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ASK Emerging Opportunities

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IME View on ASK Emerging Opportunities

Type: Mid & Smallcap | GARP | AUM (773.5 cr) | Inc Date (24 Aug 2017)

Investment Philosophy

ASK Emerging Opportunities Series 2 is a mid-cap focussed (15000 Cr+ market cap) concentrated portfolio.

ASK’s investment philosophy revolves around 2 key aspects: capital protection followed by capital appreciation. The aim is to invest in high-quality businesses, run by high-quality management with sustained long-term growth prospects at a reasonable price. The focus is on certainty & consistency of earnings (vs. mere quantum of earnings growth) & buying high quality at a reasonable price (vs. buying mediocre companies at value prices).

KEY ASPECTS OF INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY

Investments in ASK India Select Portfolio are driven by the following key investment attributes:

  • Size of Opportunity: Size of Pond vs. Size of Fish, Dominance, Resilience, Liquidity
  • Quality of Business: High quality of business (superior ROCE), Strong moat, Impregnability, Sustainability, Key pivot of strong wealth creation 
  • Earnings Growth: Quantum, Consistency, Durability, Predating (early vs later), Compounding power
  • Value: Favourable price-value gap, Margin of Safety
  • Management Quality: Good management quality is a given constant

PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION

  • Research: filter down top 500 companies as per market capitalisation to 95 companies based on subjective evaluation of management quality, minimum ROCE, 20% growth rate over 3-5 years.
  • Portfolio: 25-30 companies with a 10% individual stock exposure limit (at cost), sectoral diversification and a healthy balance between ROCE and Earnings Growth.

INVESTMENT PROCESS

  • Market Capitalization Filter: Filter top 500 stocks as per market capitalization
  • Management Quality Assessment: Based on evaluation of management integrity, vision, execution, capital allocation skills and capital distribution filter out 310 Companies
  • ROCE Criteria: Filter 230 companies based on a minimum of 15% ROCE
  • Earnings Growth Criteria: Filter 95 stocks with minimum 20% annual earnings growth over the next 3-5 years.
  • Overall Quality with Margin of Safety: Final portfolio of 25-30 stocks with an optimal blend of overall characteristics with a reasonable margin of safety.

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
ASK Emerging Opportunities 29.4 12.6 17.4 12.2
S&P BSE 500 TRI 39.5 19.5 19 15.3
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM -10.1 -6.9 -1.6 -3.1
Nifty 500 38.4 18.1 17.5
Alpha over Category BM -9 -5.5 -0.1

Performance as of: 28-Feb-23 | Inception Date: 24-Aug-17

Fund Managers

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures
Exit Fees

AMC

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

Highly recommended for more conservative investors: ASK has a number of positives, which has led to them becoming the market leader. Strict adherence to a clearly defined investment policy, along with a strong & stable in-house grown investment team, is what helps set them apart and deliver consistent and attractive long-term returns. The majority stake (75%) of ASK's asset management business was acquired by Blackstone in Feb-22. We have recently downgraded ASK's rating to 4-star, keeping in mind the sharp underperfomance since 2022 (which we believe should be transitory in nature). As performance comes back, ASK's rating could be upgraded to a 5-star.

AMC Rating

4 of 5 stars

AMC Pedigree

5 of 5 stars

AMC Size

5 of 5 stars

Team Pedigree

5 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

5 of 5 stars

Performance

3 of 5 stars

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