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How Rakesh Jhunjunwala Made Crores Trading In and Out of Some Companies He Owns


Have you ever wondered how traders with big pockets and lots of holdings trade?  What if we analyzed some of the Big Whales holdings.. Sorry.. not holdings but tradings?
How do we do this? It wasn’t an easy task. We have to look at the Annual Reports of companies where an investor is reasonably big, and they reveal the additions and removals of shares in the year, of each of the big investors. (Typically, 20 investors or so)
Of the 31 Big Whales, the one Big Whale that made the most sense to “investigate” was the Big Bull himself, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.
So this meant that we had to look at the Annual Reports of all his invested companies which were 31 in total that we knew of.
You can view the complete portfolio of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s holding and 30 other Big Whales in our report here: Portfolios of Top Investors in Indian Stock Market – Big Whales Report – June 2016 (For Purchase, Rs. 999 only).
Of the 30 invested companies (we exclude Tata Motors DVR), we had to exclude many since they were not friendly enough with their data:

  • 3 inverakesh_jhunjhunwala_20130511sted companies with transactions showed the transactions without their dates which meant we could never figure out the price at which they were traded.
  • 13 invested companies did not have any transactions i.e. changes reported in the Annual Reports which also reconciled to the data published on the exchange. RJ didn’t sell or buy them in the year.
  • 5 invested companies did not disclose the transactions though they were traded by RJ during the year since the shares held at the beginning of the year did not match the shares held at the closing of the year.

So now coming to the remaining 10 companies. We exclude Fortis from this since the only transaction was an intra day trade on the 29-Jan.

Here is how the performance stood for the remaining 9 invested companies.

  • Trading Profits of Rs. 15.61 crore from Dewan Housing Finance and Rallis India. In these two companies, RJ ended up holding the same number of shares at the end of the year as he had at the beginning, but his trades yielded a profit. Some of the larger investors do this often – when they see pockets of overvaluation they sell, and then buy shares back when things calm down.
  • He bought more shares of VIP Industries and still made a trading profit Rs. 0.89 crore. This simply means that he realized what he paid for the extra 30,000 shares he bought, plus another 89 lakh in profit through his trades.
  • He bought more Lupin shares, 9.09 lakh shares more. It appears he has bought them at higher prices, paying 154 cr. which is effectively a higher price than the year end close.
  • In Agro Tech Foods, he sold 1.25 lakh shares effectively at Rs. 604 after which the stock has fallen 20%.
  • He bought 12.5 lakh shares in Intellect Design, and still made a profit trading in the shares, of Rs. 6 crore. That’s like getting paid to buy shares!
  • Net received from these trades stood at Rs. 37 crore.

YECP: Year End Closing Price

Here is how the trades spanned across each stock:

  • Not surprisingly, Lupin remains the most traded stock along with the stock which accounted for the most of the portfolio losses, and where he has a very large holding.
  • TV18, Rallis and Aurobindo Pharma were the next higher traded stocks.

(Number of transactions)

Not Exhaustive

Obviously, this is not exhaustive. Many companies only reveal transactions of their top holdings, and RJ may be a smaller shareholder in many companies. And then, we don’t know what other accounts he might have traded from (he also owns Rare Enterprises etc.). But this gives you an indication of what’s happening with some of his larger holdings.
Hope you have found this article useful. Do leave your feedback in the comments section below.
Disclosure: We may have advised some of the stocks as part of our premium portfolio’s and have market positions in them. Please assume we are biased.

You can view the complete portfolio of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s holding and 30 other Big Whales in our report here: Portfolios of Top Investors in Indian Stock Market – Big Whales Report – June 2016 (For Purchase, Rs. 999 only)



Nothing in this newsletter is financial advice and should not be construed as such. Please do not take trading decisions based solely on the matter above; if you do, it is entirely at your own risk without any liability to Capital Mind. This is educational or informational matter only, and is provided as an opinion.

  • Kris says:

    In other words, he stole from naive investors?

  • Girish says:

    Interesting post. I think, if you can, you should deep dive into Big Indian Investors and analyse their investing/trading patterns. RJ is obviously. Should also look at the Damanis and others too. May make for some interesting learning, IMO.

  • P K says:

    As per his own admission in an earlier interview, RARE enterprise positions are all trading positions. Shares bought in his/his wife’s names are long only investing positions. Unless he changed methodology recently, this should hold good for analysis.
    An e.g. his punt on SpiceJet at Rs. 20~ was with RARE enterprises name(was ~1% of his then portfolio).

  • ASHOK says:

    I dont know why but I didnot like it….it is written with a premise that trading is wrong..and if you are a famous guy who made millions from the market then trading is a taboo. Does this help me as a trader? definitely no..instead it may influence me in a wrong way. These guys have every right to do what they feel within the allowable limits imposed by law. Calling them big Whales is another bad thing..
    This is like yellow journalism for stock markets. Capital mind’s forte is insightful reports based on solid data which help the trader investor to understand the market/company. I request you to strictly stick to it.

    • We love trading! We continuously tell people that trading is good, so no idea why this was perceived. Nothing wrong with trading and in fact look at how RJ has made crores just churning his stocks, we would love to do that and learn.

  • ASHOK says:

    Thanks Deepakji for clarification.. The only thing I learnt from RJ through his talks,his portfolios,people’s interpretation of his actions is that… be positive about your actions in the market, have the best of people for the things you dont know (technical analysis) who may advise you on timing! and never follow me bcoz you dont know really when what I do.