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Cover story | November 8, 2015

Vedanta's mkt value falls despite rise in profits

Vedanta's mkt value falls despite rise in profits

Slowdown in China, which depressed metal prices has clouded the outlook for metal and mining companies across the globe.

BT500: The Numbers Game

Discernible trends from an analysis of BT500 data

BT 500: List of India's most valuable companies

Check out the list of India's top 500 companies based on their market capitalisation.

TCS remains one of the top IT stock bets

 The company also enjoys the industry best employee metrics and is expected to continue its growth at a brisk pace on the back of its digital initiative.

Ranbaxy deal poses challenges for Sun Pharma

The merger helped Sun improve its average market capitalisation in the first six months of 2015/16 (April to Sept) by 49.6% to Rs 2,18,278 crore.

RIL at one of its largest expansion spree

Reliance Industries treads through one of the largest investment cycles in its history, expanding the petrochemical facility and creating a 4G business.

All the big Indian pharma cos are showing growth

The depreciation of the rupee since 2011 has worked to the industry's advantage, as BofA-ML report notes that a five per cent rupee movement would have a 2.4 to 5.6 per cent impact on pharma universe's earning per share.

Motherson Sumi's mkt cap has grown 46.4% in one yr

Vivek Chaand Sehgal has driven Motherson Sumi Systems at breakneck speed to the top of the Indian auto components industry.

How we ranked India's top 500 companies

The base data for the exercise was pulled out of CMIE's Prowess database. A total of 6,941 companies listed on the BSE and NSE were considered as our primary universe.

Inox Wind is cashing in on govt's green energy goals

Some measures include accelerated depreciation on wind power assets, generation-based incentives and inclusion of wind power projects as CSR activity. These initiatives will benefit Inox in the future.

IT services industry investing in innovation

Nasscom estimates that the information technology services industry is worth $146 billion. In 2015/16 it is expected to grow between 12 and 14 per cent.

Indo Count Industries has seen a smart recovery

Indo Count Industries went into corporate debt restructuring in 2008; today, the company has roared back into business, and is one of the most valuable companies in India.

HDFC Bank gears up to face new challenges

For HDFC Bank, the biggest challenges include new payment banks - such as Paytm, Reliance Industries, Tech Mahindra, NSDL and India Post - that are ready to launch operations.

Growth in corporate India's debt levels is slowing

The debt of 395 companies in BT500 rose just 3.6 per cent in 2014/15. In 2013/14, the rise was 14 per cent. But the fact is that the debt levels are still very high in absolute terms.

How Britannia logged huge profits in 2014-15

Managing Director Varun Berry's vision is to make Britannia a Rs 20,000 crore company in the next five years. He plans to do this not just by investing in biscuits but also in adjacent categories.

India's most valuable companies for 2015

We bring you the top 500 companies in India which have been ranked on the basis of average market capitalisation over the past six months. Check out who has won the race this time-

November 8, 2015

Editor's Note


Crunching the Numbers

Unlike last year, the top 50 had no less than nine companies that had seen their market cap erode. The top 10 list alone had three companies whose average market capitalisation was lower than what they enjoyed in the same period last year.


Prescriptions for Food Security

The book offers timely advice for safeguarding the future of agriculture.

Mastering Silos

Silos are rife in organisations. This book gives lessons on breaking through the structural fog that clouds a company's vision.



Newsmakers: Featuring Sudheendra Kulkarni, Angus Deaton, Dilip Chenoy and others.

Leadership Spotlight


'Our goal is to offer great value every day'

Swedish retailer H&M that has bravely come in on the single brand FDI route waiting two years for approval, could not have asked for a better opening in India. Chitra Narayanan catches up with its CEO Karl-Johan Persson-



Non-verbal messages may define social networks

Long form may be trending in traditional media, but on social networks, brevity rules. Soon, we may move to wordless communication going by the amount of investment social platforms are making in developing emoticons.



'Have launched schemes to boost MSME sector'

The union minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises explains why this sector remains at the core of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make In India initiative.


Letters to the Editor

Business Today readers' feedback on the magazine's coverage



Events to look forward to in coming days



Magic Realism

Virtual Reality has existed for decades, but there's a new sense of enthusiasm among tech giants promising a veritable new world.



Call drops: Penalising telcos is not the solution

Trai is expecting that penalising the companies will force them to shape up. It is finding a solution to the call drop menace by working on symptoms rather than the disease.

Govt may cut expenditure on low tax collections

The government had expected a 16.5 per cent increase in overall tax collections over the revenue generated in 2014/15. However, the growth, so far, has been just over 12 per cent.

More PSU banks may come in RBI's line of fire

The RBI has clamped down on yet another state-owned bank, Indian Overseas Bank. The bank has seen its capital adequacy plunging below 9%, NPAs ballooning to over 10 per cent and return on assets taking a hit, sliding below 0.25%.



People who made news this week-

BT More

How to pull off the semi-formal look at work

If your entire look is basic and simple, socks can be the much-needed fun addition.

Frequent Flier: Fly the Porsche incentive

Privileged Lufthansa fliers can now rent a Porsche at the Frankfurt airport and explore the city in style.

Stay in touch when globe trotting

Gone are the days of penning letters or cutting calls short because of sky-high costs. The internet has opened up a daring new universe of staying in touch - from anywhere.

"Understand your brand and stay true to it"

Samrath Bedi, Executive Director, Forest Essentials India, talks to BT More about the brand's ethos, journey so far and what it takes to become an entrepreneur in a crowded marketplace.

India is Asia's new darling: Singapore Airlines GM

David Lau, GM of Singapore Airlines, India, on luxury travel, the Indian business class traveller and why the world loves India.

'The luxury market in India is discerning'

Karoline Huber, Brand Director for Middle East and India, IWC Schaffhausen, on her love for watches and how to choose them.

To the moon and back

The King Gold version is a lavish affair with a case that's polished and satin-finished in the brand's proprietary gold-mixed with a pinch of platinum.

Tips on how to embrace both the ups and downs

Founder and CEO of Satya Prabhakar shares ten ways to stay calm, focused and in control of your work and personal life.

How you can reap benefits via Yoga

Through generations, yoga has come to the rescue with its time-tested methods. Yoga has offered solace and comfort, and a path to fitness and well-being.

Tips on how you can upgrade your style this season

The most multi-purpose of all casual wear, polo t-shirts go with jeans, linen pants and trousers with complete ease.

Eat well to stay in top form

Here's how you can follow a diet plan that's simple and completely balanced.

The best things money can buy

From fashion to gadgets, the best things money can buy

Dude Food

While Holy Smoke does not look impressive at first glance and is almost like a warehouse space with minimal decor, the food elevates its status.

Top of the line

Simply Sushi comprises a small island which works as an open kitchen, with comfortable stools placed along it for easy dining.