Apart from the basic screening on Return on Equity being greater than 15%, we also look for businesses that can replicate this return ratio on the incremental capital employed as well, as the ability to replicate returns shows the management’s ability of being able to find new avenues of growth for the business in a consistent manner.
We look at businesses that have an operating margin of atleast 15%, along with that operating margins should be improving, an industry high operating margin indicates cost efficiencies, process efficiencies, and many other competitive advantages.
We constantly look for businesses which have survived through at least one downcycle. This gives us confidence in the underlying business model and its strengths. A strong balance sheet adds to this thesis, as in a downturn, it helps in survival, but in an economic upcycle, a strong balance sheet enables businesses to grab big opportunities.
In our view, over leveraging is the best way to sink a business and weaken its ability to adapt and capitalise on new opportunities. Hence, we avoid businesses that have a Debt to Equity ratio higher than 100%.
A public sector enterprise was incorporated to serve first and make profits later. Other than that, PSEs carry an inherent red tapism in their operational culture, which in our view, makes for inefficient use of resources.
Divam brings over a decade and a half of expertise in managing stock market investments, complemented by his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is also a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Prior to co-founding Green Portfolio, he gained significant experience working with prominent institutions like Citi Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. Since the company's foundation, Divam has been a key motivator and leader. His responsibilities encompass client management, business development, and research, where he has made significant and influential contributions.
Anuj is the CIO and heads the research team that has been consistently outperforming the outperformers. With over 5 years in Financial Consultancy and 15 years of investing in equity markets, he is also a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He plays a crucial role on the investment committee.
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