Singapore banks have all given investors plenty to cheer about, especially for shareholders of DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: D05).
Over the last five years, shares in DBS, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Limited (SGX: O39), and United Overseas Bank Ltd (SGX: U11) have climbed strongly. However, the strongest performer of them all was Singapore’s largest bank; DBS.
DBS shares rose 34% in the past five years, versus a negative return for the Straits Times Index (SGX: ^STI). The strong share price growth is not surprising, given DBS’s net profit and dividend have increased the most among the banking trio.
From FY2014 to FY2018 (DBS has a 31 December year-end), earnings from DBS grew 8.4% per annum while its dividend per share climbed 19.9% per year.
DBS also ended FY2018 with the highest return on equity (ROE) among the banks. This metric shows us how effective a bank’s management is in maximising the profits earned on shareholders’ capital. DBS’s ROE stood at 12.1% while OCBC’s ROE was 11.5% and UOB’s came in at 11.3%.
If DBS can deliver the goods for the next five years (just like in the past five), then DBS shareholders will have even more reasons to rejoice. Source: Yahoo! Finance
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