SBI Bluechip Fund: Is It Robust Enough?   Feb 08, 2018


The S&P BSE Sensex crashed over 800 points in a day, post budget, and another 900 points in the first two trading session this week, losing atleast 5% of investor’s wealth. Such a fall is usual for a mid and small cap index, but seeing the larger market index collapsing like a house of cards is actually a nail biting event for any equity investor.

Large cap funds are considered to add the stabilizing factor in one’s equity mutual funds portfolio. But can you rely on them indeed, after such a crash? Well, you can, only if you have studied them well.

Let us have a look at one of the blue-eyed boys in the large cap funds category – The SBI Bluechip Fund. SBI Bluechip is one such large cap fund in the stable of SBI Mutual Fund. It aims to invest in stocks of bluechip companies, suitable for long term capital growth. Bluechip companies are typically large businesses, with substantial market share & leadership in their respective industries. They historically have shown successful growth, high visibility and reach, good credit ratings and greater brand equity amongst the public. Investing in such companies brings relative consistency to a portfolio.

Launched in January 2006, SBI Bluechip Fund holds a track of well over a decade now. The fund remained subdued during its initial years, but over time, it has matured enough to deliver superior returns at a much lower volatility as compared to the benchmark S&P BSE 100. SBI Bluechip’s turnaround performance has come under its fund manager Ms. Sohini Andani, who took over the reins of this fund in September 2010. The fund has not looked back since then. Her adherence to picking stable and high growth companies has helped SBI Bluechip Fund sail through market volatility without compromising on growth.

Its success in terms of creating substantial wealth for its investors, has clearly made it popular among investors over the last few years. The fund has grown substantially in the last 5 years, where its AUM has increased from just around Rs. 750 crores (in December 2013) to Rs. 17,869 crores (as of December 2018).

A point to note is that, despite being a large cap fund, the scheme holds flexibility to invest up to 20% of its assets in mid-cap stocks. This opportunistic allocation strategy allows investors to benefit from a mix of stability and growth. The fund dynamically varies the allocation to mid-caps depending on the market outlook and prevailing valuations.

In this brief analysis, PersonalFN takes a close look at the features and performance of SBI Bluechip Fund.

Investment Objective of SBI Bluechip Fund

The investment objective of SBI Bluechip Fund is to provide investors with opportunities for long-term growth in capital through an active management of investments in a diversified basket of equity stocks of companies whose market capitalization is atleast equal to or more than the least market capitalised stock of BSE 100 Index.

Currently, the fund is predominantly large cap with opportunistic allocations to high conviction midcaps (up to 20%).

SBI Bluechip Fund Details

Fund Facts
Category Diversified Style Blend
Type Open ended Market Cap Bias Large cap
Launch Date 20-Jan-2006 SI Return (CAGR) 11.61%
Corpus (Cr) Rs 17,869 Min./Add. Inv. Rs 5,000 / Rs 1,000
Expense Ratio (Dir/Reg) 1.12% / 1.97% Exit Load 1% if less than 1 Yr
Data as on December 31, 2017. SI Return as on February 07, 2018.
(Source: ACE MF)

Under normal circumstances, SBI Bluechip Fund will aim to have…

  • An exposure of atleast 70% of its investments in the equity stocks, preferably from the large cap universe.
  • 0% - 10% in Foreign Securities /ADRs/ GDRs.
  • 0% - 30% in debt and money market instruments.

Growth Of Rs 10,000, If Invested In SBI Bluechip Fund 5 Years Back

L&T-Emerging-BusinessesYTD as on February 07, 2018 (Source: ACE MF)

SBI Bluechip Fund has been able to maintain a significant outperformance over the benchmark at that too much lower volatility. Had you invested Rs 10,000 in the fund 5 year back, it would have grown to Rs 22,556 (CAGR: 17.66%) at present, as compared to Rs 18,085 (CAGR 12.57% p.a.) in its benchmark S&P BSE 100 index. (Calculated as on February 07, 2018)

As can be seen in the graph, SBI Bluechip Fund's performance has been exceptionally well as compared to the benchmark returns in the upside market rally, that began in 2014. It has not only generated significant alpha for its investors during upside market rallies, but has also managed to limit downsides during market corrections.

