Sundaram Alternates S.E.L.F

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

3 of 5 stars

Reasonable Investment Option: Sundaram SELF is a reasonable investment option amongst Flexi-cap funds, having a long track record and benefiting from Sundaram’s niche of South-based small&mid-cap companies.

IME Strategy Rating

3 of 5 stars

Focused Strategy on core themes: Tightly defined strategy in terms of focus themes, asset-light, and free cash-generating business. Strategy fairly closed followed in actual practice. A moderate level of diversification (20-25 stocks) is reasonable given the higher volatility of mid-caps. The strategy focuses on themes – consumer discretionary, financial services, chemicals, and cement. The strategy has matured successfully with its flexi-cap strategy, focusing on mid and small-cap companies positioned to transition into the large and mid-cap segments.

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IME View on Sundaram Alternates S.E.L.F

Type: Flexi Cap | GARP | AUM (799.3 cr) | Inc Date (1 Jun 2010)

Investment Philosophy

Sundaram PMS’s SELF (Sundaram Emerging Leadership Fund) strategy is a mid-cap (stocks less than 50,000 cr mkt cap) with a moderate level of concentration (20-25 stocks). It seeks to invest in companies that have the potential to transition from small-cap > mid-cap > large-cap, with a focus on asset-light and high cash flow generating businesses. The strategy also focuses on 4 specific themes – consumer discretionary, financial services, chemicals & cement.

Sundaram self aims to generate capital appreciation with investment in mid and small cap companies across sectors with around 25 stocks by following its “3Q” approach to stock selection:

  • Quality of business: Scalability, self sustaining business models, Differentiating factors in business
  • Quality of financials: Ability to double earnings in 4-5 years, min-ROIC of 15%, OCF/EBITDA>50%, D/E< 0.5x.
  • Quality of Management: Track record, vision, high sustainable growth, identifying and investing in profitable opportunities, good corporate governance

Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
Sundaram Alternates S.E.L.F 24.5 13.7 18.4 17.4
S&P BSE 500 TRI 34.7 18 18 13.2
Alpha over Broad Mkt BM -10.2 -4.3 0.4 4.2
Nifty 500 33.8 16.9 16.6
Alpha over Category BM -9.3 -3.2 1.8

Performance as of: 31-May-24 | Inception Date: 01-Jun-10

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% fixed + 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

3 of 5 stars

Inv Philosophy

3 of 5 stars


3 of 5 stars

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