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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Small Cap Stocks & Once in a Decade Opportunity!

Dear Reader,

If you were investing in small cap stocks in the year like 2016 and 2017 and stopped investing now due to recent carnage in broader markets, believe us you are making a bigger mistake. Do not allow your emotions to take control of your equity investment decisions, instead inculcate habit of investing in discipline manner.

Small caps being most volatile tend to offer best investing opportunities during turbulent times. Retail investors usually make mistake by buying stocks at higher levels due to greed factor and later exit due to panic and fear of further erosion of capital. This phase has happened earlier also and good quality small and mid caps have always bounced back, not only recovering all losses but also delivering much higher returns from previous highs. Good sentiments as well as bad sentiments do not last forever.

If you analyse BSE Small Cap Index YoY returns, you will realise that small cap index not only recovered but also delivered astonishing returns in short span of time once tide turns favourable. In last 16 years, small cap index delivered significantly higher returns in single year every four years. In past, we experienced fierce rally in small caps in years like 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2017. During good times when overall economy is doing well, small cap stocks use to deliver mind boggling returns turning multibaggers in period of 12 to 24 months.
BSE Small Cap Index went up by 69% in 2014 and during the same year numerous small and mid cap stocks turned multi-bagger. Scenario was similar in 2017 when BSE Small Cap Index rallied by 58%, since Jan 2018 broader market went into bear grip with significant sell off in many small and mid caps due to expensive valuations and series of negatives developments followed by slowdown in economy.

Coming back to the current situation, the small cap index is down by 35% from its peak made in January 2018. The liquidity crisis in NBFCs, the DHFL and IL&FS defaults, series of rating downgrades by rating agencies, lenders dumping stocks of debt laden companies and recent slowdown in economic growth have not only taken the steam out of small caps but also made companies available at significantly discounted valuations compared to large caps. Fear and misinformation has shattered investor’s confidence and hence quality businesses are back to cheap valuations after a long time. Post steep fall in stock prices over last 20 months, many small caps are now offering once in a decade investment opportunity!

However, the greed to get multibagger returns by investing in small and mid caps in year like 2016 & 2017 turned out to fear these days. Inspite of attractive valuations of many small and mid size companies backed by sound business fundamentals, no body wish to look at this space now. Investors who were willing to pay much higher price for small and mid cap stocks in 2017 are shying away to invest in these stocks which are now available at lower than halve the prices of 2017.

The reason is the carnage in stock prices of many well-known small and mid cap companies. Individual small and mid cap stocks are touching 52-week lows every other day and individual damage to most of the stocks in this category is to the tune of 50-60%, some even more than that. Such severe and fast erosion of capital in small and mid caps have butchered investors interest towards this category. Retail investors have taken the back foot and lost their faith and conviction towards investing in small and mid caps due to existing pain in their portfolios.

However, we are quite excited about opportunities emerging in small and mid cap space during this year. The fall in stock prices of many small and mid caps by more than 50% from their peaks has not happened for the first time. This has happened in past in years like 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 and companies with good business fundamentals have always bounced back strongly later delivering multi-bagger returns. When overall market sentiments are negative like we are witnessing now, quality businesses also face the heat. As bad stocks go down, good stocks go down with them too. But good companies make a stronger come back with earning revival once economy cycle starts its upturn.

We have been saying this time and again - don’t try to time the market. We firmly believe that to get the best returns in the long term, investors should invest in a staggered and disciplined manner irrespective of market conditions. Investing through ups and downs of the market lets your investment grow and averages the purchasing cost. Equity investment is a serious business meant for long term investors. Trying to get in when the market goes up and getting out when there is a correction does not help you to create wealth.

Let us share some valuable insights to make you understand why we believe buying the right set of small and mid caps now can be a massive wealth creating once in a decade opportunity. To make our readers understand bull as well as bear phase of markets, we have covered long term monthly charts of some of our own small and mid cap stocks recommendations (released under Hidden Gems and Value Picks) over last 9 years which at one point of time were down by 50% to 70% from their peak but turned out to be mega multibagger stocks in longer run delivering upto 64X returns.

