Monday, October 31, 2011

Singapore Kindness Movement.

I always believe in being courteous. However, there are times when I just feel like bashing in some people's faces. These are people who do not appreciate courtesy and are totally inconsiderate.

This world would be a much nicer place to live in if everyone is more considerate and courteous towards one another. Is it so hard to show consideration and courtesy?

Do you use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’

REITs and rights issues: Dilutive or not?

I was not the best Science student, that is for sure. I made the switch from Science to Arts at the advice of my school principal when I was in secondary school and that was probably the best advice during my school days in terms of my academic life.

I do, however, remember the scientific concept of "dilution". To me, it is quite simple. If I had half a glass of orange juice and I added half a

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cache Logistics Trust: 3Q 2011.

A DPU of 2.095c has been declared and this is an 8% increase year on year. Annualised at 8.38c, it would translate to a distribution yield of 8.38% at the last traded price of $1 per unit. Not bad. That would explain the strength of the unit price in the days running up to the announcement.

Occupancy: 100%.
Gearing: 30.4%.
Interest cover ratio: 8.3x.
Total assets: >$830m.
Financing cost reduced

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tea with AK71: My weaknesses (Part 2).

Not too long ago, I indulged in one of my weaknesses... on two occasions... at Andersen's of Denmark.

Visit 1: Fondue for one. I chose this because there were bits of fruits and being the rational me who is trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, it was a healthier choice. Wait a minute, a healthier choice in an ice cream outlet? Hmmm... Nah, I am over-analysing. Healthier, it is! ;p

Visit 2:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

McDonald’s Monopoly has found its $80,000 cash winner.

I guess I will try to win the Volkswagen Touran now. Actually, just winning a Macbook Air would make me really happy. I need Tanjong Rhu!

See all remaining prizes at

Get your game labels at McDonald’s restaurants today! Double labels on weekends! Good luck!

CPL, CMA and NOL: Resistance levels to look out for.

We had a very nice rally today. The upward march on the STI was almost uninterupted all the way from the start of the session. In an earlier blog post on 17 October, I mentioned that there seems to be a bias for further upward movement and it has taken almost two weeks to materialise.

Now that a rally is underway, for investors who are already vested, do we ask if the rally could continue

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tea with AK71: Healthy and economical lunch.

What am I having for lunch today?

This is easy to prepare and to bring to work. Easy to wash up too.

This meal is high in fibre and full of natural goodness. Lower in glycaemic index than ground oats, I also prefer raw rolled oats to instant oats which are pre-cooked and dried.

Although instant oats are convenient, just add hot water and they are ready to eat, they are not as chewy,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mind Your Money: Budgeting.

I have the pleasure of watching "Mind Your Money" on XIN MSN this evening. The first episode is on budgeting. It is basically about managing personal cash flow.

If people were to ask me how I grew my money, I would say that I spend as little as possible and save and invest the rest. So, it all starts with budgeting.

I wrote a piece on wage slaves before which attracted quite a few comments.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Further credit tightening is almost a given.

I was talking to a friend whose family controls a public listed company in Singapore and he is very optimistic about Singapore, very confident that we will not suffer a recession. Although I reminded him that in the last global financial crisis, only China, India and Indonesia escaped a recession, he remains very optimistic. Is this optimism the norm?

Many think that the housing prices in

First REIT: Bumper distribution 3Q 2011.

Ex-rights, with a pro forma DPU of 6.4c for 2011, I estimated First REIT's fair value to be at 80c per unit many moons ago. This was based on an expectation that 8% distribution yield was fair for the REIT. With the latest announcement of a DPU of 1.92c for 3Q 2011, is the estimated fair value of 80c outdated and probably too low?

I still hold the units I bought during the last bear market at

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tea with AK71: Breakfast at Long John Silver's.

I think breakfast at Long John Silver's compared to McDonald's offers better value for money.

Thick slices of toast with turkey bacon, eggs and cheese. Yummy! I am not crazy about the hash brown though.

Iced Milo! Slurp!

