As we grow older, feelings of deja vu might become a bit more common. It is probably due to accumulated life experience or maybe the mind is just degenerating.
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This reminds me of the time when CIT tried to take over the distressed MacArthurCook Industrial REIT (MI-REIT). Chris Calvert, the CEO of CIT, who was then formerly the CEO of MI-REIT used CIT's resources to buy into MI-REIT.
There was a big fight over MI-REIT with the team led by George Wang. Fortunately, George Wang et. al. won the fight and AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT was formed.
In my opinion, Chris Calvert did a poor job of running MI-REIT which led to a need for massive re-capitalisation. If CIT had taken over MI-REIT, with CIT's lacklustre performance and controversy over the years, I think MI-REIT would not have done any better.
It is one thing having good assets and another having a good manager. If we have both in a REIT, we have a clear winner. However, if I must choose, I will choose a good manager because a bad one will just squander away good assets.
With Sabana REIT, I have shared how its numbers were really good at IPO and it just went downhill 3 years later. The manager has constantly struck me as self serving and mediocre and this is putting it mildly.
So, in Sabana REIT's case, a change is needed. Some might say any manager is better than the current one but, more accurately, I would say that it is difficult to do worse than the current manager.
When CIT bought a big stake in MI-REIT years ago, it was with the intention of taking over MI-REIT. Now, I believe that ESR has the intention of taking over Sabana REIT one way or another.
I am holding on to a legacy investment in Sabana REIT that is free of cost as well as units from the recent deeply discounted rights issue. So, I am very much in the black. If ESR is going to bring change to the REIT, even better.
History with Sabana REIT.
Sabana REIT and ESR.