Best Long Term Stocks to Buy now in India

Last Updated – December 2020

Best Long-term Stocks to Buy now in India

In this article, we will cover,
– How to Invest in stocks for the long term
– Summary Table of Best Long Term Stocks to Buy now in India
– Assess the Sector/Industry Segment of the Company
– Detailed profile, pros and cons of stocks in the model portfolio
– Video from our team on how you can select the Best Long-term Stocks
– Model Portfolio
– A detailed table with various parameters for Best Long-term Stocks to buy

Invest in stocks for the long term

Investors are often advised to invest in stocks for the long term so as to reap benefits of compounded growth. The power of compounding is an important concept one needs to understand to really appreciate the benefits of long term investing. Compounding is similar to a multiplier effect since the interest that is earned by the initial capital also earns interest, the value of the investment grows at a multiplicative rate rather than an additive rate. The higher the rate of return, the steeper the curve of growth and wealth creation. To give an example, an investment of just Rs 1,00,000 in year 1 at 10%, invested for 20 years can compound to Rs 6,72,750, giving a phenomenal return of 672% on capital.

Companies run with the objective of primarily earning profits and they strive to continuously grow these profits further. However, in the process, it is the various strategies and decisions taken by them which mold their path to growth. This factor is what differentiates the good companies from the bad ones, the profitable from the unprofitable. The profitable ones generate significant returns for their shareholders. Growth of a company comes not only with scale but with efficiency in operations and this is a gradual process. Strategies taken by the management make or break the path for growth and as investors we must always study a company’s business model. It is also essential to have a macro perspective while running a business and keep in mind various factors such as government policy, interest rates, stakeholder claims (including debt and equity holders) among others.

The next part involves assessing the industry in which the company lies. An investor should assess how the industry will shape up to analyse if there will be sufficient demand for the company’s growth in the future. For example: a dominant theme that has seen phenomenal growth is the FMCG sector. India is a developing nation with strong growth prospects primarily driven by infrastructure and human capital development along with urbanization in the country. As the country experienced growth in disposable income, the share of processed food consumption grew and companies such as Britannia benefited. If an investor had invested in Britannia at Rs 196 per share in 2010, he would have received 1940% returns in a matter of 10 years. This is the power of compounding. So if the industry is expected to grow, the company in that sector with strong fundamentals will also prosper if all cards fall on the table. The company still continues to grow on their capability and efficient profitability as India continues to flourish on this theme. Another successful growth story has been that of HDFC Bank. The financial sector has seen robust growth in the country with the penetration of banking. As banking grew and became formalized, banking stocks saw heavy inflows and grew exponentially. HDFC Bank was a part of this rally with an upward moving trend in its charts. Its revenues have moved from Rs 16,314 crore in 2010 to Rs 1,22,189 crore in 2020, a growth of about 25% CAGR while the stock has moved from Rs 210 per share to Rs 1,035 per share, growing by about 500% over 10 years, excluding dividends given by the company. These are examples of how a company grows gradually to generate strong returns for its shareholders and as an investor you must patiently be a part of this entire rally disregarding the smaller ups and downs. Hence, when a company establishes its business and grows, its stock value increases, thereby rewarding the shareholders who stick with the company for the longer term.

