VST Industries – Radhakishan Damani – great investment

Do you want to know about a great example of long-term wealth creation in equity?

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In which company was the investment made?

VST Industries Ltd.

What is their core business?

Cigarette manufacturing.

CigaretteSource: Wikipedia

Moneycontrol has a fascinating article about how Mr. Radhakishan Damani made an incredible investment in VST Industries that has multiplied manifold over the last decade.

How much was invested by Mr. Damani?

Approximately Rs. 63 crore.


In 2001 and in subsequent years.

What is the value of his investment today?

Investment value as of 30 June 2012 – Rs. 685.75 crore

What is the value of dividends received?

More than Rs. 71 crore.

VST Industries – Company snapshot

VST Industries is a cigarette manufacturer. They have brands like Charms, Vazir, Charminar, Moments and Special Extra Filter at the lower-end of the cigarette market.


Figures are in Rs. lakh.

VST Industries Revenue FY03-FY12

Source: Annual Report FY12, Capital Orbit

Profit after tax

Profit after tax more than tripled in the last ten years.

VST Industries Profit after tax FY03-FY12

Source: Annual Report FY12, Capital Orbit

Return on net worth

The company has great return on net worth ratios.

VST Industries Return on net worth - FY03 - FY12Source: Annual Report FY12, Capital Orbit


VST Industries Share price

VST Industries Share price 2000-2012Source: BSE, Capital Orbit

On 3 January 2000, the share price of VST Industries was Rs. 65.85/-

On 14 September 2012, the share price had reached Rs. 1711.35/-

It means capital appreciation of around 26 times in this period!

Moneycontrol Article

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Additional disclosure: I have an investment in VST Industries.

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    • says

      Kidakaka – when I wrote this article I already had a position. At the current price I feel that its starting to become cheaper. I have added more at around Rs. 1500 levels today. I feel that it is a good stock to own for the long-term. The dividend gives me comfort. 4.5% is not bad at all. This is a business which has good entry barriers and also relatively inelastic demand. People will continue smoking.

  1. Nikhil says

    Hi Kunal,

    Nice to read about discussions on such multibaggers.
    I added 100@1450 last yr & another 100 now@1610 & Im really glad & Im rewarded. My only concern is the low liquidity & future govt pricing. Is it worth to add more. Do you foresee a price of 2000/- soon. Also, kindly let me know what do you feel about VST Tillers, Ingersoll Rand & BASF for long term. Eagerly awaiting your revert Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Hi Nikhil,

      I don’t have a specific view on targets. I think it is a steady business. I have added at multiple points and seen a roughly 23-25% a year compounding in capital value. The 4-5% dividend yield is in addition. At 20 times P/E as it roughly trades at today it is not as juicy as it was earlier. I continue to be invested.

      Future govt. policies cannot be predicted. It is a big revenue earner for the government because of the excise duty payouts.

      I am ok with the low liquidity as I am not looking to trade in and out of this one.

      I am invested in VST Tillers since February 2013. It has been a good investment for me. I continue to hold it too. I have not studied Ingersoll Rand and BASF in detail sufficient for me to share a view. Will check them out.

  2. says

    Please share your thoughts on VST Industries now. Is it still worth adding to it. Excise duty from 11 to 72%. what will be their earning impact. 12% down…hitting almost 52 week low. thanks for your guidance.

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