Best stocks with highest gains in the Philippines 2020

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Which of the Philippines’ largest companies whose stocks had the best year? And the opposite, which of them have posted negative returns?

These are the questions that this article is going to answer. We will look at the one-year ROI of company shares being traded on the Philippine Stocks Exchange or PSE.

Not only we are going to discuss on how much they’ve gained on the basis of their stocks, but also on the dividends they’ve distributed to shareholders.

Best stocks in the Philippines

So how do we determine the best stocks? We know that stocks provide earnings through price appreciation and dividends.

Thus, we will be looking at how much change their prices underwent for one year and the total dividends they gave away.

See the table below for the best company stocks in the country. To understand the data, here are some of the pointers. Data is updated as of February 21, 2021.

  • Name stands for the name of the corporation.
  • Ticker is the stock symbol as seen on the Philippine Stock Exchange and retail trading portals.
  • % represents the change of the stock price for a year, ending on the last trading day of 2020.
  • Total ROI takes into account both the stock price change and dividends issued, if there are any. For more discussions, you can read the Philippine companies with the highest dividends and blue chip stocks with the highest dividends.
  • Companies whose shares are suspended may be not appear on the list in the table below.
  • These are historical data. Past performance does not guarantee similar returns will happen in the future.
CompanyStock SymbolStock %Total ROI
AC Energy CorporationACEN268.88%269.37%
Premiere Horizon Alliance CorporationPHA205.56%205.56%
Apollo Global Capital, Inc.APL204.76%204.76%
MRC Allied, Inc.MRC199.49%199.49%
NiHAO Mineral Resources International, Inc.NI196.08%196.08%
DITO CME Holdings Corp.DITO188.36%188.36%
Benguet CorporationBC174.34%174.34%
Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development CorporationAT158.40%158.40%
MerryMart Consumer Corp.MM109.49%109.49%
COL Financial Group, Inc.COL84.98%105.57%
Metro Alliance Holdings & Equities Corp.MAH96.84%96.84%
Abra Mining and Industrial CorporationAR93.33%93.33%
Basic Energy CorporationBSC91.84%91.84%
Nickel Asia CorporationNIKL77.78%83.13%
SFA Semicon Philippines CorporationSSP82.14%82.14%
Manila Water Company, Inc.MWC73.32%73.32%
Now CorporationNOW70.47%70.47%
Philex Mining CorporationPX69.52%69.72%
Lepanto Consolidated Mining CompanyLC68.42%68.42%
Berjaya Philippines Inc.BCOR66.67%66.67%
Lodestar Investment Holdings CorporationLODE66.00%66.00%
Cirtek Holdings Philippines CorporationTECH63.14%64.05%
Apex Mining Co., Inc.APX61.68%61.68%
Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc.FNI57.23%57.23%
Euro-Med Laboratories Phil., Inc.EURO46.25%48.39%
Marcventures Holdings, Inc.MARC47.47%47.47%
Del Monte Pacific LimitedDELM47.14%47.42%
I-Remit, Inc.I46.09%46.09%
PLDT Inc.TEL35.63%44.21%
Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc.TUGS43.52%43.52%
Millennium Global Holdings, Inc.MG43.14%43.14%
Manila Mining CorporationMA42.86%42.86%
LBC Express Holdings, Inc.LBC40.73%42.02%
Macay Holdings, Inc.MACAY41.76%41.76%
Emperador Inc.EMP40.08%41.67%
BHI Holdings, Inc.BH41.51%41.51%
GEOGRACE Resources Philippines, Inc.GEO41.09%41.09%
Suntrust Home Developers, Inc.SUN32.54%32.54%
Mabuhay Vinyl CorporationMVC29.43%31.64%
Ginebra San Miguel, Inc.GSMI28.65%30.67%
Greenergy Holdings IncorporatedGREEN29.35%29.35%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUBP24.39%29.26%
