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Centurion’s David Loh Raises Stake; Keppel Leads Buyback Tally

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For the 5 trading sessions that spanned May 20 to 26, the Straits Times Index (STI) gained 0.6 per cent, with the FTSE China A50 Index declining 1.1 per cent, the Hang Seng Index dipping 0.5 per cent and the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI sliding 0.8 per cent. 

Overall, institutions were net sellers of Singapore stocks over the 5 sessions with S$109 million of net outflow, following the S$3.4 million of net inflow for the preceding 5 sessions. DBS Group Holdings, OCBC, Ascendas Reit, CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust and Suntec Reit led the net institutional outflows for the 5 sessions through to May 26.

Share buybacks

There were 20 primary-listed stocks conducting share buybacks over the 5 sessions ended May 26, with a total consideration of S$51,483,484, down from the S$67,410,124 million for the preceding 5 sessions.

Keppel Corporation led the consideration tally with 3,644,000 shares bought at an average price of S$6.80 per share. This brought the total amount of shares purchased on its current mandate to 0.86 per cent of its issued shares (excluding treasury shares).

The preceding mandate saw Keppel buy back 1.52 per cent of its issued shares.

On May 24, the company announced that Keppel Offshore & Marine had, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, signed contracts for the bareboat charter of another 2 KFELS B Class rigs to be deployed in the Middle East.

The rigs will be chartered to an established drilling company in the Middle East for deployment in Q4 2022 for a period of 3 years, with options for a year’s extension.

Total revenue from the charters, including the options and modification works by Keppel O&M to prepare the rigs for on-site operations, is expected to be up to S$120 million.

Hong Fok Corporation : H30 0% led the buyback consideration tally for the non-STI stocks over the 5 sessions, purchasing 1,328,000 shares at an average price of 90.1 cents per share.

This brought the total amount of shares purchased on the current mandate to 0.82 per cent of its issued shares (excluding treasury shares).

At the Apr 27 AGM, the chairman of Hong Fok reported that the group had made a good recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic with an increase in revenue mainly from the sale of more residential units in Concourse Skyline, the sale of the last unit at Jewel of Balmoral, higher property management income and dividend income.

Director and substantial shareholder transactions

The 5 trading sessions saw fewer than 70 changes to director interests and substantial shareholdings filed for just over 30 primary-listed stocks.

This included 7 company director acquisitions with 3 disposals filed, while substantial shareholders filed 3 acquisitions and 4 disposals.

Centurion Corporation

Between May 20 and 25, Centurion Corporation executive director and joint chairman David Loh Kim Kang acquired 1,831,300 shares of the purpose-built accommodation developer and manager for a consideration of S$640,955.

At 35.0 cents per share, this took his total interest in from 55.18 per cent to 55.40 per cent.

Loh’s preceding acquisition was in October 2020 with 200,000 shares acquired at 33.5 cents per share. He is responsible for the formulation of corporate and business strategies of the company and leads the execution of strategic growth plans of the group.

He has over 20 years of experience in the investment and brokerage industry and has been a principal and director of Centurion Global Ltd, a controlling shareholder of the company from April 2008 to the present.

On May 10, Centurion provided a business update, highlighting a 47 per cent year-on-year increase in Q1 2022 revenue.

This was attributed to higher contributions mainly from new purpose-built worker accommodation (PBWA) capacity and revenue streams, improved performance in Singapore PBWA accommodation assets, and recovery of occupancies in the UK and Australia purpose-built student accommodation portfolio.

These higher contributions were partly offset by the cessation of operations of dwell Selegie and the conclusion of management contracst for 2 factory-converted workers dormitories in Singapore.

Looking ahead, the company noted that as economies recover from Covid-19, and international travel resuming, populations of migrant workers and international students continue to expand across the geographies where Centurion operates.

ABR Holdings

Between May 23 and 24, ABR Holdings managing director Ang Yee Lim acquired 301,700 shares of the company for a consideration of S$142,721 at an average price of 47.3 cents per share.

This took Ang’s interest in the restaurant operator from 51.71 per cent to 51.86 per cent. His preceding acquisition was on Dec 21 with 120,000 shares acquired at 46.0 cents per share.

ABR Holdings traces its roots to 1979 with the establishment of the 200-seater Swensen’s at Thomson Plaza, the first full-service ice-cream restaurant in Singapore.

Today, ABR operates more than 25 restaurant outlets and the Swensen’s brand has become synonymous with family friendly dining.

Ang was appointed to the board as an executive director in May 2004, and subsequently appointed managing director in July 2004.

He has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage business and more than 30 years of experience in property development and investment in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.


Between May 24 and 25, Low Kheng, spouse of AnnAik executive chairman cum CEO, Ow Chin Seng, purchased 1,794,900 shares of the company for a consideration of $155,292.

At an average price of 8.7 cents per share, this increased Ow’s total interest in the manufacturer and distributor of stainless-steel products from 38.34 per cent to 38.96 per cent.

Ow is primarily responsible for the business and strategic development of the group. With over 40 years of experience in the hardware and steel industry, he has been instrumental in the strategic direction and development of the group.

With last year’s hike in steel prices, strong demand of steel products and contribution of the environmental division, AnnAik achieved an attributable profit in 2021 of S$3.09 million, compared to S$177,000 in 2020.

Dyna-Mac Holdings

On May 26, Dyna-Mac Holdings independent non-executive director Henry Tan Song Kok acquired 500,000 shares of the company at 15.7 cents per share.

With a consideration of S$78,600 this took his direct interest in the global multi-disciplinary contractor to 0.05 per cent.

Tan is also an independent director, on the boards of Asia Vets Holdings, BH Global Corporation, Penguin International and Trans-China Automotive Holdings.

LHT Holdings

On May 24, LHT Holdings managing director, Yap Mui Kee, acquired 49,500 shares of the company for a consideration of S$34,719.

At an average price of 70.1 cents per share, this took her direct interest in the manufacturer of high-quality wooden pallets, boxes, and crates from 14.89 per cent to 14.99 per cent.

Preceding acquisitions saw Yap buy 52,100 shares at 71.0 cents per share on Mar 25, 17,700 shares at 70.0 cents per share on Mar 18 and 24,600 shares of at 69.1 cents per share on Mar 7.

Yap has over 35 years of experience in sales and marketing and plays a key role in exploring opportunities in new markets.

Part of her responsibility is also to monitor market developments and streamline the company’s product development efforts according to market demands.

Yap spearheads the group’s RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) ECR Pallet Tracking System and is actively involved in its ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) pallet rental business in Singapore and Malaysia.

Oxley Holdings

On May 25, Oxley Holdings executive director and deputy CEO Eric Low See Ching acquired 50,000 shares of the company at an average price of 17.7 cents per share, at a consideration of S$8,850.

Low maintains a 28.13 per cent direct interest in Oxley Holdings and is responsible for the operation of the group, including sales and marketing, project development, business development and financial management.

Low also assists the CEO in charting and executing the strategic plans for the group.

Inside Insights is a weekly column on The Business Times, read the original version.

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