Saizen REIT is now one of my top 3 investments in S-REITs and in a recent talk, I said the same thing. I also explained why I invested in Saizen REIT and why I quadrupled my long position in the REIT when I did.
Anyway, Saizen REIT's latest presentation is now available for viewing and I have attached the link: here.
While I believe that the weakness in the Japanese Yen is likely to continue for many more years, residential properties' occupancy and rental rates should start to pick up in the next couple of years if Abenomics gain even more traction.
Having said this, remember that Saizen REIT is distributing income in an amount that pretends that its loans are non-amortising in nature. What is the effect? Amortisation of loans cost 1.46c per unit which means if the REIT did not have the cash resources to pay for this and if the money were taken from income generated by the REIT's portfolio of properties, only 1.64c would have been available for distribution to unit holders this time.
See related post #1 at the end of this blog post.
In JPY terms, the valuation of properties in the REIT's portfolio seems to be rising and in one of my earlier blog posts, I shared that Saizen REIT's real estate assets could be more undervalued than we think.
See related post #2 at the end of this blog post.
Although Saizen REIT published their net gearing as 31%, I will take 37% for a more conservative guidance. I also want to remind myself that Saizen REIT uses its cash resources to offset amortisation cost. See earlier point on DPU above.
Weighted Average Loan Interest Rate: Less than 3%.
Debt profile: Earliest loan maturity in 2020.
Unlike most other S-REITs, Saizen REIT is able to secure loans with relatively long tenures which makes a lot of sense since real estate investment is essentially a long term commitment. The inability to refinance when loans mature was a reason why many S-REITs were caught in a bind during the GFC only a few years ago. Some of Saizen REIT's loans actually only mature in years falling in between 2031 to 2044.
There is still room to bump up income by getting more tenants but this would really depend on whether the Japanese economy improves meaningfully but with plans to allow more foreigners to join the economy, things could start looking up.
See related posts #3 and #4 to hear me talk to myself a bit more about the REIT. For me, Saizen REIT is still a great investment for income.
1. Saizen REIT: Is the DPU sustainable?
2. Undervalued and possibly more so.
3. Rewarding patient investors.
4. Saizen REIT: A foreign talent.