In 3Q22, 46 SGX primary-listed companies bought back shares with a total consideration of S$586 million, bringing the total buyback consideration for the first 9 months of 2022 to S$1.54 billion, up ~150% from S$609 million for the same period in 2021.
Non-STI stocks with the highest 3Q22 buyback consideration included Yangzijiang Financial, The Hour Glass, OUE, First Resources and Hong Fok Corporation.
As of 30 Sep, Yangzijiang Financial had bought back 5.22% of its issued shares (excluding treasury shares). The 3Q22 buybacks were conduced at an average price of S$0.382 per share.
The Hour Glass commenced a new buyback mandate in 3Q22, with 2.05% of its shares bought back between 3 Aug and 30 Sep. The previous mandate saw 3.49% of its shares bough back through to 26 July. This saw the leading specialist watch retailer buy back 13.95 million shares in 3Q22, at an average price of S$2.23 per share.
During 3Q22, the STI generated a 0.9% price gain, with dividend distributions boosting the total return to 2.4%. This compared a 3.2% decline in total return for the FTSE Developed Index, with global bank stocks printing approximately half the declines of global technology stocks. During the quarter, 41% of the trading sessions saw STI annualised 30 day volatility above 10%, which was down from 89% in 2Q22. Both STI ETFs also attracted moderate net inflows, totalling S$19 million, while the broader Singapore stock market attracted over S$800 million of net institutional fund inflows.
Total buyback consideration was comparatively more consistent, with 46 SGX primary-listed companies buying back shares with a total consideration of S$586 million, which was down from the S$657 million in consideration filed for 2Q22, but up from the S$241 million in consideration filed for 3Q21.
The month of July 2022 saw the least monthly buyback consideration filed for Singapore’s primary-listed stocks since July 2021, which was a seasonal effect leading into seasonal semi-annual reporting. The following month of August 2022 saw the highest buyback consideration filed since the comparatively more volatile conditions of March 2020.
The table below details the SGX primary-listed stocks that conducted share buybacks in 3Q22.
Of the 10 stocks that led the buyback consideration tally in 3Q22, 9 have also led the buyback consideration tally for the first 9 months of 2022. These stocks were Keppel Corp (SGX:BN4), Wilmar International (SGX:F34), OCBC Bank (SGX:O39), CapitaLand Investment (SGX:9CI), Yangzijiang Financial (SGX:YF8), The Hour Glass (SGX:AGS), SingTel (SGX:Z74), ST Engineering (SGX:S63) and OUE (SGX:LJ3).
|SGX Primary Listed Stocks
Conducted Buybacks In 3Q22
|Number of Shares
(Including stamp duties,
clearing changes etc.)
Paid or Payable
|Average Price Paid
Shares Bought Back
Vs Total Issued Shares
As At Date Of
Buy Back Resolution
|The Hour Glass||AGS||13,953,000||$31,129,043||$2.231||2.05|
|G K Goh||G41||3,620,700||$3,331,833||$0.920||1.72|
|Geo Energy Resources||RE4||3,000,000||$1,077,521||$0.359||0.21|
|Straits Trading Co.||S20||410,800||$1,072,395||$2.611||0.09|
|China Sunsine Chemical||QES||1,831,100||$872,640||$0.477||0.24|
|GHY Culture & Media||XJB||408,300||$191,682||$0.469||0.12|
|Maxi-Cash Financial Services*||5UF||884,000||$144,664||$0.164||0.04|
|Ban Leong Technologies||B26||269,100||$121,508||$0.452||0.64|
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 can be converted into treasury shares, which means they are no longer categorised as shares outstanding. Motivations for share buybacks can include employee compensation plans (such as share option schemes or employee share purchase plans) or long term capital management. Buybacks have also been observed to broadly pick up amidst market declines that are driven by international macroeconomic developments.
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. As best practice, companies should refrain from buying back their shares during the two weeks immediately before semi-annual financial statements and one month immediately before the full-year financial statements.
See also the summary of SGX Listed Companies Share Buy-back Transactions .