I refer to the matter of AL-`AQAR HEALTHCARE REIT ("AL-`AQAR" OR "REIT") PROPOSED LEASE RENEWAL https://www.bursamalaysia.com/market_information/announcements/company_announcement/announcement_details?ann_id=3159692 2.4.4 Rental formula for rental amount on pages 5 to 8. For information, the agreed yield of 5.75% and the 200 BPS in the rent formula for the next contractual term under the Proposed Lease Renewal differ from that included in the rent rental formula under the previous Principal Lease Agreements primarily due to, amongst others, the interest rate environment. The 3-month Kuala Lumpur Interbank Offered Rate (“KLIBOR”) on 30 June 2006 was 3.92% as compared to 1.94% as at LPD (Source: Bloomberg). In addition,the spread under the rent review formula is now proposed at 200 BPS as compared to 238 BPS after taking into consideration, inter-alia, the improved financial standing of KPJ Group over the years. As at LPD, KPJ is a RM4.4billion (30 June 2006: RM323.7million) market capitalisation company with revenue of RM2.4 billion for FY 31 December 2020
My concerns are as follows:
1/ Whilst there is minimum rental protection, however the increase in rental is capped at only 2% regardless of the market value of the property or the 10 year MGS rate. The board's and MainStreet independent advisor report talks about the drop in KLIBOR however they did not consider the scenario where 10 year MGS rate goes back up towards 4.2% and subsequently increases ALAQAR's financing cost significantly. This proposal pushes the interest rate risk to ALAQAR for the next 15 years. How is it fair that the increase in rental be capped to 2% irrespective of the 10 year MGS rate on rental review years ?
2/ On page 18 section 5.3 of the circular, the new terms will effect an initial rental reduction of RM1,543,000 in the first year. The evidence of improved financial standing of KPJ is not convincing. This company's FY2020 is gearing is 67%. YTLREIT arranged a rental deferment and intends to pay back the arrears from 2022 onwards however in 2020 KPJ asked for a rental rebate during MCO 1.0 from ALAQAR. ALAQAR agreed instead of asking rental deferment.