Below are the Monthly Chart (since Jan'10) of 8 Multibagger Small Cap Stocks released under Hidden Gems service. 

1. Camlin Fine Sciences (Hidden Gem released on 27th Mar'11) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 1

Above is the monthly chart of Camlin Fine Sciences which we recommended as Hidden Gem on 27 Mar’11 at 6.05*. The stock made life time high of 155 in Jan 2018 and later crashed to lows of 36.70. At current price of around 60, it is still a 10-Bagger for investors who bought it during lows of 2011 or 2013 but those who invested later during 2015 – 2017 period are bearing losses as of now. Current situation is more or less similar like that of 2013. Investors who bought Camlin Fine Science stock at highs of 2011 were holding it bearing losses till 2013. However, initial pain of 2 years rewarded the investors of 2011 later in year 2014-2015.

2. Kovai Medical (Hidden Gem released on 27th Oct'11) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 2
Now look at monthly chart of KMCH since Jan 2010, Kovai Medical stock price made a high of Rs. 176 in Feb 2010 and low of Rs. 89.50 in 2012 when overall market sentiments were negatives. It witnessed correction of nearly 50% over next 2 years. Later in 2014, stock rallied more than 400% in matter of 12 months. Kovai Medical price fell by 56% from high of 1480 in Jan 2018, a 8-Bagger stock even after severe fall in stock price for those who invested in the company in 2012.

3. Roto Pumps (Hidden Gem released on 05th Aug'12) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 3
Let us look at monthly chart of Roto Pumps since Jan 2010, stock which turned 10-Bagger in matter of 16 months. Roto Pumps which witnessed correction of 60% in stock price in 2011 from high of 2010, rallied by more than 900% later in 2014. At current levels, Roto Pumps is a 13-Bagger stock for investors who bought it at lows of 2011.

4. Acrysil (Hidden Gem released on 25th Nov'12) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 4
Above is the monthly chart of Acrysil  from Jan 2010. Acrysil stock price fell by 48% over 2 years from its peak of 2010. With improvement in fundamentals and start of bull cycle, stock delivered 588% returns within one year. It is still a 9-Bagger stock for investors who bought it in 2012 or 2013 and a 4-Bagger for those who invested at high in Jan 2010 and later experienced negative returns for nearly 4 years.

5. TCPL Packaging (Hidden Gem released on 31st Jan'13) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 5
Above is the monthly chart of TCPL Packaging since Jan 2010. In 2014 with start of bull cycle in broader market, stock delivered 1100% returns in 2 years, turning 12-Bagger stock from initial high of Nov 2010 and 22-Bagger from lows of 2011. TCPL Packaging is down by 60% from its all time high but it is still a 5-Bagger stock for investors who bought it at highs of 2010 and still holding it.

6. Rane Brake Lining (Hidden Gem released on 31st May'14) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 6
Rane Brake Lining is our Hidden Gem stock recommended on 31 May 2014. During recent melt down in broader markets, stock witnessed price correction of 67% over last 2 years. Even when stock is down from all time high of 1450 hitting recent lows of 505, it is a 4-Bagger stock from highs of Nov 2010. Those who invested at high of Nov’10 were sitting on losses in the same stock for more than 3 years.

7. Visaka Industries (Hidden Gem released on 05th Jul'15) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 7



Above is the monthly chart of Visaka Industries since Jan 2010. Between Feb’16 to Jan’18, stock turned 9-Bagger delivering 853% returns in 2 years. Since then stock price has corrected by 68% making recent lows of 265 but is still a 5-Bagger stock for investors who invested in the same company 7 to 8 years back during 2011 – 2012 and a 2-Bagger for those who invested in 2015 - 2016.

