Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust (“Sunlight REIT”) Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 December 2020

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HONG KONG
SAR – Media
OutReach
 – 4 February 2021 – Henderson Sunlight
Asset Management Limited (the “Manager“)
announces the interim results of Sunlight REIT for the six months ended 31
December 2020 (the “Reporting Period“).

Reflecting the unfavourable operating environment attributable to the pandemic outbreak, Sunlight REIT recorded an 8.6% year-on-year decline in revenue to HK$399.5 million for the Reporting Period, while net property income (“NPI“) came in at HK$319.5 million, down 7.6%.

 

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The Board has
resolved to declare an interim distribution per unit of HK 12.5 cents, representing
a payout ratio of 94.7%, and an annualized distribution yield of 6.6% based on
the closing price of HK$3.77 on the last trading day of the Reporting Period.

 

The appraised value
of Sunlight REIT’s portfolio was HK$18,548.6 million at 31 December 2020,
representing a mild decrease of 2.0% from 30 June 2020. Meanwhile, net assets
of Sunlight REIT dropped 2.9% to HK$14,349.7 million, which
translates to a net asset value of HK$8.61 per unit.

 

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Highlights of Interim Results

 

The overall occupancy
rate of Sunlight REIT’s portfolio at 31 December 2020 was 91.5% (30 June 2020:
95.7%). The decline was mainly attributable to office occupancy rate which
dropped to 90.1% (30 June 2020: 95.6%). In contrast, retail occupancy rate of 94.5%
was reasonably satisfactory (30 June 2020: 95.8%), demonstrating some early
signs of stability in domestic consumption. For the Reporting Period, the
office and retail portfolios registered negative rental reversions of 2.4% and 5.9%
respectively, giving rise to an overall negative rental reversion of 4.5%.

 

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In respect of the
performance of key properties, Sunlight Tower was inevitably affected by the
rental loss due to higher vacancy and slower new letting activities, resulting in a 13.1%
decline in NPI. On the bright side, Strand 50 achieved an 8.5% increase in NPI,
thanks to a timely refurbishment. On the retail front, NPI of Sheung Shui
Centre Shopping Arcade dropped 11.4%, while Metro City Phase I Property has
demonstrated its resilience, with NPI recording a moderate decrease of 4.5%.  

 

During the Reporting
Period, Sunlight REIT completed its first sustainability-linked loan with an
amount of Japanese yen 7,000 million (equivalent to approximately HK$513
million) for a tenure of seven years, while issuing its maiden HK$300 million
five-year medium term notes. At 31 December 2020, the gearing ratio of Sunlight
REIT was 22.4% (30 June 2020: 21.6%), while the percentage of fixed rate
borrowings has increased to approximately 79%.

Mr. Wu Shiu Kee, Keith, Chief Executive Officer of the Manager said,
“While lower occupancy rates, negative rental reversions and the impact of
rental concessions are set to stay, their adverse effects should be less
pronounced, barring unforeseen circumstances. On a more encouraging note,
Sunlight REIT stands to benefit from contributions from new tenants such as Dah
Sing Bank, Limited, stringent cost containment measures as well as proactive
financing initiatives implemented by the Manager. Meanwhile, we welcome the
recent amendments to the Code on Real Estate Investment Trusts, which should
prove beneficial to the long term development of Sunlight REIT. “

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Remarks: Attached financial
highlights of FY2020/21 interim results of Sunlight REIT.

Financial Highlights
of FY2020/21 Interim Results:

(in HK$’ million, unless otherwise specified)

 

        Six months ended

       31 December 2020

        Six
months ended

       31
December 2019

                       Change

                                (%)

Revenue

399.5

437.1

                             (8.6)

Net
property income

319.5

345.7

                             (7.6)

(Loss)/profit
after taxation Note

(194.1)

30.7

                              N/A

Distributable income

220.0

233.5

                             (5.8)

Distribution
per unit (HK cents)

12.5

13.2

                             (5.3)

Payout ratio (%)

94.7

93.6

                              N/A

 

 

At 31
December 2020

             At
30 June 2020

                                            

                       Change

                                (%)

Portfolio
valuation

                            18,548.6

                            18,918.0

                             (2.0)

Net
asset value

                            14,349.7

                            14,771.2

                             (2.9)

Net
asset value per unit (HK$)

                                    8.61

                                    8.89

                             (3.1)

Gearing
ratio (%)

                                    22.4

                                    21.6

                              N/A

Note: Included a
fair value loss on investment properties of HK$380.2 million (six months ended
31 December 2019: HK$162.5 million).

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. 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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