Tata Sponge Iron Ltd

Tata Sponge Iron Ltd is an associate company of Tata Steel. It has its manufacturing facility at Bilaipada in Orissa. It is the first Indian sponge iron company to be accredited with ISO 9002 certification. Tata Sponge Iron Limited produces premium & consistent quality sponge iron. The company has emerged as one of the leaders among coal-based sponge iron suppliers in India. It has the advantage of getting an assured supply of quality iron ore from Tata Steel, which ensures consistency in the quality of sponge iron thus produced. The plant commissioned by Tata Sponge was initially designed to facilitate a production capacity of 90,000 TPA, which was enhanced to 1,20,000 TPA during 1990-91. Later, it increased its capacity by adding a second kiln of equivalent capacity in 1998-99. A third kiln of 150,000 TPA capacity was commissioned in 2005-06. In December, 2001 Tata Sponge commissioned a 7.5 MW captive power plant to produce electricity from the waste heat of exit gases of its Kiln No.2.This helped the company to become self sufficient in power. A second power plant of 18.5 MW fed by the waste heat generated by Kiln No. 1 & 3 was commissioned in November, 2006. Revenues earned by the sale of surplus power generated from the power plants add to the profitability of the company, besides keeping the environment free of thermal pollution. Tata Sponge is among the first sponge iron enterprises to have earned carbon credits.

Finished Products

Sponge iron, Power

Raw Materials

Coal, iron ore, dolomite


Steel – Sponge Iron


Jindal Steel, Monnet Ispat, Jai Balaji Ind, Adhunik Metalik

Related Links

Updates on Drops Savings | Company website | NSE Market Tracker | Information at Moneycontrol.com | Information at HDFC Securities

Zensar Technologies

Zensar Technologies is a globally focused software and services company spread across eighteen countries across the world. Zensar provides end-to-end services from IT development to Business Process Outsourcing, from consulting to implementation. With more than 5400 associates and sales and operations presence across US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Middle East, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, Japan and Poland, the Company delivers comprehensive services in mission-critical applications, enterprise applications, e-business, BPO Services. Zensar is the world’s first enterprise-wide SEI CMM Level 5 Company and now a CMMI Level 5 Company with industry expertise that spans across Retail and Distribution, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Energy and Utilities.

Finished Products/Services

Software development


Information Technology, Computers – Software, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

Depend on Industries:

Retail and Distribution, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Energy and Utilities

Related Links

Updates on Drops Savings | Company website | NSE Market Tracker | Information at Moneycontrol.com | Information at HDFC Securities

KSB Pumps

KSB Pumps, Indian subsidiary of Klein Schanzlin & Becker (KSB), Germany, is one of the largest manufacturer and seller of pumps and valves in India. The company was established in 1960 in India. The company is engaged in manufacture of power driven pumps and industrial valves, Cast Articles of Iron or Steel. It has it plants located at Pune, Ahmed Nagar, Chinchwad, Nashik and Coimbatore.


Kirloskar Brothers and Dynamatic Tech

Peer Group

Kirloskar Brothers, Roto Pumps, Shakti Pumps, WPIL, Yuken India

Finished Products

Power driven pumps, Industrial valves

Industry and Related Industry

Pumps, Industrial Machinery, Engineering,

Related Links

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Oil Country Tubular Limited

Oil Country Tubular Limited (OCTL), is one of the leading companies in the world processing a range of Oil Country Tubular Goods required for the Oil Drilling and Exploration Industry. OCTL has earned worldwide recognition for the quality of its products and services.  At OCTL, the complete processing activity is concentrated in a single unique integrated plant located at Narketpally and with Corporate Headquarters in Hyderabad, India. The facilities include Upsetting, Heat Treatment, Non-Destructive Testing, Metallurgical Laboratory, Gaging and Calibration Laboratory, Tool Joint and Coupling Threading, Casing and Tubing Threading, Friction Welding of Drill Pipe, Hydrostatic Testing and Internal Plastic Coating of Tubulars. OCTL’s wide product range covers Drill Pipe, Heavy Weight Drill Pipe, Drill Collars, Production Tubing, Casing, Tool Joints, Couplings, Pup Joints, Nipples, Subs, and Cross Overs. OCTL’s Oil Field Accessories include Rotary Subs, Lift Plugs and Lift Subs, Cross Overs (Drill Pipe to Drill Collar or Drill Collar to Drill Collar), Stabilizer Sleeves, Welded Blade Stabilizers & Integral Stabilizers and Cast Steel Lifting Bails. Services include Tool Joint Hardbanding, Make and Break of Tool Joints, Internal Plastic Coating of Drill Pipe and Tubing, Reconditioning of Drill Pipe, Re-threading of Drill Pipe, Tubing and Casing, and Field Inspection of Tubulars. OCTL can also manufacture and supply in large numbers finished Tool Joints and API Couplings for Tubing and Casing of all grades.

