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Portfolio Review: 5 March 2011

My portfolio lost 11.78% so far this year with a slight improvement in the past week. It is all negative news every where and market continue to be sluggish. But it is not the end of the world. I continue to buy systematically in small and regular instalments! Go slow and steady!

My buys for the next week

Mangalam Cement (113.75)

Mazda Limited (90.55)

Ess Dee Aluminium (412.95)

Swaraj Engines (443.05)


Weekly Portfolio Review: 20 February 2011

Market put a break to its weekly losing streak with a gain in Sensex of 2.72% and Nifty 2.81% in the past week. My portfolio gained 3.39% in the last week. Top gainers in my portfolio were Tech Mahindra (15%), Mangalam Cement (11%), Clariant Chemicals (9%), TIL (7%) and Opto Circuits (7%).

Good buys in my watch list

Company Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Technofab Engg. Engineering 300.00 154.55 94%
Mangalam Cements Cement 320.00 108.55 195%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 337.15 108%

Technofab Engineering is a 38 year old engineering and construction Company, serving the Power, Industrial and Infrastructure Sectors, by executing comprehensive balance of plant (BOP) and auxiliary systems on a complete Turnkey EPC basis. It has operations in India, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia and Fiji. The company works on Industrial and Utility Piping Systems, Fuel Oil Storage and Handling Systems, Fire Detection and Protection Systems and Raw and Sea Water Intake System on a turnkey basis. www.technofabengineering.com

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.


Weekly Portfolio Review: 08 January 2011

BSE Sensex lost 817 points (3.98%) to close the week at 19,692 and NSE Nifty 230 points (3.75%) to close at 5,905. My portfolio lost 1.69% in the week. In my portfolio, Opto Circuits lost 10.9%. Other major losers were L&T, Oil Country Tubular, Hero Honda, Bharti Airtel and Biocon which lost 5% to 7%.   Zensar Technology and GAIL were major gainers.

Interest rate hike fears amid raising inflation affected the market negatively and going forward it will be a great concern in the short term. Interest rate hike will affect the overall economic activities in the country while food inflation may continue in top gear due to supply constraints.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Mangalam Cement Cement 400.00 133.25 200%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 366.00 91%
Zensar Tech IT 318.00 173.25 84%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,074.00 707.95 52%
Clariant Chemicals Chemicals 1,092.00 751.05 45%

I will be buying Zensar Technologies, Tech Mahindra and Clariant Chemicals in coming week.

Clariant Chemicals is a new entrant to my portfolio. Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited is one of India’s leading specialty chemicals companies and is the No. 1 player in  pigments, textile chemicals, leather chemicals. Its products serve a wide range of industries from consumer goods to oil and gas. . www.clariant.in

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.

Tech Mahindra is part of the Mahindra Group, in partnership with British Telecommunications plc (BT), one of the world’s leading communications service providers. Focused primarily on the telecommunications industry, Tech Mahindra is a leading global systems integrator and business transformation consulting organization. Tech Mahindra expanded its IT portfolio by acquiring the leading global business and information technology services company, Mahindra Satyam (earlier known as Satyam Computer Services). www.techmahindra.com

Interesting Read

New arena for 2-wheeler firms

With global markets open to the Hero Group after its split with Japan’s Honda Motor, the next battleground for Indian two-wheeler companies could be overseas. Until now, the joint venture was restricted from exporting freely to other markets and was forced to ship to a handful of countries through Honda subsidiaries. http://www.business-standard.com/taketwo/news/new-arena-for-2-wheeler-firms/420613/

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week -1.69% -3.98% -3.75%
Since 1-1-2010 10.21% 12.75% 13.53%
Since 1-1-2009 125.66% 104.12% 99.55%
Since 1-1-2008 51.68% -2.55% -2.88%
Since 1-4-2007 88.44% 50.64% 54.51%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 7 3.2 Years 102
Graphite India Engineering 6 3 Months 7
HUL FMCG 5 5 Months 19
KSB Pumps Engineering 5 3 Months -5
Divi’s Laboratories Pharma 5 2 Months -9

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost
Amara Raja Batteries 195.57
Zensar Technology 170.48
Oil Country Tubular 98.45

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 209 2.7 Years
Dabur India 152 4.7 Years
Tata Global Beverages 103 2.2 Years
Berger Paints 148 3.8 Years
Infosys 102 3.2 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Opto Circuits -19 2 months
Ess Dee Aluminium -5 2 month
Tata Communication -25 12 months
Mangalam Cement -15 3 months
Divi’s Laboratories -9 2 months

Archive of previous portfolio reviews

Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited represents a valuable repository of manufacturing and marketing experience. Its constituents were all well respected companies who played an invaluable role in the development of the textiles, leather, paints, plastics, printing inks and agrochemicals industries in India. Today Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited is – No.1 in pigments, No.1 in textile chemicals and No.1 in leather chemicals.


Weekly Portfolio Review: 31 December 2010

With a gain of 17% for the year 2010, the Bombay stock market became the best performer among the top 10 biggest stock markets in the world.

My net return for 2010 is 12%. It is after deducting the transaction cost including provision for selling cost on my holding. The top 5 contributors in the year are Infosys, HUL, Bharti Airtel, Dabur India and Tata Global Beverages which together add up to 46% of my total gain. The top 5 losers in the year are Mangalam Cement, Suzlon Energy, Tata Communications, Divis Laboratories and L&T which ate 29% of my total gain. In fact shares that are in loss took away 48% of total gain!

My hope for 2011 is on my holding which are in red at present. They are good companies and reversal of sentiments will guide those shares to reach higher and will give me a good return. Shares that hold 40% of total value of my portfolio are in red.

I have been paying hefty charges for brokerage with ICIC Direct. My average buying cost with ICICI Direct is 1.52% including taxes. I started using HDFC securities since last week and the average cost with them is 0.97% including tax which makes considerable savings on transaction cost. My target for 2011 is to completely shift demat and brokerage account to HDFC Securities.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Mangalam Cement Cement 400.00 132.05 203%
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 531.40 102%
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 762.00 382.35 99%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 363.20 93%
Zensar Tech IT 318.00 166.65 91%
Oil Country Tubular Metal 173.00 96.85 79%
Honeywell Automation Engineering 4,100.00 2,364.90 73%
Divis Laboratories Pharma 1,095.00 645.70 70%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 501.70 69%
Shanthi Gears Engineering 71.00 44.80 58%
Amara Raja Batteries Auto Ancil 301.60 191.20 58%
Bharti Airtel Telecom 551.00 358.40 54%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,074.00 702.40 53%

I will be buying Zensar Technologies, Oil Country Tubular and Amara Raja Batteries in coming week. My cap on top 10 companies is 50% of total value and at present it has crossed the limit. That is why I am not buying some of the top in the above list this time.

Interesting Read

Shariah 50 index: The whys and the hows

BSE and TASIS have conducted a back-test of the index from 1/1/2008. As per this the BSE TASIS Shariah index has outperformed both the BSE-Sensex and the BSE 500 over all time periods. This demonstrates that the stocks which have been selected using the Shariah conditions are fundamentally sound. http://www.equitymaster.com/detail.asp?date=1/1/2011&story=1&title=Shariah-50-index-The-whys-and-the-hows

Consumption key to India growth story

Consumption is the sole purpose of all production. When a steel manufacturer says it is adding new production capacity, one can assume that people are buying more cars and consumer durables. The same is true for housing, which propels the growth in cement, or for that matter, apparel purchases which stoke the growth in textiles. Clearly, when demand for consumerdriven products rises, manufacturing across segments takes a leap. When that happens, new jobs are created. This, again, boosts consumption. And so on. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Consumption-key-to-India-growth-story/articleshow/7199390.cms#ixzz19nwaLAnT

Gas pipelines set to compete on price

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the downstream regulator in the energy sector, has proposed to give gas pipeline operators freedom to compete in overlapping areas so that consumers benefit by way of lower tariff and softer gas prices. Now, pipeline operators like Gail India and Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure do not have that freedom and have to charge the regulator-fixed tariff without a premium or discount. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gas-pipelines-set-to-compete-on-price/730502/

BHEL & Bharat Electronics, two PSUs in top R&D spenders in India

In India Inc’s research and development firmament, it’s the Bharats that shine the brightest. Two public sector undertakings, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited, are standout performers among brick-and-mortar companies in India. If you leave aside pharma companies, whose R&D average investments are traditionally higher owing to the research-driven sector they operate in, BHEL (Rs 830 crore) and BEL (Rs 292 crore) spend more on R&D than most of their manufacturing industry peers. While it is only recently that large sections of Indian industry have realised the importance of R&D, for both BEL and BHEL, it has been a part of their organisational DNA for more than a decade. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-trends/bhel–bharat-electronics-two-psus-in-top-rd-spenders-in-india/articleshow/7175544.cms

Industries: Looking back and ahead

As the year 2010 coming to an end, reports on various industries appeared across the news papers. Here are the links to those reports on the sectors related to our investments. http://dropssavings.com/2011/01/industries-looking-back-and-ahead/

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week 1.25% 2.17% 2.04%
This month 2.82% 5.05% 4.63%
This Year 12.11% 17.43% 17.95%
Since 1-1-2009 129.55% 112.60% 107.32%
Since 1-1-2008 54.29% 1.50% 0.90%
Since 1-4-2007 91.68% 56.89% 60.52%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3.2 Years 106
Graphite India Engineering 5 3 Months 5
HUL FMCG 5 5 Months 19
KSB Pumps Engineering 5 3 Months -4
Divi’s Laboratories Pharma 5 2 Months -7

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
Honeywell Automation 2,406.00
Zensar Technology 163.94
Oil Country Tubular 89.66

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price
Glenmark Pharma 353.32
Dr. Reddy’s 1722.27

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 217 2.7 Years
Dabur India 152 4.7 Years
Tata Global Beverages 103 2.2 Years
Berger Paints 154 3.8 Years
Infosys 106 3.2 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Opto Circuits -10 2 months
Ess Dee Aluminium -5 2 month
Tata Communication -24 12 months
Mangalam Cement -16 3 months
Divi’s Laboratories -7 2 months

Archive of previous portfolio reviews

Weekly Portfolio Review: 31 December 2010

With a gain of 17% for the year 2010 in BSE Sensex, the Bombay Stock market became the best performer among the top 10 biggest stock markets in the world.

My net return for 2010 is 12%. It is after deducting the transaction cost including provision for selling cost on my holding. The top 5 contributors in the year are Infosys, HUL, Bharti Airtel, Dabur India and Tata Global Beverages which together add up to 46% of my total gain. The top 5 losers in the year are Mangalam Cement, Suzlon Energy, Tata Communications, Divis Laboratories and L&T which ate 29% of my total gain. In fact shares that are in loss took away 48% of total gain!

My hope for 2011 is on my holding which are in red at present. They are good companies and reversal of negative sentiment will guide those shares to reach higher and will give me a good return. Shares that hold 40% of total value of my portfolio are in red.

I have been paying hefty charges for brokerage with ICIC Direct. My average buying cost with ICICI Direct is 1.52% including taxes. I started using HDFC securities since last week and the average cost with them is 0.97% including tax which makes considerable savings on transaction cost. My target for 2011 is to completely shift demat and brokerage account to HDFC Securities.

Good buys in my watch list

Script

Sector

3 Years Target

Current Price

Expected Margin

Mangalam Cement

Cement

400.00

132.05

203%

KSB Pumps

Engineering

1,072.00

531.40

102%

Maharashtra Seamless

Metal

762.00

382.35

99%

Tata Sponge Iron

Metal

700.00

363.20

93%

Zensar Tech

IT

318.00

166.65

91%

Oil Country Tubular

Metal

173.00

96.85

79%

Honeywell Automation

Engineering

4,100.00

2,364.90

73%

Divis Laboratories

Pharma

1,095.00

645.70

70%

Swaraj Engines

Auto Ancil

850.00

501.70

69%

Shanthi Gears

Engineering

71.00

44.80

58%

Amara Raja Batteries

Auto Ancil

301.60

191.20

58%

Bharti Airtel

Telecom

551.00

358.40

54%

Tech Mahindra

IT

1,074.00

702.40

53%

I will be buying Zensar Technologies, Oil Country Tubular and Amara Raja Batteries in coming week. My cap on top 10 companies is 50% of total value and at present it has crossed the limit. That is why I am not buying some of the top in the above list this time.

Interesting Read

Shariah 50 index: The whys and the hows

BSE and TASIS have conducted a back-test of the index from 1/1/2008. As per this the BSE TASIS Shariah index has outperformed both the BSE-Sensex and the BSE 500 over all time periods. This demonstrates that the stocks which have been selected using the Shariah conditions are fundamentally sound. http://www.equitymaster.com/detail.asp?date=1/1/2011&story=1&title=Shariah-50-index-The-whys-and-the-hows

Consumption key to India growth story

Consumption is the sole purpose of all production. When a steel manufacturer says it is adding new production capacity, one can assume that people are buying more cars and consumer durables. The same is true for housing, which propels the growth in cement, or for that matter, apparel purchases which stoke the growth in textiles. Clearly, when demand for consumerdriven products rises, manufacturing across segments takes a leap. When that happens, new jobs are created. This, again, boosts consumption. And so on. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Consumption-key-to-India-growth-story/articleshow/7199390.cms#ixzz19nwaLAnT

Gas pipelines set to compete on price

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the downstream regulator in the energy sector, has proposed to give gas pipeline operators freedom to compete in overlapping areas so that consumers benefit by way of lower tariff and softer gas prices. Now, pipeline operators like Gail India and Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure do not have that freedom and have to charge the regulator-fixed tariff without a premium or discount. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gas-pipelines-set-to-compete-on-price/730502/

BHEL & Bharat Electronics, two PSUs in top R&D spenders in India

In India Inc’s research and development firmament, it’s the Bharats that shine the brightest. Two public sector undertakings, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited, are standout performers among brick-and-mortar companies in India. If you leave aside pharma companies, whose R&D average investments are traditionally higher owing to the research-driven sector they operate in, BHEL (Rs 830 crore) and BEL (Rs 292 crore) spend more on R&D than most of their manufacturing industry peers. While it is only recently that large sections of Indian industry have realised the importance of R&D, for both BEL and BHEL, it has been a part of their organisational DNA for more than a decade. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-trends/bhel–bharat-electronics-two-psus-in-top-rd-spenders-in-india/articleshow/7175544.cms

Industries: Looking back and ahead

As the year 2010 coming to an end, reports on various industries appeared across the news papers. Here are the links to those reports on the sectors related to our investments. http://dropssavings.com/2011/01/industries-looking-back-and-ahead/

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio

BSE Sensex

NSE Nifty

This Week

1.25%

2.17%

2.04%

This month

2.82%

5.05%

4.63%

This Year

12.11%

17.43%

17.95%

Since 1-1-2009

129.55%

112.60%

107.32%

Since 1-1-2008

54.29%

1.50%

0.90%

Since 1-4-2007

91.68%

56.89%

60.52%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company

Sector

% of Total Value

Average Holding Period

Absolute Return %

Infosys

IT

8

3.2 Years

106

Graphite India

Engineering

5

3 Months

5

HUL

FMCG

5

5 Months

19

KSB Pumps

Engineering

5

3 Months

-4

Divi’s Laboratories

Pharma

5

2 Months

-7

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

Honeywell Automation

2,406.00

Zensar Technology

163.94

Oil Country Tubular

89.66

Shares I sold this month

Company

Average Price

Glenmark Pharma

353.32

Dr. Reddy’s

1722.27

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company

Return %

Average Holding Period

Gujarat Gas

217

2.7 Years

Dabur India

152

4.7 Years

Tata Global Beverages

103

2.2 Years

Berger Paints

154

3.8 Years

Infosys

106

3.2 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company

Return %

Average Holding Period

Opto Circuits

-10

2 months

Ess Dee Aluminium

-5

2 month

Tata Communication

-24

12 months

Mangalam Cement

-16

3 months

Divi’s Laboratories

-7

2 months

Archive of previous portfolio reviews


Weekly Portfolio Review: 04 December 2010

After three weeks of decline, market turned positive past week. The investors’ hunting for bargain stocks after steep fall in the preceding 3 weeks, report of improved GDP growth for the second quarter at 8.9%, positive news of food inflation sliding to 18-month low – all helped the market to turn to positive in the past week. BSE Sensex closed at 19,967 with a gain of 4.34% and NSE Nifty at 5,993 with a gain of 4.19% for the week. My portfolio gained 2.97% in the past week and 9.83% year to date.

Hero Honda declined 5.37% in the past week on the news of huge hike in the royalty payable to the Honda while Honda offered 6% stake to Hero at a significant discount to the market price. It is in fact looting of other shareholder’s money. Current value of my investment in Hero Honda comes to 4% of my total portfolio. At present, my decision is to hold on to it, but not to add any more until the dust is cleared.

Other major news are: Opto Circuits concluded merger of US-based Cardiac Science, NTPC secured finance from a Singapore-based Bank, auto companies registered double digit growth in sales in the month of November, M&M plans to introduce SUVs in India from its subsidiary Ssangyong and gar powered variant of its Logan car, Bharti Airtel cut mobile phone call rate in Nigeria by half, Bhel received order worth Rs. 3,700 crore from Karnataka, Tech Mahindra and Geometric plan for acquisition abroad.

A complete news round-up for the past week and a collection of interesting read is given in separate posts.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Mangalam Cement Cement 400.00 133.70 199%
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 92.35 117%
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 498.55 115%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 352.85 98%
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 754.00 397.75 90%
Ess Dee Aluminium Packaging 942.00 504.65 87%
Divis Laboratories Pharma 1,095.00 620.10 77%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 484.75 75%
Honeywell Automation Engineering 4,100.00 2,480.30 65%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 703.15 64%
Amara Raja Batteries Auto Ancil 301.60 185.00 63%
HUL FMCG 486.00 299.40 62%
BHEL Engineering 3,567.00 2,209.70 61%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,074.00 667.20 61%

I will be buying Graphite India and Tata Sponge Iron in the coming week. Managalam Cements and KSB Pumps are in my top 5 holding.

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week 2.97% 4.34% 4.19%
This month -2.08% -0.33% -0.41%
This Year 9.83% 14.33% 15.22%
Since 1-1-2009 124.88% 106.98% 102.53%
Since 1-1-2008 51.15% -1.19% -1.43%
Since 1-4-2007 87.78% 52.74% 56.82%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 87
Bharti Airtel Telecom 5 11 Months 19
KSB Pumps Engineering 5 3 Months -12
Mangalam Cements Cements 5 2 Months -15
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 5 4 Months 0

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 217 2.6 Years
Dabur India 148 4.6 Years
Tata Global Beverages 113 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 129 3.8 Years
Infosys 87 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
KSB Pumps -12 3 months
BHEL -12 2 months
Tata Communication -22 11 months
Mangalam Cement -15 2 months
Divi’s Laboratories -12 1 month

Archive of previous portfolio reviews


Weekly News Round-up: 04 December 2010

Here is a quick look on the news of the last week that have a bearing on the stocks that is mentioned in the good buys watch list in my weekly portfolio review. A snapshot with link of some interesting reports is appended at the bottom. Hope it will be useful to you if you follow my wathclist.

News Update

Honda Motor Co plans to sell its stake in India’s top-ranked motorcycle maker, Hero Honda Motors , and instead focus on its wholly owned subsidiary in the country, a news report said on Saturday. The Japanese automaker may earn some 100 billion yen (1.2 billion dollars) from the sale of its shares in Hero Honda, founded in 1984 with India’s Hero Group, the Nikkei business daily said. Honda and the Hero Group reached a basic accord this week to dissolve their partnership, Nikkei said, adding that they will seek final approval from their respective boards of directors later this month for the break-up. – The Economic Times, Dec 4, 2010

India’s top motorcycle maker, Hero Honda, has agreed to increase its royalty payments to Honda Motor Co to 8 percent of annual sales in return for a technology makeover and a stake sale by the Japanese firm in the venture, the Business Standard reported. The newspaper cited unnamed industry sources as saying that Honda had agreed to cut stake in the joint venture with India’s Hero Group to 20 percent from 26 percent now, and to sell the balance to Hero Group at a discount to the current market price. – The Economic Times, Dec 2, 2010

The country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero Honda today posted sale of 4,21,366 units for November, registering a jump of 10.48 per cent over the same month last year. The company had sold 3,81,378 units in the same month last year, Hero Honda said in a statement.  – The Indian Express, Dec 1, 2010

Auto major Mahindra and Mahindra said it will launch two SUV models — Kornado and Rexton — from its Ssangyong Motor Company Limited (SYMC) portfolio by next year. The company recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with SYMC to acquire 70 per cent stake in the ailing South Korean auto maker for USD 463 million (about Rs 2105 crore).  – The Indian Express, Dec 3, 2010

Auto maker Mahindra & Mahindra today (M&M) reported an 18-per cent jump in its total sales in November at 26,666 units. The company had sold 22,589 units in the corresponding month last year, M&M said in a statement.  – Business Standard, Dec 1, 2010

Mahindra & Mahindra will launch the compressed natural gas-powered variant of its Logan car at around Rs 5.20 lakh, in an attempt to spruce sales of the entry-level sedan. The car, to cost Rs 56,000 more than the traditional petrol model, will be made available in only two cities, Mumbai and Delhi initially, but will be distributed in other cities such as Kanpur, Surat and Ahmedabad at later stages. – Business Standard, Dec 1, 2010

Medical equipment-maker Opto Circuits today said it will conclude the merger of US-based Cardiac Science Corp with itself in the next few days. In October, India-based Opto Circuits had announced that it would snap up cardiology device-maker Cardiac Science at a price tag of around $85 million (about Rs 375 crore). – Business Standard, Dec 2, 2010

Bharti Airtel Ltd.’s Nigerian unit cut its mobile-phone call rate by 50 percent in a bid to attract customers from rivals six months after entering Africa’s biggest telecommunications market. The move is in line with the company’s policy to reduce costs for customers, Rajan Swaroop, chief executive officer of Airtel Nigeria, said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday. The rate was cut to 12 naira ($0.08) a minute from 24 naira, according to information on its website. – Bloomberg, Dec 2, 2010

Country’s largest power producer NTPC has tied up with a Singapore-based bank for a $300 million loan for funding its financial plans in this fiscal, a senior company official said today. The loan is for seven-year period, Mr. Singhal added.  – The Hindu, Dec 1, 2010

NTPC Ltd., India’s biggest power producer, plans to place orders for generators worth at least 328.5 billion rupees ($7.2 billion) by March 31 as it accelerates capacity addition to help reduce blackouts.  The utility will buy nine generators of 660 megawatts each and the same number of 800-megawatt units, Chairman Arup Roy Choudhury said in an interview at his office in New Delhi Nov. 26. The equipment cost per megawatt is 25 million to 30 million rupees, he said. – Bloomberg, Nov 29, 2010

State-owned BHEL has bagged an order to supply the country’s first super critical 700-MW coal fire unit by Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) for its thermal power station (TPS) at Bellary. The order is valued at Rs 3,700 crore, BHEL said in a press release today. – The Economic Times, Nov 30, 2010

Indian technology outsourcing firm Tech Mahindra Ltd. is looking for potential acquisitions in Latin America jointly with its software outsourcing unit Satyam Computer Services Ltd. in a bid to bolster the two companies’ foothold in the region and cater to global customers. – The Wall Street Journal, Nov 30, 2010

India’s software services company Geometric Ltd is in price negotiations with a German firm for buyout and has earmarked $20-30 million for acquisitions over next three years, a top official told Reuters on Monday. – The Economic Times, Nov 30, 2010

Interesting Read

Mid-tier IT firms look to shore up onsite presence

A revival in information technology spends, rising demand and the lure of larger contracts are prompting mid-size software service firms to step up their onsite presence, especially in the United States, industry watchers said. Increasing resources at overseas locations could also shield IT companies from any potential protectionist moves by governments, while better positioning them to tap into gradually reviving IT budgets.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/Mid-tier-IT-firms-look-to-shore-up-onsite-presence/articleshow/7034520.cms

Rally in cement shares seems premature

Cement prices have weakened due to oversupply in most regions. Cement prices, up nearly 20% from April until August, fell sharply thereafter. In November, they dipped by an average of Rs.15-20/bag over August across the country, barring the eastern region. As if defying industry fundamentals, share prices of most cement firms have appreciated in the past three months. Output, too, has declined. November despatches of some pan-India players such as Ambuja Cements Ltd and UltraTech Cement Ltd are not very encouraging. They declined by 9-10% over the year-ago period. However, despatches from ACC Ltdand Jaiprakash Associates Ltd rose 5% and 13%, respectively, due to capacity addition. Demand growth, too, has been weak, partly due to the high base effect of fiscal 2010 and partly due to poor offtake from real estate and slower infrastructure growth. http://www.livemint.com/2010/12/02221446/Rally-in-cement-shares-seems-p.html?atype=tp

MphasiS bets on software products for next billion

The newest entrant into the billion-dollar club of Indian IT services companies, MphasiS, is looking at software products as a growth engine that could take it closer to the next billion. The firm has already incubated two products and is currently refining its go-to-market strategy. Executives from the company said the firm is “testing out” a hospital information management (HIM) product, designed and developed entirely for small to medium-sized hospitals in emerging geographies. According to industry watchers, hospital information system is globally a $20 billion market; the Asian market, including Japan, may be worth $4 billion. http://www.financialexpress.com/news/mphasis-bets-on-software-products-for-next-billion/717743/0

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Weekly Portfolio Review: 28 November 2010

Decline in Indian stock market benchmark index continued for the third week in a row now. BSE Sensex declined 2.29% to close at 19,137 and NSE Nifty 2.35% to close at 5,752 in the past week. The Sensex dropped 4 out of 5 working days. On Monday market was up on Irish rescue deal. Then next four days saw the sharp falls as bribery scandal involving the officials of PSU banks and financial institution unearthed.

