Singapore’s Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI), home to the 30 largest companies in Singapore, has fallen by over 8% since the start of the year. But it’s not all doom and gloom.
If we lengthen our horizon from months to years, we will see that a good number of STI companies have done quite well. As a baseline, the index provided a total return of 9.9% over the past three years. However, according to a recent SGX report, there were at least 10 companies that produced returns that are three times better than the index.
Let’s have a look at the top 10 performers (data as of 30 August 2018). For the first five companies, click here.
6. Genting Singapore Ltd (SGX: G13), an integrated resorts company in the leisure, gaming and hospitality sector, takes sixth place on the list. The last three years has seen Genting posted a total return of 51.2%. At current prices, the company has a market capitalisation that is just under S$13 billion. Genting shares, though, were among the biggest blue-chip losers for the month of August.
7. The seventh position belongs to Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: A17U), Singapore’s largest real estate investment trust (REIT). Ascendas REIT is an owner and manager of 132 industrial properties located in Singapore, UK and Australia. Currently, the REIT offers a 6% distribution yield, among the highest for blue-chips, and currently trades at a price to book (PB) ratio of 1.2. Over the past three years, Ascendas REIT has returned a sizable 47.8%.
8. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Limited (SGX: O39), Singapore’s second largest bank, lands in eighth place. Over the past three years, OCBC has posted total returns of 39.5%. Today, the bank offers a dividend yield of 3.6%, and sports a PB ratio of 1.17. With a market capitalisation of over S$46 billion, OCBC is one of the most influential components of the STI.
9. In ninth place we have Capitaland Limited (SGX: C31), one of the largest real estate companies in Asia with assets under management (AUM) worth a staggering S$93 billion. Capitaland has a market capitalisation of S$13.6 billion, and has provide patient investors with a total return of almost 32% over the past three years. Capitaland trades at an undemanding PB of 0.72 at the moment, and pays out a dividend of 3.6%.
10. Capitaland Mall Trust (SGX:C38U) wraps up the top ten outperformers over the past three years. Capitaland Mall Trust is probably a familiar name for many Singaporeans, given their presence in most neighbourhoods with a 16 malls spread out in the city state. It is also Singapore’s second largest REIT with market capitalisation of S$7.6 billion. Over the last three years, the REIT’s total returns came in at a respectable 29.2%. At current prices, CapitaLand Mall Trust provides a distribution yield of 5.3%.
The top 10 performers demonstrate that investing in individual stocks has to potential to generate better returns compared to buying an index fund, that provides market-matching returns. For the enterprising invest, it might be worth in the time and effort to research individual stocks.
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The Motley Fool Singapore contributor Esjay contributed to this article. Esjay owns shares in CapitaLand Mall Trust.
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