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Here’s How Much You Would Have Today If You Invested $1,000 Into These 10 Popular Singapore Stocks 10 Years Ago

If you invested just $1,000 in 2008, you could be seeing your money grow up to $6,000 today.

 

Many say the Singapore stock market is slow, lacklustre and even “dead”. However, for those who continue to put faith in stock listed here, can still find good value. 10 years ago, the Singapore stock market was flourishing, and it was right before the global financial crisis, that wiped out nearly 55% of the value of Singapore’s 30 largest stocks listed on the Straits Times Index, hit.

Today, the STI has clawed back nearly 45% of those losses. This means that we’ve not yet recovered to the highs of 2007’s stock market. Nevertheless, we look at how a $1,000 investment in 10 popular stocks on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) 10 years ago would look like today. We also assume reinvestment of any dividends at the start of the following year to achieve compounded returns.

#1 CapitaLand Mall Trust

As the first and largest real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the SGX since 2002, CapitaLand Mall Trust offers investors a stable portfolio of properties with promise of paying out at least 90% of its earnings in distributions.

In January 2008, CapitaLand Mall Trust was trading at close to $2.42, while today, it is trading at close to $2.15. Over the years, it has also been paying out regular distributions amounting to $1.0018 per share to its unitholders.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into CapitaLand Mall Trust in January 2008 would amount to close to $1,541.02 by today. This is close to 52% in cumulative returns, or 4.4% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $1,541.02

Returns: 50% (4.4% per annum)

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#2 Thai Beverage

Listed on the SGX in 2006, ThaiBev is one of Asia’s largest beverage producers. The group has four main businesses in spirits; beer; non-alcoholic beverages; and food. Most recently, ThaiBev also won an auction to purchase a majority stake in Vietnam’s Sabeco, opening doors for new growth opportunities. This comes on the back of its acquisition of a 28.6% stake in Singapore’s Fraser & Neave to expand in the region in 2013.

In January 2008, shares in ThaiBev were trading at close to $0.24. Fast forward 10 years, its shares are trading at close to $0.97. The group has also been consistently paying out dividends over the past 10 years, amounting to over $0.20 per share. (We used a fixed exchange rate of 24 THB for every SGD.)

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into ThaiBev in January 2008 would amount to close to $6,101.03 by today. This is close to 510% in cumulative returns, or 19.8% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $6,101.03

Returns: 510% (19.8% per annum)

#3 Keppel Corporation

At a market capitalisation of $13.7 billion, Keppel Corporation is one of Singapore’s largest listed companies. In recent years, the company has come under intense competition and has seen less business on the back of weak oil prices. Despite this, Keppel remains a blue-chip on the STI and one that many Singaporeans continue to invest in.

In January 2008, Keppel Corp was trading at close to $9.94. Today, its shares are trading at close to $7.54, or almost 24.1% down. Despite the tough operating environment in the oil and gas and the offshore and marine industries and the global financial crisis, it has continued paying dividends, of nearly $4.016 per share, in the past 10 years.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into Keppel Corp in January 2008 would amount to close to $1,259.96 by today. This is close to 26% in cumulative returns, or 2.3% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $1,259.96

Returns: 26% (2.3% per annum)

#4 DBS Group

Valued at almost $63.3 billion at current market prices, DBS is one of the most well-known and largest banks in Singapore and in the region. With rising interest rates set to strengthen banking institutions, DBS looks to be an astute investment in the coming years.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of $17.38. Today, its shares selling at $24.70 – representing a 42.1% increase in share price. It has also consistently delivered dividends over the years, amounting to nearly $5.58 per share.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into DBS in January 2008 would amount to close to $2,063.91 by today. This is close to 106% in cumulative returns, or 7.5% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $2,063.91

Returns: 106% (2.7% per annum)

#5 ComfortDelGro Corporation

ComfortDelGro is one of the world’s largest land transport companies, with operations in the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Singapore. The company recently inked a deal with Uber to acquire 51% of its rental car business, which has a fleet of over 41,000 vehicles, and enable its cab drivers to receive ride request from its app.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of $1.56. Trading at $1.89 today, ComfortDelGro’s share price has gained over 21.2%. Similar to other blue-chip stocks in Singapore, it also regularly pays out dividends, and has distributed nearly $0.67 in the past 10 years alone.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into ComfortDelGro in January 2008 would amount to close to $1,690.92 by today. This is close to 69% in cumulative returns, or 5.4% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $1,690.92

