Akash Portfolio

I took a small position (3% of portfolio) in IKAB Securities and Investments Ltd.

It was recently acquired by Mr. Madhusudan Kela of MK Ventures.
Mr Madhusudan Kela is a well known investor and was the Chief Investment Officer in Reliance Mutual Fund in the past. He was the architect behind the staggering growth in RMF’s AUM from less than Rs. 200 Cr to over 1 lakh Cr in less than a decade, for which he was recognised as the Best Equity Fund Manager, and received this award from the Prime Minister of India.
After a 17-year successful stint at Reliance Group, he went entrepreneurial in Jan 2018. He is currently the promoter of a proprietary investment vehicle started in 2018 — “MK VENTURES”, which is a boutique proprietary investment firm focussed on alpha opportunities. He is also on the committees of CII, FICCI and SIDBI.

Mr. Sumit Bhalotia has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of the company. He has over 15 years of work experience across diverse industries and includes more than a decade of experience in equity research & fund management. He is currently associated with MK Ventures. Before joining MK Ventures, Sumit was Assistant Vice President – Investments at Reliance Capital Ltd. Sumit has also been instrumental in developing a lot of the team’s proprietary models and market assessment tools. He closely tracks disruptions in existing businesses and emerging technologies, especially in Fintech, which has led to some of the firm’s key investments in this space.

Old investments in equities have been liquidated and the capital is kept in liquid funds. Company has no debt at present.

Approval has been sought to change the name of the Company from the existing Ikab Securities and Investment Limited to MKVentures Capital Limited in the board meeting. This seems to be an indirect listing of MK Ventures and would be used as a future investment vehicle of the firm.

After initial rise due to acquisition, the stock is currently in a consolidation phase. This can be a good opportunity if they can replicate the success of Reliance fund.

Risks associated with the business

  1. There is no current business activity of the company.
  2. The valuation is high at present in relation to the book value.
  3. No commentary by the management on how the company will operate in the future.
  4. Mr. Madhusudan Kela has acquired 83.66% of the company and will have to sell some portion to make it below 75% due to SEBI mandatory rule. This will have negative pressure on price when he sells.
  5. Company might be taken private, but the chances are very low.
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@akash_das - Would like to know your (or others also tracking this company) views on any specific reason for sudden spurt in Swiss military consumer share? It is up almost 60% in 2-3 days…Is it some sort of readjustment happening because of rights issue or was it subdued for few days because of rights issue?

In short, I am not able to understand its price action since sometime now…It moved up close to rights issue, then fell down as though an adjustment to the low priced rights issue, and now seems on steroids for not sure what?

Intention is to learn from this price action near a low priced rights issue so that in future can take better decisions around such rights issues…

Also, lastly, what must be reason for the company to go for such low priced rights issue when it could have got any investor as CMP for a well renowned swiss brand exclusive franchisee in India? Thanks!

Disc: Not invested yet, Tracking. Interested and like the brand, not sure about the Indian Franchisee company yet.

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Investors may be buying some shares now and will sell the rights shares when they are credited to account and book the profit from price rise. This is just a thought. I may be wrong.

The stock price was low when the issue was announced. Issue price may have been decided according to it. Again I don’t know this clearly, this is my first rights issue.

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Any update on the rights allotment?

Timeline of Swiss Military Consumer Goods Rights issue

DATE OF ALLOTMENT 07/09/2022
DATE OF CREDIT 08/09/2022
DATE OF LISTING 13/09/2022
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I was researching a company named Varanium Cloud Limited which applied for an SME IPO opening on 16.09.22.

“The Company operates in the following key verticals:

  1. Provision of digital audio and video content streaming services to various content owners and telecom operators in India and internationally on a SaaS (Software As A Service) model such as Voice & Video over Internet Protocol solutions (VoIP) in the B2B and B2C segments;
  2. Online payment facilitation services (PayFac);
  3. Provision of low bandwidth digital education content platforms (EdTech) with complete Learning Management Systems (LMS) focused on non-urban areas under Edmission brand;
  4. Provision of information technology related services to startups and SMEs to help them transition their business to digital platforms and manage the relevant infrastructure on a IaaS (Infrastructure As A Service) model “

It sounded very vague but SaaS and EdTech by an SME lured me to this counter.