Summary Table of Best Long Term Stocks to Buy now in India

COMPANY NAME NSE CODE BSE CODE CMP (4th Dec, 2020) INDUSTRY RATING M-CAP (INR CR)
Caplin Point Labs CAPPL 524742 ₹492.75 Pharmaceuticals 0.5 ₹3,786.00
Marico MARICO 531642 ₹395.05 Personal Products 4 ₹53,580.00
Avanti Feeds AVANTI 512573 ₹536.80 Other Food Products 3 ₹7,419.00
Tata Metaliks TATAMETALI 513434 ₹606.40 Iron & Steel 1 ₹1,837.00
HCL Technologies HCLTECH 532281 ₹858.50 IT Consulting 4 ₹2,33,986.00
Bajaj Auto BAJAJAUTO 532977 ₹3,311.40 2 & 3 Wheelers 4.5 ₹96,291.00
KEI Industries KEI 517569 ₹430.15 Electric Equipment and Products 0.5 ₹3,782.00
Polycab India POLYCAB 542652 ₹1,000.60 Electric Equipment and Products 1 ₹15,489.00
Coromandel International COROMANDEL 506395 ₹791.50 Fertilisers 2 ₹23,218.00
Mphasis MPHASIS 526299 ₹1,334.90 IT Consulting 3 ₹24,570.00
KEC International KEC 532714 ₹361.90 Heavy Electrical Equipment 0.5 ₹9,435.00
Alembic Pharma APLLTD 533573 ₹1,012.35 Pharmaceuticals 3 ₹21,342.00
Bharti Infratel INFRATEL 534816 ₹237.35 Telecom Services 1 ₹65,999.00
Huhtamaki PPL HUHTAMAKI 509820 ₹308.60 Containers & Packaging 1 ₹2,312.00
Oracle Financial Services Software OFSS 532466 ₹3,042.30 IT Consulting 3 ₹26,935.00
ITC ITC 500875 ₹198.20 Cigarettes & FMCG 5 ₹2,66,158.00
Tata Elxsi TATAELXSI 500408 ₹1,669.80 IT Software 3 ₹10,001.00
Dixon Technologies DIXON 540699 ₹11,382.15 Consumer Electronics 0.5 ₹14,790.00
Hindustan Aeronautics HAL 541154 ₹842.65 Aerospace 1 ₹28,650.00
APL Apollo Tubes APLAPOLLO 533758 ₹3,708.60 Iron & Steel 0.5 ₹9,167.00

Assess the Sector/Industry Segment of the Company

An investor needs to first look at the sector the company currently conducts its business in. This is crucial to understand as the sector which has strong growth potential can offer higher growth of value to the investor. Strong growth potential can come from having scope to either expand or penetrate further into the market or both. If the sector also provides more headroom for increased pricing over time as it expands, that will only benefit companies further. An investor should also assess the number of participants in the sector and the intensity of the competition to determine the growth opportunities and threats it might face going forward..

There are industries which have low barriers to entry wherein it is easy to set up a business and compete. If the industry size itself has high growth potential, a larger number of players can profitably coexist. An example of this is the FMCG industry where there are a large number of competitors offering a wide range of products yet the scope of penetration and expansion is high enough for multiple companies to co-exist profitably. On the other hand, in a mature, low-growth industry, even a small number of players can have a huge impact on their competitors’ profitability. Companies in intensely competitive industries will experience greater pressure on their profit margins. Hence, the more preferable option is to look for those companies that rise up the ranks to become one of the top players in the given sector, can navigate well in the sector and ensure strong financials despite the competition. Also, look for companies for whom growth potential exists in the form of moving up the value chain in the low growth sector. For example: Telecom companies moving from voice offerings to data and related services  has not only generated a new revenue stream, but has also expanded the overall sector and various other opportunities. Look for companies which are able to build sustainable competitive advantages against other players in the sector. Companies in high-growth industries tend to have better prospects than those in mature industries. In the end, one must consider that an industry with large opportunity is also likely to attract more competition. The balance between the two contrasting factors of industry potential and competitive intensity must be assessed to determine the opportunity available.

Industry Potential to Provide Value

An investor needs to assess the position of the company in the supply chain of its industry and whether it can generate enough value between its inputs and outputs to fuel growth. It is the value of the manufacturing and marketing processes that a company uses to convert raw materials into a finished product that it sells under its brand name to the final consumer as it adds value to the product/service it sells. For example: oil marketing companies usually don’t have a large markup over their oil prices which are highly correlated to global prices and government regulations, thereby making it a volume game and not one that adds much value on a per unit sale. A company’s profitability increases as it moves up the value-addition chain.

Level of Regulation And Dependency

Investors need to check the level of regulation that goes into a given sector. The primary reason for regulation is to protect the consumer and the government’s interests over that of the company. This results in value erosion as the benefits that would have come to the company are transferred over to the consumer and the government, leaving very little for the company’s shareholders. An example of this is the coal industry in India. The industry has been under heavy regulation regarding mining and pricing and was monopolistic with mining rights given to Coal India only. Another example is of the power utility companies regulated by the government. These companies cannot earn excess returns above stipulated limits. Industries such as consumer goods, automobiles, paints and electrical items can be easily produced and sold in India without any significant government regulation. Higher the regulatory handle, higher is the regulatory risk as such businesses’ revenues and profits are, to a certain extent, in control of the government and can affect value generation and growth adversely.

