Year: 2019

Manulife US REIT (MUST) in explosive rally

Manulife US REIT

With an acronym like MUST, it seems like investing in Manulife US REIT will not go wrong. Indeed, the unit price had been surging from USD0.80 since the start of the year to the current USD0.94. Listed in May 2016, this REIT has a strong sponsor in Manulife Insurance Company, a leading Canada-based financial services group. Despite having a strong pedigree, it has not always been a bed of rose for this REIT.

Like many of its peers, Manulife US REIT unit price had been lacklustre in the initial year of listing. Looking back, the counter had been trading below its offering price of US0.83 per for most of 2016 and 2017. Then the unit price took on a life of its own when Temasek Holdings, through DBS Bank, increased its stake from 3.78% to 5.49% in July 2017. Subsequently, Manulife US REIT unit price enjoyed a splendid run, surging from US0.80 in July 2017 to hit a high of almost USD1.00 in February 2018. The bull run in unit price created plenty of wealth for unitholders.

Manulife US REIT

However, in 2018, Manulife US REIT suffered a torrid run. This is because in that year, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates …

Singtel share price faces disaster

Singtel share price

What a calamity. Singtel share price looks set for a roller-coaster ride following a shocking 2nd quarter loss amounting to $674 million. Yes, that’s right. It is net loss of $674 million, vis-à-vis $661 million of net profit recorded in 2QFY2019. The mind-blowing loss was attributed to Airtel’s exceptional item.

The latest result came on the back of an eighth consecutive quarter of declining profits/losses. Question now is: where would Singtel share price go from here?

I have been a big fan of Singtel for years but I could not recall the last time in which Singtel recorded such massive losses. To be honest I am totally speechless by the latest results. Given the latest development, there is a high possibility of Singtel share price reaching my entry price of $2.60 in the coming days.

Singtel share price

According to Singtel’s media release, the telco’s subsidiary, Airtel was hit by an adverse Indian court ruling in relation to definition of “adjusted gross revenue” (AGR) for the Indian telco industry. Singtel share of the provision amounted to a whopping pre-tax $1.93 billion. The explosive loss would surely cause confidence in Singtel share price to be shaken.

Apart from the Airtel’s exception item, operating …

Sengkang Grand Residences a dream or nightmare for buyers?

Sengkang Grand Residences

When CapitaLand and City Development (CDL) teamed up to develop the 3.7 hectares residential site next to BuangKok MRT station in 2018, it promised to be a match made in heaven. Indeed, there was tremendous market hype as the two developers are the big boys in the real estate sector. The last time the two titans combined forces was in 2007 for the Botannia project in West Coast. Thus, it is not surprising that Sengkang Grand Residences became the best-selling integrated project in 2019.

But what raised plenty of eyebrows was the strong response shown during the launch day of Sengkang Grand Residences. 216 of the 280 units had been sold at an average price of $1,700 per square feet (psf). Prices for the integrated project start from $798,000 for a one-bedroom plus study unit, $998,000 for a two-bedroom, $1.498 million for a three-bedroom, and $2.1 million for a four-bedroom premium plus flexi. With such selling prices for Sengkang Grand Residences, one could be forgiven for thinking that it is a seller’s market now. But is it really so?

Sengkang Grand Residences

The selling prices of Sengkang Grand Residences are certainly mind-blowing. After all, the block-buster performance came against the backdrop of …

OCBC share price won the battle but lost the war

OCBC share price

It’s official. 3QFY2019 results for OCBC showed that the Hong Kong protests did not rupture its businesses nor impact its growth. On the contrary, OCBC Hong Kong actually reported an 11% increase in net profit on year-on-year basis. In this regard, many investors must be able to sleep better at night. But is OCBC share price really out of the woods?

Despite taming the menacing fallout from the Hong Kong protests, there are signs that OCBC share price have peaked. In today’s context, it is unlikely that OCBC share price will hit the giddy high of $13.80 in 2018. The latest financial results revealed some hits and misses for the venerable bank. In this article, lets delve into the quality of OCBC 3rd quarter earnings and the potential outlook for OCBC share price.