Price: $5.10 with tea or coffee. Add 50c to upgrade to an iced Milo. :)

From their website:

Caution: Waiting time can be quite long if they are busy. I would usually

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sabana REIT: 3Q FY2011.

Sabana REIT together with AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT are my top investments at the moment. Together, they account for a lion's share of my passive income generated from investments in the Singapore stock market.

Sabana REIT has declared a DPU of 2.14c for 3Q FY2011. Based on today's closing price of 91c per unit, this represents a distribution yield of 9.4% based on an annualised DPU of

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Old Chang Kee: Initiated a long position at 26c.

If we go out in the evenings or on weekends, we will see most of the restaurants packed and some of the more popular ones even have long queues. A friend of mine invested in Soup Restaurant which gives its shareholders a card that gives a 15% discount off the total bill for dining at their outlets.

Personally, I like going to Soup Restaurant too. However, I think of it as more upmarket, similar

Monday, October 17, 2011

K-REIT: 17 for 20 rights issue.

K-REIT will be seeking approval at an EGM for a rights issue priced at 85c per rights unit. This is to partially fund the purchase of Ocean Financial Centre. Mr. Market does not like this whole deal and sold down the units to a low of 93c this morning.

What do I think? Well, the whole exercise is expected to be DPU accretive which is something investors for income want to see. DPU is expected to

Hock Lian Seng: Insider buying.

There has been quite a bit of insider buying going on in Hock Lian Seng as its share price plunged in recent weeks to hit a new low of 23.5c. I know Hock Lian Seng to have a rather robust business although it is in a cyclical industry. So, I decided to take a look at its numbers.

Revenue for 1H 2011 reduced 32.3% compared to 1H 2010 due to the completion of  Marina Bay Station project. Other

NOL: A messy ascending triangle?

Could this be an ascending triangle I see in NOL's chart?

Although ascending triangles are usually seen as a continuation pattern in an uptrend, a breakout could send NOL's share price higher to test resistance provided by the descending 100dMA which is currently at $1.32.

The 20dMA is set to form a golden cross with the 50dMA and is likely to provide immediate support at $1.115 in case of a

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tea with AK71: Visit a sky garden.

In the last few years, sky gardens have become the rage or at least I think so. Many condominiums also have sky gardens these days and they are apparently good selling points.

The very enterprising Marina Bay Sands even charge a fee to enter their sky garden (aka SkyPark) which is probably the tallest one in Singapore at 200m above ground. Personally, I wouldn't bother paying $20 just to gain

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cambridge Industrial Trust: Worth another look.

I was looking at Cambridge Industrial Trust's latest presentation slides. It could be worth another look as its income could bump up quite meaningfully in 2012 and 2013.

Latest numbers:
Gearing: 33.1%
(No refinancing due till 2014.)
NTA/unit: 61.7c
Interest cover ratio: 5.1x
DPU: 1.082c

What I find attractive:
1. Built-To-Suit Project at Tuas View Circuit. Completion by 3Q 2012.

Capitaland, CapitaMalls Asia and NOL: Closing charts.


Volume increased over the last session but the bulls were not strong enough to have the share price close above the 50dMA. Closing at $2.52 is where we find resistance provided by the declining 50dMA.

Although price did touch a high of $2.56, forming a white spinning top suggests indecision and is a sign of weakness.

The counter has, in the meantime, broken out of its immediate

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CapitaMalls Asia: Watch the 50dMA.

The MACD has formed a higher low together with a higher low in share price last week. Momentum has clearly improved and we could have found a floor here, if not the bottom.

Closing at $1.25 in the last session meant that the resistance provided by the declining 50dMA was still valid. This morning, thus far, price action is flirting with this MA.

Could we see the share price closing above the

Capitaland: Positive divergence.

Capitaland spots a positive divergence. As price formed a new low on 4 Oct, it is clear a few sessions later that the MACD has formed a higher low. The MACD is a lagging indicator just like other momentum oscillators. So, things are usually clearer a few sessions later. Acting before a clearer picture forms would be to pre-empt.

That the MACD formed a bullish crossover with the signal line in

NOL: Found a floor.

It seems to me that NOL's share price has found a floor, if not the bottom.

