Supply chain disruptions, quantitative easing and more recently, the Ukraine-Russia war have been some of the leading factors that have been fuelling inflation.
And this rising price scenario, which is unleashing rising interest rates, seems here to stay. At least until emerging trade blocks start functioning smoothly and demand-supply mismatches get ironed out.
All this can play havoc with domestic companies, stock prices and, as a result, your portfolio.
So, in such a scenario what should you do?
Well, instead of waiting for the macroeconomic landscape to look better again, it would be intelligent to focus on sectors and themes that are likely to deal with inflationary pressures and rising interest rates effectively, and emerge stronger.
Under such circumstances we believe that companies with lean and clean balance sheets are likely to outperform.
Now here’s a glitch.
Unless you track stock markets and the top 500 companies regularly, it might be difficult to spot such companies individually.
But that’s where we come in; we’re here to help investors pick stocks that show promise under an inflationary scenario.
Our research team conducted a top-down study of listed Indian stocks and compared them with the global benchmarks on three parameters—leverage, earnings and return on invested capital (RoIC).
Net-Debt-to-EBITDA: This ratio measures a firm’s cash-adjusted debt position with respect to its Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA). Hence, the lower, the better.
Net-Debt-to-Equity: This tells you how much a company has borrowed on a net basis vis-a-vis its own capital. Here too, the lower the ratio is, the better it is for the company.
RoIC: Unless a company is generating attractive returns on its invested capital, it will seldom be treated as a ‘compounding machine’. Thus, a higher RoIC is preferable.
And here’s the key takeaway
We’ve found that the NiftyNext50 index offers stock watchers the best set of stocks to invest in. Our optimism stems from the fact that in comparison to Nifty1000 stocks and global indices, the reduction in leverage and improving quality of earnings give the NiftyNext50 an edge.
Tell us, based on the three parameters discussed in this article, which company from the NiftyNext50 index is your top conviction. Send your responses to email@example.com and in the series of articles that follow in this campaign, we’ll share our top picks along with the rationale.
If your pick matches one of ours, we’ll give you a shout out on our blog and social media handles.
It’s a challenge; join us in the hunt for Ventura’s NiftyNext50 Jewel – the stock that will outperform in the current economic environment!
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