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FCOT: Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Received another DRP offer and this time it is from Frasers Commercial Trust (FCOT). This is probably not going to see any take up because the price of $1.2389 per new unit to be allotted is higher than what we could get from Mr. Market now which is $1.235 per unit.

It is probably good to be reminded that the headwinds for REITs could get stronger and if we want to invest in REITs, we have to recognise this. One of these headwinds is an environment of rising interest rates.

So, the DRPs which S-REITs are pushing out now make sense because, if taken up, they will lead to lower gearing levels. The REITs could pay down their debt with the funds as well when they fall due. This is probably a good thing for unit holders too.

To me, it only makes sense to take part in DRPs if we want to increase our long positions in the REITs concerned. However, with rising risk free rates, unit prices of S-REITs will continue to experience downward pressure, everything else remaining equal. So, to me, it doesn't seem very prudent to take part in DRPs at this point in time or in the near future.

I am not against others taking part in the DRPs to strengthen the balance sheets of the S-REITs I am invested in, however. In the meantime, I am quite happy to continue receiving income from these S-REITs and possibly increasing my investments in them only when Mr. Market makes offers too attractive to ignore.

Related posts:
1. Distribution Reinvestment Plan: First REIT and CIT.
2. AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT: DRP.


The Sun said...

I think if one would take the view that REIT prices would fall from current levels, especially if interest rates are to rise in the foreseeable future, it would be wise to continue building up one's warchest now so as to take advantage of subsequent price declines (should this materialize).

AK71 said...

Hi Sun,

Everything else remaining equal, yes, that would seem like the prudent thing to do. :)

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