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ESR-LOGOS REIT takes home SBR National Business Awards 2024 for 4R Strategy

The framework has allowed the company to emerge with resilient financial performance in the previous year.

Asia Pacific-focused industrial real estate investment trust (REIT) ESR-LOGOS REIT (E-LOG) received the win in the Real Estate category at the recently held SBR National Business Awards 2024 for its successful execution of its “4R Strategy” in FY2023, which demonstrated its exceptional financial resilience amidst global challenges. 

The 4R Strategy includes capital recycling, recapitalising the balance sheet, portfolio rejuvenation, and reinforcing sponsor support. This response has been evident in the swift and timely execution of a $300m equity fundraising (EFR), being the first Singapore REIT to capture a narrow window to raise money in early FY2023 just before the collapse of several banks which caused market uncertainty.

Anticipating the imminent impact of a rapidly rising interest rate environment, the groundbreaking move not only fortified E-LOG's balance sheet but also served as a proactive measure to pare down gearing. Complemented by the divestment of non-core assets totalling $440.6m, this strategic manoeuvre has showcased E-LOG's commitment to financial discipline, ensuring resilience and robust balance sheet strength.

This divestment has also optimised the portfolio by shedding assets with short land leases and limited growth potential, thereby focusing on a strengthened core asset portfolio. With part of the proceeds from the EFR and divestments used to pare down debt, E-LOG reported a low and prudent gearing of 35.7% for FY2023.

The prudent capital management E-LOG conducted in FY2023 has also enabled the REIT to weather through the rising interest rate environment across the financial year. Now that interest rates are expected to turn the tide, E-LOG is well-positioned to leverage acquisition growth opportunities with this low gearing to create unitholder returns and value add in a timely manner.

Meanwhile, the 4R Strategy has also proven to be effective in enhancing portfolio value and performance, recording a stable 92.8% occupancy and prudent tenant diversification, achieving an impressive double-digit 11.1% positive rental reversion for the second consecutive year.

“As E-LOG enters FY2024 with a robust balance sheet, it is well-positioned to capture growth opportunities, reflecting resilience, innovation, and strategic foresight in the dynamic real estate landscape,” the company said.

SBR National Business Awards honours local and homegrown companies in Singapore for their exceptional projects, driving innovation and contributing significantly to the nation's robust economy.

The SBR National Business Awards is presented by Singapore Business Review Magazine. To view the full list of winners, click here. If you want to join the 2025 awards programme and be acclaimed for your company's exceptional contributions to the local business landscape in Singapore, please contact Jane Patiag at [email protected].

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