We want to ensure there is performance in every scheme going forward: LIC MF CEO
The fund house is undertaking a review of the schemes that got added to its portfolio following the IDBI MF merger.
TS Ramakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, LIC MF.
LIC Mutual Fund, India’s 23rd biggest asset management company (AMC), which merged IDBI MF effective July 29, is undertaking a review of the schemes that got added to its portfolio from the merger, TS Ramakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, LIC MF said.
With the completion of the merger, out of 20 schemes of erstwhile IDBI MF, 10 got merged with similar schemes of LIC MF and 10 will continue with the merged AMC on a standalone basis.
The 10 standalone schemes include small-cap, mid-cap, dividend yield and gold fund. The fund house is betting on these schemes, which have been in demand in the recent past, to boost its AUM further.
LIC MF, which had assets under management of Rs 24,133 crore at the end of July 2023, is sponsored by the Life Insurance Corporation in India (LIC).
Launched in 1989, the fund house in November 2009 was the sixth biggest AMC with assets of around Rs 50,000 crore. However, the fund house had assets of Rs 19,000 crore at the end of June 2023.
“Our fund managers are trying to see, which stocks among them (new schemes) are performing, which are not performing and analysing if any changes are required. We have certain principles for stock and equity selection, which include discussion with the management and having a long-term view. If required, some stocks will be weeded out and some will be added too,” said Ramakrishnan.
The fund’s flagship products such as balanced advantage, large & mid cap, banking and financial services and infrastructure funds, would remain unchanged.
As per Ramakrishnan, the main focus of the fund house now is to ensure performance in every scheme going forward.
No rush to add to the kitty
Historically, the fund house has been tilted towards debt funds. Since the last three years, the fund house has started focusing on equity. While the assets had largely remained stagnant at around Rs 18,000 crore (before the IDBI MF merger), the equity portion has gone up from 21 percent to more than 42 percent within this period.
With the merger of IDBI MF, LIC MF has been able to expand its equity fund portfolio in one go. Usually, launching 10 new schemes in the Indian mutual fund market would need a two-year time frame.
While the fund house has identified some opportunities in launching thematic funds based on consumption, manufacturing, and information technology sectors, it would likely take a restrained approach.
“No point in expanding the product basket without improving performance in existing schemes,” Ramakrishnan said.
The AMC identifies itself as a mutual fund of the Indian middle class. A majority of the funds’ investors are based out of tier-II and III cities.
However, a key growth in the assets of the Indian mutual fund industry has come from millennial investors.