iFAST has a 1 in 7 chance to become a digital bank. Here's why. iFAST is one of the nine bidders who made the shortlist for the Singapore wholesale digital banking license and only three licenses will be awarded by end-2020. iFAST is up against bidders which are partly owned by the Singapore government and the … Continue reading iFAST: Don’t bank on it!
TripAdvisor Q1 results are out and they are ugly as expected. Q2 will be even worse but TripAdvisor should be able to ride out this downturn. TripAdvisor has cut expenses dramatically including 22% of its workforce while suspending CEO salary for the rest of 2020. In a worst case scenario where sales drops to zero, … Continue reading TripAdvisor: Don’t check out yet!
"Antifragile" refers to things which gain from disorder and iFAST had some big gains in the first quarter of 2020! 1Q20 net revenue grew 25% year on year(yoy) and 11% quarter on quarter(qoq) Recurring net revenue grew 11% yoy and 2% qoq Net client inflows was 224% higher year on year and 119% qoq Net … Continue reading Is iFAST antifragile?
Am I the only SOG shareholder who has given up looking at the share price? Anyway, here's are six key highlights from their 2019 annual report. Let's start with the bad news: Dermatology impairment Increasing competition and weak medical tourism trends in Singapore resulted in a SGD11.3 million goodwill impairment for the year. Excluding the … Continue reading Singapore O&G: 6 things to note in the 2019 annual report
How long can a company survive with zero revenue? The COVID-19 crisis has forced governments to restrict movement so restaurants, hotels and travel companies are faced with a grim scenario where revenue drops to zero. The cyclical companies in my portfolio such as China Aviation Oil, TripAdvisor and HRNet are vulnerable but I subjected all … Continue reading Zero sales test
Visa is one of the larger positions in my portfolio and I bought more shares during the last two weeks because the company's valuation is close to a four year low. Visa is the world's largest payment network and is present in more than 200 countries. Visa should compound at 10% every year because of … Continue reading Visa: War on cash goes on
I have sold half my Kingsmen shares and may eventually sell the other half so I won't be including Kingsmen in my scorecard for consistency. Kingsmen reported fourth quarter 2019 results this week and the results suggest that my thesis was wrong for a few reasons. First, NERF did not drive revenue growth. I was … Continue reading Selling Kingsmen
Mastercard is one of the largest positions in my portfolio so I'm using this market correction to add the stock to my scorecard. This write-up will be shorter than usual because I think the investment case for Mastercard is simple. MasterCard is the world's second largest payment network in the world (Visa is the world's … Continue reading Mastercard: Paying up for growth
Singapore O&G (SOG) has a new CEO! SOG has appointed Eric Choo, the ex-CFO with effect from 3 February 2020. Eric was the CFO of SOG from 2014-18 and was involved in the company's 2015 IPO before leaving to work as CFO of Eagle Eye Centre. Here are a few thoughts: It's always a good … Continue reading Singapore O&G: Three things to know about the new CEO
This year was a tough year for my portfolio with 4 out of 6 stocks in the portfolio posting negative returns since I wrote about them. Date purchased Start Now Dividend return (%) Capital return (%) Total return iFAST 22-Apr-18 0.92 1.03 7% 12% 19% Kingsmen 29-Apr-18 0.59 0.45 8% -24% -15% SOG 3-Jun-18 … Continue reading 2019 year in review and most popular posts