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Author: kimeng   |   Latest post: Wed, 22 May 2019, 9:02 AM

 

Singapore Press Holdings: 3 More UK Assets

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SPH announced yesterday evening that it has acquired a portfolio of three purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) assets in the UK for a cash consideration of ~GBP 133.7m. The portfolio will have a total capacity of 1,243 beds across Southampton, Sheffield and Leeds, with occupancy rates in excess of 90%.

We note that the portfolio comes with a rental guarantee that covers the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic years. We believe that this asset should come at a ~6% NPI yield, and could be funded with a LTV ratio of ~55-65% at a low 2% cost of debt handle. This acquisition is not surprising, given that management has signaled its intention to bulk up its presence in the UK PBSA scene for a while now.

All considered, SPH’s PBSA portfolio will now have a total capacity of over 5,000 beds across 220 assets in 10 cities. We maintain our HOLD rating and FV estimate of S$2.55 for now.

Source: OCBC Research - 17 Apr 2019

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