Performance report for July 2016

Markets have been doing well and there are media reports that there can be some correction. Which is true? Fundamentally on a broader perspective there is not much change seen in the earnings of companies. Then, why did the market take off post budget? Foreign Portfolio Investors who moved out of our markets post China crisis have returned back. FPI’s have poured more than $1 Billion into our markets.

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When such high amount of money comes in, it will move the whole markets and that is what has happened. Businesses that were fundamentally strong, though there were very few, began to

Following BREXIT, markets have taken off well due to FPI inflows. More than a billion dollars have been invested in our markets in the last one month, which has helped in markets giving a good growth.

Metals & Infrastructure sectors were leaders in returns as they are moving up from the bottom, while on the fundamental side, the companies in these sectors are yet to show strength.

BREXIT and saturation in the BFSI segment which was contributing to growth in the Technology sector has turned the sector into the weakest in the prevailing markets.

SENSEX gained above 4% in the month of July, in line with our performance which stood at 4.20% for the month of July.

Our Exposure:

Being exposed to the right sectors that have the potential to get the best growth in the prevailing markets gives us an edge in performance. Our systems have ensured that we are invested in the right sectors. Presently, we are overweight on Financials, Cement, infrastructure, Sugar& Paper. NBFC businesses have got into an advantage position against the traditional banks. NPA’s position of NBFC’s has been fairly low when compared to the PSU peers. They are also placed well in the rural markets where the next thrust on the business growth is expected to happen. Likely boost in the consumption pattern after the 7th pay commission is getting factored into the market.

Financial sector has above 12% exposure in our portfolio. Bajaj Finance & Bharath Financial has been consistent performers following their robust result announcements.

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We have had increased exposure into the Basic Materials sector comprising Metals and Chemicals, the sector that was down in the last year. After a good base formation there are some green shoots visible in this sector. Exposure was reduced in the Technology sector following weak performance numbers from the businesses in this sector.

Merger of Oil Marketing Companies into a single company was good news which helped the leader of this sector HPCL have good gains.

Result season though not very good on the broad perspective, it has pretty well on specific stocks. Stocks like Bajaj Finance, Bharat Financial, etc., have given phenomenal gains following result announcement. Good monsoon and subsequent rural demand have been helping in companies that have good rural presence gain momentum in the markets.

GST becoming a reality soon is also helping service sector businesses to gain as they are the biggest beneficiaries of this move. Following no new stimulants that have uncertainty in them, which can drive the markets from here, we are having small corrections and this correction is required often the markets to move out of weaker holdings and add new stocks into a portfolio.

Stars of the Modi Sarkar

It’s been 2 years since Modi Sarkar is in power and the expectations that Modi was to deliver propelled the financial markets to big rally. What began with a lot of euphoria began to weed out as results of companies failed to keep pace. In the 2 year period there were some businesses which did tremendously well on the sales and profits as well as on their stock prices, while there were many laggards which took away investor wealth along with their confidence.

Mid caps were the stars of the rally and there were 17 stocks which zoomed more than 100%. Among them the top 4 were from diverse sectors which had more than 200%. All the 4 were part of our portfolio and we still hold to 3 of them Bajaj Finance, Ashok Leyland and 3M India.

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Stocks that gained more than 100% were-

HPCL, Marico, India Bulls Housing, Piramal Enterprises, Torrent Pharma, Berger Paints, Emami etc., and among the 100% gainers too, we had 4 of the stocks in our portfolio.

It was not a rosy period for all the stocks in our market, we did have 20 stocks that fell in value in the last 2 years. Losses were between 5-90%, between them the top 4 losers were the following.

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None of the above were in our portfolio, having the best performers and not having any of the weak ones in the portfolio is what helped us have phenomenal growth against the broader benchmarks.

In the last 2 years the returns from SENSEX, MIDCAP and Bravisa Temple Tree shows the superior returns we were able to achieve.

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“Midcaps have delivered significant returns over the last three-five years compared to large cap funds but you have to be wary that they are more volatile. So you clearly need to have a long-term horizon in terms of investing in some of these funds. So, I will say even 5-7 years might be a short time because you can have cycles in the market where mid-caps might under perform and since they have run up so much, you have to be a little cautious when entering this segment.” – Kaustubh Belapurkar, Director – Manager Research, Morning star India.

Pre-election rally began with the banking stocks in 2014, while surprisingly, apart from Yes Bank, all of the bank stocks 20-73%. In our portfolio, we were totally out of banking exposure since 2013, just before the challenges we faced in the Subba Rao period. After Raghuram Rajan stepped in, our economy went into a dramatic change, while there is still a long way to go before the banking stocks get strength, because there have been so much muck to be cleaned in them, without Raghuram Rajan, it wouldn’t have been possible for sure.

Factors like ease of doing business, Make in India, Roads and Railway infrastructure along with GST will instill very good growth for our economy, selecting the right stocks and being invested in them till they complete their growth phase will give any investor tremendous profit potential on their investments.

After Ghostly October its December pain now…..