Finished Products

Products include drill pipe, tubing, heavy weight drill pipe, casing, drill collars and accessories.

Services include tool Joint hardfacing, make and break of tool joints, internal plastic coating of drill pipe and tubing, reconditioning of drill pipe, re-threading of drill pipe, tubing and casing and field inspection.


Steel – Tubes/Pipes

Consuming Industry

Oil Drilling and Exploration


Jindal Saw, Welspun Corp, Mah Seamless, Ratnamani Metal

Related Links

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Sharia 50 Index by Bombay Stock Exchange

The BSE TASIS Shariah 50 index, launched on Monday, consists of the 50 largest and most liquid Shariah compliant stocks within the BSE 500 Index. It is the first Shariah compliant equity index in India to be publicly disseminated on a real-time basis, providing a new tool for use by Islamic and other socially responsible investors to track the performance of India’s largest and most liquid Shariah compliant stocks.

BSE has partnered with TASIS, the premier Indian Shariah advisory firm to ensure that all stocks included in the BSE TASIS Shariah 50 meet the strictest possible Shariah compliance norms. Stocks are included through two types of screening, business screening and interest activity screening. Business screening ensures that companies selected are not in the business that derives significant benefit from interest or the sale of other goods and services such as alcohol, tobacco, firearms, vulgar entertainment etc. Interest Activity Screening ensures that companies involved in interest-bearing activities are within Shariah tolerance levels.

Not only Muslims, but any socially responsible investors of any faith may find this index and related investment products useful as companies deemed to be socially harmful are removed from the index.

As BSE claims in its fact sheet, the Shariah 50 has outperformed the SENSEX by nearly 25% and the BSE 500 by over 30% over its back-test horizon (beginning 1/1/08). Over this period, annualized volatility for the Shariah 50 was also less than both SENSEX and the BSE 500 by nearly 5 percentage points.

Now for individuals who stay away from investing in stock market with fear of non-compliance with Sharia principle can refer to this index to find companies comply with Sharia principles. It is updated every month to drop any company that ceased to be in compliance and new companies are added every quarter in place of dropped companies. Daily price movement can be seen here. For more information on the individual company, please click on the company name below.

List of Companies

ABB Dr Reddys Lab Mphasis
ACC Exide Inds MRF
Alstom Projects Gail India Nestle India
Ambuja Cements Glaxosmithkl Cons ONGC
Areva T&D Godrej Cons Opto Circuits
Ashok Leyland Grasim Inds PTC India
Asian Paints Hero Honda RIL
Bajaj Auto Hindalco Inds Siemens
BEML Hindustan Copp Sterling Intl
Bharti Airtel Hindustan Unilever Tata Global Beverages
BHEL Lanco Infra TCS
Castrol India Lupin Tech Mahindra
Cipla Mahindra & Mahindra Thermax
Colgate Palmolive Mangalore Ref Titan Inds
Crompton Greav Maruti Suzuki Ultratech Cem
Cummins India Mcleod Russel Voltas
Dabur India Wipro

Sectorwise Weightage

Sl No Sector %
1 Oil & Gas 31.59
2 Transport Equipments 13.36
3 Information Technology 12.44
4 Capital Goods 8.94
5 FMCG 8.47
6 Healthcare 6.39
7 Telecom 5.23
8 Housing Related 4.00
9 Metal,Metal Products & Mining 3.85
10 Textile 1.84
11 Chemical & Petrochemical 1.55
12 Consumer Durables 0.88
13 Power 0.88
14 Diversified 0.58
Total 100.00

Related Links:

BSE TASIS Shariah 50 Index Factsheet.pdf

Scripwise Price Movement in SHARIAH 50

Weekly Portfolio Review: 26 December 2010

BSE Sensex ended the last week higher by 209 points to close at 20,074 and NSE Nifty 63 points at 6,012. Return on my portfolio in the past week was 1.76%. Hero Honda gained 15% in the past week. Other gainers in my portfolio were TIL, Graphite India, NIIT Tech, Divi’s Lab, and Swaraj Engines which gained from 5% to 8%. In the losers pack were Opto Circuits, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, and Crompton Greaves which lost 5% to 9%.

The surge in Hero Honda was after the Hero Group management allayed fears that there won’t be any impact on minority shareholders in Hero Honda after its split from the Japanese auto major Honda. The official disclosure of details of the parting of the joint venture with Honda ended all rumours that were going around for sometimes now.

