ITC – A Long Term Investment

After September 2019 results where ITC declared a 35% growth in its profit, slow down in its mainstay cigarettes business. FMCG business showing nominal growth & having overall growth of 8% in its sales. ITC remains a dividend play, 500% dividend to continue as profits so far are meeting the requirement. Being an Innovation machine, ITC has always surprised the markets, this time with its FABELLE premium segment chocolate launch, priced at 4.31 lakhs a kilo, it creates world records and enters the Guinness Book of Records.

ITC has also become a fund manager’s favourite stock, has made its presence in 309 out of 700 mutual fund schemes. It has the potential to quadruple in 10 years. ₹250 investment today will be ₹1000 in the next 10 years, in between enjoy big dividend income.

Market Crash 2018, how much more it will go?

Why this correction? Re-categorization by MF’s brings divergence between Mid Caps & Large Caps, closing in of the divergence with triggers from Currency depreciation, Crude Oil price increase along with IL&FS, DHFL debt crisis brings steep correction to the markets. How long it will last? We are close to a bottom & support. Should I take out my investments? No, hold on. Should I stop SIP’s? Please continue, they are unique in capturing volatility and average your investments. Next best sectors – Pharma, Manufacturing & PSB’s. Look at equity for long term like real estate, else it will burn capital.