8. Stylam Industries (Hidden Gem released on 08th May'16) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Small Cap Stock 8
Stylam Industries has delivered maximum returns of 6304% in last 9 years. A mind boggling mega 64-Bagger stock which moved from lows of 13.35 (Nov 2011) to high of 855 (July 2017). We recommended Stylam Industries as Hidden Gem on 08 May 2016 and advised to book full profits around 800 levels considering expensive valuations of the company. Its interesting to note that the stock which turned out to be a mega multi-bagger delivering maximum returns of 64 times over last 9 years was down by more than 70% by Nov 2011 from its peak of July 2010.

Below are the Monthly Chart (since Jan'10) of 5 Multibagger Mid Cap Stocks released under Value Picks service.

1. Aurobindo Pharma (Value Pick released on 27th Jan'13) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Mid Cap Stock 1



Aurobindo Pharma, a well known company from pharma sector, was recommended as our Value Pick stock on 27 Jan 2013. Stock which made low of 41.52* witnessing fall of 70% from its peak of Jan 2011 later delivered 1200% returns in matter of 2.5 years. Aurobindo Pharma is still a 15-Bagger stock for investors who invested in the company during lows of 2011.

2. Mindtree (Value Pick released on 23rd Mar'14) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Mid Cap Stock 2

Let us look at monthly chart of our another Value Pick stock – Mindtree recommended on 23 Mar 2014. Mindtree also witnessed severe correction of 61% from its peak of Jan 2010 and tested patience of investors for nearly 4 years. Those who stay invested and sit patiently on the stock were rewarded over next 2 years as stock rallied from 195* to 795* delivering more than 300% returns.

3. Heritage Foods (Value Pick released on 03rd Jan'16)

Multibagger Mid Cap Stock 3

Above is the monthly chart of Heritage Food of last 9 years. During bear phase of 2011 – 2012, stock price fell by 52% from its peak price of 2010. However,  the same company delivered 525% during bull phase in matter of 30 months. Stock made all time high of 884 in Oct 2017 turning mega 28-Bagger stock from lows of Jun 2012.

4. Can Fin Homes (Value Pick released on 29th Feb'16) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Mid Cap Stock 4
Can Fin Homes witnessed severe correction of 67% from its peak during last year. However, the same stock created significant wealth for investors who invested in the company during beginning of this decade. Even after severe correction in stock price over last 2 years, stock is a 12-Bagger for investors who invested in the company at high of 2010 and a 20-Bagger who invested at lows of 2012.

5. Sonata Software (Value Pick released on 10th Jul'16) - Read Old Report

Multibagger Mid Cap Stock 5
Above is the monthly chart of Sonata Software since Jan 2010. The stock price fell by 76% in 2 years from high of 69 made in April 2010. Investors who bought at highs of Apr 2010 were in losses for almost 5 years but those who held it tightly were rewarded handsomely over next 4 years. Sonata Software made all time high of 428.40 in Sept 2018 turning 7-Bagger for those who entered at highs of 2010.

Looking at long term charts of most of the companies with good businesses, you will realise that investors who entered in market by investing in small and mid caps during last 2 to 3 years have pain in their portfolio however those who invested in bad phase of market in 2011 - 2013 like that of today are still holding plenty of multibaggers in their portfolio. That is why its important to invest in equities keeping a real long term view. In fact, during turbulent times, we must increase investments / equity allocation in small / mid size companies which have good business fundamentals with better earning visibility and robust cash flows from their operations to get rewarded in big way in long run.

We are pleased to inform that we are celebrating this festive season by offering maximum benefit to our members. On this auspicious day, you can avail discounts up to 30% and valuable freebies on our subscription services under Saral Gyan Dussehra Diwali Offer 2019. Subscribe to our services and get rewarded by making smart investment decision in equities.

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Best Selling Subscription Service
We also take this as an opportunity to inform our readers that our Combo - 1 (Annual subscription of Hidden Gems, Value Picks, 15% @ 90 Days & Wealth-Builder) is the best selling subscription service at Saral Gyan, we have registered maximum subscription of Combo 1 since beginning of this year followed by Wealth-Builder and Combo 3 subscription. We keep on updating our members on our past recommendations suggesting them whether to hold / buy or sell stocks on the basis of company's performance and future outlook.

