Ascendas REIT is worth researching now not only because of their recent release of results but also because of the impending merger of ESR REIT and Viva Industrial Trust. We need a proxy as comparison as the merger helps to grow the new REIT to a much larger size (although not as big as Ascendas REIT). Let's take a look at the statistics.
With a yield of 5.90%, it is the lowest yielding industrial REIT in SGX. Moreover it is trading at 26% premium to its NAV, probably due to its size and stability of returns over the years. Gearing is at a good 40.2% although it is not easy to grow any further.
With the impending merger of ESR REIT and Viva Industrial Trust, I have chosen to use Ascendas REIT as a proxy because most of the properties are still in Singapore. It does seems that the merging REIT has some room for re-rating since ESR REIT is trading at 6.3% and Viva Industrial Trust is trading at 8.4%. Moreover, ESR REIT is trading at a discount to NAV which means probably it will trade at at least NAV price for the new merging REIT.
I am vested with 190,000 shares of ESR REIT and 87,100 shares of Viva Industrial Trust. I look forward to the deal and hopefully it works out well for me since I am so heavily vested in this. However, I also know that once it is re-rated, I would probably sell and look for REITs with higher yield.