One way to determine how cheap or expensive stocks are in the local stock market is to look at the number of net-net stocks that are available.
A net-net stock is a stock with a market capitalisation that is lower than its net current asset value. The net current asset value can be calculated using the following formula:
Net current asset value = Total current assets – Total liabilities
In theory, a net-net stock is a steal as investors can get a discount on the company’s current assets, such as cash, after stripping off all liabilities. Moreover, the company’s fixed assets, such as properties, are thrown into the mix for free.
Having said that, net-net stocks are usually businesses that are in serious trouble and have terrible business fundamentals. This means that investors who invest in these companies are also at risk of losing their capital if things continue going south.
That is one key reason why diversification is critical when investing in net-net stocks. The father of value investing, Benjamin Graham, who liked to invest in net-net stocks, tried to mitigate risks by diversifying widely amongst net-net stocks.
There were 95 net-net stocks as of 16 April 2018. Let’s look at 30 of them sorted out according to the following three lists:
1) The 10 net-net stocks that have the lowest market-capitalisation-to-net-current-asset-value ratio;
2) The 10 net-net stocks with the largest market capitalisations; and
3) The 10 largest net-net stocks that have positive net income over the last 12 months, as well as more cash than debt on their balance sheets.
Here are the 10 stocks in the first list: Ace Achieve Infocom Limited (SGX: A75), China Taisan Tech Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: AZW), Dukang Distillers Holdings Ltd (SGX: BKV), Pan Hong Holdings Group Ltd (SGX: P36), China Haida Ltd (SGX: C92), China Sports International Limited (SGX: FQ8), Swing Media Technology Group Ltd (SGX: BEV), Matex International Ltd (SGX: M15), Full Apex (Holdings) Ltd (SGX: BTY) and Luxking Group Holdings Limited (SGX: BKK).Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence
Here are the 10 stocks in the second list: UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Limited (SGX: U10), Hong Leong Asia Ltd (SGX: H22), Sino Grandness Food Industry Group Ltd (SGX: T4B), Cortina Holdings Limited (SGX: C41), YHI International Ltd (SGX: BPF), Hanwell Holdings Ltd (SGX: DM0), Sinostar PEC Holdings Limited (SGX: C9Q), Goodland Group Ltd (SGX: 5PC), Ellipsiz Ltd (SGX: BIX) and Nam Lee Pressed Metal Industries Ltd (SGX: G0I).Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence
Lastly, here are the stocks in the third list: Hanwell Holdings Ltd, Sinostar PEC Holdings Limited, Ellipsiz Ltd, Nam Lee Pressed Metal Industries Ltd, Multi-Chem Ltd (SGX: AWZ), Datapulse Technology Limited (SGX: BKW), ISDN Holdings Ltd (SGX: I07), Allied Technologies Ltd (SGX: A13), Asia Enterprises Holdings Limited (SGX: A55) and CDW Holding Limited (SGX: BXE).Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence
We are not recommending that investors buy or sell any of the stocks mentioned above. The purpose here is to merely share the names of some of Singapore’s cheapest stocks at the moment for your own further research.
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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore contributor Sudhan P doesn't own shares in any companies mentioned.