Discovery World CorporationDWC28.08%28.08%
Alliance Select Foods International, Inc.FOOD26.92%26.92%
A Brown Company, Inc.BRN26.76%26.76%
Metro Pacific Investments CorporationMPI22.99%25.56%
PXP Energy CorporationPXP25.00%25.00%
AREIT, Inc.AREIT21.78%24.95%
Fruitas Holdings, Inc.FRUIT24.09%24.68%
SPC Power CorporationSPC16.49%24.64%
Transpacific Broadband Group Int`l. Inc.TBGI24.07%24.07%
LT Group, Inc.LTG16.44%23.77%
Axelum Resources Corp.AXLM20.69%21.55%
ACE Enexor, Inc.ACEX21.05%21.05%
United Paragon Mining CorporationUPM20.00%20.00%
Island Information & Technology, Inc.IS19.42%19.42%
Vulcan Industrial & Mining CorporationVUL19.32%19.32%
First Gen CorporationFGEN16.56%18.55%
Oriental Petroleum and Minerals CorporationOPM18.18%18.18%
Synergy Grid & Development Phils., Inc.SGP18.16%18.16%
Dizon Copper-Silver Mines, Inc.DIZ17.93%17.93%
AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp.ALLHC16.44%16.44%
Oriental Peninsula Resources Group, Inc.ORE15.71%15.71%
PhilWeb CorporationWEB15.60%15.60%
Manila Bulletin Publishing CorporationMB15.58%15.58%
Philippine Infradev Holdings, Inc.IRC15.57%15.57%
First Philippine Holdings CorporationFPH12.57%15.17%
GMA Network, Inc.GMA710.09%15.09%
Century Pacific Food, Inc.CNPF12.90%14.96%
Anglo Philippine Holdings CorporationAPO14.93%14.93%
Lorenzo Shipping CorporationLSC14.77%14.77%
A. Soriano CorporationANS2.80%14.17%
IPM Holdings, Inc.IPM13.57%13.57%
Makati Finance CorporationMFIN10.66%12.14%
iPeople, Inc.IPO11.25%12.03%
Wellex Industries, IncorporatedWIN12.00%12.00%
Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc.IMI11.79%11.79%
DoubleDragon Properties Corp.DD-21.16%11.45%
Philippine Savings BankPSB5.80%11.29%
Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines CorporationPMPC7.80%10.58%
Cebu Landmasters, Inc.CLI5.21%10.16%
Forum Pacific, Inc.FPI9.76%9.76%
Sun Life Financial Inc.SLF9.59%9.70%
Swift Foods, Inc.SFI9.40%9.40%
GMA Holdings, Inc.GMAP9.17%9.17%
Universal Robina CorporationURC6.63%8.69%
Central Azucarera de Tarlac, Inc.CAT-16.25%8.48%
Pryce CorporationPPC3.09%7.88%
Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc.ACR6.25%7.72%
Coal Asia Holdings IncorporatedCOAL7.41%7.41%
DFNN, Inc.DFNN7.29%7.29%
Acesite (Phils.) Hotel CorporationACE6.47%6.47%
Philippine Realty and Holdings CorporationRLT6.45%6.45%
Cityland Development CorporationCDC2.53%6.24%
Ayala CorporationAC5.28%6.12%
First Abacus Financial Holdings CorporationFAF5.88%5.88%
Globe Telecom, Inc.GLO0.50%5.81%
Da Vinci Capital Holdings, Inc.DAVIN5.60%5.60%
Jackstones, Inc.JAS5.50%5.50%
Far Eastern University, IncorporatedFEU3.23%5.30%
Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.PNX4.17%4.17%
Ferronoux Holdings, Inc.FERRO3.82%3.82%
China Banking CorporationCHIB-0.20%3.81%
Phinma CorporationPHN-0.60%3.40%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsPBC3.19%3.19%
Puregold Price Club, Inc.PGOLD3.14%3.14%
Republic Glass Holdings CorporationREG2.01%2.99%
Grand Plaza Hotel CorporationGPH2.81%2.81%
MEDCO Holdings, Inc.MED2.74%2.74%
Megaworld CorporationMEG1.75%2.73%
Lopez Holdings CorporationLPZ0.00%2.69%
Liberty Flour Mills, Inc.LFM1.29%2.58%
Philippine Estates CorporationPHES2.41%2.41%
Keppel Philippines Holdings, Inc.KPH0.19%2.12%
SM Investments CorporationSM0.58%0.98%
Manila Broadcasting CompanyMBC0.87%0.87%
Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc.CNVRG0.81%0.81%
Philippine Business BankPBB0.79%0.79%
Imperial Resources, Inc.IMP0.60%0.60%
Golden MV Holdings, Inc.HVN0.59%0.59%
Roxas Holdings, Inc.ROX0.56%0.56%
BDO Leasing and Finance, Inc.BLFI0.00%0.00%
Filipino Fund, Inc.FFI0.00%0.00%
The Philodrill CorporationOV0.00%0.00%

