A drop in DPU? Yes, that is right. From 2.086c in the last distribution to 1.981c this time round.
This is due mainly to a private placement of 60 million units in March this year. This is an important reason why I prefer a rights issue to a private placement.
With a rights issue, all unitholders are given a chance to participate in the enlarged capital base of the REIT. With a private placement, retail investors are usually disadvantaged.
Although the DPU might still fall 5% if the REIT had a rights issue instead of a private placement, at least all unitholders would have had a chance to buy new units at a discount which would mean the distribution yields on their investments would be less affected negatively, if at all. Unitholders would also be able to benefit from the price appreciation of the rights units.
Well, it remains to be seen if the management is …