OCBC share price

Note that this is an opinion article and not meant to be a financial advice. Please do your due diligence or engage financial advisors before investing in the stock market. Furthermore, I am not vested and have never invested in this counter before. Whether OCBC share price will surge or collapse has no impact on me. Thus, this article is not meant to induce readers to …

Eagle Hospitality Trust to blow up in pieces?

Eagle Hospitality Trust

Will unit price of Eagle Hospitality Trust blow up in pieces? Investors of Eagle Hospitality Trust look set for plenty of sleepless nights following more stunning revelations, which came straight after The Queen Mary fiasco. This time round, the management’s response to SGX queries on 1 November raised more concerns than assurance to investors. Why is that so?

Eagle Hospitality Trust initial asset portfolio consists of 18 properties, out of which 12 properties were owned by the Sponsor under its USHI Portfolio. The other 6 properties were from the ASAP6 Portfolio in which the properties were purchased from “third party ASAP6 Portfolio vendors”. The latest issue centred around the ASAP6 portfolio, and the information could provide a plausible rationale for the massive sell-offs by the big boys in recent months.

Eagle Hospitality Trust

Note that this is an opinion article and not meant to be a financial advice. Please do your due diligence or engage financial advisors before investing in the stock market. Furthermore, I am not vested and have never invested in this counter before. Whether Eagle Hospitality Trust unit price will surge or collapse has no impact on me. Thus, this article is not meant to induce readers to make any …

UOB share price in royal rumble with DBS and OCBC

UOB share price

It is the 3Q financial reporting season for the banks again. Will UOB share price edge over DBS and OCBC? With only 3 branches in Hong Kong, UOB Group has significantly smaller exposure to the Hong Kong civil unrests as compared to DBS and OCBC. But this is not to say that it is going to be a jolly ride for UOB share price.

For UOB share price, the real battle to be fought is actually the home ground – Singapore. After all, Singapore market is responsible for more than half of its operating profit. With Singapore economy slowing down in 2019, the outlook for UOB seems to be challenging.

UOB share price

By and large, 9MFY2019 results reflected a resilient performance as net interest income and net profit grew 7% and 8% respectively on a year-on-year basis. The report suggests that the strategy by merger wizard, Wee Cho Yaw, to focus growth mainly in Singaporean and South East Asia region had been prudent. As a result, I do not see UOB share price being shattered by the on-going fallout from the Hong Kong protests. The situation is different for DBS and OCBC, which had extensive businesses in Hong Kong through Dao Heng …

Eagle Hospitality Trust to sink or swim with Temasek Holdings?

Eagle Hospitality Trust

What a bad start for a REIT that barely got listed for six months! Debut in SGX only in May 2019, US pure-play REIT is facing some sort of crisis lately. At the centre of the storm is an astonishing article by The Edge Singapore revealing toxic inspection reports and a letter from the City of Long Beach to Urban Commons, sponsor of Eagle Hospitality Trust. In that letter, it was alleged that Urban Commons failed to meet obligations under The Queen Mary ground lease to make certain repairs required under the lease agreement.

The Queen Mary is one of the 18 properties held by Eagle Hospitality Trust, with valuation of USD159.4 million. Only Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites Waterpark, with valuation of USD162.8 million, carries a higher valuation. In this regard, The Queen Mary is one of the key assets of Eagle Hospitality Trust and the loss of this asset would likely have significant impact to Eagle Hospitality Trust.

Eagle Hospitality Trust

Eagle Hospitality Trust in dark chapter

The 23 October article by The Edge Singapore spooked the hell out of investors and sent the unit price spiralling out of control. The counter fell from USD0.65 to USD0.55, prompting the manager to …

Sembcorp Marine share price in final fantasy with Temasek Holdings

Sembcorp Marine share price

Since my last article on this counter, Sembcorp Marine share price rose from the grave to reach a high of $1.40 in recent days. The spectacular form of Sembcorp Marine share price was surely a welcome sight for investors. This is because this counter had been on a trashy form since its subsidiary in Brazil, Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz Ltda (“EJA”), had been stormed by the Brazilian authorities in early July 2019. The raid was in relation to a corruption probe, nicknamed “Operation Car Wash”.

