As stock markets beat the pandemic blues, investors’ wealth ballooned when most businesses were struggling due to the severe disruptions caused by lockdowns and loss of income.
With limited options to spend due to curbs on travel and stay-at-home guidelines, a gush of fresh money found its way to stock markets in the past year. Many rode on the tailcoats of investors who were established and known for making a fortune by investing in stock markets.
Eight out of 10 stocks held mostly by high net-worth individuals (HNIs) or super rich investors in the March quarter soared this year, rising as much as 100%. In contrast, the benchmark Nifty gained around 12% in the same period.
Companies where HNIs increased their holdings in the March quarter also gained this calendar year, mostly hitting 52-week highs in May.
Aggregate holding of HNIs in companies listed on NSE grew to 2% in the March quarter from 1.78% a year earlier, showed data compiled by Prime Database.
The data showed that the top 10 companies where HNIs had the highest shareholdings in the March quarter were Som Distilleries & Breweries Ltd at 49.06%, Ortin Laboratories Ltd (48.19%), Zenith Steel Pipes and Industries Ltd (47.04%), Cerebra Integrated Technologies Ltd (45.82%), Inventure Growth & Securities Ltd (45.40%), Vishwaraj Sugar Industries Ltd (43.80%), Subex Ltd (42.38%), Reliance Power Ltd (42.16%), Shree Ram Proteins Ltd (40.95%) and R Systems International Ltd (39.54%).
Stocks such as Inventure Growth and Securities Ltd (market cap of ₹207.06 crore) have rallied 107% in 2021 so far, gaining 73% alone in the March quarter. Subex and Reliance Power rallied 103% and 168% in year-to-date, with 25% and 29% respectively in the March quarter. Zenith Steel Pipes with a market cap of ₹11.38 crore, jumped 46% so far this year.
“Historically, stocks held by famous high-profile HNI investors, who have a good track record, create euphoria whenever they enter a counter," said Vinay Ahuja, executive director, IIFL Wealth. He said retail investors following high-profile investors and piling on to counters where leading investors have taken positions is a recurring feature in the market.
“However, HNIs do their asset allocation well and allocate a small part of their money in particular counters, which is not the case usually with retail investors. During euphoric times, fundamentals and valuations are given a miss by retail investors as they chase stocks that they expect will be the next multi-bagger," he said.
Seven out of 10 stocks where HNIs hiked their stakes in the March quarter made super gains in the year so far.