SGX Market Updates

July Sees S$26.7 Million Worth of Share Buybacks, Down 48% MoM


01 August 2017

  • More than 23 million shares were repurchased by 17 companies in July, with total buyback consideration at S$26.7 million. This was down 48.1% from $51.5 million in consideration for June 2017.

  • The five stocks with the largest buyback consideration value in July included one STI stock. The five stocks were Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), Cordlife Group, Bumitama Agri, Singapore Post and Duty Free International.

  • For a fifth consecutive month, OCBC had the highest buyback consideration in the month, taking the total number of shares purchased on the 12-month mandate effective 28 April to 8.2 million.

In the month of July 2017, there were a total of 23,187,500 shares repurchased by 17 companies, with a total consideration of S$26.7 million. Buyback consideration was down 48.1% from the S$51.5 million reported for June 2017.

Buybacks in July 2017 have taken the total share buyback consideration for the 2017 YTD to S$226.8 million. This compares with S$615 million for the first seven months of 2016.

July’s share buyback consideration was down 62.3% YOY from S$70.9 million in July 2016. Over the past 12 months, the STI rallied 16.1% in price, generating a total return of 20.4%.

The five stocks with the largest buyback consideration value last month were Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), Cordlife Group, Bumitama Agri, Singapore Post and Duty Free International. For a fifth consecutive month, OCBC had the highest buyback consideration in the month, taking the total number of shares purchased on the 12- month mandate effective 28 April to 8.2 million.

As illustrated below, monthly total buyback consideration in July 2017 fell by nearly half compared to the previous month.

Monthly Share Buyback Consideration (S$ Million) & STI Month-End Levels
SGX Monthly Share Buy-Back & STI Month-End as of July 2017

Source: SGX (data as of 31 July 2017)

Buybacks in July 

Share buyback transactions involve share issuers repurchasing some of their outstanding shares from shareholders through the open market. Once the shares are bought back, they will be converted into treasury shares, which means they are no longer categorised as shares outstanding. Other motivations for share buybacks include companies moving to align stock valuations with balance sheet objectives.

The table below summarises the buyback considerations in July 2017. The table is sorted by the value of the total consideration amount, which is the product of the number of shares purchased and the purchase price of the shares.

Name Start Date Mandate Total No. of shares bought in July Total Consideration: July S$ Cum No. of Shares Purchased to End of July Pct* %
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp 28/04/2017 209,124,917 1,000,000 10,699,066 8,200,000 0.20
Cordlife Group 18/07/2017 12,970,475 7,000,000 6,673,642 7,000,000 2.70
Bumitama Agri 24/04/2017 175,181,214 4,192,700 3,109,822 4,814,200 0.28
Singapore Post 14/07/2016 216,298,901 1,116,600 1,519,381 3,349,800 0.15
Duty Free International 29/06/2017 122,850,039 4,350,000 1,388,223 4,350,000 0.35
Starburst Hldgs 27/04/2017 12,445,470 2,986,800 1,128,565 4,319,400 1.74
SIA Engineering Company 22/07/2016 22,478,084 194,000 792,009 5,323,900 0.47
Q & M Dental Group 27/04/2017 79,703,066 899,200 585,294 1,358,900 0.17
Sarine Technologies 25/04/2017 35,083,784 250,000 369,799 250,000 0.07
Vibrant Group 30/08/2016 55,378,720 450,000 176,045 5,188,560 0.94
Tiong Seng Hldgs 26/04/2017 45,962,384 456,700 134,486 2,349,600 0.52
Zhongmin Baihui Retail Group 26/04/2017 19,216,020 53,100 55,203 145,700 0.08
Global Palm Resources Hldgs 25/04/2017 19,911,640 94,400 37,978 954,000 0.48
BBR Hldgs 21/04/2017 30,799,941 117,000 25,922 287,000 0.09
Boustead Projects 28/07/2016 32,000,000 18,000 16,250 317,800 0.10
Anchun International Hldgs 28/04/2017 5,050,000 5,000 1,343 5,000 0.01
PACC Offshore Services Hldgs 27/04/2017 181,382,010 4,000 1,167 123,200 0.01
Total 23,187,500 26,714,195

Source: SGX (data as of 31 July 2017)
*percentage of company’s issued shares excluding treasury shares as at the date of the share buyback resolution.

The date of the relevant share buyback mandate is also provided in the table above, in addition to the amount of shares authorised to be bought back under the mandate. The total number of shares purchased under the mandate and the percentage of the companies that issued shares that have been repurchased under the mandate are also provided.

Share buyback information can be found on the company disclosure page on the SGX website, using the Announcement category and sub-category of Share Buy Back-On Market (click here).

This article is provided by SGX My Gateway.

SGX My Gateway

SGX's investor education portal with market, product and investment information and events. Sign up now at to receive our investment updates and economic calendar.

This document is not intended for distribution to, or for use by or to be acted on by any person or entity located in any jurisdiction where such distribution, use or action would be contrary to applicable laws or regulations or would subject Singapore Exchange Limited (“SGX”) to any registration or licensing requirement. This document is not an offer or solicitation to buy or sell, nor financial advice or recommendation for any investment product. This document is for general circulation only. It does not address the specific investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any person. Advice should be sought from a financial adviser regarding the suitability of any investment product before investing or adopting any investment strategies. Use of and/or reliance on this document is entirely at the reader’s own risk. Further information on this investment product may be obtained from Investment products are subject to significant investment risks, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested. Past performance of investment products is not indicative of their future performance. Examples provided are for illustrative purposes only. While each of SGX and its affiliates (collectively, the SGX Group Companies) have taken reasonable care to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information provided, each of the SGX Group Companies disclaims any and all guarantees, representations and warranties, expressed or implied, in relation to this document and shall not be responsible or liable (whether under contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise) for any loss or damage of any kind (whether direct, indirect or consequential losses or other economic loss of any kind, including without limitation loss of profit, loss of reputation and loss of opportunity) suffered or incurred by any person due to any omission, error, inaccuracy, incompleteness, or otherwise, any reliance on such information, or arising from and/or in connection with this document. The information in this document may have been obtained via third party sources and which have not been independently verified by any SGX Group Company. No SGX Group Company endorses or shall be liable for the content of information provided by third parties. The SGX Group Companies may deal in investment products in the usual course of their business, and may be on the opposite side of any trades. SGX is an exempt financial adviser under the Financial Advisers Act (Cap. 110) of Singapore. The information in this document is subject to change without notice. This document shall not be reproduced, republished, uploaded, linked, posted, transmitted, adapted, copied, translated, modified, edited or otherwise displayed or distributed in any manner without SGX’s prior written consent.

Stock / REIT Search