Sundaram Alternates Rising Star

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Reasonable Investment Option: For investors seeking small-cap exposures, but prefer investing via a larger more established AMC

IME Strategy Rating

4 of 5 stars

Concentrated Small-Cap Strategy: Focuses on small Cap, which leads to higher volatility, has the potential to deliver the highest return during economic growth. Invests in high-growth small caps that are in the early stages of the business cycle and have the potential to emerge as mid-caps. The strategy aims to have a moderate level of concentration with 20 stocks. Sundaram Rising Stars has demonstrated enduring performance, delivering capital appreciation over an extended timeframe.

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IME View on Sundaram Alternates Rising Star

Type: Small Cap | GARP | AUM (90.8 cr) | Inc Date (1 Nov 2009)

Investment Philosophy

Sundaram PMS’s Rising Stars strategy, aims to invest in high-growth small-caps that the investment team believes are in the early stages of their business cycle and have the potential to emerge as tomorrow’s mid-caps. The strategy follows a GARP (Growth At Right Price) philosophy, and adopts a bottom-up stock selection approach to invest in sound businesses and visionary managements. The strategy aims to have a moderate level of concentration with a portfolio of ~20 stocks.

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
Sundaram Alternates Rising Star 26.8 21.2 16.1 14.7
S&P BSE 500 TRI 39.5 19.5 19 13.1
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM -12.7 1.7 -2.9 1.6
Nifty Smallcap 250 67.7 29.7 25.2
Alpha over Category BM -40.9 -8.5 -9.1

Performance as of: 28-Feb-23 | Inception Date: 01-Nov-09

Fund Managers

Madanagopal Ramu | 3-star rated FM

Fund Manager | 19 yrs Experience | 6 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: Centrum (Analyst), PFC (Project Finance)

Having joined Sundaram as a research analyst in 2010, Madangopal went on to become the Head of Research and co-manager of a number of the Sundaram AMC funds. He joined the PMS division in 2018.

Fee Structure

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


AMC: Sundaram Alternates PMS (click link for detailed AMC review)

Not a top recommendation due to being an AMC-driven PMS: Sundaram Alternates PMS is a mature PMS provider and with a known specialisation in small-and-mid caps. While it is slightly more differentiated than some of its larger AMC-founded PMS peers, it does suffer from AMC-promoted PMS ailments (PMS as an add-on instead of a clearly segregated business unit, churn in the investment team, a lack of skin in the game for the CIO and typically loosely defined investment philosophies), which is why we typically prefer owner-managed PMS providers instead. However, it does have its own positives- (a) long-track records of core portfolios -- each of which has over a decade of performance (b) differentiation in terms of mid-and-small caps (c) more PMS-like strategies - higher concentrations & differentiated portfolios.

AMC Rating

3 of 5 stars

AMC Pedigree

3 of 5 stars

AMC Size

4 of 5 stars

Team Pedigree

2 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

3 of 5 stars


3 of 5 stars

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