Hektar REIT Acquires KYSM

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Kuala Lumpur, Sept 12: Hektar Asset Management Sdn. Bhd., the Manager of Hektar Real Estate Investment Trust (“Hektar REIT”), announced today the acquisition of an educational asset, Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka (KYSM), a prestigious private school in Melaka, Malaysia, at a purchase consideration of one hundred fifty million Malaysian Ringgit (RM150 million).
Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka (KYSM) was established in June 1995 and is located in Ayer Keroh, Melaka. This private boarding school is a co-ed institution that caters to forms 1 to 5 with an age range of thirteen to seventeen years old. KYSM has an established track record and is ranked amongst the top three schools for best Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (“SPM”) results. Their alumni have graduated from leading IVY League universities and are working across notable and prominent positions across Government-Linked Companies (GLCs), Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLICs), Multinational Corporations (MNCs), and the private and government sectors.

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MTrustee Berhad, the Trustee of Hektar REIT, has signed a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire the property from KYS College Sdn Bhd (“KYSC”).
The acquisition will be satisfied via cash payment through a combination of the proceeds from Proposed Placements, internally generated funds, and borrowings.
The move will allow the Manager to maintain a healthy gearing ratio while keeping sufficient cash reserves to navigate operational headwinds.
The acquisition comes with a sustainable mid to long-term income stream through a thirty-year Quadruple-Net lease agreement incorporating a guaranteed step-up yearly with the existing experienced operator.
This acquisition will see an average annual yield of 7.9 percent over the lease term. The exercise is expected to be completed by the end of the first half of 2024.

Johari Shukri Jamil
Johari Shukri Jamil.

Hektar REIT’s current Assets Under Management (“AUM”) consists of six shopping malls and a hotel spread across Peninsular Malaysia. The continued commitment to enhancing profitability and financial resilience has culminated in a promising performance in the recent results.
These results underscore the strength of Hektar REIT’s strategy and the potential for sustained growth, solidifying its standing as a leading player in the retail sector.
Hektar REIT has been actively exploring the possibility of diversification, especially after the pandemic.
The decision to diversify aligns with Hektar REIT’s overarching strategy to explore new investment avenues beyond its retail-focused real estate portfolio to strengthen the portfolio and reduce risk by acquiring assets that are resilient to economic cycles and delivering consistent value to our unitholders. The new acquisition will increase Hektar REIT’s Assets Under Management (“AUM”) size in value by 12.44 percent from one billion two hundred six point one million Malaysian Ringgit (RM1,206.1 million) to one billion three hundred fifty-six point one million Malaysian Ringgit (RM1,356.1 million).
Johari Shukri bin Jamil, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hektar Asset Management Sdn. Bhd., said, “We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of this esteemed educational asset, Kolej Yayasaan Saad Melaka (“KYSM”).
This strategic move underscores our commitment to enhancing the educational landscape and generating sustained value for our Unitholders.
As we integrate this asset into our portfolio, we foresee a harmonious synergy that will propel educational excellence and stakeholder value to new heights. As we extend our reach beyond retail real estate, we are embracing the educational sector, which has perennial value and societal impact.
Recognizing the increasing importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors, we see this transition as an opportunity to bolster our commitment to sustainability. With KYSM’s distinguished legacy and high educational standards, we see an incredible synergy with our core values. It’s a win-win, paving the way for financial resilience and meaningful community impact.”
Based on internal research and the information published by the Malaysia Department of Statistics, the K-12 private education sector has combined assets worth six billion Malaysian Ringgit (RM6 billion), which will present further opportunities for Hektar REIT to consider in the future.
There are a limited number of private secondary institutions offering national curriculum and full boarding, creating an advantage in the demand-supply scenario.
The Malaysia Private Education outlook is attractive, and the Primary School Market Size is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of approximately seven percent, followed by secondary schools at 6.5 percent and others at six percent.
The market size is expected to reach twenty billion Malaysian Ringgit (RM20 billion) by 2026.

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