Returns: 69% (5.4% per annum)

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#6 Dairy Farm International

Dairy Farm International has over 130 years of history in the food and beverage segment, counting 6,548 outlets in its network of stores spanning over 11 countries and employing over 180,000 people.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of US$4.32. Today, its share price stands at US$7.94, gaining over 83.8%. In addition, the group also pays out dividends on a regular basis, and has paid nearly US$2.02 in the past decade. (We do not take fluctuations in the USD to SGD currency into consideration. Instead using a rate of SGD1.4 for every USD1. This is the approximate exchange rate in both 2008 and end of 2017.)

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into ComfortDelGro in January 2008 would amount to close to $2,374.98 by today. This is close to 137% in cumulative returns, or 9.0% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $2,374.98

Returns: 137% (9.0% per annum)

#7 Raffles Medical Group

Raffles Medical Group has over 40 years of experience in the integrated private healthcare sector, and has been listed on SGX since 1997. In the evergreen healthcare industry, the group is poised to take advantage of its regional standing, with presence in Singapore, China, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia, as a choice healthcare provider.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of $0.43. Today, its share price is exchanging hands at close to $1.09, a 153.5% premium. Similar to the other companies mentioned on this article, the group also pays out dividends on a regular basis, and has distributed nearly $0.138 on a cumulative basis in the last 10 years.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into Raffles Medical Group in January 2008 would amount to close to $3,008.29 by today. This is close to 208% in cumulative returns, or 11.6% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $3,008.29

Returns: 208% (11.6% per annum)

#8 Vicom

Vicom is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro and has been listed on SGX since 1995. Running seven vehicle inspection centres, under the Vicom, JIC Inspection Centres and SETCO Services brands, in Singapore, Vicom has a relatively defensive business. Its growth prospects lie in ComfortDelGro’s recent acquisition of Uber’s car rental arm and collaboration on Uber’s mobile platform, and its threat lie in a zero car-growth policy the country has taken.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of $1.59. Its share price today is trading at nearly 2.6 times higher at $5.76. The group has also paid out regular dividends over the years, amounting to nearly $1.91 on a cumulative basis, in the last 10 years.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into Raffles Medical Group in January 2008 would amount to close to $5,726.08 by today. This is close to 473% in cumulative returns, or 19.1% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $5,726.08

Returns: 473% (19.1% per annum)

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#9 Venture Corporation

At a market capitalisation of over $5.9 billion and with nearly 30 companies under its umbrella, Venture is a leading global electronics services provider. The group customer base spans more than 100 multinational corporations.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of $10.20. Today, Venture’s share price is trading at $20.35, approximately 2-folds higher. Over the past 10 years, the group has also paid out regular dividends amounting to nearly $4.60 on a cumulative basis.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into Venture in January 2008 would amount to close to $3,440.20 by today. This is close to 244% in cumulative returns, or 13.2% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $3,440.20

Returns: 244% (13.20% per annum)

#10 Jardine Strategic Holdings

Jardine Strategic Holdings has a market capitalisation of nearly $43 8 billion. The group is a holding company with interests in Jardine Matheson, Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm, Mandarin Oriental, Jardine Cycle & Carriage and Astra International – companies that are leaders in the fields of engineering and construction, transport services, insurance broking, property investment and development, retailing, restaurants, luxury hotels, motor vehicles and related activities, financial services, heavy equipment, mining and agribusiness.

In January 2008, the group was trading at a share price of US$14.50. Today, Jardine Strategic Holdings trades at US$39.58, 173% higher. The group has also paid out nearly US$2.18 in cumulative dividends in the past 10 years.

Taking this calculation into consideration, a $1,000 investment into Jardine Strategic Holdings in January 2008 would amount to close to $2,958.25 by today. This is close to 196% in cumulative returns, or 11.5% annual compounded returns.

Amount invested in January 2008: $1,000

Amount today: $2,958.25

Returns: 196% (11.5% per annum)

Riding Out Market Volatility

As you can see, these companies have all had varying results over the past 10 years. All of them weathered through the global financial crisis to deliver stable returns to its shareholders. Even those, such as Keppel Corporation, that encountered further headwinds with weak oil prices, also managed to positive shareholder returns.

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This is why it is important to both diversify your portfolio as well as be able to ride out volatility in the market.