Helios Rising

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Good Option: Rising India PMS is still young, however, the strong AMC pedigree, experienced team and good strategy make it a strong multi-cap strategy option for investors.

IME Strategy Rating

4 of 5 stars

Theme Based Aprroach: The Strategy centers on theme-based stock selection, capitalizing on India’s growth drivers such as privatization, demographic shifts, and global competitiveness. It follows a diversified portfolio approach with a focus on negative selection to identify 2 kinds of stocks – “high confidence in reasonable returns” (10-20 stocks) and “reasonable confidence in -high returns” (20-30 stocks).

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IME View on Helios Rising

Type: Large & Midcap | GARP | AUM (1130.7 cr) | Inc Date (16 Mar 2020)

Investment Philosophy

Helios believe that strong and consistent portfolio returns come from both stock selection and careful portfolio construction. They build a portfolio on the basis of: 

  • What stocks to buy
  • What is their time horizon 
  • How many stocks to own  
  • When to sell

Investment Strategy

Themes to avoid 

  • Commodities 
  • ‘One billion consumer stories’- sectors where investors rely on billion plus Indian population to justify the opportunity 
  • State-owned companies 
  • Bet on India, not on Indians

Sell Strategy 

Sell when there is deterioration in fundamental developments, or when stock returns significantly outperform underlying earnings growth, high valuation. 

Invesment Process

  • Universe: 500 companies
  • Level 1: rejecting stocks to 275 stocks on the basis of favoured themes
  • Level 2: rejection based on industry dynamics, envisaged disruption, company management strength, corporate governance, financial analysis, medium-term triggers, valuation to be able to arrive at 150 stocks
  • Level 3: rejection consists of rigorous bottom-up research to arrive at an investable universe of 60 stocks
  • Portfolio: Handpick stocks that give high confidence to build a portfolio of 30-35 stocks

Portfolio Construction

The number of stocks to own at a time is driven by a robust portfolio that needs to have 2 kinds of stocks

  • Stocks offering “High confidence in reasonable returns”: 10 to 15 stocks (50-60% weight)
  • Stocks offering “Reasonable confidence in high returns”: 15 to 25 stocks (40-50% weight) 

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
Helios Rising 48.5 17.8 26.1
S&P BSE 500 TRI 39.5 19.5 27.1
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM 9 -1.7 -1
Nifty 500 38.4 18.1
Alpha over Category BM 10.1 -0.3

Performance as of: 28-Feb-23 | Inception Date: 16-Mar-20

Fund Managers

Samir Arora | 5-star rated FM

Founder & CEO, Fund Manager | 33 yrs Experience | 19 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Head of Asian Emerging Markets (Alliance Capital Management)

Samir Arora is the Founder and Fund Manager of Helios Singapore. He has been managing FII funds with India-dedicated long and long-short strategies for the past 17 years at Helios. Prior to Helios, Samir was the Head of Asian Emerging Markets at Alliance Capital Management. He started his career at Alliance Capital as an International Analyst covering sectors in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He later relocated to India as Fund Manager and CIO of Alliance Capital’s Mutual Fund business until 2003 before moving to Singapore to become Head of Asian EM. Samir Arora is a highly respected veteran of the Indian markets and has been recognised for his fund management skillsets as evident from the various awards he had won during his tenure at Alliance. He is an MBA graduate from IIM-C and received his undergrad in engineering from IIT Delhi. He also received a master’s degree in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dinshaw Irani | 4-star rated FM

CIO | 31 yrs Experience | 19 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Executive Director (Artemis Advisors – Research Advisors to Helios Singapore), Principle Portfolio Manager (SSKI Portfolio Advisors), VP and Analyst – Asian EM (Alliance Capital Management), Analyst (Sun F&C AMC)

Dinshaw Irani is the CIO of Helios India. Prior to this, he was the executive director at Artemis Advisors (exclusive research advisors to Helios Singapore) for 14+ years. Dinshaw started his career as an Analyst at Sun F&C Mutual Fund and at Lloyd Securities. He later went on to become the VP of the Asian Emerging Market team for Alliance Capital (Mumbai) for 3 years covering consumer and pharma sectors.

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures1.5% fixed + 15% above 10% hurdle
Exit Fees


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

Can be considered for investment: Helios India shares resources with Helios Singapore (the same team manages/advises FII fund, and the same team manages/advises both long-only and long-short strategy), this makes it not just another new PMS from scratch. Helios Singapore has 25 years of experience in Indian equities managing FII funds. Samir Arora and Dinshaw Irani come with over 25+ years of experience respectively.

AMC Rating

3 of 5 stars

AMC Pedigree

4 of 5 stars

AMC Size

3 of 5 stars

Team Pedigree

5 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

4 of 5 stars


3 of 5 stars

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