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A Look into NYSE-listed Restaurant Brands International Inc. (Guest Post)

A Look into NYSE-listed Restaurant Brands International Inc. (Guest Post)

Restaurant Brands International might seem unfamiliar, but did you know Burger King and Popeyes are under RBI?

Restaurant Brands: A Growth Story Missing A Solid Base (NYSE:QSR) | Seeking Alpha

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Lim Jun Yuan is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with a username known as @ljunyuan and has 1409 followers.

You may not hear of the NYSE-listed Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR), but I am perfectly sure you have heard of the fast-food brands ‘Burger King’ and ‘Popeyes.’ Together with ‘Tim Hortons’, these three brands come under the company.

Here is some quick information about each of the three brands under the company:

1. Burger King – Founded in 1954, it is currently the world’s second-largest fast-food hamburger restaurant; as at the end of FY2019 (ended 31 December 2019), the company owns or franchises a total of 18,838 Burger King outlets in more than 100 countries and US territories. You can browse through its website here –

2. Popeyes – Founded in 1972, they are the world’s second-largest quick-service chicken concept, with a total of 3,316 outlets (either owned or franchised) as at the end of FY2019 – you can find out more here –

3. Tim Hortons – This is probably the only brand under the company that we Singaporeans are not familiar with. Established in 1964, with a menu consisting of premium blend coffee, tea, espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks, along with fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared food, and other food products, there are currently 4,932 outlets (either owned or franchised) in North America and Canada – you can find out more in its website here –

In the latest financial year ended 31 December 2019, Tim Hortons contributed a lion’s share towards the company’s total revenue (at US$3,344m or 59.7%), followed by Burger King (at US$1,777m or 31.7%), and then Popeyes (at US$482m or 8.6%.)

Now that you have a better understanding of Restaurant Brands International Inc.’s businesses, in the remainder of this post, let us take a look at its historical financial performance, debt profile, as well as its dividend payouts over the last 5 years (the period we will be looking at is between FY2015 and FY2019), its current-year results so far (i.e. 1H FY2020 ended 30 June 2020) compared against the previous year (i.e. 1H FY2019 ended 30 June 2019), and finally, whether or not the company’s current traded price is considered ‘cheap’ or ‘expensive’ based on its current vs. its historical valuations.

Let’s get started…

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Do you know how an ATR indicator works?

What Is The ATR Indicator & How Do You Use It When Trading MT4?
This post was originally posted here. The writer, Rayner Teo is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with a username known as @Rayner and has 593 followers.

I love the ATR indicator because unlike other trading indicators that measure momentum, trend direction, overbought levels, and etc.

The ATR (average true range) indicator is none of it.

Instead, it’s something entirely different.

And if used correctly, the Average True Range is one of the most powerful indicators you’ll come across.

That’s why I’ve written this post to explain the awesomeness of the Average True Range indicator.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

ATR indicator explained — what is it and how does it work

The Average True Range is an indicator that measures volatility.

It’s developed by J. Welles Wilder and was first mentioned in his book, New Concepts in Technical Analysis Systems (in 1978).

Now you might be wondering:

“How is the ATR values calculated?”

Well, it’s done using 1 of 3 methods, depending on how the candles are formed.

Here’s how…

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Uncertainty Breeds Returns (Guest Post)

Uncertainty Breeds Returns (Guest Post)

An increase in uncertainty in the global markets has exacerbated the dollar bull market and market outperformance.

Forecasting in a Time of Uncertainty: Tech Markets •

 This post was originally posted here. The writer, Kyith Ng is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with a username known as @kyith and has 1091 followers.

With the FED having a mandate to hold the short-term interest rate for a prolonged period of time and their willingness to let inflation run above 2%, it makes us wonders if interest rates would ever tick up amongst the uncertainty.

BCA Research points out that in the past 30 years, there has been a strong link between major moves in real 10-year yields and the amount of excess savings in the economy.

Currently, the gross private savings have been very well boosted by the fiscal stimulus but also that people tend to become more prudent when things are uncertain.

As people’s salary regain traction and consumer sentiment recovers, it is likely the savings rate will decline and perhaps yield might start moderating upwards.

I am thinking less about the REITs but more about whether the insurance companies and the finance company can finally have some yield spread to play with so as to earn some interest income. This would change the picture for the financials and insurance company as to whether there is a catalyst for the share price to do well.

BCA has this idea for people to remain overweight global equities in your core positions but it would be good to pair with a portfolio of stocks to short. These are the stocks that are particularly vulnerable if the market corrects.

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Monster Beverage Corporation – What You Need to Know about the NASDAQ-listed Company (Guest Post)

Monster Beverage Corporation – What You Need to Know about the NASDAQ-listed Company (Guest Post)

Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST) is in the business of developing, marketing, selling, and distributing energy drink beverages, as well as concentrates for energy drink beverages.

