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Ascendas Hospitality Trust should do well.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A reader saw my blog on Ascendas H-Trust earlier this year and, after doing some research, decided to invest in the Trust for income. He shared the following with me:

1. 52% of net property income is derived from Australia and this proportion could rise because of the boom in tourism. Number of international flight routes have increased with more Chinese tourist arrivals.

2. 25% of net property income is derived from Japan and tourism has been on the rise in Japan as well. The Japanese government's drive to almost double the number of visitors to 40 million by 2020 is going to give a continued boost to the hospitality sector.

3. The Trust has a gearing level of 33%. Backed by a strong sponsor and having natural forex hedge with its debt largely denominated in local currencies are positives.

4. Through Park Hotel, the Trust derives only 15% of its net property income from Singapore. So, the slowdown in the Singapore hospitality sector is less of a concern for the Trust compared to CDL H-Trust and FEHT which have much larger exposure to the market here. The fact that Park Hotel is master leased provides greater income visibility too.

5. Assets owned by the Trust are mostly freehold and do not suffer from lease decay which is another plus when compared to CDL H-Trust and FEHT.

Good stuff.

I will end this blog by saying that I got into the Trust at lower prices and I am investing for income. Not too concerned with the fluctuation in unit price.

As long as the trust continues to do well enough to pay me an income that makes sense, I am happy.

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