Needless to say, the market went into overdrive after the announcement of the stunning partial offer by Temasek Holdings for Keppel shares. There were plenty of speculations that a merger between Keppel and Sembcorp Marine is finally on the cards. As a result, Sembcorp Marine share price is on fire.

Sembcorp Marine share price

But is it really the beginning of a much-anticipated recovery for Sembcorp Marine share price? Or yet another false dawn for investors? After all, the pre-conditions to the partial offer seem quite onerous to the extent that it seems like Temasek Holdings is buying an insurance for the deal.

One of the pre-conditions set by Temasek Holdings is that there must be no material adverse …

Keppel share price in winter wonderland with Temasek Holdings

Keppel share price

What an explosive revelation. Keppel share price stormed to high heaven on the back of a shocking partial offer by parent company, Temasek Holdings. Will Temasek Holdings do a CapitaLand, which was formed through a merger between Pidemco and DBS Land in 2000? Incidentally, the stunning move came right after Keppel achieved a massive breakthrough with Sete Brasil, which was forced to declare bankrupt over a corruption scandal in Brazil. The corruption scandal had caused Keppel to be fined a whopping $570 million by authorities, rupturing Keppel share price in the process.

Indeed, Keppel investors had every reason to be angry with the corruption scandal. On looking back, Keppel share price was actually recovering since the outbreak of the oil slump in 2014. From a low of $5.00 in 2016, Keppel share price actually soared to a high of $8.70 in early 2018. The massive fine meted out had thrashed Keppel share price left, right, centre. Since then, this counter never really see daylight. If Sembcorp Marine is found guilty as well, then Temasek Holdings could be faced with a total fine of nearly $1 billion of fine (inclusive of Keppel’s fine).

Keppel share price

The partial offer of $7.35 by Temasek for …

SPH share price in Halloween nightmare

SPH share price

It is a battle that SPH can ill-afford to lose. SPH share price looks set for another horrifying meltdown following the release of a set of disappointing full-year results for FY2019. The latest results marked the fifth consecutive quarterly of decline. With such financial performance, investors should brace for yet another devastating run of SPH share price.

The declining business performance and ailing SPH share price come on the back of a change in readers’ lifestyle trend and reading habits. People are less likely to buy printed newspaper and prefer digital media for consumption of news. To make matter worse, Singapore is a small market for the Media segment to grow and I don’t foresee SPH embarking on overseas acquisitions to scale up its Media segment division.

SPH share price

In a bid to reposition itself in the era of digital age, the Group is undergoing a massive digital transformation and is retrenching 5% of its staff from the Media segment. The retrenchment will be the second exercise under the helm of CEO Ng Yat Chung. The last retrenchment exercise was also in October when the Group announced the FY2017 full-year results.

Interestingly, in FY2017, the net profit was $395 million, an …

Singtel share price to explode with data centre REIT?

Singtel share price

Will the management drop the bombshell? Singtel share price became the talk of the town in recent days when DBS analysts claimed that Singtel may cut dividend payouts to $0.13 to $0.15 for FY2021 and had set target price of $3.12 for Singtel share price. On the other hand, there were market speculations that Singtel could possibly monetize its data centres through REIT, thereby unlocking value and freeing up cash flow for capital expenditure and dividends.

DBS’ argument is that results of Singtel’s regional associates will cause harm to Singtel’s bottom-line and roiled Singel share price in the process. To this end, I do not dismiss such a possibility. If investors looked back, share of pre-tax profits from regional associated reached an alarming 6-year low of $1.5 billion in FY2019, resulting in net profits to collapse to $3.1 billion. If the regional associates continued to underperform, things would surely spiral out of control.

