Friday, September 23, 2022

Sold Netlink Trust

 Sold my remaining shares in Netlink Trust on Friday.  Because:

  • Long term (eg: 5 years out) it won't do well in an inflationary environment.  Their rates are fixed by the government, with no inflation component.  I can imagine in a few years, a Mc Happy meal could cost ten bucks, but NLT's revenue will still be the same.
  • There's a regulatory review in January.  In the previous one, they reduced prices.  Its a big binary event which we can't prepare for.  I don't think a price reduction is priced in.  And theres no upside cause they're not gonna raise prices.  
  • I've always thought of it as a bond proxy, and wanted to hold it through the crash until I get something to buy.  But in early 2020 it was down 20% (vs the S&P's 33%).  No point holding now for a few months to get a 2.5% (semi-annual) dividend, while risking 20%. 
I had no idea what Friday night's market action would be when I sold it.

Still think we are in a bear market and a recession has started.  Looking to buy Singapore banks in the depths of the recession.  But first I gotta survive the bear market.

Holding my shorts

I'm still holding my shorts, and am as happy as a pig in mud.

Not covering now.  Even though the market is oversold, tonight's crash probably breaks something to make the market fall more.  At the start of a crash, increasing volatility leads to more volatility.

I'm a pig.  And sometimes pigs do make money.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Bought more oil

Bought 1% CNQ last month, and another 1% just now.

I believe once China stops lockdowns, or we recover from the current recession, oil will fly.  And it may not fall much during this recession.

Two traders I follow:

I was going to buy it anyway, so may as well buy now.

Currently for energy, I have 5% oil, 5% LNG, 2% Uranium (SPUT).  Want to buy a little more Equinor (oil) and Uranium.  Overall I am 90% long, 10% cash, 47% short.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust: Update for Europe Energy Crisis

One tenth of my net worth is in Frasers Logistics and Commercial Trust - one third of their properties are in Europe - and Europe is fucked.  I need to see how they will be affected by both inflation and a recession.

Quick overview of FCLT:

  • 105 properties: mostly industrial, logistics or business parks.  3 or 4 are office buildings.  2/3rds are freehold.
  • Half the property in Australia, 23% in Germany, 20% in the UK.
  • 30% leverage
  • Like all SGX REITs, they payout all their cashflows as dividends and never pay down debt.  So they need to borrow or issue new shares every time they acquire.
FCLT is unique in that they provide a list of tenants for most of their properties in their Annual Report (pp57-69).  I go through the list to guess how they will be affected.  All numbers are from 2021.

Germany and The Netherlands

Energy Crisis

I'm most worried about these countries (28% of properties by asset value).  German industry will suffer permanently as they convert from cheap Russian piped gas to expensive shipped LNG.  Energy or gas intensive industries will have to shut down.  Heavy industry could move out, and the country may need a new economic model.

I try to categorise their tenants: I think anyone who is a heavy manufacturer, equipment manufacturer, or in the chemical industry is risky:

I estimate that 36% of their German/Dutch revenue is at risk.  These guys probably have to cut production if there are energy shortages, in the next 1 or 2 years, and then after that adapt to a permanently higher energy price. Don't know how that affects their businesses or rental payments.


Soaring energy costs will cause inflation (probably with rapid depreciation of the Euro/Pound).  How well is FCLT protected from this?   "The majority of the REIT's European logistics and industrial leases benefit from CPI linked inflation" (p42).

The UK

The UK only had one industrial building, with small revenue.  Lounge Underwear is a tenant:

(This work is so boring I had to include that photo).

Business parks should nopt be affected by the energy crisis, as they don't manufacture things.  

Commercial (non-industrial) leases in the UK are "usually marked-to-market on lease renewals".  So no inflation protection.


I think Australian industry will have a recession - the first in 27 years, but not an energy crisis.  Since so little is manufactured there anyway, industry won't be affected.  Not worried about the recession, since its a normal part of business.

Ceva Logistics (2% of Total Gross Revenue) and WeWork (0.7%) look weak.  The rest I can't tell.

FCLT's "logistics and industrial leases generally have fixed annual increments averaging 3.1%", while "commercial leases in Australia generally have fixed increments averaging 3.3%."


I estimate:

  • 36% of their German/Dutch revenue is at risk from the energy crisis, or 8.1% of total gross revenue.
  • Add another 2.7% revenue at risk from risky companies (Ceva Logistics and WeWork)
  • There may be some more recession casualties.  Lets just guess 5%.

Even if *all* 16% of this revenue was lost, the company would survive without raising capital.  Dividends would drop by 27%.  This is a worst case scenario, its not a realistic one.

The bigger risk for a Singapore investor is that SGD will rise against the AUD, EUR and Pound.  Especially for or the latter two, governments will print to help sooth over their energy problems.