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20 SGX Listed Stocks with Most Institutional Fund Inflow In 2022-To-Date Averaged 35% Return


12 December 2022

  • The 20 SGX-listed stocks that have seen the highest net institutional fund inflows in the 2022 year to 9 Dec, with combined net institutional buying of S$3.6 billion, averaged 35% total return for the past 49 weeks. As many as 17 of these 20 stocks outpaced the STI’s 8% total return, and all these 20 stocks outpaced the FTSE Asia Pacific Index 16% decline in total return.

  • Of the 20 stocks’ S$3.6 billion in net institutional buying, more than S$750 million was contributed since 30 Sep, with 17 of these 20 stocks recording net institutional fund inflows over the 10 weeks, led by Sembcorp Marine, Genting Singapore and SingTel. Sembcorp Marine has also been the strongest performer of these 20 stocks over the past 10 weeks.

  • In addition to Sembcorp Marine, these 20 stocks included other non-STI stocks such as Sheng Siong Group and The Hour Glass, while 5 of the non-STI stocks also with market capitalisation below S$1 billion – Riverstone, Hong Fok, Chip Eng Seng, Samudera Shipping and Jiutian Chemical.

Close to 300 Singapore-listed stocks have been recipients to net institutional fund inflows in the 2022 year through to 9 Dec. The 20 stocks currently listed for trading that booked the highest net institutional buying over the 49 weeks, were led by SingTel, OCBC, Keppel Corporation, City Developments and Sembcorp Marine. These 20 stocks contributed 85% of the combined net institutional fund inflows of the close to 300 stocks recipient of net institutional inflows year-to-date.

These 20 stocks also averaged 35% (18% median) total return for the 49 weeks, with 17 of these 20 stocks outpacing the STI’s 8% total return and all the 20 stocks outpacing the FTSE Asia Pacific Index decline in total return. Similarly, as highlighted in a market update last year (see 20 SGX Listed Stocks with Most Net Institutional Fund Inflow Averaged 32% Returns YTD), 17 of the 20 stocks that had booked the highest net institutional fund inflows in the 2021 year to 3 Dec, had outpaced the STI’s year-to-date return then.

The 20 SGX-listed stocks with the highest net institutional fund inflows in the 2022 year to 9 Dec are tabled below.

SGX Listed Stocks
With Highest Net
Institutional Fund Inflows
In 2021 to 3Dec
Fund Inflow
YTD Total
Fund Inflow
QTD Total
SingTel Z74 43,570 889.4 19 19 106.2 2 Telecommunications
OCBC O39 55,283 487.5 13 16 28.7 4 Financial Services
Keppel Corporation BN4 13,105 389.5 54 18 57.2 8 Industrials
City Developments C09 7,437 304.8 27 21 20.6 8 Real Estate (excl. REITs)
Sembcorp Marine S51 4,457 212.0 73 42 148.2 34 Industrials
Jardine Cycle & Carriage C07 11,134 201.1 42 27 44.4 -17 Consumer Cyclicals
Sembcorp Industries U96 5,703 195.6 64 26 7.2 4 Utilities
Genting Singapore G13 10,744 187.4 18 20 116.7 13 Consumer Cyclicals
CapitaLand Investment 9CI 18,564 102.7 10 26 9.8 5 Financial Services
SIA C6L 16,308 97.6 12 17 57.8 10 Industrials
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding BS6 5,333 94.9 106 43 89.4 31 Industrials
CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust C38U 13,403 84.9 2 22 5.5 5 REITs
Sheng Siong OV8 2,481 80.2 18 13 25.5 4 Consumer Non-Cyclicals
Chip Eng Seng C29 588 63.3 91 26 53.6 7 Real Estate (excl. REITs)
Wilmar International F34 25,278 62.4 2 22 -15.2 5 Consumer Non-Cyclicals
The Hour Glass AGS 1,370 41.3 6 34 1.1 0 Consumer Cyclicals
Riverstone AP4 926 32.3 11 48 -1.1 12 Healthcare
Samudera Shipping Line S56 474 24.3 93 59 0.1 6 Industrials
Jiutian Chemical C8R 161 19.8 16 38 -1.7 5 Materials & Resources
Hong Fok H30 787 18.9 28 31 0.6 -2 Real Estate (excl. REITs)
Total 237,108 3,590 755
Average 35 28 7

Source: SGX, Refinitiv, Bloomberg (Data as of 9 Dec 2022).
Note table does not include stocks that have been delisted or are currently suspended for trading.