Below are the details of our services:

1. Hidden Gems (Unexplored Multibagger Small Cap Stocks): Based on fundamental analysis, our equity analysts release one Hidden Gem research report every month with buy recommendation and share it with all Hidden Gems members. Stock finalized as Hidden Gem belongs to small / micro caps space with market cap of less than 500 Crores, expected returns from Hidden Gems is above 100% in period of 12 - 24 months. Once target is achieved, we inform our members whether they should continue to hold the stock or need to do partial / full profit booking. If fundamentals are intact and valuations are reasonable, we suggest to continue to hold the stock for long term for multibagger returns. Annual subscription charge of Hidden Gems is INR 10,000 9,000 under which you will receive total 12 Hidden Gems research reports (one on monthly basis). Click here to read more about Hidden Gems.

2. Value Picks (Mid Caps with Plenty of Upside Potential): Our equity analysts team consider Warren Buffet approach to short list stocks from mid cap segment as Value Picks. Market cap of Value Pick will range from 1000 crores to 10,000 crores. Holding period of Value Picks is 12 - 24 months and one can expect returns of 40-50%. Annual subscription charge of Value Picks is INR 6,000 5,400 under which you will receive total 12 Value Picks research reports (one on monthly basis). Click here to read more about Value Picks.

3. 15% @ 90 Days (Buy to Sell Stocks for Short Term Gain): Based on technical analysis, our team recommends one stock every month to our members. It’s a short term call under which you can expect returns of 15% within period of 90 Days. Annual subscription charge of 15% @ 90 Days is INR 4,000 under which you will receive 12 stock recommendations. We suggest lower allocation in 15% @ 90 Days stocks and higher allocation in Hidden Gems and Value Picks which are our portfolio stocks based on fundamental analysis.​ 15% @ 90 Days stocks recommendations are based on buy to sell and gain strategy, hence we suggest our members to book complete profits once target is achieved and exit in case target is not achieved or stock has broken its 2nd support level as per report. Click here to read more about 15% @ 90 Days.

4. Wealth-Builder (An Offline Portfolio Management Service): Wealth-Builder is our model portfolio of Rs. 10 lakhs and currently we are holding 16 stocks in our portfolio. We suggest higher allocation in our Wealth-Builder stocks which includes best of our Hidden Gems and Value Picks released during last couple of years. Our team suggest all our Wealth-Builder members to invest in the stocks which are part of our Wealth-Builder portfolio. Every month our team updates our Wealth-Builder members which stocks they need to buy / sell / hold with % allocation of these stocks in their portfolio, the suggested changes need to be replicated in the same proportion. Annual subscription charge of Wealth-Builder is INR 20,000 18,000 under which you will receive total 12-18 portfolio updates. We also review existing equity portfolio of our members and advise them which stocks to hold and which to exit based of fundamental analysis. Moreover, we do look at sector wise / stock wise allocation in the portfolio and advise in case of any corrective measure needs to be taken by increasing or decreasing the stock specific allocation. Our Wealth-Builder service is suitable for those investors who have an existing portfolio of at least 2 to 3 lakhs or planning to invest similar amount or more in equity market. Click here to read more about Wealth-Builder.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

6 Important Rules for Picking Multibagger Stocks

Important Rules to follow while Picking Multibagger Stocks

Rules to follow to identify multibagger stocks
During last decade post global financial crisis of 2009, there are numerous companies which have multiplied investor’s capital delivering super-duper multibagger returns. Similarly, there are plenty of companies which have destroyed investor’s capital to almost zero over last 10 years.

During these days, there is nervousness and panic across street and most of the retail investors are bearing lot of pain in their equity portfolio. In fact, many retail investors who entered in equity market during 2016 - 2017 are in dilemma to know whether the stocks in their portfolio are good long term investment candidates or the dud stocks.

