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Previously, I updated an article about the top 10 Singapore REITs that would have made you money if you invested from their IPOs. Out of the 20 S-REITs that have been listed for listed for at least 10 years, 16 of them gave a positive overall return for investors.
In this article, we will look at their counterparts from across the causeway and do a similar study on the performance of Malaysian REITs (M-REITs) that have been listed for at least ten years. In total, there are 12 M-REITs that IPOed in 2010 or earlier.
We will make a similar assumption that Sophia (a fictional character) invests RM1,000 in each of these REITs from the day it listed. Since Sophia is a hard-core income investor, she doesn’t want to come out with any money to subscribe to any rights (if any) and is prepared for any share dilution. Let’s also assume that she neglects to sell her nil-paid rights from which she can make a profit from.
For example, if Sophia invested in Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT from its IPO in 2006, her initial investment of RM1,000 would have grown to RM1,400 (+40% in capital gains) by end-Janaury 2020. On top of that, she would have collected total dividends of RM1,010 (+101% in dividends).
From the table above, Sophia would’ve made a nice return in Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT as her initial investment of RM1,000 would have grown to RM2,410 including the dividends received over the years. If she invested RM10,000, then her investment would’ve grown to RM24,100. Basically, the more money she had invested, the more she would have made. And the longer she holds onto her investments, the more dividends she will receive. In all, her annualised return from Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT alone is 6.50% from August 2006 to January 2020.
So after investing for more than ten years, here are the top five best-performing Malaysian REITs for Sophia.
Note: We’ve excluded brokerage costs, currency exchange movements, and taxes that might be applicable to foreign investors.
5. Amanah Harta Tanah PNB (annualised return: +5.99%)
Since 2006, every RM1,000 investment in AHP REIT would’ve turned into RM1,100. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,390.
4. UOA REIT (annualised return: 6.34%)
Since 2005, every RM1,000 investment in UOA REIT would’ve turned into RM1,210. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,510.
4. Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT (annualised return: 6.50%)
Since 2006, every RM1,000 investment in Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT would’ve turned into RM1,400. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,410.
2. MRCB-Quill REIT (annualised return: 6.86%)
Since 2007, every RM1,000 investment in MQREIT would’ve turned into RM1,110. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,370.
1. Axis REIT (annualised return: 10.90%)
Since 2005, every RM1,000 investment in Axis REIT would’ve turned into RM2,850. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM4,720.
In summary, here is Sophia’s overall performance:
As you can see, the Sophia’s Malaysian REIT portfolio is a sea of green! Out of the 12 M-REITs that have been listed for at least 10 years or more, all of them have given consistent dividends and positive overall returns if you invested from their IPOs.
However, Atrium REIT, Hektar REIT, AmanahRaya REIT, Tower REIT, and AmFirst REIT are sitting on capital losses of 1%, 7%, 22%, 25% and 52% respectively. But when we include dividends, their overall return is still positive.
Singaporeans and foreign investors who are not comfortable with forex risks are unlikely to be interested in Malaysian REITs as the ringgit continues to weaken. However, Malaysians are unaffected by this as Malaysian REITs are traded in their home currency. So if you’re a Malaysian, M-REITs do seem to be a viable option to build consistent streams of passive income.
Finally, just a quick reminder: 2020 applications to join Dividend Machines close on Sunday, 1 March 2020, at 23:59 hours. If you’re looking for a way to learn how to invest in dividend stocks and REITs and build multiple streams of passive dividend income, then we highly recommend you check out Dividend Machines before applications close!
Once the deadline has passed, Dividend Machines will only reopen in 2021. So if you miss this round, you’ll have to wait a year (or more) before we accept new applications again.
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