As you can see, the top 10 company stocks posted triple-digit returns. These are:

  1. AC Energy Corporation (power)
  2. Premiere Horizon Alliance Corporation (holdings)
  3. Apollo Global Capital Inc. (technology)
  4. MRC Allied, Inc. (property)
  5. NiHAO Mineral Resources International, Inc. (mining)
  6. DITO CME Holdings Corp. (telecom)
  7. Benguet Corporation (mining)
  8. Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation (mining)
  9. MerryMart Consumer Corp. (retail)
  10. COL Financial Group, Inc. (brokerage).

In fact, AC Energy’s shares rose by 268.88%. If you’ve put in a million pesos, that money would have been worth ₱3,649,454 including dividends and net of charges, fees, and taxes by the end of 2020.

In summary, 71 posted in excess of 10% return on investment. There are a total of 121 gainers, 3 have remain unchanged, and 129 who have reported negative returns to their shareholders.

One interesting bit is that there are companies in the list above that still give positive gains despite the fact that their share prices plummeted. Central Azucarera de Tarlac, Inc. for instance gave out dividend yield of 24.73%, which more than lifted up its unfavorable valuation.

Two other similar companies share the same growth story: China Banking Corporation and Phinma Corporation.

Losing stocks in the Philippines

In the lower end of the list are Kepwealth Property Phils. Inc., MacroAsia Corporation, Megawide Construction Corporation, Holcim Philippines, Inc. and PH Resorts Group Holdings, Inc.

