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STEL Holdings Ltd


STEL remains essentially a holding and investment company. Of the total income received by the Company (β€˜STEL’), dividend income constitutes the main earnings. The performance of the Company is directly related to the performance of the Investee Companies. During the year company has received a dividend income of Rs. 829.13 lakhs from its Investments compared to the previous year which was Rs.626.86 lakhs. The Company has also earnings in the nature of interest from fixed deposits maintained with banks.

Source- Annual Report 2019

The Company holds investments in Equity Shares viz., CEAT Limited, Phillips Carbon Black Limited, KEC International Limited, CESC Limited, RPG Life Sciences Limited etc., besides certain investments in other Companies. The Company continues to invest for the long term while availing opportunities to realize a better gaining position considering the macro economic conditions both globally & domestically.

Key Takeaway

  • Company is 100% debt free.
  • The main source of income for the company is by the way of dividends.
  • Company has a profit growth of 62% over the period of 3 years.
  • Company has a profit growth of 29% over the period of 5 years.
  • Operating cost of the company is extremely low as a result Operating Profit Margin of the company is more than 85%.
  • Company has reserves and surplus of 624 Crore rupees.


STEL is a holding company as a result it can never trade at the full book value unless some extraordinary circumstances prevail. It will always trade at a steep discount to book value. Chances are it may even remain stuck at the current price thereby leaving little of no choice for capital appreciation for the investors.Also the stock is highly illiquid with very less total traded quantity as a result investors might even find it difficult to sell the shares of the company. 

In a nutshell the company does possess huge value but can investors get a slice of that value by appreciation of the stock price is highly questionable as result we advice users to be very careful while exploring this stock.Β 

Normally the holding companies do trade at a 80% discount to book which is exactly the current market price of the share. When the market rise chances are discount may decrease thereby causing the stock price to appreciate and investors getting good returns but there is a high risk that investors can get stuck in this type of stocks.

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