I have received questions from readers and friends if they should sell their units in First REIT given its stellar performance of late. I can’t really advise if they should sell or hold on to their investments. I am not qualified to give advisories and neither do I have the inclination to do so.

I would say the following:

Fundamentally, First REIT is rock solid. One should, however, remember that its bumper income distributions in the last two quarters were due to contribution from the sale of its Adam Road property. If this contribution were removed, we are more likely to see a DPU of 1.6c per quarter. This means an annualised DPU of 6.4c. At today’s high of 87c per unit, that would be a base distribution yield of 7.35%. Its larger peer, Parkway Life REIT, has a distribution yield of about 5.26% at a unit price …