Tuesday 29, January 2019 BY WILLIAM MULLALLY
ENBD REI , a Shari’ah-compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management Limited, has announced its Net Asset Value for the third quarter, ending 31 December 2018. ENBD REIT’s NAV stood at $284 million ($1.11 per share), declining by just $1 million on the previous quarter despite challenging market conditions.
ENBD REIT’s property portfolio value stands at $456 million, compared with $459 million for the previous quarter, as a result of minor valuation losses owing to a soft local real estate market. The portfolio comprises diverse holdings totalling 11 properties across office, residential and alternative asset classes. Gross yield on the portfolio held steady at 8.3 per cent, following a successful leasing programme across office and residential assets. Occupancy across the portfolio currently stands at 88 per cent, with a robust Weighted Average Unexpired Lease Term (WUALT) of 3.61 years.
"We have experienced minor downward pressure on valuations as a result of market headwinds but are pleased that the impact on both portfolio value and NAV has been muted. This is due to the quality and variety of the assets that we hold, and their ability to consistently generate income. In that regard, our ongoing mission to broaden and diversify our holdings will be of particular importance in 2019. With a competitive financing package recently secured, we are in a good position to deploy funds for acquisitions that meet our investment criteria," Anthony Taylor, Head of Real Estate at Emirates NBD Asset Management, said.
In November 2018, ENBD REIT secured a competitive financing facility from Standard Chartered Bank, to reduce its cost of borrowing and facilitate plans to acquire new properties that will increase the share of alternative assets within the portfolio.
ENBD REIT intends to maintain the growth and diversification of its portfolio, by acquiring income generating assets in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates – subject to tenant demand. As at 31 December 2018, the REIT’s Gross Asset Value (GAV) stood at $461 million ($462 million for the previous period) with its Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio remaining at 38 per cnt, and gross rental yield on NAV of 13.2 per cent.