STEL Holdings Limited (STEL) – Can the 80% discount sustain?

STEL Holdings Limited (STEL)

It is an Investment Company of none other than Goenka Group (Sanjeev Goenka and Harsh Goenka).

STEL holds shares of Group Companies. These Group Companies belong to two brothers

Sanjeev Goenka of Kolkata (CESC Ltd) and Harsh Goenka of Mumbai (Ceat Ltd).

Its investments in Goenka Group Companies are as follows


Ceat Ltd 1,372,835 shares

Phillips Carbon Black Ltd 90383 shares

KEC International Ltd 4685880 shares

CESC Ltd 2493470 shares

RPG Life Sciences Ltd. 502550 shares

Summit Securities Ltd 69815 shares


Spencer & Company Ltd,Chennai (Spencer) (1057135 shares)

Besides above STEL holds shares of some other group investment companies also.

STEL holds shares in Spencer And Company Ltd, Chennai . Some perception is there in the market that this Spencer is Retail chain but actually this Spencer is investment and property play and owns very good properties in south including some hotels having negligible book value for lands.

An extract from the Company History –

Indian Hotels Company Ltd.”The Company signed an agreement with Spencer International Hotels, Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary of Spencer and Company, Ltd., to get license to operate Connemara Hotel at Chennai, West End Hotel at Bangalore and Savoy Hotel at Ootacamund.” This dates back to the year 1983.

Spencer holds some properties and hotels in south which are leased out and rental income forms a substantial portion in its revenues.

Dividends from investments in group companies form approx.. 35-40% of its revenues.

Against a capital of Rs.9.84 crores Spencer has Reserves of Rs.75.45 crores .It has Cash & Bank Balances to the tune of Rs 11.53 crores in its books. A very cash rich and profit making company.


The discounting should be much lesser in such investment / holding company where there is interest of 2 big industrialists as compared to other investment/holding companies which are owned by rather a single promoter.
If we take the above at current market values on a very conservative basis the NAV for STEL shares should be anywhere around 400/-.

The discounting of more than 80% currently is not justified at all and has to narrow down in short time.


Disclosure: I personally hold the stock so my views may be biased.

Disclaimer: I, am not registered under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. No content on this blog should be construed to be investment advice. Any security specific discussion on this site is not a recommendation to Buy / Hold / Sell. The purpose of this site is solely for investor education. You should consult a qualified financial advisor prior to making any actual investment or trading decisions.

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Maharashtra Scooters Limited – An Investment Company. Trading at a huge Discount.

Maharashtra Scooters Limited (MSL) was formed in 1975 as a JV between Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL) and Western Maharashtra Development Corporation, a Maharashtra State Undertaking (WMDC) with BAL holding 24% and WMDC being major partner holding 27%. A protocol agreement was signed that none of the promoters would increase or decrease their holding in percentage terms and would first offer the shares to other promoter  if anyone wants to exit.


BAL wanted to buy WMDC’s holding in MSL since long and in 2003 WMDC offered to sell  its holding to BAL which could not materialize on pricing issue. The matter was later decided by Arbitration Award in favour of BAL  but WMDC went to Bombay High Court and which held that Right of First Refusal under protocol agreement was void and WMDC was under no obligation to first offer shares to BAL. The Order  was appealed ny BAL with The Division Bench of The Bombay High Court  and in 2015 The Division Bench  held that WMDC would have to part off with their stake of MSL in favour of BAL at the rate  arrived at by the Arbitrator earlier. The matter is now pending in The Supreme Court.


MSL is basically an Investment Company now holding shares of various Bajaj
Group Companies. The current NAV  is more than 5500/-per share against its market price of 1800/- per share. It has also a land parcel at Satna..

It holds the shares of following group companies—


Bajaj Finance Limited

Bajaj Auto Limited

Bajaj Finserv Limited

Bajaj Holdings & Investments Limited

Bajaj Hindustan

Most of these are outperformers no doubt. It has already stopped its manufacturing activities of scooters since  long back (since about 2003) and announced it officially in its Annual Report of 2006. It has retrenched 80% of its employees in the past and is left with only approx. 100 employees now.