NIIT Technologies acquired an electronic health records and referral management platform called “Preferr” to initiate its foray into the lucrative healthcare segment in the US. In another tragic incident, 2 persons died after inhaling poisonous gas at a manufacturing facility of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 521.95 105%
Zensar Tech IT 318.00 159.85 99%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 357.10 96%
Oil Country Tubular Metal 173.00 90.70 91%
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 105.40 90%
Divis Laboratories Pharma 1,095.00 635.95 72%
Honeywell Automation Engineering 4,100.00 2,398.05 71%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 683.00 68%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 505.95 68%
Amara Raja Batteries Auto Ancil 301.60 182.00 66%
Bharti Airtel Telecom 551.00 348.50 58%
BHEL Engineering 3,567.00 2,284.75 56%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,074.00 688.10 56%

I will be buying Zensar Technologies, Oil Country Tubular, Divis Laboratories and Honeywell Automation in this week. KSB Pumps and Tata Sponge Iron are already within my top 5 holding.

My plan is to limit number of companies in my holding to 30. At present I have 32 companies and when I buy Zensar Tech and Oil Country Tubular this week, it will reach 34. In order to align my portfolio with my plan, I will be selling shares of four companies in coming weeks.

I will sell Glenmark Pharma and Dr. Reddy’s in this week. My return on Glenmark Pharma is 47% in 9 months and on Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is 23% in 4 months.

News Update

I am discontinuing this part from my weekly portfolio review. However I will share on twitter any news on companies that has been mentioned in ‘good buys in my watchlist’.  You may follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/mvalappil

Interesting Read

Margins to remain under pressure at consumer goods firms

In a year during which food inflation stayed stubbornly high for the most part, packaged consumer goods companies engaged in a pitched battle for market share, driving up volumes with price wars, new launches and increased spending on high-decibel promotions even as margins got squeezed. http://www.livemint.com/2010/12/21045902/Margins-to-remain-under-pressu.html?atype=tp

Tariff-based bids to hurt power PSUs

Competition among power companies could become fiercer soon, with the Centre all set to introduce tariff-based competitive bidding for the allocation of projects from January 6. Consumers can rejoice as the new regime would bring down electricity tariffs across the country. Private sector players like Reliance Power, Tata Power, Sterlite, JSW Energy, Adani and Lanco Infratech, who are well-equipped to negotiate prices with vendors and also have access to secure fuel supplies, would be at an advantage when it comes to grabbing projects under the new regime. However, NTPC, despite its unmatched project-execution expertise, is expected to face the heat, at least initially. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/tariffbased-bids-to-hurt-power-psus/728274/

My Portfolio


My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week 1.76% 1.05% 1.06%
This month 1.55% 2.82% 2.53%
This Year 10.72% 14.94% 15.58%
Since 1-1-2009 126.71% 108.08% 103.16%
Since 1-1-2008 52.38% -0.66% -1.12%
Since 1-4-2007 89.31% 53.56% 57.31%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 102
Graphite India Telecom 6 2 Months 9
HUL FMCG 5 5 Months 12
KSB Pumps Engineering 5 3 Months -6
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancillory 5 2 Months 9

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost
Tata Sponge Iron 364.43
Graphite India 95.62
BHEL 2,339.58
HUL 302.01
Tractors India Ltd 690.22
Swaraj Engines 491.85
KSB Pumps 506.95

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 218 2.6 Years
Dabur India 152 4.6 Years
Tata Global Beverages 111 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 168 3.8 Years
Infosys 102 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Opto Circuits -14 2 months
Honeywell Automation -10 1 month
Tata Communication -25 11 months
Mangalam Cement -17 2 months
Divi’s Laboratories -10 2 months

Archive of previous portfolio reviews

National Bonds revises profit calculation methodology

The National Bonds has revised profit calculation methodology for bond holders with effect from 1st January 2011. The revised calculation will be based on a weightage on term of investment. With the new methodology, the longer your savings & investment period, the higher will be your share of profit. As per the present method, no weightage was given for the period of holding and the bond holder was entitled to the profit at the same annual rate.

With revised system, the bonds will be categorised into four tiers based on the length of their investment.

