OCBC Investment Research upgraded healthcare real estate investment trust First REIT to 'buy' from 'hold' and raised its target price to S$0.96 from S$0.935, citing the possibility of acquisitions.
Units of First REIT were flat at S$0.915 on Friday and have gained around 21 percent so far this year.
OCBC said First REIT could see a distribution per unit accretion of 9 to 13 percent in 2013 fiscal year, assuming the firm acquires two hospitals for around S$88.9 million ($69.43 million).
It expects minimal dilution risk as any acquisitions would likely be fully debt-funded. First REIT will not have any refinancing requirements until 2015 following the firm's recent S$168 million transferable term loan facility, OCBC added.
OCBC also said First REIT's defensive income streams and stability from its long-term master leases are attractive as volatility in the macro economy and global markets is unlikely to dissipate in the near term.
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(Reporting by Leonard How in Singapore; email@example.com)