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It’s high time to look again at Asia Pacific REITs

Attractive valuations, re-opening, and ongoing structural demand from urbanisation mean that this part of the Real Asset market is well positioned to shine again.

Date published
1 May 2023
Andrew Chambers Portfolio Manager, Real Assets
Daniel Fitzgerald, CFA Portfolio Manager, Real Assets

We see the combination of reopening and inflation as a real positive for Asian Pacific property rents, especially for Retail properties.


Opportunities by being selective

We are being more cautious on the Office REIT market in some developed markets, given the challenges and headwinds from working from home trends, weakening economies, and higher supply in markets (such as Hong Kong).

This is why we think it is important to be selective. We see solid fundamentals in some markets like India and Singapore. For example, India has seen some of the strongest absorption levels globally over the last decade, with strong demand coming from a growing outsourcing and services economy with many large multi-nationals locating key middle and back-office operations in the country given the attractive pool of talent and relative cost advantage. Indian REITs that tap into this theme include Embassy Office Parks REIT.

This dispersion of opportunities within REITs highlights the importance of blending Real Asset sectors and being selective through proprietary research.


Focusing on everyday use assets and demographic trends

We do agree that the Asian property market has seen some unique issues in the past year, particularly within Chinese Property Developers, however this is a segment that we do not invest in given our process excludes developers.

While there may be lingering debt restructuring concerns for some Property Developers, we are somewhat ambivalent. For REITs, we only focus on lower risk “rent collectors” that service the everyday needs of urban populations. These include high quality REITs such as Link REIT and Fortune REIT in Hong Kong, CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust in Singapore and Charter Hall Retail REIT in Australia.

We also only invest in very liquid and transparent listed REITs, and diversify with listed infrastructure and utilities names. We do not invest in the higher risk property developers that are more subject to fluctuating property prices, the need to replenish land banks, unknown volumes, build risk etc.

In addition, a key part of how we invest is to focus on property companies that have exposure to regions with positive urbanisation trends, of which the Asia Pacific ex Japan region continues to look very attractive. We see that this urban population growth thematic is a key driver of demand growth for all Real Assets across the Asia Pacific region, which should help to drive the long-term income and capital growth of the Asia Pacific Urban Trends Income portfolio.


The advantages of blending listed REITs with Infrastructure and Utilities

Our Real Asset strategies invest in a unique blend of listed Infrastructure, REITs and Utilities. By combining these three listed asset classes together, we can access ongoing structural demand from urbanisation while reducing exposure to the less attractive components of each asset class – such as low-yield airports, higher risk office/commercial properties or ESG-challenged utilities.

By eliminating the least attractive parts of listed Infrastructure, REITs and Utilities, we aim to provide investors with a portfolio that has a higher yield and lower risk than sector specific strategies, and a lower correlation with other asset classes. We also can strategically move between the three sub sectors when we see opportunities to increase returns.

All in, given the attractive valuations, re-opening, and ongoing structural demand from urbanisation, we remain very positive on including select listed REITs from the Asia Pacific region in our Asia Pacific Urban Trends Income portfolios.

Click here to find out more about the Martin Currie Asia Pacific Urban Trends Income (APUTI) strategy, and also our Martin Currie Australia Real Income strategy and Martin Currie Global Real Income (GRI) strategy.

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