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NFO: Essel Multicap Fund - Can It Multiply Your Wealth?
Jun 28, 2018

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TypeAn open-ended equity scheme investing in across large, mid, and small cap stocks Benchmark IndexNIFTY 500 TRI Index
Min. Investment
  • Lump sum - Rs 1,000 and in multiples of Re 1 thereafter
  • Additional purchase - Rs 100 and multiples of Re 1 thereafter
  • Systematic Investment Plan -
    Fortnightly: 24 instalments of Rs 500/- each and in multiples of Rs 100/- thereafter
    Monthly: 12 instalments of Rs 500/- each and in multiples of Rs 100/- thereafter
    Quarterly: 4 instalments of Rs 1,000/- each and in multiples of Rs 100/- thereafter
    Half-yearly: 2 instalments of Rs 2,000/- each and in multiples of Rs 100/- thereafter
  • Regular
  • Direct
  • Growth*
  • Dividend
    • Pay-out
    • Re-investment

*default option
Min. RedemptionRs 1000/- or 100 Units or account balance, whichever is lower.Expense RatioUp to 2.85 %
Face ValueRs 10 per unit
Entry LoadNAExit LoadNil
Issue Opens18-June-2018Issue Closes:02-July-2018

Investment Objective of Essel Multicap Fund*

To generate capital appreciation in the long term through equity investments by investing in a diversified portfolio of large cap, mid cap and small cap companies as defined by SEBI from time to time. However, there is no assurance or guarantee that the investment objective of the Scheme will be achieved. The Scheme does not assure or guarantee any returns.

*Source: Scheme Information Document

[Read: What You Should Read In A Scheme Information Document]

Is Essel Multicap Fund for you?

Essel Multicap Fund (EMF), a scheme from the stable of Essel Mutual Fund (formerly Peerless Mutual Fund), is an open-ended equity-oriented mutual fund with a mandate to invest across the market capitalisation spectrum.

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The capital market regulators, defines a multicap fund as "an open ended equity scheme investing across largecap, midcap, smallcap stocks."

EMF will invest upto 65% of its net assets in equity and equity related instruments (including derivatives), upto 10% in REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and InIVTs (Infrastructure Investment Trusts), and remaining (i.e upto 35%) in debt & money market instruments.

However, the scheme shall not invest in securitised debt, foreign securities, equity-linked debentures, ADRs/GDRs, and not undertake repo/reverse repo transactions in Corporate Debt Securities.

Usually, multicap funds maintain a stable allocation to large cap and mid cap stocks. So, investors potentially get the best of both worlds --the stability of large caps and the agility of mid-and-small caps. In the risk-return curve they fit in between large-cap funds and mid- and small-cap funds.

Nonetheless, a multicap fund is ultimately high risk-high return investment proposition. Hence, consider a multicap fund only if you have a high risk appetite, and provided your investment time horizon is minimum 5 years.

Asset Allocation of Essel Multicap Fund

The asset allocation of Essel Multicap Fund under normal circumstances will be as under:

InstrumentsIndicative Allocation (% of total assets)Risk Profile High/Medium/Low
Equity and Equity Related Instruments#65100High
Debt & Money Market Instruments#035High
Investment in REITs and InvITs@010Low to Medium

#The scheme may invest into derivatives upto 50% of the net assets of the Scheme. Investment in derivatives shall be for hedging, portfolio balancing or any other purposes as maybe permitted by SEBI from time to time. The scheme shall not invest in (i) Securitized debt, (ii) Foreign Securities including securitized debt of foreign companies, (iii) Equity Linked Debentures, (iv) ADRs/GDRs, (v) not undertake repo/reverse repo transactions in Corporate Debt Securities.

@A mutual fund may invest in the units of REITs and InvITs subject to the following:
(a) No mutual fund under all its schemes shall own more than 10% of units issued by a single issuer of REIT and InvIT; and (b) A mutual fund scheme shall not invest -

  • more than 10% of its NAV in the units of REIT and InvIT; and
  • more than 5% of its NAV in the units of REIT and InvIT issued by a single issuer.

