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HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 14 February 2019 - Henderson Sunlight Asset Management Limited (the "Manager") is pleased to announce the interim results of Sunlight REIT for the six months ended 31 December 2018 (the "Reporting Period").

Sunlight REIT continued to make healthy progress during the Reporting Period, as revenue and net property income ("NPI") registered 6.4% and 9.2% year-on-year ("YoY") growth to HK$424.9 million and HK$338.7 million respectively. Improvement in passing rent and initial contribution from The Harvest (formerly Fung Shun Commercial Building) were the main drivers behind this performance.

Distributable income rose 8.2% YoY to HK$231.6 million. The Board has resolved to declare an interim distribution per unit of HK 13.2 cents, representing a payout ratio of 93.9% and an increase of 4.8% YoY.

The portfolio of Sunlight REIT was appraised at HK$19,452.5 millionat 31 December 2018, up 3.7% from 30 June 2018. Meanwhile, its net assets grew 4.2% to HK$15,476.3 million, which translates to a net asset value of HK$9.40 per unit.

Operating Highlights

The overall occupancy of Sunlight REIT's portfolio was96.7% at 31 December 2018 (30 June 2018: 98.2%). Office occupancy was 95.7% (30 June 2018: 97.8%), a slight decline mainly attributable to the higher vacancies recorded at Bonham Trade Centre in preparation for the upcoming asset enhancement, andat The Harvest upon expiry of the sale and leaseback arrangement for the office portion with the previous owner. The retail portfolio maintained a satisfactory occupancy rate of 98.9% (30 June 2018: 99.2%). Passing rent of office and retail portfolio rose 2.7% and 2.0% from six months ago to HK$34.7 per sq. ft. and HK$75.4 per sq. ft. respectively.

Underpinned by an upsurge in office rents in decentralized areas and a decent rebound in visitor arrivals from China, Sunlight REIT achieved an overall rental reversion of 10.6% during the Reporting Period. In particular, the top three properties of Sunlight REIT, namely Sunlight Tower, Sheung Shui Centre Shopping Arcade and Metro City Phase I Property, recorded rental reversions of 12.8%, 10.1% and 13.0% respectively.

Mr. Wu Shiu Kee, Keith, Chief Executive Officer of the Manager, said, "Looking ahead, while market volatility will remain a notable feature in 2019, the Manager remains positive to the medium-term prospects of Sunlight REIT which is poised to benefit from the favourable rental reversionary trend and the ongoing asset enhancement initiatives. Given its strong financial war chest, Sunlight REIT is also well positioned to conduct unit buy-backs, as well as to capitalize on any attractive acquisition opportunities which may arise."

Remarks: Attached highlights of the FY2018/19 Interim Results of Sunlight REIT.

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) (the "Trust Deed") and has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since 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 approximately 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 primarily 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.

Highlights of FY2018/19 Interim Results:

(in HK$' million, unless otherwise specified)

 

Six months ended

31 December 2018

Six months ended

31 December 2017

Change

(%)

Revenue

424.9

399.3

6.4

Net property income

338.7

310.2

9.2

Cost-to-income ratio (%)

20.3

22.3

N/A

Profit after taxation

859.1

935.1

(8.1)

Distributable income

231.6

214.1

8.2

Distribution per unit (HK cents)

13.2

12.6

4.8

Payout ratio (%)

93.9

96.6

N/A

 

 

At 31 December 2018

At 30 June 2018

Change

(%)

Portfolio valuation

19,452.5

18,754.8

3.7

Net asset value

15,476.3

14,857.0

4.2

Net asset value per unit (HK$)

9.40

9.03

4.1

Gearing ratio (%)

21.0

21.8

N/A

Disclaimer:

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.

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