Alchemy High Growth Select Stock

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Reasonable Flexi-cap Strategy: While performance has not been as strong as some of our other top-rated Flexi-cap strategies, Alchemy High Growth Select Stock benefits from the benefit of being run by a seasoned & experienced co-founder/CIO. We need to see this reverse in order to consider investing in this scheme. We believe that given Alchemy’s strong pedigree, that underperformance should be addressed going forward. Initial signs of this recovery are evident since CY23.

IME Strategy Rating

4 of 5 stars

Style drift: The strategy aims at a Multi-cap strategy that follows a ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ stock-picking approach. The strategy is relatively flexible in terms of definition, allowing the fund manager to shift between investment styles & market capitalizations based on the best opportunities in the market at a specific point in time. But it lacks a clearly defined investment style. The naming is also a bit unclear, while ‘Select Stock’ hints at a concentrated strategy, the actual portfolio is highly diversified.

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IME View on Alchemy High Growth Select Stock

Type: Large & Midcap | GARP | AUM (3854.8 cr) | Inc Date (19 Dec 2008)

Investment Philosophy

Alchemy High Growth Select Stock follows a concentrated focused strategy (the usual portfolio will have between 8-12 stocks), that aims to invest in only the top ideas of Alchemy’s investment team. Similar to Alchemy High Growth, the investment strategy is flexible and allows the fund manager to shift between investment styles & market capitalizations based on where the best opportunities are presented.

Alchemy Investment Process is driven by the ‘3 I-Matrix’

  • Idea Generation: Track larger investment universe of 500 companies with detailed understanding of 100-150 companies. Along with actively tracking the larger universe, idea generations happens through network inputs (independent company/sector feedback, interacting with peer group, and from sector conference).
  • Investment Process: Investment process managed by the CIO with veto power at various stages of the research process. Continuous monitoring and periodic reviews of the position on a quarterly basis.
  • Intervention: Intervention based on CIO’s veto power in portfolio construction, and exit strategy.

Exit strategy based on risk-reward outlook, better opportunities, and/or hypothesis not playing out.

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
Alchemy High Growth Select Stock 47.5 22.6 16.8 20.4
S&P BSE 500 TRI 39.5 19.5 19 72.6
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM 8 3.1 -2.2 -52.2
Nifty 500 38.4 18.1 17.5
Alpha over Category BM 9.1 4.5 -0.7

Performance as of: 28-Feb-23 | Inception Date: 19-Dec-08

Fund Managers

Hiren Ved | 5-star rated FM

CIO | 33 yrs Experience | 25 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Prime Securities (Head – Equities), KR Choksey (Head of Research)

HIren is a very seasoned investment professional, with close to 3 decades of investment experience. He co-founded Alchemy Capital Mgmt in 1999, helping build it into one of the leading PMS’s in the country, on the back of long-term stability in the investment management team and strong alpha generation over time.

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures1.5% fixed + 15% above 10% hurdle
Exit Fees1yr(1%)


AMC: Alchemy PMS (click link for detailed AMC review)

Not a top recommendation (at this time) due to weak recent performance: Backed by solid founders, a CIO that is a co-founder and well-respected investor and a long track record of identifying interesting bottom-up investment opportunities, Alchemy has all the ingredients for a successful PMS business. However, their performance has been very sub-par in recent years, and it is this underperformance that is the primary reason behind Alchemy not being a 5 or 4-star rated PMS.

AMC Rating

3 of 5 stars

AMC Pedigree

4 of 5 stars

AMC Size

4 of 5 stars

Team Pedigree

5 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

3 of 5 stars


3 of 5 stars

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