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Should You Leverage Up Your REIT or Stock Portfolio? (Guest Post)

Should You Leverage Up Your REIT or Stock Portfolio? (Guest Post)

There is emerging trend of experts teaching folks to build wealth with the aid of leverage. Leverage means, using other people’s money, in a lot case the banks money, to aid you in building your asset base.

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After the large DFA article last week, I do not really feel like writing a lot of stuff. There is probably a lot of other stuff I need to catch up upon then to do one humongous article every week.

So this week one is a little breather. It is some numbers that I ran some time ago.

I think I decide to bring it out.

This post was originally posted here. The writer is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as kyith and 700+ followers.

You have folks like Kim Eng who is able to give to loan you currently a 3.28% interest rate loan on your shares. This enables you to buy shares more than you can afford to and speculate on them. When you earn as you sell off the shares, you earn a lot more. Conversely, if you lose as you sell off the shares, you lose a lot more.

Now, the idea for a lot of people is not to do leverage irresponsibly. We all want to do the sensible thing, but to make use of what is available to us so that we can accelerate our wealth building.

So basically, rather conservative wealth builders wish to use leverage to step up and build their wealth. It makes me wonder how conservative we are.

Here is the Setup

We are going to invest in good blue chip stocks and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

And we are going to choose to invest in 1, or more of these, to form a portfolio that gives us a 7.5% per year compounded rate of return (hypothetically). If you want to take a look at whether its achievable, you can take a reference on the dividend yield that you can get on my Dividend Stock Tracker. Those are dividend yields, and do not show the future compounded growth rate. The growth rate can be +2 to 5% or -2 to 5%, depending on which you choose. Not all stocks are appreciating over time.

Let’s say we make use of Kim Eng’s margin financing which enables us to invest in selected stocks and REITs at a rate of 3.28% (this rate used to be 2.88%. When the global interest rate moved up, it also gets shifted up. This gives you an idea that these rates do not stay stagnant).

According to the strategy, we want to use leverage to build up our financial assets.

However, we do not want leverage to kill us. So at some point, we will pay back the debt.

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3 Dirt Cheap Companies With High Dividends

3 Dirt Cheap Companies With High Dividends

Everyone loves to shop for cheap stocks but wouldn’t it be fantastic that you buy dirt cheap stocks and yet still enjoy high dividends while waiting for your capital gains to come?

 

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We happen to find 3 stocks with such characteristics; check them out below:

This post was originally posted here. The writer is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as Smallcapasia, with more than 500 followers.

#1 Willas-Array Electronics Holdings Ltd (SGX: BDR)

Willas-Array with major markets in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan is principally engaged in the distribution of electronic components for use in various industries as well as the provision of engineering solutions.

It also has long standing relationships with 20 internationally reputable principle suppliers and carries a wide product mix over 10,000 product items and cater to over 3,000 customers.

The company has declared a final dividend of HK$0.42 on 30 May 2018 for the financial year of 2017. The dividend yield based on the price of SGD$0.595 equates to whopping 12%. The company has been distributing out dividends from 2015 to 2018 with an exception of 2016.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018
Dividend Yield 6.43% 5.34% 12.05%

From a valuation stand point, the company is cheap valuing at P/E 5.04x and Price to Book Value of 0.44x.

That said, the high dividend might not be sustainable given the cashflow used in operating activities for the past 2 years (2017 & 2018) have been negative. Furthermore, the debt to equity ratio for the company is 2.11 and on the high side.

#2 Ossia International Ltd (SGX: 008)

Ossia has started as a footwear manufacturer but has grown into a regional distributor and retailer of lifestyle products in the Asia Pacific region.

The company has exclusive distribution, license and franchise rights for the Fashion apparels e.g. Elle, Bags/accessories e.g. Tumi, Hedgren etc and Sports apparels e.g. Columbia. The company also has a 19.8% stake in Pertama Holdings Pte Ltd which owns the Harvey Norman retails stores in Singapore and Malaysia.

The company has declared dividend of 4 cents on 31 July and 6 cents on 5th December 2018. Based on the current share price of $0.10, the dividend yield is a high 10%. The company has not distributed any dividends from 2015 to 2017 as net income is negative during this period.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018
Dividend Yield 10%

The company is cheap valuing at P/E ratio of 4.72x and having a Price to Book ratio of 0.64x.

The company has no track record distributing dividend consistently and 2019 results has not been good so far. However, with the closure of under performing brands and disposal of properties, there might be a chance for the company to dish out yet another fat dividend.

#3 Serial System Ltd (S69)

Serial System is involved in the distribution of electronic and electrical components, and trading and distribution of fast-moving consumer goods, photographic and timepiece products.

The company has been consistently distributing cash dividends from 2015 to 2018 and the dividend yield ranges from 8.09% to 10.12% for the previous financial year.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018
Dividend Yield 8.09% 4.76% 2.80% 10.12%

The company’s valuation is cheap with P/E ratio of 3.39x and a Price to Book ratio of 0.42x.

The cashflow from operating activities has been mixed for the past the few years. Moving forward, we are cautiously optimistic that the company will continue the dividend distributions but the dividend yield will vary depending on the company profit and free cashflow.

Once again, this article is a guest post and was originally posted on Smallcapasia‘s profile on InvestingNote. 

He also does premium analysis on a monthly basis, so check it out here.

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