STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-OCBC raises Suntec REIT target price

Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:33am GMT

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OCBC Investment Research raised its target price for Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust, which operates commercial properties, to S$1.94 from S$1.70 and kept its 'buy' rating, to factor in better-than-expected fourth quarter results and divestment gains.

As of 0320 GMT, Suntec REIT units dipped 0.9 percent at S$1.72. They have gained 2.7 percent since the start of the year, compared with the FTSE ST Real Estate Industrial Trust's 3.4 percent gain.

Suntec REIT posted a 5.3 percent fall in its distributable income to S$52.4 million, mainly due to the closure of its properties Suntec Singapore and Suntec City Mall for upgrading work.

However, this was above OCBC's expectations, noting that Suntec REIT's office segment continued to perform, with a 11.1 percent growth in revenue and high occupancy of 99.7 percent. This helped to cushion a 27.6 percent decline in revenue from its retail segment.

Suntec City's upgrading work is on track for completion and based on the timeline, OCBC said, adding that the second quarter may face the largest impact on its rental income.

OCBC expects Suntec REIT to pay out S$10 million in distribution from the divestment proceeds in 2013 due to the better-than-expected results.

1124 (0324 GMT)

(Reporting by Teo Jion Chun in Singapore; Editing by G.Ram Mohan; teo.jionchun@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: teo.jionchun.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)

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10:00 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-CIMB upgrades SATS to outperform

CIMB Research upgraded its rating on airline services company SATS Ltd to 'outperform' from 'neutral' and raised its target price to S$3.32 from S$2.82, citing a rise in air travel in Singapore.

SATS shares were up 0.7 percent at S$2.96 and have gained 2.4 percent since the start of the year, compared with the FTSE ST Industrials Index's 3 percent rise.

CIMB expects higher air traffic volume through Singapore. In November, Singapore's Changi Airport handled an average 920 flights per day, a record high. With the thriving air travel in Singapore, CIMB said SATS can offer stable earnings growth and yields of over 4 percent.

Meanwhile, CIMB said SATS' profit margins were expected to recover, helped by easing food inflation. The brokerage expects SATS's core net profit margin to improve 0.4 percentage points to 9.9 percent in 2013.

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