19 Key Figures Investors Should Know About SATS Ltd

SATS Ltd  (SGX: S58) released its latest annual report less than three months ago. The annual report could be a good place to learn more about the company, whose shares have been a big winner over the past one year, two years, and five years.

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As a brief background, SATS has two major business segments, namely, Food Solutions and Gateway Services. The first division covers airline catering, food distribution, industrial catering, and other services. Meanwhile, Gateway Solutions provides ground handling services of passengers, flights, and cargo.

SATS’s latest annual report contained a chockful of interesting numbers. Here are 19 figures that investors might want to sit up and take notice of:

  1. Edmund Cheng has been SATS’s chairman for the last 13 years. He had stepped down from his role after SATS’s latest annual general meeting on 19 July 2016. Euleen Goh will be taking over the reins. During Cheng’s tenure, SATS has weathered challenges like the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Asia and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. As Cheng’s tenure came to a close, SATS was included as one of the 30 component stocks in the Straits Times Index  (SGX: ^STI) on 21 September 2015. SATS has been in business for over 65 years.
  2. SATS recorded a 15% return on equity for its financial year ended 31 March 2016 (FY2015-16). The company also registered an earnings per share of 19.9 cents and paid out a dividend of 15 cents per share.
  3. Productivity is the name of the game for SATS. The airline caterer measures its productivity using a metric called value added per employment cost. This measure was up 3.5% in FY2015-16.
  4. SATS has the largest Food Solutions and Gateway Services network in Asia. The company has a presence in 51 cities in 12 countries across the region.
  5. In FY2015-16, SATS handled over 650,000 flights91 million passengers and served 96 million meals. These are staggering numbers. At the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, SATS handled 110 ship calls with more than 485,000 passengers.
  6. In FY2015-16, SATS’s Food Solutions segment accounted for 57% of its revenue while Gateway Solutions accounted for a little under 43% of revenue. If we go by industry, the aviation industry provided over 84% of its revenue while the non-aviation industry supplied over 15% of its revenue. Geographically, Singapore is still SATS’s primary source of sales, contributing 81.5% of revenue.

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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.