Saturday, August 17, 2019

I am back. I am Terence.

Hi all,

Sorry for the long absent.

Being a dad now to a 3 month old new born, time is probably one of the most precious resource now and in future.

Taking on a new job for the last 4 months has also been quite tough. You realize, again, that it is hard to make everyone happy. When you constantly hit a brick wall at work, you will be amazed at how fast the "fire in the belly" get extinguish.

With those thoughts, you start to question what do you want to achieved in life? Especially with the T.U.B Investing blog and Fundamental Scorecard.

To be honest, I am just an ordinary folk who works a 8 to 6 job and hope to win Toto every single week. I am not a wealthy nor a rich folk and I stay in a four room flat like you. I take the MRT to work and do not have a maid.

With my family, I just want to bring joy and happiness to their life.

At work, I just hope to value add to my company.

Through these years of writing my blog, starting Fundamental Scorecard, starting the telegram group, I only wanted to share my thoughts on investing and hope people benefit from it.

I also never felt I could achieve financial independence. I just hope that by 50, I have some funds or income that allows me to escape the corporate rat race.

So this is me. This is Terence.

Probably the most ordinary folk you meet in your daily life.

With those emo thoughts out of the way, I just like to say that:
- I will try to re-start writing more regularly. But don't expect long post. Just simple post. If it is about ideas, it will probably be in point form.
- Fundamental Scorecard is also under revamp and I really want it to be successful because I do really believe in it.

For those that is interested in the daily discussion of the global market, feel free to join our Fundamental Scorecard Telegram Group.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hiatus For The Next 3 Months...

The title say it all.

The reason is because I am currently taking on a new role in my working environment and I am also taking on a new role in my personal life.

In addition, I am still investing, managing my FB page and the Fundamental Scorecard telegram group, writing new articles on a monthly basis for the Moat Scorecard subscribers, looking after the subscribers of Fundamental Scorecard website, and once in a while, I will still conduct courses and seminars.

Just too many things. 

Thus, I decided I have to take a break from writing new articles for T.U.B Investing Blog.

Nevertheless, you still can find me at:

1. My Facebook Page - T.U.B Investing
2. Fundamental Scorecard Facebook Page
3. Fundamental Scorecard Telegram Group - This is the place where I shared my new thoughts and ideas much more readily. This is the place where you could ask me and Simple Investor anything. Join Us!
4. Subscribe to Moat Scorecard
5. Subscribe to Fundamental Scorecard Website
6. Find me on InvestingNote

As of now, do note that many of the Big Ideas are doing well. My portfolio just breakeven for the year!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Margin REIT Strategy - A Strategy In Writing (Please Complete Reading The Article!)

I am never interested in margin before meeting J.

To me, I always feel human emotions are unable to control the use of margin. Leverage is such a powerful seductive tool that I do not believe any person can escape from it once he/she touches it. Similarly, to believing justice will prevail, I believe in not giving margin a second look.

Nevertheless, I met J recently and he showed me how he used margin to invest and achieved 10% gain p.a. since 2016. To be honest, 10% is not huge. But a consistent 10% is a relatively good return. He basically compares “margin investing” to buying a property. I specifically think it should be compared to buying a 2nd property. This is because his method requires us to consider rental income. I believe we seldom will rent out the 1st property out. The 2nd property will probably be the one to be rented out.

2nd Property Purchase Scenario

You decided on a $1 million property. Since it is the 2nd property, you decided to borrow the maximum 45% Loan to Value (LTV) - which is $450k. Let’s assume you passed the total debt servicing ratio (TDSR) and credit checks. This meant that you will be making monthly installment payment to the bank to pay down your loan. In addition, you have also made plans to make capital repayment, which in turn may reduce your tenure. In a very lucky scenario, you may also already found a tenant for the property and the rent is able to more than cover your monthly installment.

Possible Margin Investing Scenario

Let’s say you had already saved up enough emergency funds and you are left with $1 million disposable cash. You decided to place the sum of money into a margin account which will allow you to leverage to 3.5 times at around 3.28% interest per annum. In order to ensure you will make a return, you decided to only purchase REITs counters. In this way, you are sort of ensure a return of 5% to 8% per annum and is able to have a positive spread which will add on to your return. To my understanding, most of REITs counter are Grade A and allows up to LTV of 70%. Finally, you knew you have a full time job and will receive monthly salary. Thus, you decided to make fixed capital payment to the margin account. Thus, eventually when you fully pay off the loan, you will transfer the shares to your CDP account.

But one will argue that margin investing has a factor that is called “Margin-Call” which property loan do not have! 

Are you sure? Do you know that property loan also has a factor deem as “on-margin call”?
The following extracts are from a MoneySmart article:

“Say you have a property worth $1 million. You take out a home loan to buy it, and after a few years servicing the loan, you still owe $700,000.

Suddenly, the property market crashes, and the value of your house plummets. The bank conducts a valuation, and it determines that your house is now worth only $600,000. This is less than your outstanding home loan of $700,000!

The bank can then choose to issue an on-margin call*, and you would need to top up the difference of $100,000. You can do this using either cash, or your CPF.”
*Please read the MoneySmart article for a full understanding of this on-margin call for property loan.

But others may also argue we should never compare properties with REITs. I am not comparing "apple to apple"!

I do agree that I am not comparing "apple to apple". But I do find a lot of similarities with the 2 products - especially in its demand.

I will not discuss on property, for many of you will understand the reasons behind its demand and how government requires cooling measures to curb the continuous price increase.

However, for REITs, my opinion is that demand is still significant in Singapore due to the following:

- There are numerous Gurus have achieved financial independence via REITs, and there are many others who are intending to follow them into achieving Financial Independence.