Dependence on The Economic Cycle

The economy of any country moves in cycles which is cumulative of all other industry cycles. As GDP grows, so does production, employment and incomes of consumers which results in the rise of demand for products. Similarly, when GDP growth slows or falls, it results in the fall of production, employment and incomes. Sectors such as airlines, cement, metals, infrastructure, housing, banking and finance are examples of cyclical industries. Industries such as consumer staples, information technology and pharmaceuticals are comparatively immune to economic cycles thereby weathering through down cycle stress for an industry. Given their relative resistance to economic cycles, these sectors are relatively more stable financial performers and investors are usually willing to assign premium valuations to these firms for their stability. Lower dependence on the economic cycles also means that the companies do not come under stress when the economy faces a downturn and thereby provide some hedge to the portfolio from such downturns.

Return Generation for Shareholders

To assess this aspect, an investor needs to calculate certain ratios to determine the return generation as well as the quality of earnings. One such ratio is the ROCE which indicates the efficiency with which the company utilizes its capital and the return it generates on that capital. While this ratio is a good indicator, it should be used in conjunction with the cost of capital to determine the net return earned by the company. Another ratio to look at is the ROE which tells an investor how much of the profit is attributable to the shareholder and the quantum by which it grows the value of the company. This ratio is to be assessed in conjunction with the Cost of Equity. The higher the ROE is over the COE, the better it is. Also assess the Operating Cash Flow/EBITDA which allows investors to ascertain a company’s ability to convert operating profits into operating cash flows. A low ratio may be indicative of aggressive revenue recognition practices.

Management Quality

Among the most important factors in evaluating a business is the quality of its management. Efficient management teams will not only see through the various challenges facing an industry and navigate through them, but also transform their business models towards more attractive industries and higher growth of value of the business. Assess whether the board of directors and the management are different from each other as the BOD is responsible for larger company decisions while the management is engaged in the daily activities. Hence, the process of running a company involves balancing relationships and interests between the board, the promoters, the management, minority shareholders, auditors as well as other stakeholders. The efficient handling of this balance indicates the strength of corporate governance. The higher and better the standards of corporate governance are, the better protected the minority shareholders of the company are and can be assured that the management will act for the benefit of shareholders. This can be ascertained by going through the annual report.

While there are many other factors which are to be assessed by investors, the above-mentioned ones are key factors to assess and find long term wealth builders.

Detailed profile, pros and cons of stocks in the model portfolio:

Caplin Point Labs

The Indian pharmaceuticals market is in a good space and has the characteristics that make it unique. Firstly, branded generics dominate this making up for 70 to 80 percent of the retail market. Secondly, local players have enjoyed a dominant position driven by formulation development capabilities and early investments. Third, price levels are low driven by intense competition. While India ranks tenth globally in terms of value, it is ranked third in volumes. These characteristics present their own opportunities and challenges for pharma companies. While the ongoing pandemic has provided huge opportunities for pharma, another factor is the development of domestic pharma demand. Pharma companies are well equipped with expertise and scale and as the demand for pharma stocks picks up, these companies stand to benefit from their growth by a great deal.

Caplin Point Labs is one such company in this sector which is engaged in the business of producing and selling generic pharmaceutical products both domestically and overseas markets. The pharmaceutical company currently produces medicines and sells largely to overseas developed markets such as the USA, China, Europe and others which are large consumers of medicines. The company’s API and formulation R&D would help it address multi-tier products including simple and complex molecules with competitive firewall to block a new entrant of their size in the markets for a fairly long period. It has a R&D/sales ratio of 9% which is higher than its peers and is crucial for pharma companies as higher R&D spends can help companies discover/improve current molecules and other offerings, which can help in improving its market share.

