Singaporeans are willing to spend hours queuing for food that is said to be good. It’s been 2 months since Shake Shack opened at Jewel and the hype has yet to die down as Singaporeans continue to stand in line for more than an hour to get their hands on the famous burgers.
According to SingStat, the price of food has increased by close to 1.4% in 2018. This week, the STI ETF opened at $3.279 and closed at $3.373 on Friday.
In this week’s edition of 4 Stocks This Week, we look at 4 companies that own some of the most popular restaurants in Singapore, many of which we frequently dine at.
BreadTalk Group Limited (SGX: CTN)
BreadTalk was listed on the SGX in 2003.
BreadTalk has multiple well-known brands under their name. This includes restaurants such as Toast Box, Din Tai Fung, Food Republic and Song Fa. Outside of Singapore, BreadTalk also has presence in countries like China and Thailand.
In 2018, BreadTalk brought Din Tai Fung to London. This June, BreadTalk brought in the globally recognised Wu Pao Chun bakery from Taiwan. The first Wu Pao Chun bakery in Singapore, their two award-winning breads are selling at $20.80 a loaf (and Singaporeans are buying it). BreadTalk has an 80% stake in this joint venture with Wu Pao Chun Food Ltd.
BreadTalk reached a high of $1.260 in April this year and closed higher at $0.775 on Friday 21 June.
Japan Foods Holding (SGX: 5OI)
Japan Foods listed on the SGX in 2009.
Japanese restaurants can be found in malls all over Singapore. Japan Foods operates a chain of more than 40 restaurants in Singapore that serve authentic Japanese cuisine.
Japan Foods has an extensive list of franchise brands under them including popular Japanese restaurants such as Akimitsu, Ajisen Ramen, Menya Musashi and Osaka Ohsho. Other than Japanese cuisine, Japan Foods also has brands such as Fruit Paradise and New ManLee Bak Kut Teh. Outside of Singapore, Japan Foods has also ventured into countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China.
Japan Foods has been consistently giving out dividends to its investors since 2009. In 2018, Japan Foods dividends totaled $0.021 per share, a dividend yield of 4.77%
Japan Foods closed at $0.440 on Friday 21 June.
Tung Lok Restaurants (SGX: 540)
Tung Lok was listed on the SGX in 2001.
In Singapore, Tung Lok operates 16 different restaurants, including TungLok Signatures, Dancing Crab, LingZhi Vegetarian, Lao Beijing, Tong Le Private Dining and Lokkee. Besides their many restaurants, Tung Lok also offers catering services for events.
Beyond Singapore, Tung Lok has presence in other Asian countries including Indonesia, Japan, China and Vietnam.
Tung Lok closed higher at $0.160 on Friday 21 June.
Koufu Group Limited (SGX: VL6)
Koufu was listed in July 2018 at $0.63 per share.
The name Koufu has become synonymous with food courts in Singapore. The brands under Koufu fall under 5 main categories: food halls, concept stores, café & restaurants, shopping mall and overseas.
Besides Koufu food courts, there are other food halls under Koufu such as Cookhouse, Happy Hawkers, Rasapura Masters, Fork & Spoon and Gourmet Paradise. This totals more than 60 food courts in Singapore. Cafe & restaurants include 1983, Elemen and Grove. Both Elemen and Grove offer meat-free dining concepts that focus on natural, healthy ingredients.
Koufu has in recent times entered the bubble tea market in Singapore with concept stores like R&B tea and SuperTea. A widely popular bubble tea store, R&B Tea already has 16 outlets in Singapore.
Since its IPO, Koufu reached a high of $0.825 in April this year. Koufu closed lower at $0.680 on Friday 21 June.
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