UPDATE: Singapore stocks to watch Monday: Ascendas REIT, palm oil, CityDev, IREIT, OCBC, Lendlease REIT, SingPost

The Nucleos business park property in Singapore to be acquired by Ascendas REIT; credit: Ascendas REITThe Nucleos business park property in Singapore to be acquired by Ascendas REIT; credit: Ascendas REIT

These are Singapore companies which may be in focus on Monday, 4 November 2019: Ascendas REIT, City Developments, IREIT Global, OCBC, Great Eastern, Lendlease Global Commercial REIT, Mapletree Commercial Trust, Jardine Cycle & Carriage, SIA Engineering, Singapore Post, NetLink NBN Trust, Far East Orchard, No Signboard, Kimly, Kencana Agri, Soilbuild Business Space REIT, Ascendas India Trust, TEE International, MindChamps PreSchool and SK Jewellery Group.

This article was originally published on Friday, 1 November 2019 at 22:57 SGT; it has since been updated to include Mapletree Industrial Trust, BreadTalk, Manulife US REIT, CapitaLand, City Developments and palm oil.

Ascendas REIT

Ascendas REIT has entered a deal to acquire 28 U.S. business park properties in the U.S. and two in Singapore for S$1.66 billion from CapitaLand, the REIT said in a filing to SGX Friday.

The REIT requested the trading halt on its shares be lifted Monday.

Read more: UPDATE: Ascendas REIT to acquire 30 business park properties in US, Singapore from CapitaLand for S$1.66 billion

Read more: Ascendas REIT launches rights issue to raise S$1.31 billion

CapitaLand and City Developments

Sengkang Grand Residences, a joint development between CapitaLand and City Developments, met with strong demand after sales opened on Friday, with 216 units of the 280 released selling by 6:00 P.M. SGT Sunday, the developers said in a press release.

Read more: CapitaLand-CityDev Sengkang Grand development meets strong demand

Palm oil

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) alleged in a report published Sunday that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RPSO) has continued to provide false environmental credibility to its members’ products, a practice called “greenwashing.”

In response, RSPO said “our stakeholders can take comfort knowing that RSPO continues to be informed by scores of credible research organisations who conduct independent research on the impacts of RSPO.”

Read more: Environmental group alleges Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is ‘greenwashing’

City Developments and IREIT Global

City Developments’ indirect wholly owned subsidiary City Strategic Equity has acquired an additional 675,211 units in IREIT Global from IREIT Global Group (IGG) for S$490,878, the developer said in a filing to SGX Friday.

After the deal, City Developments’ deemed interest in IREIT Global, which is held via City Strategic Equity, has increased to 12.566 percent from 12.486 percent previously, the filing said.

Read more about City Developments and IREIT Global.

Lendlease Global Commercial REIT, OCBC and Great Eastern

OCBC and Great Eastern said Friday their deemed interest in Lendlease Global Commercial REIT increased to 11.064 percent from 10.952 percent.

The change was due to the net acquisition of 1.31 million units for S$1.25 million, OCBC and Great Eastern said in filings to SGX.

Great Eastern Life Assurance Co. disposed of 491,400 units, The Great Eastern Trust disposed of 33,400 units and Lion Global Investors purchased 1.83 million units, the filings said.

Read more about Lendlease Global Commercial REIT and OCBC and Great Eastern.

Manulife US REIT

Manulife US REIT reported Monday its third quarter net property income grew 11.8 percent on-year to US$28.12 million on the contributions from the newly acquired Centrepoint property, partly offset by higher property operating expenses due to a larger portfolio.

Read more: Manulife US REIT reports 3Q19 net property income climbed 12 percent

Citic Envirotech

Citic Envirotech requested a trading halt Monday pending an announcement.

Read more about Citic Envirotech.

Mapletree Commercial Trust

Mapletree Commercial Trust said Friday it had completed the acquisition of Mapletree Business City Phase 2 and its common areas.

In addition, around S$453.6 million of the around S$458 million in gross proceeds from the trust’s private placement were used to partially fund the acquisition, Mapletree Commercial Trust said in a filing to SGX.

Read more about Mapletree Commercial Trust.

Mapletree Industrial Trust

Mapletree Industrial Trust said Saturday its 80 percent-owned Singapore joint venture, Mapletree Rosewood Data Centre Trust (MRODCT), completed the acquisition of three data centers in North America via a joint venture with Digital Realty Trust.

Under the deal, Digital Realty Trust put the portfolio of data centers into a U.S. joint venture, Blue Sling Ventures, which is 80 percent held by MRODCT and 20 percent held by Digital Realty Trust, Mapletree Industrial Trust said in a filing to SGX.

