This week we bring to you a multi cap fund under the house of Motilal Oswal Mutual Fund, Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund.

Multi cap funds are those funds which invest in stocks of different market capitalization (i.e. large caps, mid-caps and small caps).

Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund has beaten its benchmark index (NIFTY 500 TRI) since its inception on 28th April 2014 (Returns by the fund has been 25.81% since inception whereas that of NIFTY 500 TRI has been 17.03% and NIFTY 50 is 14.94%.

Therefore, we can see that the fund has beaten the category benchmark index by 8.78% and NIFTY benchmark by 10.87%).

As the name suggests, the investment objective of the fund is to enhance capital growth by investing in not more than 35 equity stocks or equity related instruments (hence the name Motilal Oswal Multi-cap 35 Fund) across various sectors and also market capitalizations.

Key details of the fund

Launch Date28/04/2014
NAV (As on 19th September 2018)27.0
Plan TypeDirect
Managing Fund HouseMotilal Oswal Mutual Fund
Ratings of Groww3 Star
AUM (Size)13,016 crores
RiskometerModerately High
Minimum SIP1000
BenchmarkNIFTY 500 TRI
Age of the fund4 years old
Expense Ratio1.16%
Exit LoadExit Load is 1% if redeemed between 0 to 12 months
TypeOpen Ended
Fund ManagerDanesh Mistry

One can see marquee names such as HDFC Ltd., HDFC Bank Ltd., Maruti Suzuki etc. in the list of companies (Top 10 holdings) that Motilal Oswal Multi Cap 35 Fund has acquired a stake in.

Portfolio (Top 10 Holdings)

Name% of AssetsSectorInstrumentSize
Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd.9.5%Financial ServicesEquityLarge Cap
HDFC Bank Ltd.8.6%Financial ServicesEquityLarge Cap
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.7.2%AutomobilesEquityLarge Cap
IndusInd Bank Ltd.5.9%Financial ServicesEquityLarge Cap
Eicher Motors Ltd.5.0%AutomobilesEquityLarge Cap
Bajaj Finance Ltd.5.0%Financial ServicesEquityLarge Cap
Infosys Ltd.4.5%Information TechnologyEquityLarge Cap
United Spirits Ltd.4.0%Consumer GoodsEquityLarge Cap
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.3.8%EnergyEquityLarge Cap
Britannia Industries Ltd.3.3%Consumer GoodsEquityLarge Cap

Sector Allocation

SectorAllocation (%)
Financial Services45.6%
Consumer Goods10.7%
Information Technology (IT)7.8%

Allocation by Market Size

Market SizeAllocation (%)
Large Cap79.7%
Mid Cap17.5%
Small Cap0.6%

As per the stock allocation, the fund has to invest a minimum of 65% in equities and equity related instruments and a maximum of 35% in debt or money market instruments.

However, in order to optimize the full potential of equity markets, the fund managers have to invest around 97.9% of the total assets in equities.

The fund can also invest in foreign securities upto a limit of 10% in total net assets.

However, a risk entails in the fund which lies in the exposure or investment of the fund in the financial service sector which is around 45.6% (The benchmark category of NIFTY 500 TRI has financial services allocation of around 32.27%).

However, one good thing that an investor can be pleased about is that the fund has initiated positions in financial service companies which have performed exceedingly well in the recent past i.e HDFC Ltd., HDFC Bank Ltd., IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance Ltd. etc.

Such companies have also weathered the NPA (Non-performance assets) issue which has plagued havoc in other state run banks such as SBI, PNB, IOB, Bank of India.

Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund does not have any exposure to such state run banks.


Let us look at how Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 fares in comparison to other funds in the same category

Other similar fundsReturns over the yearsMinimum SIP InvestmentFund Size (In Crs.)Expense RatioRatings by Groww
Motilal Oswal Multi Cap 35 Fund-1.7%15.4%NA100013,016 Cr.1.16%3*
Aditya Birla Sun Life Equity Fund – Direct2.7%14.8%23.3%10009,351 Cr.1.21%4*
Kotak Standard Multi Cap Fund – Direct6.6%14.8%22.3%50019,827 Cr.1.17%4*
SBI Magnum Multi Cap Fund –  Direct5.0%14.2%22.6%10004,086 Cr.1.18%4*
Mirae Asset India Equity Fund – Direct9.9%16.0%22.9%10007,945 Cr.1.32%5*

Looking at the returns generated by the fund, we find that in both the 1-year and 3-year period, it has performed better than similar funds in the same category.

