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Singapore’s $1-Billion Dollar Stock Club: Here’re the Best Performers

The Singapore stock market boasts 102 companies with market capitalisations of more than one billion dollars (as of 15 August 2016).

A recent report provides some insights to the performance of these gargantuan stocks. I took a look at the top performers in the group of 102 companies.

For context the SPDR STI ETF (SGX: ES3), which is an exchange traded fund that mimics the fundamentals of the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), can serve as a good yardstick for performance. In the past five years up until the end of July this year, the SPDR STI ETF has had a total annual return of 0.71%.

Here’re the top five performers over the last five years (figures as of 15 August 2016, unless otherwise stated):

  1. Sitting at the top of the heap is Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd (SGX: Z59), according to the report. The Myanmar focused firm has delivered a whopping 1,141.5% in total returns over the last five years. Yoma Strategic Holdings had a market cap of about S$1.1 billion and has businesses beyond real estate. On the flipside, fellow Fool Ser Jing believes that we should keep an eye on its interest expense.   
  2. Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (SGX: Y92) takes the second spot in the billion dollar club. The maker of Chang beer has seen its total returns vault to almost 370% over the past five years. Thai Beverage was the top performer (in terms of returns) for the $10 billion dollar stock club, the $5 billion dollar stock club and the $3 billion dollar stock club but misses out on the one billion dollar category. It has a market cap of $25.7 billion.  
  3. In third place is CITIC Envirotech Ltd (SGX: U19), an environmental engineering firm based in China. CITIC Envirotech’s shares has generated total returns of over 293% over the last five years. It had a market cap of around S$1.4 billion.
  4. Next up is Sim Lian Group Ltd (SGX: S05). The property developer generated total returns of 234% over the previous five year period. Sim Lian Group, though, has decided to hitch a ride on the privatisation bandwagon. It has a market cap of S$1.1 billion.
  5. Rounding up the top five spots is SATS Ltd (SGX: S58). The airline caterer has generated total returns of around 200% during the previous five year stretch. SATS weighs in with a market cap of $5.4 billion. Revenue growth for SATS in the latest quarter was tepid, but profits grew strongly.
  6. To be sure, size does not equal performance. Noble Group Limited (SGX: G13) had the weakest performance in the $1-billion stock club. The commodity trader’s share price has shed more than 80% over the last five years.

As always, we should do our due diligence before committing our hard earned cash into stocks. This applies whether we are looking at companies that have a market cap of above one billion dollars, or otherwise.        

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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.