- Even after numerous rights issues and bad management decision, you continue to see some of these REITs continue to be listed in SGX. Then again, there could be many reasons to its continued listing such as management has change for the better, etc. But it continues to be there. Google Sabana REIT or Keppel REIT.

- In Singapore, in my opinion, if a company continues to give dividends, there is a chance your company’s share price will recover. This is further supported by Lion Philips REIT ETF and NikkoAM-StraitsTrading Asia ex Japan REIT ETF share price graph. As per the graph below, these ETF has not been performing well over 2018, but recovered strongly in 2019.

REIT ETF Share Price Graph Since Listing (Via Yahoo Finance)
With that out of the way, I created the following table to consider the various factors comparing 2nd property loan vs REITs:


Based on the comparison, I believe both scenarios have their positive factors. Nevertheless, since I am reviewing the Margin REIT Strategy, I will try to amend the strategy to suit more like 2nd property purchase without losing its positive points. 

These are the following rules I came up with to reduce risk and frequency of margin call:

Rule 1: The basis of this theory is because you want to eventually own the REIT. This strategy will not work for trading or short term strategy.

Rule 2: You must have a fixed income job, with emergency cash (at least 6 months of salary) being placed aside. 

Rule 3: To reduce volatility, only pledge cash at the start of the margin account. NO SHARES as COLLATERAL.

Rule 4: Leverage of 3 times of the cash pledged at the start should only be amounting to a maximum of 3 months of your salary.

Rule 5: For each REIT, only loan up to a maximum LTV of 50%.

Rule 6: Ensure that you make fixed monthly repayment to the margin account.

Rule 7: Total Loan should not be higher than 12 months of fixed monthly repayment.

Rule 8: For each REIT you choose, dividend yield must be at least 6% (To be explained below).

Rule 9: Learn to choose a good REIT. I prefer a REIT at Low Price to NAV as per Kenny's website.

Rule 10: Concentrate to get maximum return. Since the total loan amount is not significant, the highest number of REIT should be set to a maximum of 3 REITs.

Rule 11: If the share price of a REIT falls, without ignoring the above rules and ensuring the fundamental does not change, you MAY choose to invest in more of the same 3 REITs. But once you reinvest into the REITs, your 12 months tenure should restart. This is similar to repricing or refinancing a property loan. Thus, there is a need to recalculate.

Rule 12: If a REIT dividend distribution reduces to below 6% or if share price drops more than 30%, DO CONSIDER PAYING OFF THE WHOLE LOAN AND TRANSFER THE REIT TO YOUR CDP ACCOUNT.

The above rules created a situation where it reduces the amount you can loan, but it also reduces the probability of a margin call and helps with getting better returns. 

Nevertheless, the rich can always ignore some of the above rules, and follows their own views. After all, if you are very rich, you will not have any issue passing TDSR and buying a 2nd property too. In addition, if you are very experience and confident enough, you can also proceed to ignore some of the rules above. This is, after-all, still a strategy in writing.

Now, it will be good for us to understand how much return can we earn from this strategy:

Actual Yield Calculation a using Margin with Monthly Repayment
From the picture above, you will realised that a REIT with 8% dividend yield will only return 6.36% dividend yield due to the interest payment.

For a REIT with 4.5% dividend yield, you will end up getting only 2.86%.

On the other hand, for a REIT with 6% dividend yield, you will get a slightly better 4.36%.

However, if you make monthly payment installment to make sure you pay off the loan for the next 12 months, your actual yield will improved as per the table below:

Actual Yield Calculation using a Margin with Monthly Installment Payment 
8% dividend yield minus interest payment – End up 7.11%
4.5% dividend yield minus interest payment – Still a bad 3.61%
6% dividend yield minus interest payment – A slightly better 5.11%

In my opinion, if we took on such a risk, I want to expect at least a 5% dividend yield. Thus, as per my rules above, I believe that we should be repaying monthly and only choose a REIT with at least a 6% dividend yield.

On the other hand, some people may ask – What happens if there is a margin call? What is the probability of a margin call? 

There are many friends informing me that margin call is the worse kind of call you can get in the morning and advised me against doing it (Do note at this point, this is still a strategy in writing). Many have tried it and done it.(Please read the comments in this InvestingNote Post)

So What happens if there is a margin call? - Easy. Just pay up. In fact, pay off the whole loan will be the best. Do note that based on Rule 2 and Rule 4, you should still have some emergency cash that is sufficient to pay off your loan amount.

But What is the probability of a margin call? Thus, I have decided to use First REIT share price as an indicator. Google First REIT on the recent share price drop and scandals it was involved.

First REIT share price (via Yahoo Finance)
First REIT share price (via Yahoo Finance)

Margin Strategy with Share Price Change and Repayment
As per above table and Rule 5, with repayment and LTV of 50%, Margin Call will have a very low probability of happening.

Margin Strategy with Share Price Change and Without Repayment
Even with repayment, at LTV of 50%, the probability of Margin Call is still low. 

However, do note that the First REIT share price is taken on a end-month basis. Margin Call will happen on daily basis and not a monthly basis. During the latest scandal, I remember I saw First REIT fall from $1.200 to a intra-day low of $0.820. This is a fall of more than 30% in share price. 

When I do my calculation on Margin Ratio, a fall in share price of 30% will result in Margin Ratio dropping from 200% to 140%. Anything below 140% will probably result in a Margin Call. Therefore, as per Rule 12, do consider paying off the whole loan and restarting the whole process again. If you are preparing to only top up and average down, please note that you will need to follow Rule 11 and recalculate the whole process.

In Short

The most important issue in Margin Investing is the Human Emotions. One may not be able to handle the "greed" that follows if one made significant gains, or the rash decision when a margin calls happens.

Furthermore, this is a WARNING - if you DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM WRITING, please DO NOT PROCEED. 