NameStock symbolStock %Total ROI
Citystate Savings Bank, Inc.CSB-0.12%-0.12%
Petron CorporationPCOR-2.68%-0.18%
Manila Electric CompanyMER-5.84%-0.67%
Asiabest Group International Inc.ABG-0.76%-0.76%
City & Land Developers, IncorporatedLAND-5.19%-1.09%
DMCI Holdings, Inc.DMC-9.58%-1.10%
International Container Terminal Services, Inc.ICT-3.97%-1.29%
Century Peak Holdings CorporationCPM-1.36%-1.36%
Eagle Cement CorporationEAGLE-1.76%-1.76%
APC Group, Inc.APC-2.41%-2.41%
Ionics, Inc.ION-2.44%-2.44%
Centro Escolar UniversityCEU-2.54%-2.54%
PTFC Redevelopment CorporationTFC-6.12%-2.57%
Waterfront Philippines, IncorporatedWPI-3.33%-3.33%
Vivant CorporationVVT-6.61%-3.36%
Manulife Financial CorporationMFC-3.59%-3.45%
Vantage Equities, Inc.V-3.70%-3.70%
Victorias Milling Company, Inc.VMC-3.85%-3.85%
TKC Metals CorporationT-3.96%-3.96%
Wilcon Depot, Inc.WLCON-5.59%-4.52%
Bank of the Philippine IslandsBPI-7.45%-5.24%
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.AEV-8.25%-5.50%
ATN Holdings, Inc.ATN-5.56%-5.56%
SOCResources, Inc.SOC-6.17%-6.17%
JG Summit Holdings, Inc.JGS-6.95%-6.42%
Belle CorporationBEL-14.07%-7.05%
LMG Corp.LMG-7.29%-7.29%
Philippine Trust CompanyPTC-7.69%-7.69%
Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.ALHI-8.94%-7.83%
Zeus Holdings, Inc.ZHI-8.00%-8.00%
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.SMPH-8.55%-8.06%
First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund, Inc.FMETF-8.16%-8.16%
Mabuhay Holdings CorporationMHC-8.47%-8.47%
Alliance Global Group, Inc.AGI-9.09%-8.62%
PetroEnergy Resources CorporationPERC-8.78%-8.78%
Jollibee Foods CorporationJFC-9.63%-8.96%
PAL Holdings, Inc.PAL-9.15%-9.15%
Ayala Land, Inc.ALI-10.11%-9.45%
RFM CorporationRFM-14.15%-9.54%
Shang Properties, Inc.SHNG-15.58%-9.67%
Bogo-Medellin Milling Company, Inc.BMM-10.33%-10.33%
Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corp.C-10.63%-10.63%
Asia United Bank CorporationAUB-15.44%-10.99%
Araneta Properties, Inc.ARA-11.19%-11.19%
Asian Terminals, Inc.ATI-15.78%-11.29%
East West Banking CorporationEW-11.33%-11.33%
The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.PSE-12.06%-12.06%
Crown Asia Chemicals CorporationCROWN-14.61%-12.47%
Paxys, Inc.PAX-12.64%-12.64%
Cyber Bay CorporationCYBR-13.16%-13.16%
Cebu Holdings, IncorporatedCHI-13.24%-13.24%
Italpinas Development CorporationIDC-13.59%-13.59%
Concrete Aggregates CorporationCA-16.33%-13.90%
Philippine Seven CorporationSEVN-14.43%-14.18%
Century Properties Group, Inc.CPG-16.67%-14.44%
Jolliville Holdings CorporationJOH-14.47%-14.47%
Premium Leisure Corp.PLC-25.83%-14.60%
Solid Group, Inc.SGI-14.73%-14.73%
Ever-Gotesco Resources and Holdings, Inc.EVER-15.00%-15.00%
Philippine Racing Club, Inc.PRC-16.38%-15.30%
Keppel Philippines Properties, Inc.KEP-15.50%-15.50%
Pacific Online Systems CorporationLOTO-15.60%-15.60%
Seafront Resources CorporationSPM-16.29%-16.29%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRCB-19.66%-16.69%
Cosco Capital, Inc.COSCO-16.91%-16.91%
Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.RRHI-18.75%-17.21%
D&L Industries, Inc.DNL-19.79%-17.45%
Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.SLI-17.84%-17.84%
San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc.FB-20.24%-17.85%
Bright Kindle Resources & Investments Inc.BKR-18.02%-18.02%
Aboitiz Power CorporationAP-22.51%-18.06%
AbaCore Capital Holdings, Inc.ABA-18.14%-18.14%
ABS-CBN Holdings CorporationABSP-18.18%-18.18%
Philippine National BankPNB-18.47%-18.47%
Concepcion Industrial CorporationCIC-22.00%-19.01%
Arthaland CorporationALCO-20.73%-19.19%
National Reinsurance Corporation of the PhilippinesNRCP-19.28%-19.28%
EEI CorporationEEI-19.34%-19.34%
Omico CorporationOM-20.21%-20.21%
Leisure & Resorts World CorporationLR-20.25%-20.25%
Filinvest Land, Inc.FLI-25.83%-20.47%
Robinsons Land CorporationRLC-23.05%-20.69%
