Edelweiss Small Cap Fund : Review

Edelweiss Mutual Fund has launched a new fund Edelweiss Small Cap Fund. The NFO opened for subscription on January 18 and will close on February 1, 2019. The last one year has been very difficult for small-cap stocks with the Nifty Small Cap 250 Index falling 28% in 2018. Deep corrections, however, create attractive investment opportunities and this may be an exciting time for investing in small-cap stocks.

Key NFO Features

NFO Period:

January 18 to February 1, 2019

Exit Load:

If units are redeemed or switched out before 365 days – 1%, if units are redeemed or switched out after 365 days – Nil


Switches from equity schemes and other schemes – Feb1, 2019; till cut off time

Minimum Investment Amount:

Rs.5,000/- ( plus in multiple of Re. 1)

Fund Manager:

Harish Patwardhan

Benchmark Index:

Nifty Small Cap 250 Total Returns Index

Why Small Cap?

Small Cap stocks usually outperform large-cap stocks over long investment horizon. In the last 15 years, the BSE Small-Cap Index rose 16.5 times, while the BSE Sensex (index of the largest 30 stocks by market cap) rose 11.3 times. Even in a mature market like the US, small-cap stocks have outperformed large cap in the last 15 years.

small vs global

Over long tenors, fundamentals have driven small-cap performance. Quality small-cap stocks have delivered stronger earnings per share growth compared to their large-cap counterparts. Stronger earnings growth leads to small-cap outperformance in the long term.

The average number of analysts covering large-caps is 30 and mid-caps is 15. Small-caps are relatively under-researched. Out of 870 stocks in BSE Small-cap Index. 210 stocks are not covered by any analyst 398 stocks are covered by less than 5 analysts. This gives fund manager an edge in spotting good businesses early and generate higher alpha.

The universe of stocks in large and mid-cap segments has shrunk post-SEBI’s mutual fund scheme categorization. While there are only 100 stocks in large-cap and 150 stocks in midcap segments, there are more than 2,500 stocks in the small-cap segment. The broader investment opportunity in the small-cap segment may increasingly lead fund managers to invest in these stocks to create alphas. Higher demand for small caps can benefit small cap investors. Edelweiss estimates that over Rs 1 Lakh crore can flow into the small-cap segment (see chart below).


Small caps have a strong presence in certain industry sectors with high growth potential, where large and midcap stocks have a much smaller presence, e.g. chemical companies, staffing companies etc. Investors can leverage the growth potential of these sectors by investing in small caps.

Why invest in small cap now?

Historical data shows that deep corrections provided attractive investment opportunities in the small-cap segment. When the Nifty Small Cap 250 Index fell by 20 to 30% in the past, the subsequent 5-year average CAGR was around 14%. When the small-cap index fell by 10 to 20%, it gave 15% CAGR returns in the next 5 years.

Over the past 1 year, 78% of small-cap stocks have corrected by more than 30% from their peaks and 25% small cap stocks have fallen more than 50% from the peaks. Going by historical evidence this may provide attractive investment opportunities.


small industrial

Historical data shows that small caps bounce back stronger after underperforming large caps (see the chart below). The relative underperformance of small cap in 2018 has been the most severe in the last 10 years, signalling attractive investment opportunities in this segment now.

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Sharp price cuts improve risk-return trade-off for quality stocks (stocks which deliver strong EPS growth). The price correction in quality small-cap stocks over the past 1 year is likely to improve the risk-reward in their favor.

Why invest in Edelweiss Small Cap Fund?

The fund has a unique portfolio allocation strategy to ensure performance consistency.

The fund manager will invest in 4 different buckets – strategic (core portfolio for buy and hold), tactical (to leverage cyclical opportunities), options (high risk/return) and defensive (to provide stability).

The fund will focus on liquidity (to reduce impact cost), diversification (to manage concentration and liquidity risk) and rigorous quality check (management quality and earnings visibility).

The fund manager (Harish Patwardhan) has a long and successful investment track record. Edelweiss Midcap Fund managed by Mr Patwardhan has outperformed its benchmark index across different time-scales; 23% annualized returns in the last 5 years.

Complete Factsheet of Harish Patwardhan

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The fund manager will follow a process driven investment approach backed by in-depth research capabilities of the AMC.

Who should invest?

Patience: Investors who want to invest for more than 5 years and can be patient during volatile markets.


Risk Appetite: Investors who have higher risk appetite and want aggressive
portfolio allocation.

Asset Allocation: Investors who are looking to invest in small-caps
as a part of asset allocation

Reduce timing risk through STeP :

Though small stocks have corrected sharply over the past 12 months, further corrections cannot be ruled out. Edelweiss’ STeP investment facility available with this NFO will enable you to invest systematically in the fund in staggered based on price and time triggers.

If you opt for STeP, 20% of your subscription amount will be invested in the Small Cap Fund and the balance in the Edelweiss Liquid Fund. The investment in the liquid fund will be transferred to the Small Cap Fund in 4 instalments on monthly dips. Each transfer will be triggered if there is a 3% correction in the small-cap index or the last date of the month if the trigger is not hit during the month. The STeP facility will allow you to take advantage of volatility when investing in a lump sum.

“Investing is the intersection of economics and psychology.” – Seth Klarman


Note: Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks read all scheme related documents carefully.


No financial information whatsoever published anywhere here should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or as advice to do so in any way whatsoever. All matter published here is purely for educational and information purposes only and under no circumstances should be used for making investment decisions. Readers must consult a qualified financial advisor before making any actual investment decisions, based on information published here.

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