Hefty salaries + hefty ESOPs
We have to compliment Prashant Jain and his colleagues with HDFC Mutual Fund for their brilliant bargaining abilities.
First, they negotiated massive salaries for themselves from the Mutual Fund.
According to a top-secret investigation conducted by the sleuths of ET in 2016, Milind Barve received an annual salary of Rs. 6.25 crore while Prashant Jain received an annual salary of Rs. 6.16 crore.
The fund managers with the other mutual funds such as Sundeep Sikka and Sunil Singhania of Reliance Mutual Fund and Nimesh Shah of ICICI Prudential also received commensurate hefty salaries.
However, Milind Barve and Prashant Jain outsmarted their peers in other mutual funds by cleverly asking HDFC Mutual Fund to grant them stock options.
Obviously, at the time that the ESOPs were granted, nobody would have thought that they were worth much given that the AMC was then an unlisted entity.
The ESOPs were granted generously by the management, without much thought or nit-picking.
ESOPs are now worth a mind-boggling fortune
It is unbelievable that upon the listing of HDFC AMC a few days ago, the ESOPs have now blossomed into a massive fortune.
According to a report in the ET, the present worth of the ESOPs is as follows:
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Milind Barve rules the roost with a massive gain of Rs. 189 crore, followed by Prashant Jain at Rs. 161 crore.
Shobhit Mehrotra and Chirag Setalvad come third and fourth respectively with gains of 65 crore and 58 crore.
Shyamali Basu, the solitary lady stock-picker in the elite list, pocketed Rs. 48 crore.
Kiran Kaushik is at the bottom of the barrel. However, his take-home of Rs. 33.40 crore is also massive by any standards.
Well deserved gains
We cannot grudge Milind Barve, Prashant Jain and the other honchos their spectacular gains because they have tirelessly worked to transform HDFC AMC into the behemoth that it is today.
According to the ET, HDFC AMC is India’s most profitable fund house.
It made a colossal profit of Rs 722 crore for the year ended March 2018 and ranks No. 2 by assets under management in the local mutual fund industry.
The Assets under management (AUM) stands at a mammoth sum of Rs 3.06 lakh crore at the end of June 2018.
No doubt, credit for this spectacular success will have to be given to Prashant Jain and his colleagues in the AMC.
Billionaire Nirmal Jain, who single-handed built the IIFL empire, complimented the honchos of the AMC for their well-deserved gains.
Milind Barve and his team’s hard work, in building a robust business and No1 brand, for 18 years is getting recognised today! Congratulations and best wishes Milind https://t.co/VPNsIecASs
— Nirmal Jain (@JainNirmal) August 6, 2018
Prashant Jain’s net worth is now in excess of Rs. 300 crore?
In August 2015, I had pointed out that Prashant Jain’s net worth was about Rs. 100 crore.
I arrived at this figure after painstakingly collating the various investments made by Prashant Jain in HDFC Mutual Fund itself based on a report in ET.
It is elementary that if the net worth stood at Rs. 100 crore in August 2015 and if Rs. 161 crore is added to it by way of the ESOPs, the present net worth is conservatively in excess of Rs. 300 crore.
No doubt, Prashant Jain enjoys the stature of “Ultra HNI” and is at the same level as Dolly Khanna, Vijay Kedia etc.
Investors also rake in massive gains from IPOs
The best part is that even novices who rode on the broad shoulders of Milind Barve and Prashant Jain have effortlessly raked in massive gains.
The IPO of HDFC AMC was offered at Rs. 1100.
On the very first day of listing, the stock opened at Rs. 1738, translating into a massive gain of 58% for the lucky allottees.
— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) August 6, 2018
stellar listing ?
stock above 1800
if u got it keep it dnt sell ?
if u have 2 lots then sell one n keep one ☺️
if u have nothing..feel sad for urself ?
— SONAM MEHTA (@sonamcnbcawaaz) August 6, 2018
In fact, such was the demand for the stock that the issue was oversubscribed 83 times and received bids worth Rs. 1.71 lakh crore as against the offering of a paltry Rs. 2,800 crore of equity.
It is notable that the massive gain is not confined to the HDFC AMC IPO.
There are several other IPOs where investors have effortlessly raked in gains in excess of 100% such as Astron Paper (128 per cent), Salasar Technology (140 per cent) and Billionaire Radhakishan Damani’s Avenue Supermarts (103 per cent).
Is HDFC AMC a good investment even now?
Prima facie, HDFC AMC is a no-brainer investment opportunity.
According to the ET, there is tremendous scope for growth in India’s nascent mutual fund industry. The country’s mutual fund AUM as a percentage of GDP is mere 11 per cent, compared with the world average of 62 per cent, showing tremendous growth potential.
It is also pointed out that, India’s mutual fund equity AUM as a percentage of market capitalisation is mere 4 per cent compared with 42 per cent in the US and 27 per cent in the UK.
It is also emphasized that low penetration, high profitability, a well-diversified suite of products, a strong distribution network, and strong financials make HDFC AMC a preferred choice for investors.
Udayan Mukherjee also gave HDFC AMC a clean chit and opined that the asset management theme is an excellent theme in the long term.
On #HDFCAMC listing, @CNBCTV18Live's consulting editor, Udayan Mukherjee tells @moneycontrolcom's @sant0nair, asset management theme is an excellent theme in the long term. It's a cyclical business; will have its ups and downs
— moneycontrol (@moneycontrolcom) August 7, 2018
However, Varinder Bansal, the authority on holding companies and SME stocks, issued the timely caution that we have to be wary about valuations and not get carried away.
Trust HDFC group/ HDFC AMC but don’t loose sight of valuations. As they say “Trust God but lock your car” ? https://t.co/HWE5ngFTCc
— Varinder Bansal (@varinder_bansal) August 6, 2018
SP Tulsian is also diffident about HDFC AMC in the light of its exorbitant valuations.
With today's hdfc Amc stock listing today I expect a strong trend in other listed Amc players like Reliance Nippon and Aditya Birla Capital stocks
Its likely that these stocks can also see a sharp uptrend today
So keep a watch here guys
— Avinash Gorakshakar (@AvinashGoraksha) August 6, 2018
Taking a cue from the experts, we cannot dive into HDFC AMC straightaway because of its lofty valuations. Instead, we will have to keep a hawk eye on the stock and tuck into it slowly and steadily whenever there is a meaningful correction!