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Portfolio Updates (May 2021)




It has been another month of a roller coaster
ride for US tech stocks and the shares in my growth portfolio have also taken a
plunge. The selloff was attributed to the fear of rising interest rates as inflation
picks up steam. While a high inflation environment may hurt stocks in the short
run, history have also shown that stocks beat inflation over the long run.

Every time,
after each crisis, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. So, despite the
uncertain economic outlook, I will continue to stay invested. Just look at the
net worth of billionaires before and during the Covid 19 season.

Source: https://www.statista.com/chart/22068/change-in-wealth-of-billionaires-during-pandemic/

(1) Growth Portfolio

Other than the
two new additions for my US portfolio, UiPath and Alphabet Class A, I have been
averaging down most of my US stocks. Practically most of my tech stocks had blowout
quarters, yet the shares tanked after the earnings report. For instance, The
Trade Desk, reported 37% revenue growth, achieved free cash flow, and announced
a ten-for-one stock split. Yet the top ranked demand-side platform, which
benefits from the rise of streaming services, still got punished down 26% in a
single trading session. I believe investors are taking reference from FAANG
earnings such as Google and Facebook, which had 34% and 48% revenue growth.
Since mega cap stocks can achieve such high returns, investors are expecting
more growth from smaller cap tech stocks to compensate for their higher risks.
After all, it is about the opportunity costs.


Amazon.com has
become so popular that it has become a verb. i.e., if your business is
Amazon-ed, it means your business is disrupted.  Despite being an
ecommerce behemoth with a market cap of USD 1.63T, its growth is not slowing
down anytime soon. I bought a few shares before its earnings, hoping that the
rumour of a stock split would play out. In the end, there was no stock split,
yet Amazon crushed analysts’ expectations, with revenue up 44%, but stock price
is hovering around the $3,200 range. 


the rumours of a stock split turned out to be mere unfounded speculation.
 Although the
stock split did not happen (yet), I have no regrets of owning shares of this
company. In fact, a stock split does nothing to the fundamentals of a company.
Like a pizza, you own more slices of it but smaller pieces after a split. Since
history has shown that stock splits always drive-up stock prices (remember
Apple and Tesla stock splits), my FOMO actually kicked in and bought the

Most of us know
Amazon for being an e-commerce company. Although the tech giant derives most of
its revenue from e-commerce, this segment only accounts for 33% of its
operating income, with Amazon Web Service making up the rest of its earnings.
Despite the stellar growth in AWS, I believe this cloud infrastructure has only
scratched the surface of cloud computing’s potential. 

Check out their clients: https://www.contino.io/insights/whos-using-aws

These are big companies like Adobe, Disney, Novartis, McDonalds, and Baidu.
Even streaming giants such as Disney and Netflix, who are competing against
Amazon Prime, are using AWS. Whichever side of the streaming services you are
on, they are all contributing to AWS when their demands grow. Even Apple is
said to be a client of AWS.

there is still a huge runway for AWS when 5G becomes more mainstream. When full
self-driving and Internet of Things become the new normal, they will require
low latency connectivity, which translates to a higher demand for edge
computing and hybrid cloud. Since Amazon is an indisputable leader in providing
cloud platforms and infrastructures (as seen with AWS Outposts and AWS Snow
series), it will inevitably dominate the future landscape of 5G.



This is a
company which I added to my watchlist recently. From the surface, it seems like
a platform for developers to create new games with limited coding knowledge and
a multiplayer online game for young children and early teens. It currently
makes money from selling Robux, an in-house currency which can be used to
upgrade one’s avatar or enhance abilities of a game player. 


My belief is
that Roblox is more than just a game but a metaverse platform which is gaining
popularity. If you cannot attend a concert physically due to Covid 19, think of
being present in a virtual concert. Lil Nas X has successfully hosted a concert
in Roblox which attracted 33 million visits; it was indeed a roaring success. If one can organize a
concert in a metaverse, one can also officiate virtual weddings, organize
birthday parties, throw baby showers…the possibilities are (virtually!)


Secondly, Roblox
is partnering with Tencent to develop its own version of Roblox in China, with
the former owning 51% of the partnership. It also aims to focus on providing
education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 


As China is the
country with the biggest gaming industry due to its huge population, it is able
to scale leaps and bounds by having access to the 800 million internet users.
 Moreover, having
Tencent, which globally dominates the gaming industry, as Roblox’s partner,
Roblox is able to benefit from its gaming expertise to bring the metaverse
to fruition in China.


Roblox seems to be priced for perfection, trading at 46.5X price to sales ratio.
Despite a rich valuation, one must look beyond its revenue and consider its
bookings segment. Similar to deferred revenue, bookings account for cash which
is received by Roblox but has not been earned. This can be likened to the case
of Starbucks, whereby the value that is loaded into the Rewards Card will not
be reflected as sales until coffee is bought. In Q1 2020, Roblox reported
bookings of $652mil, up 161%. If we consider bookings as part of revenue, it
would be trading at a more reasonable 23.4 price to sales ratio.

TTM for Revenue+Bookings= USD 2.285b

Market Cap (18th May closing)= USD 53.433b
Price/ Sales= 23.4x

(2) Dividend

When the phase
II heightened alert was announced, there was a sudden sell down in Singapore
shares, particularly in the  bank sector and retail REITS. Even industrial
REITS were not spared either, and I took the opportunity to add Ascendas REIT
at $2.86 and $2.92. In my view, the REITS sell down was unwarranted since a
month of heightened alert will not cause a fundamental change in their long term prospects.


The following
Monday, I bit the bullet and sold off all my bank shares: DBS at $29.00
+41.49%, UOB at
+24.48% and OCBC at $11.70+14.91%. Unfortunately, after selling, the share prices took
a turn and resumed its uptrend. Well, all I can say is short term pain for long
term gain. From my blogpost last month, I have said that I would like to focus
more on growth companies which can deliver superior returns, which the
financial sector cannot achieve. That being said, I will still continue to grow
my dividend portfolio by adding on REITS, as I would still like to grow my
passive income.

I am currently sitting on about $108k in cash and will
continue to add on to promising and disruptive tech companies for the long
haul. The next few months will be rocky for tech stocks as the monetary policy
outlook remains uncertain, but I see it as an opportunity to buy on

Stock Portfolio: $444,651

Total Cash at Hand: $108,000

Total Portfolio Value: $552,651

Portfolio1  Net Worth (Dividend+Growth): $444,651

Portfolio 2 Net Worth; $193,833

Total Cash at Hand: $108,000

Net Worth (Cash+Equity) = $746,484

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