How has Canara Robeco Flexi Cap Fund performed?

Published: April 13, 2022 at 6:00 am

In this edition of the “fund performance report”, we look at  Canara Robeco Flexi Cap Fund. Launched in Sep 2003, the fund has an AUM of about Rs. 7,256 Crores. We shall compare the reward and risk performance consistency of the fund with respect to Nifty 500 TRI and Nifty LargeMidcap 250 TRI. The fund was earlier known as Canara Robeco Equity Diversified Fund.

Disclaimer: Fund performance reports present return and risk analysis of a fund with representative benchmarks and not investment recommendations. It must be expressly understood that the data below reflect only past performance and is in no way an indication of future performance.  Our investment recommendations can be found here: Handpicked List of Mutual Funds (PlumbLine).

As we can see from the market cap allocation history of the fund, it has had a fairly stable large-cap oriented portfolio although it has had the freedom to change it at will.

Market cap allocation history of Canara Robeco Flexi Cap Fund
Market cap allocation history of Canara Robeco Flexi Cap Fund

We will use three metrics to analyze performance consistency versus benchmarks. Analysis such as this can be found for 350+ equity funds in our monthly mutual fund screener.

Note: NIfty 500, NIfty 200 or NIfty 100 are only market cap-weighted. The Nifty LargeMidcap 250 index has 50% of large caps and 50% of midcaps in addition to being market cap-weighted.


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1 Rolling return outperformance consistency: the fund returns are compared with category benchmark returns over every possible 3Y,4Y, 5Y period. Higher the outperformance consistency, the better. Suppose 876 fund returns were compared with 876 benchmark returns, and the fund has beaten the benchmark 675 times. The consistency score will be 675/876 ~ 77%.

Three Years

MetricNifty Largemidcap 250 TRINifty 500 TRI
No of rolling return entries Index (3 Years)15411545
No of rolling return entries Fund (3 years)15411545
No of times the fund has outperformed the index (3 years)784817
rolling return outperformance Consistency Score (3 years)51%53%

Four years

MetricNifty Largemidcap 250 TRINifty 500 TRI
No of rolling return entries Index (4 Years)12931297
No of rolling return entries Fund (4 years)12931297
No of times the fund has outperformed the index (4 years)620691
rolling return outperformance Consistency Score (4 years)48%53%

Five years

MetricNifty Largemidcap 250 TRINifty 500 TRI
No of rolling return entries Index (5 Years)10471050
No of rolling return entries Fund (5 years)10471050
No of times the fund has outperformed the index (5 years)536795
rolling return outperformance Consistency Score (5 years)51%76%

That is just about “coin toss” (50-50) consistency. Considering the fund’s market cap allocation history, perhaps the NIfty 500 is a better benchmark, but even here the consistency over 3Y and 4Y is not great. This means investors will have to keep the faith with the fund manager for at least 5Y or more.

We can see this from the trailing returns as well.

MetricNifty 500 TRITrailing Fund Return 1Y
1Y24%22.37%
2Y45%39.10%
3Y18%20.43%
4Y15%17.65%
5Y15%17.26%
MetricTrailing Nifty LargeMidcap250 ReturnsTrailing Fund Return 1Y
1Y24.21%22.69%
2Y51.68%42.11%
3Y19.58%20.30%
4Y15.41%18.10%
5Y15.76%17.54%

The results against the two benchmarks were computed a few days apart and hence the difference in the fund returns.

2 Upside performance consistency over every possible 3Y,4Y, 5Y: Higher the better. A score of 70% means, 7 out of 10 times, the fund performed better than the category benchmark when the benchmark was moving upThis is a measure of reward. It is computed from rolling upside capture data (see link below).

MetricNifty Largemidcap 250 TRINifty 500 TRI
upside performance consistency (3 years)49%72%
upside performance consistency (4 years)53%80%
upside performance consistency (5 years)46%90%

The fund typically does better than the NIfty 500 when the index moves up. This is not the case with Nifty LargeMidcap250 TRI.

3 Downside performance consistency over every possible 3Y,4Y, 5Y. Higher, the better. A score of 60% means, 6 out of 10 times, the fund performed better than the category benchmark when the benchmark was moving down. This is a measure of risk protection. It is computed from rolling downside capture data. Read more: An introduction to Downside and Upside Capture Ratios.

MetricNifty Largemidcap 250 TRINifty 500 TRI
downside protection consistency (3 years)92%83%
downside protection consistency (4 years)97%94%
downside protection consistency (5 years)100%98%

The fund tends to fall less than both benchmarks when they are falling but this alone without consistent performance does not mean much.

In summary, Canara Robeco Flexi Cap Fund is just about an average performer suitable for those who prefer a “quiet fund” (away from the limelight) willing to bet that it will beat the Nifty 500 over about 5Y or more.

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