Before I start off on any analysis in this segment, even at the cost of a repetitive bore I will put forth this disclaimer. All fund schemes are taken as direct. However, even if you are a direct investor, hire a financial advisor that you trust who can guide with investments. Pay for your advice.
Fund category definition: Funds with minimum 65% portfolio allocation to Small Cap (251 and beyond by market cap size) stocks
Benchmark: Nifty Small Cap 250 TRI with a change of -8.61% in May 2022 and a 1-year return of 9.34%
All data as on: 31st May, 2022
Happily enough, all funds have dropped lesser than the benchmark in May 2022. Even in the one-year returns, apart from Aditya Birla, all other funds have given a handsomely higher return than the benchmark.
For Total Expense Ratio, two funds see noteworthy hikes – HDFC by 5 bps to 0.83% and ICICI by 8 bps to 0.71%. While, Aditya Birla sees a 7 bps reduction bringing down the expense ratio to a still high number of 1.12%.
Market Cap Allocation
This month yet again, there are three funds in sub-90% equity exposure category with Axis being even lower than 80%.
Top 5 sectors
In Nippon, with a 0.82% increase in the HDFC Bank allocation, Banks have edged out Auto Ancilliaries in the top 5 sectors spot.
DSP, with a 0.52% increase in Ratnamani Metals & Tubes, sees Metals & Mining as a sector replaces Textiles in the Top 5.
For ICICI, with a big new 1.96% position in SBI Cards & Payments, Finance replaces Leisure Services in the Top 5 Sectors.
Aditya Birla sees Consumer Durables moving up to the top spot thanks to quite a few changes – increased allocations in four of the stocks (biggest being Campus Activewear) and a new 0.77% allocation to Symphony. But, the biggest change really has been Deepak Nitrite being cut down a to a third of it’s last month’s weight (a reduction of 2.14%) down to 1.07%. That cutdown meant that even a new 0.30% position in Aether Industries was not enough to keep Chemicals in the top 5 sectors spot which it lost to Finance.
Top 10 Stocks & Movement
Nippon has used this month to further beef up it’s allocation to HDFC, taking it up by 0.82% to reach 2.01%. On the other hand, it has completely exited it’s 0.91% position in Bharti Airtel.
HDFC has cut down it’s exposure to Vardhman Textiles by 0.92% to bring it down to 2.18%.
SBI has increased it’s allocation to V-Guard by 1.09% to take it up to 3.31%, which also makes it the fourth highest stock in the portfolio.
Axis has trimmed down it’s exposure to one-favourite Tata Elxsi by 0.84%. which now stands at a humble 1.06%.
DSP has a new 0.75% position in Paradeep Phosphates, a stock cropping up in quite a few funds.
Kotak has reduced it’s exposure to Amber Enterprises by 0.92%, which brings it lower to 2.48%.
Franklin has reduced it’s allocation to K.P.R. Mills (a favoured stock in textiles) by 0.76% leading it down to 2.08%. From December onwards (when the allocation was at a mighty 4.13%), every month the stock has seen it’s position being trimmed in the portfolio.
As mentioned earlier, ICICI has taken a new 1.96% position in SBI Cards & Payments. It has also given much more heft to it’s position in Dixon Technologies, zooming it up from 0.58% to 3.20% an upward move of 2.62%!
Quite a few changes in the Aditya Birla fund – Campus Activewear gets bumped up to more than 3x of it’s existing position going up to 1.52%, with an increase of 1.07%. Also, this fund too has reduced it’s position in Amber Enterprises by 1.04%, bringing it down to 1.75%. The biggest slash is to Deepak Nitrite, with the stock going to exactly a third of it’s position down to 1.07%. Ruchi Soya is another stock which has been really cut down in size to a tiny 0.18%. Three interesting new positions worth mentioning – MTAR Technologies (0.77%), Symphony (0.77%) and Federal Bank (0.75%).
Check out the other categories and what the funds there were up to: