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Autos and capital goods see maximum spike in MF holdings in May 2024

21 Jun 2024 , 09:11 AM

WHY MUTUAL FUND FLOWS MATTER?

Mutual funds in India first showed their clout when FPIs went into a selling spree between October 2021 and June 2022. During this period, fears of high inflation led FPIs to sell Indian stocks to the tune of $32 Billion. However, the markets were not overtly perturbed as the net flows from LIC and the domestic mutual funds were to the tune of $53 Billion. This more than compensated for the FPI outflows and ensured that the markets maintained their levels. Today, mutual fund manage more than $700 Billion and their AUM in India is almost as much as the FPIs. LIC manages over $600 Billion so the combined clout of LIC and domestic mutual funds is huge. That is the actions of  mutual funds matter.

There are different ways to look at the mutual fund churn. For instance, one way is to look at the large funds in terms of AUM and focus on which are the stock they bought and sold. A more interesting way would be to look at what were the stocks that the mutual funds overall bought and sold at a macro level. Here we will look at how the sectoral shifts have happened and which are the preferred sectors of mutual funds. In addition, we also look at some of the favourite stocks of mutual funds and the broad themes of stock selection among mutual funds during the month. This time around, we focus on the mutual fund action in the month of May 2024.

MAY 2024 – ACTIVE EQUITY FLOWS TOUCH LIFETIME RECORD

To put in a nutshell, the situation in May consolidated on the gains of April 2024. The important news was that the equity funds saw record inflows in the active equity funds category. Let us first look at the overall picture of mutual fund flows in May 2024. For the month of May 2024, mutual funds overall saw net inflows of ₹1.11 Trillion, largely led by ₹42,295 Crore of inflows from debt funds. Equity fund net inflows at ₹34,697 Crore in May 2024, was at an all-time record level and is a welcome respite after 3 consecutive months of lower active equity fund flows. Within the equity fund theme, sectoral / thematic funds, flexi cap funds, multi-cap funds and small cap and mid-cap funds saw bulk of the equity fund inflows. The good news is that small cap funds are back to seeing net inflows after a brief lull in the last few months due to a barrage of regulatory warnings.

Let us now turn to the sources of inflows into mutual funds in May 2024; or where did the mutual funds get their money from. Let us talk about the new fund offerings (NFOs) first. The total NFO flows in May 2024 were strong at ₹10,140 Crore, of which active equity funds collected more than 95% of the inflows. The NFO of HDFC Manufacturing Fund dominated the NFO story in the month, raising ₹9,564 Crore in the month of May 2024. The bulk of the flows into equity funds cam from the systematic investment plans (SIPs), which saw record flows of ₹20,904 Crore into SIPs in May 2024. While this is the highest ever SIP flows recorded in any month till date; the month of May 2024 also saw record SIP stoppage ratio, something that is not too gratifying to investors or to the markets. All this translated into domestic mutual funds turning net buyers in Indian equities to the tune of ₹48,099 in May 2024; sharply higher than ₹32,824 Crore in April 2024. Interestingly, this comes at a time when the FPIs (foreign portfolio investors) were net sellers in the month of May 2024.

MAY 2024 – WHICH STOCKS DID INDIAN MUTUAL FUNDS PREFER?

One must remember that ₹48,099 Crore of infusion by mutual funds into equities on a net basis, is nearly $6 Billion. That is big enough to create an impact. But, what are the stocks that the mutual fund bought and sold in the month of May 2024. The MF buying was largely driven by IPOs in the month of May 2024. In fact, the top-5 stock buys of mutual funds in May 2024 were all IPO stocks; viz., Go Digit General Insurance, Aadhar Housing Finance, TBO Tek Ltd, Indegene Ltd, and Awfis Space Solutions. Here is a quick dekko.

