CapitaLand Ascott Trust divests two hotels in Australia for AUD109.0 million 

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CapitaLand Ascott Trust (CLAS) is divesting two mature  hotels in Sydney, Australia to an unrelated third celebration for a complete of AUD109.0 million (S$95.6 million1). Situated outdoors of town centre, the two properties are Courtyard by Marriott  Sydney-North Ryde and Novotel Sydney Paramatta.

The two properties will probably be divested at about 5% above e book worth2 and web proceeds of the  divestment is predicted to be AUD98.0 million (S$85.9 million). The exit yield3is 4.4% and  CLAS will recognise a web achieve of AUD14.2 million (S$12.4 million)4. The divestment of  Courtyard by Marriott Sydney-North Ryde and Novotel Sydney Paramatta is predicted to be  accomplished in 1Q 2024 and 3Q 2024 respectively.

Serena Teo, Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Ascott Trust Management Limited and  CapitaLand Ascott Business Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (the Managers of CLAS), mentioned: “The  divestment of those two properties outdoors of central Sydney is a part of our lively portfolio  reconstitution technique. CLAS stays targeted on belongings that provide higher yields and can  additional uplift the worth for our portfolio. As extra capital will probably be required to improve these

two mature properties, the divestment will allow us to redeploy the proceeds into extra  optimum makes use of akin to however not restricted to paying down debt and funding our different asset  enhancement initiatives (AEI). The exit yield can be at a pretty stage that compares  favourably in opposition to the present price of borrowing in Australia. We not too long ago divested 4 mature  serviced residences in regional France at an exit yield of about 4%. Part of the divestment  proceeds can even be used to partially finance our acquisition of three prime lodging belongings in  London, Dublin and Jakarta at the next yield of 6.2%5, additional enhancing our returns to Stapled  Securityholders.”

“Australia stays a key market for CLAS. We proceed to see sturdy demand from company  and leisure company for our serviced residences and hotels in Australia, boosted by giant scale

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sporting occasions. Post-divestment, our remaining seven serviced residences and hotels beneath  administration contracts will allow us to seize the journey demand whereas our 5 serviced  residences beneath grasp leases will proceed to supply us with secure revenue,” added Ms Teo.

In 3Q 2023, income per accessible unit (RevPAU6) for CLAS’ properties in Australia was 18%  larger year-on-year at AUD152, exceeding 3Q 2019 professional forma RevPAU7 by 13%. After the  divestment of Courtyard by Marriott Sydney-North Ryde and Novotel Sydney Paramatta,  CLAS may have 12 remaining serviced residences and hotels in Australia, in cities akin to  Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

This consists of Novotel Sydney Central, one among eight properties which can be in CLAS’ AEI pipeline to create better worth for Stapled Securityholders. Novotel Sydney Central will bear an  in depth AEI which features a brownfield extension so as to add eight extra flooring and 72 extra  rooms, a 28% enhance from the present stock. The property’s gross flooring space can even  increase by 10%. Post-AEI, the property’s worth8is predicted to extend by about AUD173.3  million (roughly S$151.9 million) as in comparison with the valuation as at 31 December 2022  of AUD166.5 million (roughly S$150.3 million). Based on the valuation by Colliers, the  property’s EBITDA is predicted to extend by AUD10.1 million (roughly S$8.9 million)  on a stabilised foundation, with an 11.3%9 yield on AEI price.


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