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Another Fruitful Year for Share Market

For stock market in India, 2012 was a fruitful year posting biggest gain after 2009. BSE Sensex gained 26%, NSE Nifty 28% while my portfolio gained 30%. H

As at the end of the year, my most successful investments are in Wim Plast, Mayur Uniquoter, Astral Poly Technik, Hawkins Cooker and National Peroxide. These five stocks account for 95% of my total net gain (Unrealised gain/loss till date and realised gain/loss of 2012). All of them are in my top 10 holding in terms of current value as on 31st December 2012.

My worst Investments are in Opto Circuits, Ess Dee Aluminium, BHEL, Technofab Engg and TIL. These five stocks together swallowed 23% of my total gain (Unrealised gain till date and realised gain of 2012). Out of these, I sold Ess Dee Aluminium completely while I have considerable holding in BHEL and Technofab Engg. Loss on BHEL largely comes from shares I bought in 2010-11 and I have been buying it during 2012 which fared better. I have been buying Technofab last two years, but still at loss. I remain hopeful about the future of Technofab Engg.

In the year, my top 5 buys were BHEL, eClerx, Clariant Chemicals, Titan Industries and National Peroxide. Investments in some companies in which I had very marginal holding were completely offloaded. Top 5 in value sold are Mayur Uniquoter, Hindustan Zinc, NESCO, Tata Sponge Iron and HUL. All of them were partial profit booking and I currently hold a considerable number in some of these stocks.

As on 31st December 2012, my top ten holdings are Wim Plast, BHEL, Page Industries, Clariant Chemicals, National Peroxide, eClerx Services, Mayur Uniquoters, Astral Poly Technik, Hawkins Cooker and Titan Industries. These account for 49% of my total investments.

As the quarterly results will be coming out in coming months, a review of the investments becomes imminent.

What’s your best and worst?


11 companies for my portfolio!

For the last couple of months, I have been working to filter out companies in my portfolio to reduce the number of companies from the 54 to 20 or 30.  To find out the ones that I want to keep, I put all my companies to a quantitative test with investment criteria of Benjamin Graham, Kenneth Fisher and Martin Zweig as I mentioned in one of my recent posts.  I decided to keep those companies that pass any one of these three filters – and I got just 11! As usual, I am sharing with you what I found.

1. Opto Circuits

It is a technology company catering to healthcare industry. A multinational medical device company head-quartered in India and its products are used in about 150 countries.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year for the last 10 years. Last four quarters also have shown impressive growth. Its EPS have grown at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 33% over the last five years.

Its debt equity ratio at 65% and not so healthy cash flows are points to be cautious!

2. Astral Poly Technik

Astral Poly Technik is a manufacturer of PVC plumbing systems. It has the license of Lubrizol of USA, equity joint venture with Speciality Process of USA and tie-up with many international names.  Its corporate clients include big names across various industries! Its products cater to the domestic and industrial applications.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year for the last 10 years. Last four quarters have shown impressive growth. Its EPS has grown at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 32% over the last five years.

Its debt equity ratio is moderate at 27% but its cash flow is not very healthy.

3. Page Industries

Page Industries Ltd. is the exclusive licensees of JOCKEY International Inc. (USA) for manufacture and distribution of the JOCKEY® brand Inner-wear/Leisurewear for Men and Women in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and UAE.

Its revenue has been growing consistently every year for the last 10 years. Last four quarters have shown impressive growth. Its EPS has grown at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 36% over the last five years.

Its debt is huge at a debt-equity ratio of 93%  and its cash flow is also not very healthy.

4. Technofab Engineering

A 40 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 is clearly a cyclical play which is affected by economic cycle and government policies due to its dependence on power and infrastructure sectors.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year for the last 6 years. Last four quarters also have shown impressive growth. Its EPS has grown at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 91% over the last five years.

Its debt is moderate at a debt-equity ratio of 11%  and its cash flow is not very bad.

5. Clariant Chemicals

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, Biocides for Paints. Its products cater to the wide range of industries.

Its revenue growth in the last few years are not very impressive and  last four quarters also have shown muted or negative growth. Its EPS grown at an impressive compounded annual growth rate of 31% over the last five years.

Its is a zero debt company. Its cash flow is not very impressive and cash and cash equivalent in the balance sheet has been coming down in recent years.

6. Hinudstan Zinc

Hinustan Zinc is India’s largest and world’s second largest integrated producer of zinc & lead, with a global share of approximately 6.0% in zinc. Hindustan Zinc is a subsidiary of the NYSE listed – Sterlite Industries (India) Limited  and London listed FTSE 100 diversified metals and mining major – Vedanta Resources plc. Its core business comprises of mining and smelting of zinc and lead along with captive power generation. It has four mines and four smelting operations in India.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year for the last 10 years except a dip in two years – 2008 and 2009.  Last four quarters have shown impressive growth. Its EPS has grown at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 35% over last 10 years.