This is also a rich man's strategy. For many who tried this strategy, it seems that they understand the pros and cons of using margin and has a certain level of networth - thus, able to top up the margin call whenever it happens. 

Nevertheless, this is still a strategy in writing. This is because I still have enough cash and I operate similarly to a fund manager. This Margin REIT strategy is still more suitable for individuals. 

If I have enough cash, I do not believe there is a need use margin to purchase REITs at the moment, since the use of margin will reduce my yield. In addition, there is too much to consider in using a margin strategy. It could be too troublesome. 

Therefore, if I start using my margin strategy, it should be when there is a mini crisis on the market or on a single stock. I intend to use this facility as a market timing tool.

Please do your own due diligence before you engage in the Margin REIT Strategy.

I will also be making a Margin REIT Strategy Tool (still in works) from my excel table above. If you are interested in the tool, please follow the actions below:
- Like TUBInvesting Facebook Page
- Like Fundamental Scorecard Facebook Page
- Join Fundamental Scorecard Telegram Group
- Then PM me on Telegram for the Margin REIT Strategy Excel Spreadsheet (Requires another 2 days, still in works!)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

I Sold All Of It!


I had sold off ALL OF MY POSITIONS in The Trendlines Group Ltd.

Initially, I believed my losses to be more than 50% due to my excel tracking. But after I calculated, the losses is about 40% instead after holding for about 1.5 years. Nevertheless, it is still a major hit to my portfolio.

The main reason why I decided to take the losses was due to a few reasons:

- I want to have more cash for my margin REIT strategy (Do note I do not add funds to my portfolio. Thus, if I had a new idea, I will probably need to sell an old idea.)

- It is not really about the company. Having already written numerous pieces of the company, I still believe it is a good company. But it is probably not suited to investors living in Singapore whom believes significantly in dividend. Thus, when the company did not release any dividend during the Full Year Report, I decided it was time to breakup with it.

- My new investment enlightenment/philosophy – The importance of certainty and comfort-ability. As I have share to my Telegram group:
  1. Be Certain - Be certain of what company you are investing in. Know it's business, know its moat against its competitors, know how it earns and spent money, etc.
  2. Be Comfortable - After being certain, you have to be comfortable in owning the company. Any noise will not make u think too much, unless fundamental changes.
Thus, do note that I was certain of the company, but uncomfortable to continue to hold it die to its opportunity cost. I foresee it will take at least another year to see some sort of returns given back to investors. 


Therefore, with the above reasons, I hope I explain myself on my decision to sell all my holdings in The Trendlines Group Ltd.

In the next article, I will probably write about my thoughts on the use of margin and my margin REIT strategy.

Please do your own due diligence before you invest/exit in the above counters.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

TVB vs Netflix

Recently, I did a poll on InvestingNote. It was an exercise to (1) remove the bias of choosing a company based on brand names and (2) choosing a company to invest in solely using financials.

InvestingNote Screengrab as of 21 March 2.20pm
Without the company name, most investors stated correctly that if solely based on the financials, value investor will choose Company A. Growth Investors will choose Company B.

Overall, it seems that more investors prefer a stable company than one is burning cash. But I have a feeling if I reveal the names of the companies, things may change?

Nevertheless, did I carry out this exercise so that I understand more about investors? NOPE. 

I was actually looking to invest into TVB due to their recent share price drop and negativity news.

Thus, I was looking for a competitor to compare its financials and I picked Netflix.

Many may disagree that they have the same business model. But in my opinion, their strategy as stated below are probably having over 60% similarity.

TVB Strategy

Pros: 

  • Established actors and actress in HK (Some are very famous overseas as well).
  • Stable Base in HK
  • Advertising Revenue 
  • Consistent upbringing of new actor and actress.

Cons:

  • Famous actors and actress leaving for China (Eg Charmaine Seah)
  • Seem to have a reducing base in Asia
  • Does not appeal to westerners.
  • Streaming websites

Uncertainty:

  • Switching to Internet TV
  • The growth into China has always seem to be a roadblock. 

Netflix Strategy

Pros:

  • Use lesser Known Actor and Actress to act as lead, Cheaper.
  • Cheap production + Good story-line
  • Opening up to international audience (Turkey, Korean)
  • Consistent upbringing of new actor and actress to fame or fame again.

Cons:

  • Not getting into Apple TV Service
  • Yet to get into China. 
  • Streaming websites
  • The significant number of dramas on-going - to increase cost

Uncertainty:

  • Short seasons, if the season get more popular, will the actor and actress be willingly to work for less.
  • How long can good story-lines continue to increase?

In Short

After comparing their strategy and their financials, I decided to ignore both companies and move on.

Firstly, I ignore Netflix simply due to its cash burning business and increasing debt. I am uncertain if their business is for the super long hual.

Secondly, I ignore TVB due to their recent negative scandals. Basically, they invested over HK$800 million in SMI Holdings Bonds in order to get more access into China. Since SMI Holdings had to be suspended and restructure, the bonds took a HK$500 million impairment. This resulted in the company having losses of $200 million. 

Although the last sentence do indicate that TVB does have $300 million of cash profit for 2018, but I will have prefer if their impairment was the full impairment of HK$800 million. This is because in this case, I will not need to worry about them taking a second impairment in future. 

On the other hand, I do believe SMI Holdings will recover from the setback and TVB may end up have a controlling stake in SMI Holdings. But these are assumptions with huge uncertainty and significant risks involved. 

Therefore, there seems to be too much uncertainty at stake and I choose not to invest in either company.

Please do your own due diligence before you invest in the above counters.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Analysis of Singapore Banks and Finance Firms

As a fundamental investor, I always look at financials statement to analysis if a company is good enough to invest in. However, there is always 2 types of balance sheet we need to take note – The regular one and the Financial Institutions (FI) one.

