Thursday 30 September 2021

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


September 2021 Returns: -2.55%
Year to Date Returns: 53.57%
Since Inception (9 Sept 2020) Returns: 69.51%

A negative performance is recorded in September. Thankfully it is a negative performance as i believe it has been rising way too much in the previous months.

Quick Thoughts about the major detractors of the portfolio

1) Yanlord Land - Showed slowing sales and with the Evergrande fears this has resulted in a sell down in china property counters.
Personally i have spoken about my dim prospects of China Property Development. 
However, the current exposure in the portfolio is around 10% which is acceptable and Yanlord has property management arm that is growing as well as investment properties on its balance sheet. 
These would serve as sufficient buffer for the company in the event of any firesale needed. The balance sheet is still  very healthy and they have also tendered for land in the 1st half of 2021 which signals they are not in distress.
This is supported by its 2026 bond trading at a steady price and at a relatively low coupon rate considered to the industry.

2) Powermatic Data - All eyes on the results release in November. 
With record inventory as of previous financial results, will be interesting to see if it converts into revenue and profit. A delay in the distribution of the shares has affected its valuation a little in recent weeks. 
However, company still trades at a good valuation if the growth of 10-20% in the wireless business segment can be sustained and continued. The main risk will be the price increase of  Qualcomm products from 26 September 2021 and whether the price increase will affect demand for Powermatic moving forward.

1 Counter on the list I expect to have a strong finish to the year

Uni-Asia Grp - Being a laggard in dry bulk rates, some relief can be seen that dry bulk rates have continued to be strong from July to September. As such it should finally be able to catch up to a higher rate with its renewals. With the 3Q update to be released in November, a 3Q rate that is below 20k will be considered as unacceptable.

The key risk will be any investment losses it might incur from Hong Kong Property not selling as well and any possible dark holes like ship fair value losses from demand shocks that can drive rates down towards the end of the year.

Barring that, management should have a healthy problem of what to do with the profit and cash flow from the segment.

Other than that, i am currently quite bearish with service sector of Singapore in general. The frequent switching of phrases would definitely put them on the front foot and it is 1 sector that i would not be looking to invest in based on a covid view on Singapore.

Thursday 16 September 2021

Close to full divestment of Wai Kee Holdings (Hkex: 610)


Followers of my portfolio that is mostly Hong Kong focused will know that i have held onto Wai Kee Holdings for quite a duration

Having been to its AGM back in 2019, i was pretty confident of the company's execution and plans. As they mentioned culture tourism, hong kong development projects as well as diversifying out of China for its expressway and toll operations.

(Slip of voting paper used for AGM Voting back in 2019)

However, in spite of the recent market developments in the property market, i realized that i have about 20% of exposure to the China Property Market in my portfolio. 10% being the light assets (Central China Duos which have been the delinquent duo year to date and Yuexiu Prop Service)

The other 10% has been in Wai Kee Holdings (A holding company for Road King and Build King)

Road King being its property development arm which derives a large bulk of its revenue Mainland China

Build King being a construction company which derives almost all its revenue in Hong Kong

As such, i have made the very tough decision to divest most of Wai Kee Holdings away, holding a token sum now.

Divestment Rationale

1) Property Development will only get tougher. As seen in the margins, it has been coming down for Road King even before the property saga has begun. Its cultural ventures that it has talked about when i was at the AGM back in 2019 has turned out to a huge impairment loss as the impact of Covid and low prices has took its toll. Moving forward, i believe low margins will be an increasing trend and expansion of volume will be limited by the gearing of the company.

2) Better chance of getting a higher return elsewhere. In lieu of a weakening property development results, one wound wonder where the returns will be for the company. While Build King has been doing well in 2020, it is also susceptible to lowering of margins in a competitive construction industry in Hong Kong even though it has been very good in maintaining margins. As such i do not see any growth in profits this year nor the next for Wai Kee which may have drove returns.

3) Dividend Cut. 0.3 price to book, 3.23 PE, not significant amount from revaluation of investment properties, this does not signify a dividend cut when payout ratio is less than 25%. However that is what Wai Kee has done this year. To put things in perspective, when it earned lesser in 2020 1H (after excluding one-offs) it kept its dividend at the same amount as 2019 1H.