Monster Beverage Corporation's 'Monster Energy' Drinks. Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Lim Jun Yuan is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as @ljunyuan and has 1404 followers.

The company has three operating and reporting segments, namely:

(i) Monster Energy drinks and Reign Total Body high-performance energy drinks, where its range of products are sold in 148 countries and territories globally,

(ii) Strategic brands segment, which comprises of various energy drink brands acquired from The Coca Cola Company in 2015; its products are currently sold in 106 countries and territories globally,

(iii) Other segments, which comprises of certain products sold by American Fruits and Flavors LLC to independent third-party customers.

As for the company’s customer segments, as at the end of the financial year 2019 (ended 31 December 2019), they are as follows:

  • 58% – US full-service bottlers/distributors
  • 33% – International full-service bottlers/distributors
  • 7% – Club stores, mass merchandisers, and e-commerce retailers
  • 1% – Retail grocery, specialty chains, and wholesalers
  • 1% – Others

In the remainder of today’s post about Monster Beverage Corporation, you will read about its historical financial performance and debt profile (over a 5-year period), its key financial performance for the first half of the current financial year (compared against the same period last year), and finally, whether or not at its current share price, is the company considered ‘cheap’ or ‘expensive.’

Let’s begin…

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ThumbTack Fund Report 2 – Dancing Between The Raindrops (Guest Post)

ThumbTack Fund Report 2 – Dancing Between The Raindrops (Guest Post)

 Part 2 Of My Fund Report

Four steps to follow while investing during a pandemic

This post was originally posted here. The writer, ThumbTack Investor is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with a username known as @ThumbTack Investor and has 3610 followers.

Fund Report part2; S&P weakened considerably since the inaugural TTF’s 1st report on the 28th Aug:

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing in September.

I’ve managed to dance between the raindrops in the past month or so, as TTF continued to grow strongly, largely on the backs of just a couple of nicely timed positions.

1 of which is to enter into long positions in BBBY just the week before earnings release:

Time for some numbers:

TTF fund cumulative money weighted return since inception in Feb 2020: +25.66%, YTD returns: +25.45%

Total deposits: USD 165,913.77

Current NAV: USD 194,405.75

Quantum gain: USD 28,491.98

This compares favorably with the 3 benchmarks I use:

I’m pleased with how TTF managed to dance between the raindrops, bucking the trend and adding further gains in a volatile September, from a YTD return of +15.46% to the current +25.45%, adding 9.99% to the returns in September alone.

Since the last report about a month ago, SPY has dropped 2.32%, reflecting the correction in tech in September. VT has dropped 1.3% YTD, tracking the decline in S&P.

STI has remained fairly “resilient” by dropping only 0.43% in September, but then again, a -20.85% YTD return is scant comfort. I guess GOT wisdom applies here: “What is dead, may never die!”

TTF’s top 5 generals is a highly coveted list… and truth be told, I’m surprised that I’ve made changes to the 5 names more frequently than I expected to when I started in Feb.


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Capturing Returns – Diversification, Concentration, or Both? (Guest Post)

Capturing Returns – Diversification, Concentration, or Both? (Guest Post)

Dimensional did a study on the impact of diversification on the probability of outperforming the market benchmark. In this case, they are using the MSCI All Country World Index (which you can invest with the VWRA listed on the London Stock Exchange).

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This post was originally posted here. The writer, Kyith Ng is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as kyith and has 1091 followers.

Not too long ago, there are talks that the markets have been hard-carry by the largest capitalized companies in the United States.

The worrying thing is whether this is healthy or not. I think over the years, Dimensional Fund Advisers have a few good research piece on this.

The largest holdings of the MSCI World index are currently Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet. Together they make up 13.5% of the index. This is not too concentrated.

However, if we peep at the S&P 500, these 5 make up 22% of the index.

These indexes are market capitalization-weighted, which means as certain companies get stronger, their share price performs better, they get bigger, their returns drive the returns more.

Weight of the largest stocks by market capitalization in the US market from 1927 to 2019

Some companies stay on top for a long time:

  1. AT&T was the largest two for six straight decades beginning in 1930
  2. General Motors and General Electric was in the top 10 at the start of multiple decades
  3. IBM and Exxon were the mainstays for some time

Here is a clearer view:

Largest 10 stocks at the start of each decade

Prior to the 1980s, the larger companies were more dominant than today.

There is always another story to tell: There were a lot of dominant companies in the past. They dominate for decades. And now they are gone.

I am not saying that Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet will falter. They have strong moats. They could stay for 3 decades and your investments in them would do well.

However, the lesson here is that its not that unsurprising for them to falter.

How Poor Would Your Performance bet if You Missed out on the Top Performers?

