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3 Companies With Insiders Buying Shares Recently (Guest Post)

3 Companies With Insiders Buying Shares Recently (Guest Post)

Occasionally, I would like to look at insider or share buybacks to see if I am lucky to spot any hidden gems. In fact, this is also one of the more commonly used strategies by investors. Why is that so?

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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.

As the legendary Fund manager Peter Lynch once said, “Insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.”

In short, a company’s management would only purchase the stock or initiate share buybacks when they perceive that the stock is undervalued. Hence, it makes sense for investors (like You and Me) to do some further research to see if the stock is really a bargain per se.

With these in mind, let’s zoom into 3 interesting companies I’ve cherry picked which have seen insiders buy shares recently.

1. iFAST Corporation Ltd

 

iFAST is present in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and India. The Group offers access to investment products including unit trusts, bonds and Singapore Government Securities, stocks and exchange traded funds, and insurance products.

It also provides services such as online discretionary portfolio management services, research and investment seminars, financial technology solutions, and investment administration and transaction services to financial advisory firms, financial institutions, banks, multinational companies, as well as retail and high net worth investors in Asia.

On 1st June 2020, its CEO and Chairman Lim Chung Chun purchased 124,000 shares through market transactions. Shares were bought at approximately $1.10 per share. After the acquisition, it increased his percentage of shares held to 22.3%.

As of the latest Q1 2020 report, iFAST’s revenue increased by 41.5% to $38.5 million. Net profit increased by a drastic 132.1% to $3.6 million. Free cash flow was at $2.8 million. Cash balance is at $21 million, which is enough for it to maintain its operations.

iFAST last closed at $1.10, which values it at a P/E ratio of 26.2 and dividend yield of 2.86%.

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Suntec REIT’s Annual Report 2019: A Quick Summary

Suntec REIT’s Annual Report 2019: A Quick Summary

Some insights of Suntec REIT’s portfolio, Tenants and Net Property Income from their annual report and key pointers to take note.

This post was originally posted here. The writer, Jun Yuan Lim is a veteran community member and blogger on InvestingNote, with username known as ljunyuan and has 886 followers.

Fountain of Wealth – Suntec City , Singapore | PLACES-CITY

 

Suntec REIT (SGX:T282U), another long-term investment of mine, released their annual report for the financial year ended 31 December 2019 last Thursday (09 April 2020.)

I have gone through the report, identify key pointers to take note of, and am going to present them in today’s post for the benefit of those who do not have the time to go through it:

Suntec REIT’s Key Figures in FY2019 at a Glance:

  • Net Property Income: Decreased 2.0% year-on-year (y-o-y) to S$236.2mil due to the sinking fund contribution from Suntec City upgrading works (excluding it, the Net Property Income would be 1.3% higher y-o-y)
  • Distributable Income from Operations: Increased 3.9% y-o-y to S$236.7mil due to increase in contributions from Suntec City, Southgate Complex (Australia), MBFC properties, and contribution from 55 Currie Street (Australia)
  • Distributable Income to Unitholders: Down by 1.5% y-o-y to S$262.7mil as increase in distributable income from operations was offset by lower capital distribution
  • Distribution Per Unit: Decreased by 4.8% y-o-y to 9.507 Singapore cents/unit due to the enlarged unit base and lower capital distribution
  • Portfolio Occupancy: 98.7% (office), 99.1% (retail)
  • Aggregate Leverage: 37.7% (31 December 2018: 38.1%)
  • All-In Financing Cost: 3.05% per annum, with approximately 75.0% of their debt fixed or hedged
  • Weighted Average Debt Maturity: 3.1 years

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