2020 September

An Update on Gujarat Ambuja Exports Ltd.

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A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to present on Gujarat Ambuja Exports Ltd. at Tamil Nadu Investors Association’s 20:20 conference held in Chennai. I had under half an hour to explain the entire business model, investment thesis along with upside triggers, management assessment, valuation, the risk & concerns, among other pertinent factors. The video is there on Stalwart Advisors’ Youtube channel, the link is shared at the end of the post. This post is a brief update on how (or not) the thesis is playing out. But before I jump to that, let us do a quick recap of what the company does. The key segment contributing to the majority of sales and bulk of the profitability is their ‘Maize Processing’ segment, under which the company buys …

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Is Real Estate the next Pharma?

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A few years ago I had made a thematic presentation ‘India’s Consolidation Wave’ at Flame Investment Lab, Pune. The basic idea was to demonstrate using actual data from multiple industries that how some of the better-run companies were consistently growing faster than the industry and hence winning market share from their smaller/weaker/inefficient counterparts. At that time, I highlighted some of the key enablers supporting this trend – brand, distribution, and economies of scale. Later when Demonetization happened in 2016 and GST got rolled out in 2017, the ‘Unorganized to Organized’ became a hot theme and many investors expected unorganized (smaller firms) to shut overnight while organized guys (listed companies) to grow multi-fold. Naturally, these investors and analysts were bound to get disappointed. While I also mentioned GST, in my presentation, as an …

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