4) Valuation Mispricing. The company has fallen by around 4% in the last 4 trading days. Compared to Road King (7%) , Sunac (30%), Logan Group (15%), KWG Group (14%), Central China (9%). I believe it has not been priced in that there could be a larger fall ahead.


Why i might be wrong to divest

1) Relative Resilience of Road King Bonds

Compared to Central China Bonds, Road King Bonds have been very resilient which currently indicates market's. In fact its 2024 bonds are trading at a premium.

2) Too Cheap to fall more

As the PE is already low enough, the only reason if it falls more will likely be liquidity at Road King. However, road king runs a hybrid highway and prop development structure, which means that they do have enough divestment strategies should the prop development arm run into problems. Also, they have not known to be overly aggressive in their strategy and have been diversifying by looking at south east asia highways (as evidenced by the Indonesian acquisition) 

3) Repeated purchase of shares

The owners have purchased 11.49% of shares of Wai Kee from NWS Holdings at a price of $4.64 on 3 April 2021. As such, it can be seen that there has been faith in the company's business from the owners themselves. Also, with around 11.49% stake left in Wai Kee for NWS Holdings, this could pave itself for a Wai Kee takeover in future.

In conclusion, I believe the company will be able to hold its ground in the recent rout, however it will probably be a couple of years of falling profitability in the propery development arm before there is an improvement in the latter years. 

I have not devised a concrete plan on what to do with the divestment proceeds yet although there are a couple of ideas floating around. However, the cash position following the divestment is around 20-25% which isn't a great deal to be frank. Therefore, in such periods, careful averaging vs new position adding would serve to be a big problem a relatively low cash position investor like me would have to ponder.

However, i have decided to add Johnson Holdings (4000 shares at $1.28 HKD) into the moomoo portfolio.

Tuesday 14 September 2021

The 10% profit and run game on moomoo (Updated 14 September 2021)

 Disclaimer: Post is not sponsored by moomoo, its just me trying to grow my money after the initial deposit to get the free apple share.

Firstly, i apologize for not updating much these days on the progress as i have decided to leave the stocks in the portfolio running even if it ran up 10%.

(5000 Pacific Basin Shares still holding)
(Added 2000 shares on 17 August 2021 and have divested them all on 14 September 2021)
Did not talked about this as it was adding for fun as i realize i had a few hundred leftover after the adding of Pacific Basin which is the core.

(Current Progress, hoping to be able to keep up the good work with the next pick)

3 Picks on the radar currently

1) Johnson Holdings - Mentioned in previous post .

2) Karrie Intl (1050 HK) - Reasonable decent company but exposure to property could be a right stock in the wrong sector at this point of time.

3) Hyfusin (8512 HK) - Good Growth across quarters. However this is dependent on scented candle demand in Europe and US.

Another consideration

Take profit and spend on a new earbud.


Sunday 5 September 2021

Battle of the Cleaners (Hkex 1397 vs 1955)

Recently have been looking at a couple of small caps. 2 Small caps that I have glanced through would be Johnson Holdings (Hkex: 1955) and Baguio Green (Hkex: 1397).

(Jonhnson Holdings on the left and Baguio Green on the right)

Both companies operate in the same industry in Hong Kong, the cleaning and waste management industry. The main customers of the industry would be the government and customers with large facilities such as power stations and offices.

(Just in case you do not know what cleaners i am talking about)

Why the sudden interest? They just appeared on screeners hence took a glance at it.

Ratios Comparison






Baguio Green

Johnson Holdings

Baguio Green

Johnson Holdings

Baguio Green

Johnson Holdings


1429.5 m


1397.5 m

1784.9 m

1131.8 m

2767.4 m

Gross Profit

92.9 m


70.5 m

121.1 m

63.5 m

283.8 m

Gross Profit Margin







Net Profit

16.4 m

21.8 m

-11.0 m


51.4 m


Net Profit Margin







Liability to Asset Percentage







Return on Equity







Return on Asset







From a Financials Comparison, Johnson Holdings seem to have been able to increase their scale via their increase in revenue and maintain profitability compared to Baguio Green.

