AREIT Net Income Surge 60% in 1Q21 Driven by Stable Operations and New Assets

Ayala Land’s pioneering Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the Philippines, AREIT Inc. (PSE: AREIT), posted a net income of PhP 403 million for the first quarter of 2021, 60% higher than last year, driven by stable operations and the contribution of newly-acquired assets. With a high occupancy rate of 99% and strong 95% collection rate, total revenues reached PhP 608 million, 52% more year-on-year.

“AREIT’s first quarter performance was marked by significant growth and business resilience. This is driven by the quality and stability of our properties as well as the addition of new assets to our portfolio. Our focus is to ensure that our business operations are optimized and that the company is positioned for growth,” said, President and CEO, Carol T. Mills.

Last January, AREIT acquired The 30th, a 75,000-square meter (sqm) commercial development located in Pasig City and 98,000 sqm of land located at Laguna Technopark currently leased by Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. for its manufacturing business. Along with the acquisition of the Teleperformance Cebu building last October 2020, these properties boosted AREIT’s income this period and increased its gross leasable space to 344 thousand sqm and assets under management (AUM) to PhP 37 billion.

The company’s expansion activities continued in April as AREIT secured the approval of its stockholders to increase its authorized capital stock from PhP11.7 billion to PhP 29.5 billion along with the infusion of PhP 15.5 billion worth of commercial assets from its Sponsor, Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) in exchange for 483 million shares during its first Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. The transaction is expected to be completed within the second half of the year. This will further grow AREIT’s gross leasable space to 549 thousand sqm and AUM to PhP 52 billion.

AREIT closed the quarter with a net gearing of 0.35:1, maintaining a strong balance sheet to support its future growth plans.

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