However, we can see that all the funds have taken a beating in the 1-year return period, mainly because the markets have remained choppy since the last year with various domestic factors (examples being GST implementation, taxes imposed @ 10% in Budget 2018, rise in inflation thereby increase in interest rates by the Central Bank) and global factors (such as trade war between US and China and its impact on India, increase in the oil prices, strength in dollar weighing on rupee) playing out.

However, due to the strong performance of the fund, one can see that the fund size of Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund has increased and crossed a mammoth 13,000 crores.

This shows that investors have flocked to buy this fund as compared to other funds whose fund size has not increased in proportion to Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund.

However, there is also an element of risk associated with the fund size, wherein the negative effects of the fund size outweighs the positive effects of the fund’s returns.

Fund Managers

As specialized as it may sound, Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund has different fund managers for different categories of investments namely

1.Gautam Sinha Roy – (Responsible for investment in equity)


Mr. Gautam Sinha Roy holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta.


He has over 15 years of experience and has worked with reputed firms such as IIFL Capital (Singapore), Mirae Asset Global Investments, Edelweiss Capital and GE Capital International, prior to joining Motilal Oswal.

Other Schemes managed

  • Motilal Oswal Long Term Equity Fund;
  • Motilal Oswal Dynamic Equity Fund

2.Swapnil Mayekar – (Responsible for investment in foreign securities)


Mr. Swapnil Mayekar has completed Masters of Commerce from Mumbai University.

Post which, he completed Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Welingkar, Mumbai.


Mr. Swapnil Mayekar has previously worked with Business Standard Limited post which has been with Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company Limited since 2010.

Other Funds managed

  • Motilal Oswal NASDAQ-100 ETF

3.Abhiroop Mukherjee – (Responsible for investment in debt)


Mr. Abhiroop Mukherjee has completed Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from National Institute of Bank Management.


Mr. Mukherjee has over 10 years of experience in Trading Fixed Income Securities (which includes G-securities, treasury bills, corporate bonds, commercial papers, certificate of deposits etc.

He has also worked with PNB Gilts Ltd. as a WDM (Wholesale Debt Market) Dealer for a period of four years (from 2007-2011).

Other Funds managed

  • Motilal Oswal Focused 25 Fund;
  • Motilal Oswal Long Term Equity Fund;
  • Motilal Oswal Dynamic Equity Fund

4.Snigdha Sharma – Associate Fund Manager


Ms. Snigdha Sharma is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA in Finance.


Prior to joining Motilal Oswal AMC, Ms. Sharma has worked with Axis Capital Ltd. as (Vice President – Institutional Equity Research), and also as an Equity Research Analyst in major financial firms such as Fidelity International Ltd., Karma Capital Ltd. and Goldman Sachs India Ltd.

Other Funds managed

  • Motilal Oswal Long Term Equity Fund
  • Motilal Oswal Dynamic Equity Fund

Other Factors

Investor Insights

Average age of Investor (in years)42
Live SIPs315901
Average monthly SIP installmentINR 4478
Total no. of folios541637
Top 5% of the stocks36.2%
Top 10% of the stocks56.8%
Portfolio Turnover Ratio0.15
Sharpe Ratio0.52 (Annualized)
Standard Deviation14.04 (Annualized)

Behavioral Analysis of investors 

                                                          Investor Age Bracket
1-30 Years30-50 Years50-75 Years>75 Years

One can witness that people falling into the age bracket of 30-50 years have largely invested in the SIP scheme of this fund.

This mainly comprises of the middle income salaried class saving for long term goals.


Motilal Oswal Multi-Cap 35 Fund truly signifies its slogan, “Buy Right, Sit Tight”.

The companies which the fund has invested in are market leaders in their respective spheres or sectors and have generated a lot of wealth for investor in the years gone by.

The fund is suitable for investors (both lump-sum and Systematic Investment Plan – SIP) who want:

  • Term capital appreciation and are willing to hold the investment for a long term to reap maximum benefit.
  • Investors who do not want to over-diversify their portfolio and dilute their returns.

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