White Oak PMS

PMS Rating

IME PMS Rating

5 of 5 stars

Highly recommended for more conservative investors seeking lower risk strategies: With the impeccable investment credentials of the founder & CIO, backed by a sound investment philosophy and a strong research team, White Oak is a solid choice for a PMS to deploy long-term capital.

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PMS Background

Discretionary AUM (12002cr) | Promoter Category ()

PMS Background

White Oak is a relatively young PMS (founded in June 2017), that has scaled in a remarkably short period of time to become one of the largest PMS houses in India. This growth is on the back of the undisputable investment pedigree of its founder Prashant Khemka – who was the former CIO & Lead Portfolio Manager of Goldman Sachs India & Emerging Market funds. These funds have won multiple global awards and accolades for consistent investment performance, making Prashant one of the leading global investors in Indian equities. Prashant has invested considerably in building up the research team at White Oak, with the research team having some of the most seasoned research analyst amongst any PMS provider in India.

Investment Philosophy

Outsized returns are earned over time by investing in great businesses at attractive valuations

  • Great Business: well managed, scalable long-term opportunity, strong returns on incremental capital, strong execution & governance track record
  • Attractive Valuations: aim to identify businesses where the estimated intrinsic value is significantly different from market prices
  • Focus on stocks: as compared to focusing on the macro
  • Avoid businesses with red flags: poor corporate governance, weak incremental ROCEs, potential obsolescence risk
  • Avoid macro-bets: view macro as a source of random risks (not as an opportunity to add alpha). Accordingly they stay fully-invested with a balanced portfolio construction approach, avoiding top-down misadventures (market timing, sector rotation)

Strong Investment Culture

White Oak’s Investment Culture is driven by

  • Team of local experts with global experience: strong culture of performance aligned with client portfolio
  • Time Tested Processes: driven by disciplined fundamental research & a proprietary OpcoFinco analytical framework that has been honed over 2 decades
  • Bottom up Stock Selection based philosophy: Buy great businesses at Attractive values | Invest in businesses, don’t bet on macro
  • Balanced Portfolio Construction: Aim to drive performance through stock-selection & not top-down bets on macro factors

Investment Process

  • Universe Screening: Beginning with a large investible universe (~750 companies with a  >$150 mn mkt cap), WhiteOak narrows down the universe to what it defines as great businesses (~150), from which it invests in between 30-50 companies which it believes to be attractively valued 
  • Time tested analytical framework: driven by idea generation, analysis, decision & sizing and an ongoing evaluation

Inv Team

Investment Team

Prashant Khemka | 5-star rated FM

Founder & CIO | 26 yrs Experience | 7 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Goldman AMC (CIO – Global EM Fund), State Street Global (FM)

Prashant founded WhiteOak in 2017 with an impeccable investment track record. Prashant was the CIO & Lead Fund Manager for the Goldman Sachs India Equity & Global Emerging Market Funds. These funds have won multiple global awards and accolades for consistent investment performance.

PMS/AIF Schemes

PMS & Listed Equity AIF Schemes

Scheme Category Style 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr Since Inc
White Oak Digital Leaders Others Thematic 33.1 0.3
White Oak India Equity AIF Flexi Cap GARP
White Oak Pioneers Equity Flexi Cap GARP 31.5 14.9 19.1 18.3

Returns as of 28-Feb-24.

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