My portfolio’s return in the past week was -2.74% and the year to date return stands at 6.66%. Shares of 11 companies in my portfolio declined more than 5% while 4 companies gained more than 2% in the past week. Amara Raja Batteries was biggest saver with 6.36% gain.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Mangalam Cement Cement 400.00 125.50 219%
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 85.95 133%
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 505.00 112%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 347.95 101%
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 752.00 384.80 95%
Ess Dee Aluminium Packaging 942.00 487.05 93%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 470.35 81%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,074.00 625.05 77%
Divis Laboratories Pharma 1,095.00 617.80 77%
Opto Circuits Healthcare 450.00 265.55 69%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 680.00 69%
NTPC Power 293.00 176.75 66%
HUL FMCG 485.00 293.40 65%
Honeywell Automation Engineering 4,100.00 2,482.75 65%
Amara Raja Batteries Auto Ancil 301.60 184.00 64%
Hero Honda Auto 3,151.00 1,936.40 63%

News Update

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited has signed an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, to buy the latter’s oral penicillin manufacturing facility at Tennessee in the US. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be closed within the first half of calendar 2011.- Business Standard , 28 Nov. 10

Land acquisition for second phase of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power plant coming up near Mouda may run into trouble as farmers have scaled up their demand for compensation. They are now asking for Rs 25 lakh per acre compensation and job for one member of their family.  – Times of India, 26 NOV 2010

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), India’s largest power producer, has added a 500 MW coal-fired unit at Korba in Chhattisgarh, a company statement said Friday. ‘The new 500-MW unit of NTPC’s Korba super thermal power station in Chhattisgarh has been synchronised with the grid,’ the statement said. – Sify

NTPC has set up a joint venture with the Asian Development Bank and Japan’s Kyuden International Corporation to develop renewable energy projects with a capacity of 500 Mw over the next three years. NTPC will have 50 per cent stake in the JV, while ADB and Kyuden International will contribute 25 per cent each towards the equity share capital of the company, the power company said in a statement. The initial authorised share capital will be Rs 6.5 crore and the paid-up share capital Rs 1 crore. – Sify, Nov 25, 2010

Bharti Airtel Ltd.’s Kenyan mobile- phone unit will begin rolling out 3G services in the first quarter of 2011 as part of a push for more customers and a return to profit at its unprofitable African operations.  New products will include e-mail and e-commerce services, Rene Meza, managing director of Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd., said in an interview yesterday in Nairobi, the capital. Airtel is considering subsidizing laptops and Internet-enabled handsets to drive data use in East Africa’s biggest economy, he said. – Bloomberg 23 Nov 2010

IT company Mphasis said its consolidated net profit rose by 20 per cent to Rs 1,090.75 crore for the year ended October 31, 2010, over the same period last year. Revenues rose to Rs 5,036.52 crore during the year ended October 31, against Rs 4,263.88 crore in the same period last year. – The Economic Times, 22 NOV 2010

Mahindra & Mahindra today said it has signed a definitive agreement with Ssangyong Motor Company Limited (SYMC) to acquire 70 per cent stake in the ailing South Korean auto maker at a total cost of USD 463 million (about Rs 2,105 crore). The company said in a statement that it expected the deal to be concluded by March 2011. – Times of India, 23 NOV 2010

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) and GE India Industrial Pvt. Ltd. (GEIIPL), a 100% owned subsidiary of GE, USA, have joined hands for cooperation on Water Treatment Equipment. As per the agreement, BHEL and GEIIPL will jointly engineer and supply water treatment solutions for the Indian market. Over the term of the agreement, through joint working, BHEL will acquire the capability to address large water treatment systems based on GE Products, on its own. – Indiainfoline.com 22 NOV 2010

Eurocor GmbH, wholly-owned subsidiary of Opto Circuits India, announced today the launch of FREEWAY, the latest second-generation, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon technology designed for the treatment of critical limb ischaemia associated with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). – Indiainfoline.com 22 NOV 2010

Interesting Read

Dr Reddy’s expands horizon

Acquistion of GSK’s facility in the US marks entry into a new therapeutic segment. Already having a deal with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for marketing its products in various emerging markets, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) had this week inked an agreement to buy the latter’s oral penicillin manufacturing facility at Tennessee in the US. Though the financial terms were not disclosed, the transaction is expected to be closed within the first half of calendar 2011.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/dr-reddys-expands-horizon/416319/

DoT gearing up to penalise telcos over network roll-out delays

Even as the government contemplates the imposition of penalties worth over Rs 135 crore on old telcos that have not completed network roll-out in circles allotted to them, the Telecom Ministry is likely to issue showcause notices to new operators for similar lapses. As per the revised figures, Bharti Airtel faces a penalty of Rs 31 crore, while the Tatas (CDMA operations) are likely to be asked to be paid liquidated damages of over Rs 40 crore.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/telecom/DoT-gearing-up-to-penalise-telcos-over-network-roll-out-delays/articleshow/7005003.cms

Rural FMGC markets ready to go premium

Market research firm Nielsen has sounded out premium goods marketers to take country roads, saying the rural FMCG market will grow 10 times to $100 billion by 2025 and that the rural consumer is increasingly buying premium and convenience-oriented products.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/cons-products/fmcg/Rural-FMGC-markets-ready-to-go-premium/articleshow/6985029.cms

MphasiS joins billion dollar club

Indian IT and BPO services company MphasiS, which is majority-owned by HP, has achieved the milestone of $1 billion in revenues during the accounting year-ended October 31, 2010. The company posted revenues of Rs 5,037 crore ($1.09 billion) during the period with a growth of 18.1 per cent over the previous accounting year. The Bangalore-based company took about 12 years to achieve this. With sight on the next phase of growth and bring in better alignment in its business, MphasiS has also initiated a restructuring process in partnership with global consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/mphasis-joins-billion-dollar-club/416044/

