31 Jul '18, 5am

Singapore retail Reits: New supply of space bigger threat than online shopping, says Moody's

SINGAPORE - A heightened supply of retail space will pose a bigger threat to Singapore's retail Reits than online shopping over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a sector report released by Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday (July 31). Nonetheless, analysts are maintaining their credit profiles on rated Reits (real estate investment trusts) such as CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT) which is rated "A2 stable", and Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) which is rated "Baa1 stable". "The addition of new retail space reduces the likelihood of a major recovery in rents, while the growing popularity of online shopping reduces demand for physical retail space," analysts from Moody's said. "However, online shopping makes up a small proportion of Singapore's total retail sales. We expect brick-and-mortar retail to be supported by landlords' initiatives to keep malls attractive and relev...

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