  • The most preferred stock in May 2024 was the IPO of Go Digit General Insurance, which came out with its IPO during the month of May 2024. The company saw total investments from mutual funds to the tune of ₹1,169 Crore in the IPO and also post listing for the month of May 2024.
  • The second most preferred stock for mutual funds overall in May 2024 was the IPO of Aadhar Housing Finance, which came out with its IPO during the month of May 2024. The company saw total investments from mutual funds to the tune of ₹6279 Crore in the IPO and also post listing for the month of May 2024.
  • The third most preferred stock in May 2024 was the IPO of TBO Tek ltd, which also came out with its IPO during the month of May 2024. The company saw total investments from mutual funds to the tune of ₹608 Crore in the IPO and also post listing for the month of May 2024.
  • The fourth most preferred stock in May 2024 was the IPO of Indegene Ltd, which also had come out with its IPO during the month of May 2024. The company saw total investments from mutual funds to the tune of ₹293 Crore in the IPO and also post listing for the month of May 2024.
  • The Fifth most preferred stock in May 2024 was the IPO of Awfis Space Solutions, which also came out with its IPO during the month of May 2024. The company saw total investments from mutual funds to the tune of ₹271 Crore in the IPO and also post listing for the month of May 2024.

Apart from these IPOs, the mutual funds also added other new stocks into their portfolio like Technocraft Industries Ltd, Yuken India Ltd, Kirloskar Industries Ltd, and Parag Milk Foods Ltd. On the sell side, mutual funds took full exit from several stocks that included GMR Power, GOCL Corporation Ltd, Zuari Agrochemicals, Federal Mogul Goetze, Rane Madras, and Shukra Jewellery.

UNDERSTANDING THE MF FLOW STORY

Before we get into sectoral preferences of equity funds in the Indian context in the month of May 2024, it is important to understand the composition of the equity funds universe in India. In India, equity stocks are owned predominantly by active equity funds. However, there are large chunks of equities held by hybrid funds and passive funds also. We will come back to that later. Currently, active equity funds hold Indian equities to the tune of ₹25.40 Trillion (net AUM) as of the close of May 2024. The table below captures the active fund break up as of May 2024.

Active Equity
Fund Categories
No. of Folios
(Absolute)
Purchases
(₹ in Crore)
Redemptions
(₹ in Crore)
Net Inflows
(₹ in Crore)
Net AUM
(₹ in Crore)
Multi Cap Fund 65,13,410 4,531.30 1,886.42 2,644.88 1,39,034
Large Cap Fund 1,39,88,501 5,685.40 5,022.31 663.09 3,23,156
Large & Mid Cap Fund 96,41,201 5,566.68 3,169.77 2,396.91 2,23,990
Mid Cap Fund 1,47,90,033 6,585.41 3,979.71 2,605.70 3,28,183
Small Cap Fund 1,98,32,640 6,568.37 3,843.70 2,724.67 2,70,581
Dividend Yield Fund 9,25,566 825.14 379.87 445.27 26,050
Value Fund/Contra Fund 65,28,568 3,622.88 2,218.54 1,404.34 1,60,639
Focused Fund 50,77,097 2,272.26 2,578.82 -306.55 1,34,589
Sectoral/Thematic Funds 2,05,67,662 25,959.41 6,745.98 19,213.43 3,37,280
ELSS 1,63,07,461 1,954.35 2,204.15 -249.80 2,23,727
Flexi Cap Fund 1,47,75,146 7,700.36 4,545.29 3,155.07 3,72,549
Total Active Equity Funds 12,89,47,285 71,271.56 36,574.56 34,697.00 25,39,778

Data Source: AMFI

As you can see in the table above, the active equity funds have a total of 12.89 Crore folios while they manage a total AUM of ₹25.40 Trillion on a net basis. Now, let us put equity ownership in context. When we look at sectoral preferences, we don’t look at only the active equity funds, but also the equity holdings in hybrid funds and the substantial equity holdings of index funds and index ETFs, which are basically passive replications of an underlying index. The total equity holdings of the hybrid funds and passive funds in India comes to ₹10.09 Trillion, taking the total value of equity holdings as of April 2024 to ₹35.49 Trillion. This figure is critical because the overall equities held by Indian mutual fund are actually to the tune of ₹35.49 Trillion, of which 71.6% of this AUM is held by active equity funds shown in the table above, while the balance 28.4% of this overall AUM is held jointly by hybrid funds and passive funds like index funds and index ETFs. Now, when we look at the sectoral mix of equity holdings of mutual funds, our universe is not ₹25.40 Trillion of active equity fund AUM but the overall ₹35.49 Trillion of overall equities held by mutual funds as of the close of May 2024.

HOW MF SECTORAL PREFERENCES SHIFTED IN MAY 2024?

