Kotak Pharma & Healthcare

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Can be considered for Investing: While the Pharma and Healthcare thematic strategy has its merits, we are cautious about recommending thematic/sectoral strategy given that they can have prolonged periods of underperformance. We believe flexi-cap is suitable for most investors.

IME Strategy Rating

3 of 5 stars

Pharma Focused Strategy: Driven by the attractiveness of the specific sector. The pharma sector has proven to be a long-term value creator, and Kotak PMS Pharma Fund is one of the few pharma-specific PMS strategies that allow for more concentrated exposures to the pharma space. It follows value-driven investment philosophy, and given the stability of the investment team this strategy has been followed to a reasonable extent.

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IME View on Kotak Pharma & Healthcare

Type: Healthcare | Sectoral | AUM (26.3 cr) | Inc Date (20 Sep 2016)

Investment Strategy

Kotak Pharma Fund is a sector-focused strategy, that invests predominantly in opportunities in the Pharma & Healthcare sectors. The Pharma & Healthcare sectors have proven to be sustainable value creators on the back of a secular growth outlook, insulation against business cycles, scalable business and attractive financial ratios.

Investment Philosophy

Kotak PMS follows a value investing style (i.e. buying stocks at a significant discount to their underlying value). The aim is to invest in well-managed and high-quality companies, that may be currently out of market favor, but with identified triggers that can act as catalysts to unlock value.

Investment Parameters 

Invest under the following parameters:

  • Management Quality – Assess management Quality by analysing 3 parameters–> Operations Management, Capital Allocation
  • Growing Market Opportunity – They believe it is difficult for a business to grow if market is not growing and may lead to a turf war. 
  • Returns on Invested Capital- Gauge competitive strength of a company. Usually, high returns on invested capital should attract competitors. 
  • Strong Financials and Earnings Growth- Look for businesses that have ability to resist changes in the economy. Reason why they look for businesses with low leverage. 
  • Fair Valuations- Seek for mispriced opportunities in order to take advantage of risk-reward. 

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
Kotak Pharma & Healthcare 54.9 19 21.3 13.9
S&P BSE 500 TRI 39.5 19.5 19 14.4
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM 15.4 -0.5 2.3 -0.5

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

Fund Managers

Anshul Saigal | 4-star rated FM

Fund Manager | 23 yrs Experience | 17 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Digital Century (VP), Stan C (Corporate Banking), JP Morgan (Analyst)

Anshul has been with Kotak PMS for over a decade, where he follows a value-oriented investment strategy. His past experience includes identifying long-short opportunities in tech at Digital Century, Corporate Banking at Stan C and as an analyst at JP Morgan.

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures1.5% fixed + 20% above 10% hurdle
Exit Fees1yr(2%), 2yr(1%)


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

Can be considered for investment due to being a stable AMC-driven PMS: Within AMC-driven PMS houses, Kotak PMS is one of the better-run PMS platforms. This is primarily driven by a relatively stable investment team and a more differentiated & defined investment style (relative to other AMC PMSs, but not pure-play investor-promoted PMS funds), which combined with the benefits of being a part of a larger financial conglomerate make it a reasonable choice for PMS investments.

AMC Rating

3 of 5 stars

AMC Pedigree

4 of 5 stars

AMC Size

4 of 5 stars

Team Pedigree

3 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

3 of 5 stars


1 of 5 stars

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