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Should You Invest In Frasers Centrepoint Trust (SGX:J69U)?

Frasers Centrepoint Trust is a S$2.1b small-cap, real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Singapore, Singapore. REITs own and operate income-generating property and adhere to a different set of regulations. This impacts how J69U’s business operates and also how we should analyse its stock. I’ll take you through some of the key metrics you should use in order to properly assess J69U.

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Funds from Operations (FFO) is a higher quality measure of J69U’s earnings compared to net income. This term is very common in the REIT investing world as it provides a cleaner look at its cash flow from daily operations by excluding impact of one-off activities or non-cash items such as depreciation. For J69U, its FFO of S$137m makes up 108% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

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Robust financial health can be measured using a common metric in the REIT investing world, FFO-to-debt. The calculation roughly estimates how long it will take for J69U to repay debt on its balance sheet, which gives us insight into how much risk is associated with having that level of debt on its books. With a ratio of 17%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as significantly high risk. This would take J69U 5.94 years to pay off using operating income alone. Given that long-term debt is a multi-year commitment this is not unusual, however, the longer it takes for a company to pay back debt, the higher the risk associated with that company.

I also look at J69U’s interest coverage ratio, which demonstrates how many times its earnings can cover its yearly interest expense. This is similar to the concept above, but looks at the upcoming obligations. The ratio is typically calculated using EBIT, but for a REIT stock, it’s better to use FFO divided by net interest. With an interest coverage ratio of 6.96x, it’s safe to say J69U is generating an appropriate amount of cash from its borrowings.

I also use FFO to look at J69U’s valuation relative to other REITs in Singapore by using the price-to-FFO metric. This is conceptually the same as the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio, but as previously mentioned, FFO is more suitable. J69U’s price-to-FFO is 15.03x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is fairly valued.

Next Steps:

In this article, I’ve taken a look at Funds from Operations using various metrics, but it is certainly not sufficient to derive an investment decision based on this value alone. Frasers Centrepoint Trust can bring about diversification for your portfolio, but before you decide to invest, take a look at the other aspects you must consider before investing:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for J69U’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for J69U’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is J69U worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether J69U is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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