Hence, its important to know the basic criteria’s which make a company a right investment candidate with potential to multiply wealth in long term.

Rules to follow while Identifying Multibagger Stocks

Below are the 6 basic rules which we must follow to pick right companies having multibagger potential.

1. Quality management with high integrity

Alignment of management interest with minority shareholders is one of the key parameter. High standard of corporate governance ensures that company is not involved in any wrong doings. Proper and timely disclosures of shareholder related information by the companies build trust over time. Past track record of promoters, disclosures and dividend pay-out history can help us to check on this crucial parameter.


If the management is not honest, will they want to share the goodies with you? No, they will look for the first opportunity to siphon off the profits and pull the wool over your eyes. We have seen how the investors of LEEL Electricals have lost 95% of their capital over last 1 year due to personal enrichment of LEEL promoters by siphoning off company's profit from the sale of its consumer durable division to Havells.

2. High ROE & ROCE – Efficient use of capital

Return on Equity (ROE) measures a company's profitability by comparing its net income to shareholders equity (book value). ROE is a speed limit on self-funded growth (company's profit). That is, a company cant grow earnings faster than its ROE without raising cash by borrowing or selling more shares. For instance, a 15% ROE means that the company can’t grow earnings faster than 15% annually by relying only on profit to fuel growth. ROCE measures the overall returns for all stakeholders and is a relatively good measure of the overall efficiency of the company. A consistently low ROCE signifies that there is something inherently wrong with the business or the company.

Wealth creator stocks usually have very high ROE and the ROCE relative to the rest of the industry. Typically, companies with high ROCE and ROE would also be generating positive free cash flows consistently. Increasing ROE and ROCE every passing year with low / negligible debt on books is one of the key aspect in spotting multibagger stocks.

3. Low Debt and Free Cash Flows

Its important to learn the lesson from financial crisis of 2011 and now of 2019 that companies with high debt simply get slaughtered. While debt is not bad in case if the company is able to borrow at a lower rate and deploy it in its business at a higher rate as the operating leverage works in its favour, however excessive debt with high interest and repayment obligations can crunch the stock in times of downturn. So, as a long-term investment philosophy, it is best to steer clear of high-debt companies.

Recent episode of stock prices falling liking nine pins of ADAG companies (Reliance Power, Reliance Infra, Reliance Com, Reliance Capital), Essel group companies, Jain Irrigation etc indicates how unbearable high debt burden on books can destroy investors wealth in shortest span of time.

4. Asset Light Business Model - No High Capex Requirements

We know the demerits of investing in stocks like Suzlon & GMR Infra which have an insatiable appetite for more and more capital. To feed their perennial hunger, these companies dilute their equity by making FPOs, GDRs & FCCBs resulting in total destruction of shareholders wealth. This is the simple reason why we do not see multi-bagger opportunities from sectors like metals, infrastructure and utilities because of the capital intensive business model which leads to very high leverage and low return ratios.

Companies should be lean and mean requiring minimal capital but generating huge returns with free cash flows which can be used not only to reward shareholders but also to expand business in future. It is not necessary that company should be a zero-debt company as some amount of leverage can actually improve shareholders returns.

5. The Scale of Opportunity & Non-cyclical Business

Multi-bagger stocks are created because they are able to scale the opportunity rapidly. Titan Industries is a great example. In 2003-04, Titan was a small company with market capital of 500 crores. As on date, its a large cap with more than 1 lakh crores market cap. The fact that India is a booming marketplace of 132 crores consumers means that most products and services have a head start at trying to scale up their activities.

One key factor that creates value in the stock market is consistent growth across economic & market cycles. While markets values growth, it also pay higher premium on consistency in growth. Most of multi-baggers of past like Asian Paints, Titan, Page Industries, United Spirits, Marico, Aurobindo Pharma are typically high growth companies in non-cyclical businesses. It is extremely rare to find a multi-bagger in a typical commodity business like steel, aluminium or oil.

