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Today, we will briefly discuss about - How do we select stocks for Investment?

First of all, we have had our fair share of mistakes in stock selection. As we have been recommending stocks to members since 2011, there's a detailed track record and statistically 2-3 stock recommendations out of 10 have gone wrong in general.

You can access the complete list of stock recommendations by Clicking HERE

Nevertheless, the idea is to keep improving, make fewer mistakes, because the markets tend to be extremely rewarding in the long run. It's quite easy to understand, you may invest in 10 stocks, say 3 go wrong and you lose 20-30% on each; however, the upside potential on the remaining 7 can be anything from 0 to 10x-20x ad even more.

Below, we have shared a short note on the stock selection criteria. Hope you find the details useful for your own investments:

Stock selection criteria

  • Growth stocks at reasonable valuations
    • Here we look for companies that have been growing quite consistently across the years
    • We focus largely on small and mid cap stocks because in this space it's relatively easier to get good growth opportunities at reasonable valuations
    • For such stocks, important factors are - opportunity size, industry growth rate and whether the company seems capable enough to capitalize on the vast opportunity
    • Unless there's a large opportunity size, the growth will soon plateau out and thus opportunity size is an important factor
    • Examples -
  • Cyclical businesses -
    • Largely commodity businesses like - Cement, Metals, Paper, etc
    • Most investors make the mistake of investing in such businesses when the sales, profit numbers are extremely good and the valuations are cheap on the earnings based metrics
    • However, most of the time, the best time to invest in such stocks/segments is when they are going through a bad phase
    • To determine bad phase, look at commodity prices - have they corrected a lot from peak prices, or look at gross and operating margins - are they much lower than average margins of the company
    • Similarly, the best time to sell is usually when the gross and operating margin numbers are significantly higher than average range
    • Examples -
  • Good businesses going through bad phase -
    • There are companies which are overall quite good, but occasionally go through a lean phase
    • A lean phase doesn't mean losses...it could simply mean a dip in the profitability of the company due to various issues
    • There could be a slowdown in industry or the company may have done a major CAPEX after which it takes some years for the companies to realize the full benefit of the same
    • In the interim the performance may hurt because of factors like lower capacity utilization, higher depreciation and interest cost, etc
    • As an investor, it's important to determine if the problems are temporary and if the company can bounce back
    • If yes, we get the advantage of both earnings and PE re-rating
    • Examples -

Recently, we released our new stock recommendation for our Premium Members. It's a leading Pharmaceutical company with global leadership in its product segment, net debt free and available at very reasonable valuations. Can read about the company HERE.


Disclaimer: I have personal investment in Acrysil, Control Print and FIEM Industries. This is not a recommendation to buy/sell the stock, but a way to showcase our research.


Best Regards,

Ekansh Mittal
Research Analyst
Web: https://www.katalystwealth.com/


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