Three Shares For Father’s Day

A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be” Anon

Sunday is Father’s Day, so, happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere.

It is that one day in the year when we can tell our dads just how great we think they are. If you haven’t quite got round to getting him a card or a present yet, there’s still time. However, for dads who seem to have everything they need already, why not suggest some of these companies as possible investment ideas.

Show me a dad who thinks he’s the world’s best car mechanic and I will show you an engine that has probably been tuned badly. Dads always think they understand cars, that is, until they take a peek under the bonnet. But fear not, help is at hand. Vicom (SGX: V01) inspects and evaluates cars to make sure that they are safe to use on Singapore’s roads.

Singapore Press Holdings (SGX: T39) is more than the publisher of Singapore’s popular daily, The Straits Times. It also publishes numerous magazines that include Asia-Pacific Boating, HWM and Men’s Health.

Over the last ten years, SPH has delivered a total return of about 6.2%. The shares haven’t done much in the time. In 2005 they were around S$4.30. Today they are S$4.12. But the regular stream of dividends, if reinvested, has helped to boost the total return to something approaching the market average.

Anyone fancy a bottle of beer? If so, then Thai Beverage (SGX: Y92) could be just what the bartender ordered. The maker of beers, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and foods, has something for everyone.

Thai Beverage boasts one of the highest Asset Turnover amongst Singapore’s blue chips. It generates S$0.90 for every dollar of asset employed in the business. By comparison, the 30 companies that make up the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI) generates around S$0.47 for every dollar of asset employed.

I started with a quote about dads and I’ll end one with one by Mark Twain. He said: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

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