Singtel share price

Then again, do you think Singtel management will leave it to fate? To be frank, I have never been a big fan of banks’ stock analyses, especially those generated by DBS. I always take their stock analyses with a pinch of salt because their target prices were …

SIAEC share price and ST Engineering in bizarre tales

SIAEC share price

As an engineer working in the aviation industry for 15 years, I have seen the rise and fall of the sector. Inevitably, when we talk about the aviation industry, investors would likely to draw comparison between the two Singapore titans – SIAEC and ST Engineering. Between the two, SIAEC share price had lost considerably shine in recent years, making it one of the biggest falling stars in SGX mainboard. Will SIAEC share price ever see light at end of tunnel?

Both entities had dominated the local aviation industry for decades and are majority-owned by Temasek Holdings. Nonetheless, the similarities ended here as both companies took on entirely different destinies due to a series of unfortunate events and different business strategies. From the lens of investors, it seems that someone up there has decided to write intrigue scripts for SIAEC share price and ST Engineering share price.

SIAEC share price

Whilst SIAEC and ST Engineering had ruled the local aviation industry for decades, both are fundamentally very different companies with niche business models. The former is mainly engaged in the regional airlines maintenance and technical services businesses while the latter is engaged in the maintenance and  modification businesses, with special focus in the United …

Hongkong Land share price to suffer Trojan Horse?

Hongkong Land

With a history of 130 years, Hongkong Land is certainly one of the most venerable listed companies in Singapore. Possibly, only Boustead, OCBC’s Great Eastern and UOB’s Haw Par Corp can match Hongkong Land in terms of pedigree and history. If you are talking about prestige, Hongkong Land is even more impressive as its parent company is none other than the famous Jardine Matheson Holdings. Together with Dairy Farm, Jardine C&C, Jardine Matheson Holdings and Jardine Strategic Holdings, Hongkong Land forms the “Hong Kong Five Tigers” that ruled Straits Times Index (STI) for many years.

The Hong Kong Five Tigers are all part of the Jardine Matheson Group and this network of companies established an impenetrable fortress in the SGX mainboard. Nonetheless, what can float a boat can also sink it. In this regard, will the unfolding Hong Kong protests be a Trojan Horse for Hongkong Land share price?

Hongkong Land

Hongkong Land share price in trouble

Troubles certainly come in troops for Hongkong Land share price. Indeed, since the start of the Hong Kong protests, Hongkong Land share price got bombed out, falling from USD6.60 to the current USD5.50.  However, investors who are planning to buy on the cheap and …

Keppel REIT a time-bomb waiting to explode?

Keppel REIT

Amid the current rally in the S-REIT sector, Keppel REIT is one of the rare counters that is majority-owned by Temasek Holdings (49%) and at the same time, an S-REIT that remained elusively laggard thus far. The current Price/Book value stood at 0.875, indicating that Keppel REIT unit price is trading at an undervalued level.

With a strong sponsor in Keppel Land and a solid backer in Temasek Holdings, Keppel REIT can be considered a blue chip among the S-REIT community. Total market capitalization is about $4.2 billion. So the poor form of Keppel REIT unit price, against the backdrop of a powerful rally in the S-REIT sector, must have left investors singing the blue. Then again, unitholders must count their blessings. After all, Keppel REIT’s net income consistently fell for the past five years. It is a miracle that the unit price had not suffered a meltdown.

Keppel REIT

In my opinion, there are a few factors that attributed to the current form of Keppel REIT unit price. However, the investment merits will be highlighted as well so as to provide a balanced view of this counter. Fundamentally, Keppel REIT is not a company in crisis but there is a need …

OCBC share price in for an explosive thrashing?

OCBC share price

Will OCBC share price bomb out on 5 November 2019, which is the day it announces its third quarter financial results? In my view, investors should brace themselves for a wild ride as there are signs that point to OCBC share price breaching the critical support level of $10.00 in the coming weeks.

2019 had been such an intriguing year for OCBC share price. Despite posting good financial results for 1QFY2019 and 2QFY2019, OCBC share price tumbled after the announcement of the financial results. For example, on 10 May 2019, the bank achieved net profit of $1.23 billion for the first quarter of 2019, representing an increase of 11% to 1QFY2018. Yet in that month, OCBC share price plunged from $12.10 to a low of $11.00.

