Ashish Kacholia
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Ashish Kacholia    
04 Sep 2018
Business Standard
Hikal hit a 52-week high of Rs 192, up 4% on Tuesday, extending its previous day's 15% surged on the National Stock Exchange.
Ashish Kacholia    
07 Aug 2018
The King of Smallcaps, Ashish Kacholia, continues to thrive

By Suhani Adilabadkar

Investors upset over the mid and small cap performance in 2018  should take a leaf out of Ashish Kacholia’s stock market journey.. Kacholia, fondly called the ‘Big Whale’ by media, started out with Prime Securities and later joined Edelweiss before incorporating his own broking firm, Lucky Securities in 1995. He co-founded Hungama Digital with Rakesh Jhunjhunwala in 1999 and started building his own prized portfolio from the year 2003.

Reticent, media shy and someone who neither justifies nor glorifies his stock market picks, Kacholia is a rare combination of diligence, sharp business acumen and a large dab of humility. His portfolio is valued at more than Rs. 900 crore as on June 2018 and is mostly focused on manufacturing, chemicals, packaging, pipes, power and dairy.

Shaily Engineering, Vadilal Industries,Pokarna,CHD Developers,Vishnu Chemicals, Acrysil and Nocil constitute the major chunk of Kacholia’a portfolio. He has more than 4% shareholding in all these companies. CHD Developers is a new entrant in this prized portfolio, invested since January 2018. Acrysil is the oldest in in the list, invested since December 2015. Shaily Engineering, Vishnu Chemicals, Mirc Electronics, Poly Medicure, GHCL, Ester Industries have also undergone additions in the Jan-June period.


Apart from the big jewels, small gems like KEI, Mold-Tek Pakaging,NIIT, Poly Medicure,KPIT,Parag Milk Foods are the next big holdings in his portfolio. The moment, Ashish Kacholia invests in a company, its stock price zooms as  retail investors follow the ‘Big whale’. Last year, Lumax industries jumped 8% after the announcement of Ashish Kacholia buying 0.67% while Bodal Chemicals zoomed 12% after BSE bulk deal data revealed 1.10% bought by him.

A Simple Growth Strategy

There is nothing complicated when it comes to Kacholia's choice of stocks. As investments, they look like smart picks, but reaching them is more difficult. A find like Acrysil or Pokarna suggest a lot of research and attention to the small details in financial statements. Kacholia looks for undervalued mid & small cap stocks that are beginning to exhibit a turnaround, or are at an inflexion point with strong future growth prospects. He does not follow hard core mathematical models but has a hawk’s eye unearthing gems like Vadilal Industries, Mirc Electronics and Vaibhav Global

Vadilal Industries was at inflexion point in 2016 and its yearly PAT witnessed seven fold growth in March. Kacholia invested at the right time around March 2016 and the company has since been a consistent performer. Similarly Kacholia bought about a large number of shares during the last six months of Mirc Electronics, which turned around in 2018 after years of negative growth. On the same lines, after 60% decline in net profit, Vaibhav global recovered in March 2017 with PAT rising 1.6 times and Kacholia invested in December 2017.

Aptech stake sale in July raised eyebrows as the company is expected to double its franchisee centers and report double digits in coming quarters. However, the company’s June quarter PAT was down 50% on a sequential basis and the share price is down 25% from its February high point, Rs. 332.

Kacholia's portfolio movement ascertains the reality of him being an aggressive value investor who doesn’t shy away from risks or reduction of stocks when appropriate. His portfolio has no heavy weights or Sensex shakers, just small and mid caps like Mirc which has given around 100% returns. Where most investors follow big brokerage houses and invest in stocks rated and followed by reputed research teams, Ashish Kacholia does his own homework. During the past 6 months, while most of the market was drowned in midand small cap mayhem, Kacholia was busy shopping. 

His portfolio boosts strong consistent performers like GHCL, KPIT technologies, Nocil, KEI , Poly Medicure, Acrysil, Shaily engineering and APL Apollo tyres giving positive returns over the past few years. His new additions are CHD Developers, Khadim, V2 Retail, Butterfly Gandhimathi Appliances, NIIT whereas Pokrana, APL Apollo Tubes, Time Technoplast and Aptech stakes have been cut over the last six months.

Kacholia's magic recipe for multibaggers

While Indian mid and small caps have gone through chaos over the past six months, global markets have been witnessinga recovery signalling an economic resurgence. Investors however often invest with respect to market momentum irrespective of core company fundamentals.  Thus decline in this segment was just a part of the long awaited market correction. Ashish Kacholia has demonstrated the right recipe for retail investors: look for core growth and stay invested, and despite volatility you will get your alpha.

Ashish Kacholia    
19 Jun 2018, 10:53AM
Ashish Kacholia sells some of his stake in Pokarna

Ashish Kacholia has sold 3.6 lakh shares in Pokarna, the granite company, via two bulk deals. This amounts to 15.6% of the shares he owns in the company. The smallcap firm had been a multibagger over the last twelve months, but has lost in share price as markets turned choppy, falling by approximately 10% in the last three months and showing bearish signals.  

