GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The addition of the full year contribution of the new retail component potentially makes Sabana REIT one of the highest yielding SGX listed industrial REIT with Dividend Yield of ~8.3% despite having one of the lowest leverage levels.
Quarz and Black Crane call for Sabana REIT Manager to expedite on the execution of sizeable catalysts such as the development of untapped GFA, increase of occupancy rate and lower of interest cost to further increase DPU and close the substantial discount of ~25% which Sabana REIT is trading at to its book value.
Sabana REIT Manager should pay for all the fees of ~S$2.7m spent in the ‘failed merger’ which they are 100% responsible. These fees can be paid back to unitholders through the increase in 2021E DPU by ~8%.
Quarz and Black Crane thank MAS for subjecting new independent directors for endorsement by unitholders at the upcoming EGM to increase safeguard and alignment of interest with independent unitholders.
Quarz and Black Crane DO NOT INTEND TO ENDORSE BOTH THE PROPOSED NEW INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS UNTIL FURTHER DISCUSSIONS. Quarz and Black Crane are not convinced that the proposed directors are committed to defend independent unitholders’ interests.
We caution Sabana REIT Manager from the perception that if independent unitholders vote down the directors, they can repeatedly appoint another 2 new directors’ and put them up for endorsement. This would be a potential ‘circumvention’ and ‘exploitation of loopholes’ of the safeguard measures and regulation which MAS has put in to protect unitholders and reflects poorly on Sabana REIT Manager, its board of directors and ESR Cayman.
QUARZ AND BLACK CRANE INVITE ALL SABANA REIT UNITHOLDERS TO VISIT AND REGISTER AT THE WEBSITE WE HAVE PREPARED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AT WWW.SAVESABANAREIT.COM
QUARZ CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AND BLACK CRANE CAPITAL ISSUE OPEN LETTER TO THE MANAGEMENT AND BOARD OF SABANA REIT (SGX: M1GU)
ALL RECIPIENTS ARE ADVISED TO READ
“IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION“
AT THE END OF THE ATTACHED LETTER
18 March 2021
UNITHOLDERS DEMAND CLEAR ANSWERS AND ACTIONS FROM SABANA REIT MANAGER AND DO NOT INTEND TO ENDORSE BOTH THE PROPOSED NEW INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS UNTIL FURTHER DISCUSSIONS
Dear Mr. Han, Management and Members of the Board of Sabana REIT (SGX: M1GU),
We commend you and your team on the successful TOP of the new retail component at 151 Lorong Chuan (“New Tech Park”). Given that the ~43,000 sqft of retail space mostly comprises of higher rental value F&B, Food court and Supermarket, we estimate that this can add ~S$3.4million of net rental income and ~S$0.0029 of DPU to unitholders.
The full year contribution of the new retail component can potentially drive Sabana REIT’s (SGX:M1GU , SSREIT SP Equity) annualized DPU to ~S$0.032, implying an attractive dividend yield in excess of ~8.3%. This potentially makes Sabana one of the highest yielding SGX-listed industrial REIT despite having one of the lowest leverage levels.
The lease out of the Serangoon North asset to a prominent semiconductor MNC which resulted in a sharp increase in asset value also highlights the attractiveness of Sabana’s portfolio in benefiting from structural growth trends such as E-Commerce and Technology.
As mentioned in our discussions, there are several levers which Sabana REIT can execute on to further increase dividend yield to unitholders:
1) Reduction of interest cost from 3.2%/3.1% in 3Q/4Q2020 to lower than 3% in 2021E
2) Increase in occupancy rate of the portfolio from ~76% to ~85%
3) Redevelopment projects and AEIs to further increase rental income. In particular, ~200,000 sqft of GFA at New Tech Park can be developed. At an average rent of ~S$3.3 psf/mth, this results in a potential incremental net property income of ~S$6.8million and can increase DPU by more than 15% to a dividend yield of ~9.6%.
We expect the prompt execution of these sizeable catalysts to increase unitholder value and close the substantial discount of ~25% which the REIT is currently trading at to its book value of S$0.51 per unit.
A key outstanding issue is the S$2.7million cost of the failed merger. As we have communicated to you, SABANA REIT MANAGER SHOULD PAY FOR ALL THE FEES INCURRED as it is fully responsible for the failure of the value destructive proposed merger. This can be done through reducing the management fees payable to the REIT Manager in 2021 by the same amount, and then increasing the DPU paid to unitholders by S$2.7million ($0.00256 per unit), resulting in an ~8% increase in 2021E DPU
We thank MAS for requiring the new independent directors to be endorsed by independent unitholders at the upcoming AGM in April 2021. This key measure safeguards and increases the alignment of interest of independent unitholders and the board of directors.
As we have discussed with you, WE DO NOT INTEND TO ENDORSE BOTH THE PROPOSED NEW INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS UNTIL FURTHER DISCUSSIONS. Based on our meeting with them, we are not convinced that the proposed directors are committed to defend independent unitholders’ interests. We believe that directors who can explore the full range of options for Sabana REIT to close the substantial valuation gap are required and not just directors who are suited to the continuation of ‘business as usual’.
