CapitaLand Ascott Trust sells Citadines Mount Sophia for S$148 million – TravelDailyNews Asia

CLAS divests Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore above book value, netting S$138.6 million and a S$14.6 million gain.

SINGAPORE – CapitaLand Ascott Trust (CLAS) is divesting Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore to an unrelated third party for S$148 million.  The 154-unit property will be divested at 19.4% above book value[1].  Net proceeds of the divestment are expected to be approximately S$138.6 million.  The exit yield[2] is about 3.2% and CLAS will recognize a net gain of approximately S$14.6 million.  The divestment is expected to be completed in 1Q 2024.

Ms Serena Teo, Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Ascott Trust Management Limited and CapitaLand Ascott Business Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (the Managers of CLAS), said: “We are divesting Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore at close to S$1 million per key, which is a significant premium to book value.  Including Citadines Mount Sophia Singapore, CLAS has announced divestments of S$408.1 million of assets at a premium to book value in the last eight months.  The divestment of 10 mature assets[3] will unlock S$38.9 million in gains, at an average exit yield of about 3.8%[4].  We aim to use the capital to reduce debt, fund our asset enhancement initiatives (AEI) or redeploy it into higher-yielding investments to increase the returns of our portfolio.  The divestments can offer CLAS greater financial flexibility, potentially lowering our gearing by close to 2 percentage points[5].

“The divestment is part of our active portfolio reconstitution strategy. CLAS completed the acquisition of four assets[6] in the last three months at a higher entry yield and we look to expand our portfolio opportunistically with more yield-accretive assets.  Over the past three years, distribution income gained from our investments has more than replaced the distribution income from the properties that were divested.  CLAS also has eight properties[7] undergoing or will undergo AEI.  Through our active portfolio reconstitution efforts and AEI plans, we continue to strengthen our portfolio to deliver long-term value to our Stapled Securityholders,” added Ms Teo.

CLAS has also completed the divestment of Courtyard by Marriott Sydney-North Ryde on 31 January 2024.  It is one of two mature hotels in CLAS’ divestment pipeline in Australia[8].  Divestment of the other property, Novotel Sydney Parramatta is expected to be completed in 3Q 2024.

  1. Based on the independent valuation as at 31 December 2023.
  2. Exit yield is computed based on FY 2023 Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA).
  3. The 10 properties comprise four properties in regional France, two properties in Australia, three properties in Japan and one property in Singapore.
  4. The exit yield of the France and Australia properties is computed based on FY 2022 EBITDA. The exit yield of the Japan portfolio is not meaningful and has not been included in the average exit yield computation as the properties were largely closed in 2022. If included, the average exit yield will be about 2.8%.
  5. Assumes total proceeds from CLAS’ divestments in Australia, Japan and Singapore are deployed towards reducing CLAS’ debt and divestments will be completed in 2024.
  6. The four properties are The Cavendish London, Temple Bar Hotel in Dublin, Ascott Kuningan Jakarta and Teriha Ocean Stage.
  7. The eight properties are The Robertson House by The Crest Collection, Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden London, Citadines Les Halles Paris, Citadines Kurfürstendamm Berlin, La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris, Temple Bar Hotel, The Cavendish London and Novotel Sydney Central.
  8. CapitaLand Ascott Trust divests two hotels in Australia for AUD109.0 million.

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