Ashish Kacholia dumps Vadilal Industries
Yesterday was a dramatic day at Dalal Street.
The day started normally. After the early morning ablutions, the punters had lined up outside Shyam’s Tea Stall sipping kadak adrak chai and munching Gutka.
There was excited chatter about what stocks to punt on.
Suddenly, Ashish Kacholia appeared unannounced.
Normally, Kacholia has a distinguished and calm demeanour.
However, he now appeared distraught and anxious.
“Kisiko Vadilal Industries ka share chaiye kya?” he asked some punters loitering around.
“10% kat ke le lo,” he said, his eyes pleading.
“20% discount mein dete ho to bolo,” a boyish looking punter replied, trying to take advantage of the situation.
To everyone’s surprise, Kacholia meekly handed over his massive consignment of 362,305 shares representing 5% of Vadilal’s equity without batting an eyelid.
Naturally, the stock plunged like a stone and tripped the lower circuit of 20%.
Shares of Vadilal Industries hit fresh 52-week low of Rs 516.50, after investor Ashish Kacholia offloaded 5% of its equity shareholding in ice cream markethttps://t.co/Iu20hJ1bX3
— Business Standard (@bsindia) August 21, 2018
Vadilal Industries -20% today
Now we knw why!!!
Ashish kacholia sold Vadilal pic.twitter.com/svllpNWEBb
— Nigel D'Souza (@Nigel__DSouza) August 20, 2018
Porinju Veliyath comes rushing to scoop up some of the stock
Nowadays, Porinju is preoccupied with the Kerala flood rescue efforts.
He is spearheading the mobilization of funds and resources and inspiring his legion of 1.1 Million (11 lakh) followers to contribute their mite towards the noble cause.
Salute the unsung heroes of Kerala who have been doing 90% of the rescue operations and distribution food & other essentials – fishermen, local youth, volunteers, housing societies, caterers, truck/Jeep drivers, DYFI & RSS cadre. Almost all unaffected people are involved! pic.twitter.com/KYpRH6QiHS
— Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) August 18, 2018
Kerala will not be the same again, we will come out stronger! #GodsOwnCountry
— Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) August 19, 2018
However, no matter what the preoccupation may be, Porinju always keeps an eye on Dalal Street.
When he saw Vadilal Industries sinking, he rushed in and bought a chunk of 48,000 shares at Rs. 590.24 each.
#Vadilal Industries Ltd – FUND ACTION
ASHISH RAMCHANDRA KACHOLIA sells 3.06 lk shares @ Rs 612.18/-
EQ INDIA FUND buys 48000 shares @ Rs 590.24/-
— SONAM MEHTA (@sonamcnbcawaaz) August 21, 2018
Porinju’s valiant efforts were not enough to save the stock from hitting the lower circuit. However, it helped to some extent to soothe sentiments and prevent panic amongst Vadilal Industries’ hapless shareholders.
Second bout of selling
Today also, Ashish Kacholia landed at Dalal Street and dumped a chunk of 142,527 shares.
This sent the stock price spiraling downwards.
However, thereafter, some unknown entity launched an aggressive buying action to neutralize Kacholia’s selling action.
The stock was flat by the EOD.
Why did Ashish Kacholia unceremoniously dump Vadilal Industries?
Ashish Kacholia had earlier aggressively bought Vadilal Industries.
He bought the first tranche of 341,409 shares (including 110,279 shares in the name of Sushmita Ashish Kacholia) in the June 2015 quarter.
This was increased to 3,81,183 shares as of 31st March 2017.
The holding swelled to 5,18,432 shares as of 30th June 2018, representing 7.21% of the total equity.
According to some punters who investigated the matter, Ashish Kacholia appears to have been spooked by the unending dispute between the promoters of the Company.
The ET reported in December 2015, that Virendra Gandhi is bitterly opposed to Rajesh and Devanshu, his brother and cousin respectively, and has alleged that the duo have connived to oust him from the post of CMD and to take over the Company.
“Vadilal business faces meltdown as Gandhis battle for control in CLB,” the headline stated in a dramatic manner.
Later, in August 2017, VCC reported that the warring promoters have decided to settle the family feud out of court.
The ET reported further in November 2017 that the promoters are planning to sell their holding of 65% and exit the Company.
Naturally, this sparked speculation that a deep-pocketed MNC like Häagen-Dazs, HUL or Nestle would take over the Company and offer a buy-back to the minority shareholders.
However, nothing tangible has emerged so far and this may have frustrated Ashish Kacholia.
|VADILAL INDUSTRIES LTD – KEY FUNDAMENTALS|
|MARKET CAP||(Rs CR)||415|
|EPS – TTM||(Rs)||[*S]||28.84|
|LATEST DIVIDEND DATE||14 SEP 2017|
|BOOK VALUE / SHARE||(Rs)||[*S]||156.29|
[*C] Consolidated [*S] Standalone
|VADILAL INDUSTRIES LTD – FINANCIAL RESULTS|
|PARTICULARS (Rs CR)||JUN 2018||JUN 2017||% CHG|
(Source: Business Standard)
Vadilal gave 400% gain since recommendation by Ashish Chugh & Porinju Veliyath
Ashish Chugh was the first discoverer of Vadilal’s potential to give multibagger returns.
In July 2012, when the Company was still an unknown minnow, he recommended a buy.
The logic was flawless:
“There is a lot of unexplored potential here and Vadilal has got 18% market share. It’s a well recognized brand. The company has got significant manufacturing capacity and all that is available at a market cap of just about Rs 80 crore. The market cap looks too small given the operations of the company and given the expanding size of the market and the presence which the company has in this market, the stock has all ingredients of a potential multibagger.”
Porinju recommended a buy of Vadilal Industries in May 2015 during the crisis in Greece when all stocks had plunged amidst fears that the Country would go bankrupt and cause colossal losses to the World.
Thankfully, nothing of that sort happened. Instead, the crisis blew itself over and was soon forgotten.
In fact, Porinju had recommended three stocks during the Greece crises, namely, DCM, Balaji Amines and Vadilal Industries.
Each delivered magnificent multibagger gains.
Vadilal Ind doubled in a month, since I suggested in Bloomberg:https://t.co/PNMNontQmz
— Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) April 29, 2015
Wow..Vadilal at new historic high!
I will be on ET Now at 9.45 am
— Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) June 5, 2015
What about the balance shares held by Ashish Kacholia?
It is obvious from the events of the past two days that Kacholia is in no mood to hold on to his shares in Vadilal Industries.
Out of his holding of 5,18,432 shares as of 30th June, 5,04,832 have already been sold.
We can expect him to dump the balance 13,600 shares as well over the next few days.
Should we dive into the stock?
Novices normally rush in where angels fear to tread.
We then complain of burnt fingers.
This time, it is better if we tread with caution because Kacholia may know something sinister that the rest of the World is unaware of.
We can take a decision one way or the other after the September 2018 quarterly results are announced!