Business Standard: June 24, 2019
New Delhi: Real estate investment trust (Reit), the newest asset class in the domestic markets, is prompting investors to sit up and take notice. Blackstone-backed Embassy Office Parks Reit has delivered returns of more than 20 per cent since its stock market debut on April 1.
The gains have far-outperformed the benchmark Sensex and the BSE Realty index, which are little-changed during the same period. Not only domestically, but Embassy Reit has also piped most of its global peers in terms of returns in the past three months. Analysts are not ruling out further upside.
A month ago, Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on Embassy Reit with a target price of ~370. Since then, the Reit has gained 10 per cent, surpassing the target price. On Friday, Embassy Reit ended at ~376. “Our constructive view, despite the solid gain since listing, is premised on: We expect this new asset class in India to command a valuation premium given its stable and predictable growth with diversification benefits; interest rate cycle has turned supportive; and expected strong annual net operating income growth of 16 per cent over next two fiscal,” Deutsche Bank said in a note dated May 16.
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