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DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund: Consistently top quartile SIP returns in the last 3 to 5 years

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If you had invested 1 lac in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund at the time of its inception (NFO) in the year 2000 the value of your investment today would be 14 lacs. The performance of this diversified equity fund in the recent years has also been quite consistent. The fund has consistently been in the top quartile, in terms of SIP returns over the last 3 to 5 years. The chart below shows the cumulative investment and current investment value of a 5,000 monthly SIP in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 3, 4 and 5 years respectively.


Equity Funds Diversified - The cumulative investment and current investment value of a Rs. 5,000 monthly SIP in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


The rolling returns of the DSP BlackRock Opportunities fund showcase the consistent performance of the fund. Rolling returns are the total returns of the scheme taken for a specified period on every day and taken till the last day of the duration. In this chart we are showing the 3 year returns of DSP BlackRock Opportunities fund on every day during the last 5 years.


Equity Funds Diversified - The 3 year returns of DSP BlackRock Opportunities fund on every day during the last 5 years

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


In this chart you can see that the 3 year rolling returns of the fund was above 50% (14.4% annualized) for nearly 75% of the times over the last 5 years. The last 5 years included 2 bear market periods and two bull market years. The strong 3 year rolling returns given by the fund over the last 5 years is the hallmark of a well managed diversified equity fund.

Fund Overview

DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund was launched in May 2000. It has 711 crores of assets under management. The expense ratio of the fund is 2.82% (as on 29-02-2016). The fund manager of this scheme is Rohit Singhania. The chart below shows the NAV movement of DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 10 years.


Equity Funds Diversified - The NAV movement of DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 10 years

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


Portfolio Construction

The fund has a large cap, growth oriented focus. The fund manager has a bottoms-up portfolio construction approach. The portfolio is overweight on cyclical sectors like BFSI, Oil & Gas, Automobile & Auto Ancillaries, Cement & Construction etc. To balance its exposure to cyclical, the portfolio also has allocations to defensive sectors, with IT and Pharmaceuticals comprising more than 20% of the portfolio holdings. With cyclical sectors poised to do well with the revival in economic growth and capex cycle, the DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund has the potential to deliver good returns in the medium and long term. The portfolio is very well diversified in terms of company concentration. The top 5 companies in the fund portfolio, HDFC Bank, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors and BPCL account for only 28% of the portfolio value.


Equity Funds Diversified - Sector Composition and Top 5 Holdings of DSP BR Tax Opportunities Fund

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


Risk and Return

In terms of volatility measures, the standard deviation of monthly returns of DSP Black Rock Opportunities fund is lower than the average standard deviation of monthly returns of diversified equity funds. The Sharpe ratio of the fund is superior to the average Sharpe ratios of the category.

The chart below shows the growth in 1 lac lump sum investment in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 5 years.


Equity Funds Diversified - The growth in Rs. 1 lac lump sum investment in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 5 years

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


The Systematic Investment Plan returns of the fund over the last 5 years are more impressive. The chart below shows the returns of 5,000 monthly SIP in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 5 years.


Equity Funds Diversified - The returns of Rs. 5,000 monthly SIP in DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund over the last 5 years

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


With a cumulative investment 300,000 you could have accumulated a corpus of 427,000; a profit of 127,000 in the last 5 years. If you started your SIP 10 years back, you could have accumulated a corpus of 11.5 lacs with a cumulative investment of 6 lacs. This shows the power of SIPs in creating wealth over a long investment horizon.


Equity Funds Diversified - The power of SIPs in creating wealth over a long investment horizon

Source: Advisorkhoj Research


Dividend Pay-Out Track Record

DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund has a strong dividend pay-out track record. In the last 10 years, the fund paid dividends every year except 2009. You can see in the table below the dividend yields are also quite good.


Equity Funds Diversified - The dividend yields are also quite good

Source: Advisorkhoj Historical Dividends


Conclusion

DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund has completed nearly 16 years since its launch. The fund has sustained its strong performance track record over the years, despite changes in the fund management. The SIP performance of the fund is especially impressive over the years. The fund also has a good dividend pay-out track record. Investors can consult with their financial advisors if DSP BlackRock Opportunities Fund is suitable for their investment portfolio.

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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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