Cambridge Industrial Trust Q2 DPU falls 12%

SINGAPORE - Industrial landlord Cambridge Industrial Trust (CIT) reported distribution per unit (DPU) of 1.078 Singapore cents for the second quarter, a 12 per cent decline from the same period a year ago, amid slowing economic growth.

Gross revenue for the three months ended Jun 30 rose 1.7 per cent to $28.3 million, but net property income dipped 2 per cent to $21.2 million, due mainly to higher property operating expenses incurred for new and renewed leases, as well as the ongoing conversion of assets from single-tenancy to multi-tenancy.

Net asset value per unit was 66.9 cents as at Jun 30, down from 67.3 cents as at Dec 31.

The manager of the trust said more challenging times lie ahead - the industrial leasing market is likely to remain soft in view of the weak demand from muted global economic prospects, and rents will remain under pressure from increased competitions and supply of industrial space.

The conversion of properties from single tenancy to multi-tenancy is also expected to continue having a negative impact on portfolio occupancy and net property income over the rest of the year.

The trust manager "holds a cautious outlook of the industrial sector and continues to focus on tenant retention, cost savings measures and proactive asset management", it said in its exchange filing on Friday (July 22).