Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust (“Sunlight REIT”) Annual Results for the Year Ended 30 June 2020

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Extending Care

 

HONG KONG,
CHINA – Media OutReach – 8
September 2020 – Henderson
Sunlight Asset Management Limited (the “Manager“)
is pleased to report the final results of Sunlight REIT for the year ended 30
June 2020 (the “Year“).

Despite
unprecedented challenges during the Year, Sunlight REIT managed to deliver reasonably
respectable results, registering a 0.3% year-on-year (“YoY“) rise in net property income (“NPI“) to HK$684.7 million. Annual distributable income was HK$467.0
million, virtually unchanged from last year.

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The Board
has resolved to declare a final distribution of HK 13.6
cents per unit. Coupled with an interim distribution of HK 13.2 cents per unit,
the total distribution per unit for the Year would amount to HK 26.8
cents, down 1.8% YoY. The implied payout ratio is 95.2%,
compared with 96.4% in the preceding year.  

 

At
30 June 2020, the value of Sunlight REIT’s property portfolio was appraised at HK$18,918.0 million, 5.4% lower
than a year ago; accordingly,
its net asset value declined by 7.6% to HK$14,771.2 million, or HK$8.89 per
unit.

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Operating Highlights

At 30 June
2020, average occupancy rate of the entire portfolio of Sunlight REIT increased
to 95.7% (30 June 2019: 95.3%). Contrary to the office portfolio which
registered an improvement in occupancy rate to 95.6% (30 June 2019: 94.0%),
occupancy rate of the retail properties dropped to 95.8% (30 June 2019: 98.1%),
reflecting the emerging negative impact of an economic recession and weakening
consumer confidence. Average passing rent of the office portfolio was HK$36.5
per sq. ft., up 2.8% YoY, while that of the retail portfolio was HK$74.8 per
sq. ft., down 1.3% as compared to a year ago. Average rental reversion of the
portfolio for the Year was 6.0%.

 

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Of the top
three properties of Sunlight REIT, performance of the two shopping malls,
namely Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade (“SSC“) and Metro City Phase I Property (“MCPI“) were inevitably affected by weak local consumer sentiment
and a virtually standstill of inbound tourism. NPI of SSC declined by 6.2%,
while the corresponding figure of MCPI remained stable. Gratifyingly, NPI of
Sunlight Tower registered a YoY growth of 4.5%.

  

Mr. Wu Shiu Kee, Keith, Chief Executive
Officer

of the Manager said, “The near-term prospects for Sunlight REIT are expected to
be challenging. However, with a defensive portfolio, firm financial footing supported
by clear strategic priorities, we believe that Sunlight REIT is well positioned
to capitalize on new opportunities and expand its footprint for the long-term
benefits of unitholders.”

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Remarks: Attached highlights of FY2019/20 Final Results of Sunlight REIT.

Highlights
of FY2019/20 Final Results:

(in HK$’ million, unless otherwise
specified)

 

2020

2019

Change

(%)

For the year ended
30 June:

Revenue

854.6

850.7

0.5

Net
property income

684.7

682.5

0.3

(Loss)/profit
after taxation

(751.4)

1,591.1

 N/A

Annual distributable income

467.0

467.3

(0.1)

Distribution
per unit (HK cents)

26.8

27.3

(1.8)

Payout ratio (%)

95.2

96.4

 N/A

 

At 30 June:

Portfolio
valuation

18,918.0

20,002.5

(5.4)

Net
asset value

14,771.2

15,991.9

(7.6)

Net
asset value per unit (HK$)

                        8.89

9.68

(8.2)

Gearing
ratio (%)

21.6

20.4

N/A

 

Disclaimer:
The information contained in this press release does not constitute an offer or
invitation to sell or the solicitation of an offer or invitation to purchase or
subscribe for units in Sunlight REIT in Hong Kong or any other jurisdiction. 

About Sunlight REIT

Sunlight
REIT (Stock code: 435) is a real estate investment trust authorized by the
Securities and Futures Commission and constituted by the trust deed dated 26
May 2006 (as amended and supplemented by six supplemental deeds) (the “Trust
Deed
“), and has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on
21 December 2006. Sunlight REIT offers investors the opportunity to invest in a
diversified portfolio of 11 office and five retail properties in Hong Kong with
a total gross rentable area of over 1.2 million sq. ft.. The office properties
are primarily located in core business areas, including Wan Chai and Sheung
Wan, as well as in decentralized business areas such as Mong Kok and North
Point. The key retail properties are situated in regional transportation hubs
and new towns including Sheung Shui, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long.

About the Manager

The Manager
of Sunlight REIT is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Henderson Land Development
Company Limited (
恒基兆業地產有限公司). Its main
responsibility is to manage Sunlight REIT and all of its assets in accordance
with the Trust Deed in the sole interest of its unitholders.

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