CapitaLand Restructuring Is it good or bad

CapitaLand Restructuring: Is it good or bad?

CapitaLand Restructuring Is it good or bad

CapitaLand Restructuring Is it good or bad

CapitaLand shares was halted on Monday morning (22nd March 2021). Along with it, Ascott Residence Trust, Capitaland Integrated Commercial Trust, Ascendas Reit, CapitaLand China Trust and Ascendas India Trust, was also halted pending a released of an announcement.

On the same day, we got an answer. CapitaLand Limited (SGX: C31)is going to be restructured. In this article, we are going to figure out what is happening and also what is the good or bad about this restructuring. Should it be part of our wealth management journey or in our SRS portfolio?

Disclaimer: This is not a buy/sell recommendation. I do not hold any SGX:C31 shares.


Brief Information About CapitaLand Limited

CapitaLand owns 1090 properties in 242 cities spanning over 35 countries (as of 23 March 2021). It is the 3rd largest listed global REIM and Asia’s largest REIM.

They own a stable collection of REITs and business trusts comprising of CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust, Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaLand China Trust, Ascendas India Trust and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust.

CapitaLand Restructuring Top Real Estate Investment Managers

CapitaLand Restructuring Top Real Estate Investment Managers

That being said, the share price trend has been extremely disappointing over the long horizon. Most investors probably bought into CapitaLand for it’s dividend yields.

CapitaLand Restructuring Share Prices History

CapitaLand Restructuring Share Prices History


Summary of Restructuring: The Development Arm is going to be Privatized

CapitaLand Restructuring Development Arm Privatized

CapitaLand Restructuring Development Arm Privatized

Shareholders will now see the development part of the business privatized. They will be “compensated” with a combination of $0.951 cash, 1x CLIM (CapitaLand Investment Management) shares and also 0.155x CICT (CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust) shares. It does sounds like a very good deal.

(The assumption here is that CLIM trades at a fair value of 1x NAV. I’m trying to find data to share how CapitaLand has traded on NAV over the years. Do let me know if you can find the source for this.)

CapitaLand Restructuring Proposed Offer

CapitaLand Restructuring Proposed Offer

According to the Chairman of CLA Real Estate Holding response in the news release, the privatization will provide flexibility for the development business to pursue longer gestation and capital-intensive projects.

This is where I felt a bit uncomfortable with the restructuring which I will explain below.


The Good Part About The Restructuring

Firstly, I believe that the restructuring is excellent if you think about the conglomerate discount that CapitaLand may be facing. Conglomerates often trade at a discount versus companies that are more focused on their core products and services.

Mr Lee Chee Koon, Group CEO of CapitaLand Group says the same thing but in another way. As listed REIMs generally trade at a premium to their NAVs in the capital markets, we are confident that CLIM will be able to drive returns for our shareholders given its scale, capabilities and a strong ecosystem.” (Developers are usually traded at a discount).

Secondly, for those that feel that the development part of the business is hard to analyze or “risky”, this new structure becomes a “cleaner” and easier to analyze. There is more certainty in CLIM and probably that’s what local investors want. They will be paid a mixture of cash and CICT stocks for the development part of the business.


The Not So Good Part About The Restructuring

The growth driver of the company (CLIM) is now gone and the price CLA is paying is cheap (in my own opinion). I personally feel that the $1.279 (cash + CICT shares) are a cheap price to pay for the development arm of CapitaLand. Effectively, if CapitaLand were to grow in future, they have to then acquire new development property from (guess who) the CLA. I have no figures to back any statement down below so treat the following opinion with caution.

At this moment, the price for the development arm is not priced in or in fact, unknown to a retail investor.

I’m certain in the distant future that CLA will sell and offload some of the properties that they are developing now back to CapitaLand. According to FY2020 CapitaLand results, the development arm is pivoting towards ‘new economy’ asset classes. S$3.4 billion of new investments were made in business park, logistics etc. There are mentions of investing in Japan’s logistics sector (completing in 4Q 2022), Korea Data Centre Fund 1 (invest in an offmarket data centre development project near Seoul in South Korea), Two Class A tech office properties in San Francisco, etc. I believe these are interesting developments which may be sold back to CapitaLand in future.

Since the development arm is privatised, we will no longer have a visuals or information on properties/land that are developed. It might be difficult to see if the cost are justifiable or not.

