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Don’t you think the mangalore api plant would be a ticking time bomb for syngene given that the plant is going thru with the validations and customers stickiness would be moderate enough?

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The management has explicitly said not to expect any hockey stick growth. Anyone that is still expecting this is essentially doing some hope based investing.

It is available at 10x sales. The primary question is, when everyone knows that the mangalore API plant is going to come online, isn’t it something which would already be priced in? Between a 10x sales and a 10x earnings business, which one would one pick (given both are good businesses). The choice was a no-brainer. Besides, Neuland has a lot of unseen value, as one can find in my posts on Neuland thread, Sajal sir’s tweets, my tweets, or Punit sir’s tweets.

My hurdle rate is ~25% CAGR over long durations. I simply do not think Syngene can deliver that from CMP (or it could anytime since august’20).


I’ve been searching for the Apollo Tricoat concall. Is there a dedicated concall for the company, or is it spoken about as a part of APL Apollo’s conferences? Have only seen the investor presentation that they publish along with their earnings.

Discovered your post on pharma compliance today; such an amazing read.


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Glad you liked it. :slight_smile:

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Hello Sahil,

I just love reading your posts. They are simply amazing.

Going off topic here, I just wanted to know are there any good threads here or other good reads which can help me with understanding valuations and how to actually start. It will be of great help.

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this was a sort of long reply. I have made a quick and dirty video out of it. Uploaded it to YouTube so that people have option to watch at 1.5x :smiley: I hope that is ok with you:

Some sources:


Thanks a lot @sahil_vi!!! I’m so obliged that you took time out and made a video and shared other resources :slight_smile:

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The list of companies you are invested are having lots of momentum…so will continue to give lots of money in this economic upcycle…

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What I look for is definitely momentum and acceleration in the business fundamentals. Price is a different story. Bulk of my buying in idfc first bank happened at 18 rupees (3x from there), bulk in RACL happened at 80 rupees (3x from there), bulk of buying in neuland happened at 1000 (2x from there), in ncc happened at 20 rupees (3x from there). The important part is to understand the business fundamentals and momentum in fundamentals to understand metamorphosis that might be happening in the business. While people were complaining about idfc first bank being worst performer on bank nifty, I was loading up, based on my reading of annual reports and investor presentations.

So I think the lesson is to not get anchored to the price or price momentum. Important thing is to understand company, and average up and down (understanding company is an important prereq. One cannot blindly average up or down).


Nice to know…hope u r tracking the other important parameters like free cash flow and the ROE and ROCE of the company…during the bull markets, even no so great stocks go up and then once the cycle turns it goes down and some of these companies with not so great fundamentals might erode wealth in such times…I am sure you have done your background analysis before taking the plunge :grinning:

Yes certainly tracking unit economics. Yes, we have to see the cycle : many cycles: india economic cycle, industry cycle, product cycles , raw material cycles. This is why I don’t like holding more than 16/17 companies there is too much to track. :joy:

Hi Sahil, wanted to ask if you have looked food contract mfg players like adf foods and Hindustan foods. does this business have some kind of moat(apart from scale) according to you? It’s an unrelated ques but wanted to know the forum members thought

Hindustan foods is one of India’s most diversified contract manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). it has diversified across various FMCG categories with manufacturing competencies in food & beverages, home care, personal care, fabric care, leather products and pest control.

In the third quarter of 2021-21 (Q3FY21), Hindustan Foods’ standalone PAT grew by 97 per cent year on year (YoY) at Rs 12.60 crore from Rs 6.40 crore in Q3FY20. Revenues jumped 85 per cent to Rs 384 crore in Q3FY21.
demand for contract manufacturing in FMCG industry has been growing rapidly,
On negative side margins are wafer thin and stock is richly valued

Adf food nothing much exciting
Promoter holding has decreased
The company has delivered a poor sales growth. Promoter holding is low
Not much cash flow.
On positive EPS soared from ₹16.36 to ₹24.19, in just one year. EBIT margins were flat over the last year, but revenue grew by a solid 31%

Disclosure: tracking Hindustan foods

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Adf there is nothing special I could find.
Hindustan is a low margin processor. Good if they can scale but it’s a risky business. With a waffer thin Margin even small volatility in margins can kill bottomline completely. I’m not someone who would invest just listening to a word “crams”. There has to enough value add.

