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.

SENSEX stocks of 2020.

classic350_right-side_blue_600x463_motorcycleIndia is the world’s best economy today. Following its robust journey that is going to come up in the next 5 years, there is going to be a dramatic shift in the whole economy and with it even the economic barometer of India, the SENSEX. The SENSEX will also undergo change by replacing some of its constituents. Those stocks that will take a space in the future index will be the stars of the markets in the next 5 years.

What if we can identify them and be invested in them?

The growth those companies will have is going to be tremendous and the potential for profits will be equivalent. The expected stocks that can move in to the SENSEX, the list is big with some new not yet listed companies too. Though for the new ones we may not have a direction, for those that are existing, and if identified and invested, can give great gains.

Some of the company’s whose are likely to move in are: NESCAFE

EICHER Motors (Royal Enfield Bullets)

Page Industries (Jockey and Speedo brand products)

TITAN (Watches and Jewelry)

NESTLE and the likes.

Companies that have premiumisation as their focus are likely to shine bright. So, look for premium products in the market and the companies that produce them and be invested in them, chances are you will end up having a goldmine.

jockey-logoAt present our portfolio contains the first 2 names and we have been holding them for quite a long period, in these years that we have owned these businesses, they have showed continuous growth in their sales as well as profits. If they continue the same for the next 5 years, we will still have them. While, there is no guarantee that it will be so.

In the last year, there were some companies that made it big on their growth and become the darlings of the market. Some of the best ones are

Ashok Leyland, Britannia., HPCL, Baja Finance, Ramco Cements, Maruti, TCS, Ultratech Cements, PVR & Kotak Mahindra.

And there are a next set of business that are showing signs of reaching for the best. They are Canfin Homes, TCI, Tata Motors, Orient Cement, Persistent, Heritage Food and BHEL.

These were the names that have come up in the ET500 listing.

Among the above names we are invested in about 7 businesses, while we have doubts on some like BHEL, TCI etc., while if they qualify our parameters in the future we will definitely look at adding them in our portfolio.

By being invested in the best performing companies, our portfolio is managing to grow the best. Last year we had an Alpha of 63% against the NSE 500 Index, This year in the first half, so far we are at 28% Alpha against the NSE 500.

We will continue to grow in the same manner adhering to the best practices and innovative thoughts.

Anticipation & caution as markets go volatile.

lower-interest-ratesAfter the August sell off post China Crisis, September began with a consolidation while our PM met with the Industry leaders, bankers and economist to get ideas on managing the prevailing global turbulence. He had requested the industry captains to increase their risk and step up investments. The industry leaders used this opportunity to ask for policy actions that will improve the ease of doing business and the need for the interest to be reduced at the earliest.

This action brought strength into the markets which got supported by the European and Asian markets showing recovery along with some strength in the Indian Currency. Following which Government approved several reforms including the allowing of telecom companies to sell radio waves, added as a booster to hold support for the strength in the markets. The European markets charged further following the rise in exports and imports in Germany.

However there was still a lot of caution in the markets as investors were anxious on the outcome of the US Federal Reserve policy, which turned to be subtle as the cut was postponed. There is expectation that the strong fundamentals of India will provide enough protection from the global developments.

Then came, the sudden news of Volkswagen cheating the US markets with a fake emission report which shook the automobile stocks worldwide, Volkswagen lost 48% of its stock value in 2 days, which also impacted many of the prominent Indian companies having big presence in the European markets like Motherson Sumi, Bharat Forge, Bosch etc.,

The reports that the inflation went down to 3.66% and the Wholesale Price Index being negative at -4.95%, was a good stimulus to the markets and then followed the surprise from the RBI with a 0.50% interest rate cut, after which markets went into rally mode.

The ambitious goal to have the inflation at 6% by January 2016 looks like an achievable target. The RBI has now started working towards having the inflation at 5% in 2016-17. All these developments will take our economy to levels which we haven’t seen so far in our life.