Normal Balance Sheet
FI Balance Sheet
In the past, if I want to invest in a FI, I used to tell myself – I don’t know how to analyze their financials, let’s skip them!

But as days, weeks, years went past, and you realise that there are numerous financial firms in of Berkshire Hathaway picks, that’s probably an indication for me to start to learn how to analyze a FI financials.

After jotting down a list of criteria and factors, I reduce it to these 4 criteria.

1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Formula: (Net Profit - One-time Gain) / Total Assets x 100%

In my opinion, Return of Assets is the most powerful ratio of them all to calculate the performance of a FI. I believe it is mention by Warren Buffet before (lost track of the write up) and a good indicative ROA is 1%.

For the calculation of ROA, I will remove the one-time gains, such as gains from disposal of subsidiaries or fixed assets, from the earnings figure.

2. Price to Book Ratio

Formula: Share Price / Book Value Per Share

To analyse a stock, I do believe there should be a criterion that relates to the share price in order to indicate if a FI is a good investment at that point in time.

Price to Book ratio is chosen because it looks at the liquidation value of a company.

In the aspect of a financial firm, their assets tends to be more liquid than other companies. Thus, this should be taken into account.

3. Allowance For Doubtful Debt (ADD)

Formula: Allowance For Doubtful Debt / Total Loans & Advances & Receivables x 100%

ADD indicates an FI ability to underwrite the loan applications for its customer. A higher percentage could meant that the credit review for the loan applications is too relax in order to gain market share!

Some companies may not have ADD, and it is not because that their companies are doing really well, but it maybe due to the company's ability to reverse previous years' doubtful debt.

In this case, the ADD is not explicitly stated and we will probably require the annual report to be released before getting the actual information.

4. Net Interest Margin (NIM)

Formula: Interest Income - Interest Expense x 100%

This formula is similar to the Gross Margin and looks at FI's ability to charge more interest to their clients despite providing an almost similar product. This formula relates to a FI's competitive advantage against it competitors.

If you are interested in fundamental analysis as shown above, do sign up for our latest AIM-SG course HERE where we will discuss fundamental investing theories and many more!

The companies selected for review are the following firms:

Banks: DBS, UOB, OCBC
Consumer Finance: Hong Leong Finance, Sing Investment & Finance, Singapura Finance
Diversified Finance Services: IFS Capital

*Do note that Pawnbrokers, IFAST and Net Pacific Financial Holdings are ignored due to their business model.

FI Analysis

From the analysis above, there are a few observations:

1. Higher ROA result in Higher PB ratio. 

I consider ROA to be the most important criteria, but I did not knew it was inversely related to PB ratio.

2. Higher Interest Income Do Not Result in Lower NIM. 

In terms of maths calculation, I thought NIM will definitely be higher if the FI has a lower interest income, but this is not the case.

3. 1-Year Analysis Is Not Sufficient

An analysis of 1 year result is not sufficient to clearly indicate a company's strength or its weakness. More results will be required.

4. ADD % not Significant

There is not much significant difference between the ADD % for the selected FI. A deeper analysis will be required once their annual reports were released.

In Short

Despite the short exercise above, it actually reveals significantly the difference between FI and their target markets.

However, this is just a preliminary review and more analysis will be required if one intends to invest in any FI stated above.

If you are interested in discussing about various fundamental investing thesis, do click HERE to sign up for our latest AIM-SG course. We will also be discussing about various companies selection ideas that we have and many more!

The author is vested in one of the FI discussed above. 

Please do your due diligence before investing in any FI above.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Take A.I.M. - The Singapore Market Version!

With the success of "A.I.M.- Actionable Ideas Movement", Simple Investor and I had decided to conduct a similar course for Investors of the Singapore Stock Market.


I can never say enough. But once again, I will like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone that attended AIM. You made the event a success! 

What is A.I.M. – SG Version?

This is an extension of the newly design course – Actionable Ideas Movement – within the Singapore Market.



The main AIM for this course is to:

(1) introduce new investing methods to the Singapore Investors; and
(2) by the end of the course, we hope participants will be able to invest in Singapore Markets with comfort and the right mindset, regardless of the macro environment.

This course also AIMs to provide what participants want such as the following:

1. The course will allow participants to ask questions beforehand. These questions will be answer during the course. (An email will be sent to the email address you registered with eventbrite for the questions you will like me to talk about during the session.)

2. Participants will be allowed to provide and discussed stock ideas in the SG market during the small group discussion facilitated by TUBInvesting and Simple Investor!

3. TUBInvesting and Simple Investor will also come up with the stock idea for the year each for discussion!

4. There will also be a weekday evening FOLLOW UP SESSION 6 MONTHS LATER to review on all the ideas that was discussed (No extra payment required).

Highlights of the Course:

- The revelation behind “Big Ideas Investing Theory” by TUBInvesting

- Moat Investing/Own Business Not Stocks by Simple Investor

- A Explanation of a Step by Step Investment Process

- Answering Your Questions Given Beforehand

- Small Groups Discussion for Ideas Generation

- TUBInvesting Idea for the year!

- Simple Investor idea for the year!

- Get to participate in the next AIM – HK/US version for just $20!

- A booklet of the slides and a simple packed lunch will be provided!

- There will also be an Investment Game at the end of the course!

If you are interested in this event, do sign up via this LINK. I will only be limiting the course to a maximum of 20 pax (Left 15 now!).

A little note to those interested in the Investment Style of Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, I look forward to meeting you at the event!


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Big Idea 13

As indicated in my last post, I had already sold Big Idea 5. Therefore, I am still on the lookout for the next idea to invest in.

Currently, for my Big Ideas Investing Theory, I have wrote about 12 Big Ideas and I had sold about 3 of them. Overall, I am still holding on to 9 of them which contributes about 60% to 70% of my portfolio.

