Yinda Infocomm, under new controlling shareholders, is expanding from servicing communications networks to taking substantial stakes in companies providing biometric and digital identity technology. It seems that the prospects of moving into this new area have sent Yinda’s share price to an all-time high.

Over the past year, Yinda is the best performing stock on the SGX, chalking up a gain of 3,130% to close at 35 cents on May 27. The runner up is The Place Holdings, up 957% over the same period. In January, Yinda announced it was investing $35 million for a 51% stake in an entity called International Biometrics, which in turn holds 99% of PT International Biometrics, described as a leading provider of identity management biometric software in Indonesia.

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