What You Should Know About Singapore Exchange (SGX: S68) Shares in 60 Seconds
In this series, we feature one Singapore-listed company each time as a quick guide to everything you should know about it in 60 seconds.
Right here, we have Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX: S68) (SGX), Singapore’s only stock market operator.
What’s SGX’s Business About?
The company prides itself in being the “most liquid international market for pan-Asian listed derivatives” and the most international stock exchange in Asia.
SGX has three main business divisions:
- Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC)
- Data, Connectivity and Indices (DCI)
The FICC segment provides fixed income issuer services, trading and clearing services and collateral management.
Revenue from the Equities segment comes from providing securities trading and clearing, securities settlement and depository management, and derivatives trading.
Last but not the least, the DCI segment provides market data, connectivity and indices services.
Pictorially, the following is how SGX’s FY2020 (financial year ended 30 June 2020) revenue can be broken down:
SGX’s Financial Highlights
Being the only stock market operator in Singapore, anyone who wishes to trade shares has to go through SGX; there’re no two ways about it.
Also, with a broad range of derivatives being offered, SGX can tap into the rapidly growing derivatives market.
Therefore, it is not surprising to see SGX performing well financially over the years:
|Revenue (S$ million)||779||818||801||845||910||1,053|
|Net profit (S$ million)||349||349||340||363||391||472|
|Net profit margin||45%||43%||42%||43%||43%||45%|
|Return on equity||37%||36%||34%||34%||36%||40%|
|Earnings per share (cents)||32.6||32.6||31.7||33.9||36.5||44.1|
|Operating cash flow per share (cents)||40.1||39.6||35.3||39.9||39.0||58.3|
Due to its wide economic moat, SGX has an enviable net profit margin and return on equity (ROE). The net profit margin shows how much a business gets to keep for every dollar of revenue generated while the ROE figure reveals how efficient SGX’s management is in turning every dollar of shareholders’ money into profit.
For FY2020, SGX clocked in a net profit margin of 45% and an ROE of 40%. Both figures are higher than what most companies in Singapore’s stock market can achieve.
SGX’s balance sheet is also rock-solid. As of 30 June 2020, its cash balance stood at S$907 million with just S$300 million in bank borrowings.
SGX’s Dividend History
Since the start of FY2019, SGX revised its dividend policy, as mentioned in an earnings release:
“From FY2019, SGX will revise its dividend policy from one based on a percentage of net profit, to one based on an absolute amount. The new policy aims to pay a sustainable and growing dividend over time, consistent with the company’s long-term growth prospects. This will provide flexibility for SGX to balance its dividend payments with the need to retain earnings to support growth.”
For FY2020, SGX paid out 30.5 Singapore cents per share. From FY2021 onwards, the stock exchange will raise its dividend to 32 cents per share.
|Year||Dividend per share (Singapore cents)|
Major Risk for SGX to Take Note Of
One main downside with SGX would be its inability to attract home-grown companies to list in Singapore.
However, SGX’s other businesses, such as derivatives, are holding up the fort.
SGX’s Share Price and Valuation
Over the past five years, SGX’s share price has climbed 29% in all.
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Disclaimer: The information that follows serves as an educational piece and is not intended to be personalised investment advice. Readers should always do their own due diligence and consider their financial goals before investing in any stock. The writer may have a vested interest in the company mentioned.