The 5 Singapore Stocks In The FTSE Value-Stocks Asian Index With The Best Long-Term Performance

The FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index has 12 Singapore-listed stocks in it.

The objective of the index is to identify quality and overlooked value stocks that are listed in ASEAN stock exchanges. The index vets stocks using a proprietary value screening process which includes valuation, quality, and contrarian factors.

In the valuation group are criteria such as a stock’s price-to-earnings (PE) ratio and dividend yield. The quality factors include a stock’s return on equity, operating margin, and net gearing. A recent report from local bourse operator SGX provided more insight on the FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index.

Here are the five Singapore-listed companies in the FTSE Value-Stocks ASEAN Index that have the best five-year total returns (figures as of 10 March 2016, unless otherwise stated):

1. Mapletree Industrial Trust (SGX: ME8U) tops the list with a total return of nearly 110% over the last five years. The real estate investment trust, which focuses on industrial properties in Singapore, has a market cap of $2.98 billion and is trading at a price-to-book ratio of 1.2.

2. Another industrial REIT is in second place with a five-year total return of 67.4% and it is Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: A17U). The REIT also trades at a similar PB ratio to Mapletree Industrial Trust but has a much larger market cap of $7.06 billion.

3. Next up, trailing by a few points in return is UOL Group Limited  (SGX: U14). The real estate developer and manager has a PB ratio of 0.7. With a market cap of $5.33 billion, UOL Group registered a 66.7% total return in the past five years.

4. Another Mapletree entity, Mapletree Logistics Trust (SGX: M44U), enters the fray at fourth place. The regional-focused logistics REIT delivered a five-year total return of 62.2% and has a market cap of $2.64 billion. The REIT weighs in with a PB ratio of 1.0.

5. Rounding up the top five is the grand old Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74). Singapore’s biggest telco comes in with a five-year total return of 59.3% and weighs in at a hefty $63.8 billion in terms of market cap. Singtel trades at a price to earnings ratio of 16.3.

As we’ve seen, the top five-performing stocks come in all sizes. It goes to show that when it comes to finding good returns, focusing on the business rather than size or industry is much more important.

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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 owns units in Mapletree Logistics Trust.