Over the past decade, India’s Financial Services sector has been hammered by demonetisation, the ILFS crisis, Yes Bank’s collapse and now the Covid crisis putting extreme pressure on weak lenders. However, history shows that investing in high quality financial stocks during a crisis proves to be highly rewarding. The key objective of our “Kings of Capital” strategy is to own a portfolio of 10 to 14 high quality Financial companies (banks, NBFCs, life insurers, general insurers, asset managers, brokers) that have good corporate governance, prudent capital allocation and high barriers to entry.
The three tenets for selecting stocks in Kings of Capital remain the same as in our previous two strategies – Consistent Compounders and Little Champs:
- Clean accounting and good corporate governance;
- Historical evidence of prudent capital allocation; and
- High barriers to entry so that companies are able to sustainably generate return on capital higher than cost of capital.
Given the inherently leveraged business models of financial services companies, the importance of each of these traits is further amplified and therefore we believe we can put our skills around forensic accounting and understanding barriers to entry to good use to create a portfolio of high quality financial services stocks. Keeping this in mind, we have created a portfolio of high-quality lenders, general insurers, life insurers, asset managers and brokers.
We believe there is a massive opportunity for the banks and NBFCs in the Kings of Capital portfolio to consolidate market share as these are well run lenders with adequate capital to not only absorb NPAs but also grow post the crisis. As per RBI’s households survey, 95% of Indian wealth is in physical assets with only 5% being in financial assets. The non-lenders (insurers, asset managers and brokers) in the Kings of Capital portfolio therefore have a large structural opportunity to benefit from the financialization of Indian household savings.
Marcellus offers Kings of Capital PMS with ZERO entry load/exit load and with no lock-in. We offer two fee structures:
|Regular Plan||Direct Plan|
* High water mark applies for performance fees
Minimum investment: INR 50 lacs
Performance (as of 31st August 2020)
Source Marcellus / Bloomberg; All returns are net of fees and expenses (TWRR/XIRR); Since Inception returns are annualised and all other time periods are absolute
Tej Shah, CFA
Prior to joining Marcellus, Tej worked at Mayfield, a Silicon Valley headquartered venture capital fund which manages $3Bn globally and $220Mn in India. Tej spent 2 years as a part of Mayfield India’s investment team covering multiple sectors and being at the centre of India’s evolving venture ecosystem. Prior to Mayfield, Tej was a part of the equity and capital markets team of Ambit Capital where he worked on executing IPOs, QIPs and buyback… Read More ➞