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ASK Growth

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

4 of 5 stars

Highly Recommended for more Conservative Investors: As one of the most mature portfolios in the PMS industry, ASK Growth is a good diversified large & mid-cap focussed strategy that we actively recommend for investments.

IME Strategy Rating

5 of 5 stars

Large & Mid-cap Focused: Focuses on investing in established companies having large opportunity sizes, and ensuring all investee companies have high earnings growth, business & management quality, and attractive price-value gap. The portfolio is diversified and focuses on the multi-cap. With a 20+ year track record ASK Growth is one of the oldest PMS strategies in the market. The strategy has deliveried consistent & attractive risk-adjusted returns over an extended period of time. ASK Growth also offers superior risk-adjusted returns than small & mid cap strategies, given ASK’s focus on large & mid-caps (over small-caps)

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Type: Large & Midcap | GARP | AUM (1629.5 cr) | Inc Date (29 Jan 2001)

Investment Philosophy

The ASK Growth portfolio focuses on investing in well-established companies that have a large ‘size of opportunity’, while ensuring that all investee companies have a high level of earnings growth, business & management quality and an attractive price-value gap.

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

Investment Process

  • Market Capitalization Filter: Filter top 500 stocks as per market capitalization
  • PBT Filter: 299 Companies with PBT above 200crs for trailing 4 quarters.
  • Management Quality Assessment: Filter 150 based on evaluation of management integrity, vision, execution, capital allocation skills and capital distribution
  • ROCE & Earnings Growth Criteria: Filter 59 stocks with minimum 25% ROCE and minimum 15% earnings growth over the next 3-5 years.
  • Overall Quality with Margin of Safety: 20-25 stocks with an optimal blend of overall characteristics and a minimum Margin of Safety of 15%.

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
ASK Growth 34 12.1 14.4 18.9
S&P BSE 500 TRI 38.6 20.5 18.2 15.7
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM -4.6 -8.4 -3.8 3.2
Nifty 500 38 19.3 16.8
Alpha over Category BM -4 -7.2 -2.4

Performance as of: 30-Apr-24 | Inception Date: 29-Jan-01

Fund Managers

Sandip Bansal | 4-star rated FM

Senior Portfolio Manager | 21 yrs Experience | 3 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: FM & Head Investment Research (SBI Life), Sell-side Research Analyst (UBS, KIE)

Sandip has 18 years of work experiene (14 of which have been in equity research). Sandip has a strong research & fund management experience, having worked as Fund Manager & Head of Research at SBI Life Insurance prior to joining ASK. Prior to SBI Life, Sandip worked at the sell side with UBS & KOtak Securities. Sandip in a CA and an MBA (IIM-A)

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures1.5% fixed + 20% above 8% hurdle
Exit Fees3yr(1%)

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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