Bharti Airtel: An emperor sized operation

Bharti Airtel is an emperor sized operation in every sense of the term, starting with the standalone gross revenues of Rs 356 bn that it recorded, to its gross fixed asset base of Rs 442 bn (that makes it all possible), to its investment portfolio base of Rs 157 bn, to its gross working capital base of Rs 93 bn, to the humungous net cash flow of Rs 127 bn that it generated, to its 22 subsidiaries and fellow subsidiaries, 2 associates, 3 joint ventures and 18 companies where the management exercises control of some sort, to the Rs 8 bn in cash and bank balances, to the 43 companies that it had related party transactions with in FY10, and the Rs 7 bn in services that it rendered to these related parties and the Rs 41 bn in services that it received in return from these related parties.

http://www.equitymaster.com/outsideview/detail.asp?date=11/23/2010&story=2

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week -2.74% -2.29% -2.35%
This month -4.91% -4.47% -4.42%
This Year 6.66% 9.57% 10.59%
Since 1-1-2009 118.39% 98.37% 94.39%
Since 1-1-2008 46.79% -5.30% -5.39%
Since 1-4-2007 82.36% 46.39% 50.51%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 82
Tata Global Beverages FMCG 5 2 Years 111
KSB Pumps Engineering 5 3 Months -11
Mangalam Cements Cements 5 2 Months -20
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 5 4 Months -3

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost
Ess Dee Aluminium 490.76
Graphite India 93.19
Opto Circuits 297.70
Swaraj Engines 480.38
Tech Mahindra 757.83
Tractors India Ltd 710.47
Amara Raja Batteries 190.03
NTPC 197.65
Honeywell Automation 2,633.95
KSB Pumps 522.76
Mangalam Cements 146.60
Maharashtra Seamless 406.07
Tata Sponge Iron 372.62

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price
Suzlon Energy 57.65
Blue Star 453.11
Kansai Nerolac 916.04

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 202 2.5 Years
Dabur India 137 4.5 Years
Tata Global Beverages 111 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 113 3.7 Years
Infosys 82 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Tech Mahindra -18 1 month
BHEL -18 2 months
Tata Communication -23 10 months
Mangalam Cement -20 2 months
Divi’s Laboratories -15 2 months

Archive of previous portfolio reviews


Portfolio Review: 20 November 2010

After 4% decline in the previous week, Indian stock market benchmark index BSE Sensex dropped another 2.84% last week to close at 19585.44. NSE Nifty shed 2.99% in the week to close at 5890.30. The corruption scandal and global worries are cited as reasons for the decline. This week is beginning with political uncertainties in the wake of 2G scam!

My portfolio’s return in the past week was -2.18% and the year to date return stands at 9.66%. Shares of most of the companies in my portfolio declined in the past week with Berger Paints, Mangalam Cements, Tech Mahindra, Amara Raja Batteries and Reliance leading the losers! However Bharti Airtel and Hero Honda, which are in top 10 in my portfolio, gained more than 7% last week. The biggest news in my portfolio was the launch of new logo by Airtel.  The company crossed the significant milestone of 200 million customers.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Mangalam Cement Cement 400.00 138.70 188%
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 92.30 117%
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 508.00 111%
Ess Dee Aluminium Packaging 942.00 487.00 93%
Tata Sponge Iron Metal 700.00 366.00 91%
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 750.00 392.50 91%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 471.30 80%
Amara Raja Batteries Auto Ancil 301.60 173.00 74%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 676.55 70%
Divis Laboratories Pharma 1,095.00 669.50 64%
Tech Mahindra IT 1,112.00 680.75 63%
Opto Circuits Healthcare 450.00 277.10 62%
HUL FMCG 483.00 298.70 62%
NTPC Power 293.00 184.30 59%
BHEL Engineering 3,567.00 2,256.65 58%
Honeywell Automation Engineering 4,100.00 2,610.00 57%
Bharti Airtel Telecom 510.00 328.85 55%
Mphasis IT 841.00 561.15 50%

News Update

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories today said it has received approval from US health regulator to launch generic Zafirlukast tablets, used for treating asthma, in the American market. According to IMS health, Zafirlukast tablets had total sales of around USD 50 million in the US market for twelve months ended August 31, 2010. – Economic Times, 20 Nov 2010

India’s GSM subscribers base grew 3 per cent in October with the addition of 14.7 million subscribers with telecom giant Bharti Airtel alone signing over 3 million users. Bharti Airtel now gains a market share of 28.76 per cent, with 146.29 million subscribers — the highest in the country. Vodafone added 2.49 million subscribers in the country, a growth of 40 per cent as against 1.78 million the previous month to have a total of 118 million subscribers. – Economic Times

The world’s fifth largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel, has christened itself as ‘airtel’, launching a global campaign that would re-brand its operations across the world. On Thursday, company’s CMD Sunil Bharti Mittal lifted the veil off the new logo – an artistically written small ‘A’ above ‘Airtel’ with the letters in lower case – all in red against a white background. Subsequently, the brand name – Zain Telecom in Africa and Warid Telecom in Bangladesh would be changed to ‘airtel’. – The Times of India

GAIL (India) Ltd has struck a long-term natural gas supply deal with state-owned National Fertilisers Ltd and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertiliser Company Ltd, which have decided to convert their manufacturing plants from naphtha to gas, a more efficient feedstock.  – The Financial Express

Looking to cash in on the boom in auto sales, domestic utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra has lined up as many as seven new products in the passenger vehicle segment that will hit the roads over the next 15-18 months. The list includes an all-new premium SUV from its own stable and two from the recently-acquired Korean company Ssangyong , apart from new versions of Logan, the mid-sized passenger car. – The Economic Times

Anand Mahindra-led Mahindra Group, which entered aerospace last year, has zeroed in on yet another business opportunity.  The group has firmed up plans for getting into solar energy generation business and is looking to rope in a partner, which would bring in domain expertise as well as funding for the venture. – DNA

Crompton Greaves Ltd (CGL), a part of the $4 billion Avantha Group, has claimed that it has become the world’s first company to develop high range power product- 1200 KV Capacitive Voltage Transformer (CVT). The company has spent close to Rs.70 crore to develop this high range power product, which has been indigenously developed and manufactured at its state-of-the-art Nashik facility. – Business Standard

