Hope you all are doing well.
We have completed 2 years of Model Sheet service and would like to share with you our Performance card.
The Model Sheet service was started on 15th Aug’18 and the purpose of the same was 2-fold:
- Determine performance of our stock research on Portfolio basis (against benchmark indices) than on individual stocks basis
- Give an easily replicable (from any point onwards) sheet to members so that they can make the most of our equity research services
I think the first point is quite clear and doesn’t need any explanation.
As far as second point regarding replicability and from any point onwards is concerned, mostly members tend to ignore the same and here I would like to spend some time on the topic.
So, in any Model sheet update, you will find weightages for all the stocks at that particular date. The weightages are based on current value of the holding in the stock and the total portfolio value. If one were to replicate the same weightages and make the changes as per subsequent updates, the returns on his/her portfolio will mirror that of Model sheet.
Ex. For instance, the current value of the Portfolio is around 56 lakhs. Suppose the same increases to Rs 67 lakhs by the end of next Independence Day i.e. 15th Aug’21, then all those who would have replicated it with similar weightages would notice a similar 20% increase in their portfolio value.
Coming back to the Performance, over the last 2 years we have achieved 12.5-13.5% absolute return which translates into 6-6.5% CAGR against negative returns for all the major indices.
As you all are aware, our major focus area is small and mid-cap segment and therefore the real benchmarks for comparison are MID and SMALL CAP indices; however, we endeavour to outperform all the major benchmark indices, including the large cap-based NIFTY.
The first year i.e. 15th Aug’18-14th Aug’19 wasn’t great wherein we recorded 14-16.5% drop. While we outperformed MID and SMALL Cap indices, NIFTY outperformed us by a decent margin.
2018-19 was also a period of huge polarization with a handful of expensive stocks getting more expensive by the day while the others were getting butchered. As we believe in Growth at Reasonable Valuations philosophy, we couldn’t participate in the high-flying expensively valued companies and ended up underperforming NIFTY.
There were also a few wrong stock selections as well.
While we don’t expect to make gains on all our stock investments, there are surely a few lessons to be learnt from the losses. For instance, rapidly changing industries isn’t our forte and that is so true for the Media Industry. Similarly, without growth, no matter how high quality an industry or company might be in terms of operations, valuations can still take a good beating.
Last but not the least, all the industries are cyclical to varying extents.
As a Research Analyst and Investor, it’s never easy underperforming benchmark indices; however, we did believe that 2018-19 kind of polarization cannot continue forever and eventually markets will take a liking for reasonably valued good small and mid-cap companies.
Luckily, the above did pan out and the last 1 year has been really good with our Model sheets delivering 31-35% returns against -1.5-4% for other major benchmark indices. With the same we are now outperforming all the major benchmark indices by a good margin.
A special mention here for the Pharma stocks because without the two Pharma stocks, the above wouldn’t have been possible. What is also important to note is that we initiated coverage on the both during 2017-18 when the Pharma cycle was in a downturn. So, while it took 2-3 years for the stocks to perform, it’s been worth the wait.
As mentioned above, we believe all the industries are cyclical and we are increasingly trying to identify good companies during bad turns of cycle. Normally, during bad turns both the earnings and the valuations get depressed; but the same can also provide a good entry point with relatively lower downside risk.
As the cycle turns around (may not happen in all the cases), we get the dual advantages of expansion in earnings and valuations rerating.
Currently we are excited about a lot of our initiated stock ideas because it looks like we have been able to add on to them during not so good business cycle and depressed valuations, while the potential for growth remains strong.
Finally, signing off and hoping to not get complacent and continue with the good performance in the years ahead.
Note: Model sheet is an information service, same for all and a reflection of our research analysis. It doesn’t take into account anyone’s personal financial situation or risk profile. Please consult your financial adviser before following or implementing the same partially or in totality.
Wish you Good Health and Wealth.
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