There is also no more vested interest for CLA to give CLIM a good price for those properties. This means that properties that are acquired by CLIM moving forward may be more richly valued and CLIM may need to fund these properties using issuing of new shares.


Final Thoughts By Wealthdojo

On a business point of view, I personally feel that CLIM may not be as attractive as before.

On a share price point of view, I believe if people value CLIM differently moving forward, we may see the share price performing better.

If you do have any other views, whether it is similar or contrasting, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire

CPF Accrued Interest Trap: Can You Downsize and Retire?

“My plan is to downsize my house to use the (capital appreciation) money for retirement.”

I was walking past a coffee shop and I happened to hear the above statement. The man who looked like he was in his 50s seemed to radiate confidence about his statement. I wonder if it was possible. While we are going to explore that today, do check out my most popular blog post in 2020 so far: 5 mistakes people make using their CPF.

CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire

CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire

Context Setting

To buy a home in Singapore, I would say a good majority of us will take a loan. As we are able to take up to 90% (HDB loan) or up to 75% (Bank loan) of the property prices, this means we have to put a down-payment. To illustrate, a $400,000 HDB property would require us to fork out at least $40,000 as down-payment.

To pay for this down-payment, I know most people would use their CPF-OA to pay for it. At the same time, most people will also use their CPF-OA to service their home loans.

This means that our CPF-OA might be wiped out throughout our loan bearing years.

What most people fail to recognized is that we are charged interest for using our CPF-OA, this is known as accrued interest.


CPF Accrued Interest

Accrued interest is the interest amount that you would have earned if your CPF savings had not been withdrawn for housing. The interest is computed on the CPF principal amount withdrawn for housing on a monthly basis (at the current CPF Ordinary Account interest rate) and compounded yearly.

(Source: How does the Board calculate the accrued interest on the amount of CPF used for my property?)

As CPF is meant for our retirement in our planning of Wealth Management, to safeguard the “loss of interest” during the years the monies are used for property, we need to refund the CPF-OA the following.

  1. The down-payment that was used
  2. The monthly installment that was used
  3. The accrued interest (interest that we would have received from our down-payment and installment if we didn’t withdraw from CPF)


Will the plan work? Let’s put it to the test

Let’s fixed a few reasonable assumptions to form an illustration. We will looking at downsizing from a 4 bedded HDB to a 3 bedded HDB after the loan tenure of 25 years.

HDB 4RM Value: $400,000

Down-payment: $40,000 (10%). Buyer Stamp Duty (BSD): $6600. Legal Fee: $3000.

Loan amount: $360,000. Monthly Installment: $1634. HDB Loan: 2.6%

CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire Calculations

CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire Calculations

In month 1, we add the down-payment, BSD, legal fee and the first monthly installment of $1634 to get $51,234. From day 1, the accrued interest would already be $106.74. In 25 years time (300 months), the total accrued interest would have already accumulated to $184,698!

Assuming the property market grows at 3% annually, your $400,000 property will now be worth $837,511. Isn’t that great? Your profited $437,511!! Before you think that your profit will be $437,511 and can be used for retirement, here is when the accrued interest trap comes in.

When you sell your house, you have to return back to your CPF the down-payment, the monthly installment and also the accrued interest. This would mean that you have to return $724,498 ($539,800 + $184,698) into the CPF. Your cash proceeds will only be $103,013.

Wait there’s more! 

Because you are downsizing, you can use your existing CPF-OA to acquire a HDB 3RM. Using time value of money, a HDB 3RM wroth $300,000 now will be worth $628,133 in 25 years time if it grows at the same 3%. You have to make sure that you have enough money to acquire that HDB 3RM.

Wait there’s even more!

You have to pay the HDB resale levy of $30,000 (as of 2020), agent fee of $8,375 (1%) and also legal cost of $3000.

Wait there’s even some more!

After the age of 55, you have to set aside your Full Retirement Sum (FRS) which is a combination of your Ordinary Account and your Special Account. This might post some problems to use your CPF-OA to acquire a HDB 3RM if you are unable to reach your Full Retirement Sum.

And lastly..

Assuming that you can acquire the HDB 3RM without problems, would $113,013 be enough for retirement?

CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire

CPF Accrued Interest Trap Can You Downsize and Retire: Oh Damn



Retirement planning is often more than a single solution. There are many caveats that stumble the best of us. To ensure your retirement is secure, work together with someone that you trust and exhibit good expertise in this matter.