OCBC share price

Then on 2 August 2019, OCBC share price corrected from $11.40 to $10.50 on 26 August 2019. The decline was puzzling because 2QFY2019 results showed that net profit had increased by 1% to $1.22 billion from $1.21 billion reported a year ago. Although the data indicated that growth for OCBC is slowing, the bank is still making healthy level of profits. In this regard, will 3QFY2019 be the final straw that break the camel’s …

DBS Group share price set for another hellish ride?

DBS Group share price

After delivering ten consecutive quarter of increasing profit, DBS Group share price should logically be in heaven right now. However, in life, things aren’t always so straightforward. Whilst the business fundamentals of the bank remained positive, the narrative for the global macro-economic conditions had turned dark. Against this backdrop, DBS Group share price hit the skid to reach the current $24.50 after smashing a record high of $30 in April 2018.

Question now is will Singapore’s DBS Group share price join Hong Kong protest? 11 November 2019 will be destiny day for DBS Group share price as the bank will announce its 3rd quarter financial results for FY2019. Many investors are holding their breath for the release of the financial data. This is because Hong Kong market contributed the second highest profit to the Group (due to Dao Heng bank).

DBS Group share price

To illustrate how important Hong Kong market is to DBS Group share price, the net income from its Hong Kong subsidiary for 1HFY2019 was $755 million while Singapore contributed $2.24 billion. The rest of Greater China contributed only $145 million while the rest of the world provided $118 million. Assuming that the property disposal gain of $86 million …

Keppel DC REIT share price in unstoppable form

Keppel DC REIT

What an explosive bull run! From $1.00 in 2016, Keppel DC REIT share price went on a rampage to reach a high of $2.00 in 2019, representing a 100% increase in value within a span of just three years. Unitholders of Keppel DC REIT must be laughing all the way to the bank. Amid the current rally in S-REITs sector, is the current form of Keppel DC REIT share price sustainable?

Hailed as the first pure-play data centre REIT listed in Asia on SGX, Keppel DC REIT is certainly riding on Singapore’s aspiration to become the Smart Nation. During its IPO, the portfolio comprised of only eight data centres. In the blink of eye, the portfolio has grown to 15 data centres spanning across Asia and Europe. The number of data centres will rise further to 17 as Keppel DC REIT is recently acquiring two data centres in Singapore – KDC SGP 4 located in Tampines Industrial Park and 1-Net North DC in Woodlands. As 67% of the portfolio is in Asia while 33% is in Europe, the management has built a diversified portfolio indeed.

Keppel DC REIT

Being a data centre service provider, Keppel DC REIT is an interesting long-term REIT play …

CapitaLand share price set for explosive bull run?

CapitaLand share price

It has been a lost decade for CapitaLand share price as the real estate developer endured crisis after crisis ranging from the Great Financial Crisis to the European sovereign debt problem to the slew of property cooling measures unleashed by Singapore government. For sure, investors of CapitaLand had a roller coaster ride and suffered plenty of sleepless nights. But the sluggish CapitaLand share price looks set for a turbo-charged spin in the next six months. Read on to find out why CapitaLand could possibly stage a “return of the king” in the coming months.

Being one of the marquee assets of Temasek Holdings, CapitaLand is obviously one of the big boys in the real estate business. The company’s real estate and hospitality portfolio spans more than 120 cities in over 20 counties. In addition to this, CapitaLand also manages eight REITs and business trusts and twenty private funds. Given the diversified global portfolio (worth $129 billion), understanding this real estate giant is never easy but the biggest question among investors must be why CapitaLand share price had consistently been laggard for the past few years.

CapitaLand share price

If investors looked back, CapitaLand share price peaked at $7 to $8 back in …

Singtel share price smashed into wall

Singtel share price

What a gory correction. After delivering a set of disappointing quarterly results that saw Singtel clocking the seventh consecutive quarter of declining profits, Singtel share price tumbled from a high of $3.55 in July to a low of $3.12 on 27 September. The 12% correction would have caused long-term investors to panic. Question now is: where would Singtel share price go from here?