It is a zero debt company and its current ratio is 3.01! It has been paying dividend in all of the last 10 years.

7. Mayur Uniquoters

Mayur Uniquoters is manufacturer of PVC Vinyl. Its major clients are from Auto-mobile and footwear industries.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year in the last 10 years. Last four quarters also have shown impressive growth. Its EPS grown at an impressive compounded annual growth rate of 65% over the last five years.

Its debt is moderate with a debt-equity ratio of 13%  and its cash flow is not very bad.

8. Wim Plast

Wim Plast manufacture plastic moulded furniture and bubble guard extrusion sheets in the brand name of Cello.

Its revenue have been growing consistently in the last 5 years.  Its EPS grown at an impressive compounded annual growth rate of 74% over the last five years.

It is a zero debt company and its cash flow is also healthy.

9. Mphasis

An IT company delivering Applications services, Infrastructure services, and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services globally serving clients across a wide range of industries.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year in the last 7 years. However its last four quarters results were disappointing. Its EPS grown at an impressive compounded annual growth rate of 60% over the last five years.

It is a zero debt company and its cash flow is healthy.

10. National Peroxide

National Peroxide Limited manufactures Chemicals “Hydrogen Peroxide”, “Sodium Perborate” and “Per Acetic Acid”. NPL, a pioneer in India for peroxygen chemicals, is the largest manufacturer of Hydrogen Peroxide in India. Hydrogen Peroxide is a highly versatile chemical used in various industries for bleaching, chemical synthesis, environmental control/effluent treatment, sterilisation etc.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year in the last 5 years except a dip in 2010. However the sales were down in the June 2011 quarter. Its EPS grown at an impressive compounded annual growth rate of 62% over the last five years.

It has no significant debt with a debt equity ratio of 7% and has an healthy cash flow.

11. Voltas

Voltas Limited offers engineering solutions for a wide spectrum of industries in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, electro-mechanical projects, textile machinery, mining and construction equipment, materials handling equipment, water management & treatment, cold chain solutions, building management systems, and indoor air quality.

Its revenue have been growing consistently every year in the last 10 years. However growth in last four quarters were not consistent and was low. Its EPS grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 25% over the last five years at 31% over 10 years.

Its debt position is low with a debt equity ration of just 7% and has a healthy cash flow.

 

Portfolio Review: 20 August 2011

Having the number of companies in my portfolio shot up to 51, in retrospect I thought it is time to trim down to a maximum of 30. So the next question comes what to get rid off, what to retain and in what to invest more! I went back to books to refresh my mind with investment strategies of some great investment gurus of the past and present. For the last couple of weeks, I have been looking into each company that I possess and revisited the fundamentals of those companies to make an ultimate decision. Strategies of Benjamin Graham, Kenneth Fisher and Martin Zweig are mainly followed. So far completed study on 7 companies and decided to get rid off some of them. Besides that, also sold out some companies which are close to my target or have a minimal investment. Altogether, reduced number of companies by 6 and now it stands at 45. Minimum 15 more to go!

Companies sold in the current month

Honeywell Automation: Largely because of its earnings – poor growth last quarter, lack of earning persistence and acceleration. Its long term earning per share over last 5 and 10 years are also not very impressive.

Cera Sanitaryware:  It failed to meet the criteria of quarterly sales growth and long term EPS growth to qualify for Martin Zweig and long term EPS growth criteria of Fisher.

Bharti Airtel: Its debt level shot up multi-fold in the last financial year. Its debt-equity ration in no way satisfy the criteria of Graham or Fisher. Quarterly sales growth, Earning persistence and long term EPS growth are not up to the mark.

Company to retain in the portfolio

Opto Circuits India: It meets all the criteria of Martin Zweig and its valuation is also within the buy range. It also meets criteria of Graham and Fisher except that of long term EPS growth.

Page Industries: It meets all the criteria of Martin Zweig and its valuation is also within the buy range. However it fails debt ratio of Fisher and long term EPS growth of Graham.

Swaraj Industries: It meets all the criteria of Fisher and valuation is also attractive. However it fails earning acceleration criteria of Martin Zweig and it is too small company to fit in Graham’s portfolio.

Portfolio Review: 31 July 2011

It is after one month that I revisited my portfolio today. When the market is too volatile and uncertain, for a long term investor, it is good to go to hibernation for a while. I remember I kept my portfolio untouched and completely kept myself out of the market for six months a few years ago. Then when I went back, everything was well and better! And it was not quite different this time too. When the Sensex lost 3.44%, my portfolio gained 1.22% in the month of July.