SBI Bluechip Fund: Year-on-Year Performance

Over the last decade, SBI Bluechip Fund has largely outperformed the benchmark S&P BSE 100. It has done so, in 7 out of the 9 full calendar years considered. The margin of outperformance in CY 2014 and 2015 was quite substantial, where the fund outperformed the benchmark by an absolute margin of 15% and 11% respectively. However, in the YTD performance of CY 2018, the fund has trailed the benchmark. Notably, it trailed the benchmark in CY 2017 too. While some investors may be disappointed with the short-term performance of the fund, it has definitely created wealth for its long-term investors.

Year-on-Year-PerformanceYTD as on February 07, 2018 (Source: ACE MF) )

SBI Bluechip Fund: Performance Vis-à-vis Category Peers

Rolling Period Returns
Scheme Name Corpus
(Rs Cr)
1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 5 Year Std. Dev Sharpe
Kotak Select Focus Fund 17,040.6 27.89 16.88 19.30 21.50 12.97 0.14
Axis Focused 25 Fund   2,623.0 29.53 16.21 17.20 18.16 14.22 0.16
Franklin India Prima Plus Fund 12,265.8 20.23 12.27 16.85 19.45 11.65 0.11
SBI BlueChip Fund 17,869.5 19.88 13.05 16.53 19.57 11.74 0.13
MOSt Focused 25 Fund 945.0 25.44 12.35 16.20 -- 13.20 0.09
DSPBR Focus 25 Fund   3,206.4 20.64 11.70 15.79 17.05 13.87 0.08
Reliance Top 200 Fund   7,169.7 27.04 12.85 15.28 18.27 13.78 0.11
Aditya Birla SL Frontline Equity Fund 20,702.2 22.55 13.46 14.70 18.64 12.43 0.10
Aditya Birla SL Top 100 Fund   3,930.0 23.29 13.44 14.56 18.74 12.40 0.09
ICICI Pru Focused Bluechip Equity Fund 16,538.7 24.19 13.68 13.78 17.18 12.21 0.11
Kotak 50   1,411.9 19.51 10.86 13.71 15.81 12.56 0.07
BNP Paribas Equity Fund   1,011.3 20.42 9.54 13.63 17.53 13.77 0.06
IDBI India Top 100 Equity Fund 441.5 19.96 10.11 13.54 16.56 13.07 0.04
Invesco India Business Leaders Fund 136.9 18.94 10.60 13.51 16.10 12.06 0.09
UTI Top 100 Fund 999.5 22.92 11.36 13.50 15.71 13.12 0.08
ICICI Pru Top 100 Fund   3,166.7 24.93 15.21 13.30 16.98 12.25 0.10
Indiabulls Blue Chip Fund 975.6 23.61 13.43 13.28 13.93 14.47 0.10
Franklin India Bluechip Fund   8,651.8 18.74 11.37 13.22 14.87 11.59 0.08
DHFL Pramerica Large Cap Fund 393.1 19.98 10.63 12.95 16.22 12.18 0.06
IDFC Focused Equity Fund   1,143.8 35.32 15.53 12.94 13.89 14.01 0.13
SBI Magnum Equity Fund   2,153.6 16.86 10.64 12.94 15.46 12.19 0.05
Edelweiss Large Cap Advantage Fund 134.4 20.45 10.00 12.59 15.88 12.91 0.06
Principal Large Cap Fund 321.9 22.18 12.09 12.57 15.72 13.18 0.07
Reliance Focused Large Cap Fund   1,359.7 23.23 10.47 12.49 16.38 13.81 0.07
HDFC Top 200 Fund 15,821.4 26.76 13.99 12.40 15.90 15.10 0.07
S&P BSE 100 22.02 11.00 10.10 13.27 12.98 0.05
Returns are on a rolling basis and those depicted over 1-Yr are compounded annualised.
Data as on February ,07 2018
(Source: ACE MF)

SBI Bluechip Fund has delivered superior returns over longer rolling periods of 3 years and 5 years, where it has outpaced the benchmark by a margin of over 6 percent points. Moreover, it has been among the top performers in the large cap funds category. The fund's Standard Deviation of 11.74 depicts that its performance has come at a lower volatility, while its Risk Adjusted Return (Sharpe Ratio) is one of the highest in the category.