Tier 1: Bonds invested for less than 3 months – entitled to 40% of annual rate of profit. If the annual rate is 6%, Tier 1 Bonds will get only at annual rate of 2.4%

Tier 2: Bonds invested for 3 months and less than 6 months – entitled to 60% of annual rate of profit. If the annual rate is 6%, Tier 2 bonds will get only at annual rate of 3.6%

Tier 3: Bonds invested for 6 months and less than 1 year – entitled to 80% of annual rate of profit. If the annual rate is 6%, Tier 3 bonds will get only at annual rate of 4.8%

Tier 4: Bonds invested for 1 year or more – entitled to 100% of annual rate of profit. If the annual rate is 6%, Tier 4 bonds will get the full 6%

If you invest in the middle of the year and stay till the next profit announcement, then you will automatically be paid the profit for the interim period based on the Tier 4 weightage. However if you leave before completing 1 year after the announcing of the profit (1 year from the date of investment), your profit will be recalculated based on the actual Tier and any excess distribution of profit will be deducted from your bonds.

The National Bonds is a national savings scheme of UAE. It gives the flexibility and liquidity of a savings account and a return that mostly match with that of a fixed deposit of banks.  You can deposit as low as Dhs. 100 and can withdraw any time and any portion of investment after one month. Profit is distributed at the end of the year only. The weekly prize draw is its main attraction. It distributes cash prizes ranging from Dhs. 100 to 10,000 to 5,135 winners and a monthly prize of Dhs. 1 million to one winner. The bond holder is also automatically entitled for an Islamic life insurance cover (Takaful).

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Shares: Hold or Sell?

Investors normally buy shares or invest in shares of the companies based on its fair value. If the current price is considerably at a discount to its intrinsic value, it becomes a good buy. Based on this, most of them maintain a target price on which they may consider to sell. I normally buy shares with a target price for 3 years. Target price is fixed considering various estimates and assumptions about its future business and financial performance. If the business moves as expected, the target price will be the fair value after three years.  As such, the target price will get revised upward or downward as per its quarterly and annual results and the changes in the economic and its business environment. After you buy, there are three possible scenarios which will affect your decision to hold or sell those shares.

One scenario is that the company perform as estimated and expected and grow steadily. In such case, it is highly likely that target price will be revised upward periodically – quarterly or yearly. If the share price also moves steadily, you may never have to sell those shares. Because as the price goes up steadily, the target price also get revised upward in tandem with the performance of the company. I still hold shares of Dabur India which I bought in 2006, my early days of investing in shares. It appreciated 153% since then.

Second scenario is that share price gain so quickly. If the stock price moved up sharply and reached its target so quickly before targeted years or before its target price was revised upward, you may sell it on achieving target. If you are sure that the sharp appreciation in the share price is reasonable and the company may come up with good performance and have potential unlocked, you may continue holding those shares. I sell in such cases most of the time. I bought Piramal Healthcare at 342.65 in January 2010 and I sold it at 556.23 in May 2010 on achieving its target with a gain of 49%. It achieved its target in just 4 months before revising its price target. I was right to sell as it went down later and its current price (16 DEC 2010) is 464.80.

Shares I sold in 2010

The third scenario is that the company performance is bad and not up to the expectation. Or something wrong happened to the company or its business environment. The target price may get revised downward as the company is not performing well as anticipated. In such cases, sometimes you may have to sell even at a loss. Share price might have gone down even before you realise that the company is in serious trouble. Retail investors are the last to know such news. I also had such bad experiences. I bought Suzlon Energy at 59.90 in May 2010 and had to sell at 57.65 in November 2010. Last year it was Satyam Computer in which I lost about 85%! I should have sold it earlier with minimum loss, but was reluctant to sell until it was too late.

As long as you are confident about your company, you don’t have to worry about the day to day ups and downs in the share prices. Don’t lose your peace of mind and sound sleep over the market movement. Investing systematically in small amount (small amount is a relative term. it depends on the total amount that you have) in a regular interval (weekly/monthly) will help you to build your wealth as a partner or joint owner of a few good performing companies. Buy shares of the companies which you will be proud of to be an owner! Ensure that the business and the operation of the company adhere to your principles and values.

I know there are people who make money from stock market with huge return. And many more who lose all of their money. I consider myself in between these two extremes. And I am satisfied with it.

Weekly Portfolio Review: 19 December 2010

It is interesting to read the news reports to see the reason for up or down of share market every day – sometimes it is quite funny or weird! The last Monday Sensex closed up 183 points ‘taking support from positive Europe markets’, on Tuesday another 107 points high ‘amid hopes that dip in inflation rate will lead the Reserve Bank to halt the tightening of key policy rates for now’. However the Sensex was down by 151 points on Wednesday ‘reacting to profit booking in global peers. Rate sensitive sectors like realty and banks were under pressure ahead of Reserve Bank of India’s credit policy meet’ and then it closed higher by 217 points on Thursday, ‘after the RBI kept short term lending and borrowing rates unchanged’. Net effect is that the Sensex ended 356 points high at 19,865 and Nifty 91 points at 5,949 for the week.

