ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund launched the new fund offer (NFO) on August 23 namely ICICI Prudential PSU Equity Fund. The fund offer will stay open for investors until September 06, 2022.
It is an open-ended equity scheme with an objective to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in equity and equity related instruments of PSU companies. The scheme may invest in sectors/stocks that form a part of S&P BSE PSU Index.
Average dividend yield of S&P BSE PSU Index in the last 17 years is 2.6 whereas that of S&P BSE Sensex is 1.3.
According to the press release, the scheme may invest in opportunities across market cap i.e. large, mid or small cap. With minimum 80 percent in PSU stocks, the scheme may invest up to 20 percent in other equities & equity related securities.
The scheme is suitable for investors who are looking for opportunities to participate in the potential growth story of PSUs, as it tends to offer better dividend yield than broader markets.
Mittul Kalawadia and Anand Sharma are the fund managers for ICICI Prudential PSU Equity Fund.
To generate returns through a combination of dividend income and capital appreciation by investing primarily in a well-diversified portfolio of value stocks. However, there can be no assurance or guarantee that the investment objective of the Scheme would be achieved, according to AMC.
Five banking and PSU funds that demonstrated the best performance in the past three years
|Name of the schemes||3 year trailing returns (%)|
|UTI Banking & PSU Debt Fund-Reg(G)||7.12|
|Edelweiss Banking and PSU Debt Fund-Reg(G)||6.95|
|IDFC Banking & PSU Debt Fund-Reg(G)||6.27|
|Kotak Banking and PSU Debt Fund(G)||6.26|
|Aditya Birla SL Banking & PSU Debt(G)||6.25|
According to the fund house, investing in PSU stocks offers a range of benefits. First, the cost of borrowing is low owing to inherent sovereign comfort leading to better credit rating/standing. This is beneficial during rising interest rate scenarios.
Second, PSU stocks have relatively less Key Managerial Personnel (KMP) risk from a continuity perspective as compared to promoter-run companies. Third, PSU stocks have lesser risk of diversification into unrelated businesses.
Fourth, PSUs usually tend to pay higher dividends. If invested directly, dividends are taxed as per slab rates. When invested through a mutual fund, such dividends are exempt from tax under mutual fund schemes.