Tuesday, 1 December 2020

(November Results) How i would invest in the singapore stock market if i had 100k of spare money

With news of a vaccine coming out in November, most stocks have rallied in the portfolio as a return to value is seen in the month. Among all, Propnex, Centurion and UMS have performed very well. 

Total Return since the start of the portfolio on 9 Sept is 11.45%

Stocks that have seen retracement include Top Glove and iFast.

Top Glove being a victim of the vaccine news and it has encountered some company problems as it workers have caught covid and it has spreaded within its factories affecting its productions.

IFast being a stock that has done well during the Covid Period has seen a small sell-down.

In terms of results release,  Powermatic, UMS and Propnex all released their results in November

Powermatic- Stable results. Increase in inventory might signal something good in 2H

UMS- Continues the trend of good results. Dividend announcement a slight surprise but full year should remain good with semiconductor demand strong.

Propnex- Stable Results despite recent news of HDBs possible measures and it remains to be seen how Q4 will be affected by tightening controls on the re-issuance of options-to-purchase. 

Despite the influx of cash and the above occuring, there will be no changes to the portfolio at end of November.

At December, Top Glove will report its results, that will probably be a deciding point of whether Top Glove will be rotated out.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Credit Bureau Asia Limited IPO . To Apply or Not?

Some Basic Info(Apologies if they are not as accurate)

Listing Date: 3 December 2020

Offer Price: 0.93 SGD (93 cents)

Enlarged Share Capital: 230,390,000 Shares

Implied Market Cap : $214,262,700

Offer Size: Around 58 million Shares

Public Offer : 1,500,000 Shares

Dividends: At least 90% of net profit after tax for FY 2021 and FY 2022

Prospectus can be found here

Financial Info

Historic PE: 30.6

Half Year Implied PE: 28.9

Company Info

A company that speciliazes in credit reports. Providing to financial institutions and non financial institutions. Some of its customers include local banks as well as Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau.

These credit reports are needed for loan approvals as well as assessing an individual/ entity for their ability to undertake a loan.

The company has Singapore, Malaysia , Cambodia and Myanmar exposure. However, it has disposed off its Malaysia Unit as it was loss-making.

Perhaps unsurprising as well, Singapore contributes the most revenue and profit to the company. This is due to its market leadership in Singapore and Singapore being the most developed market among the 2.

What I Like about this Company

1) Relatively Resilient Line of Business

-Rain or Shine, loans will be needed and there will be a need to assess if loans are needed. As such there will always be a good demand for credit reports and related services. This can be seen in its Half Year Revenue which was largely stable despite Covid 19 and circuit breaker.

2) Dominant Market Leader in FI Data Business

-Company has 99.9% of market share in the FI Data Business. Being the market leader, it is likely that the revenue stream will be stable as the rival in this case is too far behind.

The company has also won the tender of operating the Moneylenders Credit Bureau from Ministry of Law. This will allow the company to further expand its reach in the FI Data Business as the current bureau is operated by its rival Experian. The tender victory would allow for a higher information sharing as more members are added.

3) Exposure to Myanmar and Cambodia 

-Both are developing countries, with economy picking up in the future, the need for such credit reports would likely increase as well. This would bode well for Credit Bureau Asia as it is able to take advantage of the rise in affluence. On top of that Cambodia has been profitable since 2017

4) Organic Growth Seen

From 35.6 million in 2017 to 40.6 million in 2019. Its a decent 14% growth across 2 years. Despite Singapore being a relatively developed market already. As such, in a normal year, attaching a growth of 5-7% seems to be fair.

To add on, it has only about 43% market share of the Non FI Data Business(54 million estimated in 2019), which means should it gain market share and maintain margins, the growth can be higher than 7%

What I Dislike about the company

1) Structure of the company

-With 51% ownerships and joint venture structures, it has resulted in the company's non controlling interest earning bulk of the company's profits.

A deeper dig will reveal its other owners sharing the profits are large data companies like Dun & Bradstreet(2017 Revenue 1.74 billion USD) as well as Equifax (2019 Revenue 3.5 billion USD)

As such, one would wonder if these big companies decide to work with someone else, where would Credit Bureau Asia be? Since Credit Bureau Asia is unlikely to be a big fry to these companies.

2) The need for listing

-Looking at the balance sheet, the company does not seem to have a purpose for listing. It does not seem to have any financial difficulties. It has also not used any debt so far.

