Sunway Reit’s hotel segment fuels growth in Q3 2023

PETALING JAYA: Sunway REIT Management Sdn Bhd, the Manager of Sunway Real Estate Investment Trust (Sunway REIT), reported healthy financial performance in Q3 2023. Revenue increased 6% year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM175.8 million, from RM166.2 million in the same quarter of the preceding year (Q3 2022).

Net Property Income (NPI) expanded 7% y-o-y to RM136.8 million in Q3 2023, compared with RM128.2 million in Q3 2022. The encouraging performance was underpinned by a strong upsurge in the hotel segment’s revenue and NPI, boosted by robust domestic and international leisure business, and full room inventory at Sunway Resort Hotel since July 2023. All segments registered higher revenue and NPI except for the services segment due to the disposal of Sunway Medical Centre (Tower A & B) completed in August 2023.

The retail segment reported a modest growth in revenue and NPI in Q3 2023. Revenue and NPI for the retail segment edged up to RM111.8 million and RM81.8 million respectively, compared to RM110.3 million and RM80.5 million respectively in Q3 2022. The resilient growth was mainly driven by sustained retail sales and footfall for all retail malls and was further bolstered by Sunway Carnival Mall’s strong performance due to the low base in the preceding year before the launch of its new wing in June 2022. In addition, SunCity Ipoh Hypermarket successfully renewed the lease for its anchor tenant in June 2023, with a positive rental reversion.

The hotel segment registered remarkable growth in Q3 2023, as evidenced by the segment’s average occupancy rate which rose from 54% for YTD Q3 2022 to 63% for YTD Q3 2023. The average room rate recorded a healthy increase in the same period, in line with the improved occupancy. Notably, the hotel segment’s revenue jumped 51% to RM27.9 million in Q3 2023, from RM18.4 million in Q3 2022. In tandem with the surge in revenue, NPI climbed 53% from RM17.5 million in Q3 2022 to RM26.9 million in the current quarter. The encouraging performance was underpinned by the stronger pick-up in domestic travellers in conjunction with festive seasons and school holidays, a steady recovery in international travellers, and increased demand for MICE activities. This was further boosted by a full inventory of 460 rooms at the newly refurbished Sunway Resort Hotel since July 2023, following its phased reopening in May 2022.

The office segment recorded a modest revenue growth of 3% to RM20.7 million in Q3 2023, attributed to the steady average occupancy rate, which remained consistent above 80%. Despite the rise in revenue, NPI stood at RM12.8 million which was largely unchanged compared to Q3 2022 due to the higher electricity cost.

Following the completion of the disposal of Sunway Medical Centre (Tower A & B) on Aug 30, 2023, the rental contribution generated from the said property has ceased. Accordingly, the services segment registered a contraction in revenue and NPI by 13% to RM13.8 million in Q3 2023, in contrast to RM15.8 million in Q3 2022.

The industrial and others segment reported a stable revenue of RM1.7 million in Q3 2023, with the last rent review of Sunway REIT Industrial – Shah Alam 1 effected on Jan 1, 2022. The Manager had successfully secured a tenant for Sunway REIT Industrial – Petaling Jaya 1, which will occupy approximately 22% of the net lettable area effective from December 2023. The Manager is currently in active negotiations with prospective tenants for the remaining space.

Manager CEO Clement Chen said, “We are pleased with the continued recovery in the hotel segment and are delighted to reap the benefits of Sunway Resort Hotel’s transformation. We are confident that the new offerings at Sunway Resort Hotel will expand the breadth of its clientele and grow its market share. While the hotel segment performance has yet to fully return to the pre-pandemic levels, the Manager is optimistic that it will continue its strong growth trajectory in the final quarter of 2023.”

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