I caught a glimpse of Big Idea 13 on a valuebuddies forum. Then I went to work on it. I was so excited about this idea that I shared it on my Fundamental Scorecard Telegram Group.

Then, Simple Investor shared it on his Facebook Page.

Screengrab of Simple Investor Facebook Page
OMG...this ballooned the members on my Fundamental Scorecard Telegram Group from 48 members to the current 130 members within 2 days. I am still very amazed by the support and will like to still say a Big "Thank You" to the old and new members in the group.

So after my initial analysis on Big Idea 13, I came up with this summary.

"The company has 2 business entity - Semi-con and CEM.
Last year FCF due to Semi-con. CEM still loss-making.
Recently they sold and completed the Semi-con business of 14 million for 84 million.
Current NAV is 20 cent at about 45 million.
84 + 45 = 129 million / 56cent per share.
As per disposal report, they will give out 24 cents as special dividend (May or may not eventually)
Current share price is 34.5 cents. 
Full year result should be announced soon.
The one-time gain on disposal will be huge.
If want to keep for long term, I am not so sure. But short term, share price should spike up.

Please DYODD."

That night, the company released its full year results.

Portion of the full year results
It seems to indicate that I made a MISCALCULATION in my Net Asset Value. Instead of 56 cents, it is just 37 cents. Oh No!

I apologized to the group and continued to do my homework for the next 2 days. After all, I am already vested at this point (The impatient me...and the information below could be biased).

What Did I Found Out?

1. The Company had completed the sales its Semi-Conductor Business at S$84.5 Million (Actual Sale Price). The company is left with its Contract Equipment Manufacturing (CEM), which is loss-making for the last 3 years.

2. 80% of the Actual Sale Price amounted to S$67,600,000 was paid to the Company along with the reimbursement of S$8,000,000 for the cash left by the Company in Semiconductor business.

3. 20% of Actual Sale Price of S$16.9 Million is subjected to the following condition as per its Sales and Purchase Agreement:

a. "...the Purchaser will engage an accounting firm to conduct an audit on the cumulative revenues of the Target Group from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2019 (the “2018 Revenue”). Should the 2018 Revenue be less than 80% of the cumulative revenue for the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 (the “2017 Revenue”), an amount equal to the difference between the two will be deducted from the Escrow Amount and be released by the Escrow Agent to the Purchaser..."

b. "...If the amount to be paid to the Purchaser, as a result of the occurrence of any or both the aforesaid events, is less than 10% of the Actual Sale Price, an amount equal to the difference of the two will be released by the Escrow Agent to the Seller..."

c. "...Should the Deducted Amounts be less than the Escrow Amount, the remaining balance or the balance 10% of the Actual Sale Price, as the case may be, will be held by the Escrow Agent to settle any claim by the Purchaser in relation to a breach of the Share Purchase Agreement against the Seller (the “Escrow Remaining Amount”). The Escrow Remaining Amount will be held in escrow for a period of 18 months from the date of Completion (the “Escrow Claim Period”), and subject to any applicable claims being settled, be released to the Company upon the expiry of the Escrow Claim Period..."

4. Under the Sales and Purchase Agreement, it is also stated:

a. "...The net proceeds from the Proposed Disposal, after deducting all costs and expenses, 5% commission payable for deal introduction and financial advisory services, staff retention and compensation and assuming that the full amount of the Estimated Sale Price of S$84,500,000 is received by the Company, are estimated to be approximately S$77,100,000..."

b. "...intends to return the entire net proceeds from the Proposed Disposal to its shareholders by way of a special dividend or capital reduction, as the case may be. It is anticipated that a first distribution of 24 cents per share based on the first payment received by the Company upon Completion (i.e. 80% of the Actual Sale Price) will be made by the Company as soon as practicable after Completion has taken place..."

5. Number of Shares the company has is 233,916,970 (Round up to 234 Million).

6. Investment Properties is stated at cost and the valuation is much higher. This is indicated on Annual Report 2017.
Abstract from Annual Report 2017 
7. As per an 2018 analyst report from CIMB, it is stated the following:

"In the Contract Equipment Manufacturing (CEM) business, the company's key subsidiaries are i.PAC Manufacturing Pte Ltd (Unlisted), and AMS Biomedical Pte Ltd (Unlisted). i.PAC Manufacturing and AMS Biomedical provide modular and full turnkey assembly, system integration, reliablility testing, packing and distribution services for dierent industries. 

1. i.PAC Manufacturing 's depth of expertise in mechanical, electronics and electrical engineering also embraces vision systems and laser technology, enabling it to handle wide ranging complex projects across multi-electronic sectors such as in displays, semiconductors, storage media, aerospace, solar and other high-tech capital equipment industries. 

2. AMS Biomedical , with its ISO9001 and ISO13485 accreditation, is a leading choice as a contract manufacturer of medical equipment and devices, specically for the medtech industry, according to management."

8. As per 2018 full year results, the following has been stated about the CEM business:

a. "In contrast, the S$18.71m sales for the remaining CEM business represented a significant 52% growth over the previous year. This was due to new customized automation contracts and strong build-to-print sales."

b. "We will focus on getting new customers in the built-to-print area in order to achieve greater stability in our top-line. We also expect further growth in the customised automation area as there are a few promising projects in the pipeline."

9. In addition, as per 2018 full year results, it seems that the loan of S$7 million has already been paid.

Why Did I Continue To Stay Vested?

1. Dividend to be paid out soon = 67.6 Million / 234 Million = 28.8 cents. 
- At this point, we knew the net proceeds will be returned to shareholders and at least 24 cents will be given first.

