Top 5 Malaysian REITs that made you money if you invested from their IPOs (updated 2018)

Last week, 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 19 S-REITs that have been listed for listed for at least 10 years, 15 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 11 M-REITs that IPOed in 2007 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 RM1,350 (+35% in capital gains) by end-Janaury 2018. On top of that, she would have collected total dividends of RM870 (+87% 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 RM2,220 including the dividends received over the years. If she invested RM10,000, then her investment would’ve grown to RM22,220. Basically, the more money she invests, the more she makes. And the longer she holds, the more dividends she’s going to receive. In all, her annualised return from Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT alone is 6.86% from August 2006 to January 2018.

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 gains/losses and taxes that might be applicable to foreign investors.

5. Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT (annualised return: 6.86%)
Since 2006, every RM1,000 investment in Al-Aqar Healthcare REIT would’ve turned into RM1,350. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,220.

4. Hektar REIT (annualised return: 6.90%)
Since 2006, every RM1,000 investment in Hektar REIT would’ve turned into RM1,170. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,230.

3. UOA REIT (annualised return: 7.85%)
Since 2005, every RM1,000 investment in UOA REIT would’ve turned into RM1,540. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,670.

2. MRCB-Quill REIT (annualised return: 8.63%)
Since 2007, every RM1,000 investment in MQREIT would’ve turned into RM1,480. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM2,480.

1. Axis REIT (annualised return: 10.88%)
Since 2005, every RM1,000 investment in Axis REIT would’ve turned into RM2,220. Including dividends, every RM1,000 would cumulatively become RM3,830.

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 11 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, do note that AmanahRaya REIT and AmFirst REIT are sitting on capital losses of 3% and 34% respectively. But when we include dividends, their overall returns are still positive.

Only three M-REITs – Hektar REIT (in 2012), AmFirst REIT (2012), and Amanah Harta Tanah PNB (2016) – issued rights. If Sophia had subscribed to them, the table above will show an even better overall return for these three REITs.

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: 2018 applications to join Dividend Machines close Sunday, 18  March 2018, 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!

Happy investing and we hope to see you on the inside 🙂

Rusmin Ang is an equity investor and co-founder of The Fifth Person. His investment articles have been published on The Business Times BTInvest section and Business Insider. He has also been featured multiple times on national radio on 938LIVE for his views and opinions on how to invest successfully in the stock market. Rusmin is on the speaking circuit for CIMB Securities (Malaysia) and has spoken at events in Penang, Sibu and Kuala Lumpur and is the co-author of Value Investing in Growth Companies published by Wiley, Inc. The book can be found in all major book stores worldwide and on, Barnes & Noble and Apple's iBooks. Rusmin was actually a former SIAEC scholar who gave up his scholarship and a cushy career to follow his itch of learning how to be a better investor and ultimately lead a life of financial independence. He believes that anyone, even with a regular job, can achieve more financial peace-of-mind by investing intelligently and safely for the long term.


  1. earnest goldwyn a l m tharmapalan

    August 3, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I would like to invest and it all depend on the R.O.I t.q

  2. Faisal

    April 3, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Can you please let me know which is better for long term investment, unit trust or reit?

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