Investment Strategy of SBI Bluechip Fund

SBI Bluechip Fund is mandated to invest a minimum 70% of its portfolio in equity. While the fund is predominantly large-cap biased, it does make opportunistic allocations to mid-caps. Large-caps form over 80% of the portfolio, while mid-caps command a weightage of up to 20%. The fund defines large-caps as those stocks that have a market capitalisation that is equal to or more than the market capitalisation of the last stock of BSE 100 Index. This also means that the fund's investment universe is not limited to stocks from the BSE 100 index, but it is free to invest in a stock that is not a part of the BSE 100.

While identifying stocks for the fund's portfolio, the fund manager aims to invest in large companies with an established business presence, good reputation, solid brand equity and are possibly market leaders in their industries with less uncertainty in top-line and bottom-line growth. The investment team also aims to keep an eye on consistency in management performance, change in leadership and key management decisions that can affect the outlook of the business.

SBI Bluechip Fund – Top Portfolio Holdings
Top 10 Stocks
Stocks % of Assets
HDFC Bank Ltd. 7.92
Larsen & Toubro Ltd. 4.33
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. 3.10
Nestle India Ltd. 3.02
ITC Ltd. 2.64
HPCL 2.64
Bharat Electronics Ltd. 2.57
State Bank Of India 2.55
Hindalco Industries Ltd. 2.39
IndusInd Bank Ltd. 2.39
Top 5 Sectors

Top 5 Sectors
Holdings (in %) as on December 31, 2017
(Source: ACEMF)

SBI Bluechip Fund usually holds about 50-60 stocks in its portfolio. As on December 31, 2017, the fund had invested in 61 stocks. The top 10 stocks account for around 33.5% of the portfolio, while the top 5 sectors had a total weight of 53.7%. The weightage to stocks is reasonably spread out with just one stock—HDFC Bank, having an allocation of over 5%. SBI Bluechip Fund's portfolio is heavy weight on stocks in the Banking and Financial sector, followed by Auto, Engineering and Consumption. It held significant exposure in Pharma, Petroleum, Cement, Chemicals and I.T. among core sectors that usually exist in the fund's portfolio.

SBI Bluechip Fund - Portfolio Allocation and Market Capitalisation Trends

Portfolio Allocation and MarketHoldings (in %) as on December 31, 2017
(Source: ACEMF)

SBI Bluechip Fund has maintained an allocation of 70%-85% in large-cap stocks. The funds allocation to large caps increased gradually over the last one year. As against 70% in January 2017, the funds large cap exposure stood at around 83% in December 2017. On the other hand, its mid cap holdings have been within the 15% mark. The cash and debt component had peaked to around 18% in January 2017, and had eased below 10% in the last disclosed portfolio as of December 2017.

Suitability of SBI Bluechip Fund

SBI Bluechip is a diligently managed large-cap fund that stands out on multiple fronts. Led by an experienced stock-picker, the funds consistent performance is backed by a stable process and steady fund management team. With opportunistic exposure to midcaps, SBI Bluechip Fund may have been more aggressive than most large-cap funds, but this has not translated in to a higher volatility in returns. Hence, the fund has effectively managed risk. Large-cap funds have the potential to hold their ground and offer stability in a sliding market and thus are suitable for investors looking for stability along with long-term growth.

Note: This write up is for information purpose and not a recommendation to buy or sell the mutual fund scheme. As an investor, you need to pick the right fund to meet your financial goals. If you are not sure about your risk appetite, do consult your investment consultant/advisor.

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