In my experience helping people plan for retirement, I realised those that retire in comfort usually have a combination of retirement tools ranging from properties, stocks, annuity and also insurance.

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Enhanced CPF Housing Grant

How to Benefit from the Enhanced CPF Housing Grant

When the government announced the Enhanced CPF Housing Grant, it was a mixed reaction. Those in the sandwich generation cheered, some were disappointed. The question is, how do you benefit from the Enhanced CPF Housing Grant?

Enhanced CPF Housing Grant

Enhanced CPF Housing Grant

Let’s first start by asking ourselves, what is the Enhanced CPF Housing Grant all about? (Read more: Make The Most Of Your CPF)

HDB Eligibility

The Enhanced CPF Housing Grant that is going to streamline current Additional and Special CPF Housing Grants as an attempt to make public housing affordable and available for everyone.

Firstly, the income ceiling for buying the HDB has increase to $14,000. This means that HDB will be available for more people to buy. Currently, those that are “earning too much” is not eligible to buy a HDB. To put it really simply, if your average gross monthly household income is less than $14,000, you are eligible to buy a HDB.

Enhanced CPF Housing Grant Income Ceiling

Source: HDB Website

Enhanced CPF Housing Grant Eligibility

Now that you know you are eligible to buy a HDB, the question is how much grant are you entitled to for the new Enhanced CPF Housing Grant. The answer is, it depends. It will depend on the followings.

  • Average Monthly Household Income (The higher your Household Income, the lower the grant)
  • Lease Coverage (To get full grant amount, the flat must have enough lease life until you and your spouse is 95)
Enhanced CPF Housing Grant Table

Source: HDB Website

Typically, the average monthly household income in Singapore for First-Timer Families (Assuming a couple who graduated from an University and working now) will be around $5000, this brings the grant amount to $40,000.

There are many permutations as to how this new Enhanced CPF Housing Grant will affect people. There will definitely be people who will compare between the old scheme and the new one. For Wealthdojo, we believe that it is better to well understand your own situation rather than compare your grant to everyone else. You could always consult the HDB Board to better understand your situation.

How will this affect Property Prices?

In Wealthdojo, we are a platform for people to make informed financial decisions. We want to understand how this Enhanced CPF Housing Grant will impact our financial journey as a whole. The below are my personal opinions and strictly my own.

  • There will be an increase in property prices. A grant makes buying the property affordable for a selected group of people. It doesn’t mean the price has dropped. Loosely speaking, we are not taking into account location and various other consideration for buying a property. An isolated trend table for Punggol shows that over the years, there has been an increase in price for BTO flats.
    Enhanced CPF Housing Grant BTO Price Changes

    Enhanced CPF Housing Grant BTO Price Changes

  • Private Property Prices will increase. A simple chart like this show that there a simple positive correlation between private and HDB prices. Logically, if we compare a similar size HDB and a Private Property in the same area, the price of a private property will be higher.
    Correlation HDB Private Properties

    Correlation HDB Private Properties

Insurance for Properties

Buying a property might be the biggest purchase for most people, it is also important to plan for insurance for your properties. (Read more: Insurance for Investors). In a simple nutshell, these are the 3 insurance that you have to get for your property.

  • Fire Insurance

If you are living in a HDB, it is compulsory to get a fire insurance. As the name suggest, it covers for fire BUT the scope of the coverage is very small. HDB fire insurance compensates for damage to the building (ONLY). As a general rule of thumb: If it wasn’t already there when you got your house keys, then it’s not covered by HDB fire insurance. That’s why we need to have content insurance.

  • Home Content Insurance

In a fire, naturally the items in the house will get damaged. This will include items like Air-Con, the fridge, the television, the sofa, the bed, etc. Not only do you need to purchase these items again, you will need to renovate the house again to bring it back to living conditions. Most home content insurance covers for renovation and also home content.

  • Mortgage Interest Insurance

Most people will get a loan from a bank to finance their property. For banks, they will need an assurance that you will be able to pay for the loan. That’s why they assess the loan amount from your salary. The biggest risk a bank (and yourself) will take is if a person is unable to finance the loan. What happens in an event of a critical illness (Read More: Life Insurers to change definition of Critical Illness) such as heart attack and it robs away the ability for a person to earn money? Would this be extra burden on your partner? The bank has the right to claim back the property leaving your family on the streets. Would you want that to happen?

In summary, there will be new changes in the future too. Some things will change while others will remain the same.

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