SageOne Small Cap

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Recommened only for Very Aggressive Investors: SageOne Small & Micro-cap run a substantially higher risk portfolio, even compared to other small-cap strategies. While this has the potential to deliver strong outperformance, this comes accompanied by the potential risk of large capital losses. We would recommend this primarily for more aggressive investors.

IME Strategy Rating

3 of 5 stars

Concentrated Small & Microcap Strategy: Having already established the mid and small-cap execution credibility through the Core portfolio, this strategy goes down the market cap curve into the micro-cap territory. If execution continues well, this is a very good strategy for investors looking for small and micro-cap exposure. The market cap focus of 500 – 5000 cr is well below the market cap that most institutional fund managers focus on. Small & Micro-caps as a space are inherently volatile (especially micro-caps, where volatility can be substantially higher than even small-caps, which is where most FMs stay away from this space). Adding concentration in this segment increases the risk further. Investors should expect potential high volatility in this strategy (with periods of high outperformance & also high potential underperformance).

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IME View on SageOne Small Cap

Type: Small Cap | GARP | AUM (1025.5 cr) | Inc Date (01 Apr 2019)

Investment Philosophy

The aim is to invest in high-conviction growth businesses that have a sustainable competitive advantage and are run by clean and competent management at reasonable valuations. The focus is on investing in superior businesses, and SageOne will not invest in a weak business irrespective of how attractive the valuations may appear.

Investment Philosophy Built On

  • Superior Growth: minimum 20% compounded earnings growth at individual level and 25% at portfolio level
  • Market Share Gains: to contribute to incremental growth in earnings
  • Profitability: strong and profitable businesses with >20% ROEs to fund growth internally
  • Capital Allocation: incremental ROE higher than existing ROEs
  • Efficient Moat: most efficient players industries (leaders or expected leaders due to superior strategy and positioning)
  • Reasonable Valuation: SageOne will not invest in a weak business irrespective of how attractive the valuations may appear.


  • Prudent Stock Selection: driven by financial and business analysis, internal forensic model to eliminate questionable business practices and management, and portfolio construction to minimise non-systemic risk
  • Sectoral and Stock Limits: Maximum 25% exposure to a sector and maximum 20% exposure to any business group
  • Timely Rebalancing: Active calls on liquidity based on external risk factors (macro, market volatility and valuations)
  • Active Monitoring and Action: Strong network across industries for channel checks. Active entry/exit on changing business dynamics.

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
SageOne Small Cap 36.6 21.2 27.6 27.6
S&P BSE 500 TRI 38.6 20.5 18.2 17.4
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM -2 0.7 9.4 10.2
Nifty Smallcap 250 68.6 29.6 24.1
Alpha over Category BM -32 -8.4 3.5

Performance as of: 30-Apr-24 | Inception Date: 01-Apr-19

Fund Managers

Samit Vartak | 4-star rated FM

Founder & CIO | 25 yrs Experience | 12 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Axis PE (VP), Ernst & Young (Associate Director)

Samit is the Founding Partner & CIO of SageOne. He has experience in Private Equity (at Axis PE Fund) and Corporate Strategy, Investment Banking and Business Valuations in the US (at E&Y and Deloitte).

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures1% fixed + 15% above 8% hurdle
Exit Fees1yr(1%)


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

Highly recommended for aggressive investors looking for significant value creation opportunities: SageOne has a clear investment philosophy that focuses on investing in fast growth & high-quality businesses for the long run. Their CIO Samit Vartak has developed his investment credentials at SageOne, and with close to a decade's track record he may now be considered a seasoned investor. Supported by a strong research team and a strong philosophy, SageOne PMS is a good AMC for investors seeking mid & small-cap exposures.

AMC Rating

4 of 5 stars

AMC Pedigree

4 of 5 stars

AMC Size

4 of 5 stars

Team Pedigree

4 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

5 of 5 stars


4 of 5 stars

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