- What is Ascendas India Trust?
- Why is a-iTrust structured as a business trust and not a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)?
- Is a-iTrust limited to the development / owning / acquisition of only IT parks?
- How do I invest in a-iTrust?
- In what currency are a-iTrust units denominated?
- What is the financial year end of a-iTrust?
- What is the reporting frequency of a-iTrust?
- What is the cash distribution frequency of a-iTrust?
- Do I need to pay any tax on these cash distributions?
- How often does a-iTrust re-value its portfolio?
- How is a-iTrust related to CapitaLand?
1. What is Ascendas India Trust?
Ascendas India Trust, or a-iTrust, is the first listed Indian property trust in Asia. a-iTrust is a business trust with the principal objective of owning primarily income-producing business space in India. a-iTrust may acquire, hold and develop land or uncompleted developments to be used primarily for business space with the objective of holding the properties upon completion.
2. Why is a-iTrust structured as a business trust and not a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)?
REITs are subject to a 25% development limit under the Property Funds Guidelines. As a business trust, a-iTrust is not subject to any limit on development activities. However, to achieve a balance between prudence and maintaining flexibility in investment strategies to maximise Unitholders' returns, the Trust Deed provides that a-iTrust's development activities will be limited to 20% of deposited property.
Notwithstanding, certain key safeguarding provisions under the Property Funds Guidelines have been voluntarily adopted by a-iTrust and incorporated into the Trust Deed to protect Unitholders' interest. These include:
- Gearing (Loan-to value) limit of 50% of deposited property;
- Distribute at least 90% of distributable income; and
- Certain restrictions on permissible investments under the Property Funds Guidelines.
3. Is a-iTrust limited to the development / owning / acquisition of only IT parks?
No. a-iTrust is mandated to invest in business space, which includes commercial, industrial and logistic space in India. The concentration of IT parks in a-iTrust's portfolio currently was a result of the strong demand for IT space in India.
4. How do I invest in a-iTrust?
You can buy units in a-iTrust, which is listed on the SGX-ST. For investors outside Singapore, please consult your local stockbroker who may deal in securities listed in Singapore.
5. In what currency are a-iTrust units denominated?
6. What is the financial year end of a-iTrust?
With effect from 1 April 2019, a-iTrust’s financial year was changed from 31 March to 31 December of each year.
7. What is the reporting frequency of a-iTrust?
Following the amendments to Rule 705(2) of the Listing Manual which were effective from 7 February 2020, a-iTrust has adopted the announcement of half-yearly financial statements with effect from the financial year ending 31 December 2020 (“FY2020”). The Trustee-Manager will continue its proactive engagement with stakeholders through its various communication channels, including providing relevant business updates between the announcements of half-yearly financial statements.
8. What is the cash distribution frequency of a-iTrust?
Following the change in financial year end from 31 March to 31 December, a-iTrust will make distributions to unitholders for the six-month period ending 30 September 2019 and three-month period ending 31 December 2019. Thereafter, the cash distributions will be paid on a half-yearly basis for every six-month period ending 30 June and 31 December.
9. Do I need to pay any tax on these cash distributions?
Distributions are exempt from Singapore income tax in the hands of all Unitholders, regardless of whether they are corporates or individuals, foreign or local. The distributions will be free of Singapore withholding tax or tax deduction at source (Tax is paid in India prior to repatriation to Singapore for distribution).
10. How often does a-iTrust re-value its portfolio?
Revaluations are done annually, typically coinciding with the financial year end. An additional revaluation could be done in between scheduled revaluation dates if it is expected that there be significant change to portfolio valuation in the period, including where land has been redeveloped into a building.
11. How is a-iTrust related to CapitaLand?
a-iTrust is managed by Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte. Ltd. (the “Trustee-Manager”), which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand).
CapitaLand is one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups. CapitaLand’s portfolio spans across diversified real estate classes which includes commercial, retail; business park, industrial and logistics; integrated development, urban development; as well as lodging and residential. With a presence across more than 220 cities in over 30 countries, the Group focuses on Singapore and China as its core markets, while it continues to expand in markets such as India, Vietnam, Australia, Europe and the USA.
CapitaLand has one of the largest real estate investment management businesses globally. It manages six listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and business trusts as well as over 20 private funds. CapitaLand launched Singapore’s first REIT in 2002 and today, its stable of REITs and business trusts comprises CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust, Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand China Trust, Ascendas India Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.