Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Key Statistics for FY2010

Profit After Tax (from date of listing to 31 Dec 2010)  -   $8.7million
EPU - 1.39cts
NAV - $1.16
DPU - 4.31cts
Annualized Distribution Yield - 7.9% (based on share price $1.07)
Adjusted NAV - $1.11 (excluding new units issued for Trust-Manager Fees and distribution payable)
Total Liability -  $35.892 million
Trust Manager's Fees - $2.305 million (from date of listing to 31 Dec 2010)

Currently half of the Trust Manager Fees is paid in terms of issuing new units

Friday, January 14, 2011

Property Cooling Measures

The government unveiled a spate of proprty cooling measures yesterday. It hit the Banks and Property counters. As I owned both DBS and Capitalland in my portfolio, I have also taken a hit.

But I am happy with the measures. With significant exposure to DBS, the last thing I want to see in SIngapore is a property bubble eventually wrecking the banks. If you look at Ireland or Spain, you see how bad that can be.


SPH just released their Q1FY11 results. Net profit attributable to shareholders was at $102M (about 29.3% less than the corresponding period last year). This is expected because there is no more contribution from SKY@eleven.

However, I made some quick calculation that noticed that Net profit attributable to shareholders in Q4FY10 was only 75M. ( I believe there is no contribution from SKY@eleven for this period also).

So, things are not so bad as it may seems.

Net earnings per diluted share is 6 cents. Doing a linear projection for the whole year, it would be 24 cents per diluted share per year.

With rental income from Clementi Mall coming in at the later stage of the year, this may trend up a little. SPH probably have overpaid for Clementi Mall, but with interest rate at a record low and will stay low for a while, it will mitigate some of the mistakes.


We all know that the mood of the typical investor can swing violently between extreme bullishness and despair. When one has magically (typically by accident rather than by deliberate choice) hit on a investment that return mutiple times on the original vested sum over a short period of time (eg buying OSIM when the price is low), there is a tendency to be carried away with how easy money can be made. Vice-versa, we often turn into despair when we see our invested counters plunging in value day after day. One of the way to smoothen over such period is really to devote a substantial  portion of your investment into good quality stocks that give  a decent dividend regularly. From example,

Berkshire Hathaway pays no dividend. However, yield-bearing companies still represent a major chunk of Buffett's portfolio. Aside from being leaders in their respective fields, Buffett positions including Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson are also notable dividend payers.
As we saw last year, distributions have become essential to navigating today's volatile economic climate. The constant reminders of economic turmoil facing both the U.S. and abroad can lead to unexpected shake ups and gut wrenching dips.

Consistent dividends can help alleviate some of this volatility, providing conservative investors with some comfort and confidence.

Having a large number of quality companies sharing the fruits of the success regularly with their investors also lead to a healthier and functional market, In China, despite the booming economy, the market is still at its doldrums because very few (less than 5%) of the companies pay any dividends at all. There is really no point in investing in such companies because whatever fruits of the success of these companies will eventually be swindled away or gambled on some foolish business expansions, if management consciously overlook investor interest over a long period of time.

My dividends for Jan 2011
Suntec Reit