On 2 July 2019, I highlighted that Singtel share price would be entering a dark chapter but is still considered an excellent investment for the long run due to the telco’s massive regional presence. Thus, investors should stay calm despite Singapore share price volatility. To make money out of this counter, investors should set the appropriate entry price.

Singtel share price

Based on the current form, it seems that Singtel share price is likely to continue its bearish streak. Perhaps this could be a sign of things to come. For sure, the coming 1H results would dictate the form of Singtel share price. Unless the management announced significant moves that would provide positive catalyst to Singtel share price, such as the monetization of its loss-making ventures (cybersecurity and digital life businesses), it would take some serious effort to reverse …

Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) share price on fire!

MCT share price

There you go. The protracted Hong Kong protests claimed its first casualty among the prestigious Straits Times Index (STI) when it was announced on 5 September 2019 that Hutchison Port Holding Trust (HPH) will be booted out of the index. Replacing HPH Trust will be Mapletree Commerical Trust (MCT). The move should be a bid to contain the fallout from the Hong Kong protests. And it is not difficult to see why HPH Trust was chosen for the axe.

Currently, Hong Kong stocks make up 20% of the STI constituents. Other than HPH Trust (which was backed by the famous Li Ka Shing), the other five Hong Kong counters are all linked to the conglomerate Jardine Group – Hong Kong Land, Dairy Farm, Jardine C&C, JMH and JSH. Between HPH Trust and the Jardine Group, the obvious candidate to be dropped is HPH Trust, which has been a perennial falling star among the STI constituents. The question now is: why was Mapletree Commercial Trust chosen for the slot?

MCT share price

With a market capitalization of $6.11 billion, MCT is the largest REIT sponsored by Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. Temasek Holdings has a majority stake of 35% in this REIT while other big …

Cache Logistics Trust to be gobbled up by Mapletree Logistics Trust?

Cache Logistics trust

Analysing Cache Logistics Trust is not easy. And it is not because of its business scale. In fact, with only 27 properties, Cache Logistics Trust is the smallest player among Ascendas REIT and Mapletree Logistics Trust. The difficulty in understanding Cache Logistics Trust is because the past two years had been such a whirlwind for this S-REIT that one wonders how on earth this S-REIT managed to stay the course till now.

When debt-laden HNA Group acquired the previous Sponsor of Cache Logistics Trust (CWT Limited) in 2017, it was a sign of things to come. In 2018, CWT sold off all its stake in Cache Logistics Trust to the manager, ARA. Currently, ARA is the largest shareholder of this S-REIT, with stake amounting to 9.6%.

Cache Logistics trust

With a market capitalization of merely $783 million, Cache Logistics Trust is considered a very small S-REIT. Given the current low market valuations and challenging operating environment, consolidation is inevitable in the S-REIT sector. In my view, Cache Logistics Trust could be an interesting acquisition for Mapletree Logistics Trust. After all, the latter splashed out a whopping $730 million in 2018 to acquire five ramp-up warehouses, which is a niche occupied by Cache. Forking …

Retrenchment support from WSG Singapore

retrenchment support

Nobody is ever prepared for retrenchment. And when retrenchment strikes, it certainly feels like the end of the world. This is especially so if you are a middle-aged white-collar PMET. With the job market saturated with young graduates and foreign talents, finding a position that matches your last drawn salary could be a challenge. Without retrenchment support, things can spiral out of control.

With the unfolding trade war between US and China, Singapore’s economic growth is expected to slow to 0 to 1% this year. Against this backdrop, the job market in Singapore currently looks hazy. According to Ministry of Manpower, the number of retrenchments in the first half of this year stood at about 5,500, slightly more than the 5,300 recorded in the same period last year.

retrenchment support

Whilst it is not possible to change the macro-economic conditions, Singaporeans can certainly take steps to safeguard themselves against the spectre of retrenchments. The worst thing in life is to be complacent and assume that your job will always be there. Such assumption may not be valid anymore given the structural changes in industries and the constant technological disruptions.

Our ability to earn income is key to building wealth. Therefore, it is …

Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT) a dream or nightmare in the making?