2. Investment Properties Net Worth = 11.5 Million / 234 Million = 4.9 cents.
- A lower valuation is used for calculation.
- About $600k of rental income is generated.

3. Cash Net Worth = 1 Million / 234 Million = 0.4 cents.
- The company has at least 1 Million of cash left. The company has been reimbursed with 8 Million of Cash and has also paid off a loan of 7 Million.

4. Will the 10% of the Escrow Amount be released after 31 March? ~ Based on my very conservative calculation, it seems that this will not occur.

- 2018 Revenue of Target Group = 36.3 Million (I deem Dec 2018 till Mar 2019 to have no revenue in order to be conservative.)

- 2017 Revenue of Target Group = 53.6 Million + 5.4 Million = 59 Million (I deem Dec 2017 till Mar 2018 to be 30% of the revenue of Half Year 2018 Financial Report.)

- 80% of 2017 Revenue minus 2018 Revenue = 10.9 Million.

5. Present Value of 2nd portion of Escrow Amount = (4.225 Million / 234 Million)/1.15 = 1.5 cents.
- For the 2nd portion of the Escrow Amount, lets just assume only 5% is released after 18 months. 
- Discount given to the 2nd Portion of Escrow Amount = 15%

Deem Estimated Value Of Big Idea 13 = 28.8 + 4.9 + 0.4 + 1.5 = 35.6 cents.

What Are The Risk Involved?

1. No Escrow amount are paid out. Only 24 Cents or less of Dividend are paid.
- Despite all the information being stated in the reports, we cannot be certain that all the stated dividends will definitely be paid without any confirmed dividend announcement.

2. CEM Business continues to be loss-making for a long time.
- CEM Business has been loss making for the last 3 years despite growing top line. We cannot be certain the CEM Business will just turnaround.

3. Significant Cap-ex is required.
- From the 2018 full year report, it seems that the company's fixed asset will be sold along with the Semi-Conductor business. Without machinery, the CEM business will not be able to continue. Thus, we should be expecting some capital expenditure to occur in future.

4. My Calculation Is Wrong.
- My Calculation comes along with many assumptions. Thus, any changes in the assumption will result in the changes the Value of Big Idea 13.

In Short

When my initial thesis on Big Idea 13 was wrong, I panicked and quickly checked back. As I explained to the members of the Telegram Group, the attractiveness of the company has reduced significantly after I checked back. If it was a "10" at the start, it has since reduced to a "6".

But I remained vested due to the above calculation and that, despite being loss-making, we will be getting the "revenue growing" CEM business for free.

One of the point that was not discuss above is that there is a growing inter-segment revenue between the Semi-conductor and CEM business as per 2017 Annual Report. Furthermore, there is a high possibility that the Chairman and Managing Director of the Company, one of the key employees, will be entering into a three-year retention employment contract with the sold Semi-Conductor Business.

No idea comes without risk. But they must be calculated risk.

Oh... I have yet to announced the company's name - It is Manufacturing Integration Technology Ltd.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The New Idea That I Didn't Act On It

This article contains a portion of the Moat Scorecard Analysis Write Up 6 written on 27 Jan 2019 for my Moat Scorecard subscribers. For the Full Write Up, please subscribe to Moat Scorecard.

Having sold off one of my biggest holding of a Big Idea (Big Idea 5 - HongKong Land), I started search for the next possible Big Idea.

Firstly, I was looking at Courts Asia. But before I could make a decision, Nojima made a general offer. Damn!

Then along came Avi-Tech Electronics Limited (Avi-Tech). To be honest, I first came across this company when it passes Ultimate Scorecard in January.

Portion of Avi-Tech Ultimate Scorecard in Jan 2019.

I was surprised to see this new entry in my Ultimate Scorecard. This new company excites me in view that it was able to generate Free Cash Flow constantly for the last few years and the cash profit margin has been consistent.

What Does The Company Do?

The company specializes mainly in Burn-In Services, with a portion in Manufacturing and Engineering services.

However, the fact that it passes Ultimate Scorecard now is due to its share price being on the downtrend.


Why?

I believe it is due to the reasons below:

  • Semiconductor industry had seemed to reach its peak in 2017 and it has been on a downtrend for the whole of 2018.
  • As per RHB Analyst Report on 12 Sep 2018, “In 2HFY18, its engineering segment took a hit due to delays in customer projects as well as a slowdown in orders from clients. This led to the unit booking a loss, which dragged down Avi-Tech’s overall profitability. However, management believes that the segment has likely hit a low already, and business will likely pick up from here, with new customers being secured at the same time. However, it will likely take about 6-9 months to ramp up. As such, the engineering business will likely continue to be a drag on profitability in FY19 – albeit to a smaller extent.”
  • The company’s revenue and net profit has been reducing for the last few quarters as compared to its 2017 figures.
3rd Quarter 2018
4th Quarter 2018
1st Quarter 2019
More Research Done

As per the RHB Analyst Report on 12 Sep 2018 and 2018 Annual Report, it has been reported that Avi-Tech's customers are in the automotive industry rather than the chipmakers. 

RHB Analyst Report on 12 Sep 2018: "As Avi-Tech mainly provides burn-in services for chipmakers in the automotive sector, where there has been gradual and steady growth. We expect the burn-in business to continue to grow by 10-15% pa, and not be impacted by the slowdown in the
semiconductor sector. This is partly due to the fact that the majority of their burn-in customers are from the automotive sector, which is enjoying steady growth."

2018 Annual Report Letter to Shareholders: "...Furthermore, with the slowdown in the electronics sector, the overall semiconductor demand is anticipated to moderate. Nevertheless, due to the continued demand for sector-specific semiconductor chips such as in the automotive, cloud and networking  and data security industries, we are cautiously optimistic as there will be opportunities for growth for our business segments..."

