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Overview
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Overview

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust (AIE) has been the best-performing India specialist trust since it launched in July 2018. In that time AIE has more than doubled the return of its benchmark, while its peers have each underperformed. As we discuss in the performance section, the vast majority of excess returns have come from stock selection rather than sector or market cap allocation.

The performance is built upon the stock selection of a large, dedicated team of India specialists. AIE’s investment advisor is White Oak, founded by Prashant Khemka, former CIO and lead portfolio manager for Global Emerging Markets Equity at Goldman Sachs. White Oak employs a team of ten analysts, all based in India and all focused on specific sectors. They are compensated based upon the contribution of their stock picks to returns, which incentivises them to pick only companies they think will outperform the market (see management section).

This large team – the largest employed by an Indian specialist investment trust – implements a quality growth strategy with a unique feature. This is a focus on an adjusted cash flow metric which aims to uncover those companies which can generate marginal cashflow with the least additional use of capital. As we discuss in the portfolio section, this is accompanied by a strong focus on valuation, which means the team are happy to turn over their portfolio rapidly when valuations shift.

This strong performance has led the trust’s shares to regularly trade on a premium to NAV which is 0.2% at the time of writing. Apart from the stock-selection process, key distinguishing features include the performance-fee-only charging structure designed to align the managers’ interests with those of shareholders (see charges).

Analyst's View

AIE’s excellent performance since launch seems to be built on strong foundations. To have as many as ten analysts working on single country portfolios is unusual and should be highly beneficial to the alpha generation task. From speaking to the management team, their passion and commitment to their roles is clear. Additionally, the strategy is clear and well-defined, with a well-understood process for identifying a strong company and the right valuation. Although it is dangerous to expect past success to continue, and markets can always surprise, we think all the right building blocks are in place.

We also like the performance-fee-only structure. This means that investors do not pay a fee if the managers cannot succeed in outperforming their benchmark over a three-year period, and incentivises the team very effectively to repeat their early success. That said, the fee can be high when relative returns have been exceptional (see charges). However, it is worth remembering that NAV returns are net of the impact of accrued fees, and so far investors have been significantly better off if invested in the ‘expensive’ AIE rather than ‘cheaper’ peers.

We note emerging markets funds are increasingly dominated by China and North Asia and are unlikely to invest much in India, which is just 9% of the MSCI Emerging Markets index. As we discuss in the performance section, India is benefitting from a period of significant pro-business reforms which have increased the country’s growth potential. We think investing in the country should have strong appeal for long-term growth investors.

Bull Bear
The best track record amongst India specialist peers since inception
Currently too small for many large investors (but issuing shares regularly)
Large team of dedicated analysts can cover the whole market
As a single-country trust, highly exposed to the politics and economy of one state
Fee structure aligns managers’ interests with those of investors
Performance fee can be high when earned (although overall fees will be low if it is not)
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Fund History

16 Jun 2022 Focus on the long-term
AIE’s performance in 2022 shows why quality is important in the long-run…
10 Jun 2022 A balancing act
Two trusts that have made efforts to align their interests with shareholders have also produced good returns…
09 Jun 2022 Fund Analysis
AIE still best in its class, but now on a discount...
01 Jun 2022 Are emerging markets doomed?
Bunching together different parts of the world leads to an unnuanced view of the opportunities in emerging markets…
30 Mar 2022 You say tomato…
Do it yourself or put it into a global fund and leave it to the experts - our analyst debate the merits of each approach...
29 Mar 2022 Heads we win, tails we lose
Ashoka India Equity’s unique structure means it is strongly aligned with shareholder interests…
25 Mar 2022 Slides and Audio: Ashoka India Equity
Download the presentation and listen to the audio from our 'Ideas for your ISA' virtual Spring event on 16 March...
23 Mar 2022 Fifteen ideas for your ISA
Slides and audio from our event last week, featuring fund managers running money in every major market in the world...
04 Mar 2022 Results analysis: Ashoka India Equity
AIE has been the strongest trust in its peer group since launching in 2018…
10 Nov 2021 Fantastic growth funds (and where to find them)
We found them in India, Japan, frontier markets, healthcare and the global sector – and here they are…
10 Nov 2021 Slides and Audio: Ashoka India Equity
Download the presentation and listen to the audio from our 'Fantastic growth funds (and where to find them)' conference on 4 November...
27 Oct 2021 Fund Analysis
AIE has performed exceptionally well in its first three years…
13 Oct 2021 Beyond the Middle Kingdom
As momentum falters in the emerging markets powerhouse, we examine the options for investors outside China...
30 Sep 2021 Results analysis: Ashoka India Equity
AIE has reported another year of strong alpha generation…
31 Mar 2021 East End boys and West End girls
Our analysts debate whether the US or Asian stock markets will deliver the best returns over the next decade…
24 Mar 2021 Shoot to Thrill: ISA targets for long term growth
We all intend to invest for the long-term but can often be distracted by the news...
16 Mar 2021 Fund Analysis
AIE is far and away the top-performing India trust since it launched in July 2018…
08 Mar 2021 Results analysis: Ashoka India Equity
AIE has outperformed its benchmark over the last six months and is well positioned to continue delivering returns as the recovery in India gathers pace…
07 Oct 2020 Five ways to play Indian equities
India is struggling economically – but could there be a value opportunity in the stock market?
13 Aug 2020 Underground bangers
We look for hidden gems in the smaller end of the investment trust universe...
14 Jul 2020 Fund Analysis
AIE is the top-performing India specialist trust and is trading on a rare discount…
05 Jun 2020 Deep impact
Audio and presentations from our conference this week, where fifteen of the world's best fund managers described a profoundly altered investment landscape...
13 May 2020 Braving the new world
Join 15 of the UK's best known fund managers at the Kepler Trust Intelligence Virtual Summit to find out how they see the world after the pandemic...
05 Mar 2020 Don't panic: the case for investing in Asia this ISA season
We examine the relationship between stock market and GDP growth, before debating the case for an allocation to Asia...
29 Jan 2020 Fund Analysis
AIE offers a pure stock-picking portfolio of Indian equities with a unique fee structure…
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