3 Consumer Stocks that Have Beaten the Market Over the Last 10 Years

The Singapore stock market has good number of consumer companies.

A consumer company would be firms that supply goods or services to consumers. These could include consumer staples such as food and beverage or something more discretionary, such as cars or travel.

Some consumer companies have beaten the market over the last decade. A recent report highlights three companies that have come up tops in generating market-thumping annual returns. For context, the SPDR STI ETF (SGX: ES3), an exchange traded fund that mimics the fundamentals of the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), recorded a total return of 6.75% per year (from its inception on 11 April 2002 up till the end of July this year).

But here are the three companies (data as of 7 September 2016) that have done better:

  1. Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd (SGX: C07) leads the pack with an annual total return of 18.4% over the last decade. Jardine C&C has a stake in PT Astra, an Indonesian conglomerate with multiple business interests. These includes agri-business, financial services and automotive distribution. Find out more here.  
  2. In second place is Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (SGX:Y92). Thai Beverage’s business can be divided into four major segments, namely Spirits, Beer, Non-alcoholic Beverages and Food. Geographically, the company operates mainly out of Thailand. Shares of Thai Beverage have clocked an impressive 17.6% in total returns per year over the last 10 years.
  3. Finally, we have Wilmar International Limited (SGX: F34) in the third spot. As Asia’s leading agribusiness group, Wilmar is engaged in a variety of businesses. According to its corporate profile, the company has 450 manufacturing facilities and a distribution network which covers around 50 countries. Wilmar has four main business segments: Tropical oils (Plantation and Manufacturing), Oilseeds and Grains (Manufacturing and Consumer Products), Sugar (Merchandising, Manufacturing and Consumer Products), and Others. Wilmar’s shares have generated total returns of 11.1% per year over the last decade.

What happens in the past is not a guarantee of the future, but looking back can give us clues as to what a decade-long winner looks like.  

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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.