5 of the above tabled stocks represent the Industrials Sector:

  • Keppel Corporation (SGX:BN4)’s Group revenue (including contributions from discontinued operations) grew 24% to S$6.8 billion in 9M22, from S$5.5 billion in 9M21, underpinned by higher revenue contributions from Keppel Infrastructure, Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), M1 and Keppel Capital. Since the launch of Keppel’s asset monetisation program in Sep 2020, the Group has achieved close to S$4.4 billion and is confident of exceeding its target of S$5 billion of asset monetisation before the end of 2023. Keppel Corporation also conducted a S$500 million buyback program this year, which compared to its less than S$15 million in buybacks 2021. As the Group maintained at its 3Q22 briefing (see announcement), motivations for the buybacks included a call that the share price was still not fully reflective of intrinsic value and, more importantly, this was also currency that the Group could use for potential M&A transactions.

  • Sembcorp Marine (SGX:S51) entered into an agreement for a proposed combination of Sembcorp Marine and a restructured Keppel O&M back in April, before the agreement was revised in October, effecting the proposed combination via a direct acquisition with a simplified transaction structure and improved terms. At the same time, from the start of 2022, the Group had a total of 21 projects under execution with 12 projects scheduled for completion and delivery in 2022. This includes the P-82 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) contract, worth approximately S$4.25 billion, and the largest EPC contract secured by Sembcorp Marine from Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil and gas producer. The Group noted in mid-November it continues to see improvement in order visibility, underpinned by high energy prices, renewed concerns of energy security in the wake of geopolitical tensions, and acceleration of the energy transition towards renewables. Renewable wind energy and other cleaner and green solutions now account for approximately 34% of the Group’s net order book (see announcement).

  • Singapore Airlines (SIA, SGX:C6L) reported its highest half year and quarterly operating profit in history on 4 Nov 2022, with the Group resuming its dividend payments. This coincided with demand for air travel surging after Singapore fully reopened to vaccinated travelers in April 2022, and border restrictions eased across many key markets with Singapore Airlines and Scoot carried 11.4 million passengers during the six months to 30 September 2022, a 13-fold jump from a year before (see announcement). Passenger capacity also rose to an average of 68% of pre-pandemic levels in the Sep quarter. On 29 Nov, Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons agreed to merge Air India and Vistara, with SIA also investing S$360 million in Air India as part of the transaction. This would give Singapore Airlines a 25.1% stake in an enlarged Air India group with a significant presence in all key market segments, with the merger subject to regulatory approval and expected to be completed by March 2024. (see announcement)

  • Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (SGX:BS6) delivered a 70% y-o-y increase in 1H22 revenue to RMB9.7 billion, backed by higher contribution from all segments (see announcement). The orderbook stood at 143 vessels worth US$10.3 billion in contract value, as of 13 Nov, which are slated for deliveries from now to 2026. The Jiangsu-based shipbuilder has also benefited from the appreciating US Dollar this year and spun-off Yangzijiang Financial (SGX:YF8). (see announcement)

  • Samudera Shipping Line (SGX:S56) announced on 28 Oct that a preliminary assessment of its Financial Results showed the Group has recorded a significant improvement in revenue and earnings for 9M22 as compared to 9M21. This was primarily due to an increase in container volume handled and higher freight rates in 2022. The Group added that barring unforeseen circumstances, its performance for the full year ended 31 December 2022 is expected to be significantly better than its performance for 2021 (see announcement). Back on 28 Jul, the Group recorded a 127.8% growth in revenue for 1H22 to US$476.2 million, compared to US$209.1 million in 1H21. Primarily engaged in container shipping transportation of cargo in the Asia region, the Group’s vessels and services currently ply trade routes connecting various ports in Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East, and the Middle East.

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