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Investments in the pharma and healthcare sector is often a defensive bet. The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has turned the tables for the pharma and healthcare industry. (Bloomberg)
Investments in the pharma and healthcare sector is often a defensive bet. The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has turned the tables for the pharma and healthcare industry. (Bloomberg)

Diwali bonanza for Kotak PMS' Pharma & Healthcare investors, 43% returns in 1-yr

An investment of Rupees one crore four years ago is about 1.44 crore today (31st October, 2020). While the same invested in Nifty would have become about 1.32 crore and in Nifty Pharma about 96 lakh during the same period.

Kotak Mahindra Portfolio Management Service division (Kotak PMS), ahead of Diwali announced that it will share profits with investors generated from the Kotak Pharma and Healthcare (Kotak Pharma) portfolio. Pharma and healthcare stocks have become market darlings. This has been driven by market expectations of a likely shift in global Pharma supply chains away from China and toward India. Kotak Pharma and healthcare portfolio has been a direct beneficiary of this trend.

Kotak Pharma & Healthcare portfolio has registered 13% returns over the past three years as compared to 4.8% returns by Nifty Pharma and 4% by Nifty 50 index. Since 20th September, 2016 – the inception date, the portfolio has generated returns of 9.2% as compared to 7% rise in Nifty 50 and negative (1.1%) growth by Nifty Pharma.

As on October 30, Kotak Pharma & Healthcare strategy has delivered 42.3% returns (net of all fees), over a one year period, effectively, outperforming the benchmark Nifty 50 by a wide margin, which has posted negative (-2%) returns during the same period. The Nifty Pharma index performance is largely in-line, clocking a return of 42.7%.

“We are delighted to announce a Diwali bonanza to our PMS investors. Kotak Pharma & Healthcare PMS has outperformed on all relevant benchmarks by a handsome margin over the complete investment cycle (3-5 years). We cherry-picked stocks backed by strong fundamentals, and invested at a time when the pharma was out of favour. Patience is indeed a virtue and it has helped us create wealth for our PMS investors," says Anshul Saigal, Portfolio Manager & Head - PMS, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company.

“An investment of Rupees one crore four years ago is about 1.44 crore today (31st October, 2020). While the same invested in Nifty would have become about 1.32 crore and in Nifty Pharma about 96 lakh during the same period", added Anshul.

Investors have the option of deploying profits in whole or in part in the Kotak’s Fin Tech portfolio or even continue to stay invested i.e. retain profits in the Pharma & Healthcare portfolio to capture future potential upside.

Investments in the pharma and healthcare sector is often a defensive bet. The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has turned the tables for the pharma and healthcare industry. This sector could see the start of a multi-year growth cycle. Analysts, market participants and sector experts are estimating a double-digit demand growth in domestic markets. The strong R&D capabilities with large global capacities could also provide an opportunity for domestic pharma companies to boost market share, which could translate into stronger returns for investors in the coming years.

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