Investment philosophy

We follow a long-term value investing strategy. Our investment time horizon is more than three years and in most cases, the time frame is higher than this. We are sector agnostic, and most of our investments are in Large and Mid-cap companies. We usually avoid small-cap companies unless we perceive a margin of safety. We pick our stocks based on a bottom-up analysis. Some of the metrics we use to filter the companies for further analysis are:

ROE > 20%   PEG < 1.5   Low or no debt

At Nighthawk, when analyzing investment prospects, corporate governance takes precedence over financial metrics. We do not like companies with a lot of subsidiaries. Such companies are difficult to analyze and, in our experience, we have found that companies with weak corporate governance often have unnecessary subsidiaries (esp. offshore subsidiaries). We like companies with an easy to understand business model and would shun companies that use complex accounting techniques. We prefer companies that finance growth through internal accruals and not by raising debt. As long as the underlying fundamentals are sound, we are not worried about short term market fluctuations.

We take concentrated positions in our investee companies and at any point in time, our portfolio will consist of 10 to 20 companies. We are usually fully invested and do not time the market.

Why Invest in India?

India has been one of the fastest growing major economies in the world since the start of the millennium. It also recently overtook China to become the fastest growing major economy. Investing in the Indian stock market is a way to take advantage of this growth. India has one of the largest stock markets in the world and is a good representation of the Indian economy. The Indian Rupee has been relatively stable when compared to other emerging market currencies. Thus, we believe the Indian stock market is a good investment avenue for capital appreciation. There might be some benefits from diversification as well depending on the investor profile.

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Our Typical Investor’s Profile

In general, investors in our strategy are looking for exposure to the Indian stock market, and ideally maintain a focus on long-term growth rather than short-term market fluctuations. We expect our investors to have a time frame of at least of 5 years and we would strongly encourage investors with a time horizon of less than 3 years to not invest with us. If, over the long-term, we outperform the benchmark index Nifty 50 by an average by 5 percentage points, net of fees and expenses, we feel that we have done our job. We expect our investors to also have a similar view.


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