2017 Portfolio summary

2017 has been a good year for the stock portfolio returning a 37.69% increase in its value through capital appreciation and dividends received.

At 37+% returns, it is the best so far in this short stocks investment journey since July 2013, the CAGR for 3 years since 2015 stand at 16.59%, 2013 and 2014 was not included as all the formal calculation started from 2015. 2013 and 2014 was -0.1% and 28.29% respectively.

I started stocks investing in July 2013 buying REITS and changing to value investing towards the end of the year.

2014 was also a good year, with Lantrovision, PNE industries, Spindex and TSH leading the way. There were a lot of buying and selling as i slowly started to figure out my investment style through the silly mistakes made throughout the year.

Slowly through 2015 and 2016, the buying and selling slowed down significantly, as value investing is mainly buy and hold with a good safety margin, as long as the business fundamentals remain, i will continue to hold, and when the price continue to drop, opportunities arise for me to scoop more up, lowering the average buying price.

In 2017, Sunright was the biggest winner for us, followed by Multi-chem, both of them contributed 71.6% of the overall profits! Each taking up about 20% of the portfolio.

3 sales were made, Tiong seng was sold off at 0.375 with a good profits since purchased in 2015. Captii and AP Oil were brought and sold with a slight profit in 2017, only time will tell if the decision to sell it off is a good or bad one.

I ended the year with 20% of the portfolio in cash, which is more or less an ideal amount for a value investor. With new capital injected in 2018, i will be looking hard into the local stock market to see if i can spot any value stock.

The past few screenings with Google and FT has resulted in no stock shortlisted, the monthly article(The Cheapest Stocks in the Singapore Market Currently) by fool.sg offers some good suggestion too, as the screening by S&P Global Market Intelligence is better than the free ones i used.

I am using the NAV method to track the portfolio returns, which is really great, i can easily keep track of individual portion of the portfolio, as i am investing for my family as well, so units are issued whenever capital are injected into the portfolio, capital injected and withdrawals does not affects the returns of the portfolio.

This year, funds was withdrew for the family holiday to Taipei, which is something that i will be implementing moving forward, to reward ourselves every now and then throughout the whole investment journey, i find it mentally enriching and motivating as well, as the investment journey can be mundane, and with proper balancing, the portfolio can continue to grow well while profits can be set aside for family activities and expenditures.

It seems like the local stock market are getting more expensive, and as the cash on hand in the portfolio increases, do i look overseas, invest into growth stocks, loosening the safety margin, or perhaps it is a tell tale sign of something else.

One thing for sure, i will continue to stay invested as always.

Wishing everyone a happy new year and may 2018 be a good year for all of us.




Update of portfolio & some thoughts

A good year so far for our local stock market with the STI YTD returns slightly below 20%.

My personal value-investing portfolio has done extremely well for the year too, standing at about 38% currently, with all time high at close to 42% last week. A highly concentrated portfolio with emphasis on value stocks with low liquidity, will see drastic fluctuation quite often.

Sunright and Multi-chem continue to be the leading key winners, each occupying at least 20% of the portfolio, with Sunright delivering 300% returns since purchased at Feb 2016. I personally feel that Sunright and Multi-chem are in the fair value territory currently, which is good for holding on to, until i can find a better value stock with more upside to allocate the portfolio to.

Screening for good value local stocks are harder in these few months, which means that the market might be at an expensive phase. As the portfolio’s value increases over the years, the local market coupled with its low liquidity might force me to look overseas for a more diversified portfolio. With 2 to 3 stocks occupying at least 50% of the portfolio, there is a serious risk of the portfolio suffering heavily in the event of severe unforeseen circumstances, which is also one of the biggest reason that i avoid S-chips as much as possible, despite several shining gems among them, Eratat was a good learning experience for me, and i am glad i experienced it at the very beginning, when the quantum was much lower. My screening criteria mostly start with: P/B <0.6, P/E <15, PSR < 0.75, minus S-chips. All the companies that i purchased must show a healthy accumulated profits over the years too. If you can find stocks that are trading below NCAV, with its current year profits most likely higher* than last year, you might have a winning formula.
*Remember to see if it is due to one off event and make your own judgement.

Ultimately, profits will always lead the way, and most of the time, it is the biggest factor whether the stock is a value trap or not.


Recommend a good read above for stock selection criteria, just the most important criteria listed inside will benefit you tremendously.

As the portfolio value increases, custodian holding has become less attractive for me, and with SCB introducing minimum commission, i find myself looking out for other brokerage, and i have started using DBS Cash upfront account.

As a value investor, the brokerage also has to be the most value for money too, with the lowest commission for cash upfront account with a S$5 rebate per trade, and all stocks purchased go into CDP account, it is the most value for money brokerage for me at the moment. However Singapore Brokerage market still has a long way to go, there were several frustation for me along the way as i used DBS account to buy and sell stocks.

Some of my summarised thoughts for value investing in Singapore

  1. A concentrated portfolio is expected from time to time, which is probably not a wise decision to make.
  2. Most of my trades are not fully filled, resulting in multiple minimal commission paid just to get the quanity i want. This reflects the low liquidity of Singapore value stocks. (Every extra buy/sell trade will result in S$10-25 commission incurred)
  3. For investors who are more interested in cashflow(dividends), value investing might not be an option, mine stands at 2% for the year.
  4. Most of the companies that i have purchased, are normally very low profile companies, and their market cap are very small, at best micro-cap, with a few venturing to the lower tier of small cap, this might not be comfortable for some investors who are looking at big names, companies that they have heard of etc.

Till next time then.

Wishing all a great year ahead, and stay invested always.


2017 half yearly update

The first half of 2017 has been a good year for most equities investor investing in Singapore market, with a 11+% returns for the STI, which also has a 3.35% dividend yield.

My portfolio has a rough returns of 24+% currently, fluctuating between 16-24% for the past few months, nevertheless it has been a good first half so far.

The portfolio continued to be a concentrated one, with less than 10 companies in it, with the biggest position at 25% for a single company.

I have not sold a single company yet, and have purchased stocks of 2 new companies and added position into one, which all have fulfilled the stringent criteria of value investing.

Some of my key wins so far, for the year are Sunright(NCAV), Multichem(NCAV), with Sunright being the greatest at close to 100% gain for the year, and a 200% returns since purchased in early 2016.

Collected dividend yield stand at 1.88%, with more to be collected for the second half, which is pretty impressive, for one portfolio that is not emphasize on dividends.

Companies in Singapore that fulfilled the NCAV criterias are becoming lesser, and cash position continued to be hoarding up the portfolio, with 40% in cash in 2016 and slowly lessening to 20% in cash currently.

I will continue to keep a lookout with a few minor screening before the release of next quarter results.

Till then.

Wishing all a great year ahead, and stay invested always.