our FY19-21F DPU forecasts by 3.5% to 3.8%, lowering our RevPAR/RevPAU forecasts.
  • Far East Hospitality Trust’s share price has appreciated by 11% since Jan 19. Given the weak tourist arrivals, we do not expect strong RevPAR/RevPAU performance from Far East Hospitality Trust in 2H. In addition, its high gearing level limits inorganic growth opportunities.
  • We downgrade the stock from Add to HOLD at a lower DDM-based target price of S$0.68.
  • Upside risks: accretive acquisitions; downside risk: worse-than-expected RevPAR/RevPAU.

Source: CGS-CIMB Research - 31 Jul 2019

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