Opto Circuits (India) announced that Criticare Systems USA, the company`s wholly owned subsidiary has released its next-gen CO2N2O module. The module is a compact version of the proven Criticare Systems Poet series CO2 detection technology, which, using non-dispersive infrared technology, will measure inspired and expired CO2 and N2O gases. – Myiris

Interesting Read

Small commercial vehicles fly as rural demand strengthens

The small commercial vehicle (SCV) segment, which is growing at a rate of 18% annually on the back of strong demand from hinterland and boom in construction, retail and production sectors, has caught the fancy of commercial vehicle makers. Tata Motors is the dominant player with Ace while Piaggio Vehicles and Bajaj Auto are the other major companies.M&M has recently entered the segment with Maxximo, Force Motors and Ashok Leyland have lined up forays. General Motors plans to enter the segment in 2012. – http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report_smallcommercialvehiclesflyasruraldemandstrengthens_1468750

FMCG cos mull soap price hike

With increasing pressure on their margins, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Godrej Consumer Products (GCPL) are considering taking a price hike on products like soaps. The cost of palm oil, a key raw material for making toilet soap, has risen by 30-35 % in one quarter. Although market leader Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has not yet passed on the cost escalation to consumers, industry analysts said it was only a matter of time before the company takes a price increase in toilet soaps. Read more: FMCG cos mull soap price hike – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/FMCG-cos-mull-soap-price-hike/articleshow/6958162.cms#ixzz15vv5w18b

Unilever to halve ecological impact by 2020: Harish Manwani

Hindustan Unilever has embarked on a new journey, on the path of sustainable living. As part of Sustainable Living Plan, the FMCG major has chalked out a 10-year roadmap to halve its environmental impact in the form of reducing water usage and greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The company, whose products touch the lives of 2 billion consumers around the world every day, in addition targets to source all its agricultural supplies including palm oil and tea from sustainable sources. http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/unilever-to-halve-ecological-impact-by-2020-harish-manwani_500360.html

FMCG cos see return of ‘premium’ demand

Two years after consumers began downtrading, or preferring cheaper alternatives to regular brands, the trend has reversed in the `1,30,000-crore FMCG industry. People are now uptrading, or buying premium products across personal care and foods segments, thanks to rising incomes and confidence. Companies such as Hindustan Unilever , Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline and Marico are responding to this new trend by promoting and launching a spree of premium brands across shampoos, skincare products, toothpastes, biscuits, breakfast cereals and fine cheese. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/cons-products/fmcg/FMCG-cos-see-return-of-premium-demand/articleshow/6944533.cms

GAIL to make waves via expansion, consolidation and diversification

GAIL India, the state-run gas transmission and marketing company, has charted a new corporate business plan up to 2020. The focus is on consolidation, expansion and diversification. It plans to increase turnover to Rs 1 lakh crore by 2020 from Rs 24,996 crore. It plans to consolidate presence in petrochemicals and renewable energy, allocate 15 per cent of annual capital expenditure for exploration and production (E&P), pick up equity in upstream LNG (liquefied natural gas) projects abroad, and pursue investments in shale gas projects in and outside India. Besides, GAIL India is keen to expand its city gas distribution business and undertake distributed generation projects along its pipelines. http://sify.com/finance/gail-to-make-waves-via-expansion-consolidation-and-diversification-news-equity-klpbFsaijha.html

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week -2.18% -2.84% -2.99%
This month -2.23% -2.23% -2.12%
This Year 9.66% 12.14% 13.25%
Since 1-1-2009 124.53% 103.02% 99.06%
Since 1-1-2008 50.92% -3.08% -3.12%
Since 1-4-2007 87.49% 49.83% 54.13%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 78
Tata Global Beverages FMCG 5 2 Years 122
HUL FMCG 5 4 Months 17
Hero Honda Auto 5 5Months 5
Graphite India Engineering 5 2 Months -5

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Price
Ess Dee Aluminium 484.19
Graphite India 93.19
Opto Circuits 297.70
Swaraj Engines 480.38
Tech Mahindra 757.83
Tractors India Ltd 710.47
Amara Raja Batteries 190.03
NTPC 197.65
Honeywell Automation 2,633.95
Mangalam Cement 147.00

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price
Suzlon Energy 57.65
Blue Star 453.11
Kansai Nerolac 916.04

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 199 2.5 Years
Dabur India 145 4.5 Years
Tata Global Beverages 122 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 114 3.7 Years
Infosys 78 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
KSB Pumps -12 2 months
Tech Mahindra -11 1 month
Tata Communication -14 10 months
Mangalam Cement -13 2 months
BHEL -10 2 months

Archive of previous portfolio reviews


Portfolio Review: 13 November 2010

Indian stock market benchmark index declined sharply in the past week. BSE Sensex declined 4.04% to close at 20,157 and NSE Nifty 3.81% to close at 6,072. Some reports cited global worries of financial crisis and weak industrial output data as reasons for the crash. G20 summit in Seoul that concluded on Friday failed to take any reasonable action on the ongoing currency wars. Rate hike fears in China, payment default by Dubai group and Eurozone worries on Ireland’s worsening debt woes also added fuel to the fire.

My portfolio’s return in the past week was -2.65% and the year to date return stands at 12.11%. Shares of every company in my portfolio declined in the past week with Bharti Airtel, Berger Paints, Amara Raja Batterires, Bhel and TIL lead the decline.

Good buys in my watch list

Script Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Mangalam Cement Cement 400.00 149.25 168%
Graphite India Engineering 200.00 93.70 113%
KSB Pumps Engineering 1,072.00 512.00 109%
Ess Dee Aluminium Packaging 942.00 488.00 93%
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 747.00 413.45 81%
Swaraj Engines Auto Ancil 850.00 484.40 75%
Bharti Airtel Telecom 510.00 306.05 67%
Tractors India Ltd Construction 1,150.00 695.55 65%
Amara Raja Batteries Auto Ancil 301.60 185.25 63%
HUL FMCG 482.00 301.55 60%
Honeywell Automation Engineering 4,100.00 2,581.50 59%

News Update

Costs linked to the newly acquired African operations and stiff competition at home have pulled down Bharti Airtel‘s net profit 27 per cent to Rs 1,661 crore during the second quarter ended September 2010 compared with Rs 2,263 crore in the corresponding period last year. This was the first full quarter of the African operations. – The Hindu Business Line

Bharti Airtel is going in for a mega brand change of Airtel for which the company will spend Rs 300 crores globally, sources close to the development said. The unveiling of the brand is expected next week. The new brand is expected to be splashed all across India, Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles.  – The Economic Times

Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said it may look at listing its telecom tower subsidiary – Bharti Infratel. Bharti Infratel has 31,831 towers in 11 circles. According to analysts, the IPO can help Airtel unlock value in its tower infrastructure company. Passive infrastructure generated Rs 2,116 crore revenue for Bharti during the second quarter ended September, 30. – The Economic Times

A report that Bharti Airtel is eyeing Qualcomm’s wireless broadband business in Delhi is “sheer speculation”, Bharti’s CEO for India and South Asia said on Wednesday. – Reuters

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) on Thursday said that the company’s new tractors plant in South India will commence operations by financial year 2013. The plant, expected to come up close to Chennai, will produce both Swaraj and M&M brand tractors and have a capacity of 75,000 to one lakh units per annum. – The Financial Express

NTPC will commission the first unit of Stage-II expansion project of Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station by March 2011. Two units of 500 MW each in the first phase were synchronised in 2002. Simhadri, the first shore-based power plant, is adding two more units each with 500 MW by investing around Rs.5,000 crore. – The Hindu

India’s top power producer NTPC Ltd said on Friday its board had approved investing 31.94 billion rupees for a coal mining project in the east Indian state of Jharkhand. The coal block, which was allotted to NTPC in October 2004, will start production in 2012. – Reuters

Swiss drugmaker Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) has sued Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) a fourth time, this time for patent infringement involving its osteoporosis drug Boniva (ibandronate sodium). Boniva has been a major revenue earner for Roche and the sales are estimated to be between $850 million and $1 billion. Various patents covering the drug are due for expiry between 2019 and 2023. Boniva, a once-a-month drug, is used in treating or preventing post-menopausal osteoporosis. – DNA

Amara Raja Batteries will invest nearly Rs 130 crore by September next year to hike production capacity in a phased manner and on other capital expenditures. The company, which is aiming to become a global brand also said it is considering the possibility of setting up a manufacturing unit overseas, preferably in Southeast Asia and Africa. – The Economic Times

Opto Circuits (India) Ltd. (OCI), India’s leading developer and manufacturer of patient monitoring systems and interventional products registered 30% growth in consolidated net sales to Rs. 331.38 crore for the quarter ended September 2010. Operating profit margins contracted by 360 basis points to 31.9% on the back of increase in manufacturing, Administrative & Marketing Expenses.  – IIFL

Divi’s Laboratories reported 15% decrease in consolidated net profit to Rs. 71.93 crore despite 13% increase in net sales to Rs. 255.31 crore for the quarter ended September 2010. Operating profit margins contracted by whopping 1330 basis points to 33.9% on the back of increase in manufacturing expenses and consumption cost. Thus, operating profit decreased by 18% to Rs. 87.84 crore. Other income increased by 67% to Rs. 5.63 crore. – IIFL

TIL Ltd [Formerly Tractors India] announced financial results for its half year & quarter ended 30th Sept, 2010. On a consolidated basis, during April – September 10-11, the company reported a total income of Rs. 6.42bn vis-à-vis Rs. 4.23bn in April-September last year, registering a growth of 52% over same period previous year. Profit Before Tax stood at Rs. 348mn vis-à-vis Rs. 249mn, showing a growth of 40%. Profit After Tax also grew to Rs. 243mn from Rs. 174mn, in the corresponding period- previous year, registering a growth of 40%. EPS stood at Rs. 24.31as on 30th September, 2010 vis-à-vis Rs. 16.65 as on 30th September, 2009. – IIFL

GAIL (India) plans a capex of Rs.40,000 crore for the next four years for undertaking various projects, including sourcing of LNG, a top company official said on Saturday. – The Hindu

Interesting Read

Bharti Airtel adds customers, not value

Bharti Airtel’s September 2010 quarter numbers raise doubts over the feasibility of adding new subscribers to the mobile network . The country’s largest telecom operator reported decent user additions during the quarter but failed to show any meaningful addition to the minutes of usage on its mobile network. … So far, Bharti’s stock has not participated in the broader stock market rally. It gained a meagre 2% in the past three months compared with the 14% gains in the benchmark Sensex. The benefits from the 3G launch expected in the next two quarters and a gradual turnaround in its African business are long term in nature. In the near term, however, the stock’s movement may be restricted given the lack of any fresh triggers.  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/earnings/earnings-analysis-/Bharti-Airtel-adds-customers-not-value/articleshow/6904529.cms

Hero Honda market share falls closer to 50% mark

The market share of India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero Honda Motors Ltd may slip to below 50% as competition heats up and production lags demand, say analysts. Amid talk of a possible exit by its Japanese partner Honda Motor Co. from the joint venture, the company’s market share in the motorcycle segment dropped to 52.9% at the end of the September quarter from 60.4% a year earlier, according to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. http://www.livemint.com/2010/11/09214824/Hero-Honda-market-share-falls.html?atype=tp

My Portfolio

Return

My Portfolio BSE Sensex NSE Nifty
This Week -2.65% -4.04% -3.81%
This month -0.05% 0.62% 0.90%
This Year 12.11% 15.41% 16.74%
Since 1-1-2009 129.54% 108.94% 105.19%
Since 1-1-2008 54.28% -0.25% -0.13%
Since 1-4-2007 91.68% 54.20% 58.88%

Top 5 holding in my equity portfolio

Company Sector % of Total Value Average Holding Period Absolute Return %
Infosys IT 8 3 Years 80
Tata Global Beverages FMCG 6 2 Years 134
HUL FMCG 5 4 Months 18
Hero Honda Auto 5 5 months -2
Maharashtra Seamless Metal 5 4 months 5

Shares I bought this month

Company Average Cost
Ess Dee Aluminium 490.76
Graphite India 94.72
Opto Circuits 297.70
Swaraj Engines 482.21
Tech Mahindra 757.83
Tractors India Ltd 733.96
Amara Raja Batteries 197.71
NTPC 197.65

Shares I sold this month

Company Average Price
Suzlon Energy 57.65
Blue Star 453.11

Top 5 most gain (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
Gujarat Gas 204 2.5 Years
Dabur India 143 4.5 Years
Tata Global Beverages 134 2.0 Years
Berger Paints 136 3.7 Years
Infosys 80 3.0 Years

Top 5 most loss (absolute)

Company Return % Average Holding Period
KSB Pumps -11 2 months
Amara Raja Batteries -6 0 month
Tata Communication -10 10 months
Mangalam Cement -8 2 months
TIL -5 0 month

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