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How to Identify Multibagger Stocks in India

21 December 2021

“Make Rs 1 Crore with just Rs 10,000”. Crazy isn’t it? All of us have come across such clickbaity pieces on the internet and are probably guilty of clicking on them.

More often than not these turn out to be “get rich quick” Ponzi schemes that all of us have been warned about by our “once bitten, twice shy” friends. But what if I tell you, there are legitimate ways of achieving this? You can amass wealth via stock market investing, with the help of what we call “multibagger stocks“. Let’s delve deeper.

What is a multi-bagger stock?

For the uninitiated, a multi-bagger is a stock that provides returns that are several times the amount invested in it. For example, if you purchase a stock at a market price of Rs.50. And if it climbs to Rs.700 in a relatively short time, then it is called a multi-bagger stock. These businesses tend to have unique characteristics such as a strong financial performance, reliable and capable management, efficient capital allocation strategy, and robust free cash flows.

A few examples of multibagger stocks include companies like Eicher Motors, MRF Ltd, Asian Paints, Pidilite Industries and Bajaj Finance, have achieved phenomenal growth over the years. All these stocks have given significant returns over the years, and hence make it to the list of multibagger stocks. Had you invested Rs 10,000 in these stocks in 2010, you would have made lakhs today.

An important thing to observe here is that these names were not created overnight. It took these businesses decades to establish themselves as respected names and pioneers in their respective fields. Even when these businesses were not big names, they showed immense promise and growth potential. Investors who were able to spot them and decided to remain invested reaped the rewards.

So what makes a stock provide such high returns and how to find multi-bagger stocks?. While there is no guarantee of assured returns once you enter the stock market, there are vital signs that can help you identify a multibagger.

Here are some useful hacks that can help you identify multibagger stocks.

Strong and Capable Management 

A business cannot succeed without a management team that is capable and strong. Behind the sustained success of every business is strong management. Strength can be a subjective characteristic. You can look at multiple aspects like governance practices, board independence, diversion of funds to other businesses or for personal interest, pledging of shares, discipline with obligations, and financial matters. This is to determine the strength of the management team.

Competitive Advantage 

This is one of the best ways to identify multibagger stocks in India. A company can stay in the competition by offering better services and products as it grows. For example, Madras Rubber Factory (best known as MRF) was started by a small town balloon toy manufacturer. And the company has been improvising its products and services as per the demand of the customers. This zeal to keep innovating and tweaking or diversifying their offering as per demand has given them a competitive edge over other companies. It is what kept them strong over the years.

To spot whether a company possesses a competitive advantage, see how innovative they have been. You can do so by taking a look at the patents they have, how active their R&D wing is, and how frequently they launch innovative products and services.

Strong Promoter Holding

When you invest in a stock, you do not just invest in the business but also the people who started it. If the person who started a business doesn’t remain committed to its growth and has defaulted on several occasions, there is little value in even evaluating such a stock. Needless to say, substantial promoter shareholding is an essential factor to take heed of while assessing a name.

Healthy Earnings Growth 

A shareholder earns when the company makes profits. When you look at the earnings of a multibagger stock, you will typically find a high growth in the earnings of the company due to its revenue growth model, profitability model, and also capital allocation model.

You may use the formula, to estimate the earnings per share (EPS)

EPS= Net Profit/ Number of outstanding shares

The EPS shows how much a company is earning against each share. The EPS of a multi-bagger should be climbing north.

Study the PE Ratios

A company’s price to earnings (PE) ratio is the ratio of its share price and earnings per share. A multibagger stock has a faster-growing PE ratio as compared to the stock price.

High Margin Businesses 

Another simple answer to the question – how to identify multibagger stocks is to look for businesses that have high margins. Usually, multibaggers command high margins either due to a lack of competition or because they command a leading position in the industry. Moreover, these stocks tend to have a sustained margin over time that doesn’t fluctuate every quarter or year.

Prudent Allocation Of Capital 

Multi-bagger companies usually use their internal funds to expand or launch new products. These companies also tend to have a lower debt level against equity. These companies tend to generate free cash flow. It is computed as cash flow from operations minus purchase of fixed assets. This cash flow is to be used to fund future expansions or pay dividends.

Growth Potential

A company may not be able to make money if it doesn’t have a comprehensive range of products or services as the markets are very dynamic. One of the characteristics of a multi-bagger stock is that the management is very vocal about its vision. And is able to explain the steps being taken to achieve the same.

Remain patient

The trick about multibaggers is that you always know that you have a multibagger only in hindsight. While you are invested in such a stock, you can be tempted to sell. However, the key lies in having patience and making the right decisions at the right time.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are that of the author and not those of Groww

Disclaimer

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