Mapletree Logistics Trust

Crisis? What crisis? Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT) rubbished all talks of market downturn as its unit price went on a rampant to smash a record high in July 2019. What a magnificent run!

Christmas certainly come early for MLT as it went on a billion dollar shopping spree. Not that investors are complaining of course as the unit price rocketed to a stunning high of $1.65 on 5 July 2019. Subsequently, the unit price was brought down to earth to the current level of $1.60.

Those who had bought MLT during its IPO in 2005 would have no regrets. Its public offer of 357.4 million units at $0.68 per unit was 43.88 times over-subscribed, reflecting the strong demand for the REIT. Over the years, the management had delivered the goods as the unit price of Mapletree Logistics Trust climbed steadily to reach the current $1.58.

Mapletree Logistics Trust

Till to date, MLT had distributed a total of $0.952 per unit to unit holders. With the massive capital appreciation, long-time investors must be laughing all the way to the bank.

Being 32.9% owned by Temasek Holdings, it is evident that MLT is destined to be one of the leading lights among the S-REITs. Currently, …

BreadTalk share price to sink or swim with Food Junction?

BreadTalk share price

It is the return of the prodigy as BreadTalk’s founder, George Quek, is reclaiming his throne – “Singapore Foodcourt King”. Since my last article on BreadTalk share price, this counter took on a life of its own when the bread company made headline news for splashing out $80 million for the acquisition of Food Junction. Many analysts balked at the price tag and there were plenty of critics claiming that BreadTalk had overpaid for a project that earned net profit of merely $3183.

On the contrary, I rate the acquisition positively despite the short-term harm it may cause to BreadTalk share price. In my view, the naysayers could be missing the forest for the trees. Many readers are not going to agree with my analysis but I do think that context is important here and one should not jump the gun just by looking at financial figures. You need to analysis the situation at big picture level when it comes to stock investing.

BreadTalk share price

The acquisition of Food Junction came at a time when CEO Henry Chu resigned due to personal and health reasons. Whether there is a power struggle behind the scene is subject to debate. But to be …

HPH Trust in bloodbath with Temasek Holdings

HPH Trust

It is case of lightning strike twice for Temasek Holdings! Investors of HPH Trust must be left punching the wall as the unit price of the business trust collapsed following the announcement of HPH Trust being given the boot from the prestigious Straits Times Index (STI) on 5 September 2019. Temasek Holdings is a major shareholder in both HPH Trust and Asian Pay TV Trust.

In 2018, unit price of Asian Pay TV Trust plunged after the business trust announced massive cut in distribution. For HPH Trust, the collapse of its unit price should be triggered by both the violent Hong Kong protests and the recent exit from STI. The exit from STI also came at a bad timing. When SIAEC (2017) and StarHub (2018) were booted out of STI, the share prices went into a tailspin. On this basis, I expect unit price of HPH Trust to crash into the wall in the coming weeks.

HPH Trust

The huge decline in HPH Trust and APTT would have inflicted some form of damages to Temasek Holdings as the sovereign wealth fund holds 14% stake in the former and 7.9% in the latter. Notwithstanding this, given Temasek Holdings’ widely diversified portfolio, I don’t …

Dark side of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

LPA

According to a Well-being of the Singapore Elderly (WiSE) study conducted by Institute of Mental Health (IMH), the number of dementia cases in Singapore is estimated to be about 82,000 in 2018. And this figure could rise to a staggering 100,000 in a few years’ time as our population aged rapidly. This is a frightening statistic and hence set the context for the need to consider making a lasting power of attorney (LPA).

Life is fragile and unpredictable. You do not know when disaster will strike you. In my previous article, I wrote about how my late Dad’s devastating stroke left my family in a state of limbo for many years. Thus, it is never too early to start planning ahead because you never know when adversity will strike. But if misfortune does strike, make sure you are ready.

LPA

Like all things in life, there is a dark side for lasting power of attorney. In 2014, the court case of Yang Yin cast the spotlight on the role of lasting power of attorney (LPA). In that saga, Singapore saw how this legal document can be abused if it falls into the wrong hands.