6. Valuations & Future Growth Prospects

Most investors are obsessed about valuations, refusing to buy any stock that is expensive. However, one must remember that expensive is a relative term. If a stock is compounding at 25% on an annual basis, paying a price to earning multiple (P/E ratio) of 30 may be very reasonable. A stock like Nestle or HUL, for instance, has always been expensive. However, a great company with an impeccable pedigree may not always be a good stock to buy. This could be due to the fact that most of the triggers are already in the price and future growth potential does not justify the valuations. The PEG ratio (which is PE ratio divided by sustainable growth) is a simple way to measure valuation relative to growth.

But it is equally important to consider other parameters like financial ratios and brands that the company has created which can go a long way in determining potential valuation. A particular company may look expensive to an investor who have a 2 years horizon but may be a screaming buy for investor who wish to hold it for next 5 to 7 years.

There is no guarantee that the above mentioned parameters would always help investors identify multi-baggers, but these parameters will surely help investors to invest in right set of companies and avoiding those which may end up being value destructors. Moreover, we can learn by following key traits of successful investors who have created enormous wealth in past.

Making Money by Investing in Fast Growth Multibagger Stocks

“The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” Warren Buffett

Most of us have relatives who like to fashion themselves as ‘stock-gurus’, with their stories revolving around how they ‘could have been’ millionaires now, if only they had held their nerves. The stock that comes up frequently in these conversations is Infosys. If you had invested Rs. 9,500 to buy 100 shares of Infosys in the IPO (that went undersubscribed in 1993), 1,02,400 shares (adjusted for bonus issues) worth sum of Rs. 6,72,56,320 would be in your kitty.

Infy has given CAGR returns of whopping 42.6% to investors during last 25 years (that too after keeping dividend payouts aside). Infosys got listed in June 1993 at price of Rs. 145 per share and investment of Rs. 9,500 in June 1993 is valued at ~6.73 crores today. But, is Infosys still the key to riches? As often repeated, past performance is no guarantee of future results. So, how does one find out the next ‘Infy’?

A Fast Grower is a small yet aggressive & nimble firm, which grows roughly at 20-25% a year. This is an investment category which can give investors a return of 10 to as much as 200 times the investment made by them. No doubt, it remains a favourite of Peter Lynch!

In 1950s, the Utility & Power Sector were the fast growers with twice the growth rates to that of the US GDP. As people got more power-hungry gadgets for themselves, the power bills ran through the roof & the power sector surged with booming demand. Post the Oil Shock in 70’s, cost of power generation became high with power tariffs going up; people learnt to conserve electricity. Demand, thus, fell and power sector witnessed a slowdown. Prior to it, similar decline was observed in the Steel Sector & Railroads. First, it was the Automobile Sector, and then the Steel, followed by Chemicals & Power Utility & now the IT Sector is showing signs of slowing down. Every time, people thought, rally in the fast growers of the age would never end, but it did end, with people losing money as well as their jobs. Those who thought differently like Walter Chrysler (founder of Chrysler Corporation), who took a pay cut and left the railroads to build new cars in the turn of the last century, became the next millionaires.

Three phases involved in their life cycles, are:

1. The Start-Up Phase: Majority of the companies either burn up all the cash or run out of ideas by the end of this phase. Maximum casualties have been observed here, making it one of the riskiest phases. However, maximum returns can be made from them, if one enters near the end of this phase.

2. Rapid Expansion Phase: The Company’s core proposition has worked now, with the strategy being replicated by expansion of product/service portfolio or consumer touch points.

3. Mature Phase: Growth slows down, either due to high debt or low cash, owing to the massive expansion witnessed in early stage. Fall in demand or legal restrictions might also contribute to faltering growth.

The trick is to track, which phase the organization is in, at the moment. If the firm is in late start-up phase with possibility of moving to rapid expansion phase, buy the stock when it is still cheap. Once firm’s earnings start falling with its products witnessing poor demand, it’s time to bid goodbye to the stock.

