UTI Mid Cap Fund: Benefit from the Market’s Potential Sweet Spot

Mid-cap companies can offer a sweet spot between fast-growing small businesses and well-established large companies. Mid cap stocks  fall between large cap and small cap stocks and are typically determined based on the market capitalization of the companies. As defined by SEBI, 101st to 250th company by full market capitalization are mid cap stocks. A mid cap fund predominantly invests a minimum of 65% of the fund’s corpus in equity & equity related instruments of mid cap companies. The Funds investing in mid cap companies provide investors an opportunity to benefit from the growth stories of medium sized businesses. However, investors should take cognizance of their inherent risks.

UTI Mid Cap Fund is an open ended equity scheme investing predominantly in mid cap companies. The Fund’s strategy focuses on investing in companies with scalable business models and a long growth runway. As per the release, the Fund is also open to investing in good companies whose businesses are going through a transitory phase of weakness or undergoing a transformation. The Fund pursues a pure bottom-up stock selection approach to pick businesses with healthy financials and potential for sustenance of margins over a period of time. The Fund also has a well-diversified portfolio with about 82 stocks covering various sectors and industries.

The Fund came into existence on April 7, 2004 and has an AUM of over Rs. 9,900 crores as of March 31, 2024. The Fund is a true to label product and therefore, would prefer to have an allocation in mid cap and small cap companies in the range of 85-90% in the portfolio at all points in time. The Fund has about 69% invested into mid cap companies, 20% into small cap companies and the remaining in large cap companies as on March 31, 2024. The scheme’s top holdings consist of Phoenix Mills Ltd., Federal Bank Ltd., Oil India Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd., Bharat Forge Ltd., Persistent Systems Ltd., Bharat Electronics Ltd., Shriram Finance Ltd., and Alkem Laboratories Ltd., which account for about 22% of the portfolio’s holdings.

The Fund with its diversified exposure aims to strike a balance between risk and reward by following a patient approach towards companies in the portfolio and with the right mix of companies with a strong Return on Capital Employed (RoCE) and Cash flow profile. This is likely to aid in mitigating sharp return divergence and volatility of the portfolio.

UTI’s rich experience in research and fund management, coupled with the coverage of large cross section of companies in the mid and small cap universe will help the Fund in picking quality stocks and also avoid the poor ones. UTI Mid Cap Fund is suitable for investors looking for an investment in a portfolio predominantly investing in mid cap companies and willing to supplement their core equity portfolio with its underlying growth potential.

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