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Record M&A in Singapore property managers as investors pile in

Fresh property news selection on December 02. 2019, Monday.

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Underpinned by a global hunt for yield, Singapore's real estate investment trusts are having a bumper year in deal-making as well as fundraising. The mantra that bigger is better will continue to drive capital market activity in the sector, analysts say.

Singapore-listed Reits have forked out US$16.9 billion to purchase assets this year, already triple the previous peak reached in 2014. The sector has also raised a record amount in follow-on share sales, riding an 18 per cent gain in the FTSE Singapore REIT Index, which is more than four times the rise in the broad benchmark in the city-state.

The mergers and acquisitions have created some of the largest Reits in the region. The allure of being big: the entity would find it easier to get a place in global benchmarks and portfolios, raise funds for expansion and tackle competition. For those reasons, expanded companies are better investments for stock buyers.

"Reits are going to be a go-to sector for the next year as consolidation will add another reason to buy alongside yields," said Jin Rui Oh, a Singapore-based director at United First Partners. The enlarged entities would get better market value, analyst coverage and potential index inclusion, he added.

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