Our portfolio gained 3% in July (to $1.03), underperforming the 5.4% gain in the STI (on a total return basis). As of 31 July 2010, 23.8% of the portfolio's assets were held in cash, which weighed on the portfolio's overall return. Despite the substantial cash position, the portfolio managed to capture some of the market upside. YTD, the portfolio is also 3% higher (STI: +4.8%).
In July, we sold CapitaMall Trust on the basis that the estimated yield (approximately 4.5%) was not sufficient to satisfy the portfolio's 6% annual target, and we saw little potential for upside from capital appreciation near the $2 mark. We also received bonus Best World International warrants, and may look to accumulate more should the premium to the mother share narrow.
Guocoleisure was the best performer in the portfolio for July, gaining 14.4% on little news other than a series of open market purchases by Quek Leng Chan. After being one of the worst-performing STI components, Capitaland capped July with a strong 12.5% rebound, while KepCorp also gained 10.6%. The main detractors to the portfolio were Best World (-5.9%), Berkshire Hathaway (-5.1%) and WBL Corp (-2.1%).