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DSP BlackRock Tax Saver Fund: Nearly 2X returns in last 3 years makes it a top ELSS fund

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ELSS funds offer triple benefits of tax savings, capital appreciation and tax free returns to the investor. The DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund, one of the top ELSS funds, has outperformed the tax saving funds category by delivering two times returns in the last three years. The fund has consistently given superior returns relative to the ELSS funds category and the broader market, over the different time periods. The chart below shows the annualized trailing returns of the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund growth option, regular plan, over the last 1, 3 and 5 year time periods, compared to the ELSS funds category and the CNX 500 index. NAVs as on June September 19 2014.

Equity Linked Saving Schemes - Annualized trailing returns of the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund growth option, regular plan, over the last 1, 3 and 5 year time periods, compared to the ELSS funds category and the CNX 500 index

Fund Overview

The DSP BlackRock Tax Saver Fund was launched in November 2006 and has performed very well relative to the market since its inception. The fund has 814 crores of assets under management. The expense ratio of the fund is 2.66%. The manager of this fund is Apoorva Shah. Apoorva has delivered good returns for all the funds that he is managing for DSP BlackRock. The minimum investment for this fund is 5000. Morningstar has a 4 star rating for this fund. The fund is suitable for investors planning to make 80C investments for long term investment objectives, like retirement planning, children’s education etc. The fund is open for both growth and dividend options.

Portfolio Composition

The fund has a large cap, growth oriented focus. The fund manager has a bottoms-up portfolio construction approach. The fund manager tries to identify stocks with high growth potential for this portfolio. He also invests in stocks that are trading at attractive valuations. The portfolio is overweight on cyclical sectors like BFSI, Oil & Gas, Automobile & Auto Ancillaries etc. To balance its exposure to cyclical, the portfolio also has allocations to defensive sectors, with IT and Pharmaceuticals comprising nearly 15% of the portfolio holdings, as on May 31 2014. With cyclical sectors poised to do well with the revival in economic growth and capex cycle, the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund has the potential to deliver good returns over the short to medium term. The portfolio is very well diversified in terms of company concentration. The top 5 companies in the fund portfolio, ICICI Bank, Infosys, TCS, Larsen & Toubro, and SBI account for only 20% of the portfolio value. Even the top 10 companies in the fund’s portfolio account for less than 34% of the portfolio holdings.

Equity Linked Saving Schemes - Sector Composition and Top 5 Holdings of DSPBR Tax Saver Fund

Comparison with Peer Sets

DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund is one the top performing ELSS funds. The chart below shows the comparison of 1 year, 3 years and 5 years annualized returns of the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver with other top performing ELSS funds.

Equity Linked Saving Schemes - Comparison of 1 year, 3 years and 5 years annualized returns of the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver with other top performing ELSS funds

Risk and Return

The DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund has consistently outperformed the ELSS funds category and the CNX 500 over the last 3 years. The fund gave a trailing return of over 58% and 24% in the last one and three years respectively. In terms of risk measures, the annualized standard deviation of monthly returns of the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund is in line with the ELSS funds category. However, on a risk adjusted returns basis, as measured by Sharpe Ratio, the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund has outperformed the ELSS funds category. Sharpe ratio is defined as the ratio of excess return (i.e. difference of return of the fund and risk free return from Government securities) and annualized standard deviation of returns. Higher the Sharpe ratio better is the risk adjusted performance of the fund. See charts below for comparison of volatilities and Sharpe ratios of the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver and the ELSS Funds Category

Equity Linked Saving Schemes - Volatility Comparison and Sharp Ratio Comparison - DSPBR Tax Saver Fund vs. ELSS Category

1 lac lump sum investment in the fund NFO (growth option) would be at a value of 2.93 lacs as on Sep 19 2014. The chart below shows the growth of 1 lac investment in the DSP BlackRock Tax saver fund (growth option).

Equity Linked Saving Schemes - Growth of 1 lac investment in the DSP BlackRock Tax saver fund (growth option)

The chart below shows the returns since inception of 3000 monthly SIP in the DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund (growth option). The SIP date has been assumed to first working day of the month. The chart below shows the SIP returns of the fund.

Equity Linked Saving Schemes - SIP returns since inception of DSP BlackRock Tax saver fund (growth option)

The chart above shows that a monthly SIP of 3000 started at inception of the DSP BlackRock Tax saver fund (growth option) would have grown to over 5.7 lacs by Sep 19 2014, while the investor would have invested in total only about 2.8 lacs. The SIP return (XIRR) is over 18% since inception.

Conclusion

The DSP BlackRock tax saver fund has delivered over 7 years of strong performance. This fund is suitable for 80C investors with a long time horizon. Investors can consider investing in the scheme through the systematic investment plan (SIP) or lump sum route. Investors should consult with their financial advisors, if DSP BlackRock Tax Saver fund is suitable for their tax planning needs.

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Dwaipayan Bose

An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, Dwaipayan is a Finance and Consulting professional, with 13 years of management experience, mostly in MNCs like American Express and Ameriprise Financial, both in India and the US. In his last role, he was the Chief Financial Officer of American Express Global Business Services in India. His key interests are building best in class organizations, corporate governance and talent development

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