2016 Recap: How Did Singapore’s Consumer Companies Do?

2016 has come to an end and it is time to tally up the scores.

recent report by bourse operator Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX: S68) provided insight on the consumer companies that are in Singapore’s stock market benchmark, the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI). The report included data on the companies’ stock market performance in 2016 and their dividend yields at the start of 2017. It might be worth looking at the data (figures as of 30 December 2016, unless otherwise stated):

  1. When it comes to stock market performance, Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (SGX: E5H) comes out tops. The palm oil producer logged in a total return of 28% for the year and has a market cap of $5.5 billion. Golden Agri-Resources is categorized as a consumer staple company and offers a 1.2% dividend yield.
  2. Another consumer staple company, Wilmar International Limited (SGX: F34), is next in line with its total return of 25%. The agri-business conglomerate also has the largest market cap among the consumer stocks in the Straits Times Index at $22.7 billion. Wilmar International offers a 2.2% dividend yield.
  3. The next three companies are under the consumer discretionary segment. The first one, Genting Singapore PLC (SGX: G13), recorded a total return of 21.6% in 2016. The casino operator has a market cap worth $10.9 billion and a dividend yield of 1.7%.
  4. Vehicle distributor Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited (SGX: C07) comes in next with a respectable gain of 21.5% for 2016. The vehicle distributor has a dividend yield of 2.3% and a market cap of $16.3 billion.
  5. Singapore Press Holdings Limited  (SGX: T39) rounds up the list. The media firm has the highest yield on offer at 4.2%. However, the stock has unfortunately produced a negative total return of 6.1% in 2016. The company has a market cap of $5.6 billion.

The above is a brief comparison of some of Singapore’s largest consumer companies over two dimensions: Their dividends and stock market performance. As always, Foolish investors should dig deeper to understand the risks and possible upsides in each company before any investing decision can be made.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. The Motley Fool Singapore has recommended shares of Singapore Exchange. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Chin Hui Leong does not own shares in any companies mentioned.