In addition, as per a post on Valuebuddies on Avi-Tech, it has been stated by a CIMB Research Report that the customers of Avi-Tech are not within the chipmakers industry.

Screengrab of Valuebuddies Thread

Thus, with the above understanding of Avi-Tech's customer base, the downward impact to Avi-Tech's revenue and net profit may be less affected than other similar companies within the same industry.

I had also reviewed the last 5 years of revenue and net profit for each different segment.


The results shown that the company's burn-in services generated the biggest gross margin but the engineering services had dragged the Avi-Tech's business downwards. In the event, the company continues to concentrate on the burn in segment and maintain its relationship with this group of existing customer, Avi-Tech's revenue and net profit could rise back up.

In Short

With such deep understanding of Avi-Tech's business, it is important to come to a decision of whether I should make the purchase of the shares at the current share price.

Eventually, I decided NOT TO make the new purchase due to the information below:
  1. 2018 Annual Report Note 9: "Of the trade receivables balance at the end of the reporting period, $2,906,000 (2017: $6,410,000) is due from four major customers."
  2. 2018 Annual Report Note 30: "Included in revenues of $35,720,000 (2017: $39,982,000) are revenues of $12,258,000 (2017: $10,420,000) and $3,860,000 (2017: $5,462,000) arising from sales to two major customers from the Burn-in Services and Manufacturing and PCBA Services business segments. In 2017, included in revenues of $39,982,000 was revenues of $8,788,000 arising from sales to a major customer from the Engineering Services business segment. These revenues account for approximately 45% (2017: 62%) of the Group’s revenue."
  3. RHB Analyst Report on 12 Sep 2018: "However, it will likely take about 6-9 months to ramp up. As such, the engineering business will likely continue to be a drag on profitability in FY19 – albeit to a smaller extent. '
Basically, from the information above, it seems that the major customers had been paying in cash, since revenue from top 2 customer has maintained but trade receivables has decreased significantly. 

Furthermore, the Engineering Business will continue to drag the business for another 3 to 4 months and this will continue to impact its bottom line. With that, its Price to Earning Ratio will increases significantly and I believe its dividend payout will also be affected.

Therefore, I believe Avi-Tech should be on my watchlist, while I await for a higher margin of safety. 

Nonetheless, it is important to note that this is just my analysis as each investor should still make their own decision.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Give This Unicorn A Miss!

As per divestopedia, in the venture capital industry, a unicorn refers to any tech startup company that reaches a $1 billion dollar market value as determined by private or public investment.

In July 2018, this Unicorn had raised US$1.6 Billion in the US Stock Market.

The company is no other than, Pinduoduo, the company that intends to rival Alibaba and JD.com. You can read all about this company in this report.


If you had watched China Variety Shows, you will not have missed out their advertisement. It has a very catchy song for its advertisement and always seem to be the main sponsor for some of the variety shows.

So why do I intend to give it a miss?

The main reason is because, on Feb 2019, the company has decided to raised another US$1.5 billion.

So after 7 months of raising US$1.6 Billion, it wants to raise another US$1.5 Billion!

Furthermore, as quoted from Straits Times Article:

"...it intends to issue some 37 million new shares while stockholders sell about 14.8 million..."

"...The new funds would be used "to enhance and expand its business operations... including potential strategic investments and acquisitions", the firm said in the statement, without giving details...".

"...In the third quarter of 2018, it had a turnover of US$491 million but has struggled to be profitable, recording a loss of US$160 million in the same period..."

In Short

My main reason for not investing in the company was simply because of the subsequent fund raising in such a short period and the losses it continues to make. It also seems like an exit strategy for some of the existing shareholders.

Anyway, I must confessed my decision maybe wrong since I did not do a detailed analysis on Pinduoduo. In the long term, it may turned out to be a right decision. I just do not know how "LONG" it will take.

Finally, I have learnt to ignore IPOs listing overseas or within Singapore. This is because we are uncertain if the companies is able to remain profitable in the long term. In addition, I also have to state that "the bigger the story, the more careful we have about the company".

If you are interested in investing in the US or Hongkong stock markets, do read and sign up on my newly designed course - Take AIM!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Take A.I.M. - Let's Hit Bullseye Together!

How do you feel after attending a course/workshop? 
Do you follow what was taught? 
Do you gain anything from the course? 
Did you take any action after the course?

These are the questions I kept asking myself after presenting various workshops and courses to the participants.

I always wonder if the participants gain anything from the workshop or even wondered if they took any actions?

Thus, I have been wanting to design a course where I am certain the participants had gained from it and took some actions. After all, I believe that should be the main reason why a participant will want to attend a course!

So after many months of planning and discussion with readers, I had finally came up with A.I.M., which meant "Actionable Ideas Movement".


A.I.M. is a new course – Actionable Ideas Movement – that is designed by me..

The main AIM for this course is to: 

(1) introduce the HK and US market to the Singapore Investors; and
(2) by the end of the course, we hope participants will be able to invest in HK and US Markets with comfort and the right mindset.

This course also AIMs to provide what participants have been requesting:

1. The course will allow participants to ask questions beforehand. These questions will be answer during the course.
2. The course will also allow participants to provide 1 stock in the US and HK market each for me to analyse beforehand. These stocks will be reviewed during the course.
3. There will also be a weekday evening FOLLOW UP SESSION 6 MONTHS LATER to review on all the ideas that was discussed (No extra payment required).

Furthermore, the following will also be provided during the course:

1. A list of HK and US Ideas that passed the TUB Score
2. Booklet of the slides
3. A Simple Packed Lunch

Highlights of the Course:

- A revelation of the TUB Score Criteria (Never revealed before!)
- My Understanding of HK and US Market
- How to Screen for HK and US Companies Using Available Online Resources
- Important Apps to Download
- Answering Your Questions!
- A Discussion of various HK and US companies that You Requested!

