SA Research Desk

[Video] SA’s Founder in ‘Wizards of Dalal Street’ with Mr. Ramesh Damani

Posted by | Investing Framework | One Comment

Interview Video: Jatin Khemani, Founder, Stalwart Advisors, in conversation with legendary investor Mr. Ramesh Damani in his show ‘Wizards of Dalal Street, A Fresh Breeze’ discussing: His journey, Why tips are hazardous to wealth, Stalwart Advisors’ Investment Philosophy, Why it matters to have high quality management team with skin-in-the-game, How he found stocks like Tasty Bite Eatables and Relax Footwear, Why understanding Operating Leverage is crucial for investors and How it applies in case of businesses like Wonderla Holidays.

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Why we bought Amrutanjan Healthcare and continue to like it!

Posted by | Stocks | 4 Comments

‘While, I was reading about this company I literally fell asleep’ said a smart analyst during one of our Chai pe Charcha meetings sometime in mid 2014. ‘You know.. it’s a 120-year old company and still does only about 140 Crores in sales, and by the way who really uses balm these days? I guess it’s a dying business’ he continued. That’s what really got us interested to study it more as we had some idea already that it’s an owner-operated FMCG business with a net cash balance sheet, and zero institutional ownership- seemed like a classic Peter Lynch type boring story which nobody wants to even talk about. The only missing part was growth potential and over next few weeks that one question kept us busy. Amrutanjan until 2012 was mainly …

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Indian Markets at Cross Roads

Posted by | Food for thought, Indian Markets, Investing Framework | 2 Comments

Disclaimer: We are totally into bottom-up stock-picking and are amateurs when it comes to making sense out of Macros. This post is just a small attempt to share our thought process regarding current market environment and some interesting observations Imagine a conversation between two investors regarding a hot mid-cap which has recently done pretty well. The optimist might justify buying or holding on to it saying ‘Boss look at this new CEO who seems like an intelligent fanatic, has fire-in-the-belly to make it a global giant, look at his execution quality over last three years and the earnings potential of this business given humungous size of the market opportunity’ The cautious investor however would differ by pointing out to current valuations being close to life-time high and the potential irrational …

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What makes Wonderla Holidays an amazing business?

Posted by | Business Models, Scuttlebutt, Stocks | 3 Comments

What is the idea of a full-day outing/picnic for an average Indian middle class family? Think about it, what are the entertainment options available for a family even in Metro cities on weekends or when you have some relatives visiting you from outstation? I bet the first thing that would come to your mind would be- visiting a mall, watching a movie and then having a nice meal at the food court. That sounds good and that is precisely what everybody around seems to be doing. The only issue there could be lack of decent content which you can watch with your family. Other than that, what else comes to your mind? Think about full-day enterntainment options for an average Indian family. Frankly not many exciting options exist that are …

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Tasty Bite Eatables turning Tastier

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We had invested in Tasty Bite Eatables in April 2015 when the stock price was Rs 640. In this post, we will briefly cover what attracted us to the company and how the thesis is playing out.  Tasty Bite Eatables (TBE) is a company incorporated in 1986 and is mainly into ready-to-eat food. It was promoted by Ghai Family who also used to own franchise of Kwality Ice Cream in Western India. The company went through some interesting times in its brief history; sometimes a great idea fails because it is ahead of its time. Perhaps this was true for Tasty Bite too which questioned its very survival leading it into Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction (BIFR). Eventually it got acquired by Hindustan Unilever which withdrew from Indian markets as Indians weren’t ready for ‘ready-to-eat’ food …

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