ASK Select

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Prefer other ASK Strategies: For investors looking for a concentrated portfolio, ASK India Select offers a concentrated strategy with one of the most established teams in the industry. However, we prefer ASK IEP & ASK Growth, given their more consistent longer-term returns.

IME Strategy Rating

4 of 5 stars

Concentrated Top-Ideas Portfolio: Invests in top value-creation ideas identified across more tightly defined strategies. The portfolio maintains a blend of opportunity size, earnings growth, business quality, and price-value gap; with a reasonably concentrated (20 stocks) portfolio. With a 10+ years track record, ASK – India Select has established its credibility by navigating through various market phases and consistently delivering above par returns.

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Type: Large & Midcap | GARP | AUM (2647.6 cr) | Inc Date (04 Jan 2010)

ASK India Select - Investment Strategy

Concentrated exposure to the ASK's top value-creation investment opportunities.

ASK’s India Select Portfolio invests in the top value-creation ideas that ASK has identified across other more tightly defined strategies. The portfolio tries to maintain a blend between the size of the opportunity, earnings growth, business quality, and the price-value gap.

Key Investment Attributes

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

The investment process is driven by a gradual filtering down of companies in a wider universe, based on specific criteria that ASK focuses on:

  • 500: Start with top 500 as per mkt cap 
  • 410: PBT above 75 cr for the trailing 4 quarters
  • 206: Subjective evaluation of management quality (integrity, vision, execution, capital allocation and capital distribution)
  • 92: Rigorous filters of minimum of 20% of ROCE (capital efficiency) and min of 15% annual earnings growth over the next 3 to 5 years
  • 20: Finally an investment approach emerges of 20 businesses, representing an optimal blend of the overall characteristics, and adequate diversity, with a minimum margin of safety of 15%

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
ASK Select 31.7 13.7 14.2 15.6
S&P BSE 500 TRI 39.5 19.5 19 12.9
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM -7.8 -5.8 -4.8 2.7
Nifty 500 38.4 18.1 17.5
Alpha over Category BM -6.7 -4.4 -3.3

Performance as of: 28-Feb-23 | Inception Date: 04-Jan-10

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: 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


3 of 5 stars

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