Parag Parikh Flexi Cap fund (Erstwhile Parag Parikh Long term Equity Fund)- A tortoise that has beaten many Hares


Parag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund (Erstwhile Parag Parikh Long term Equity Fund) is the flagship mutual fund scheme of Parag Parikh Financial Advisory Services Limited. The Fund was launched in May 2013 and has given decent returns.

PPFCF is an open-ended scheme with the following objective:

To seek to generate long term capital growth from an actively managed portfolio of equity and equity-related securities”

Fact sheet:

  • The Fund invests in domestic as well as foreign stocks. The fund invests a minimum of 65% in Indian Stocks and up to 35% in foreign stocks.
  • The Fund is managed by Mr. Rajeev Thakkar, Mr. Raunak Onkar, and Mr. Raj Mehta. Mr. Thakkar Manages domestic investments, Mr. Onkar foreign investments and Mr. Raj Mehta manages fixed-income investments for the fund.
  • The present Assets Under Management (AUM) is app 7500 Crores.
  • The fund is a part of the Flexi Cap category and can invest across Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap Stocks.
  • The Scheme has consistently remained within top performers
  • The minimum purchase for new investors is Rs. 1000.
  • The present expense ratio (March 2021) is 1.94% for the regular fund and 0.95% for Direct Fund.
  • There is not any entry load. The Exit load is 2.00% if the units are redeemed within one year and 1.00% if units are redeemed after one year but within two years from the date of allotment.

Why I Like the Scheme

I have always kept the fund as one of the major holdings of my mutual fund portfolio due to the following reasons

1.Limited Number of Schemes

The Parag Parikh Fund house has not launched many schemes since entering the mutual fund business. While the competitors have continued to launch various schemes which overlap with each other PPFAS has kept its focus on a limited number of schemes only. It has helped them to beat the index as well as most other schemes.

2.Diversification across Geographies

The Fund invests in Indian as well as foreign equities. It helps in the diversification of risk across geographies.

3.Investment Strategy

The fund follows a judicious value-oriented investment strategy. It is not part of the race where most of the funds are eager to show short-term returns to increase AUM size. The fund house describes their investment styles as follows:

We will follow a simple (though not simplistic) investment process. As we will not pay mere lip service to value investing, it may mean that often we will be purchasing businesses that are going through a painful phase and are therefore unloved. Each of them will blossom at different points and that is why there may be extended periods when you may feel that 'nothing is happening'. While some may regard us as boring, we are adamant that we will never sacrifice prudence for the sake of providing excitement.
Also, the fund managers will attempt to profit from various cognitive and emotional biases displayed by companies and market participants. In other words, along with the dissection of financial statements, there will also be an overlay of the study of human emotions.
Also, having strong conviction in the principle of compounding, we will offer our investors only the 'Growth Option” and not the 'Dividend Option'.

The fund house gives importance to high Corporate Governance Standards, Free Cash flows, and low leverage while investing.

4.Skin in the Game

The employees, promoter of the fund house have invested in their scheme. It helps in aligning the interests of fund houses and investors.

5.Long-term Wealth Generation

The fund takes long-term calls and follows a value investing strategy. The strategy helps in generating long-term wealth. The same may be at the cost of short-term under performance but is always beneficial in long term. Since a mutual fund as a product is for long-term investment the fund is suitable for those desiring high risk-adjusted return for long term goals.

6.Unit holder Meetings

The fund house conducts periodic unit holder meetings which are rare in the industry. The fund house states its objectives behind investments and clarified the doubts of the investors. It helps in building trust and brings transparency.
The fund house has clearly stated on its website that the fund is not for those who are impatient, fear volatility, have a short-term investment horizon, and want to time the market. 

Top Holdings

The Top 10 holdings of fund and %age of AUM as at 28.02.2021 is as under:

Sr. No

Company

%age

1.     

Alphabet Inc A

9.7%

2.     

ITC Limited

8.0%

3.     

Bajaj Holdings & Investment Limited

7.8%

4.     

Microsoft Corp

7.0%

5.     

Indian Energy Exchange Limited

5.8%

6.     

Persistent Systems Limited

5.3%

7.     

Amazon.com

5.1%

8.     

Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited

5.1%

9.     

Hero Motocorp Limited

5.0%

10.   

Facebook

4.7%


Returns

The absolute and SIP returns of funds along with the rank within the category (as of 31.03.2021) are as detailed below:

Period of Investment

Annualized return

Category Average

Rank Within Category

2 years

24.26%

15.04%

2/24

3 years

19.57%

12.44%

1/21

5 years

18.52%

14.71%

1/20

Since Inception

19.12%

15.61%

2/25

 

SIP returns

Period of Investment

Annualized return

2 years

35.28%

3 years

26.50%

5 years

20.63%

 Source: www.moneycontrol.com

The fund has consistently remained within the top two funds in the category for 2 year, 3 years, 5 years time frames. Further, the annualized return since inception is 19.12%. The SIP return for the last five-year time frame is 20.63%.

My Return Expectations from the Scheme

I expect long-term returns of 15% -18% from the scheme and considering the sound investment principles, integrity and focus I think the fund house can easily beat my return expectations. Further, I think that the expense ratio shall come down gradually which shall help in improving the returns.

Conclusion

The fund is a must in the core mutual fund portfolio of long-term investors. It is one of the best schemes available in the market and is benefited by investments across market capitalization and with geographical diversification.

 

 

Sources: https://amc.ppfas.com/schemes/parag-parikh-flexi-cap-fund/

https://www.moneycontrol.com/mutual-funds/nav/parag-parikh-flexi-cap-fund-direct-plan/MPP002



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