The FAANG stocks are represented by Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google. For the past decades, if you have invested in them you would have done really well.

But how would the US broad market do without these FAANG Stocks?

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What You Need to Know about US’ First $2 Trillion Company – Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) (Guest Post)

What You Need to Know about US’ First $2 Trillion Company – Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) (Guest Post)

Last Friday (21 August), I conducted a simple poll on The Singaporean Investor’s Telegram broadcast group (you can join the group here to receive the latest updates) to find out whether or not you will be interested to read about company analyses of US-listed companies written in “The Singaporean Investor” way, similar to my company analyses of Singapore-listed companies. A huge majority voted in favour of it so here I am!

First Apple store to float on water off Singapore's Marina Bay Sands

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Lim Jun Yuan is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as ljunyuan and has 1241  followers.

The first US-listed company I am going to write about today is the first US$2 trillion company (in terms of its market capitalisation) in the United States – Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). You can read the news report by New York Times about it here.

Another news about the company to highlight (in case you’re not aware) is that it will be doing a four-for-one stock split (meaning if you hold one share of Apple, after the share split, you will own 4 shares of the company; at the same time, the share price of the company will be divided by 4 after the share split), and shares will be trading at the new split-adjusted price from 31 August 2020.

In this post, I will be sharing with you all the researches I have done about the company – including a brief introduction about the company, along with its financial performances, debt profile, and dividend payouts over a 5-year period (between FY2015 and FY2019.) On top of that, you will also find a summary of the company’s performances for the first 9 months of the current financial year so far (the company has a financial year end on the last Saturday of September.) Finally, I will also be looking at the company’s 5-year historical valuations and compare it against the company’s current valuations (based on its current share price) to determine if the share price of Apple Inc is considered to be trading at a discount or at a premium currently.

Are you ready? Let’s begin…

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Why 3 Growth Stocks Are Near Their 52 Weeks High (Guest Post)

Why 3 Growth Stocks Are Near Their 52 Weeks High (Guest Post)

Financial publications and Web sites, such as Yahoo! Finance,publish a list of stocks every day that hit their 52-week high prices and another list of those that sink to a 52-week low.

Given the choice, would you be better offbuying a stockfrom the 52-week high list or the 52-week low list?

The Theory Behind 52-Week High and/or Low

Yes, as you would guessed it, history has shown that many growth companies often have to surpass their 52-week highs multiple times in order to reach where they are today.

Think about the recent multi-bagger stocks like FacebookAppleAEM HoldingsRiverstone and more…

In contrary, companies with bad fundamentals like Noble Group and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) can reach 52-low and keep drowning to even multi-year low or even go bankrupt.

As such, stocks trading near their 52 weeks high may actually serve as a good technical indicator for winning stocks with great fundamentals and they can often ride to greater heights.

With that, here are 3 small cap stocks listed on SGX that are trading at their 52 weeks high.

#1 Starburst Holding Limited

This post was originally posted here. The writer, James Yeo is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as Smallcapasia and has 864 followers.

Starburst is an engineering group that specializes in the design and engineering of firearms-training
facilities. It is headquartered in Singapore, and its customers span across law enforcement, military, security agency, and civil authorities. It has presence in Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle-east.

As of the latest annual report, Starburst’s revenue increased by 29.3% to $9.2 million. Its net loss narrowed to negative $2.4 million from $4.4 million. Free cash flow came in at a negative 1.4 million.

The negative cash flow is due to the increase of trade receivables. It could be that Starburst acquired more clients or provided more services to its existing clients through giving them certain credits. Cash balance of the company was at a healthy level $5 million.

In recent geopolitical tension between several world superpowers, global defence spending is expected to increase. Starburst which is one of the strong players in this niche industry and is poised to leverage on the increased in spending to grow itself. Investors who comprehend this have piled into Starburst for its future growth.

Starburst last closed at $0.42 which is near its 52 weeks high and historic high of $0.44. It currently offers a dividend yield of 5.9% and has no P/E ratio due to its losses.

#2 GKE Corporation Limited

GKE Corporation Limited is an integrated warehousing and logistics solutions provider of solutions for supply chain management. The business activities of GKE can be classified into two broad categories: (i) warehousing & logistics, and (ii) strategic investments. It has presence in both China and Singapore.

As of the latest annual report, GKE’s revenue increased commendably by 21.6% to $107.3 million. Its net profit turned positive to $4.8 million. Free cash flow was at a high of $20.4 million. As a result, cash balance of the company doubled to a solid level of $20.7 million.

Its business has recently turned a corner and investors are scouring for more information about it again. Logistics is one of the shining industries that has showed its resilience and necessity throughout this pandemic.

With E-commerce becoming even more commonplace as buyers are staying at home, logistics as a downstream industry is set to benefit greatly. Investors are catching on this point and have looked towards GKE for signs of growth prospects.

