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Sembcorp To Rejoin The MSCI Singapore Index In September 2023; Venture Corp Out


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14 August 2023

  • Sembcorp Industries will rejoin the MSCI Singapore Index with effect from the close of trading on 31 Aug 2023. The leading energy and urban development player was omitted from the Index back on 29 May 2020 amid the broader market volatility brought on by the onset on COVID-19.

  • From its MSCI Singapore Index deletion on 29 May 2020 through to the 11 August 2023 close, Sembcorp Industries market capitalisation has more than quadrupled from S$2.4 billion to S$10.6 billion. Sembcorp Industries completed its landmark demerger with Sembcorp Marine (now Seatrium) in 2020, and has pressed on with its 2025 target for 70% of its net profit to be generated by sustainable solutions.

  • Venture Corp will also be removed from the Index on the close of 31 Aug. Unlike the STI, the MSCI Singapore Index does not maintain a limit on the number of constituents which currently includes 22 stocks, including NYSE-listed SEA and Nasdaq-listed Grab Holdings. Jardine Matheson & Hongkong Land are currently a part of the MSCI Hong Kong Index.

  • Dividends boosted the MSCI Singapore Index total return in the 2023 year to 11 August to 6.3%. The trio of DBS, OCBC & UOB comprise 46% of the MSCI Singapore Index weights. DBS is also the largest weight of the MSCI AC ASEAN High Dividend Yield Index, with OCBC and UOB ranking as the third and fourth largest weight, as of 31 July.




The MSCI Singapore Index (SIMSCI) comprises 22 stocks, which includes 20 stocks that are also a part of the Straits Times Index (STI), in addition to the NYSE-listed SEA and Nasdaq-listed Grab Holdings. SEA reported two-thirds of its 2022 revenue to South East Asia, and Grab Holdings reported all of its 2022 revenue to South East Asia, with 36% of Grab Holding’s revenue reported to Malaysia and 21% reported to Singapore. Together Sea and Grab Holdings maintain 13% of the SIMSCI weights, retreating 3 percentage points year-on-year.

STI constituents Jardine Matheson and Hongkong Land are currently a part of the MSCI Hong Kong Index.



Sembcorp Industries Re-joins SIMSCI

Sembcorp Industries (SGX:U96) will join the SIMSCI on the close of 31 August 2023 and Venture Corporation (SGX:V03) will be omitted from the Index.

  • Sembcorp has outpaced all of the current 22 SIMSCI constituents (tabled below) in the 2023 year to 11 August, with a 77% total return.
  • Sembcorp has also averaged S$23 million in average daily trading turnover in the 2023 year to 11 August, compared to S$14 million in 2022.
  • Sembcorp has booked the most net institutional inflow in the local market this year, with S$162 million of net inflow as of 11 August.
  • From its deletion from the SIMSCI on 29 May 2020, through to the 11 August 2023 close, Sembcorp's market capitalisation has more than quadrupled from S$2.4 billion to S$10.6 billion.
Sembcorp completed its landmark demerger with Sembcorp Marine (now Seatrium (SGX:S51)) in 2020, and has pressed on with its 2025 target for 70% of its net profit to be generated by sustainable solutions.

In Sembcorp's announcement dated 4 Aug on 1H23 earnings, it attributed its strong performance in 1H23 to the conventional energy segment which saw higher power prices in the Singapore electricity market and increased operational capacity in the Renewables segment. Sembcorp's gross renewables capacity (installed and under development) totalled 11.9GW as of June 2023.



Performance Of The MSCI Singapore Index Constituents
Current MSCI Singapore Index Constituents SGX
Code
Market Cap
S$m
YTD Total Return
(In SGD)
%
11 Aug
Close Price
5-Year
Beta
DBS D05 86,709 5 S$33.62 1.34
OCBC O39 58,801 11 S$13.08 1.13
UOB U11 48,504 0 S$28.98 1.23
Sea ADR SE 44,178 12 US$57.62 N/A
SingTel Z74 40,286 -2 S$2.44 0.93
Wilmar F34 23,785 -6 S$3.81 0.72
SIA C6L 21,950 39 S$7.38 1.25
Grab Holdings GRAB 18,312 10 US$3.50 N/A
CapitaLand Investment 9CI 16,287 -10 S$3.18 1.11
Jardine Cycle & Carriage C07 13,426 23 S$33.97 0.98
CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust C38U 12,838 0 S$1.93 0.83
Keppel Corp BN4 12,529 58 S$7.11 1.10
CapitaLand Ascendas REIT A17U 12,074 6 S$2.75 0.46
ST Engineering S63 11,782 15 S$3.78 0.80
Genting Singapore G13 11,529 2 S$0.955 1.15
SGX S68 10,242 9 S$9.59 0.37
Sembcorp Marine S51 9,209 -2 S$0.135 1.90
Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust N2IU 8,232 -2 S$1.57 0.75
Mapletree Logistics Trust M44U 8,206 9 S$1.66 0.48
City Developments C09 6,221 -15 S$6.86 1.33
UOL Group U14 5,694 3 S$6.74 0.96
Venture Corp V03 4,105 -15 S$14.11 0.76

Note: Beta is not available in the SGX Stock Screener for SEA ADR and Grab Holdings.
Source: SGX, Refinitiv. Data as of 11 August 2023.



SIMSCI Heavyweights Boosted Year-To-Date Index Total Return

The SIMSCI has generated a 2.6% price gain in the 2023 year to 11 August, with dividend distributions extending the total return to 6.3%. With the trio of DBS, OCBC and UOB comprising 46% of the Index, the SIMSCI maintains a comparatively high dividend yield.

As of 31 July, DBS ranked as the seventh largest weight of the MSCI AC Asia Pacific High Dividend Yield Index with a 2.3% weight, a fivefold increase from its 0.4% weight in the parent MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index.

DBS is also the largest weight of the MSCI AC ASEAN High Dividend Yield Index, with OCBC and UOB ranking as the third and fourth largest weight, as of 31 July.

According to MSCI, the MSCI AC Asia Pacific High Dividend Yield Index construction starts with a dividend screening process and only securities with a track record of consistent dividend payments and with the capacity to sustain dividend payouts into the future are eligible index constituents. Securities are also screened based on certain “quality” factors such as return on equity (ROE), earnings variability, debt to equity, and recent 12-month price performance.

DBS reported a record quarterly high ROE of 19.2% in 2Q23. At the May Investor Day, DBS’ CFO highlighted that successful digital transformation since 2015 led to a higher ROE that in 2022 ranked in the top decile of the globe’s 100 largest banks.



Recent Comparative Performances

The SIMSCI (in SGD) maintained a 120-day correlation co-efficient of 0.77 to the MSCI AC ASEAN Index (in USD) as of the 11 August close, compared to a 0.81 correlation co-efficient to the STI. Over the past 12 months, the rolling 120 day correlation co-efficient of the SIMSCI to the MSCI AC ASEAN Index ranged from a high of 0.80 to a low of 0.68. Recently, on 28 July, the price ratio spread of the SIMSCI SGD to the MSCI AC ASEAN Index, moved from below the 12-month mean to above the mean.

Relative Performance of MSCI Singapore Index (SIMSCI)


Over the first 32 weeks of 2023, the SIMSCI outpaced the FTSE China A50 Index, while lagging the Nikkei 225 Index. This sees the price ratio spread of the SIMSCI to the FTSE China A50 Index (in USD) currently more than one standard deviation above the 12-month mean, while the price ratio spread of the SIMSCI to the Nikkei 225 Index (in JPY) is more than one standard deviation below the 12-month mean.







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