The shocker was Crompton Greaves which lost 35% during the month. Mayur Uniquoter (17%), Selan Exploration (23%) and NIIT Technologies (24%) saved me!

Good buys in my watchlist

Bajaj Auto (1,464.85)

Selan Exploration (345.20)

Mphasis (447.35)

Opto Circuits (286.80)

Note: I buy shares for long term, may be for 3-5 years or even more. One should see the above buys in this perspective. It is not a recommendation to buy, but what I intend to buy.

Portfolio Review: 08 May 2011

My buys for this week

Astral Poly Technik (175.65)

Tata Sponge Iron (353.20)

NIIT Technology (191.05)

Exide Industries (153.65)

Godrej Consumer Products (392.10)

Opto Circuits (300.25)

Portfolio Review: 20 March 2011

14% loss so far this year!

My buys for this week

Selan Exploration (331.60)

Honeywell Automation (2117.65)

Opto Circuits (261.90)

Biocon (326.85)

Tata Power (1,229.00)


Weekly Portfolio Review: 13 February 2011

The market continued to post weekly loss though the Friday witnessed an unexpected come back. The year to date loss in the BSE Sensex is 14% till the close of the last week and loss in my portfolio is 15%.

Good buys in my watch list

Company Sector 3 Years Target Current Price Expected Margin
Cera Sanitaryware Construction 330.00 163.95 101%
Cravatex Healthcare 1485.00 553.00 169%
Opto Circuits Healthcare 440.00 265.20 66%
GSK Consumer Food 3152.00 2150.00 47%

Launched in 1980, Cera is a pioneer in the sanitaryware segment in India. Based in Kadi, Gujarat, Cera Sanitaryware Ltd. was established with an initial capacity of 3,600 MTPA, the plant has undergone several periodical upgradations and modernisations to expand to 25,000 MTPA. To achieve growth in the rapidly changing retail market in the country, Cera, has launched its one of a kind Cera Bath Studios in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Cochin and Hyderabad, Mumbai. With the opening of the Cera Bath Studios, the discerning consumers, architects and interior designers can have full view of the Cera’s premium ranges of WC’s, Wash Basins, Shower Panels, Shower Cubicles, Bath Tubs, Shower Temples, Whirlpools, CP fittings etc. Cera Bath Studios will complement its existing network of 600 dealers and 5000 retailers. Several Bathrooms are displayed live, so that the customers can get a feel of Cera’s vast range of products.  Having shown a growth rate of more than 25% since last 3 years, Cera Sanitaryware Ltd. today is the fastest growing sanitaryware company in India.  For its contribution towards the industrial growth, Cera’s ED ‘Mr. Vidhush Somany’ received “The Nirman Ratna Award” in September 2010. (www.cera-india.com ).

The Cravetex was incorporated in 1951 and was one of the largest chains of dyers and dry cleaners of it’s time. Along with these ventures, the Company also diversified into textile processing and printing. The Company expanded into the manufacture of sports and casual wear, culminating recently, in the distribution of fitness equipment for home and commercial use. The Company represents several reputed international brands of fitness equipment in India and is the only ISO certified & public listed company in this field. The Company has now integrated beauty therapy into its already versatile list of services. The Company offers a range of advanced international beauty therapies within spas across the country as well as providing clients with high-end beauty products from one of the leading beauty product manufacturers in the world. The Company continues its presence in the Garment Exports Market and the domestic footwear market where it caters to the needs of several international brands. www.cravatex.com

Opto Circuits (I) Limited, headquartered in Bangalore, India, has a range of products that includes, Pulse Oximeters, Pulse Oximeter Sensors, Fluid warmers, Cholesterol monitors & recently Stents. OCI is in a very specialized, technology oriented Opto electronic industry since 12 years. OCI has the status of Export House and has been awarded two star trading house status by the Federal Government of India. It has ISO 9001-2000 and ISO 13485-2003 quality system certification. OCI group companies have been awarded CE approval for its products. The subsidiaries of OCI possess FDA approval for different products being manufactured by them. www.optoindia.com

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd., the Indian associate of Glaxosmithkline plc, U.K., is a market leader in the Health Food Drinks industry in India. Its flagship product is Horlicks which is over 100 years old in India. The Company also manufactures Boost, Viva, Maltova, Biscuits. It promotes and distributes prominent brands in diverse categories such as Eno, Crocin and Iodex.  GSKCH exports to more than 37 countries across the globe and around 8% of its sales comes from exports. The company has a strong marketing and distribution network in India comprising over 1800 wholesalers and direct coverage of around 6 Lakh retail outlets. Its manufacturing facilities are located at Nabha in Punjab, Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh and Sonepat in Haryana. It was incorporated in 1948 and went public in 1978. www.gsk-ch.in


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

Return

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

Return

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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