What Singaporeans need to know about Temasek's portfolio performance in 2021

An executive prepares to take the stage during the annual Temasek Review in Singapore, on July 7, 2016.
PHOTO: Reuters

We are a year on, into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our world has changed as we lived in the shadow of this horrible virus.

The world now embarks on a new challenge of having the deal with new variants which can infect the population faster than we can get the world vaccinated.

With “business as usual” still a long way to go, coupled with the constant threat of global warming, the world will be challenged with having to transit towards a new norm while finding a way to be Earth-friendly.

Having summarised the challenges that the world faced over the past year, we now dive deeper into the performance of Temasek Holdings.

Temasek’s portfolio performance

Despite various challenges, Temasek announced that it closed the financial year ended 31 March 2021 with a Net Portfolio Value (NPV) of S$381 billion. This is an increase of S$75 billion when compared to Temasek’s portfolio in the year 2020 .

Here are some takeaways from this announcement.

Temasek’s portfolio value of $381 Billion

Temasek reports a net portfolio value (NPV) of $381 billion for the financial year ended March 31, 2021.

Temasek also managed to achieve a One-Year Total Shareholder Return (TSR) of 24.53 per cent. This is actually quite a good result given that we experienced a decrease in one-year total shareholder return (TSR) last year.

To give more context on this performance, the Total Shareholder Return (TSR) since 1974 was an annualised return of 14 per cent compounded over 47 years; 20-year TSR was 8 per cent, and 10-year TSR was 7 per cent.

During the year, Temasek

  • Invested $49 billion
  • Divested $39 billion

Do note that TSR takes into account all dividends distributed to the shareholder, less any capital injections.

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Temasek portfolio vs indexes around the world

As usual, we look to compare the performance of the Temasek portfolio with indexes around the world just to give a bit more context to the type of return Temasek is getting. We understand that it is not the most accurate comparison.

Portfolio/ Indices Performance over the last financial year
Temasek portfolio 24.53 per cent
MSCI World Index 39.04 per cent
MSCI Emerging Markets 40.90 per cent
MSCI Asia ex-Japan Index 39.65 per cent
MSCI Singapore Index 24.09 per cent

Do note that Temasek ultimately is neither a sovereign wealth fund nor a fund. It is a state-owned investment company and a provider of catalytic capital.

What does Temasek’s portfolio look like?

We take a look at Temasek’s portfolio to understand what did Temasek invest in, in order to drive that kind of return over the year.

Here’s a comparison of the sector allocation for Temasek’s portfolio in the year 2020 and 2021.

Temsaek's Portfolio by Sector 2021 2020 Difference
Financial Services 24 23 Increase by 1 per cent
Telecommunications, Media and Technology 21 21 No change
Transportation and Industrials 19 18 Increase by 1 per cent
Consumer and Real Estate 14 17 Decrease by 3 per cent
Life Sciences and Agri-Food 10 8 Increase by 2 per cent
Multi-Sector Funds 8 8 No change
Others (including credit) 4 5 Decrease by 1 per cent

Notice the decrease in holdings in the Consumer and Real Estate sector, while increased in holdings in the Financial Services, Transportation and Industrials and Life Sciences and Agri-Food space.

When it comes to portfolio allocation geographically, we see a reduction in China and Australia & New Zealand of 2 per cent and 1 per cent respectively. Portfolio allocation in Americas increased by 2 per cent while that in Europe, Middle East and Africa increased by 1 per cent.

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Temasek Net Portfolio Value since inception

If you are keen on finding out the progress of Temasek Net Portfolio Value since inception, here’s a quick illustration.

This article was first published in Seedly.

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