5 Things Investors May Have Missed About ComfortDelGro Corporation Ltd

ComfortDelGro Corporation Ltd (SGX: C52) is one of the largest land-transport companies in the world.

It’s common for investors to miss out on important information about any company. Here are five things about ComfortDelGro’s business that are not so obvious, but yet important to know for long-term investors:

1. How ComfortDelGro came into existence

Source: ComfortDelGro’s 2016 annual report

The photo above captured the birth of ComfortDelGro, which came about through the marriage of the Comfort Group and DelGro Corp in 2003.

2. Track record of generating profits after the merger

The chart below shows the profit attributable to ComfortDelGro’s shareholders since 2003:

Source: ComfortDelGro’s 2016 annual report

From 2003 to 2016, ComfortDelGro’s profit has grown at a respectable compound annual rate of 6.9%.

3. Global footprint

At the end of 2016, ComfortDelGro operated in 35 cities in seven countries, had a fleet of 45,335 vehicles, and employed 22,048 employees. These numbers give us a sense of the scale of ComfortDelGro’s business.The seven countries that the company is in are Singapore, China, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Vietnam and Malaysia.

4. Geographically diverse shareholder base

Here’s a chart showing the shareholder base of ComfortDelGro, classified by geography:

Source: ComfortDelGro’s 2016 annual repor

In addition to operating in multiple regions around the world, ComfortDelGro has a geographically diverse base of investors. This further illustrates how ComfortDelGro is not just a Singapore company.

5. Good long-term growth in dividends

ComfortDelGro has consistently paid an annual dividend since it came into existence in 2003. Since then, its dividend has grown from 3.3 cents per share in 2003 to 10.30 cents in 2016.

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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 Lawrence Nga doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.