We also caution you from taking the view that even if independent unitholders vote down and do not endorse the new directors in the current AGM, the REIT Manager can ‘simply’ nominate another 2 new directors and put them up for endorsement in the next AGM.
Such action will be in effect a potential ‘circumvention’ and ‘exploitation of loopholes’ of the safeguarding measures and regulation put in place by MAS to protect independent unitholders. It also reflects poorly on the corporate governance standards of the board of directors, Sabana REIT and the sponsor, ESR Cayman.
We also remind you that ESR Cayman (HKG:1821 1821 HK Equity ), should have ‘no say’ in the nomination of any independent directors to the board of Sabana REIT Manager. Otherwise, this can be interpreted as ‘control’ over the business affairs and strategic directions of Sabana REIT and will be in direct conflict and contravention to what ESR Cayman has committed to MAS, i.e. that it is not involved and has no say in the strategic direction of Sabana REIT to prevent conflict of interest.
WE INVITE ALL SABANA REIT UNITHOLDERS TO VISIT AND REGISTER AT THE WEBSITE WE HAVE PREPARED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AT WWW.SAVESABANAREIT.COM
After the ‘fiasco’ last year, this is a critical moment for Sabana REIT Manager and its board of directors to demonstrate their alignment of interest with independent unitholders who pay for more than ~75% of their management fees and salaries.
We look forward to our further discussions and working together to increase unitholder value and return at Sabana REIT.
Jan F. Moermann
CIO, Quarz Capital Management
CIO, Black Crane Capital
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING THIS LETTER
THIS LETTER CONTAINS OUR CURRENT VIEWS ON THE VALUE OF SABANA REIT’S SECURITIES AND ACTION THAT SABANA REIT’S BOARD MAY TAKE TO ENHANCE THE VALUE OF SABANA REIT’S SECURITIES. OUR VIEWS ARE BASED ON OUR ANALYSIS OF PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION AND ASSUMPTIONS WE BELIEVE TO BE REASONABLE. THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE INFORMATION WE CONSIDERED IS ACCURATE OR COMPLETE, NOR CAN THERE BE ANY ASSURANCE THAT OUR ASSUMPTIONS ARE CORRECT. SABANA REIT’s ACTUAL PERFORMANCE AND RESULTS MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM OUR ASSUMPTIONS AND ANALYSIS. WE HAVE NOT SOUGHT, NOR HAVE WE RECEIVED, PERMISSION FROM ANY THIRD-PARTY TO INCLUDE THEIR INFORMATION IN THIS LETTER. ANY SUCH INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED AS INDICATING THE SUPPORT OF SUCH THIRD PARTY FOR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED HEREIN. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND OR ADVISE, NOR DO WE INTEND TO RECOMMEND OR ADVISE, ANY PERSON TO PURCHASE OR SELL SECURITIES AND NO ONE SHOULD RELY ON THIS LETTER OR ANY ASPECT OF THIS LETTER TO PURCHASE OR SELL SECURITIES OR CONSIDER PURCHASING OR SELLING SECURITIES. NOTHING HEREIN SHALL CONSTITUTE OR BE REGARDED AS INVESTMENT ADVICE. ALTHOUGH WE STATE IN THIS LETTER WHAT WE BELIEVE SHOULD BE THE VALUE OF SABANA REIT’S SECURITIES, THIS LETTER DOES NOT PURPORT TO BE, NOR SHOULD IT BE READ, AS AN EXPRESSION OF ANY PROJECTION, FORECAST OR PREDICTION AS TO THE PRICE AT WHICH SABANA REIT’S SECURITIES MAY TRADE OR MAY BE LIKELY TO TRADE AT ANY TIME. AS NOTED, THIS LETTER EXPRESSES OUR CURRENT VIEWS ON SABANA REIT. IT ALSO DISCLOSES OUR CURRENT HOLDINGS OF SABANA REIT SECURITIES. OUR VIEWS AND OUR HOLDINGS COULD CHANGE AT ANY TIME. WE MAY SELL ANY OR ALL OF OUR HOLDINGS OR INCREASE OUR HOLDINGS BY PURCHASING ADDITIONAL SECURITIES. WE MAY TAKE ANY OF THESE OR OTHER ACTIONS REGARDING SABANA REIT WITHOUT UPDATING THIS LETTER OR PROVIDING ANY NOTICE WHATSOEVER OF ANY SUCH CHANGES. INVESTORS SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS REGARDING SABANA REIT AND ITS PROSPECTS WITHOUT RELYING ON, OR EVEN CONSIDERING, ANY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS LETTER.
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IMPORTANT FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THE EXPECTATIONS SET FORTH IN THIS LETTER INCLUDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE FACTORS IDENTIFIED IN THE RISK SECTIONS IN SABANA REIT’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31ST, 2019 AND PROSPECTUS. SUCH FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS SHOULD THEREFORE BE CONSIDERED IN LIGHT OF SUCH FACTORS, AND QUARZ CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AND BLACK CRANE CAPITAL ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY INTENTION OR OBLIGATION, TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHETHER AS A RESULT OF NEW INFORMATION, FUTURE EVENTS OR OTHERWISE, EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW.
Based on unit price of S$0.385 on 17 March 2021