Tue, Nov 10, 2020 – 10:14 AM

CROMWELL European Real Estate Investment Trust’s (Cromwell E-Reit) indicative distribution per unit (DPU) rose 5.8 per cent quarter on quarter to 0.882 euro cent for the three months ended Sept 30.

The indicative DPU is based on a 100 per cent payout of the distributable income and takes into account no capital distribution, as well as base manager fees and property manager fees paid fully in cash.

Gross revenue was up 2.1 per cent to 46.1 million euros (S$73.4 million) for Q3, from 45.2 million euros in Q2 2020, the manager said in a business update on Tuesday.

Net property income grew 14.3 per cent to 30.6 million euros in the third quarter, from 26.8 million euros in the previous quarter. This was mainly attributable to the absence of doubtful debt provisions in Q3 and the reversal of a 0.3 million euro provision for Covid-19 related doubtful debts, the manager said.

Meanwhile, distributable income rose 5.8 per cent quarter on quarter to 22.5 million euros, from 21.3 million euros.

As at end-September, Cromwell E-Reit had a net gearing of 35.9 per cent and a weighted average lease expiry of about five years for its overall portfolio.

Looking beyond the pandemic, the manager plans to increase the Reit’s portfolio exposure to light industrial/logistics and data-centre assets while divesting several office and other assets. It will also continue to plan for key redevelopment pipeline opportunities in gateway cities such as Paris, Amsterdam and Milan.

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As at 10.11am on Tuesday, Cromwell E-Reit units were trading at 46 euro cents, up 1.5 cents or 3.4 per cent, amid broad market gains on the Singapore bourse on hopes of a Covid-19 vaccine.



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