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Ashish Kacholia, commonly known as the ‘big whale’ in the Indian stock market is well-known for his absence from media cycles, avoiding interviews and journalists. He lets his portfolio speak for itself. His portfolio includes stocks from hospitality, education, infra and manufacturing sectors and is worth over ₹ 1700 crores. 

Here are the top 5 holdings from his portfolio: 

Safari Industries (India) Ltd. 

Ashish Kacholia has a 2.6% stake in the luggage manufacturer. He has 614,288 shares and his holdings are worth ₹ 116.9 crores as of Friday. 

Safari Industries is a small-cap stock with a market capitalization of ₹ 4420 crores and its shares closed at ₹ 1903.50 apiece on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). They have given multibagger returns of 102.76% in the past year. Thus, if an investor would have invested ₹ 1 lakh in the company’s shares a year ago, the value of their holdings would have been ₹ 2.02 lakhs today. 

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NIIT Ltd. 

The big whale has a 2.2% stake in the leading skills and talent development company. He has 30,00,000 shares and his holdings are worth ₹ 104.2 crores as of Friday. 

NIIT is a small-cap company with a market capitalization of ₹ 4,680 crores and its shares closed at ₹ 347.25 apiece on the NSE. Its share price has decreased by 32.56% in the past year. However, it has increased by 126.53% in the past two years. Thus, if an investor would have invested ₹ 1 lakh in the company’s shares two years ago, the value of their holdings would have been ₹ 2.26 lakhs today. 

PCBL Ltd 

The ace investor has a 1.9% stake in the RP-Sanjiv Goenka group company. PCBL is the largest carbon black manufacturer in India and has a strong global presence. Ashish Kacholia holds 70,84,990 shares in the company and his holdings are worth ₹ 80.3 crores. 

PCBL is a small-cap company with a market capitalization of ₹ 4,273 crores. Its shares have moved sideways and have gained merely 4.84% in the past year. However, it has an ideal return on equity of 18.73% and an ideal debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. It has a high dividend yield of 4.42%. 

Ami Organics Ltd 

Ashish Kacholia currently holds a 2.1% stake in the research and development company. He holds 776,474 shares and his holdings are worth ₹ 69.9 crores as of Friday. 

Ami Organics is a small-cap company with a market capitalization of ₹ 3,225 crores. Its shares have moved sideways in the past year. However, it has an ideal return on equity of 20.88% and an ideal debt-to-equity ratio of 0.00. Further, it has a dividend yield of 0.34%.

Gravita India Ltd. 

The ace investor has a 2.1% stake in Gravita India, which is one of the largest lead producers in India. He has 14,34,399 shares that were worth ₹ 66.3 crores as of Friday. 

The company’s share price has increased by 31.76% in the past year. It is a small-cap company with a market capitalization of ₹ 3,055 crores. It has an excellent return on equity of 42.51% and an ideal debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. 

Written by Simran Bafna

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