CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT), has achieved net property income (NPI) of S$273.3 million for the half year to June 30.
That represents a 10-per-cent increase on the same period last year, boosted by the 100-per-cent contribution of Westgate, of which the trust acquired the balance 70 per cent interest during the fourth quarter of last financial year.
Tony Tan, CEO of CapitaLand Mall Trust Management Limited (CMTML), which manages CMT, said the trust would receive a further boost from the second half of this year from the opening of the new Funan mall on June 28.
“The contributions from Westgate and Funan are expected to anchor CMT’s steady financial performance while we embark on the rejuvenation of Lot One Shoppers’ Mall starting from the third quarter of 2019,” said Tan.
“Proposed works include expanding the footprint of the public library to enhance the mall’s community focus and reformatting the cinema to house smaller screens that better serve moviegoers’ demands for variety.”
Tan said that against a backdrop of a slowing Singapore economy, the trust remains cautious in its outlook.
“Competition for the consumer wallet is expected to stay keen with the progressive opening of new malls, although the supply of new retail space is projected to taper off from 2020. As a proactive REIT manager, we will continue to review our portfolio for possibilities to create value through acquisition and development opportunities.”
For the second quarter, CMT’s gross revenue and NPI rose 10.6 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively year-on-year. The improvement in gross revenue was mainly due to the completion of the acquisition of the Westgate stake on November 1, which contributed $18.4 million to gross revenue. Funan’s reopening on 28 June 2019, after a three-year redevelopment, contributed $900,000 to the total gross revenue of the group. The increase was partially offset by lower gross revenue from Sembawang Shopping Centre, which was divested on June 18 last year.
CMT owns and invests in 15 shopping malls, primarily in Singapore: Tampines Mall, Junction 8, Funan, IMM Building, Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, JCube, Raffles City Singapore (40-per-cent interest), Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, 90 out of 91 strata lots in Bukit Panjang Plaza, The Atrium@Orchard, Clarke Quay, Bugis+, Bedok Mall and Westgate. As at June 30, CMT owned 12.3 per cent of CapitaLand Retail China Trust.