High occupancy pays off for CapitaLand China malls

High occupancy rates of the CapitaLand China malls portfolio helped deliver a 10.5 per cent increase in distributable income in the three months to September.

CapitaLand Retail China Trust Management Limited (CRCTML), the manager of CapitaLand Retail China Trust (CRCT), says income reached S$23.6 million this year, compared with $21.4 million the same quarter last year.

CRCTML CEO Tan Tze Wooi said China’s retail sales rose 9.3 per cent year on year during the first nine months of this year to RMB 27.4 trillion (US$3.93 trillion), while urban disposable income and expenditure per capita grew 7.9 per cent and 6.5 per cent respectively.

“China is now growing from a larger base and its long-term fundamentals remain strong,” he said. “With our quality portfolio of malls offering holistic lifestyle experiences, CRCT will stand to benefit from China’s improving household income and rising consumer aspirations.”

During the latest quarter, CRCT achieved a 2.2 per cent increase in net property income to $36.7 million, driven by broad-based rental growth and effective cost management.

Wooi said the trust’s portfolio achieved an occupancy rate of 97.7 per cent at the end of September and rental reversion was “a robust 12.1 per cent”.

“Our active asset management strategy with a tailored approach for each mall is progressing well. Rock Square registered a strong positive rental reversion above 20 per cent for the third consecutive quarter by bringing in 25 prominent international and domestic brands, many of which are new-to-market in Haizhu District.

“To differentiate CapitaMall Qibao’s offerings, we increased its exposure to the resilient learning and education sector by more than three times over the last five years. We also expanded the rooftop playground to host more interactive activities that are popular with children, further enhancing CapitaMall Qibao’s attractiveness to young families.”

CRCT is the first China shopping mall Real Estate Investment Trust (Reit) in Singapore, with a portfolio of 11 shopping malls: CapitaMall Xizhimen, CapitaMall Wangjing, CapitaMall Grand Canyon, CapitaMall Shuangjing in Beijing; Rock Square in Guangzhou; CapitaMall Xinnan in Chengdu, Sichuan Province; CapitaMall Qibao in Shanghai; CapitaMall Minzhongleyuan in Wuhan, Hubei Province; CapitaMall Erqi in Zhengzhou, Henan Province; CapitaMall Saihan in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia; and CapitaMall Wuhu in Wuhu, Anhui Province.

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