August is always an eventful one for Singaporeans. It’s a month where we get to display our national pride by hanging the Singapore flag at our balconies, outside our windows and along the corridor. For those who are no longer schooling, it could also be the one time each year you sing the national anthem and recite the pledge.
For this week’s edition of 4 Stocks This Week, we look at 4 stocks that Singaporeans can easily identify and relate with.
SBS Transit Ltd (SGX: S61)
In a small island like Singapore, we are very dependent on our public transport to provide us with reliable, efficient and affordable transport around the island.
SBS Transit strikes a chord with Singaporeans as many of us take the MRT and buses everyday. SBS Transit is the company behind not just the SBS buses we take, but also the Downtown Line (DTL), Northeast Line (NEL) and Sengkang-Punngol LRT in Singapore.
Another company in Singapore’s land transport industry was SMRT. However, SMRT has been delisted since their buyout by Temasek on 1 November 2016.
For 2Q2019, SBS Transit’s profit increased by 24.5%, largely attributed to the higher revenue that stemmed from the higher average fare since the fare increase in December 2018. SBS Transit pays dividends semi-annually, at $0.0715 per share this August 2019.
At the start of this year, SBS Transit opened at $2.710. It has since risen 50.9%, closing at $4.090 on Friday 16 September.
ComfortDelGro (SGX: C52)
Grab and Go-Jek are cementing their foothold in the ride-hailing industry in Singapore. With companies like Grab, Go-Jek and Uber disrupting the taxi industry, it might seem like comfort’s glory days are over.
However, even with these ride-hailing options available to consumers today, we still see a fair share of taxis along the roads everyday. Taxis continue to remain relevant to a certain degree, evident from the queues at taxi stands near crowded locations.
While ComfortDelGro is closely associated with its taxi business, they actually operate through 8 different segments: Bus, Bus station, Rail, Taxi, Automotive engineering services, Inspection and testing services, Car rental and leasing, and Driving centre.
Beyond Singapore’s waters, ComfortDelGro has a significant overseas presence in countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia and across 11 cities in China.
ComfortDelGro pays dividends semi-annually, giving shareholders $0.045 per share this August 2019. ComfortDelGro closed lower at $2.490 last Friday.
SGX (SGX: S68)
Singapore’s very own stock exchange.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is Singapore’s sole stock exchange. As a stock exchange, SGX offers a platform for investors to transact in equities, fixed income, and derivatives. SGX operates through four segments: Equities and Fixed Income, Derivatives, Market Data and Connectivity, and Corporate.
SGX pays out dividends quarterly and has risen over the past few years. Currently, SGX gives dividends of $0.075 per share. Last Friday, SGX closed lower at $8.180.
CapitaMall Trust (SGX: C38U)
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Singapore is the hub for REITs. CapitaMall Trust is a retail REIT with their retail footprint in many central and heartland areas all over Singapore. CapitaLand has 19 malls in Singapore that include Bugis Junction, Funan, ION Orchard, Junction 8, Plaza Singapura and The Star Vista.
CapitaMall Trust has consistently paid out dividends quarterly. This year, shareholders received $0.0156 per share in February, $0.0288 per share in June and now $0.0292 per share this August. Last Friday, CapitaMall Trust closed lower at $2.620.
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4 Stocks This Week is not a recommendation from us to buy or sell any of these stocks. For investors who are keen to find out more, you should continue researching about them before making your investment decisions.