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These 4 Shares Are Unique Companies in Singapore

Are you tired of looking at companies that struggling to differentiate itself from thousands of other competitors with very similar characteristics? If so, the following shares can be a breath of fresh air as they are one-of-a-kind in Singapore’s share market.

The banking-software giant

Silverlake Axis Ltd  (SGX: 5CP) is a software and technology company that’s listed here. It is the provider of core banking solutions to many of the region’s largest banks; on that note, some “40% of leading South-East Asia banks” use the firm’s Silverlake Axis Integrated Banking Solution (SIBS) to process their daily banking transactions.

The firm’s competitors include some of the world’s largest software companies like Oracle and Infosys. But amongst other listed firms in Singapore, it seems no one else comes close to the level that Silverlake Axis is at.

The diamond in the rough

Sarine Technologies Ltd (SGX: U77) is a unique firm in both geography and business. It is based in Israel and it develops the equipment and software used in the processes where rough diamonds are turned into polished gemstones.

The company is the best in the business (according to Sarine Technologies’ latest analyst presentation, it has a market share of around 70% for diamond planning and grading products) and it’s also expanding its presence within the diamond industry value chain.

The inspection king

Vicom Limited (SGX: V01) is likely to be a familiar company for most vehicle owners in Singapore.  A majority-owned subsidiary of land transport outfit ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited (SGX: C52), Vicom is the main vehicle testing and inspection service provider in Singapore.

The company has delivered a fantastic average return on equity of 21.9% in the decade ended 2013. Remarkably, Vicom had achieved that without much help at all from borrowings.

The company’s also involved with other commercial testing and inspection services for a wide range of industries which include oil & gas, construction, electronics, and food, amongst others. This part of Vicom’s business, which is housed under the wholly-owned subsidiary Setsco, had seen steady growth amidst strong competition since it was acquired back in 2003.

The heroes behind the scene

Do you know who actually helps to keep operations at Singapore’s world-famous Changi Airport humming along smoothly and efficiently? The hero in the background is SATS Ltd (SGX: S58), a company which currently “handles 80% of scheduled flights” at Changi Airport and also “serves about 50 of the scheduled 68 airlines out of Singapore.” The company is also the in-flight caterer for many airlines taking off from Singapore. Since 1999, SATS has been paying a dividend to shareholders.

Foolish Summary

These four companies have no comparable companies or industry peers in the local share market – because of that, they are unique.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Stanley Lim does not own any companies mentioned above