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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Power your Portfolio by Investing in Hiqh Quality Stocks

Investing in High Quality Small & Mid Caps with Strong Fundamentals 

On 2 January 2002, Crompton Greaves had a market cap of Rs 115 crore and its stock was at Rs 1.80. Today, on 12th April'15 the stock price is trading at Rs 176 and the company's market cap is Rs 11,050 crore. Rs 1 lakh invested Crompton Greaves in Jan 2002 is almost Rs. 95 lakhs today.

Lets take another example of little known company Mayur Uniquoters which is our 8-Bagger stock. We recommended this stock 2 years back at price of Rs. 56 (adjusted price after 2 bonus issues and stock split in last 2 years, actual recommended price was Rs. 448) and today it’s at Rs. 440 giving absolute returns of 686%. You might be surprised to know that Mayur Uniquoter is a 146-Bagger stock for investors who invested in it 6 years back. Investment of Rs. 1 lakh in Mayur Uniquoters in Jan 2009 is valued at Rs. 1 Crores and 46 lakhs today. That's too excluding dividend payouts. Mind boggling, isn't it? It's a fact! Company has posted strong growth YoY and rewarded share holders in big way, Company was trading at Rs. 3 (bonus / split adjusted price) with market cap of merely 13 crores in Jan 2009, today market cap of the company is 1,906 crores.

Mayur Uniquoters is still a great value stock considering its consistent performance and leadership position in artificial leather industry and robust demand for its products by esteemed clients from auto and footwear industry.

Do you own such stocks which can give you similar returns in future?

The number of small-cap stocks is large and finding a quality stock that can give high returns over a long period is tough even for equity analysts. One reason is that such stocks usually have a short history and are not tracked by many analysts and brokerage houses. Then there are risks such as low liquidity, governance concerns and competition from larger players.

Scores of once small companies have over the years grown big, giving investors a 30-50 per cent annual return over 10-15 years and creating fortunes for investors. However, more often than not, we find ourselves at the wrong side of the fence and regret our inability to spot such stocks on time.

If these factors scare you but you still want to gain from the upside potential of such stocks, Saral Gyan Hidden Gems and Value Picks is an ideal choice for you.

It’s a fact that 27 Hidden Gems out of 40 released by our equity analysts in last 4 years (till Dec'14) have given more than 100% returns.

Buying Strategy for Small Caps

1. Go for companies with low debt ratio (preferably less than one)

2. A high interest coverage ratio (above 3x) and a high return on equity are big advantages

3. Avoid companies with huge liabilities in the form of foreign currency convertible bonds / external commercial borrowings

4. Look at the quality of the management, its governance standards and how investor-friendly the company is.

5. Mid-cap and small-cap companies can be future market leaders, so be patient with your investments

Those who wish to invest in small-cap stocks should do so only if they have a long investment horizon and tolerance for volatility. Small-cap stocks suffer the steepest falls in a bear market and rise the most in a bull market. An investor should stay invested for at least three-five years to allow their portfolio to gain from at least one bull run.

Benefits of Investing in Small Caps

1. Huge growth potential: The first and the most important advantage that a small cap stock gives you is their high growth potential. Since these are small companies they have great scope to rise as opposed to already large companies.

2. Low Valuations: Usually small cap stocks are available at lower valuations compared to mid & large caps. Hence, if you invest in good small cap companies at initial stage and wait for couple of years,  you will see price appreciation not only because of growth in top line and bottom line but also due to rerating which happens with increase in market capital of the company.

3. Early Entrance Advantage: Most of the fund house and institutions do not own small caps with low market cap due to less liquidity which make it difficult for them to own sufficient no. of shares. This gives retail investors an opportunity to be an early entrant to accumulate such companies shares. When company grows in market cap by delivering consistent growth and becomes more liquid, entry of fund houses and institutions push the share prices up giving maximum gains to early entrants.  

4. Under–Researched: Small cap stocks are often given the least attention by the analysts who are more interested in the large companies. Hence, they are often under - recognized and could be under-priced thus giving the investor the opportunity to benefit from these low prices.

5. Emerging Sectors: In a developing economy where there are several new business models and sectors emerging, the opportunity to pick new leaders can be hugely beneficial. Also the disruptive models in the new age is leading to more churn and faster growth amongst the nimble footed smaller companies.

Concerns while Investing in Small Caps

1. Risk: The first and the most important disadvantage a small cap stock is the high level of risk it exposes an investor to. If a small cap company has the potential to rise quickly, it even has the potential to fall. Owing to its small size, it may not be able to sustain itself thereby leading the investor into great loses. After all, the bigger the company, the harder it is for it to fall.

2. Volatility: Small cap stocks are also more volatile as compared to large cap stocks. This is mainly because they have limited reserves against hard times. Also, it in the event of an economic crisis or any change in the company administration could lead to investors dis-investing thereby leading to a fall in prices.

3. Liquidity: Since investing in small cap stocks is mainly a decision depending upon one’s ability to undertake risk, a small cap stock can often become illiquid. Hence, one should not depend upon them for an important life goal.

4. Lack of information: As opposed to a large cap company, the analysts do not spend enough time studying the small cap companies. Hence, there isn’t enough information available to the investor so that he can study the company and decide about it future prospects.

Saral Gyan team do take care of above concerns by doing in-depth research and analysis of small cap companies before releasing Hidden Gems research reports with buy recommendation. Its sincere efforts, dedication and passion of our equity analysts that 27 out of 40 Hidden Gems released by us during last 4 years have given more than 100% returns to our members. In fact 15 out of these 27 stocks are giving returns in the range of 200% to 1700%.

Below is the performance update of Hidden Gems released in 2014 compared to returns given by small cap index:
We are pleased to share with our readers that 3 Hidden Gems out of 10 released in 2014 have already achieved their target price. Hidden Gems stocks - 2014 average returns as on date is 56.8% compared to small cap index returns of 30.4%, hence outperforming small cap index by 26.2%.

It gives us immense satisfaction to inform you that our Value Picks (Mid Caps with Plenty of Upside Potential) stocks also outperformed mid cap index by wide percentage points. Below is the performance update of Value Picks - 2014 released by our research team last year:
Value Picks stocks - 2014 have given average returns of 44.3% compared to mid cap index average returns of 24.4%, outperforming mid cap index by 20%. Top Value Picks stocks of 2014 were Mindtree and Bajaj Corp giving more than 100% returns within period of 12 months.

Our research team has not released Value Picks for couple of months in 2014, hence total recommendations are less compared to Hidden Gems. However, more important is to ensure that we suggest you to pick the right stock ensuring that you get handsome returns on your investments in medium to long term.

If you have patience and want to add extra power in your portfolio, start investing some portion of your savings in fundamentally strong small and mid cap companies - Hidden Gems & Value Picks.   

The stocks we reveal through Hidden Gems & Value Picks are companies that are either under-researched or not covered by other stock brokers and research firms. We keep on updating our subscribers on our past recommendation suggesting them whether to hold / buy or sell stocks on the basis of company's performance and future outlook. 

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Note: Hidden Gem and Value Pick stock of April'15 will be released during 2nd last / last weekend of the month.

Do contact us in case of any queries, we will be delighted to assist you. 

Wish you happy & safe Investing. 

Team - Saral Gyan