Even after all these developments FII’s were net sellers while the Mutual Funds kept continuing with their buying spree in the markets. There are fairly high chances that the FII’s will return back and with a higher allocation for India.

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia withdrew about $70 billion from global asset managers to bring down the widening deficit & reduce exposure to volatile economies as their economy is going into a recession. On the other side of the globe Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s bilateral meet with the US president Mr. Barrack Obama concluded on a high note. Among the countries present like Pakistan & China, India became the centre of attraction. Business captains in the US committed to more investments in India which is a very nice development for our economy.

What was done on the portfolio?

There were 5 exits, 2 reduction of exposure, 6 additions and 2 increases in exposure. Our portfolio is going through a dramatic shift. In the first week of September we moved out of MM Forgings and Bharat Forge well before the Volkswagen news hit the markets, thus saving bigger losses. SKS Micro was exited after the company missed the Small Banking license. Schneider and Sun Pharma Advanced Research moved out of our portfolio. We brought down exposure in Cadila and Welcorp by 100 basis points following their ratings coming down on our ranking tables.

MaduraBrandsOn the additions side, we had 0.50 basis points increase in exposure to Aegis Chemicals and Cosmo Films and have added 100 basis points new exposure to Britannia Industries, Himatsingka Seide, JMC Projects, FDC, Aditya Birla Nuvo and Deep Industries.

Auto sector exposure is getting reduced considerably and is getting replaced with companies having good exports revenue and consumer centric businesses. Weakness in the Rupee is an advantage for companies having export revenues.

This festive season, as you shop for your Van Heusen, Louis Philippe, Allen Solly, Peter England and Planet Fashion for your clothing needs, you will be making a small profit to yourself due to your ownership in Aditya Birla.

Britannia has made a packaging change and has gone into a new promotion, its business is growing, and so, the next time you pick a ‘GOOD DAY’ biscuit pack in the store, you will be contributing a small profit to yourself.

We also have exposure in Hindustan Petroleum, every time you fill gas at the HPCL bunk, you make a small profit.

Feels good that our portfolio owns companies that produce most of the daily use products, just our consumption will not have an impact on the profit of the company, while we can take pride that we are using the products of companies that we own, is it not a good feeling?

HPCL is having double advantage.

Crude Oil prices are moving down again for good, there are two kinds of impact due to this. One, Oil producing countries will be in the revenge mode, though they are not destined to get higher realization, they have enjoyed the fruits of Oil at its historic high. To the extent the price is under pressure, they are losing profits which they had already seen. Crude Oil price is going down due to fear among the Oil producing countries that they may lose the opportunity of even the prevailing prices as it slides further.

This fear among all producers is adding to more supply and bringing down prices further. But, oil importing countries are at the receiving end. Oil marketing companies are the biggest beneficiaries due to the crude oil price correction. They now have the advantage of the government releasing them from the crutches of controlled pricing at a slower pace and also the lower price of their inventories.

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Among them the best managed ones reap further higher reward, one among them is HPCL. HPCL, along with refining also has been making good volumes in the lubes business, in which it is the third largest in the world. Lubes business is contributing to 35% of their profits and they have been consistently eating into Castrol’s market share. Castrol is the No. 1 Player in lubes business, but have been losing volume for quite some time now. Castrol’s losses have been adding up to HPCL’s market share.

Lube Oil

Going forward lubes business is likely to contribute big time in the profits of HPCL, which is already reflecting in its stock price that has been up 50% in the last 3 months.

June quarter results came with great numbers, sales drops by 12% while profits grow by more than 3000% all due to the drop in inventory price.

HPCL has achieved record profits for the 2014-15, highest since its inception, in spite of Crude Oil price going down by more than half.

We bought HPCL into our portfolio at about ₹600 in December 2014; the stock hit a high of ₹990 in August 2015 before going into a correction. Come December 2015 all the profits from this investment will be tax free and with the strength this stock has been showing, it has a long way to go from here.