20140929 Temasek’s net profit significantly below previous year, falls below 2007

Due to Temasek’s selective disclosure of information, ordinary Singaporeans and even experts don’t know its actual financial state.

A question that’s been on my mind for quite a while – why has Temasek’s group net profit been stagnant despite a $78 billion increase in its portfolio value?

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Temasek must also have been taking excessive risks or its FY2016 group net profit wouldn’t have plunged almost 50% from FY2015. We are not even in a financial crisis so what’s going to happen when one strikes?

Temasek’s net profit was $8 billion in FY2016 and $9 billion in FY2007. If its investments were yielding really good returns, why is its FY2016 net profit lower than FY2007?

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One Response to 20140929 Temasek’s net profit significantly below previous year, falls below 2007

  1. Xmen says:

    You should be prepared for bad news. For FY ended in June, the average among university endowments that have reported so far is a loss of 2.7 percent. Yale had a winning year with a return of 3.4% on an asset of $25b. Harvard reported a decline of 2% on an asset of $35b. Of course Temasek has a much larger asset size so potential losses will likely be in billions. Expect more CPF restrictions to follow.

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