We shall now look at how the sector preference of Indian holdings shifted; both in terms of the absolute change in value and also in terms of percentage change. There is a reason we look at both. The absolute numbers are more meaningful, but are biased towards the larger sectors with substantial market cap. At the same time, the percentage change gives due weightage to the large sector and small sectors and just look at the mutual fund traction in terms of incremental AUM. Let us first look at sectoral shifts in the holdings of Indian mutual funds in absolute value terms. We will only look at the top 15 sectors in terms of absolute change in holding value.

Top 15
Sectors
MCAP-APR-24
(₹ in Crore)
MCAP-MAY-24
(₹ in Crore)
MOM Change
(₹ in Crore)
MOM Change
(in % terms)
Automobiles 3,22,663 3,49,363 26,700 8.27%
Capital Goods 1,34,396 1,52,850 18,454 13.73%
FMCG 1,72,828 1,80,339 7,511 4.35%
Infrastructure 1,14,275 1,21,330 7,055 6.17%
Metals & Mining 1,22,661 1,28,942 6,281 5.12%
Consumer Durables 70,415 76,335 5,920 8.41%
Banking & Finance 10,07,245 10,12,832 5,587 0.55%
Telecom 1,01,748 1,05,435 3,687 3.62%
Realty 46,079 49,482 3,403 7.39%
Pharmaceuticals 2,78,831 2,80,862 2,031 0.73%
Shipping & Logistics 38,167 40,079 1,912 5.01%
Abrasives 10,668 12,218 1,550 14.53%
Aviation 18,123 19,192 1,069 5.90%
Power 1,14,359 1,15,251 892 0.78%
Textile 23,381 24,122 741 3.17%

The above data is the absolute growth in the market cap between April 2024 and May 2024 on a sector-wise basis. It must be remembered that equity fund AUM is a mix of flows and value accretion; so even the change will be a mix of flows and value accretion. In the above case, the MOM absolute growth is led by Automobiles Capital Goods, and FMCG, which is hardly a surprise considering the recent momentum in their favour. What are some of the key takeaways from the table above? Mutual funds have shown a predilection for automobiles, capital goods and FMCG. Let us look at the story behind this shift.

The auto sector has several factors in its favour. Input cost are coming down, demand is picking up and the rural market is finally showing signs of revival. A good monsoon is expected this year and mutual funds are preparing themselves. Capital goods is also not a surprise considering that the government is investing so aggressively into capex. There is finally a bet on the revival of the capital investment cycle and that is working in favour of these stocks. Lastly, FMCG also appears to be a case of low crude oil benefits and the rural factors. But, FMCG also represents a reasonable hedge in volatile markets.

Some of the sectors that saw MOM fall in AUM include IT services, chemicals, and retail. IT has been under pressure for some time, while chemicals may be facing a global glut. Obviously, mutual funds are trimming positions there. Let us now turn to the percentage change in the AUM on a MOM basis.

Top 15
Sectors
MCAP-MAR-24
(₹ in Crore)
MCAP-APR-24
(₹ in Crore)
MOM Change
(₹ in Crore)
MOM Change
(in % terms)
Abrasives 10,668 12,218 1,550 14.53%
Capital Goods 1,34,396 1,52,850 18,454 13.73%
Consumer Durables 70,415 76,335 5,920 8.41%
Automobiles 3,22,663 3,49,363 26,700 8.27%
Realty 46,079 49,482 3,403 7.39%
Infrastructure 1,14,275 1,21,330 7,055 6.17%
Aviation 18,123 19,192 1,069 5.90%
Metals & Mining 1,22,661 1,28,942 6,281 5.12%
Shipping & Logistics 38,167 40,079 1,912 5.01%
FMCG 1,72,828 1,80,339 7,511 4.35%
Telecom 1,01,748 1,05,435 3,687 3.62%
Diversified 16,077 16,621 544 3.38%
Textile 23,381 24,122 741 3.17%
Plastic Products 17,035 17,436 401 2.35%
Power 1,14,359 1,15,251 892 0.78%

The percentage gains segment in April 2024 throws light on smaller sectors in terms of MF holdings. Abrasives was the star in terms of mutual fund demand. However, capital goods and automobiles figured in this percentage growth list also in the top-5. Consumer goods is one addition to that list, as is realty.

IPO buying in the month of May 2024 was seen across the board, although mutual funds continue to be cautious about IPO valuations at higher levels. But, as Keynes said, markets can remain irrational much longer than individual investors can stay solvent!

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