2019 March

Listed MNCs in India: a good catch, but an opportunity slowly fading

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My March’19 Column Written For Moneycontrol A basic tenet of long-term investing is to look for high quality listed businesses. This essentially implies 1) they earn returns above the cost of capital (reflected by return on capital employed), and 2) generate strong free cash i.e. they don’t require a lot of capital (fixed assets and/or working capital) to grow revenues and profitability. Those retained earnings can then be utilised either to acquire other companies in the same line of business or diversify. Alternatively, excess capital could be returned to shareholders via dividends or buyback. But have you ever wondered why would a promoter of such a business list his company as it involves diluting a significant chunk of his ownership to minority investors? For instance, why is a business like …

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India’s Market Leaders: My 10 Key Observations

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My March’19 column written for Safal Niveshak’s ‘Outside the box’ newsletter One common advice I find veteran investors passing on to next-generation investors is to look for companies dominating their industry and enjoying entry barriers ensuring their profit pool share is protected. Now, ideally, we may think that the top 3-4 players by market share in any category should be qualified as ‘dominant players’ even if their respective market share is in single digit. However, for the purpose of this research, I have restricted my analysis to only those companies that enjoy at least a 35% share in their respective categories. You must be thinking that it is quite a stringent filter and there would only be a handful of companies that will make it to the list – after all, …

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