Singapore’s Billion Dollar Stocks: Here’re the Top Performers

Singapore’s stock market boasts 91 listed companies with market capitalisations of over S$1 billion.

But while the 91 companies are all big ones in the market here, not all have performed in the same manner over the past five years. A recent report from bourse operator Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX: S68) had provided some insights to the performance of these billion-dollar stocks.

Here’re some highlights of the report (figures as of 13 May 2016, unless otherwise stated):

  1. The SPDR STI ETF (SGX: ES3), an exchange traded fund that mimics the fundamentals of the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), may serve as a good benchmark for performance comparisons. In the five years ended 30 April 2016, the SPDR STI ETF had delivered a total annual return of 0.55%.
  2. One of the outperformers over the past five years is Straits Times Index component Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (SGX: Y92). The maker of Chang Beer has a total return of 216%. Other blue chip stocks such as transport giant Comfortdelgro Corporation Limited (SGX: C52) and airline catering operator SATS Ltd (SGX: S58) have also posted handsome gains over the past five years. The former has a total return of 123% while the latter is not far behind with 119%.
  3. The good performance of Comfortdelgro does not mean that all transport companies have been good investments. Another transport firm, SMRT Corporation Ltd (SGX: S53), had lagged with negative total returns over the past five years. Similarly, SATS’ bountiful performance is not shared by all players in the airline industry; Singapore Airlines Ltd (SGX: C6L) is another company with negative total returns over the past five years.
  4. Oil rig builder Sembcorp Marine Ltd (SGX: S51) and oil palm firm Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (SGX: E5H) may be component stocks of the Straits Times Index, but their stock performance over the past five years leaves much to be desired. The former has total losses of over 40% while the latter comes close as well. The same applies to Wilmar International Limited (SGX: F34), another Straits Times Index component. The agri-business group has recorded total losses of over 30% over the same timeframe.
  5. There are real estate investment trusts (REIT) that have performed admirably. The trio of Mapletree Commercial Trust  (SGX: N21U)Mapletree Industrial Trust (SGX: ME8U), and Frasers Commercial Trust (SGX: ND8U) stand out from the crowd. All three REITs have recorded total returns of over 100% in the past five years.
  6. Again, the trio’s good run does not mean that all REITs have turned in good returns. CDL Hospitality Trust (SGX: J85) is a stapled trust which has achieved negative five-year total returns.

The quick view above show that companies may have similarities in terms of size or industry exposure – but, the quality and performance of each company may differ widely.

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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 Chin Hui Leong doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.