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These Companies Deserve A Gold Medal Each

The Olympics 2016 have started for a while. In the spirit of the games, I would like to present a gold medal for certain categories to companies listed here in Singapore. I would like to present a gold medal for:

  • The company with the highest revenue
  • The company with the highest profit
  • The company with the highest market capitalization

Gold in revenue

Ironically, the company with the highest revenue in our local market has not had such a great year. Noble Group Ltd (SGX: N21) tops the list with its revenue of over US$61 billion over the last 12 months. Sadly, that huge revenue base has not translated to profitability. Over the same period, the company clocked a loss of more than US$1.7 billion.

Noble Group’s share price has also taken a serious beating over the past five years, losing close to 90% of its value. Today, Noble Group is trading at S$0.15 per share.

Gold in profit

The company with the fattest profit in Singapore is none other than Southeast Asia’s largest lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: D05). The bank generated S$4.3 billion in profit over the last 12 months. DBS controls S$451 billion in assets and has a strong presence in Southeast Asia and Greater China.

Gold in Market Capitalisation

Finally, the gold medal for the market capitalisation category will go to, as expected, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74). Singapore’s largest telecommunications company has a market capitalisation of S$64.9 billion and has been the largest company in the stock market here for a long time.

Singtel also operates a telco in Australia and has investments in many other telcos around the world. Altogether, the company has a presence in 25 countries and reaches more than 605 million mobile customers.

Foolish Summary

The three companies mentioned top their categories in a list of more than 700 Singapore-listed companies. Yet, as we have seen, getting a gold medal here does not necessarily mean that a company will be a great investment. Investors should always conduct research on companies beyond superficial labels such as ‘highest revenue,’ ‘highest profit’ etc.

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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 writer Stanley Lim doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.