So, what is exactly a lasting …

Singtel share price is so bad its good

Singtel share price

It seems like Singtel share price is in the mood for love again. After ex-dividend in July, Singtel share price suffered its seasonal meltdown, falling from a high of $3.56 in early July to the current low of $3.13. As one of the biggest telecom players in the region, Singtel is a blue chip. So the current bearish Singtel share price may represent a good opportunity to accumulate.

On 2 July 2019, I warned that Singtel share price would be entering a dark chapter but is still considered a good company to invest for the long run because of its massive economic moat. Although this counter is ideal to hold for the long-term, investors must set appropriate entry-levels. Some members have enquired my entry level, which I have revealed to be $2.60.

Singtel share price

Based on the on-going market trend, it is possible that Singtel share price could reach the level of $2.60 in the coming months. According to data, the lowest level for 2019 was $2.86 recorded on 3 January 2019. So unless the management announced some hugely positive news, such as the monetization of its loss-making ventures (cybersecurity and digital life businesses), it would take a herculean effort to reverse …

Personal finance: 20 years of winter in Singapore

personal finance

As an avid personal finance blogger in Singapore, I am passionate about personal finance and investment topics. My passion in personal finance stemmed from a challenging family financial background. So, it is definitely not by chance that I became a personal finance blogger. My goal for this blog is to share experiences relating to personal finance. In the process, I hope readers become better wealth builders.

Personal finance diary

The period 1994 to 2013 was the darkest chapter of my life, and also the longest winter for my family. We were very vulnerable then, and at the same time struggling to cope financially. My siblings and I were still schooling in secondary schools. Mom was a housewife and she received little education. Grandma was old and ailing. Dad was the sole breadwinner and his debilitating stroke plunged my family into an abyss of financial uncertainties.

I am a firm believer of working hard and smart to achieve success. In Singapore, regardless of social status and academic achievements, most Singaporeans should be able to earn good income if they are willing to work hard and smart. But what about those who are physically handicapped and struggling to make ends meet?

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SPH share price plunged to record 14-year low

SPH share price

What a calamity for SPH share price! On 28 August 2019, all hell broke loose for SPH share price as the counter breached the all-critical level of $2.00 to reach a low of $1.93. It seems that dark forces had won the battle as a whopping 3.2 million SPH shares were shorted on 26 August 2016, causing SPH share price to plunge into the deep abyss.

Is it going to get any worse for SPH share price? To be frank, I don’t know but current trading level is at a stunning record 14-year low. During the dark days of the Great Financial Crisis 2009, SPH share price had not even touched such crazy level. So you can imagine the level of panic among shareholders. It seems that SPH share price is currently on a path of destruction and there is no end in sight. At least not so soon.

SPH share price

Confidence means everything in the stock market. Thus, to restore the confidence level of SPH share price, the management bought back 576,300 shares on 26 August 2019. But the action proved to be futile as SPH share price continued to retreat. Against the current backdrop, SPH share is trading at the …

Sheng Siong share price on a super bull run!

Sheng Siong share price

August had been a torrid month for many investors as the unfolding trade war between US and China roiled the stock market. Amid the stock market upheaval, Sheng Siong share price stands out like a shining diamond. Investors are left confounded as the unfolding trade war has absolutely no impact on Sheng Siong share price. To top it off, this counter even surge to a record high of $1.18 in recent days.

Given the bullish form of Sheng Siong share price, investors should have no complaints. Since IPO in 2011, Sheng Siong share price had stormed from $0.33 to the current $1.15 level. Investors are laughing all the way to the bank because of the huge capital appreciation and the consistent dividend pay outs.

Sheng Siong share price

The strong business momentum of Sheng Siong saw CEO Lim Hock Chee receiving the SBA’s Businessman of the Year award in early 2019. In 2015, the CEO also received the same award. Indeed, the consistent growth and solid business fundamentals lend support to the form of Sheng Siong share price through the years. Can Sheng Siong share price sustain its blockbuster form in the second half of 2019?

Sheng Siong share price in wonderland

On looking …