How Often Did SBITOP Constituents Outperform the Index in 2023?

Thus far in 2023, 3 out of 9 SBITOP constituents outperformed the index more than 50% of the time, 1 tied it, while the remaining companies underperformed as compared to the index.

Today, we are bringing you an overview of the YTD performance of the SBITOP and its constituents, as well as how they compare to each other. Several metrics are analyzed. Firstly, the raw YTD returns of the constituents as well as the index, as well as how much the constituents outperformed/underperformed as compared to the index. Secondly, on a day-to-day basis, an overview of the performance of the constituents as compared to the index. Looking at both of these data points can show us was it more worthwhile to invest in individual companies, or an entire index through, for example, an ETF.

Thus far in 2023, SBITOP yielded a return of 12.4%, slowing down the growth, especially in the last couple of months. The current macroeconomic environment, but also the natural disasters and floods that affected not only a lot of people in Slovenia, but also companies, directly through damage, and indirectly through higher insurance claims, or a need for more loans from the banking sector. This led to a regression in the return of the overall index, albeit there are outliers to this general trend.

How much did individual constituents outperform/underperform as compared to the index (YTD, p.p.)

Source: Bloomberg, InterCapital Research

Among the observed companies, Luka Koper recorded the largest increase of 25.4% YTD, followed by NLB at 18.6%, Krka at 17.4%, and Petrol at 15.5%. On the other hand, Triglav, Cinkarna, and Equinox recorded negative returns, of 11.9% and 3%, and 1.6%, respectively. Finally, Sava Re and Telekom Slovenije recorded mid to mid-high single-digit growth rates, of 4.9% and 7%, respectively. This would mean that as compared to the index, Luka Koper recorded an increase of 13%, NLB of 6.2%, Krka of 5%, and Petrol of 3%. On the other hand, Triglav underperformed the index by 24.3%, Cinkarna by 15.5%, Equinox at 14%, Sava Re at 7.5%, and Telekom Slovenije at 5.4%, respectively. In hindsight, this would have meant that investing in the index as a whole would have been better than investing in more than half of the individual companies. This is especially the case of the companies that recorded negative returns, as this not only means that money is lost due to the loss of value of the shares but also due to the opportunity cost of not investing in an asset that yielded a return. If we also take into account the inflation rate which is eating into disposable incomes, then this loss seems even greater.

Overall, thus far in 2023 190 working days were recorded. To see how the individual companies compared to the index, we looked at returns on each of these days and compared them to the returns of the index. If the return is higher, we considered that the share in question outperformed the index, and vice versa. Out of the observed companies, 3 outperformed the index more than 50% of the time, 1 tied it, while the remaining 5 companies underperformed as compared to the index. The best performance was recorded by NLB, which outperformed the index on 52.6% of the days, followed by Krka and Petrol, both at 51.6%, respectively, and Cinkarna, at 50% of the time. On the other hand, Equinox outperformed the index only 46.3% of the time, Triglav at 46.8%, while Telekom Slovenije, Sava Re, and Luka Koper outperformed the index 48.4% of the time each, respectively. As can be seen here, the daily returns by themselves don’t show us the whole story. Luka Koper is a perfect example of this, even though it had a lower number of days outperforming the index, it still yielded strong returns. As such, the overall returns matter, and returns on certain days can be a lot higher (or lower) than the norm. One way to mitigate this risk is to hold a stock for a longer time frame. By extension, investing in an index that tracks the movements of all of these companies mitigates the risk even further.

How often did SBITOP constituents outperform the index (amount of days, %)

Source: Bloomberg, InterCapital Research

This comparison, however, does not take into account one more important variable when investing in Slovenia, and that is the solid dividend yields of the companies. These yields between companies vary, between a couple of percent to close to or even above 10% annually, in some years. If all the individual dividends are taken together in the form of the SBITOP index, it would mean that the index could have a dividend yield of 5-7%, annually.

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