IWaiting GirlOctober was perceived to be a weak month for the markets based on past records, while it went on to be a fairly good month. Whereas November took a marginal hit & now comes the December pain. In the last 5 years, 2 years in December was negative. So, will this year turn out to be a weak one for our markets?
Now the dynamics have taken a different shape. December has a lot of events which will make the markets swing on both directions. Some important news flow are expected on the implementation of GST and FED interest rate hike and it is most likely that in December the markets are going to be volatile. SENSEX should re-test the 25100 levels reached in August to gain strength before any rally can happen, which has a fairly good chance to occur in December.
After the Bihar election results, the government at the center has an urgent need to bring some reforms into action, while the support at the Rajya Sabha to do that, will not let it happen smoothly. So, GST may or may not happen in the winter session of the parliament. This can be tricky on the markets.
Raguram Rajan has cleared that there is not going to be any positive surprise from his side in the December policy review, which is now confirmed that there is not going to be any good news to the markets from this front.
Gold Bonds, the brainchild of Rajan, did see some good take off with about ₹917 crores on investment coming in, over a period this product will gain some market share which is a very good change for our country as we need not import Gold and that much of FOREX is saved, boosting the Current Account Deficit numbers.
Again the FED issue is getting into limelight, with the jobs data in the US markets showing strength, there are fairly good chances that the FED will hike interest rates. As of now FII’s are on the side-lines having the positive expectation on the FED meet, which if interest rates are increased, though will not cause a bigger impact to our markets as the FII’s have already sold off. While on the other hand if the decision gets postponed or has come confirmation that it is going to be delayed, then, we should look at some inflows from the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI’s). With the domestic institutions already having a strong hand on the markets, any support from the FPI front will give an additional strength to the markets.
So, it is confirmed that there is a lot of confusion prevailing at the moment and the line of resistance in on the down side. If it so happens, which has a fairly good chance, it is good for the markets as it will build the strength required and move up. And this base building will not happen in a hurry; it will take its own time which, in the process will kill patience of traders and investors, who got into the market in the later part of the 2014-15 rallies.
Weaker hands in the market should get moved out to have a strong rally.

With such confusion prevailing what can happen to investments?
Our market is in a clear bull market trend, so all the corrections and consolidations are an advantage to accumulate on the investments, while it will require smart decisions. There are a good number of businesses which are very attractive based on their earnings, these stocks will move up and give opportunities to profit.
Pharma, NBFC, Textiles and some select technology stocks will have good runs in the coming month. Whereas the large cap stocks that form the broader indices like the SENSEX and NIFTY will have pressure. Banking is weak and is not in a hurry to run up. Metals are still weak, which might see some more consolidation and down ward pressure.
Stock investments are going to be volatile in performance; even the Equity Mutual Funds will have pressure on their performance. Baring few schemes like the ICICI Prudential Exports, which has a very dynamic portfolio, holding on to the best stocks.

Results of the September quarter was muted, sales growth was sluggish which did not bring out any businesses worthy of investment, some existing ones that were in the growth phase continue to hold on to their performance, while some prominent ones like Eicher Motors, Page Industries which had been commanding a major share of long term investment portfolios have moved out following slowdown in their business growth. These are stocks that have given its investors more than 1000 percent profits in the last 5 to 6 years and now it is correction time for them.
In the Pharma sector, front line stocks have taken a very big hit following USFDA issues, Dr. Reddy’s has lost more than 35% of its value in 2 weeks from the time the US authorities began questioning them. While bigger players have been losing the mid-caps in this segment are doing well. Stocks like Alembic Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, Cadila etc., are getting more exposure in portfolios.

How is 2015 likely to end for the Indian Stock markets?
So far from January 2015, the major indices like the SENSEX are down about 4% and with no big booster dose available in the month of December, SENSEX is likely to close negative for 2015. After a gain of 40+ percentage in 2014, the very next year getting into Red is of a concern to the long term trend of our country.
One good advantage with a prolonged correction or consolidation as it should be fairly called, since the markets have begun to consolidate after a pretty strong rally is that the break out from the consolidation will have a higher chance of going into another very strong rally. With the prevailing economic conditions and the way India is positioned among the global markets, we will have some more super strong growth years to experience.

How is BTT portfolio placed in the markets now?
Before the markets began to consolidate, the SENSEX reached its peak in April 2015, while our portfolio held on to its strength, reached a new peak in August, just before the Chinese market crisis, which showed that our portfolio was stronger than the SENSEX. As soon as the correction set in, we had a slew of exits from the investments which had given substantial gains and have begun to get slow on their growth, in our portfolio which brought down our exposure in the markets by 25%. Our performance for 2015 has mimicked the SENSEX.
Now, there is a question, with a strong portfolio and reduced exposure, why are we not outperforming the indices?
The stocks that form our portfolio are super strong on their fundamental strength, due to which the price increase was very high. We have stocks that have generated triple digit growths on their stock prices within 2-3 months from the date of our investment. Such high growth in price have the tendency to correct faster too when the whole market gets subdued, due to which the impact on the performance is high. This impact should have normally caused under perform to under perform the broader markets, while it was not. The reason that we are at par with the index in performance was due to the reduction in exposure.
September results did not bring out new investment opportunities and with the subdued sentiment in the markets even in the festive season, January results are also not likely to show any big surprises. We will be adding new investments only when the companies begin to report good numbers and until then, we will be light on exposure giving the best possible safety to the capital invested.