Mapletree Industrial Trust holds 50 percent of MRODCT, with the remainder held by a wholly owned subsidiary of the REIT’s sponsor, the filing said.

The REIT said it used S$393.7 million of the S$400 million gross proceeds of the private placement of 176.6 million new units at S$2.265 each to partially fund the US$810.6 million (S$1.10 billion) acquisition of the three data centers.

Read more about Mapletree Industrial Trust.

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Jardine Cycle & Carriage

Jardine Cycle & Carriage said Friday Boon Yoon Chiang, age 84, has retired as non-executive director and deputy chairman.

Read more about Jardine Cycle & Carriage.

SIA Engineering

SIA Engineering reported Friday its fiscal second quarter net profit increased 21.1 percent on-year to S$46 million amid higher revenue and lower expenses.

Read more: SIA Engineering reports fiscal 2Q net profit rose 21 percent

Singapore Post

Singapore Post reported Friday its fiscal second quarter net profit rose 10.3 percent on-year to S$27.73 million on improved performance from associates and joint ventures and a year-ago exceptional fair value loss on warrants.

Read more: Singapore Post reports fiscal 2Q net profit rose 10 percent

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NetLink NBN Trust

NetLInk NBN Trust reported Friday its fiscal second quarter net profit rose 24.1 percent on-year to S$23.19 million as revenue rose, mainly on higher residential-connections and installation-related revenue.

Read more: NetLink NBN Trust reports fiscal 2Q net profit rose 24 percent

BreadTalk

Paradice Investment Management ceased to be a substantial shareholder of BreadTalk, with its deemed interest falling to 4.986 percent from 5.133 percent, the U.S.-based fund manager said in a filing to SGX Saturday.

The deemed interest declined after the sale of 827,000 shares in the market for S$462,128, the filing said.

The fund manager manages individual client portfolios under a global small- and mid-cap strategy, giving it discretion and authority over the shares, the filing said.

Read more about BreadTalk.

Far East Orchard

Far East Orchard said Friday Lui Chong Chee will retire as CEO, managing director and executive director, effective 31 December.

Lui will be working with the board for a smooth transition, Far East Orchard said in a filing to SGX.

Read more about Far East Orchard.

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No Signboard

No Signboard Holdings said Friday it opened its second Little Sheep Hotpot restaurant in Singapore, at a location in the basement of Orchard Gateway.

Read more: No Signboard opens second Little Sheep outlet in Singapore

Kimly

Kimly said Friday it has completed the acquisition of the coffeeshop property at 143 Teck Whye Lane #01-243 in Singapore for S$14 million, and plans major enhancement works.

Read more: Kimly to revamp newly acquired TW143 coffeeshop

Kencana Agri

Kencana Agri warned Friday it expected to report a net loss for the quarter ended 30 September, mainly due to low crude palm oil (CPO) prices. More details will be disclosed with the unaudited financial results are released, Kencana Agri said in a filing to SGX.

Read more about Kencana Agri.

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Soilbuild Business Space REIT

Soilbuild Business Space REIT has competed the acquisition of the property at 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, Australia, from 25 Grenfell Street Adelaide Real Estate Netherlands, the REIT said in a filing to SGX Friday.

The REIT added that all of the S$100 million net proceeds of its preferential offering have been used to partially fund the acquisition and related costs.

Read more about Soilbuild Business Space REIT.

Ascendas India Trust

Massachusetts Financial Services Co. said Friday its deemed interest in Ascendas India Trust fell to 5.76 percent from 6.33 percent after the disposal 6 million units for S$9.57 million.

The deemed interest in Ascendas India Trust is held through multiple subsidiaries and clients for which MFS has investment or voting discretion, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. said in a filing to SGX.

Read more about Ascendas India Trust.

TEE International

TEE International said Friday its controlling shareholder, Phua Chian Kin has informed the board the completion date for his proposed sale of a 23 percent stake in the company has been extended to 30 November at the buyer’s request.

“Shareholders should note that there is no assurance that the proposed sale will be completed,” TEE International said in a filing to SGX.

After the deal is completed, Phua will have a direct interest of 16.24 percent and a deemed interest of 6.37 percent, TEE International has said previously.

Read more about TEE International.

MindChamps PreSchool

MindChamps PreSchool Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mindchamps PreSchool, has entered a deal to acquire 50 percent of MindChamps PreSchool @ Concorde Hotel (Orchard) from Kabir Raiyan for S$100, the school operator said in a filing to SGX Friday.

Read more: MindChamps to acquire 50 percent of MindChamps PreSchool @ Concorde Hotel (Orchard)

SK Jewellery Group

SK Jewellery Group said Friday Yeo Kah Cheng Karen, the country general manager for Singapore, has resigned to pursue other career opportunities.

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