HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 17 October 2019 - Henderson Sunlight Asset Management Limited (the " Manager"), as manager of Sunlight Real Estate Investment Trust (" Sunlight REIT "), announces the operational statistics of Sunlight REIT for the first quarter of the financial year 2019/20.
At 30 September 2019, the average occupancy rate of the overall portfolio of Sunlight REIT was 95.9% (30 June 2019: 95.3%). Office occupancy rate improved to 95.9% (30 June 2019: 94.0%), mainly attributable to the partial handover of the new co-working space at Strand 50. On the other hand, retail occupancy rate declined to 95.9% as compared with 98.1% at 30 June 2019, principally reflecting a trade mix reshuffling exercise at Metro City Phase I Property (" MCPI").
Passing rent of the overall portfolio was HK$49.1 per sq. ft. at 30 September 2019, representing a quarterly increase of 1.0%. Rental reversions for the office and retail portfolios, calculated on the basis of change in effective rent of the leases that have been renewed and commenced during the quarter, were 13.3% and 9.1% respectively.
On the office front, Sunlight Tower was fully let as passing rent improved 0.3% quarter on quarter. The Sheung Wan/Central office portfolio performed well with an average passing rent increase of 3.8%.
Regarding the retail portfolio, Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade recorded an occupancy rate of 97.7% with passing rent unchanged at HK$118.4 per sq. ft.. Meanwhile, both MCPI and Kwong Wah Plaza Property recorded reasonable passing rent improvement during the quarter under review.
Remarks: Attached operational statistics of Sunlight REIT for the first quarter of the financial year 2019/20.
Operational statistics for the first quarter of the financial year 2019/20
Occupancy Rate (%) 1
Passing Rent (HK$/sq. ft.) 2
at 30 Sep 19
at 30 Jun 19
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at 30 Jun 19
135 Bonham Strand Trade Centre Property
Winsome House Property
235 Wing Lok Street Trade Centre
Java Road 108 Commercial Centre
On Loong Commercial Building
Sun Fai Commercial Centre Property
Wai Ching Commercial Building Property
Yau Ma Tei
Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade
Metro City Phase I Property
Tseung Kwan O
Kwong Wah Plaza Property
Beverley Commercial Centre Property
Tsim Sha Tsui
Supernova Stand Property
1. Calculated on the basis of occupied gross rentable area (" GRA") as a proportion of total GRA on the relevant date.
2. Calculated on the basis of average rent per sq. ft. for occupied GRA on the relevant date.
3. The property was previously known as Bonham Trade Centre.
4. Excluding the renovated area, the occupancy rate would have been 95.4%.
About Sunlight REIT
Sunlight REIT (Stock code: 435) is a real estate investment trust authorized by the Securities and Futures Commission and constituted by the trust deed dated 26 May 2006 (as amended and supplemented by six supplemental deeds), and has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on 21 December 2006. Sunlight REIT offers investors the opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of 11 office and five retail properties in Hong Kong with a total gross rentable area of over 1.2 million sq. ft.. The office properties are primarily located in core business areas, including Wan Chai and Sheung Wan/Central, as well as in decentralized business areas such as Mong Kok and North Point. The retail properties are situated in regional transportation hubs and new towns including Sheung Shui, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long, as well as in urban areas with high population density.
About the Manager
The Manager of Sunlight REIT is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Henderson Land Development Company Limited (恒基兆業地產有限公司); its responsibility is to manage Sunlight REIT in the sole interest of the unitholders in accordance with the Trust Deed.
The information contained in this press release does not constitute an offer or invitation to sell or the solicitation of an offer or invitation to purchase or subscribe for units in Sunlight REIT in Hong Kong or any other jurisdiction.