The Company has recently been converted into a CIC (Core Investment Company)  which is more or less like NBFC in nature and should augur well for the company in future.

The company is quoted at a steep discount of about 70% to its NAV. Most of the investment companies are quoted at a discount but this 70% discount is on the very high side for a company which belongs to Bajaj Group. All of its invested companies have outperformed for years in the past and are expected to do the same in future. The NAV for MSL would not become stagnant but would move up day by day with the performance of its invested companies of Bajaj Group.

We have seen in the recent past that the management has bought shares of Bajaj Auto limited, Bajaj Finance Limited. Once they are through the protocol with WMDC they would be in a position to buy the shares of MSL where they would get the holdings in Bajaj Group companies indirectly at a discount of say 70%.


We are sensing the awareness developing  recently amongst the investors for such companies which are quoted a heavy discount for no reasons.


For example—


Florence Infotech Limited is an investment company of JK Group and holds shares of JKPaper LTD and JKTyres LTD besides others. It has moved up from 565/- levels to 800/- levels in the month of March 2017 (15 days only) . This is despite the fact that its invested companies have not performed much during this month. This can be attributed to the awareness developing amongst the investors that such investment companies of big industrial houses can not continue with the discounting going on and should create value for the investors.

Similarly we have a good interest in Kalyani Investment Company Limited which holds mainly the shares in Bharat Forge Limited besides others. This is again quoted at a discount of 75% to its NAV. A company from Kalyani Group commands at least much lesser discount and investors have started sensing this thing slowly.

Summit Securities Ltd  which is invested in Ceat Limited  basically has moved up from the recent levels of 430-435/- to 525/- levels in a very few trading sessions.


Disclosure: I personally hold the stock so my views may be biased.

Disclaimer: I, am not registered under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014. No content on this blog should be construed to be investment advice. Any security specific discussion on this site is not a recommendation to Buy / Hold / Sell. The purpose of this site is solely for investor education. You should consult a qualified financial advisor prior to making any actual investment or trading decisions.


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Goldstone Infratech – A Multibagger in the making?

Background of Goldstone Infratech

Goldstone Infratech Limited (GIL) is a part of the highly diversified Goldstone Group, with major interests in Composite Insulators, Amorphous core-distribution transformers, Data Analysis and IT Consulting.

GIL is the largest manufacturer and supplier of Composite Insulators in India.

One good thing to look into is that since the last 10 years they have always been in the green. So it speaks of its track record. The company was paying dividend till 2012 after which it was stopped due to the pending open offer. Instead the money was ploughed back into the company. Existing customers are power transmission companies e.g. PGCIL

Company has recently tied up with BYD, a Chinese major, to assemble electric buses in India. More information on BYD can be found on and – Warren buffet is also invested in this company –

It has already received an order for 6 buses from BEST.

Recently the company bagged an order for 25 buses for the Manali-Rohtang stretch

The combined order will increase the topline by about 60 crores.

Goldstone has concluded trials in New Delhi, Rajkot, Hyderabad and is expected to receive the orders for the same.

Due to the tie up with BYD, the company holds an added advantage. For example :- Batteries form approximately 60% of the total cost of these Electric Buses. Ashok Leyland imported batteries from USA whereas Goldstone`s trial bus was fitted with one from none other than BYD itself who are the market leaders in Battery segment and originally belong to this segment only. Definitely this 60% cost component would be much lower for these people compared to USA batteries. Battery cost can well be said as raw material for the Electric Buses and BYD / Goldstone have a huge advantage on this count.

The company has an early mover advantage. With the receipt of orders from the government, they will have an upper hand in other state governments too. It is also worth mentioning that going forward they will have to undertake the maintenance of these buses which will help them increase margins and thus increase their bottom line.

Parent company / promoter is TRINITY INFRAVENTURES LIMITED promoted by Ponnapula Sanjeeva Parthasarathy, Indrani Prasad, Sunita Prasad, Mahita Prasad Caddell, Perubhotla Venkatrama Sanjivaraya Sarma are all US citizens and have multiple businesses in India.
(This should increase the confidence of the people who are not willing to bet on the company because it’s based out of Hyderabad.)