San Miguel CorporationSMC-21.89%-20.80%
2GO Group, Inc.2GO-20.95%-20.95%
AllHome Corp.HOME-21.26%-21.15%
F & J Prince Holdings CorporationFJP-25.06%-21.72%
D.M. Wenceslao & Associates, IncorporatedDMW-22.45%-21.79%
Bloomberry Resorts CorporationBLOOM-24.91%-21.82%
Rockwell Land CorporationROCK-25.24%-22.00%
Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc.PIZZA-22.22%-22.22%
Crown Equities, Inc.CEI-22.34%-22.34%
Chemical Industries of the Philippines, Inc.CIP-22.35%-22.35%
STI Education Systems Holdings, Inc.STI-22.50%-22.50%
House of Investments, Inc.HI-22.69%-22.69%
Vitarich CorporationVITA-22.88%-22.88%
Global-Estate Resorts, Inc.GERI-23.33%-23.33%
Cemex Holdings Philippines, Inc.CHP-23.36%-23.36%
EasyCall Communications Philippines, Inc.ECP-23.78%-23.78%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust CompanyMBT-26.02%-23.98%
Empire East Land Holdings, Inc.ELI-25.88%-25.88%
Filinvest Development CorporationFDC-27.50%-26.01%
ABS-CBN CorporationABS-26.08%-26.08%
Boulevard Holdings, Inc.BHI-26.42%-26.42%
Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc.MRSGI-30.56%-26.56%
MJC Investments CorporationMJIC-26.92%-26.92%
Atok-Big Wedge Co., Inc.AB-27.10%-27.10%
Vistamalls, Inc.STR-28.01%-27.54%
Pacifica Holdings, Inc.PA-28.31%-28.31%
Security Bank CorporationSECB-30.61%-28.37%
Semirara Mining and Power CorporationSCC-37.93%-28.86%
GT Capital Holdings, Inc.GTCAP-30.38%-29.35%
Manila Jockey Club, Inc.MJC-30.63%-30.63%
Primex CorporationPRMX-30.88%-30.88%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO-32.41%-31.56%
Prime Media Holdings, Inc.PRIM-32.81%-32.81%
Altus Property Ventures, Inc.APVI-32.97%-32.97%
Top Frontier Investment Holdings, Inc.TFHI-34.58%-34.58%
Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.VLL-38.18%-36.04%
SBS Philippines CorporationSBS-36.36%-36.36%
Max’s Group, Inc.MAXS-41.91%-39.29%
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum CorporationSHLPH-39.62%-39.62%
AgriNurture, Inc.ANI-40.56%-40.56%
Roxas and Company, Inc.RCI-41.89%-41.89%
SSI Group, Inc.SSI-43.56%-43.56%
Cebu Air, Inc.CEB-43.58%-43.58%
8990 Holdings, Inc.HOUSE-44.10%-44.10%
PH Resorts Group Holdings, Inc.PHR-45.33%-45.33%
Holcim Philippines, Inc.HLCM-47.08%-47.08%
Megawide Construction CorporationMWIDE-51.05%-49.54%
MacroAsia CorporationMAC-50.55%-50.55%
Kepwealth Property Phils., Inc.KPPI-59.33%-59.33%

How to invest in Philippine companies?

Now that you’ve seen the potential income from stock investing, you might regret that you haven’t started sooner. Or your interest is piqued, and you’d like to know exactly how you can buy these shares and sell them off with profit.

These companies are all publicly-listed corporations. Meaning, their shares are available to be acquired or sold at a certain price at the Philippine Stock Exchange, the country’s marketplace for corporate shares.

The first thing you’re going to do is to open an account with a stock brokerage company. And here is our low down on the best online stock brokers in the country. It is going to provide you with a trading portal where you can see all available stocks and a way to buy or sell them.

For more discussions, you can read this article on how to buy Philippine stocks by investing in the stock market. You can also observe the expert-recommended 8,000-rule to maximize your profit.

Take note however that just because you bought a stock, it is going to give you the spectacular gains that you see on the table.

That’s why some may pick blue chip stocks, which are companies that are relatively well-known and demonstrated arguably performance through tough times.

You can also choose a real investment trust fund or REIT, preferred shares, etc. Still some might find it easier to look at fundamental values of the business, so here are some resources on P/E ratio, shareholder’s equity, and list of stock market and investment blogs.