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Expect sideways movement with focus on Smallcap and midcap space

by Arun Kejriwal (Market veteran investor and Opinion Maker)
May 08, 2023
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The week gone by had four trading sessions, but it had plenty of action and behaved on expected lines. It began positively, went sideways, gained and then crashed. At the end of it all, it was a flat week but with all important levels being touched. BSESENSEX lost 58.15 points or 0.10% to close at 61,054.29 points while NIFTY gained 4.00 points or 0.02% to close at 18,069.00 points. The broader market saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gained 0.19%, 0.30% and 0.40% respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 1.41% while BSESMALLCAP gained 1.27%. 

The Indian Rupee gained 2 paisa and closed at Rs 81.80 to the US Dollar. Dow Jones had a torrid week and lost on the first four days of the week. It recovered ground on Friday but ended the week with losses. Dow Jones lost 423.78 points or 1.24% to close at 33,674.38 points. 

The US FED raised interest rates by 25 basis points on expected lines. The new rate band is 5% to 5.25% and the same has come to these levels by increases in 14 months from March 22 when the band was next to zero at 0% to 0.25%. While the indication after the meeting is that there would be a pause going forward, there is new concern about the health of small regional banks in the US. PacWest and First Horizon Bank bore the brunt of selling and lost over 47% and 40% respectively while many other banks chipped in with smaller losses. Things are no longer hunky dory in the US as far as banking is concerned. 

Friday’s indication from MSCI about the weightage to be given to the merged entity of HDFC twins update shattered the markets. The expectation was that the combined entity would get a “limited investable” factor of 75%, and instead was given one of 50%. This led marketmen to recalculate that instead of inflows of 25,000 crs into the combined entity there would be outflow of Rs 2,000 crs. This led to a selloff in the two stocks which brought down the banking sector as well. HDFC lost Rs 161.20 or 5.63% for the day while HDFC Bank lost Rs 101.85 or 5.90%. These two stocks lost 258 points and 394 points on the BSESENSEX making a total of 653 points while BSESENSEX lost 694.96 points on Friday. Very clearly it was a single event which shattered the confidence of markets. 

The highs of the BSESENSEX during the week were 61,797.91 points while it was 18,267.45 on NIFTY. It failed to touch or cross the resistances mentioned at the beginning of the week. Very clearly the mood in the market has suffered a setback post Friday. 

An interesting takeover deal has been announced. TCNS Clothing Limited a fashion retailer which had listed in August 2018 at an issue price of Rs 716 has sold a portion of its promoters shares to ABRFL for cash at Rs 501. The current market price is hovering around these levels. One expects a return of 15-18% from equity investments and from a company listed for a quarter less than five years, the performance can at best be termed as pathetic. Instead of doubling one’s money, TCNS has lost 30% in value over 5 years compared to the issue price. 

To add insult to injury, the customary open offer is not for cash but a complex offer for ABFRL which is offering 11 shares of ABFRL instead of 6 shares in TCNS. One wonders whether such a lopsided, anti-minority shareholder offer will ever find muster with the regulator? Promoters are paid in cash and minority shareholders get a share swap and lose another 30% in value. This is not only a first of its kind but is unexpected from the house of Kumar Mangalam Birla. The regulator must step in to protect minority shareholders’ interest on a war footing.

The week ahead sees a REIT offering from Nexus Select which is tapping the capital markets with its offering which includes a fresh offering of Rs 1,400 crs and an offer for sale of Rs 1,800 crs. The trust has 17 malls in A class towns and metro’s totalling 9.8 million square feet with 96% committed occupancy. The company has an average of 5.7 years of forward leased contracts. The company has a mix of rentals which are fixed and also variable with a percentage linked to tenant sales. The company has an annual 5% rental hike with its contracts which are typically renewed every three years. 

REIT’s have to give a forecast of their expected returns of investment and cash flows for a period of three years at the time of making the offer. Nexus Select is talking of a return of 8% per annum with an increase of 17% CAGR. The fund would be distributing 100% of its net operating income. The unit value is Rs 95-100 and the NAV is Rs 127.73, offering a discount and hence potential upside on listing. The instrument is attractively priced and offers an investment in the consumption story of the middle class. There is no comparable player currently listed in the markets. Investors looking for a fixed income product with growth should consider this as an investment. 

Shares of Mankind Pharma Limited which were issued at Rs 1,080 would list on Tuesday the 9th of May. They were well received and subscribed by QIB’s while the non-institutional portion was tepid. 

Markets in the week ahead would see action limited to midcap and small cap space with large cap stocks taking a back seat. Expect volatility in the space with individual stocks moving. Results season would pick up with the pace of results being declared increasing as the deadline expires at the end of May for the annual results. Resistance levels would be at 18,350-18,400 and at 62,400-62,550 points. Support levels would be at 17,600-17,650 and at 59,700-59,850 would act as strong support. The next level of support would be at 17,300-350 and at 58,800-58,950 BSESENSEX. 

The strategy would be to play in the midcap and Smallcap space. There is pain in the banking space and IT sectors do not support any investment currently. Trade cautiously.