A bit about the past

Goldstone Infra had two triggers to watch. First the open offer story and academics say the open offer price should be 43/- (Of course, now that the current price is way higher than that price, it just acts as an insurance). The second trigger was about the Electric buses story which is gathering momentum and it might go up significantly.

They also tried to sell the insulator business to a US based company Maclean Power Systems. valued at 108 crores .

In retrospect, it seems that promoters were negotiating with BYD Auto for Electric Bus business. In order to concentrate on the bigger business opportunity they wanted to sell the Insulator business on “lump sale” basis and which is also borne out of their filings on Stock Exchanges.

But this information was not known to Retail Shareholders and public domain until February 13, 2016.
Since the promoters and minority shareholders were at loggerheads in view of a dispute pending over “Open Offer” Price the resolution was defeated as it was a Special Resolution.

And now it is proving to be a boon to minority shareholders. Now even if the “Open Offer” were to be made @ Rs. 43, no shares would be tendered in view of market price ruling much higher and improved business prospects. And Promoters if they want to increase their holding from 51% will have to come out with much higher offer. Alternatively, BYD Auto may also pick up holding in the Company which again will be at a higher price.

Overall a very safe bet with early signs of multibagger opportunity.


Key Developments ( Updated 15-March-2017)

Below are some the key developments that have taken place or have come to my knowledge recently. These developments may or may not be related directly to the Goldstone Stock as such but important from a sector point of view. So sharing them below. I would suggest all the stakeholders to go through it and understand the potential of the overall sector. Goldstone seems to get an early mover advantage. Price has already shown the true potential. Inspite being in T group the stock has show good upmove which shows that the strength is real and not speculative in nature.

Ministers to brainstorm policy for an all-electric vehicle future

Gadkari’s clean car plan: Electricity-run vehicles to replace commercial cars

Soon, No Permits Will Be Required for Electric Commercial Vehicles

 150 Electric bus proposed in Karnataka Govt Budget

Disclosure: I personally hold the stock so my views may be biased.

Disclaimer: I, am not registered under SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations, 2014.
No content on this blog should be construed to be investment advice. Any security specific discussion on this site is not a recommendation to Buy / Hold / Sell. The purpose of this site is solely for investor education. You should consult a qualified financial advisor prior to making any actual investment or trading decisions.

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Upgrading Nginx to the latest version on Ubuntu servers

Writing this post after a long long time almost a gap of around 1+ year.

Nginx – I have been a big fan of nginx since the time I came to know about it. Have written many blogs about the same in the past. Most of the apps deployed by me are on Nginx.

Its always good to have nginx upgraded to the latest version. Below are the steps for the same

First of all check the existing version of nginx using

nginx -v

Now take the back of the existing nginx

sudo cp /etc/nginx/nginx.conf /etc/nginx/nginx.conf.1.1.19.backup

Now Stop the service

sudo service nginx stop or /etc/init.d/nginx stop

Install dependencies (might not be required)

sudo aptitude install python-software-properties

Add the repository for the stable version of Nginx

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nginx/stable

Now update and upgrade

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade

Once done. start nginx

sudo service nginx restart or /etc/init.d/nginx start

Again check the version (For confirmation)

nginx -v

Voila!! its done. Njoy safe and secure web apps.

Please post your comments in case you face any issues in upgrading nginx.

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Install / Upgrade to OpenSSH 6.6p on Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10

Hey all,

Had to upgrade OpenSSH to 6.6p for PCI Compliance. Found that 12.04 does not support OpenSSH 6.6p via direct upgrade. So Had to do it manually. After some research found that it can be done easily with 3-4 steps

1) Download portable version of OpenSSH from


2) Run the following command

tar -xvf openssh-6.6p1.tar.gz
cd openssh-6.6p1
./configure –prefix=/usr –sysconfdir=/etc/ssh \
–with-md5-passwords –with-privsep-path=/var/lib/sshd

3) make install

4) Check Version using

sshd -V

you should see it as OpenSSH_6.6p1

If you do not see it restart your sshd service and check again.

Do comment for any questions.


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