In fact, one day it was up with the hope that RBI would halt the tightening of rate, next day it was down under pressure ahead of RBI’s meet and following day it went up as RBI kept rate unchanged!

The major news for the market last week was the official announcement of parting of Honda from the join venture, Hero Honda. It has been in the news for quite sometimes now and the uncertainty has ended with this formal announcement. But the ‘analysts’ are still divided on the outcome and long term effect on the company after Honda leaving the JV.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 501.15 114%
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 97.80 104%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 352.95 98%
Mazda Engineering 207.00 111.80 85%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 631.30 82%
Divis Laboratories Pharma 1,095.00 602.10 82%
Zensar Tech IT 289.00 160.00 81%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 481.45 77%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,074.00 669.45 60%
Opto Circuits Healthcare 450.00 280.95 60%
BHEL Engineering 3,567.00 2,304.70 55%
HUL FMCG 446.00 294.40 51%

I will be buying KSB Pumps and Tata Sponge Iron in coming week. Graphite India is within my top 5 holding, so not buying now.

News Update

Indian GSM telecom operators added a whopping 17.45 million new subscribers in November, taking the all-India GSM cellular subscriber base to 526.18 million, cellular operators’ association COAI said on Friday. Bharti Airtel, the largest GSM player, added 3.10 million new users in November, taking its total subscriber base to 149.39 million. It had 28.39 per cent market share as of the end of November, 2010, it added. – Indian Express, Dec 16, 2010

Bharti Airtel Ltd. plans to expand its mobile network coverage in Madagascar by about 25 percent in 2011 to attract customers in rural areas. The expansion will offer services to a further 5 million to 6 million people. The company plans to invest $50 million over 18 months and wants to increase customers to 3.2 million in Madagascar within a year from 2 million now. – Bloomberg, Dec 14, 2010

The Hero Group on Thursday announced that it would buyout the entire 26 per cent stake of its partner Honda Motor Company Group in Hero Honda thus breaking its 26-year-old partnership. Hero Honda will continue to produce and sell the existing models, while new models would be also launched. However, all future products will be rolled out under the new licensing agreement between Hero Group and Honda. Hero Honda brand name will also be changed over time. The new licensing arrangement signed between the Hero Group and Honda Motor Co., Japan, would also enable higher growth by giving it (Hero Group) the freedom to develop its own research and development capabilities and exploit global export and manufacturing opportunities.  The two-wheeler major will also start exporting products across the globe and look for manufacturing opportunities.  – The Hindu, Dec 16, 2010

State-run power producer NTPC may approach the government next fiscal for permission to raise funds through a follow-on public offer to part-finance power equipment purchases worth an estimated Rs 1,50,000 crore.  – The Economic Times, Dec 17, 2010

NTPC, the state-run power producer, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the West Bengal government yesterday for a thermal unit it will be setting up at Katwa (Bardhaman district). “The total investment for the 2×800 Mw Katwa project will be Rs 9,600 crore, roughly around Rs 6 crore per Mw. Discussions are also going on for a greenfield (new) project at Santaldih (Purulia district),” – Business Standard, Dec 14, 2010

Public sector undertaking National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) today signed a power purchase agreement with Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) for a 2,640-Mw coal-based thermal power project at Gidderbaha, being undertaken at a cost of Rs 15,000 crore. – Business Standard, Dec 13, 2010

Gujarat plans to treble its cement production capacity in 3-5 years. Proposals have been invited from cement companies like ACC , ABG, Ambuja Cement, Emami , Indiabulls, Adani group, Ultratech and L&T and the state hopes to raise its capacity from 20 million tonnes per annum to 70 million tonne. – The Economic times, Dec 17, 2010

Interesting Read

Record car sales mark 2010 for Indian auto sector

Record sales made 2010 a special year for automakers in India, which also saw the iconic Maruti 800 take a bow from big cities, Hero split with Honda and demand for the promising Nano sputter following a string of accidents. For a country whose economy has been expanding at near 9% rate, it was not surprising that automobile sales broke all records between July and October to average a growth of 30%. Such was the appeal of the country and the appetite of the Indian motorist that Bugatti launched its Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, which at Rs 16 crore became the costliest car in India, while other niche marques Aston Martin and Spyker Cars said they too would drive in soon. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Record-car-sales-mark-2010-for-Indian-auto-sector/Article1-640211.aspx

Car Trouble In India

India’s automobile industry has raced from a crippling slowdown to scorching growth in less than two years. But a severe shortage of parts is applying the brake in this otherwise rosy journey. http://www.forbes.com/2010/12/15/forbes-india-auto-industry-faces-ugly-turn.html

