Industry Report Card: Asia-Pacific REITs Stand In Good Stead To Face Shaky Conditions Oct 11
- ID: 2152968
- October 2011
- Standard & Poors
Asia-Pacific rated real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies (collectively 'REITs') have toughened up in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. They have repaired their balance sheets, adopted more conservative financial profiles, and diversified their funding sources. However, contagion from Europe could unleash more anxiety to already jittery credit markets in Asia Pacific. Banks and other lenders in the region are already paying more to insure their debt financing, as seen in the widening real-estate credit default spreads (CDS). Coupled with stricter regulatory requirements, bank loans may come with higher interest rates, and consequently, more expensive financing for REITs, as they rely mainly on bank debt for short-to-medium-term financing. Nevertheless, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services considers that...
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