Avanti Feeds

How do you look at businesses like these w.r.t returns? Price has been in consolidating for 4-6 years. Would you not think too much in cases like these, if you had made big returns, so even if the non-performing years are added to the holding period, the overall return is satisfactory for you, and your focus lies elsewhere? Or you have a certain threshold w.r.t time, after which you exit, not to mention the fact that you know about the businesses very well? Or 4-6 years of time is not that long for businesses which will be existence for decades, and assuming, as you would have fairly large positions, you will hold for longer periods?

I have not particularly read many of your comments, one reason being, you are a very experienced investor, who manage several portfolios, but it will help to know.

And is holding for years a combination of availability of capital for other ventures, affordability of opportunity cost, and temperament or is it an advantage limited to few?

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I don’t have a good answer. I run a very diversified portfolio and I’m very comfortable to hold a company like Avanti. i try to increase allocation when I feel this offers more value vs other ideas.
But yes, last 3-5 years have been a drag. Since last 2 years I have been expecting things to change for the industry to happen but that is not playing out…but with more time I feel that my respect for the underlying business/leadership of Avanti have only increased.

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I don’t agree its a good business as in it isn’t a good industry, look at the performance of any of the other listed players. There is no pricing power, RM cost is highly variable and volatile but governments are on your back all the time to not pass on price increases, working capital management is extremely challenging because of the kind of customers (look at Jain irrigation or any of the pipes players who largely cater to rural areas to understand what I mean).

Nevertheless there is a huge gap between how Avanti has done and how the its compatriots have performed. It may be management quality or it may be books not being pristine or a bit of both, I am simply unable to tell. Better to track and sit out till there are signs of cyclical turnaround which at the moment there are none.

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Hi Ayush ,

The company has guided of ending the year with 6 Lac MT Shrimp Feed Sales (9M figures are around 4.2Lac MT) and 15000 MT for processed Shrimp. The available Capacity is around 7,75,000 TPA for Shrimp Feed and for Shrimp Processing , it is around 29,000 TPA so capacity wise , they do not need any Capex as of now.

What I want to understand is How Big the Market is…? At what levels , these sales can go up in say next 5-6 Years. Though Company is planning to make Fish Feed and can also go into other verticals in similar line of business but do you have any idea of Market of Shrimp Feed and Processed Shrimp.

Avanti is no doubt the Market leader which has consistently performed well. I only want to understand how Big it can Grow…! If you have any idea or figures which you may have read or heard in any concall or discussions…

Disc : No Holdings , Interested…

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I don’t think its a very scalable business as Avanti already has a large market share. The problem is Avanti is a big fish in a small pond. It will be wrong to expect high growth rates from here. Yet, on the positive side - govt keeps talking about growing exports from India…and over last 5 years nothing much has happened in the industry…hence at some point there should be some growth.

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Good time to revisit this slide.

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Have zero clue why my earlier message was deleted. Nevertheless, there were some serious allegations on the Indian shrimp industry as a whole in the articles posted earlier in this thread. It was one-sided as the responses were completely missing!

Here are a couple:

Choice Canning, the Indian company accused of re-exporting shrimps that were rejected earlier due to FDA detecting pesticides in their shipments - they have rejected the allegation that their shipments were ever rejected.

Nekkanti - accused of HR violations - was never enquired by the AP journalist if Nekkanti even ran that factory before publishing the story! And the journalist has been avoiding them even after publishing the story.

All that my now-deleted comment was raise doubt on the authenticity of these reports. Haven’t been a shareholder of any shrimp companies from a few years. Don’t have any cash in this game currently.

Not sure if the companies response is true or not. But pretty sure that deleting a post that questions the intentions of targeted news reporting against the Indian shrimp industry, that too in an Indian discussion forum is pathetic!

What is the reason for sudden price surge around 25% in Avanti.

With La Niña conditions being predicted this year , how will the Indian shrimp industry be affected with respect to good fishing season expected during La nina in South America .All seniors request your views on the same .

Most Kamma and Andhra based cos rising post Naidu support to NDA govt? Sustainable ? Avanti too a beneficiary like so many others?

CRISIL - Revenues of shrimp exporters to grow 8-10% as demand improves.

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