-It even paid out at least 10m each year. Which does not seem to indicate that they have any plans for a big expansion or acquiring a big rival or upwards/downwards intergration. Since if they would it is likely they would store cash instead

3) Malaysia Losses

-Malaysia has been unprofitable in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Although the company cited reason was competition from multiple players in the credit and risk information solutions industry in Malaysia, it is a good reminder that the company is not always successful to breaking into another country and the Non FI Data Business is still competitive even in Singapore as well.


-I feel that its worth applying, though its not for a long term hold. Probably just flipping on hype and craze as well as the markets recovering well in recent times.

-The small public offer will make placement shares look attractive and some folks might want to get into the market as it offers a dividend yield(around 3% likely) that is resilient

-In terms of long term prospects, i don't expect high growth of 30-40% in revenue year on year. However I think 5 to 10% each year will likely be possible. The growth will have to come from Cambodia and Myanmar in due course if things go the right way.

-As it is one of a kind IPO in SGX, there is no comparative PE to attach to. It would be unwise to compare it to the companies it is partnering as those companies have the scale and know-how.

-If i have to force fit a comparison, probably Vicom would be a company i would compare to due to its defensive nature. Hence a PE of about 20 would be ideal.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Thoughts on the Market Today (10 November 2020)

Markets Rally upon vaccine news. 

However, the rally is mostly sectorial based, with losses seen in some sectors.

Some would realise the gain on STI is larger than HSI. This is probably due to the sectorial mix. STI had more beneficiaries of the rally (mainly banks)

Key Beneficiaries of the Rally

Airlines and Aviation related (E.g SIA and SATS)

Banks (E.g OCBC, DBS , UOB)

Hotels (E.g City Development, Amara)

Tourism (E.g Straco, Genting Singapore)

Property (E.g City Development, Frasers Property)

Key Losers of the Rally

Glove Companies (E.g Top Glove, Riverstone)

Healthcare Related (E.g Medtecs, Vicplas Intl)

Tech Companies (E.g Tencent)

Tech Manufacturing (E.g AEM)

Property Management (E.g KWG Living, CC New Life)

E-Commerce (E.g Alibaba, JD)

Game Companies (E.g IGG)


Basically, apart from Property Management, the rest can be classified by Old Economy vs New Economy related. 

Its quite subjective for Property Management to be classified in either one since it does not rally today nor does it rally largely when new economy counters rally.

Although my view remains that today is probably a one-off and a reverse might occur based on information released in the following weeks or months.

In the near future should people be able to travel, it should reduce demand of the New Economy but not render it obsolete. The thought of vaccine news out yesterday affecting someone to not shop on 11:11 later or tomorrow does not really make much sense.


In such cases, I would stick back to looking at fundamentals.

The presence of vaccine should reduce the excess demand for gloves, but it will still be needed for administering of vaccines.

The presence of vaccine should release pent-up demand for travelling but does not mean that games and ecommerce would grind to a halt.

The trend of increased usage property management because of the convenience they brought in and the growth of property sector in China albeit slower should still stand. Rain or Shine,  a roof over the heads of people would still be required.

Tech Manufacturing should still continue as continued affluence should lead to increased use of tech products.

Similarly, just because one can fly in 2021(if possible), it does not mean that all hotels and airlines would return to profitability. One must consider the price wars that might happen between airlines. As well as the price wars between hotels. Next, another consideration will be the environment the hotels operate in. A company operating in a country with more people being vaccinated would most likely do better than a company operating in a country with little or no people being vaccinated yet.

If travelling returns but economy being a laggard does not recover due to lower numbers of travelling or unemployment being slow to pick up, interest rates are unlikely to see a raise anytime soon and hence it would likely mean lesser bottom-line for banks. Would this warrant an all time high for banks any time soon?  Fortunately, Banks are not anywhere near their all time high yet. But it is some food for thought

Would SIA look cheap even if it returns back to 2019 earnings at the current price? It probably would trade at a higher PE now then before its rights. But it just rallies as per the broad news.

Overall: Things may look very attractive as everyone starts pricing in a sooner than expected recovery. But whenever such things happen, it means that there is a higher chance of more volatility when the pricing in is wrong after more information is released.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

(October Results) How i would invest in the singapore stock market if i had 100k of spare money


*Cash level is at 798.5 due to dividends of 366 from KSH and 100 from UMS.

Excel Portfolio Continues to grow despite a horrendous and volatile October. 
At End Oct, 6.84% Growth Since inception.
At End Sept, it was 4.06% Growth Since inception

With Ifast and Propnex being the key generators of returns. The rest of the stocks definitely retreated.