On an unrelated note I will sell out of tricoat asap. Rationale:

One way to look at this is questionable corporate governance. Analysts repeatedly asked about merger plans in Q3 call he said no plan all along. And not 3-4 weeks later, then now this. I call b******t on that. :joy:


Quick Update on PF performance (price action):

Instrument Avg. cost LTP Net chg. % Allocation % PF Type
IDFCFIRSTB 28.76 63.55 120.98 0.081 0.125 Core
RACLGEAR 103.12 271.35 163.13 0.055 0.101 Core
EMBASSY 341.44 320 -6.28 0.149 0.097 Low Risk
NEULANDLAB 1184.32 2028.55 71.28 0.077 0.092 Core
VAIBHAVGBL 2126.94 3600 69.26 0.065 0.076 Core
POLYMED 425.24 705.9 66 0.048 0.056 Core
NCC 32.37 89.05 175.06 0.028 0.054 Core
AXTEL 230.77 318.7 38.1 0.053 0.051 Core
LAURUSLABS 304.87 350 14.8 0.06 0.048 Core
APOLLOTRI 808.46 924.25 14.32 0.059 0.047 Core
ASTEC 1050.12 1062.2 1.15 0.065 0.046 Core
SEQUENT 162.89 239.1 46.78 0.04 0.041 Core
DYNPRO 274.65 398.75 45.19 0.034 0.035 Core
MASTEK 1173.06 1173.75 0.06 0.047 0.033 Core
ARMANFIN 697.8 621.9 -10.88 0.046 0.028 Core
POKARNA 208.8 196.65 -5.82 0.033 0.021 Core
SANDUMA 754.55 1086.6 44.01 0.017 0.017 Core
TYCHE 219.71 209.7 -4.55 0.016 0.011 Exploratory
ROUTE 1670.29 1659.2 -0.66 0.015 0.011 Exploratory
INDIGOPNTS 2660 2522.2 -5.18 0.001 0 Exploratory

Total Returns for core PF: 64%

Total Capital Deployed grew 15% month on month

A few notable changes:

  1. I decided to completely backtrack on the dividend part of PF because it takes a disproportionate amount of effort and attention. Instead, i have invested that part of capital into embassy REIT which should give 7% dividend yield next year (with large part of it tax free) + 5% capital appreciation every year. Pretty sweeet deal. Hailing from bangalore I have visited several embassy tech parks. They are SOTA. Embassy is THE leader in business parks.
  2. Im quite happy with the total PF returns. 64% Total returns despite 15% growth in PF size again shows robust price action MoM.
  3. Exited Chemcrux and ITC and will exit tricoat. 1st two were to ensure that my PF only has the best 16/17 companies I care about. I really want to run a concentrated ship. Any more becomes intractable for me due to reading about some other set of 5-6 companies every month + the 9-5 job. Tricoat, i have to exit despite what I wanted to do. There is some arbitrage opportunity in tricoat as i explained in some tweets: hence, i will sell out of tricoat soon, but not tomorrow.
  4. Reading about route mobile. Very exciting opportunity. Reading the RHP today.

Disc: Invested in all these companies. Not investment advice. Only sharing this as an example of how to track PF performance and also to ensure i have some public record of everything I am doing.


I had a question regarding Axtel. I think it can be a good company but how do you track small cap companies like this which don’t do any concalls/ much public material is not available for them. Are ARs / youtube the only source then ?

Quarterly results…why do you need to track it faster than once a quarter ?

Hi Sahil,

Since you are talking about the arbitrage, I have a question about Tata motors DVR. It is trading at 60% discount, given that Tata motors’ management is talking about being debt free by 2025. Doesn’t it mean a long term arbitrage opportunity in DVR stock once company starts paying dividend?

I don’t have a lot of experience in investing and so far, I have been only able to better understand the management from past or current concalls. This way has till now helped me filter out few companies which looked really spotless on paper but management commentary didn’t match my tastes. For eg) kaveri seeds , motherson sumi.

I think investing is essentially like poker, or any other partial information decision making problem. One can decide not to play if certain set of information (concalls) is absent. That would be a reasonable investing style. Or one could decide to do the thing: for every set of information
available: one can invest a certain amount (K%) of Pf. K can grow alongside one’s conviction. Conviction have multiple sources. Industry structure, VP threads and so forth.

I have studied both kaveri and mother-son sumi, and decided not to invest. Based on, among other information, their VP threads. Not based on their concalls. In this case, concalls were not the only info available which could help one exclude mother-son and kaveri.

Concalls are definitely a rich source of information. I would love to talk to axtel management and understand them better. But would I decide to invest 0% if concalls are unavailable? No, because that would exclude a large universe of good investments. Idfc first bank doesn’t do concalls.

Until few weeks ago, I had 3 microcaps chemcrux, axtel and racl. None of them did concalls. I decided to exit chemcrux due to me underestimating the risks involved, and racl started doing concalls. So, the future is dynemic (pun intended) and things do change. The key is not to overallocate, as if it is a horse race we’re betting on. Allocation should be proportional to conviction. At 5% allocation axtel is neither a large nor a small investment for me.

Hope this helps

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