Singapore’s Purchasing Manufacturing Index (PMI), a key barometer of the Singapore manufacturing economy, has recorded 11 consecutive months of expansion.

Singapore’s 20 largest capitalised stocks that represent manufacturing segments of the Capital Goods Industry have averaged a 37% price gain in the 2017 YTD, compared to an average 11% gain for the 20 largest of these stocks listed across Asia Pacific.

 The three best performers among these 20 Capital Good stocks in the 2017 YTD were Starburst Holdings, Frencken Group and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings. All three stocks reported significant YoY growth in 1HFY17 net profit attributable to shareholders.  

Index for Singapore’s Manufacturing Economy – 11 Consecutive Months of Expansion

Singapore’s Purchasing Manufacturing Index (PMI) rose to 51.0 in July 2017, and has been above the 50.0 expansion threshold since November 2016. The Singapore Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management (SIPMM) is scheduled to report the PMI for August on 4 September. SIPMM maintains that the Singapore PMI has become a key barometer of the Singapore manufacturing economy. As illustrated below the gauge generated an uptrend between February 2016 and July 2017, and has recorded 11 consecutive months of expansion.

Source: Singapore Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management (click here). Note a reading of the Singapore Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) above 50 indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding and that the economy is generally declining when the reading falls below 50.

Manufacturing-related Segments of the Capital Goods Industries

Capital Goods stocks make up as much as four-fifths of the market capitalisation of Singapore’s mega Industrials Sector. According to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) the Capital Goods Industry group is made up of seven different industries. Of the seven industries – there are four that have a manufacturing focus: Aerospace & Defence, Building Products, Electrical Equipment and Machinery.

Note outside of these four manufacturing-related segments for the Capital Goods Industry (within the Industrials Sector) there are other stocks that are represent manufacturing sub-sectors in the Consumer, Information Technology and Health Sectors.

The 20 largest capitalised stocks in Singapore that represent these four manufacturing-related segments in the Capital Goods Industry have averaged a 37.0% price gain in the 2017 year-to-date, following on from an average 4.1% price gain in 2016.

Comparative Regional Performance  

Across Asia Pacific, the 20 largest capitalised primary-listed stocks of these four segments within the Capital Goods Industry (which includes Singapore Tech Engineering) have averaged an 10.8% price gain in the 2017 year to date, which followed an 8.0% price gain in 2016. There are now six China stocks that help to make up Asia-Pacific’s 20 largest capitalised primary-listed stocks of these four segments, which is up from one stock 10 years ago.

The comparative performance of both Asia Pacific’s Singapore’s 20 largest stocks of the four manufacturing-related segments of the Capital Goods Industry are tabled below.

As is currently the case in Singapore, the majority of Asia Pacific’s 20 largest stocks representing these four segments are Machinery plays. There are just the two Aerospace & Defense stocks amongst these 20 Asia Pacific stocks – Singapore Tech Engineering and AECC Aviation Power which is listed in China.  While both stocks have similar market capitalisation, Singapore Tech Engineering has outperformed in both 2016 and 2017.

20 Biggest Stocks representing Manufacturing Segments in the Capital Goods Industry

As noted above, the 20 largest capitalised stocks in Singapore that represent the four manufacturing-related segments in the Capital Goods Industry have averaged a 37.0% price gain in the 2017 year-to-date. The Machinery segment was the most consistent performer in 2016 and the 2017 year-to-date, with the 13 stocks (of the 20) averaging a 7.7% price gain in 2016 and following on with an average 38.3% in the 2017 year-to-date. To see more details on each of the stocks below, click the stock name to see the full profile in SGX StockFacts. 

Name SGX Code Market Cap S$M Price Change 2016 % Price Change 1H17 % Price Change YTD % P/B GICS Industry Name
ST Engineering S63 11,541 7.3 13.9 13.9 5.5 Aerospace & Defense
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding BS6 5,863 -25.9 46.0 94.5 1.2 Machinery
Sembcorp Marine S51 3,344 -21.1 19.2 15.6 1.3 Machinery
Cosco Shipping Intl F83 649 -39.1 -1.8 3.6 2.8 Machinery
Sunpower Group 5GD 516 56.9 32.4 31.4 2.2 Machinery
Sarine Technologies U77 505 17.7 -14.4 -19.4 4.5 Machinery
Lung Kee Bermuda Hldg L09 407 -5.6 43.5 51.8 1.0 Machinery
Hong Leong Asia H22 406 -13.5 62.2 49.6 0.6 Machinery
Sunningdale Tech BHQ 382 17.7 58.2 88.2 1.1 Machinery
Vard Hldgs MS7 283 4.2 -4.0 -4.0 0.8 Machinery
Frencken Group E28 218 26.3 100.0 114.6 0.9 Machinery
Tai Sin Electric 500 195 13.9 17.6 20.3 1.2 Electrical Equipment
BRC Asia BEC 158 -26.8 47.1 63.5 0.9 Building Products
Design Studio Group D11 154 1.9 11.4 12.4 1.6 Building Products
Fu Yu Corp F13 151 18.1 4.8 4.8 0.9 Machinery
Spindex Industries 564 129 15.9 26.0 52.7 1.4 Machinery
Starburst Hldgs 40D 106 -34.3 82.7 115.7 3.1 Aerospace & Defense
ISDN Hldgs I07 97 9.8 -2.2 15.6 0.7 Electrical Equipment
Innotek M14 89 48.7 32.7 14.6 0.7 Machinery
Nam Lee Pressed Metal G0I 88 10.8 2.8 1.4 0.7 Building Products
Average     4.1 28.9 37.0 1.7

Source: SGX, Bloomberg & SGX StockFacts (data as of 14 August 2017). Please note stocks tabled above are listed on the Mainboard or Catalist.

As detailed in the table above, the majority of the gains of the 20 stocks occurred in the first half of 2017, which coincided with expansion in Singapore’s Manufacturing Economy as gauged by the PMI. In addition Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came in stronger than expected – with GDP year-on-year (YoY) growth of 2.5% in the first quarter and 2.9% in the second quarter of 2017.

Of the 20 stocks, the three best performing stocks in the 2017 year-to-date were Starburst Holdings, Frencken Group and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings.

Starburst Holdings

 On 11 August, Starburst Holdings reported it returned to profitability, achieving net profit attributable to shareholders of S$0.6 million for 1HFY17, compared to a net loss attributable to shareholders of S$2.1 million in 1HFY16. Starburst Holdings is a Singapore-based engineering group specialising in the design and engineering of firearms-training facilities – to see more information on its recent results click here.

Frencken Group

On 10 August Frencken Group reported its net profit attributable to equity holders for 1HFY17 increased substantially to S$22.9 million, up 219.8% from S$7.2 million in 1HFY16. Excluding the net gain on disposal of subsidiaries, the high-tech capital and consumer equipment service provider, posted a 77.6% increase in net profit to S$12.7 million in 1HFY17 from S$7.2 million in 1HFY16.

In its business segment outlook, Frencken Group noted that the overall revenue of the automotive segment is expected to be lower in 3QFY17 as compared to 3QFY16, owing mainly to the disposal of shares in Precico Electronics Sdn Bhd with effect from 1 April 2017. For more information click here.

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings)

On 7 August, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) reported 1HFY17 net profit attributable to equity holders increased to RMB 1.387 billion, up 61% YoY, from RMB 863.377 million in 1HFY16. As discussed in the press release (click here) the global shipbuilding market continued to recover in the first half of 2017, especially in some segments, such as dry bulk carrier, supported by the higher volume of iron ore transportation and the ease of overcapacity, while new shipbuilding demand for containership remained weak.

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