Sunday, February 6, 2011

Polaris software - Insiders accumulating

Polaris softwares has been witnessing unusually high volumes with upward price movement since last few days. On 4th Feb it went up 10% when the overall market was up only 1%. Then on 5th Feb it went up more than 2% when the overall market was down more than 2% and that too on a volume thrice as large as it witnessed the previous day with total number of shares traded close to 5 Million shares (around 5% of the company's equity).

Polaris usually declares an interim dividend in the first fortnight of February. This time it is expected to declare an interim dividend of Rs. 2.00 to 2.25 per share. But there seems to something else beside dividend which insiders knows but we are yet to know. If the cash and cash eqivalent of Rs. 508 crores is some kind of indication then following events might occur:

1. BUYBACK - The company is trading at a very low valuation of less than 8 times forward year earnings. Considering the attractively low valuation that company trades at and huge cash surplus that the company has, there is a reasonable probaility of a buyback announcement to part utilize the idle cash reserve and boost the investor's sentiment in the company.

2. Special Dividend - In terms of cash per share the company has approximately Rs 50/- Per share, more than 25% of the current market price of Rs 190/-. To reward the existing shareholder and boost investors confidence in the comapany a special dividend cannot be ruled out.

3. Bonus - In such a depressed market condition and lower valuation that company is trading at, a bonus issue is also a possibility to lift the investors confidence in the company.

It is to be noted that above events are just a possibility and might not occur. The above scenarious are built based on the high trading interest witnessed in the stock in last few trading seesions.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Indian Bank stocks - Injured by the tripple edged sword

During upside banking sector in general outperformed SENSEX and NIFTY by wide margin and at the peak their weightage in the indexex went to as high as 30% which was clearly non sustainable because of two major reasons, one was obviously the overvaluation and other was the overownership.

98 out of 100 people were bullish and invested in one or the other bank stocks and analysts were busy defending the relative valuation of the bank stocks they were invested in inspite of the fact that on absolute terms all of them were trading at the upper end of their lifetime valuation. When we chase something blindly we tend forget the basic principles of investing again and again. Interest rate has been continously rising since last 1 year and by the sheer nature of the banking business rising interest rates are fatal for them. The credit growth slows down, NPAs start cropping in and the bond prices come down which reduces their treasury profits. So a rising interest rates acts like a tripple edged sword for banks. Every cyclical business should be avoided when the cycle is about to turn. With rising interest rate the interest rate sensitive sectors such as Banks & Auto were clearly sell but inspite of that fact analysts kept on recommending both to the investors and they have burnt their fingers badly.

Investors should avoid bottom fishing the bank stocks at this point as the march quarter is going to be the first quarter of painful result. The price correction might stall after 10 to 15% fall from current levels for large banks but the time correction is due. The interest rate cycle will take at least one year to top out and thus the ideal time to look at quality bank stocks would be at least 6 months from now. The investors then should have the investment horizon of at least 2 years to get some meaningfull return.

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