A Deep Dive into Spindex Industries Ltd, One of the 30 Best Stocks in Singapore for 2018

Spindex Industries Ltd (SGX: 564) was featured as one of the 30 best stocks to own in Singapore for 2018. The 30 best shares were picked using Joel Greenblatt’s Magic Formula, which was made famous in Greenblatt’s book, The Little Book That Beats The Market. To know how exactly the formula works, you can head here.

To apply the formula, we should just “close our eyes,” buy the 30 stocks and hold them for a year. However, some investors may not like this hands-off approach. If you belong to the hands-on camp, this new series of articles is for you.

Starting from the last company in the list of Magic Formula stocks for 2018, we will take a look at each of the 30 stocks’ business and critical financial figures to help you understand them better. Today, our focus is on Spindex.

Understanding the business

Spindex, founded in 1981, is an integrated solution provider of precision-machined components and assemblies. Its manufacturing facilities are in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Vietnam, serving a wide range of customers in domestic appliances, consumer electronics, telecommunications and many more.

The company’s revenue and profit

Firstly, we will look at the income statement. This statement shows us how much revenue the company brought in from the sale of its goods and/or services, and how much is left after paying all the various expenses needed to run the business. The leftover portion is the profit.

The table below shows the key figures from Spindex’s income statement in its last five financial years (the company has a financial year that ends on 30 June every year):Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

In general, over the past five years, the company’s revenue, gross profit and net profit have consistently trended up. This could mean that Spindex has a strong business.

The company’s financial health

Although revenues and profits are important, they do not tell investors the whole story. For instance, the income statement does not show if a company can survive a prolonged economic downturn. The balance sheet, however, can reveal the health of a company by providing a snapshot of its financial condition.

The table below shows the key figures from Spindex’s balance sheet over the last five years:Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

The company has a robust balance sheet with negligible debt. It is also highly likely to be able to meet its short-term obligations as its current ratio is healthy.

The company’s cash flows

Many of you may have heard the saying, “Cash is king”. Although the income statement shows the amount of profit a company makes every year, this profit does not necessarily translate into the actual cash that flows into a company’s coffers due to accrual accounting.

Accrual accounting requires businesses to record revenues and expenses when the transactions happen, not when the cash is exchanged. Also, the income statement usually includes non-cash revenues or expenses. To get a true picture of the flow of money in and out of a company, we have to look at the statement of cash flows.

The table below shows the key figures from Spindex’s statement of cash flows, for the same period as its income statement and balance sheet shown above:Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

The company had generated positive free cash flows in four out of the five years. Free cash flow is cash that the company can use to pay out dividends to shareholders, buy back shares, make acquisitions, or strengthen the balance sheet, among other things.

According to data from our data provider, Spindex had paid out dividends every year for the past five years, with the 2017 dividend at 3.0 Singapore cents per share.

The Foolish takeaway

We have looked at the essential financial figures needed to analyse Spindex’s historical business performance. Hopefully, these numbers can give you a better sense of the business. Stay tuned for more on the rest of the companies from the 2018 best stocks list. For a repository of all the articles in this series, you can head here.

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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 Sudhan P doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.