Our Dim Sum Portfolio gained 10% in 2H2017 -- not exactly a sizzling return though it's almost double the 5.5% achieved by the Straits Times Index in the same period.

The portfolio, which began life six months ago, had one really outstanding stock -- Tawana Resources, which gained 91.7%.

construct10.17Infrastructure being put up @ Bald Hill project of AMA and Tawana. Photo: CompanyAussie-listed Tawana is the JV partner of Alliance Mineral Assets (AMA), which has done respectably with a 18.8% gain in 2H2017.

For the full year, Singapore-listed AMA returned a whopping 322% (surging from 9 cents to 38 cents) while Tawana, 360%, (from 10 cents to 46 cents) as their project in Australia raced to become the next producer of lithium concentrate globally in early 2018.

Here's how each stock did:

 

Buy price ($)

Dividend

29 Dec ‘17
 share price ($)

% gain (loss)

Alliance Mineral Assets

0.32

 

0.38

18.8

Cityneon

0.97

 

0.935

-3.6

CNMC

0.26

 

0.26

0

Del Monte

0.32

0.0061

0.275

-12.2

DISA

0.013

 

0.015

15.4

GSS Energy

0.164

 

0.162

-1.2

HL Global

0.41

 

0.485

18.3

InnoTek

0.38

 

0.36

-5.3

IPS Securex

0.83

0.73

-12.0

Mandarin Oriental

2.06

0.015

2.02

-1.2

Nordic

0.38

0.00653

0.56

49.1

Singapura Finance*

1.03

 

1.01

-1.9

SunMoon

0.108

 

0.092

-14.8

Tawana Resources

0.24

0.46

91.7

United Global

0.35

0.385

10.0

Average

     

10.1

*Singapura Finance was sold in Sept 2017


The 15 stock ideas came from 11 investors, hence it's a dim sum meal made up of various risk profiles, various return potential, etc. 

But all are supposed to be "tasty" for some reason or other, and a few hold the promise of sizzling returns. 

One of the stock pickers is adding Sayona Mining, an Aussie-listed lithium miner, to the portfolio at the current price of 7 cents.

Together with Tawana and AMA, the addition of Sayona is to ride on a global phenomenon: New cars will increasingly be powered by lithium-ion batteries. (For an analyst report on Sayona, click here

The starting batch of stock ideas in the portfolio was reported in . 

For simplicity, the portfolio's gain was based on each stock's end-Dec price and original entry price, and dividends received, if any. And each stock had equal weightage in the portfolio. 

The Dim Sum portfolio succeeded the Nasi Lemak portfolio, which had an impressive trajectory over two years that led to a 143% gain.

That portfolio has ceased in order to make way for brand new stock ideas. (See: 
 )

 

Returns incl dividends (%)

AP Oil

12.0

CapitaLand

18.0

Chip Eng Seng

18.4

CNMC

-30.5

Cogent

49.3

DBS

21.0

Golden Energy & Resources

-25.2

Keong Hong Holdings

20.8

Memtech

13.0

Old Chang Kee

-1.2

Sarine Technologies

-44.9

Second Chance

-1.9

Singapore Exchange

1.7

Straits Trading

-5.6

The Hour Glass

0.8

UOL Group

28.9

Venture Corp

104.5

The Edge Singapore reported that its portfolio ended 2017 with a 14% gain for the full year, inclusive of dividends.

The Straits Times Index gained 20.4%, in comparison.

Here's The Edge Singapore portfolio (see table) as it ended 2017. Not shown are dividends collected and realised gains & losses, and cash holding.

For the full-page report, go buy a copy of the weekly at the newsstands for $5.


Note: The Dim Sum Portfolio reflects the diverse investment interests and perspectives of 11 investors and are not a recommendation for any reader's investment. 


Share Prices

Counter NameLastChange
AEM Holdings6.1200.090
Alliance Mineral0.3650.005
AusGroup0.049-0.002
Avi-Tech Electronics0.460-0.005
Best World Int.1.530-0.020
China Sunsine1.500-
DISA Limited0.010-
Dutech Holdings0.2800.005
Federal Int. (2000)0.345-
Food Empire0.655-0.005
Geo Energy0.220-
Golden Energy0.3700.005
GSS Energy0.151-0.002
Heeton Holdings0.570-
ISOTeam0.365-
KSH Holdings0.6400.005
Lian Beng Group0.6000.005
Miyoshi0.069-0.001
Nordic Group0.5400.005
Oxley Holdings0.480-
REX International0.051-
Riverstone1.050-
Roxy-Pacific0.515-0.005
Serial System0.166-0.006
Sing Holdings0.440-
Sino Grandness0.195-0.002
Straco Corp.0.790-
Sunningdale Tech1.270-0.030
Sunpower Group0.475-0.015
The Trendlines0.1280.005
Tiong Seng0.395-
Trek 2000 Int.0.1540.002
Uni-Asia Group1.3900.050
XMH Holdings0.300-
Yangzijiang Shipbldg1.170-0.010

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