Among the news, KSH reported a profit guidance which is unsurprising due to the circuit breaker period.

In terms of market trends, there seems to be the usual fears of covid lockdowns, election fears as well as locally economic numbers such as unemployment is not healthy.

Traditionally a very volatile period, but it might not be bad to pick up bargains. Hopefully November would be better.

No changes will be made at the end of October. This is because i have not seen any thing that might make me decide to change any of the positions.

Monday, 12 October 2020

An attempt to understand property management companies in china

An example of Property Management Staff

Initially did a write up but i realized its too long for the blog. 
As such I have saved it in a pdf for downloading and viewing.
The pdf is roughly 12 pages.

The link has been attached below.     

Contents include

1) What is property management in China?

2) The business model of property management

3) How do property management companies get contracts?  

4) What is the risk of residents self-managing the properties instead of the property management company doing it?

5) Why are we only discussing about property management companies now?

6) Who are the biggest players in the industry? Are they listed?  

7) Valuation, Pros and Cons of Property Management ,

8) How I would evaluate one.



Wednesday, 30 September 2020

(Sept Results) How i would invest in the singapore stock market if i had 100k of spare money


Continuation of the previous post. The portfolio's results for September has came in.

Returns came in at 4.06%. Pretty good for an imaginary portfolio set up on 9 Sept.

Main driver of returns came from Hanwell and Top Glove.
There would be no changes made to the portfolio as of 30 September.
Awaiting to see how it does in October.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

How i would invest in the singapore stock market if i had 100k of spare money

Unfortunately i do not have the amount currently. But if i did it would look something like this.


Ums- In my opinion its a stable semi-conductor play with decent dividends. One of the few companies that has produced better results during the covid landscape as well.

Propnex- In the low interest rate landscape, the text book answer would be property. However choosing pure play developers are too difficult and might require more groundwork into various projects held by different developers. As such, it might not be bad to go with the market leader in the middle man industry of property in sg.....Propnex.

Yanlord Land- Cheap in book value terms, my personal bias is china property even though there has been recent curbs whereby the government is likely to set some restrictions such as net gearing has to be below 100% and unrestricted cash/ short- term debts has to be more than 1. The gross margins of Yanlord will come down but its sales volume has been increasing which is encouraging.

Top Glove- I added it for some thrill, personally its just allocating a part of the money to thrills. Though its not a position if i purchase, i would hold for a longer term than 9 months.

Powermatic Data- The 5G growth story should still hold despite a weaker 2H than 1H, while the recent capital reduction has somewhat been lackluster, earnings improvement should be the key driver in driving the value of the share price. 

 Ifast- Probably one of the most used portal to purchase funds, bonds etc. It has tremendous offerings on its portal and has been expanding in not just Singapore as well. Along side a possible digital banking license approval would likely mean that it becomes a one-stop financial services platform. The growth in assets under administration ( 12.5% in 6 months) is very remarkable. Recurring net revenue have shown growth which is good in adding consistency to its earnings 

Hanwell- Under valued consumer goods play with packaging business in china that i particularly like a lot(tat seng). The recent buying of shares by insider at 23.5 cents has caught my attention as well. 

Centurion- Did not declare a dividend in 1H despite stable results. Probably was the right thing to do as covid circling around its dorms had been talk of the town in 2020. I predict there will be stricter policies in the dormitories and companies such as centurion who are prepared will be able to take advantage of this by either charging a higher price as competitors are not allowed to operate due to being unable to meet the policies or centurion might be given more contracts to mange more quick build dormitories. The fact that Centurion has won the contract by JTC and there is a need for such dormitories is likely an indicator of demand for dormitories is present and centurion is probably a good supplier.

Tuan Sing - Recent proposed disposal of 39 Robinson Road will bring in a decent profit of around 1/3 of its market cap currently.  The company is definitely worth more than its share price currently although it remains to be seen when more value will be realized. 1 example will be its Gul Tech that has done well in china recently.

KSH - As mentioned before in a post some time back,  the gaobeidian thesis is still there although it will likely take a long period before all units are sold and as such the gains have to be 'discounted' in a way. It has moved into doing property developments via joint ventures and associated to obtain a higher margin. The main bread and butter business of construction has had solid order books although what the margins will be remains to be seen. Tender Price index have recovered since the lows of 2017 hence it remains to be seen if the recovery in tender price will improve margins. This company would be my pick among the construction companies as it has ventured into property development, has the highest exposure to gaobeidian and did not diversify too much into unrelated business such as education etc.