Moat PMS

PMS Rating

IME PMS Rating

AMC does not meet our selection criteria at this time

Not a Recommended AMC: Moat PMS is yet sub-scale and is yet to emerge as a credible PMS provider. Additionally, in our rating methodology, PMS firms which have discretionary equity assets of less than 100 cr are typically rated as 1-star, since these have not yet reached a level of sustenance scale. Once they cross this key number, we will reevaluate the rating

The PMS/AIF AMC Rating is derived on the basis of our analysis on 5 key qualitative parameters that we use to analyse the quality of a PMS/AIF Provider. These include an assessment of the size of the AMC, the pedigree of the AMC, the pedigree of the team, the value of the investment philosophy & the level of differentiation. These insights of our central research team are documented in the IME RMS, and can be accessed during a consultation call with an IME PMS specialist.

PMS Background

Discretionary AUM (71cr) | Promoter Category ()

PMS Background

Moat PMS was founded in 2012 by Suraj Nair and is a Cochin Based PMS provider.

PMS Investment Philosophy

Moat focuses on identifying superior growth companies that have the ability to deliver regularly. They aim to find quality business, management and value. They are fixated on picking premium quality businesses while keeping client’s capital safe. They identify companies which can sustain a significantly higher ROCE compared to Cost of Capital in long-run, which would free up cash flow for the business. They look for smaller players in the industry that have the ability to become bigger in the future. They especially target large cap companies, market leader or near market leaders if they are capable of further expansion.

Investment Process

Moats approach constitutes 3 major factors looked at while selecting premium quality businesses: 

  • Clean accounting practices: Identifying companies by analysing them based on certain ratios on all companies with market cap> Rs.500 crores while also looking at preceding 5 years if the company’s consolidated financials
  • Capital allocation: Identifying companies that would have a higher ROCE when compared to Cost of Capital for non financial companies As well as low debt to Equity ratio. To identify financial companies look for those that have a higher ROE when compared to Cost of Equity. Also identify for the last 10-5 years company maintenance capex trend. 
  • Moat (Entry Barrier): Identify businesses with strong moat by investigating brands, regulatory licenses, patents & copyrights, cost advantage, switching costs, network effect, large distribution network, high capital investment 

Portfolio Construction 

Portfolio will hold a max of 20-25 stocks and min of 8 stocks

  • Core Portfolio (80-85%): will consist of high conviction stocks 
  • Special Situation (10-15%)
  • Cash and Other Liquid Assets (5-10%)


  • Diversified: 60-65% invested in top 10 picks
  • Churn rate: 8-10%
  • Avoid businesses: rendered obsolete by internal & external factors

Inv Team

Investment Team

Suraj Nair | 2-star rated FM

CIO | 12 yrs at current firm

Suraj Nair is an ex-IT professional, who shifted towards equity investing in 2012.

PMS/AIF Schemes

PMS & Listed Equity AIF Schemes

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Returns as of 28-Feb-24.

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