Peter Lynch 2 Minutes Drill to Shortlist Potential Multibaggers

The key parameters involved in Peter Lynch’s ‘two minute drill’ are:

1. P/E Ratio: avoid stocks with excessively high P/E
2. Debt/Equity Ratio: should be low
3. Net Cash per Share: should be high
4. Dividend & Payout Ratio: should be adequate
5. Inventory levels: lower the better

Stay away from companies which are being actively tracked, followed & invested in by large institutional investors. News about buy back of shares or internal stakeholders increasing their stakes should be construed as positive.

Checks specific to Fast Growers:

1. The star product forms a majority of the company’s business.
2. Company’s success in more than one places to prove that expansion will work.
3. Still opportunity for penetration.
4. Stock is selling at its P/E ratio or near the growth rate.
5. Expansion is speeding up Or stable

One must judiciously walk the tightrope between the unquestioning belief that made the stock to be held for so long and the fear of the end from nose-diving prices due to a one-off bad year. The key is to always keep revisiting the story & ask some pertinent questions like ‘What would really keep them growing?’, ‘What is their next offering? or ‘Are their products & services still in vogue?’ It is here, that one must track the point of time when the phase 2 of the firm’s expansion comes to an end. This is usually the dead-end for organizations as success is difficult to be replicated. Unless, innovation happens, downfall is imminent & thus, an exit is necessary. P/E of these stocks is drummed up to unrealistically high levels by the madness of crowd towards the end. One must keep one’s eyes & ears open to signs, which mark the end of the road for these fast growers. A great case in point is Polaroid which had its P/E bid up to 50, only to be rendered obsolete later by new technologies.

A sure shot sign of a decline is a company which is everywhere! Such a company would simply find no place to expand any further. Sooner, rather than later, such a company would see its ‘Manhattans’ of earnings reduced to ‘plateaus’ of little or no growth, simply because no space is left to expand further.

1.The quarterly sales decline for existing stores.
2. New stores opening, though results are disappointing: weakening demand, over supply.
3. High level of attrition at the top level.
4. Company pitching heavily to institutional investors talking about what Peter Lynch calls ‘diversification’.
5. Stock trading at a P/E of 30 or more, when most optimistic estimates of earning growth are lower than 15-20%, thus, unable to justify the high price.

Fast Growers, which pay, are ephemeral & one misses them more often than not. It is a High Risk & High Gain Category of Stocks. One must remember along the classic risk & return principle, that when one loses, one loses big! So, if you are in the quest for magnificent returns, a Fast Grower can be your bet provided you know when to bid Goodbye!

Owning Multibagger Stocks which can multiply Investments 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 percent 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.

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. If you are looking for multibaggers, stock must have high growth rates along with expanding PE ratios. The price we pay for the stock is important as it will determine whether there is enough scope left for a PE expansion to take place. 

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.


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If these factors scare you but you still want to gain from the upside potential of such stocks, Saral Gyan Hidden Gems & Value Picks is an ideal choice for you. At Saral Gyan, team of equity analysts keep on evaluating small and mid cap stocks to explore the best Hidden Gems and Value Picks of stock market. Saral Gyan - Hidden Gems and Value Picks are the small and mid cap stocks with high probability to become multi-bagger stocks in future and a path for our investors to create wealth through equity investments in a long run. Multibaggers evolve over time. Many successful investors follow plenty of processes to identify these stocks early and continue to ride them till they evolve as multibaggers.

Grow your Wealth by Investing in Potential Multibagger Small Caps

Its a fact that 49 small and micro cap stocks out of 87 recommended by our team under Hidden Gems service during last 9 years turned multi-baggers giving more than 100% returns. Stocks like Cera SanitarywareCamlin Fine SciencesKovai MedicalWim PlastMayur UniquoterRoto Pumps etc are our multibagger stocks have given whopping returns in the range of 400% to 2000%.

We do update our members in terms of profit booking / exits depending upon various factors like overall Industry / Sector outlook, fundamentals of the company, management action plan and annual performance in terms of top line, bottom line, operating margins and other important parameters.