On financials, the company has been generating strong operating margins ranging between 30-35% over 2016-20 and has also been growing its operating cash flows by 11% CAGR over the same period. Caplin Point has delivered a 5-year average ROE of 47.8% over 2016-20 which is strong among peers (industry average ROE stands at 23.7%) while the 5-year average ROCE stands at 61% for the same period. On valuations, the company trades at a P/E ratio of 16.8x which values it attractively given the industry average P/E currently stands at 30.6x.

On risks, the pharma business involves high amounts of regulation and changes in such regulations can impact their business and in turn profitability. Another risk factor is regarding discovery of new solutions, while Caplin Point has a high R&D/Sales ratio, it might not be able to generate a new solution and may lose out to competitors. Accordingly, investors should be cautious and closely monitor these factors.

ITC Limited

ITC is engaged in multiple consumer businesses ranging from cigarettes to food products and stationery. The company generates about 46.4% of its revenues from cigarette sales and has the highest market share in cigarettes (84% market share). The cigarette market has growth opportunities as the market moves from unorganized to organized segment which will result in market consolidation and huge market share gains for ITC. The organized tobacco market at just 10% indicating the immense growth opportunities in the segment. Its second largest segment FMCG is where the company has been putting efforts to derive the highest revenues and it has become its highest growth segment. Competition from the likes of HUL, Nestle, Britannia but ITC is expanding at a rapid scale. The structural drivers of long-term growth such as professionally managed teams, rising disposable incomes & consumer awareness, low levels of penetration of consumer goods, favorable demographics and increasing urbanization amongst others, remain firmly in place which augurs well for the FMCG industry. Other products sold by the company include agri-products, paper products and IT solutions.

The company has delivered strong operational performance over the years, with consistent profit and revenue growth of 14.3% and 11.3% CAGR over the past 10 years while delivering a 5-year average ROE of 26.3% and ROCE of 38.9% over the same period. The company has delivered a strong EBITDA/Operating Cash Flow of 72.8%, indicating a high level of operating profit convertibility into cash flows. It also offers investors with a strong dividend yield of 5.2%. Unlike its peers, ITC is undervalued despite delivering a similar rate of growth as compared to its peers, with P/E of 18.9x vs industry average P/E of 43x.

The company faces risks from regulation for the cigarette industry which can impact the pricing power for ITC, impacting revenues and growth. Another risk is from competitors as the industry sees intense competition, hence the company needs to be very proactive with their strategy.

Mphasis

The IT sector is one of the most crucial sectors of the Indian industry as well as one the largest drivers of export revenue for the country. The industry currently contributes to about 7.7% of GDP and is expected to contribute to about 10% by 2025. India is currently the largest IT services provider in the world. The country has an edge primarily due to the availability of highly skilled and less costly manpower available. India is the leading sourcing destination in the world, serving about 55% of the global service sourcing market of an estimated size of US$185-190 billion and a 38% market share of the BPM sourcing market.

Mphasis has a strong portfolio of cloud based solutions, machine learning capabilities, blockchain solutions and IoT (Internet of Things) among others, which enables it to provide tech solutions for future technologies. The company derives maximum revenue from the BFSI segment at 57% of overall revenue. Mphasis has been seeing strong growth in its order book along with strong penetration on wallet share from its existing customers, whilst also acquiring new customers consistently. The company has seen strong growth in profits at 12.6% CAGR over the past 5 years while delivering a 5-year average ROE of 16%. Mphasis has delivered an EBITDA/Operating cash flow of 73.6%, converting most of its operating profits into operating cash.

It sees competition risk in gaining new contracts as the competition for new technologies remains intense. Another risk is from the currency value fluctuation as the company derives maximum revenue from overseas sources. Another factor to look at is the political and economic relations between countries to determine the ease of business flow and profitability.

Polycab India

Polycab started off as a manufacturer of copper wiring for infrastructure and other commercial uses and later diversified into high margin FMEG (Fast Moving Electronic Goods) such as fans, lights & luminaries and other consumer electronics. The company has major growth opportunities as the country sees development of infrastructure and as electricity distribution and consumption grows in India. Another trend that has been rampant is the consolidation of copper manufacturers moving from unorganized to organized players, thereby allowing Polycab to increase its market share and market size as well. Another theme playing out for the company is the penetration of electric goods among household consumers which provides a huge growth opportunity to Polycab as the consumption of durable goods rises. To give an idea of the margins generated from FMEG, the company currently derives 86% of revenues from copper wire products but FMEG provides for 96% of the total operating margins. As this segment starts expanding further, it can grow both revenues and profitability for the company.