If you are interested in this event, do sign up via this LINK. I will only be limiting the course to a maximum of 15 pax.

Do note that once you sign up, an email will be sent to the email address you registered with Eventbrite for the questions and the stocks you will like me to discuss during the session.

I look forward to meeting you at the event!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Happy, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


I have been thinking about what to write lately. But I seem to have ran out of ideas, although I also have a lot of other things on my mind (more on this later).

Investing Is Getting Boring

Since engaging in Big Ideas Investing Theory, I found myself no longer affected by daily news unless it relates to my targets or companies with my portfolio.

In addition, I felt rather muted now that the market is rising. I feel like I am watching a soap opera when I look at the stock market.

Is this why Gurus says “investing is watching the paint dry”?

Should I Follow Them?

Looking at the blogsphere, I also realized that there are prominent bloggers that have stopped writing. This has been picked up by Chris of Trees of Prosperity .

I actually had that thought too. Currently, I am managing a Telegram Group, FB Page, InvestingNote Profile, Fundamental Scorecard Website and Moat Scorecard on Investing Note.

If readers like to know more about me, there is no lack of channels for them to ask me questions.

There were 2 incidents where I spent at least 1 to 2 hours on the FB messenger app with investors whom wanted to know more about my methods. I told them maybe they can try Fundamental Scorecard. I even gave them free trial. They never even register. This made me thought if I am sharing with the right people.

On the other hand, I already have subscribers on Fundamental Scorecard Website, members on the telegram group, and members on my FB page. Shouldn’t I spend more time on them?

Many may also feel that whether to write a blog is also up to me and I should not complaint (BTW I am not complaining. Just some thoughts in my heads). Nevertheless, I also felt responsible for the readers whom have been reading my blog. I am here today because of them. I feel that I owed it to them (Not saying that I am very successful now).

The reason for feeling this way is that I do require much more effort than others when I blogged. My command of English has always been below average. My General Paper apparently failed a few times. Whenever I blogged, I will write, read through and edit and then I will post. Believe me, I am surprised that I have stayed here so long.

I have also even rejected interviews or companies have rejected my job application because I am a blogger. Nowadays, I made sure I stated clearly in my resume that I am a blogger. The next question is that interviewers will also asked if I am earning significantly from this blog? To be honest, I have only received 2 cheques of US$160 over the past 3 years. Maybe I should have been a Youtuber.

Work-wise, Stuff Happens

There are also issues at work. In fact, numerous issues at work that I felt if I am wearing a “hat too big for my head”.

I noticed that my health has gone from bad to worse, and my stress level is significantly high. Is it due to my incompetency or just that I am working as “Sales, Credit, Collections” at the same time?

The Best Has Yet To Arrive

The best news this year is that I am going to be a FATHER soon. That is terrific news! I have been waiting for this for a long long time!

Nevertheless, once I become a father, I will definitely will have less time for anything else.

What Happens Now?

These are just some thoughts in my head that I have been wanting to write about it. 

Firstly I just like to inform my readers that I will continue to write when I can. Just that the articles may be uploaded and reduced in future and I hope you understand.

Secondly, there are numerous you can contact and find me if you have any questions.

- I have a Facebook Page (Please like!).
- I am on InvestingNote.
- You can join the Fundamental Scorecard telegram group (No Spam Please!).
- You can also sign up under Fundamental Scorecard or Moat Scorecard to follow Simple Investor and my investing style.
- You can also contact me via my email address found in my Contact Page.

That's all for now!

I wish you a Happy Huat Pig Year Ahead! Happy Chinese New Year!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Hongkong Stock Market Dilemma

Being a value investor and probably an educator, as well as a researcher, I am very confused over the back-testing I have done via the Hongkong Stock Market.

In this post, I have stated that my back-testing shown that Hongkong Stock Market do not react well to Top 5 Criteria Test Version 1, Top 5 Criteria Test Version 2 and TUB Score Version 2.

However, in the event, I do not follow these metrics to invest in Hongkong Stock Markets - I do not feel that I have a significant margin of safety.

I have also mentions my dilemma in this InvestingNote post and many gurus had also provided their views. Do read them in the comments to the InvestingNote Post.

My Dilemma Stated In InvestingNote
Anyway, I am going to find the answers to my questions again. This answer has to make sense and be easily explainable to others as well.

Here I go again...

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Updates and Revelation of Big Idea 2

As per my Big Ideas Investing Theory, many of you may not really know the company behind my Big Idea 2.

It is a company which I have held for more than 2 years and I had communicated significantly in my blog.

Since 18th Sep 2018, Big Idea 2 has announced that it is in talks to sell one of its 76% owned subsidiary. This subsidiary is the company's main Cash Cow!

As of yesterday, the company had announced that it had confirmed the full disposal of the subsidiary with a gain of over US$69 Million!

Abstract from Announcement

Abstract from Announcement
This is probably the best news I had heard for my investing journey since 2018!

Anyway, without further ado, it is time to reveal the company... the company is Chuan Hup Holdings Ltd!

With the help from the calculation method as per my previous post on the company, the indicative book value of the company seem to be in the range of between S$0.500 to S$0.545.

In Short

With the book value in mind, my strategy to exit my holdings will be an art. I plan to do it in 3 tranches. The first tranche will be in the range of $0.350 to $0.400. The last tranche will be to wait for the next dividend announcement.

In the event, the share price of the company did not react accordingly to my plan, I will also plan to buy more instead.

In my opinion, this event also emphasized that my way of investing probably requires at least 2 years of holding before a significant gain arises!

Do also note that as of 15 Dec 2018, the company, at the price of S$0.295, has been deem as an undervalued company via The Ultimate Scorecard. 


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