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Summary of August 2015 Transactions

Strait Times Index August 2015

As my mindset shifted from being a value investor to an income investor, I made a drastic decision to update my portfolio. Given the current market turmoil, it was certainly a wrong timing to sell but I knew that some of my holdings are bought purely on speculation few years ago and if I did not sell now, losses will compound. I sold Amara Holdings, Boustead Projects, K1 Ventures and Second Chance Properties Ltd. I am not saying these few stocks are not good but it is just that I did not understand or did my home work on them prior to buying them. E.g. I bought Second Chance because of its high yield but I did not study in depth into its fundamentals. Read More

Amara Holdings – Weak 2Q 2015

Amara

The Singapore Tourism Board has moderated its forecast for 2015 to 15.5 million visitor arrivals. However, with the additional room supply in 2015, the hospitality sector could be challenging.

The launching of key initiatives such as a S$35 million partnership with Changi Airport Group and a S$20 million global marketing campaign aim to improve visitor arrivals.

Group revenue for 2Q 2015 decreased marginally by 3% to $19.1 million, from $19.7 million in 2Q 2014. This was due to absence of revenue from development property sold, partially offset against higher revenue from Hotel Investment and Management segment and rental income from investment properties in the Property Investment and Development segment. Read More

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