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Accordia Golf Trust added to MSCI Singapore Small Cap Index

ACCORDIA Golf Trust Management, the trustee manager of Accordia Golf Trust (AG Trust), on Wednesday said that AG Trust has been added to the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Singapore Small Cap Index.

It joins three other companies - offshore support vessel provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings, Indonesian food producer Japfa, and hotel and serviced residence group Frasers Hospitality Trust - in replacing Keppel Infrastructure Trust, Stamford Land Corporation, Suntec Reit and Swiber Holdings in the MSCI Singapore Small Cap Index.

The MSCI Singapore Small Cap Index is designed to measure the performance of the small cap segment of the Singapore market.

With 85 constituents, the index represents approximately 14 per cent of the free float-adjusted market capitalisation of the Singapore equity universe.

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It was reported last week that the MSCI Singapore Small Cap Index generated a total return of 4.6 per cent year-to-date and has a dividend yield of 4.4 per cent. The price to earnings ratio was 11.9 times.

Yoshihiko Machida, chief executive officer and executive director of the trustee manager, said the move underpins its efforts to enhance AG Trust's corporate profile and increase investors' familiarity and appreciation of the Japan golf market.

AG Trust is the first business trust comprising investments in golf course assets in Japan listed on the Singapore Exchange.

Its initial portfolio comprises 89 golf courses located across Japan. About 86.4 per cent of the initial portfolio golf courses are located in the three largest metropolitan areas in Japan, namely the Greater Tokyo Region, the Greater Nagoya Region and the Greater Osaka Region.

Separately, Suntec Reit will join the MSCI Singapore Index (SiMSCI), replacing commodity play Olam International, also from Wednesday.

Last week, SGX said the SiMSCI Index generated a total return of 4.2 per cent in Singapore dollar terms, with a dividend yield of 3.6 per cent year-to-date and a price to earnings ratio of 12.8.