“The objects of the Net Proceeds of the Issue are:

  1. Setting up 3 Nos. Containerized Edge Data Centres;
  2. Rollout of 3 Edmission flagship Digital Learning Centres; and
  3. General Corporate Purpose.”

Again Data Centres intrigued me here.

RHP mentioned the previous name of the company as “Streamcast Cloud Private Limited”. I wondered why a company would change its name before IPO, so I checked the net for any link of fraud or scam with “Streamcast Cloud Private Limited” and found this article about Streamcast group and its promoter Harshawardhan Sabale.

The main point of the article is that this group said it would build an International Data Centre in Malta, nothing happened and they ran away. They announced forming Data Centres again in Maharashtra. Nothing happened here either. Now they will dupe the public with the same tactic. SME euphoria will sail this IPO also.

I will always check why a company changed its name from now on. Avoiding IPOs is also a good option. Staying within the circle of competence is of paramount importance to avoid landmines specially in small caps.

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Ikab Securities released a notification regarding the object of the company on incorporation.

The business ranges from textile to broker to manufacturing and what not😀. From this list a few things made sense to me.

  1. To render portfolio management services by investment in shares, stocks, debentures, company deposits, government securities loans, units, mutual funds, post office/national savings schemes, etc. …
  2. To carry on the business of consultants, merchant bankers, advisors, underwriters/sub underwriters, brokers/sub-brokers, market-makers, trustees, agents etc. …
  3. To carry on the business as financial advisers
  4. To purchase, acquire or undertake or take over the whole or any part of the business, profession, goodwill, property, contracts, agreements, rights, privileges, effects and liabilities of any person, firm or company carrying on similar business or proposing to carry on or ceasing to carry on business, profession or activity…

A resolution was passed to change the name of the company to MK Ventures Capital Limited and most probably they will operate as an investment management firm providing PMS services or as a private investment vehicle acquiring other companies’ stakes.

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I exited RPSG Ventures and increased allocation to Tata Consumer and Nykaa. Some factors were bothering me regarding this company from sometime.

  1. Debt to equity increased above 1.
  2. Equity was diluted for acquisition.
  3. Promoter history regarding coal scam, I missed it in my assessment.
  4. Promoter’s political affiliation in West Bengal.
  5. Slowdown of BPO business.
  6. Lack of clear path of the business.
    Company has the ability to deliver good results in the future but too many variables was making it difficult to hold.
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Can you pls elaborate on these two points. Although I have no exposure to RPSPG Ventures but have to Spencer Retail. I was of opinion that Promoters are good quality Goenka group - renowned and respected in India and also the perseverance they have shown in Saregama and vision in IPL team buyout was somethink I even liked…

Sanjiv Goenka’s CESC Ltd has the licence for distribution of power in Kolkata city. He has close ties with TMC in Bengal. He co-chairs a key committee set up by the government to attract investments to the state. He was earlier associated with the Left front when it was in power.
Political connections were used to get favour in coal block allocation long time back. The fallout of clashes between the TMC and BJP is causing it to come under scanner of agencies.

Any sensible businessman must do this . Look at Ambanis history .Which side were they on while the Hand party was in power ? Businessmen by necessity has to go along with the party in power in states like westbengal (my state).If the lotus party comes into power,Goenkas will align with them .From investors point of view, companies with fixed party allegiance is more dangerous (Amara Raja).
No big business can do without underhand tricks in India(most states) .
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There is no absolute black and white in business or investing and opposite of a good idea can also be a good idea. Business owner and investor have the choice to move to places they are comfortable in.

That may be true, but they will be a target of central agencies for the time being and investors will suffer.

My capital and understanding is limited. I have made good profit in this stock and am having difficulty holding it during correction. So I sold it and moved funds to existing portfolio companies. There is no point in clinging to company and lose sleep over it. Plenty of opportunities will come.

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True. Conviction is something to be builtup from within .I was also interested in this company but could not buy when it was really low . Till the time Guilfree talks of listing this is unlikely to outperform.For me though , those two points were not of much concern but I am not sure how shareholder friendly the management is .

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