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At Rs 1700 crore, Jhunjunwala takes his biggest hit in 10 quarters

November 20, 2018 08:55 IST

His portfolio was worth Rs 12,333 crore at the end of June 2018. It was worth Rs 10,633 crore at the end of the September quarter. Smallcaps account for the largest number of his stock-picks.

Such a fall has now happened for the third quarter in a row.

A smallcap focus may be weighing on Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s portfolio in this downturn.

The disclosed value of his portfolio showed a double-digit decline in the three month ending September.

 

This is the biggest fall in at least the past ten quarters.

The portfolio was worth Rs 12,333 crore at the end of June 2018. It was worth Rs 10,633 crore at the end of the September quarter. Smallcaps account for the largest number of his stock-picks.

Such a fall has now happened for the third quarter in a row.

The portfolio recorded a sequential fall in disclosed value of six per cent in the March 2018 quarter. It fell another 5.1 per cent in the June quarter. It was down 13.8 per cent showed September quarter disclosures.

Companies only disclose shareholder names if the stake exceeds one per cent.

The data is based on holdings that Business Standard located using eight different names.

The list included variations of his name, that of his spouse, and various permutations of the same.

It would exclude companies where his stake is less than one per cent.

The disclosed portion is still Rs 10,633 crore, which is likely to account for a significant part of his portfolio and broadly indicative of his investments’ quarterly trend in terms of returns.

Some of the fall may be attributed to the battering that smaller stocks have taken.

The S&P BSE SmallCap index is down 25 per cent since the beginning of the year.

The S&P BSE MidCap index is down 16.85 per cent. Both have underperformed the S&P BSE Sensex, composed of largecap stocks, which is up 2.63 per cent.

Smallcaps account for 26 out of the 32 companies in his portfolio.

Four companies fall in the midcap space. Only two can be classified as largecap companies as per regulatory guidelines.

Relatively defensive sectors dominate however. And this has only increased.

The weightage of consumer stocks is up from 53 per cent to 57 per cent in the September quarter. Healthcare is up from eight per cent to 10 per cent.

Other notable buys in this quarter include Dewan Housing Finance Corporation where his stake rose from 2.76 per cent to 3.2 per cent.

Another was Fortis Healthcare where Jhunjhunwala now holds 2.41 per cent. He had no stake disclosed in the June quarter.

Both companies have been under a cloud in recent times.

Dewan Housing stock plunged over 50 per cent in a single day on account of rumours of liquidity issues plaguing the non-banking financial company (NBFC) sector.

Fortis has been in the middle of a takeover even as founders battled allegations of impropriety.

He also picked up a stake in beleaguered airline SpiceJet even as airlines have been struggling on account of high fuel prices.

Stocks in which he cut stake include his long-term bet on rating agency Crisil.

His stake in the company dropped from 5.52 per cent at the end of the June quarter to 3.8 per cent in September.

He also dropped his stake in  Jaiprakash Associates.

Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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