ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund recently launched an open-ended thematic fund under the name ICICI Prudential PSU Equity Fund. This fund will primarily invest in public-sector undertakings, also known as PSU companies. It will aim to earn long-term capital appreciation through investment focus in equity and equity-related instruments of PSU companies.
The new fund offer (NFO) opened for subscription on August 23, 2022, and closes on September 6, 2022.
Investment objective of the fund
The ICICI Prudential PSU Equity Fund is an open-ended thematic fund that will invest a minimum of 80% of the corpus in stocks of PSU companies and allocate the remaining to other equity and equity-related securities. The fund will spread its investments across large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap stocks that are part of the S&P BSE PSU Index.
The scheme’s objective is to achieve long-term returns by targeting stocks of PSU companies that are attractively placed. It will also aim to offer a relatively better dividend yield in the long run.
Why should you apply for the NFO?
PSU stock performance: The performance of most PSU stocks in India has been on an upward trend. Most stocks have been outperforming compared to the market benchmark BSE S&P Sensex in the past two years. The S&P BSE PSU Index has jumped up by 52% in this period, a clear indication of the performance of underlying companies. In contrast, the BSE S&P Sensex has only gained 24% during the same period.
High dividend yield: PSUs can be a good tactical allocation. “PSUs offer higher dividend yields, which will be more tax-efficient when accrued through the mutual fund route. There is also a general election in the next two years, and historically PSU stocks tend to do well around this period,” says Ravi Kumar TV, founder of Gaining Ground Investment Services.
Safety feature: PSUs have a significant government stake. Thus, investing in such companies comes with a margin of safety of invested capital.
Exposure to multiple sectors: PSU companies have presence across various sectors including IT, banking, power, agriculture, defence, etc. By investing in this fund, investors can gain exposure to the growth opportunities offered by multiple sectors.
Risks associated with NFOs
Since there is no historical performance track record of NFOs, investors must be cautious before making an investment in these. It is wise to consider factors such as personal risk appetite, investment goals, the current size of assets under management of the fund house, fund manager’s reputation, etc. before investing in NFOs.
|NFO details for ICICI Pru PSU Equity Fund
|Type of Scheme
|An open-ended thematic equity scheme.
|Category of the scheme
|Thematic equity fund
|S&P BSE PSU TR INR
|Regular and direct plans with the following options:GrowthIncome Distribution cum Capital Withdrawal
|Mittul Kalawadia, Anand Sharma
|If redeemed/switched within 1 month from the allotment – Up to 1% of the NAVIf redeemed/switched after 1 month from the allotment – NIL
|Rs. 5,000 and multiples of 1 thereafter.
|23 Aug 2022 – 06 September 2022
|Very high risk
Where can you invest in the NFO?
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NFO (New Fund Offer) is launched by the Asset Management Companies (AMCs) to generate funds for launching a new mutual fund. These funds are then pooled to buy the shares or other securities as per the fund’s mandate or the guidelines based on which the fund is launched. NFOs are like IPOs where all the relevant details of the funds are provided at the time of their launch and the units of the fund are usually set at Rs. 10 per unit for a subscription. SEBI guidelines allow the NFOs to be active for a maximum period of 30 days following which the units of the fund are traded based on their daily NAV.
NFOs, at the time of their launch, are launched in two categories namely close-ended funds and open-ended funds. The details of each type of fund are mentioned below.
The majority of mutual funds are launched as open-ended funds. Investors can subscribe to the fund at the nominal rate (usually Rs. 10 per unit) during the NFO period. After the NFO period, when the units are traded based on the daily NAV, the investors stand to gain huge capital gains depending on the performance of the fund.
Close-ended funds, on the other hand, do not allow the investors to subscribe to the fund after the NFO period is closed.
Investing in NFOs is a very good opportunity to maximize the returns as the units can be subscribed at nominal rates and the returns are potentially higher based on the prevailing NAV at the time of redemption. However, there are several points that need to be considered while subscribing to an NFO. Some of such points are highlighted below.
a)Track record of the AMC
NFOs are offered for the new mutual fund so no proven track record can be reviewed by investors to make an informed investment decision. The investors have to therefore rely on the reputation of the AMC and other details mentioned in the NFO to make an investment decision.
b)Expense ratio (if mentioned)
NFOs need a good amount of publicity to make the investors aware of the fund and the investment opportunity. It is therefore essential for the investors to check the expense ratio of the fund and ensure that it does not outweigh the net gains.
c)Check if the fund is in correlation to the existing portfolio
Recently there have been many NFOs in the market that investors can choose from. However, while selecting the fund the investors must check if the fund is not similar to an existing fund in their portfolio. For example, if the fund is a large-cap fund and the investor already has one or two similar funds in their portfolio, investing in another will not add much value to the net returns or the diversification of the portfolio. On the other hand, many NFOs can be sector-specific or country-specific. In such a case, investors have to check if the fund is in line with other factors like their risk-return profile and investment goals.
d)Review the SID carefully
Reviewing the SID (Scheme Information Document) is a crucial step that should not be missed by investors while investing in NFOs. It contains all the relevant information about the fund managers, their qualifications, and experience which is crucial for the funds’ performance. Other relevant information includes the investment profile of the fund, target sectors or securities, benchmark index, asset allocation ratio, etc. This helps the investors understand the returns expectation of the fund as well as the target investments where the fund will invest the pooled funds. Investors having a risk-return profile in line with that of the fund can thus invest in such funds.
Investment in NFOs can be done through two main routes i.e., the online or offline modes. The details of the same are mentioned below.
The online mode of investment is suitable for investors already having a Demat account and a trading account. Investors can simply select the NFO and invest by selecting the number of units to invest and paying for the same through online payment modes available on the platform.
The offline mode of investment in NFOs is through registered brokers and distributors. Investors can contact their brokers and distributors providing them with the details of the amount to be invested and they can invest in the selected NFOs on their behalf. Investors can make hassle-free investments through such modes as all the necessary forms to be filled and the formalities to be met are looked after by these entities giving investors the benefit of ease of investment. The charges for such services are nominal when compared to the potentially high returns.