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Tue, 12 January 2021

Ascott Reports Record Year; Adds Over 14,200 Units Across 71 Properties in 2020

(12 Jan 2021) Ascott added over 14,200 units across 71 properties globally in 2020, exceeding the number of units secured in 2019 and marking a fourth consecutive year of record growth for the company.

In China, Ascott has also achieved an 80% year-on-year growth in units when compared to 2019.

The new properties secured will boost Ascotts annual fee income by over S$27 million as they progressively open and stabilise.

Since October 2020, Ascott has added more than 4,900 units across 23 properties. This includes over 3,800 units across 17 properties in China. Ascott will make its first foray into the city of Yangzhou while expanding in other cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan.

Citadines Sanwan Yangzhou. Click to enlarge.

Among the newly secured properties are two rental housing properties in Shanghai and Hangzhou, marking Ascotts increased presence in Chinas high growth rental housing sector. As China continues to urbanise, an estimated 252 million tenants will make up a RMB3 trillion rental market by 2025.

Outside of China, Ascott has sealed contracts for over 1,000 new units across 6 properties. They are in markets such as Doha, Qatar; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; Sydney, Australia; as well as Binh Duong and Danang in Vietnam where Ascott will introduce its first lyf co-living property and first Citadines Connect business hotel in the country.

Mr Kevin Goh, CapitaLands Chief Executive Officer for Lodging and Ascotts Chief Executive Officer, said, COVID19 has validated the resilience of Ascotts business model as property owners continue to sign new management and franchise contracts with us, allowing us to achieve our fourth consecutive year of record growth in 2020. Through these new contracts, we continue to build our future recurring fee income stream. In 2021, over 80 properties with about 17,000 units are slated to open across the world. This includes over 70 properties with more than 15,000 units in Asia Pacific which is expected to lead the global economic recovery. We will continue to look for opportunities to expand our presence through management contracts, franchises, strategic alliances, and stand ready to seize good investment opportunities.

Mr Tan Tze Shang, Ascotts Managing Director for China and Head of Business Development for China, said, Ascotts business in China continues to lead our global expansion. We have achieved record growth in new units and about half of the properties opened globally are in China. In key cities, our properties such as Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai, Ascott Aden Shenzhen, Ascott IFC Guangzhou, and Raffles City Residence Beijing, have strong average occupancy rate of over 90%.

In 2021, we are slated to open three lyf co-living properties in Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xian to cater to the fast-expanding demographic of millennial and millennial-minded customers. The first of our three rental housing properties in China is also slated to open in Hangzhou in 3Q 2021. These new lodging options will enable Ascott to expand our customer reach and product offerings to business partners in China.

 Ascotts expansion into the rental housing segment taps on the growing demand from young, mobile workers as well as returning students from abroad who are looking to rent quality fully furnished homes in the tier one and tier two cities on a long-term basis in China. We have also infused new technologies into the more traditional rental housing sector by enabling our guests to pay rent and utilities, submit requests and book facilities digitally to increase guest satisfaction and improve operational efficiency.

In 2020, Ascott opened 25 new properties adding over 3,900 units to its global inventory. This includes the opening of 10 properties with more than 1,800 units in China. In the last quarter of 2020, new properties were opened in Australia, China and Thailand

The new properties include Quest Ballarat Station, Quest Preston and Quest Wangaratta in Australia; as well as Citadines Yunlong Lake Xuzhou and Tujia Somerset Yunlong Lake Xuzhou in China.

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