Below are some of the Hidden Gems stocks released by us which became multibaggers during last 9 years. Even after severe correction in small caps over last 1.5 years, as on date returns is in the range of 150% to 1800%.  In fact, we already advised partial / full profit booking in many of these stocks at higher levels. The update of the same was published in our Hidden Gems Flash Back report.

 HIDDEN GEMS STOCKS 
 RELEASE DATE 
 MULTIBAGGER 
OLD REPORT
1. Camlin Fine Sciences
27 Mar 2011 
8-BAGGER 
2. Wim Plast
30 Aug 2011 
5-BAGGER 
3. Kovai Medical
27 Oct 2011 
7-BAGGER 
4. Cera Sanitaryware
24 Dec 2011 
19-BAGGER
5. Mayur Uniquoter
31 Mar 2012 
5-BAGGER 
6. Roto Pumps
05 Aug 2012 
7-BAGGER 
7. Acrysil
25 Nov 2012 
5-BAGGER 
8. TCPL Packaging
31 Mar 2013 
5-BAGGER 
9. Rane Brake Lining
31 May 2014 
3-BAGGER 
10. Dynemic Products
29 Jul 2014 
2.5-BAGGER
11. Mold-Tek Packaging
22 Mar 2015 
2.5-BAGGER 
12. Visaka Industries
05 Jul 2015 
3-BAGGER 
13. Chemfab Alkalies
06 Sep 2015 
2.5-BAGGER 
14. Ultramarine Pi.
11 Oct 2015 
2.5-BAGGER 
15. Stylam Industries
08 May 2016 
3-BAGGER 

Sensex & Nifty delivered positive returns of ~8% since Jan 2018 where as broader markets i.e. Small Cap and Mid Cap indices delivered negative returns of 38% and 27% respectively during the same period. Most of the liquidity in small & mid caps has dried up and found its way to large caps over last 1.5 years. At this juncture, large caps looks fairly valued or expensive in terms of valuations, however small & mid cap companies look attractive and can reward long term investors in big way. In fact, some of the worst times to get into the market turned out to be the best times for long term investors and same seems to be applicable now for small & mid caps.

BSE Small Cap Index has not delivered negative returns for 2 consecutive years in past 16 years

We believe this is a blessing in disguise because for the first time in many years, several small companies having robust business fundamentals are available at attractive valuations. Do you know in last 16 years, small cap index have not given negative returns for 2 consecutive years. In 2018, BSE Small Cap Index has given negative returns of -23.4% and since beginning of this year, index is down by another -14.9%. Below is the table which indicates BSE Small Cap Index returns YoY since 1st April 2003 (the data is available from April 2003 onwards only in BSE).
Whenever, BSE Small Cap Index delivered significantly high negative returns in a particular year during last 16 years, it has delivered double digit positive returns the very next year. The divergence between Sensex / Nifty and BSE Small Cap & Mid Cap Index will not last for long going forward considering valuations gap emerging between large caps in comparison to mid & small cap stocks.

Tide to turn favourable for Small Cap Stocks

If you analyse the bear phase of stock markets cycle since 1990, you will find that such bear phase has not lasted for more than 18 months. Small cap index which made all time high of 20,184 in Jan 2018 with end of its bull run corrected by -38% from its peak.

Greed which was seen in broader market (small & mid caps) in the year 2016 and 2017 has turned to fear these days. If you are not investing in equities during these opportune times and taking the back seat, you are making a bigger mistake. In the long run, you do not make decent returns on your investments by following the herd i.e. when everyone is buying stocks; instead you get handsome returns on our investments by investing in stocks at significantly low prices as no one else is buying, and by selling to them when investors come back in herd due to greed in future.

Be a disciplined investor who keep on investing in systematic way irrespective of market conditions and not an emotional investor who usually buy stocks during bull phase when stock prices are moving higher because of greed and sell them in panic during bear phase due to severe fall in stock prices, making mistake of buying high and selling low.

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