FMCG cos fastracked expansion in 2010

A total of 13 acquisitions in 2010, mostly global, that is how Indian companies announced their arrival in the global FMCG space as they looked to fastrack their way to international expansion. Led by Godrej, which had seven acquisitions on its account, domestic firms, including Marico (2 buyouts) and Dabur (2 acquisitions) and Emami (1 buyout) went on a global buying-spree during the year. The total valuations of the acquisitions could not be ascertained as the firms decided to keep it under wraps except in one or two cases.  http://www.indianexpress.com/news/domestic-fmcg-cos-fastracked-expansion-via-buyouts/726409/

Food in the fast lane

Although the market for ready-to-eat (RTE) and ready-to-cook (RTC) foods is still nascent, the fact that there is heightened activity from brands in both these segments points to the opportunities they see in them. While there is a lot more in Indian cuisine in RTE, RTC foods are more about non-traditional foods such as soups, noodles and pasta; vermicelli is also popular. For instance, Maggi is seeing some serious competition from big and small, national, regional and retail brands now. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Food-in-the-fast-lane/Article1-637647.aspx

HUL: from survival to revival

A year ago, India’s largest consumer firm by revenue seemed to be floundering. Here’s how the company achieved a turnaround. http://www.livemint.com/2010/12/13220503/HUL-from-survival-to-revival.html

Telcos unlikely to start tariff war in 3G

Consumers awaiting high-speed third-generation (3G) services should be ready to shell out a premium for data as telecom players gear up to rollout their services over the next few months. Industry experts say the price war fought during the 2G days will not hold true for the 3G services considering the hefty prices that operators have paid for acquiring licences. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Telcos-unlikely-to-start-tariff-war-in-3G-/articleshow/7097008.cms

All that’s cheap is not good

Avoid buying stocks based on cost alone. Highly priced stocks may be expensive but provide better returns. Whenever we buy a product or service, we look at its cost. Cheaper products seem more affordable and hence attractive to buy. The same applies to stocks. Low-priced ones attract more buying interest. However, do they give good returns? One must know how to compare stocks, the pricing and how to find value for money. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/all-that%5Cs-cheap-is-not-good/417884/

My Portfolio


My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week 1.46% 1.82% 1.56%
This month -0.21% 1.75% 1.46%
This Year 8.80% 13.74% 14.38%
Since 1-1-2009 122.78% 105.92% 101.04%
Since 1-1-2008 49.74% -1.69% -2.15%
Since 1-4-2007 86.03% 51.96% 55.66%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 97
Graphite India Telecom 5 2 Months 1
HUL FMCG 5 5 Months 12
Mangalam Cements Cements 5 3 Months -17
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancillory 5 2 Months 3

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost
Tata Sponge Iron 368.41
Graphite India 95.62
BHEL 2,339.58
HUL 302.01
Tractors India Ltd 690.22
Swaraj Engines 491.85

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 219 2.6 Years
Dabur India 153 4.6 Years
Tata Global Beverages 115 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 159 3.8 Years
Infosys 97 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
KSB Pumps -11 3 months
Honeywell Automation -14 1 month
Tata Communication -25 11 months
Mangalam Cement -17 2 months
Divi’s Laboratories -15 1 month

Archive of previous portfolio reviews

Weekly Portfolio Review: 11 December 2010

Concern of interest rate hike amid rise in food inflation and intensified probe into the 2G scam affected stock market negatively in the last week. Report of strong industrial production growth published on Friday helped to regain some of the loss of preceding three days. During the last week, Sensex lost 2.29% to 19,509 and Nifty 2.26% to 5,857. My portfolio lost 1.64% in the month to date.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 97.15 106%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 474.65 79%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 664.75 73%
HUL FMCG 445.00 295.45 51%
BHEL Engineering 3,567.00 2,278.00 57%
NTPC Power 293.00 192.20 52%
Hindustan Zinc Metal 1,730.00 1,150.80 50%

I will be buying Swaraj Engines, Tractors India, HUL and Bhel in the coming week. Graphite India is in my top 5 holding.