Provided that the limits mentioned in sub-clauses (i) and (ii) above shall not be applicable for investments in case of index fund or sector or industry specific scheme pertaining to REIT and InvIT.

(Source: Scheme Information Document)

Investment Strategy Of Essel Multicap Fund

Equity Strategy

EMF will adopt a top-down and bottom-up approach to stock picking with an aim of being diversified across various industries and/or sectors and/or market capitalization.

The investment emphasis would be on identifying companies with sound corporate managements and prospects of good future growth. Essentially, the focus would be on stocks driven by long-term fundamentals. The stock identification process would include:

  • Company and business analysis;
  • Industry analysis;
  • Future plans projections;
  • Technical analysis; and
  • Valuations

Based on analysis of various financial and non-financial parameters, the stocks will finally be shortlisted for portfolio construction process. Apart from in-house research, external research will be used as an important source of information. Various magazines, journals, newspapers and databases also help in the research process.

The fund manager of the scheme would also take cues from the global macroeconomic trends, Government policy and monetary policy actions to decide on the asset allocation.

However, short term opportunities would also be seized, provided the underlying values support these opportunities. A portion of the scheme will also be invested in IPOs, emerging sectors, concept stocks, and other primary market offerings that meet our investment criteria.

In addition, the scheme may have prudent exposure to Futures & Options (F&O) to capture opportunities arising out of market imperfection and to hedge the portfolio, whenever necessary.

Risk and investment being two sides of the same coin of fund management, effective risk management is crucial for achieving good performance. EMF will endeavour to manage the various risks associated with investing in equity and equity related instruments. Risk is expected to be reduced through diversification of portfolio across various sectors and market capitalizations. Adequate safeguards would be incorporated in the portfolio management process, the offer document says.

Debt Strategy

The fund manager would seek to provide risk-adjusted returns by optimizing the trade-offs between liquidity, duration (interest rate movement), and credit quality, depending on the macro-economic, technical, and market factors including future course of system liquidity, interest rates, and other fiscal and monetary variables.

For constructing the debt portfolio, EMF will conduct macroeconomic analysis (including fiscal and economic factors, impact of global and local events on India's macro-economy and fixed income market), technical analysis, market activity analysis (to determine liquidity of specific securities), and credit analysis. All these will be sieved through limit filters set by the investment committee, and based on the results, the portfolio construction and rebalancing will be carried out.

EMF may also use derivative instruments such as interest rate swaps (Overnight Indexed Swaps or "OIS"), forward rate agreements, interest rate futures (as and when permitted) or such other derivative instruments as may be permitted under the applicable regulations.

Who will manage Essel Multicap Fund

EMF will be managed by the Essel Mutual Fund's Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Mr Viral Berawala

Mr Berawala has over 18 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance, and IT services. Prior to joining Essel Mutual Fund, Mr Berawala served as a CIO of Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

Mr Berawala holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGPX) from IIM-Ahmedabad, and is Chartered Accountant (CA) and holds a bachelors' degree in commerce (B.Com).

Currently, at Essel Mutual Fund he manages Essel Large Cap Equity Fund, Essel Large & Mid Cap Fund, Essel Long Term Advantage Fund, Essel Equity Hybrid Equity Fund, among the equity-oriented schemes.

Among the debt-oriented ones, are Essel Regular Savings Fund and Essel 3-in-1 Fund, which Mr Berawala jointly manages with Mr Killol P. Pandya.

Fund Outlook for Essel Multicap Fund

Being a mutlicap fund, although EMF finds place between large-cap funds and mid-and-small cap funds on the risk-return curve, EMF is expected to expose its investors to high risk while it endeavours to achieve its stated investment objectives.

If corporate earnings fail to live up to market expectation, it may cause turbulence. For ensuing corporate earnings, the Indian rupee movement against major currencies, RBI's monetary policy stance, credit growth, India Inc's capex cycle, etc. will be some of the deciding factors. In such a scenario where the margin of safety seems to have reduced, portfolio construction could pose to be challenge for Essel Multicap Fund.

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This article first appeared on PersonalFN here.

PersonalFN is a Mumbai based personal finance firm offering Financial Planning and Mutual Fund Research services.


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