This comprises of 252.8m placement shares, which are mostly taken up by institutional investors and public tranche of 13.8m which are available for the public.
Public can start bidding from the 21st March and closes noon on the 26th March.
It is expected to commence trading on the 28th March.
Sasseur Reit will debut with an initial portfolio comprising of 4 retail outlet malls located across the growing city of the PRC, namely Chongqing, Bishan, Hefei and Kunming.
Their occupancies rate as of 23rd Feb 2018 are at 96.4%, 91.5%, 95.8% and 96.1% respectively.
They are the first outlet mall to be listed as a Reit in Asia.
The portfolio offers an unique proposition to investors in the form of an integrated “1+N” outlet business model by providing not only a traditional shopping experience but also the various lifestyle options to shopping goers.
An outlet is defined as a form of retail trade selling private label items from past seasons, surplus stocks or exclusive lines directly to customers at a discounted price. It carries various brands, including branded and local.
The current market size of the overall PRC outlet mall is at USD7.4B, which is higher than the Japan outlet malls, but is very much smaller than their counterparts in Europe (USD16.1B) and USA (USD47.4B).
There has been a recurring selling point for PRC retail reits listed in Singapore market such as the recent BHG retail and Dasin Retail Trust on the spending power of the Chinese middle market, and this is not different from others. The per capita consumption pattern is expected to grow between 6% to 8% over the course of next 5 years.
The outlet spending per consumption started at an even lower base, and this is why there are much more room to grow once the industry grows and the per capita consumption goes higher.
It is expected that in the year 2030, China outlet malls will grow to become the biggest in the world, surpassing the already giant Europe and USA, with a CAGR of over 24.2% per annum. If that materializes, this could be a gem in the well making.
Rental Business Model
There are 3 business models currently being adopted in the China’s outlet market.
They are the leasing model, direct sales model and concessionary sales model.
The leasing model follows a traditional model where the tenant pays a fixed rental agreement based on the agreement signed.
The direct sales model follows a model where it buys inventory from the manufacturer and borns the risk of having an unsold stock at the end of the day.
The concessionary sales model is where retailers pay a fixed sum or percentage of revenue to the operator and it outsources the running of the retail malls operations such as the merchandising, cashiering, store management back all to the operator.
The concessionary sales model is where the Sasseur Reit will be using.
What this means is in a retraction period where sales are low, they will then pay a lower overhead cost subsequently to the operator as well and in periods of good turnover sales, they will pay higher. The key lies in the margins they earn. This will cap the risk they are taking but also the gain they could be making.
Two of the properties in Hefei and Kunming are only recently operational in 2016, which means they do not have a long track record to speak with.
As written above, the China outlet industry is in the infant baby stage so a lot are just starting and they start with a low base.
The use of the land right is also usually limited to maximum of 40 years based on China regulation and owners are required to submit an extension application should they wish to extend. This is subject to the public tender bidding or auction.
The properties have a land use right of up until 11 May 2047, which gives approximately 29 years from now. This is in line with all the other properties you have with the other PRC commercial and retail reits listed here.
Why choose to list in SGX?
There are always the same queries on why companies choose to list in SGX market and not in their home country.
I believe the answer to this is because of regulations and tax laws which opens up to a lot of debates.
In Singapore where it is a tax haven for Reits offering platform, Reits listed here enjoy a preferential taxation status and Reits are considered a special vehicle income transmission tool and are thus exempted from corporate and income tax.
Under the China taxation system, your rental income first get taxed at 12% under the real estate tax law and a subsequent 11% VAT is then imposed. In addition, there are also the 25% income tax on the profit from the corporate level. Based on total, net income only amounts to 60% to 70% of the rental income received before it reaches the hand of the shareholder.
Sponsor & Cornerstone Investors
The sponsor to the Reit is Sasseur Cayman Holding and is one of the largest retail outlet operators in China. Currently, it operates 9 retail outlet malls, some of which are pipelines to be injected in years to come for outlets in Guiyang and Xian.
The sponsor will be the largest single unitholder in the range of 55%, which is a good sign of alignment of interest. The closest we can find in our local listed Reits is SPH Reit, which the parent owns around 67%.
The management fee structure is also very much aligned to unitholders as they will receive 10% base fee as distributional income and performance fee of 25% of the difference in DPU between the financial years. This is to ensure that DPU objective is aligned with investors.
They have also engaged a strong set of cornerstone investors with the likes of:
- Adroit Ideology Limited – Subsidiary of JD.com (largest e-commerce in China)
- Bangkok Life Assurance
- CKK Holding – Owned by Charles & Keith group
- Entrepolis Limited – Private investment vehicle of Dr. Yap
- Great Achievement and Success Ltd