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Equirus PMS

PMS Rating

IME PMS Rating

4 of 5 stars

Small-cap Specialist: Equirus PMS has had a good start with a strong performance of its portfolio since its launch in 2016. Its focus on small-caps fits well with the group's strengths in small & midcaps on the broking side. While they have recently seen churn in the investment team, the new CIO Sahil also comes in as a small-cap specialist with a short but strong track-record. Equirius has the foundations to build a niche PMS business with a small-cap focus.

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PMS Background

Discretionary AUM (796cr) | Promoter Category ()

AMC Background

Equirus PMS is the PMS arm of the Equirus group. Equirus is a young (founded in 2007) financial services group, that started with investment banking in 2007, which was followed by their institutional equities business in 2010 and their PMS offerings in 2016. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and Federal Bank hold 13% and 20% stake respectively in Equirius Wealth.

Investment Process

Equirus PMS follows a blended approach of investing in quality & value. The aim is to invest in relatively undiscovered businesses with long-term growth potential that are available at a price below their intrinsic value. The philosophy is essentially GARP (Growth at Right Price).

Investment Framework

  • Growth: Earnings driven by sales and margin expansion
  • Financial Strength: no or low debt, and deleveraging situations with higher coverage ratios
  • Profitability: High ROCEs driven by improving margins and/or asset turns
  • Management: High integrity with skin in the game and prudent capital allocation
  • Attractive Valuation: low analyst coverage/institutional holding and market ignoring long term potential

Inv Team

Investment Team

Sahil Shah | 3-star rated FM

CIO | 17 yrs Experience | 0 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Edelweiss Research (Analyst), Anagram Capital (Analyst)

Sahil Shah has over 17 years of extensive experience, he has worked as an analyst and managed mutual funds and PMS. Previously, he worked with Edelweiss Small Cap Fund (AUM 3300cr) as a fund manager and was also co-fund manager for Midcap and Multicap funds at Edelweiss. Prior to joining Edelweiss Asset Management, he has worked with Edelweiss Financial Services and Anagram Capital

Gaurav Arora | 2-star rated FM

Fund Manager | 14 yrs Experience | 2 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: VP (Avendus Capital), AVP (Kotak Institutional Equities), Assistant Manager (Tata Motors)

Sahil Shah is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Managing Director of Equirus AMC. He has over 17 years of extensive experience, he has worked as an analyst and managed mutual funds and PMS. Previously, he worked with Edelweiss Small Cap Fund (AUM 3300cr) as a fund manager and was also co-fund manager for Midcap and Multicap funds at Edelweiss. He is a CFA and has completed his graduation (B.Com.) from Gujarat University (HLIC).

Ajay Garg | 5-star rated FM

Managing Director | 31 yrs Experience | 17 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: DSP Merill Lynch (VP), Mape Advisory Group (Co-Founder), Kwench (Director), CRIF India (Director)

Ajay Garg is the founder of Equirus Capital. He is a veteran investment banker, with over 22 years of experience in Investment Banking. He is acknowledged as being amongst the top dealmakers in the country. He started his career with DSP Merrill Lynch where he was involved with several landmark deals during his stint there between 1996–2002. Prior to setting up Equirus in 2007, he was the group CEO of a leading investment bank which he co-founded. Ajay holds a first degree in engineering and is a postgraduate in management from IIM, Ahmedabad.

PMS/AIF Schemes

PMS & Listed Equity AIF Schemes

Scheme Category Style 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr Since Inc
Equirus Core Equity Flexi Cap GARP 19.4 22.7
Equirus Long Horizon Small Cap GARP 38.6 16.3 31.6 24.4

Returns as of 30-June-24.

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