In 2020, both companies received employment support scheme which resulted in a much better result.

Baguio Green received 80 million while Johnson Holdings received 51.5 million. I find this surprising as Baguio Green has only 5255 employees and spends 890m on staff cost while Johnson Holdings has 13000 employees and spends 2252.3 million on staff cost.

On average, Johnson Holdings spends much on employee salary per staff, and the staff per revenue is lesser than Baguio Green. However, the gross profit margin of Johnson Holdings is much better.

Without the employment support scheme, profit before tax for Johnson Holdings will have improved by 2.6 times while for Baguio Green the losses will have deepen by 9.1 times

As such, Johnson Holdings would be a better company as it has showed the ability to improve its revenue over the past years and deliver a better gross profit. According to the group, this improvement in gross profit margin from 2019 to 2020 is due to successful cost control and changing its tendering approach to focus on more profitable contracts.

Whereas for Baguio Green, it has improved its gross margins as well and has attributed it to decrement in cost of services which was relatively higher than that in revenue especially to the cleaning segment.

As such, Johnson Holdings is currently trading at an adjusted PE of 6 while Baguio Green is trading at an adjusted PE of negative.

Number of Employees

Another way to assess the company's business scale will be the amount of employees. As it is a labour intensive industry, it can be assumed that the more people hired, the more projects will be undertaken. 


Baguio Green

Johnson Holdings

Staff Count FY 2018



Staff Count FY 2019



Staff Count FY 2020



It can be seen that this staff count has been in line with an expanding revenue at Johnson while a falling revenue trend at Baguio.

As such, Johnson Holdings can be seen as the company with more potential for growth.

Key Risk (Johnson Holdings)

1) Ability to continue maintaining its margins.

2) Lack of disclosure of orderbook.  While disclosure is provided for transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligation for contracts with customers, expected orderbook to be fulfilled in the year ahead is not provided.

3) Breach of Occpuational Safety and Health Ordinance. Similar to construction industry, safety of workers is at the utmost importance and this can be seen in its competitor which is banned from tendering for 5 years due to a safety breach resulting in injury of employee.

(Losing of tender to another company, hey look its Johnson Holdings getting it)

This in particular can be a concern to Johnson Holdings as it has on-going litigations.

Baguio Green Opportunities

All is not doomed for Baguio Green as well, they have some positive rental reversions themselves.

(Reversions of 11 and 9 mil to 18 and 12 mil)

Their revenue in 1H 2021 is flat compared to 1H 2020.

Their numbers of employees have grown to 6084 as of June 2021 from 5255 at end 2020. 

Along with an expected orderbook of 620 million contract to fufill for the rest of this year, it is estimated that the revenue for this year will be higher than 2020 by around 10%

Lastly, with the passing of the waste charging bill on 26 August 2021 by the Hong Kong Government, a bill that has been debated for years and dragged on for a period of times. This gives Baguio Green some hope as it has been a player in the recycling industry for a while.

(Ready for the MSW Charging Bill Changes)


To conclude, Johnson Holdings is the better company but it comes with many inherent risk.

What is interesting is that in May 2021, both companies were awarded the same project, but Johnson Holdings had a way higher tender price that was accepted.

1 would probably ask if its even possible that the revenue has increased so much. Well interestingly I believed it was a joke as well and after looking up, I realize it is possible.


(Same contract but it has increased by around 50% in value)

(Another example of an increase in contract value, 63m in 2017, 118m in 2019, 284m in 2021)

However, as there has not been as much government tender renewals in 2021 due to a huge amount being awarded in 2020 already, the company’s new order book victory will rely on the semi government and private sectors.

Most government renewals would happen at 2H 2022 and in 2023.

Ultimately, the ability to control gross margins would be of the utmost importance as labor cost will only increase.

Is Johnson Holdings a company to add into one's portfolio? Well, it depends on whether one is ok with the risk involved.