In print this week

Singapore unveils a Quick Response to going cashless, but habits may be hard to break

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): When 36-year-old Mark Ng first moved to Shanghai in 2014 as a senior editor for an advertising firm, he was awestruck by the ease and prevalence of WeChat and Alipay, China’s two popular mobile-based payment systems.

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Bumitama Agri delivers attractive ROE, aims for steady growth with young trees

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): In 2012, a billboard advertisement in Raffles Place for Bumitama Agri carried an eye-catching slogan: “Mum was wrong. Slow and steady doesn’t win the race.” The oil palm grower was listed on the Singapore Exchange that year, propelling the controlling Lim family of Indonesia and their family-owned conglomerate, Harita Group, into the international arena.

Fintech

Singapore Millennials, get ready for a fintech Revolut-ion

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Revolut, a commission-free trading service for stocks and other securities targeted at investors aged between 25 and 35, is coming to Singapore soon.

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Stylish moments

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Javier Bardem and Dev Patel have reunited with director Craig McDean for the fourth edition of Ermenegildo Zegna’s Defining Moments campaign. The previous campaign starring the two was set in the sunny hills near Los Angeles. This time round, they explore Madrid decked out in Zegna’s stylish Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The Italian fashion powerhouse has clearly hit the right formula with the Defining Moments series of campaigns. The debut campaign starred veteran actor Robert de Niro and up-and-coming thespian McCaul Lombardi. The men are poles apart in terms of experience, but the campaign captured the conversation and camaraderie between them. The next campaign matched de Niro with dancer-turned-choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Filmed in New York City, it featured them talking about the role the city played in their respective careers.

M&A

Tuan Sing acquires initial stake in Hainan mega project for $15 mil

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Tuan Sing Holdings has acquired an initial 7.8% stake in China’s Sanya Summer Real Estate (SSRE) – whose incumbent shareholder is Hainan Summer Property Development, a developer and then operator of two retail malls in Hainan – for RMB75 million ($15 million).

M&A

Singapore 9M M&A activity down 18% from a year ago: Thomson Reuters

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Overall Singapore mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity reached US$54.3 billion ($74 billion) so far this year, down 18.5% after a strong period in the first nine months of 2017 (9M17), but still elevated compared to historical levels, according to a preliminary review

In print this week

Smaller club this year, but with new entrants

SINGAPORE (Sept 21): There are quite a number of new entrants to The Edge Billion Dollar Club 2018 rankings this year, as more companies became eligible for scoring.

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Singapore unveils a Quick Response to going cashless, but habits may be hard to break
SINGAPORE (Sept 24): When 36-year-old Mark Ng first moved to Shanghai in 2014 as a senior editor...
Singapore Millennials, get ready for a fintech Revolut-ion
SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Revolut, a commission-free trading service for stocks and other securities...
Tuan Sing acquires initial stake in Hainan mega project for $15 mil
SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Tuan Sing Holdings has acquired an initial 7.8% stake in China’s Sanya Summer...
Bumitama Agri delivers attractive ROE, aims for steady growth with young trees

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): In 2012, a billboard advertisement in Raffles Place for Bumitama Agri carried a

Portfolio

Housing in Malaysia: Issue is not availability but affordability
SINGAPORE (Sept 24): There has been much discussion on the adequacy of the current (affordable) housing supply and, crucially, the lack of homeownership in Malaysia.  Statistics suggest that there are enough houses built in the country....
The calm before the storm? Not really
SINGAPORE (Sept 17): US stocks have been largely impervious to the brewing turmoil in emerging markets so far this year, hovering near record high levels even as stocks in the latter are being buffeted by trade tensions and contagion fears. We...
Macro and geopolitical issues overshadow fundamentals
SINGAPORE (Sept  10): Globally, equity markets got off to a shaky start in September, which is historically not a good month for stocks if you are the superstitious kind. That said, there are reasons for caution. Trade tensions remain high....
From sovereign wealth fund to sovereign catalytic investor
SINGAPORE (Sept 3): Khazanah Nasional was formed in 1993 as a strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia. Its stated objectives are to “hold-manage select commercial assets of the government, undertake strategic investments on...
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