News Update

Public sector undertaking NTPC today signed a power purchase agreement with Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) for 2,640 MW coal-based thermal power project at Gidderbaha for Rs 15,000 crore. The plant consists of four units of 660 MW each, which would be entirely funded by NTPC. – The Economic Times, 11 DEC 2010

Country’s largest power producer NTPC has earmarked a whopping Rs 1,50,000 crore investment for sourcing equipment for its power projects in the next fiscal, the deliveries of which will be made over five years – The Economic Times, Dec 8, 2010

The board of state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) board has approved the company’s plan of starting a non-banking financial company (NBFC) to finance power projects, said B.S. Meena, secretary, department of heavy industries (DHI). Bhel plans to apply for a licence from the Reserve Bank of India. – Livemint, 10 DEC 2010

The Munjals of Hero Group have initiated talks with lenders to secure bridge financing for the buyout of its Japanese joint venture partner’s equity in Hero Honda. – Times of India, Dec 10, 2010

B.M Munjal promoted Hero group will buyout the Japanese partner Honda from the world’s largest two wheeler producing venture, a deal for which would signed this month. After months of negotiations, Hero group is believed to have reached an agreeemnt to acquire 26 per cent stake of Honda in the 26 year old joint venure but it is not clear at what price. – Economic Times, Dec 8, 2010

The country”s largest two-wheeler maker Hero Honda today said it has hiked the prices of its models in the range of Rs 500- Rs 1500 to offset the rising input costs. – The Economic Times, Dec 8, 2010

The Hero Group is in the process of scouting for technology partners in Europe and South East Asia given that the company has reached an agreement with Honda Motor Co to end its partnership in producing motorcycles. The technology agreement between Hero and Honda for bikes expires in 2014.  – NDTV, Dec 7, 2010

Opto Circuits India has announced that Cardiac Science Corporation, the wholly owned subsidiary of the company and a global leader in automated external defibrillator (AED) and diagnostic cardiac monitoring devices, added two electrocardiographs (ECGs) under its Burdick brand, known for its accuracy, reliability, and ease of use. The ECGs, available only in the US, deliver built-in, bi-directional communication so customers can connect to leading EMRs. – India Infoline, Dec 10, 2010

Andhra Pradesh-based Amara Raja Batteries on Friday said that it is scouting for locations to set up a new manufacturing unit in the Northern part of the country which is likely to be operational by 2012.

Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, the technology leader and one of the largest manufacturers of lead acid batteries in India, today unveiled Amaron Volt TM, a specialized storage battery for the Indian telecom industry in the era of 3G & BWA enabled Data driven market and Mobile Internet.  Availability of assured source of Green Energy even in rural and harsh outdoor conditions is what Amaron Volt TM offers. Amaron Volt TM, a 2V high integrity series product is the latest VRLA offering from Amaron Hi Life range to meet the emerging demanding applications requirement of reliable backup power in Indian telecom market. – Business Standard, Dec 10, 2010

Electric vehicle-maker, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles , today launched its Revai priced at Rs 3.10-lakh (ex-showroom Pune) and is targeting tripling its sales in the next 12-18-months. – Economic Times, Dec 10, 2010

GAIL India has proposed to set up 5,500 km of gas connectivity over the next two-three years investing USD 4 billion, a senior company official said today. Economic Times, Dec 10, 2010

State-owned Gas Authority of India (Gail), the country’s largest gas transmission and marketing company, has launched 10-year bond issue to raise funds at an upper cap of 8.9% per annum. The issue, which opened on Tuesday, has got close to Rs 1,000 crore bids between 8.85 and 8.89%. According to distributors, the firm has been negotiating with arrangers for the past few days to raise funds at not more than 8.8%. However, with the cost of funds inching up, it could not get commitment from the arrangers. Interestingly, even at this rate, arrangers were not willing to underwrite the issue on their books. – The Economic Times, Dec 8, 2010

Telecom giant Bharti Airtel Friday launched its IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe) cable system, an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system to deliver better connectivity requirements of Middle East and European countries to Asia transiting through India. ‘IMEWE will open a second gateway for Airtel’s customers to the European market from Asia via Mumbai,’ the company said in a statement. – Economic Times, Dec 10, 2010

Developing a technology that may change the way the world approaches cancer, Biocon Limited, in collaboration with a US-based research company, is working on creating a “therapeutic vaccine” that will help the body activate the immune system to fight cancer on its own. – DNA, Dec 7, 2010

Agri machinery maker Mahindra & Mahindra today announced a tie-up with Italy based farm equipment company Maschio-Gaspardo S.p.A for getting supply of a complete range of rotary tillage equipment. As part of this agreement between Maschio and Mahindra AppliTrac (part of Mahindra & Mahindra’s farm equipment sector) the Italian company will manufacture rotovators. This will be bearing the Mahindra brand name which will be available through both Mahindra and Swaraj dealerships. Maschio will also manufacture other kinds of rotary tillage equipment for planting, seeding, crop care and crop residue management for Mahindra AppliTrac – The Economic Times, Dec 4, 2010

Interesting Read

Pharma companies line up for clinical trials

Signalling a growing interest in new drug discovery research, some major Indian pharmaceutical firms had applied for conducting clinical trials on at least 12 new drugs in 2010. The most sought therapeutic area is cancer. The numbers are the highest ever in the history of domestic drug discovery initiatives triggered by companies such as Dr Reddy’s and Ranbaxy over a decade ago. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/pharma-companies-linefor-clinical-trials/417751/

