With just three months to go before the end of 2013, the position of Thai Beverage Public Company (SGX: Y92) as the most attractive stock of the year looks almost unassailable. Shares in the brewer have returned almost 50%, which equates to a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 70%.
ThaiBev is one of Southeast Asia’s largest beverage companies. But that’s not all. The company is also one of the most effective of the 30 companies that comprise make the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI) at turning shareholder dollars into profits.
StarHub (SGX: CC3) has been another attractive blue chip this year. It has delivered a total return of 17.6% in the first nine months of the year. This is equivalent to a total annual return of 24%.
Shares in Singapore’s second-largest telecom company have risen from $3.79 to $4.31. So, around three quarters of the returns has been generated through capital growth. However, shareholders have also benefitted from a generous dividend kicker that has provided a quarter of the total returns.
Singapore Telecommunications (SGX: Z74), better known as SingTel, has matched StarHub almost stride-for-stride in terms of its return to shareholders this year. At 17.5%, there is barely the thickness of a piece a cigarette paper between the two telecom companies. Interestingly, around 80% of SingTel’s total return has come from capital growth compared to 75% in the case of StarHub.
Another standout performed in the first nine months of the year has been DBS Group (SGX: D05). It is Singapore’s largest bank by market capitalisation. Earlier this year, DBS posted record half-year profits of S$1.8b.
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