On financials, Polycab has delivered a strong 5-year average ROE of 16.5% and ROCE of 22.5% which is touted to rise further as FMEG further contributes to improve margins for the company. It has also been able to deliver a strong growth in Net Income of 31.1% over the same period driven by high margin FMEG sales. On valuations, it currently trades at a P/E of 20.2x, given the strong growth prospects the company is attractively valued.

RIsks from the copper wiring segment where copper price volatility can influence margins as well as regulation around the segment.

APL Apollo Tubes

Infrastructure is the general term for basic physical systems of a business, region, or nation; for instance, transportation systems, communication networks, sewage, water, and electric systems are examples of infrastructure. APL Apollo tubes stand to benefit as the country sees growth in infrastructure development and it provides steel tubes and pipes which are critical to building infrastructure. The company is currently the largest supplier of galvanized pipes in India which have multiple applications such as Fencing, Cabling and Ducting, Automotive (Bus Body), Greenhouse Structures, Gates and Grills, Electrical Conduit and Scaffolding among others. It also manufactures black pipes which are used for water transmission and sees immense growth opportunities as water provisions and transmission networks are developed across the country.

APL has strong financials with a 5-year average ROE of 19.4% and ROCE of 21.2% over the same period. The company has delivered an average 5-year net profit growth of 32% CAGR while revenues grew at 20% CAGR, delivering strong growth momentum. It also has a low debt/equity ratio of 0.7x. The company has industry leading realizations per tonne at ₹49,985/tn, indicating its ability to draw more revenues per tonne vs peers.

On valuations, it trades at a P/E of 34.1x while the P/S ratio stands at 1.25x which is decent given the strong pace of growth.The risk of changes in regulations along with changing prices of steel could impact their margins.

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Model Portfolio:

In order to get an exposure to best stocks for the long term, you need a total of ₹33,362 for the below curated portfolio as of 4th Dec, 2020.

COMPANY NAME WEIGHTAGE CMP (as on 4th Dec, 2020) NO OF STOCKS AMOUNT
Caplin Point Labs 20% ₹       492.8 10 ₹     4,928.0
ITC 15% ₹       198.2 20 ₹     3,964.0 
Mphasis 20% ₹    1,334.9  4 ₹     5,339.6 
Polycab India 25% ₹    1,000.6  8 ₹     8,004.8 
APL Apollo Tubes 20% ₹    3,708.6 3 ₹   11,125.8 
Total  ₹   33,362.2

A detailed table with various parameters for Best Long-term Stocks to buy:

COMPANY NAME NSE CODE BSE CODE CMP INDUSTRY RATING MARKET CAP (INR CR) NET WORTH (INR CR) P/E EV/EBITDA ROE ROCE DEBT/EQ REV GROWTH (5 YR) NI GROWTH (5 YR) OP PROFIT MARGIN DIVIDEND YIELD
Caplin Point Labs CAPPL 524742 ₹492.75 Pharmaceuticals 0.5 ₹3,786.00 ₹1,056.00 16.8 10.6 30.80% 37.70% 2.00% 38.00% 52.00% 30.00% 0.50%
Marico MARICO 531642 ₹395.05 Personal Products 4 ₹53,580.00 ₹3,675.00 47.9 32.9 35.20% 43.10% 9.00% 5.00% 13.00% 20.00% 1.63%
Avanti Feeds AVANTI 512573 ₹536.80 Other Food Products 3 ₹7,419.00 ₹1,617.00 18.6 13.4 29.10% 36.60% 1.00% 19.00% 27.00% 11.00% 0.94%
Tata Metaliks TATAMETALI 513434 ₹606.40 Iron & Steel 1 ₹1,837.00 ₹1,147.00 9.54 5.64 21.10% 24.60% 16.00% 13.00% 14.00% 14.00% 0.43%
HCL Technologies HCLTECH 532281 ₹858.50 IT Consulting 4 ₹2,33,986.00 ₹56,617.00 19.2 11.6 23.70% 27.40% 10.00% 17.00% 11.00% 26.00% 0.81%
Bajaj Auto BAJAJAUTO 532977 ₹3,311.40 2 & 3 Wheelers 4.5 ₹96,291.00 ₹23,720.00 22.6 16.4 23.20% 29.60% 1.00% 6.70% 10.70% 17.00% 4.10%
KEI Industries KEI 517569 ₹430.15 Electric Equipment and Products 0.5 ₹3,782.00 ₹1,628.00 15.8 8.31 22.40% 28.10% 17.00% 21.20% 73.10% 10.00% 36.00%
Polycab India POLYCAB 542652 ₹1,000.60 Electric Equipment and Products 1 ₹15,489.00 ₹4,214.00 20.2 13.8 22.60% 29.30% 5.00% 13.40% 35.40% 12.00% 0.67%
Coromandel International COROMANDEL 506395 ₹791.50 Fertilisers 2 ₹23,218.00 ₹4,832.00 17.4 11 27.90% 26.40% 11.00% 3.10% 21.40% 13.00% 1.50%
Mphasis MPHASIS 526299 ₹1,334.90 IT Consulting 3 ₹24,570.00 ₹5,830.00 20.1 12.7 21.40% 26.20% 10.00% 8.80% 12.60% 19.00% 2.66%
KEC International KEC 532714 ₹361.90 Heavy Electrical Equipment 0.5 ₹9,435.00 ₹3,036.00 17.1 9.94 21.60% 24.90% 88.00% 7.20% 56.40% 11.00% 0.93%
Alembic Pharma APLLTD 533573 ₹1,012.35 Pharmaceuticals 3 ₹21,342.00 ₹4,580.00 20.2 14.4 28.10% 24.20% 13.00% 17.50% 25.00% 27.00% 0.64%
Bharti Infratel INFRATEL 534816 ₹237.35 Telecom Sevices 1 ₹65,999.00 ₹13,752.00 22.9 14.3 21.60% 23.20% 18.00% -10.40% 11.30% 52.00% 4.29%
Huhtamaki PPL HUHTAMAKI 509820 ₹308.60 Containers & Packaging 1 ₹2,312.00 ₹728.00 14.5 9.12 25.80% 22.00% 27.00% 17.90% 22.30% 10.00% 0.98%
Oracle Financial Services Software OFSS 532466 ₹3,042.30 IT Consulting 3 ₹26,935.00 ₹5,929.00 16.9 9.12 25.40% 39.60% 2.00% 4.50% 4.20% 46.00% 5.75%
ITC ITC 500875 ₹198.20 Cigarettes & FMCG 5 ₹2,66,158.00 ₹59,083.00 18.9 13.4 25.30% 32.60% 0.00% 6.50% 7.90% 35.00% 4.69%
Tata Elxsi TATAELXSI 500408 ₹1,669.80 IT Software 3 ₹10,001.00 ₹1,134.00 32.8 20 25.60% 35.00% 5.00% 13.60% 20.40% 22.00% 1.03%
Dixon Technologies DIXON 540699 ₹11,382.15 Consumer Electronics 0.5 ₹14,790.00 ₹596.00 137 68.6 26.20% 34.20% 15.00% 22.20% 35.60% 5.00% 0.03%
Hindustan Aeronautics HAL 541154 ₹842.65 Aerospace 1 ₹28,650.00 ₹13,987.00 11.7 6.43 22.00% 23.90% 31.00% 23.00% 3.88%
APL Apollo Tubes APLAPOLLO 533758 ₹3,708.60 Iron & Steel 0.5 ₹9,167.00 ₹1,432.00 34.1 17 22.10% 20.10% 48.00% 20.00% 32.00% 6.00% 0.00%

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  1. Excellent analysis based on very good understanding of corporate values and contribution of good corporate governance for sustained growth of industries. Very educative and detailed explanations have been given of the industrial growth and the opportunities under various situations.
    The authors must be complimented for very lucid explanations given by him.

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