Input, ad costs put pressure on FMCG cos

Several mid-sized fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Godrej Consumer Products , Dabur India , Marico and Emami have outperformed their larger multi-national peers over several quarters during the year. Acquisitions abroad and consumers’ shift from high-priced premium products to low-priced mass-market products have helped the companies post good performances. But results of the quarter to September indicate that this stand-out performance could be difficult to sustain. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/cons-products/fmcg/Input-ad-costs-put-pressure-on-FMCG-cos/articleshow/7068767.cms

Labour shortage in the fields drives farmers to tractors

Pawan Goenka noticed something unusual last year—tractor sales were climbing even though India had its worst monsoon in more than three decades and farm output dropped 2.8% in the three months to December last fiscal. The umbilical cord that tied rainfall patterns and tractor sales seemed to have been ruptured. The president of auto and tractor maker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd offers an interesting explanation to this puzzle: growing labour shortages in rural India are encouraging farmers to mechanize operations. “The traditional model of predicting growth in the tractor market was only linked to the monsoon and didn’t factor in labour shortages,” says Goenka. http://www.livemint.com/2010/12/06233536/Labour-shortage-in-the-fields.html?atype=tp

Cement loosens grip again

With a meaningful demand recovery expected only around mid-CY11, analysts expect the demand-supply mismatch to prevail and stocks to underperform broader markets in the near term. After a superlative performance in October, when the overall dispatches of the cement industry grew over 18 per cent, the sector has taken a beating in November. In fact, on a sequential basis, the top five cement players have reported a 19.8 per cent drop in combined dispatches, indicating that demand is yet to pick up sufficiently to support prices. While analysts expect a demand recovery by mid-CY2011, most of them currently have a neutral to bearish view on the sector, as the valuations are not cheap. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/cement-loosens-grip-again/417364/

What next for cement stocks?

The July-September quarter was the worst for the cement industry in the recent down cycle. Sales were unimpressive. Profits fell sharply. Every variable played spoil-sport. The extended monsoons dampened demand as construction activity remained poor. Despatches were further curtailed by unavailability of wagons and shortage of labour. Overhang of excess capacity reduced realizations. Correspondingly, an upsurge in raw material prices hindered profitability. The October-December quarter is expected to bring some relief. The month of October witnessed a sharp rebound in production and despatches. This is a normal trend after a dull monsoon season. Cement realizations also improved significantly. Fear of price hikes led dealers to build-up their inventory. http://www.equitymaster.com/detail.asp?date=12/7/2010&story=4&title=What-next-for-cement-stocks

BHEL adopts strategy to venture into newer areas

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the country’s biggest power equipment company, has adopted a policy of forming joint ventures and concluding technical tie-ups for venturing into newer areas of business. While parking of surplus funds in productive activities is one driver for the approach, attention on diversification and risk sharing seems to be the theme behind all such collaborations. The company has a cash surplus of Rs 10,000 crore. It has floated joint ventures (JVs) and technical tie-ups or started preliminary exercises for entry into nuclear equipment, wind energy, specialised grade steel, transmission, transportation and water treatment businesses. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/bhel-adopts-strategy-to-venture-into-newer-areas/417525/

Hero may have to play on Honda terms after break-up

Hero Group is believed to have won rights to use the Honda brand till 2014-end. As the final draft of separation between the Hero Group and Honda Motor Company gets readied, concerns are being raised on the Indian company’s ability to promote and sell its indigenous products in the long term, while managing the added burden of royalty payouts to the Japanese company. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/hero-may-have-to-playhonda-terms-after-break-up/417263/

My Portfolio


My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week -2.35% -2.29% -2.26%
This month -1.64% -0.08% -0.10%
This Year 7.24% 11.70% 12.62%
Since 1-1-2009 119.59% 102.23% 97.95%
Since 1-1-2008 47.59% -3.45% -3.66%
Since 1-4-2007 83.36% 49.24% 53.27%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 89
Graphite India Telecom 6 2 Months 1
KSB Pumps Engineering 5 3 Months -13
Mangalam Cements Cements 5 3 Months -17
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 5 4 Months -5

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost
Tata Sponge Iron 368.41
Graphite India 95.62

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 208 2.6 Years
Dabur India 143 4.6 Years
Tata Global Beverages 107 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 127 3.8 Years
Infosys 89 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
KSB Pumps -12 3 months
Honeywell Automation -14 1 month
Tata Communication -26 11 months
Mangalam Cement -17 2 months
Divi’s Laboratories -14 1 month

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