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Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

  • 2.78 SGD
  • -0.02
  • -0.71%
  • Singapore
    Aug 17, 2018
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Company Background

Singapore Press Holdings is the country's largest and most influential newspaper and publishing company. SPH was formed in 1984 through a merger of local newspaper and publishing companies. It publishes nine daily newspapers, ranging from general broadsheet and business daily to evening tabloid and free paper, covering all four of the country's official languages. Although print circulation, including The Straits Times, has been declining, the company has focused on developing online versions of its major papers, and the number of paid subscribers for its online news services is growing. Another pillar of its business is property development. SPH Reit, real estate investment trust with shopping malls under its umbrella, was listed in Singapore in July 2013.

SPH is regulated by the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act. In Singapore, shareholdings of larger than 5% are not allowed without a minister's approval, and none of the company's large shareholders hold more than 2% stakes. Special shares called "management shares," which give holders 200 times more voting power than ordinary shares on the appointment and dismissal of directors or any members of staff, are owned mainly by major Singaporean banks, insurance companies and universities. The Singaporean government has strong ties to SPH's management. Current Chairman Lee Boon Yang held many ministerial posts, and CEO Alan Chan is a former high-ranking civil servant.

Business Summary

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. engages in the publishing, printing and distributing newspapers, and distributing magazines and books. It also engages in the provision of multimedia content and services, and management services to its subsidiaries. It operates its business through the following segments: Media, Property, Treasury and Investment, and Others. The Media segment involves the production of content for distribution on print and other media platforms. The Property segment holds, manages, and develops properties of the Group. The Treasury and Investment segment manages the investment activities of the Group. The Other segment includes the group's businesses and investments in online classifieds, events and exhibitions and the new media fund. The company was founded on August 4, 1984 and is headquartered in Singapore.

Financial Highlights

Aug 2017 SGDUSD
Gross Profit470.07M336.93M
Operating income304.97M218.59M
Income before tax431.49M309.27M
Net income350.08M250.92M
Diluted EPS0.220.15
Dividends Per Share0.150.10
Total Assets6,110.62M4,499.72M
Total liabilities1,887.30M1,389.76M
Total equity3,488.39M2,568.77M
Operating cash flow305.66M219.09M
Currency in SGDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Aug 2013Aug 2014Aug 2015Aug 2016Aug 2017
Revenue 1,239.45M 1,215.18M 1,177.08M 1,124.34M 1,032.51M
Gross Profit 615.38M 577.32M 568.71M 540.35M 470.07M
Operating income 403.97M 378.76M 369.36M 334.76M 304.97M
Income before tax 494.66M 559.11M 441.46M 368.74M 431.49M
Net income 430.95M 404.28M 321.70M 265.29M 350.08M
EBITDA 470.17M 442.71M 429.98M 390.57M 353.79M
Diluted EPS 0.27 0.25 0.20 0.16 0.22
Dividends Per Share 0.40 0.21 0.20 0.18 0.15
Total Assets 6,378.51M 6,656.89M 6,074.07M 5,948.03M 6,110.62M
Total liabilities 2,162.81M 2,260.71M 1,727.42M 1,706.62M 1,887.30M
Total equity 3,536.48M 3,687.09M 3,618.81M 3,517.32M 3,488.39M
Operating cash flow -232.82M 20.36M 424.21M 353.84M 305.66M
 Aug 2013Aug 2014Aug 2015Aug 2016Aug 2017
Revenue 998.01M 967.86M 882.54M 811.90M 740.06M
Gross Profit 495.50M 459.82M 426.41M 390.19M 336.93M
Operating income 325.28M 301.68M 276.93M 241.73M 218.59M
Income before tax 398.30M 445.32M 330.99M 266.27M 309.27M
Net income 347.00M 322.00M 241.20M 191.57M 250.92M
EBITDA 378.59M 352.61M 322.39M 282.03M 253.58M
Diluted EPS 0.21 0.19 0.15 0.11 0.15
Dividends Per Share 0.32 0.16 0.14 0.12 0.10
Total Assets 4,995.90M 5,334.26M 4,306.93M 4,364.40M 4,499.72M
Total liabilities 1,693.99M 1,811.54M 1,224.86M 1,252.24M 1,389.76M
Total equity 2,769.90M 2,954.52M 2,565.98M 2,580.86M 2,568.77M
Operating cash flow -187.47M 16.22M 318.06M 255.51M 219.09M

Valuation Measures

Aug 2017
Operating margin29.53%
Profit margin33.90%

Key executives

  • Chief Executive Officer & Director: Yat Chung Ng
  • Chief Financial Officer: Hwee Song Chua
  • Chief Technology Officer: Glen Gary Francis
  • Executive Vice President-Technology: Huan Ping Low
  • Executive VP-Human Resources & Administration: Kam Man Chan


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Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: 1000 Toa Payoh North, News Centre, Singapore, 318994, Singapore
  • Phone: +65.6319.6319

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Last Updated on 17 Aug, 2018

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