Ashish Kacholia has had Pokarna in his portfolio since December 2015, and as of the most recent quarter, held over 22.74 lakh shares (7.3% stake) in the company.  

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Ashish Kacholia    
27 Apr 2018
Superstar investor Ashish Kacholia raises bets across a range of stocks

Superstar investor Ashish Kacholia, known for smart, well-timed picks, has made some changes to his investment portfolio in the most recent quarter. He has invested in realty company CHD Developers, buying a 5.64% stake worth over Rs. 12.7 crore. Kacholia has also invested in Mirc Electronics with a 3.5% stake (Rs. 39.12 crore). 

Kacholia has also raised his investments in key stocks, including Butterfly Gandhimathi, Poly Medicure, Ester Industries and Vishnu Chemicals. Buttefly Gandhimathi and Shaily Engineering in particular have turned out to be multibaggers for the investor over the last twelve months. For his full portfolio, click here

Ashish Kacholia    
24 Apr 2018
Business Standard
The stock was up 1.5% to Rs 204 on Tuesday, extending its Monday's 15% rally on the BSE, after investor Ashish Kacholia bought 1.08 million shares at Rs 182 each.
Ashish Kacholia    
12 Apr 2018
Ashish Kacholia's investments: ups stake in Butterfly Gandhimathi, Vishnu Chemicals, cuts in APL Apollo Tubes

Superstar investor Ashish Kacholia has made some changes to his portfolio in the March quarter. He has upped his investments in Butterfly Gandhimathi (adding 1.17% stake to bring the total up to Rs. 23.64 crore) and in Vishnu Chemicals. (upping stake by 0.25% to bring the total to Rs. 16.52 crore). He has reduced his investments in APL Apollo Tubes and Pokarna.

Vishnu Chemicals is an unusual pick, considering that its returns haven't been unimpressive over the past one year. Kacholia also holds a substantial stake in Shaily Engineering Plastics, his holding here is worth close to Rs. 62 crore. While Butterfly Gandhimathi delivered 160%+ returns over the year, Shaily Engineering delivered 140%+. Pokarna delivered 270%+ returns over one year.  

Ashish Kacholia    
27 Mar 2018
Ashish Kacholia buys shares in Acrysil in a bulk deal

Investor Ashish Kacholia has bought 2.2 lakh shares of Acrysil in a bulk deal, driving shares of the company up today. The purchase amounts to a 4.3% stake of the company. Everest Finance & Investment Co sold 2.2 lakh shares at Rs 486 per share. The last big bulk deal for Kacholia was when he bought 2.95 lakh shares of Shaily Engineering in February. 

Ashish Kacholia    
05 Feb 2018
Superstar investor Ashish Kacholia buys shares in Shaily Engineering Plastics

Investor Ashish Kacholia has bought 2.95 lakh shares of Shaily Engineering Plastics in a bulk deal today, while investing firm Bengal Finance sold 2.95 lakh shares in Shaily. Shaily Plastics has a high Trendlyne Durability Score, and reports by analysts such as Nirmal Bang gave the company a thumbs up in growth so far, and analysts are expecting strong December quarter results. The quarterly results for Shaily are due on Feb 12. 

Ashish Kacholia    
16 Jan 2018
Ashish Kacholia and Vijay Kedia bet on Vaibhav Global

Superstar investor Ashish Kacholia has placed his bet on Rajasthan-based firm Vaibhav Global, where according to latest numbers he has invested a 1.45% equity stake, worth over Rs. 32.6 crore. Investor Vijay Kedia has also held this stock in his portfolio since March 2017 - holding a 1.06% equity stake in the firm. The stock has delivered over 130% returns in the past 12 months. The company is an online retailer for jewellery and lifestyle products, and says its focus has been on the "discount-seeking buyer". 

sankhadeep Sir kinldy check Ashish Kacholia's holding in Bodal Chemicals. The shareholding pattern for 31.12.2017 filed with BSE shows he is holding 13,30,008 or 1.09% of the company. So his stake in the company has not fallen below 1% as reported by you in the Superstar Portfolio segment maintained by trendlyne.
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Ashish Kacholia    
15 Jan 2018
Ashish Kacholia adds more NOCIL, Butterfly Gandhimathi stocks to portfolio, cuts down on APL Apollo Tubes

Ashish Kacholia has been updating his portfolio over the past few months, and as per the latest filings, he has increased his holdings in one specific stock, rubber chemicals firm NOCIL. He increased his stake by 0.18%, bringing his total stake here to 3.92% (a holding value of over Rs. 142 crore). Kacholia has had the company in his portfolio since March 2017. It has delivered close to 200% returns in share price over the past one year. Kacholia also added more Butterfly Gandhimathi stocks to his portfolio in a bulk deal on Friday. 

Kacholia has also cut his stake in APL Apollo Tubes by 0.65%. The company was in the news after Emblem FII sold 450,000 shares this week in bulk deals. Kacholia's stake in KPIT Tech and Ashiana Housing have all fallen below 1% for the first time.