Should you still invest in MNC Mutual Funds?

MNC Mutual fundsShould you still invest in MNC Mutual Funds?

MNC Mutual funds have been giving superior returns for the past few years. Some of the mutual funds like Birla SL MNC Fund or UTI MNC Fund gave 70% returns in last 1 year and 25% annualized returns in last 5 years. Recently SEBI has given certain guidelines in Nov-2014 which would affect MNC companies. Should you still continue to invest in MNC Mutual Funds? How SEBI guidelines affect MNC mutual fund returns in future? This post is based on request from Ms. Pavani on “Suggest a topic” to write about MNC mutual funds.

What are MNC Mutual Funds?

Companies which are registered outside India, but having subsidiaries and operations in India are termed as MNC companies. MNC companies are preferred as long term wealth creators by investors. Funds that bet and invest in MNC companies are MNC Mutual Funds. MNC’s are believed to be good companies as they are well managed by professionals, good corporate governance and well established and have quality products. MNC companies have been doing well and outperformed the Indian companies in terms of performance. These have given high returns compared to some of the best performing mutual funds in 2015. Some of the companies have been de-listed from the Indian markets and share prices are shooted significantly. De-listing offers went to 46 in 2013-14.

What are new SEBI guidelines issued in Nov-2014?

All well. Wait. Recently, SEBI has revised the norms in Nov-2014 which has changed the view on MNC companies.  These guidelines would discourage MNC companies. SEBI amended SEBI (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations in Nov-2014. De-listing is now tough as per recent amendments.

What are new norms for MNC companies issued by SEBI?

  • Buy back at least 90% of total capital
  • Acquire 25% of the share capital out of total public shareholder capital as on the date of which delisting has been approved.
  • Companies should be delisted within 76 days (earlier 117 days)
  • Delisting at a price at which 90% of the shareholders, including promoters tender those shares under the price of the reverse book building.
  • These norms are favoring minotory shareholders and not a majority of shareholders.
  • Practical problems make them not to delist. Open offer would would reduce drastically / significantly in future.

How do they affect MNC Mutual Funds?

MNC mutual funds have been enjoying superior returns all along mainly by increase in share prices due to delisting apart from good performance from  them. Now with delisting norms becoming harder, may MNC companies would not think of delisting. Hence share prices may not shoot up and you may not see superior returns in such stocks going forward like what you have seen earlier. Hence, you cannot assume that investing in MNC funds would give good returns in future.

Conclusion: MNC mutual funds have been good returns. However, due to new norms from SEBI, MNC mutual funds are unattractive now. Alternatively, you should consider investing in multi-cap mutual funds like Reliance Equity Opps Fund / Franklin High Growth Funds or Opportunities Mutual funds like UTI Opportunities fund / L&T Special Situations fund, etc.

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Should you still invest in MNC Mutual Funds


  • Nandish Padhya

    I dont agree with ur view, both mnc funds will genrate strong return in long term.Most mnc companies are household names. There future growth is very strong.

    • Nandish, Thanks for your comments. I have given overall view that we cannot expect past returns (higher returns that received in last few years) in future for these MNC funds. 

  • Dinesh

    Respected Suresh,
    Inspite of new Norms issued by SEBI in Nov-2014, Birla MNC Fund SIP Return ( monthly) from 1-Jan-2015 till 1-Aug-2015 is 33.53%.
    Do you still advise reduction in fresh investments?

  • chandra

    Sir, I was invested in Birla SL MNC fund from 13 months through SIP. now its value is 19655/-. after reading above article, shall i need to withdraw this amount or not, plz suggest me..

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