Astro Japan Property Group (AJA)

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General Information
Company Name: Astro Japan Property Group
Stock Code: AJA
GICS Sub-Industry: Diversified Real Estate Investment Trusts
Market Cap ($M): 278
Equiv. Shares (M): 67

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 4.130 $ 4.100 $ 4.150 $ 4.050 $ 4.090 175,508 $ 0.040  0.978 %

Company Overview

Business Description:
Astro Japan Property Group (AJA) is a diversified property trust focused on investing in the Japanese real estate market. The portfolio includes 34 retail, office and residential properties located primarily in Tokyo. AJA is a stapled entity comprising Astro Japan Property Trust and Astro Japan Property Group Limited. The Spring Investment Co. Ltd undertakes asset management services within Japan.

Strategy Analysis:
Key strategy for management is generating sustainable earnings growth through active asset management and prudent capital management. With no short-term financing risk, a well located, diversified property portfolio, the Company is well positioned to capitalize on future opportunities as they arise. Astro Japan Property Group reported NPAT of $799,000 for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Revenue from ordinary activities were $52.13m, down 8.4% from last year. Basic and Diluted EPS were 0.41 cents compared to (29.65) cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $7.37m compared to $18.52m last year. The interim dividend declared was 7.5 cents, compared with 10 cents last year.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2013  A 12.9 20.8 -- 15.6 17.5 5.4 --
2012  A -44.2 -75.7 -- 0.0 15.0 6.3 --
2011  A -17.0 -32.1 -142.1 0.0 22.3 7.0 --
Source: Aspect actuals / Thomson IBES estimates

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2011 A 2012 F 2013 F 2011 A 2012 F 2013 F 2011 A 2012 F 2013 F
Astro Japan Property Group (AJA) $275 M -- -- -- 19.7013 -- -- 0.0428 -- --
CFS Retail Property Trust (CFX) $6,398 M 0.0821 0.0847 0.0118 16.9329 15.6112 15.4294 0.0642 0.0641 0.0652
Dexus Property (DXS) $6,438 M 2.5145 -0.2781 0.0421 10.9116 15.1148 14.5043 0.0506 0.0528 0.0542
Goodman Gp (GMG) $9,036 M 0.7859 0.0783 0.0718 16.3233 15.1375 14.1237 0.0371 0.0396 0.0424
Investa Office Fund (IOF) $2,168 M -0.2896 0.0262 0.0139 15.6959 15.2946 15.0855 0.0503 0.0524 0.0531

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth
AJA -- 19.9 1.07 --
Market 0.98 16.5 1.27 2.15
Sector 1.58 15.2 1.10 7.68

Name Position Start Date
Mr John Lester Pettigrew Executive Director,Chief Financial Officer,Joint Company Secretary 19 February 2005
Mr Fergus Allan McDonald Non-Executive Chairman 19 February 2005
Mr Douglas Clemson Non-Executive Director 31 December 2011
Ms Kathryn (Kate) Jane McCann Non-Executive Director 31 December 2011

Name Position
Rohan Purdy Company Secretary

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
6,205,142 (9.23%) Principal Financial Group Ltd
4,552,701 (6.77%) Renaissance Property Securities Pty Ltd
3,413,314 (5.08%) Resolution Capital Limited
4,783,395 (7.12%) Commonwealth Bank of Australia
4,158,813 (6.19%) Eric Lucas
4,867,783 (7.24%) APN Funds Management Limited
2,591,574 (5.10%) Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd

Calendar of Events
Date Event
19 February 2015 Report (Interim)
22 September 2014 Report (Annual)
29 August 2014 Div Pay Date
27 August 2014 Report (Prelim)
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