GKE last closed at $0.084 at its 52-week high, which values it at a P/E of 47.1. The company did not announce any dividend for the year 2019.

#3 Frencken Group Limited

Frencken provides comprehensive Original Design, Original Equipment and Diversified Integrated Manufacturing solutions for companies in the automotive, healthcare, industrial, analytical & life sciences and semiconductor industries.

Frencken operations stretch from product conceptualisation, integrated design, prototyping and new product introductions, to supply chain design and management, state-of-the-art value and volume manufacturing and logistics services. It has presence across Asia, Europe and the USA.

As of the latest annual report, Frencken’s revenue increased by 5.3% to $659.2 million. Net profit increased substantially by 41.1% to $ 42.3 million. Free cash flow improved drastically from 2018’s $0.8 million to $79.6 million. As a result, cash balance jumped to $122.4 million

The semi-conductor industry has taken advantage of the strong demand for mobile phones, wearables such as smart watches, etc. The trend is expected to continue and semi-conductors’ manufacturers such as Frencken are expected to benefit from this.

Frencken last closed at $1.17, around its 52 weeks high. This values the firm at a P/E ratio of 11.83 and dividend yield of 2.54%.

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

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Weaker Dollar Gives Hope to Small Cap, Value and Ex-US Global Stocks (Guest Post)

Weaker Dollar Gives Hope to Small Cap, Value and Ex-US Global Stocks (Guest Post)

The US dollar weakens. This is because a vast sums of money is pumped into the main street and financial markets to prevent a financial calamity.

There are some possible repercussions. These are possibilities and not definite:

  • There are evidence to suggest the weakness in the US dollar is gonna last longer
  • Whether there is inflation or weakness in the currency would depend on each country’s central bank’s response
  • Equity markets remains more attractive than bonds
  • Ex US markets looked more attractive than US
  • Cyclical stocks, value, and small caps look to do better in this climate based on past data.

Market Sentiments Remain Surprisingly Bearish

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Kyith Ng is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as Kyith and has 1051  followers.

Even after the run-up in market indexes, according to the widely followed AAII survey, sentiments are pretty bearish still.

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Hyphens Pharma: 5 Things I like about the company (Guest Post)

Hyphens Pharma: 5 Things I like about the company (Guest Post)

Hyphens Pharma recently announced its 1st quarter 2020 results ended 31 March 2020.

This post was originally posted here. The writer, James Yeo is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as Smallcapasia and has 853 followers.

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I have to say that its results are pretty impressive. Compared to the previous year, 1Q 2020 revenue came in at 16.1% higher to $31.4 mil and net profits surged 48.6% to $2.12 mil.

Dividends were also hiked up to $0.01 from $0.0055 last year, which translates to a 4% dividend yield based on its share price of $0.25.

There are much more things to cover but let’s check out the company’s profile first.

About Hyphens Pharma

For a quick background, Hyphens Pharma International Limited (SGX: 1J5) is Singapore’s leading specialty pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare group.

With a long history dating back to 1998, Hyphens has a direct presence in 5 ASEAN countries – Singapore (HQ), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and is supplemented by a marketing and distribution network covering 6 other markets – Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Oman.

The group operates in 3 main segments:

  1. Specialty Pharma Principals – premium quality specialty pharmaceutical products including Stérimar® nasal sprays, Bausch+Lomb eye drops, Vivomixx™, Fenosup® Lidose® and Piascledine®.
  2. Proprietary Brands – Hyphens’ own proprietary range of dermatological products (Ceradan® and TDF® brands) and health supplement products (Ocean Health® brand).
  3. Medical Hypermart & Digital – wholesale of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in Singapore through Pan-Malayan Pharmaceuticals – a medical hypermart that many healthcare professionals (i.e. doctors) are familiar with.

Next up, I will also share 5 things I like about the company.

#1 Simple and Scalable Business Model

First of all, Hyphens Pharma business model is easy to understand – selling of derma and supplement products. Once you can get things up and running, it’s pretty much a recurring stream of revenue for each product line.

To add on, I like how they acquired Health Supplementbrand –Ocean Health which gives them a strong retail distribution channel.

With that, they can also sell their higher profit margin, proprietary range of dermatological products – Ceradan® in Guardian, Watsons, Unity etc. and TDF® in pharmacies located in hospitals.

Throughexclusive distributorship or licensing and supply agreements with brand principals mainly from Europe and the United States, the group also sells products likeStérimar® nasal sprays, Bausch+Lomb eye drops, in selected markets in the ASEAN region.

#2 Strong Financial Track Record

Apart from the superb 1st quarter 2020 results, the group has been steadily increasing its revenue and profits over the past 5 years as seen below.

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