If we were to draw a trendline connecting the highs since 5 Jan 11, it is obvious that the long term downtrend remains intact. This trendline approximates the declining 100dMA which makes this the MA to watch. Then, why do I say the share price has found a floor?

Looking at the MACD, we see that it has been rising

ARA: Divested at $1.26 and $1.30.

Trading volume for ARA expanded today, being the highest in six sessions, which helped to form a long wickless white candle. This is the most bullish of candles. Could we see its share price climbing higher tomorrow? We could.

However, I have completely divested my long position in ARA and would not be able to benefit from further appreciation in its share price, if any. Completely? Yes. My

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tea with AK71: A short fairy tale!

I would like to share this fairy tale (which could be a reality for some of us):

Thanks to a cboxer, Patty, for sharing this with me.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. ;-p

ARA: Partial divestment at $1.18.

On 7 October, I said in a blog post that the 61.8% Fibo line "approximates $1.18 and this is also where gap close could take place if the resistance at $1.16 could be taken out convincingly". My overnight sell order at $1.18 was filled.

Closing at $1.205 is exactly where we find the declining 20dMA today. This also coincides with the declining trendline connecting the tops of 1, 9 and 21 Sep.

Courage Marine: Bought more at 10c per share.

For a while, it looked as if a double top was forming in the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). Well, the potential double top formation has been negated as the BDI broke resistance and looks set to form a higher high.

As most of Courage Marine's business is on a per trip basis and at spot rate, a higher BDI is good news for the company. If the BDI continues to rise into winter, it could turn out to be

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tea with AK71: Alkaline water.

In recent months, I kept being bombarded by news about alkaline water. I hear about it on the radio. I read about it in the magazines and newspapers. I read about it in flyers given out at shopping malls. Is alkaline water really so amazing?

A few days ago, when I was shopping at NTUC Fairprice. I saw alkaline water on sale! These bottles were placed together with bottles of mineral water and

Friday, October 7, 2011

ARA: Partial divestment at $1.155.

When I was looking at ARA's chart last night, I decided that I should do a partial divestment. I would sell those shares I bought on 4 Oct, Tuesday.

Why? Volume was relatively thin. Up days accompanied by such thin volume are suspicious.

I decided that there would be resistance at $1.16 because that was the price at the start of two long black candle days and with high volume to boot.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT: 2Q FY2012.

AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT has suffered from negative sentiments and from some bigotry in the local investment community, no thanks in part to the acrimonious recapitalisation process of the former MI-REIT.

However, investors who were objective enough to recognise the stronger recapitalised REIT would have enjoyed some rather attractive income in the last two years.

AIMS AMP Capital

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

LMIR: Circular to unitholders.

Two days ago, LMIR issued to unitholders a circular regarding the EGM to be held on 20 Oct with regards to the proposed acquisitions of Pluit Village and Medan Fair as well as the proposed 1 for 1 rights issue.

The management provided two sets of numbers, one which looks at FY2010 and another looks at 6M 2011. I would like to be a bit creative with the numbers to determine if LMIR is worth

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ARA: A trading buy?


I remember reading an article recently in which Warren Buffet said he has his elephant gun ready and will scoop up undervalued companies if they should present themselves. With so much fear in the air and likely to get worse, we should do the same.
Do not feel fearful when there is so much fear in the air. Instead, get ready to load up on cheap stocks which, by the

Sunday, October 2, 2011

LMIR: Will I subscribe to the rights issue?

It is clear that my complaint about the proposed rights issue is that it is not distribution yield accretive. In fact, it seems to me that the distribution yield could suffer quite significantly, post rights issue.

If I were to subscribe to the rights issue, it would be with the believe that the management will acquire more malls which are NPI yield accretive in the not too distant future using

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Office S-REITs VS Industrial S-REITs (2).

I thought I should share some information which I have taken from CBRE's report in Q2 2011 as I have recently received questions from readers on REITs which derive income from office space rentals in Singapore.

For office space, it is expected that "vacancy levels rises (are) inevitable in the next 6 to 12 months. This is the result of increased levels of new supply coming on-stream in addition